Arrived here after an 18-hour plus flight happy to be in Paris on my birthday but despite my wife (secretly) advising the hotel, no acknowledgement. I’m not precious about birthdays but know marketing and was impressed that the second hotel we stayed at had picked up on her notification with macaroons, sweets and bottled water. It’s the small things and at about $500 a night, perhaps something that L’Arcade should not miss. Chosen because of its location in the 8th and close to Madeleine’s church and big Princtemps and Lafayette shops, the hotel is one of four lined up along Rue de l’Arcade and a five-minute walk from the Metro. It’s easy to find - a bonus in any city. Advantages include the choice of its standard hotel rooms or self-contained apartments with a separate street entrance. We chose a triple room (our daughter was traveling with us) which turned out to be in the apartment section. It had three separate rooms including a decent size bathroom (well, for Paris). Rooms have cooking facilities and utensils, electric kettle and crockery/cutlery. They overlook the quiet streets behind Madeleine’s busyness - appreciated having proximity to eateries, transport and shops without the downside of noise. The apartment was recently refurbished and well presented with new fittings and wi-fi is free. But beds were adequate (may need upgrading) and disappointed no water in the rooms. Secure car parking is available nearby (if pre-arranged), under the church, for an expensive E25 a day. Hotel staff are keen to help but weren’t always accurate. We bypassed the optional breakfast at E15 per person and instead walked down to an excellent patisserie a couple of minutes down the road - Les Caprices de Charlotte - that does breakfast/lunch (except Sunday). The place was suggested by the hotel staff. It is close to a dozen small restaurants and bars including Paris London (good, but a bit basic) and Cafe Madeleine which nailed the cocktails (E9.50-12.50) and Mita Mita entree plate (E16.50). Visit the church, see Lafayette’s cathedral-like interior, walk down to the Louvre and its gardens (and a bit further to the Seine) or just hop a Metro and go anywhere. The 8th is my favourite slice of Paris because it’s close to everything yet is relatively quiet. Unfortunately, it’s also a bit more expensive than some other arrondissements. Tip is to try for the apartments to give yourself a bit more room, and to get up to the third or fourth floor (there is a modern lift). We would definitely return to this hotel and recommend it highly.
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