My husband and I arrived for a 5 night stay at 9am and the staff held our bags while we went exploring. Immediately, I could tell we'd have plenty to do right near the hotel. The Louvre is literally right next door and the Seine just a few blocks away. When we got our room, I was a bit disappointed by the view (which was nonexistent) but the courtyard was very quiet and since I am a light sleeper, that was fine with me. I have found in a busy city, we do not spend time in our room, looking out the window anyway!
The staff was very gracious and helpful upon our arrival. We asked the concierge for advice about where to eat dinner the first night and he recommended a great little place a short walk from the hotel. We had an excellent meal and were excited to start exploring more the next day after we caught up on sleep (we had taken the red-eye from America).
One of the first things I noticed about the room was how hot it was. When we asked if we could regulate the temperature the answer was no, it was not possible. This was early April and it was unusually cold outside, so they still had the heat on. We could not even turn it off. We usually keep our home at 66F. at night and this had to be close to 78-80 degrees F. The only thing we could do the next 5 nights of our stay was to open the window. Fortunately it was cold outside during our visit and the cool air coming in at night made it bearable. I am not a big complainer, but the heat was way too hot! Another couple we met at breakfast said they had to ask the management for a portable fan and they even left their door cracked at night. I must say I was not excited to leave our windows open since there were no screens and I was afraid a bird would fly in! Lucky for us that did not happen over the course of 5 nights.
I loved everything else about the hotel though. The breakfast buffet was well supplied. I do not eat wheat and was able to find eggs, bacon, smoked salmon, cucumbers, tomatoes and cheese. For those that do eat wheat there was an endless variety of pastries, cereal, breads, and so forth.
There seemed to be a very friendly staff who welcomed us enthusiastically each morning to breakfast. I loved that the breakfast buffet is included in the room price. You can eat as much as you like. I wish hotels in America would do this because breakfast can be quite expensive when you have to order from a menu. We also struck up conversations with the people who sat next to us since the tables are rather close together. While I ordinarily like more privacy, this was sort of fun meeting people from all over and listening to their trip plans.
We loved having double sinks in the bathroom, which was well appointed. Our room was decorated tastefully, although I had heard that you could request a recently renovated room. I thought our bathroom was modern. It made us uneasy thought that it is impossible to take a shower without getting water on the floor! The beds are on the firmer side than I am used to, but I found my hip did not hurt when I woke up as it does at home! We loved just walking out the door and being able to get places in any direction. So much to see and do right nearby!
The concierge helped us several times with phone calls and maps. We really appreciated their help, especially in the beginning of our stay when we were confused about where we were. I thought the staff was helpful and friendly. Despite my displeasure with the room being way too hot,(and this was true to four subsequent hotels in Europe we visited right afterwards, so it seems par for the course) I would definitely return to this hotel if we return to Paris in the future. We really enjoyed our stay at this hotel!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Surrounded by the best of Paris with four facades facing the most famous cultural sights, the Hotel du Louvre is two minutes walk from the Louvre Museum, and ten minutes away from the Opera Garnier. It is set in the heart of the fashion district just steps away from the boutiques on the Rue St Honoré and has direct access to the Champs-Elysées and to the business district of La Défense. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Du Louvre Paris
- Du Louvre Hotel
- Hotel Du Louvre Paris
- Hotel De Louvre