Hotel is next to St Lazare train station which makes for quick access to the train or metro. Neighborhood is really nothing special - honestly no decent restaurants in the area. The only "decent" place is Nirvana - an Indian restaurant on the Rue de Moscou. For those used to real Indian food, the dishes are decent but bland (so ask them to spice it up if you are used to a dish being hot/spicy) and expensive for what you get. But thats Paris.
Back to the hotel: being next to the train station, you can hear (feel!) the trains passing underneath ... if you are a light sleeper (I'm not), they continue past 1am and if you are on a lower floor, you will definitely feel/hear the rumble.
Rooms are uninspired but clean. Internet (not free) was slow. TV didn't work. Pillows were quite possibly the worst I've ever laid my head on and the mattress was springy (as in you can feel the springs). Sheets were nice and crisp. I will give them this: the bathroom was spotless.
No in-room iron. You have to get the key from reception then go to the 'ironing room.' Consdering they have the thing on lockdown, how much does a decent iron and board cost ? The one they have is very basic, no water reservoir so no steam. If you really like your clothes, you're better off wearing them wrinkled. Isn't that the latest trend anyways ?
Hotel staff are ok. Not overly friendly but helpful. The guy working the desk in the evenings (works the overnight shift) is the friendliest of the staff.
Do yourself a favor and skip their breakfast. Don't even bother going to look. Don't! Save yourself 15 (or was it 16?) euros and go across the street for a 1 euro expresso (if taken at the bar) and then to the bakery on the corner. The coffee was horrible, the orange juice from concentrate, and Walmart could do a better job of making their croissants. The owner of this hotel should take a walk over to the Hotel WO (5 mins away) and see how his very local competition puts the Atlantic's breakfast offerings to shame. Now THAT is a breakfast worth paying for (see my review).
So they recently renovated the lobby area. It's nice but I wonder why they couldnt have spent a little more and installed card access door locks on the doors to all their rooms. I'm not a fan of having to leave my key at the front desk every time I want leave the hotel.
Minibar - skip it. Walk out of the hotel, turn left, walk 5 mins up the Rue d'Amsterdam and you will find a small epicier (mini mart).
Taxi tip - holds true anywhere in Paris. If you call for/reserve a taxi, the taxi will start the meter running as soon as he gets the call. In other words, he will charge you to drive to the hotel to pick you up and if he shows up early and you're not waiting, well guess what ... the meters ticking. I arranged for a taxi @ 7am and I got into the taxi at exactly 7am with 14 euros already on the meter. Welcome to Paris.
You are better off flagging a taxi down. If its raining and everyone wants a taxi, that might be a little tough though.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Atlantic Hotel is located in the heart of Paris (8th distict)close to the Champs Elysees, the Madeleine, the Opera Garnier and the big department stores.You will discover a nice atrium with its glass roof which provides a nice sunny athmosphere.Our bedrooms are decorated in a contemporary style with all the comfort you may require( air conditioning, minibar, free wifi access, courtesy tray...). ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Paris
- Paris Best Western