This hotel does have a great location about halfway between Notre Dame and the Louvre. It's located in The Beaubourg/Les Halles area and is only steps away from lots of cafes/bars/restaurants. It's also really close to a metro so you get easily get just about anywhere in Paris.
The rooms are very small compared with American hotel rooms but standard for Paris hotel rooms. Our room had plenty of storage space so we weren't tripping over our bags. The rooms are spotlessly clean and we had no smoking odours in our room. However, the location of the Hotel is very busy and our room experienced a lot of street noise - people talking, cars, sirens etc. Maybe lighter sleepers should request a higher floor or one at the back of the building. The bathroom is nice but small - especially the shower - there was no bath.
Hotel staff are quite friendly and helpful. The place does have the world's smallest lift - not for the claustrophobic.
We had the breakfast one day for convenience and it is a bit pricy at Eur 14 however if you have a big appetite and like to nibble on a few different things then it may suit you well - they have sausage, scrambled eggs, bread, ham, cheese, yogurts, fruit etc. They'll also do boiled eggs for you as well. There's plenty other places in Paris where you'd pay the same for much less food.
One previous reviewer said the area was a bit seedy but I didn't find this. We went to a couple of different restaurants in the area which were wihin easy walking distance and found them really good value. We particularly enjoyed Au Pied Du Cochon near St Eustache which is a bit more pricy but good for a special occasion. Cafe Beaubourg on Rue Quincampoix was really excellent value and good food. I would not recommend the mussels at Le Trappiste which is just round the corner - they weren't very good.
If we returned to Paris we would consider staying here again - I thought it was good value for the location. Alternatively I would look for other hotels in the same area.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel Britannique in its present location, dates from 1860, in an impressive building built in the time of Napoleon III. The cosy and lush decoration of the hotel recalls the 19th century English and French styles. Being recently renovated, the hotel offers an old world style with all the comforts of modern times. All 39 of the hotel's rooms have a private ensuite bathroom, international television, high-speed wi-fi access, a courtesy tray, a minibar, a bathrobe, luxury welcome products....The reception is also there to generously welcome you 24/7 and to make sure that your Parisian stay is a success. ... more less
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