I chose this hotel based on reviews on TA. Indeed, the location is fantastic, it's seconds away from Rue de Rivoli which is basically the street where most of your touristy needs in Paris are met. It's also a couple of steps away from the Chatelet station which is extremely central and links to a ton of other Metro lines, so you won't have a problem travelling to and fro the international train station or airport. Definitely walkable to the Louvre, Notre Dame, Le Marais etc.
Booked 2 twin rooms for myself and 3 other friends. The rooms were both slightly crampy and the beds were very small. It was just nice for me, but my taller European friends had their feet hanging off the end of the bed! The rooms are old but reasonably clean, save for the dusty fake balcony beams that were hanging off the wall as some bizarre attempt at quaintness. We booked the room for 3 nights, and on the first night one of my friends accidentally spilled a bit of his coloured drink on the bedsheets. While the bed was made on a daily basis, the sheets remained unchanged up to the final stay of our stay despite us leaving tips on the pillow every morning when we left the hotel.
The staff are generally friendly and helpful (esp to tourists who don't speak or understand French) except for this one lady at the reception who was slightly rude and grouchy all the time.
-Don't bother with the hotel breakfast, the variety is pathetic and the quality of food poor.
-The free wifi is a relief - you just have to keep signing in every 15 minutes.
-The lift is extremely tiny and probably fits 3 regular sized females, and also feels like it's about to break down so take the stairs while you can.
All in all, definitely recommended for its location and cozy ambience despite being slightly pricey, but then again this is probably the standard hotel rate for Paris.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Grand Hotel Dechampaigne Paris, built in the XVIth century, is the symbol of the French hospitality tradition, with delicate French decoration and architecture a refined service.Our staff will be pleased to welcome you in French, English, Spanish, Russian, Italian and German. The Grand Hotel Dechampaigne combines a high standard of comfort and the refined service of a friendly mansion within Paris: Few steps from, the Rivoli Street, les Halles, The Louvre Museum, Tuileries Garden, Concorde Square and Champs Elysees. ... more less
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- Grand Hotel Paris