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Grand Hotel Dechampaigne
Ranked #446 of 1,803 Hotels in Paris
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed April 15, 2013

I stayed here for one night, mainly because it is so close to the Louvre and to public transport. The hotel itself is not very memorable: the rooms are small (but clean), and to enter the shower you simply needed to be skinny (or maybe hold your breath). Breakfast on the other hand was pretty much okay after Parisian standards, there was a strong wifi signal in the rooms and the rooms were also very quiet (but maybe that was just because mine faced a courtyard). If you're on a romantic getaway, I would definitely suggest a different hotel (the Hotel de la Place du Louvre is nearby and a great alternative!). If you're, however, looking for a hotel which has a good location in the centre of Paris, basic comfort (and even a hint of fading glory), you might just as well stay here.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled on business
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Reviewed April 11, 2013

Extremely small rooms, even by Parisian standards. Elevator only large enough to allow two adults with no luggage at a time. When we checked in after an overnight flight from US, they didn't bother to tell us that the water was shut off and would be for several more hours, so toilet could only be flushed by one of us, and no sink or shower for either of us. Decor was "cute." Nearby bakery and Bonmarche allowed for a wonderful picnic breakfast in our own. Hard to control heat. Very limited electric outlets. Poor sound insulation. Elevator wait time very long. Overall, not a good value.

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
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1  Thank Bumbie
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Reviewed April 3, 2013


Very experienced UK traveller.

I booked this hotel for a very special visit on the basis of the strong reviews in Tripadvisor and the image of a well positioned and extremely quaint hotel. A huge mistake. This hotel is absolutely awful. Some of the observations I make below are in previous negative reviews - I should have paid more attention.

The staff were relentlessly disinterested and surly. They were rude to my wife on check-out but polite to me. Draw your own conclusion.

Our room was small, ugly and very poorly appointed with the dated basics of a hotel room. It was like staying in a youth hostel. There was one plug socket in the room and a standard apple charger became alarmingly hot in use. The free wifi is close to useless.

The beds were uncomfortable and the window views non existent. The room was dank and stuffy, the air con seemed either broken or disabled.

The lift was extremely small with a worryingly low max kg weight capacity whilst the stair access was poor. Goodness knows how this place passes fire regs.

The breakfast room is too small and they do not have a sensible overflow capacity. Watch the terms of your contract....they charge 13e per head (you are not told until checkout) for a below average continental breakfast. They have had the surprise breakfast charge discussion MANY times in the past, I would have expected them to have been more open on arrival.

They ordered a taxi on departure without explaining that the meter would read 10e+ on arrival, but to be quite frank we just wanted to get away.

The location is not as good as a map suggests. You can do much MUCH better for the money in Paris. The hotel, particularly the staff, ruined our visit.

Stayed: April 2013, traveled as a couple
10  Thank Pleku
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Reviewed February 21, 2013

LOCATION
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.

ROOM INTERIOR
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.

SERVICE
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.


FOOD/GENERAL AMENITIES
-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.

  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled with friends
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2  Thank do9berry
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Reviewed February 4, 2013

it is the second time we go in this hotel
location perfect for touristic trip near Chatelet and Louvres and isle of the city
many restaurants near the hotel
staff very kind
rooms a little expensive but in Paris it s common !!!
in fact a good hotel

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled on business
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2  Thank boy r
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Reviewed January 26, 2013

we stayed in this hotel early january upon our arrival a man greeted us and put us in a small room that was very red..have to say he was very unprofessional..it was late in the evening and we had booked a superior double room...the next morning we spoke to a female member of staff, who was brillant, and explained our situation to her she agreed we had been put in the wrong room... she brought us to the superior rooms and picked out a fantastic rustic room with old beams..we went out fro a few hours and when we came back there was a bottle of champagne and nibbles on a tray left on our bed as an apology...i would recommend this hotel, spotlessly clean, friendly, homely and you feel safe... 5 mins walk from all shops and close to train stations...the louvre and other tourist attractions..the staff were fantastic..extremely helpful and great english we will defintely be back and will recommend this to all our friends...we had a fantastic holiday..thank you to all the wonderful staff at Grand hotel dechampaigne

Room Tip: choose room 405
  • Stayed: January 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Stayed in late November 2012 - great location,! Our room was small and bizarrely decorated with a beam running head height which was tricky to negotiate but everything forgiven because the restaurants in the area are top quality and the location is great for walking to most of the major tourist attractions. We paid extra for a balcony room which overlooked a scaffolded building being renovated - even so would definitely go back.

  • Stayed: November 2012, traveled as a couple
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Address: 17 rue Jean Lantier, 75001 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Les Halles
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Suites Airport Transportation
Hotel Style:
#364 Family Hotel in Paris
#409 Business Hotel in Paris
#594 Romantic Hotel in Paris
Price Range: $137 - $268 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Grand Hotel Dechampaigne 3*
Number of rooms: 44
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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