I stayed in the Place de la Tour Eiffel with my wife in June, an excellent time to visit Paris. We have stayed at several B&Bs before, and have had a wide variety of experiences. We were both very happy to have stayed here, and recommend it highly.
The layout of the hotel was somewhat unique. The rooms are located up one flight of stairs, or you can take an elevator which Philippe used for our bags. Breakfast with Philippe and Nathalie was located on the top level in their apartment. I had communicated with Philippe that we would be arriving earlier than we had planned, and he was quite accommodating. Location of the B&B in the 17th arrondisement was ideal in many aspects, as it was much quieter and felt more relaxing than a busy city center location. There are plenty of options around there for dining (L'improviste and Le Coin are both easily within walking distance). The Metro was also very close and convenient (Villiers).
The room itself was quite spacious, especially for Paris. Our room was the only one without a toilet in the room, however it was private and located just across the hallway. There was a sink and gorgeous vanity in the room, as well as a shower with rainfall head and body spray. The shower was very easy to use, had good water pressure, and was quite relaxing. The bed was comfortable and had good linens.
We took breakfast every morning at 9am. Philippe and Nathalie stayed the entire time during breakfast to provide conversation and help us plan our days. Our trip was mostly planned using Trip Advisor recommendations, so we had a good idea of what to expect our our daily excursions. However, they did just as good of a job with restaurant recommendations, shopping recommendations, etc. The most helpful tip actually came from a guest who was also staying there as it saved us a 2 hour wait outside in the sun at Versailles (there is no waiting in line after 3pm there). Philippe loves to joke around and have a good time, and Nathalie is quite a good counterpart, being more interested in culture and art. Breakfast each day was similar, consisting of a fruit salad, yogurt, a basket of pastries from the local bakery, and coffee or espresso. The espresso was likely nespresso (I didn't ask), but was still good. By American standards, the breakfast was relatively light. However, it is typically French and we enjoyed not feeling weighed down by heavy egg and potato dishes.
That is not to say that this is necessarily perfect for every person. The main area which could use improvement is temperature control. We stayed at the end of June, and there is no A/C in the building (typical of Paris). In the evenings, the temperature outside was in the low 60s, but we were unable to keep our windows open due to street traffic noise. The windows themselves were quite impressive as they did block out all the sound, however, it got hot in the room. Our thermometer was close to 80 degrees farenheit one morning when we woke up. There is a fan in the room, and this helped keep us cool.
Overall, the value is excellent. Price is quite reasonable and we would love to stay there again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Our guest rooms are situated in an hausmannian building in a very lively district in the center of Paris. On your door step:the parc Monceau, close to the “Champs-Elysées”. We are located at equal distance from “l’Arc-de-Triomphe”, “the Opéra” and the main department stores and also “Montmartre”…A dreamed place for all the visitors for” the city of Lights. You will be under the spell of this charming Parisian place. ... more less