As a regular user of TripAdvisor I sometimes find it hard to reconcile different visitor comments about a hotel and the Mayfair is no exception. My wife and I looked at the comments, the rages and the raves, both before we booked and with the benefit of hindsight. In retrospect, while I cannot comment on individual experiences with service or beds etc., it seemed to us that most of the comments we read are accurate enough. Nonetheless, our bottom line with hotels is to ask if would be happy to stay there again and in the case of the Mayfair the answer is yes, warts and all.
I have stayed in several hundred hotels in Europe and the USA over the past 40 years, hotels ranging from one star to five. In my view the Mayfair is an upmarket three star rather than a four star hotel. A couple of weeks beforehand I stayed in a three star in Como (the Plinius) which was nothing like as classy, but was just as clean and comfortable and with a much better breakfast, for about half the price. But let’s be realistic, what you are paying for in the Mayfair is location. Yes, at €15, the continental breakfast is very bad value for what you get, but on our first couple of days we tried a number of local cafes/bars and found that they were just as expensive for similar fare. In contrast, a few days later we ate an excellent three course lunch in the suburb of St. Denis for €13.50 each. A cup of coffee in central Paris costs €5-€6. The same coffee in St Denis costs €1.80. In Amiens it cost us €2.10. When it comes to food and drink, you simply do not get value for money in the first arrondissement.
Yes, you walk out of the hotel to confront the garbage cans at the rear of the Westin. Similar to comments in several other reports, the room we were in was dowdy and had a stunning view of a peeling inner courtyard wall. The bed, on the other hand, was extremely comfortable (and exceptionally large). The bathroom was fine and generous in size. Our only serious complaint about the room was the reading lights which were useless. Why do hotels not realise that guests like to be able to read in bed without incurring acute eyestrain? This is one of the reasons that I feel three stars is about right. A four star should have decent reading lights. On the positive side, the staff were all friendly and helpful and one of the lifts was quite an amusing experience if you had the patience to use it.
The €10 daily charge for Internet access is ludicrous in this day and age, especially when there is now free WiFi available in many public locations. There seems to be a general rule that the less expensive the hotel, the more likely the WiFi is free. Go figure. It encouraged us to spend 10 Internet and e-mail free days and this proved to be a surprisingly liberating experience.
Hotels like the Mayfair are bases. You do not go to them for the “experience” in the same way you might do for a hotel by a beach in Hawaii or overlooking the lakes of Killarney. The Mayfair is clean, comfortable and friendly, but it is not a four star as I would define one.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Ideally located in the fashion & business area of Paris; within walking distance of the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Place Vendôme, Opéra and the Champs-Élysées; the Hotel Mayfair Paris is an elegant boutique hotel offering 40 rooms, 7 junior suites and a business meeting room suitable for 12. Member of the Preferred Hotel Group selection, its decoration combines harmonious colours and luxurious fabrics that define the essence of this French style home. The Hotel Mayfair Paris is a perfect illustration of French hospitality at its very best, providing a very attentive and personalised service. ... more less
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