We chose this hotel for our 4 day stay because it was so different from the chain type hotel, individually styled and in a smart area of Paris.
When arriving, our first impressions weren't that great. It looks lovely from the outside but it is extremely dull inside, very dark woods, and decorated in bottle green and burgundy, even the reception area is quite dark ( Internet pictures are deceiving ). The room was nice, clean, ( lights were needed in the day ). There was a hair dryer, minibar, sat TV, tea and coffee ( no milk is provided ) mini shower gels etc, safe, towels changed every day, over bath shower. ( Ladies take your own make up mirror as mirrors / lighting in bathroom make it impossible to apply make up successfully ).
Sorry to go on about the lighting so much, but there was just so little of it !
The beds and bedding were good quality - crisp white sheets with a throw, and very comfy pillows.
We did experience an awful lot of door banging late evenings and in the mornings, I used ear plugs to sleep.
Set in L'Opera region, really close to Villiers metro station, a lovely patisserie right opposite, small grocers too. Parc Monceau is short walk away.
If choosing this hotel or any other in the this area, airport transport should be to take the Roissy Bus from CDG ( their bus station is a 5 min walk out of the airport along a signposted, straight path) costing €10 each in June 2012, which takes you non- stop to L'Opera only. This is a great service. From there, we found taxi-ing to the hotel was much better than carrying / dragging heavy bags up and down metro station steps, and should cost around €10 in total ( taxi driver may charge a couple of euros for bags ! ) We can't comment on the food as we ate out, often croissant or similar from that very gorgeous patisserie across the road - too tempting.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- In a magnificent 3 storey building from the 19th century, this small charming hotel offers 51 spacious bedrooms. The Relais Monceau is a 3* hotel which is a lesson in refined, understated elegance: large common area, two small gardens… decoration is original and sophisticated and prefers noble materials… ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Relais Monceau Hotel