It’s early July 2012 and I’m just back from my second stay in the Timhotel Tour Eiffel, and sadly I can’t recommend this hotel.
On the plus side the Hotel is in a great location, near the Eiffel Tower, in a relatively safe area and convenient for the metro. The staff are also friendly and the beds are quite good for a cheap hotel, though not large. The criticisms made elsewhere, the tiny lift and the small rooms lacking in sound insulation and storage space are also true, so if you’re a large person travelling with a couple of big bags this was never going to be the hotel for you. Breakfast isn’t bad by French standards, if want the sort of big buffet with the choice of cooked food found in American chain hotels then go and stay in one, and pay their high prices.
For me, the problems were outweighed by the location and the reasonable cost, and after my first visit I recommended this hotel to a number of relatives (my daughter is studying in Paris for the year and living nearby).
My most recent visit however, was a disappointment. As noted elsewhere the builders are in. The whole stair well is taped and covered, wires poke out the walls and the room below mine was having the bath replaced. In fairness the workmen weren’t generally noisy and were charming and apologetic, but if you are on holiday for a few days in Paris you don’t want to be squeezing past painters to get to your room . The hotel was almost empty, and breakfast seemed a rather sad occasion (the tourists on organised weekend packages present on my last visit have gone elsewhere). The first time I stayed I had a room at the back of the hotel which was quiet and not too hot. This time I was at the top of the hotel in a room which smelt dreadful. I’m not quite sure why, it didn’t seem to come from the bathroom, perhaps from the plumbing works on the floor below or from the carpets which were rather stained. It was also very hot, and whilst the fan on the air conditioning worked nothing else did. So overall, not good. Particularly annoying was the fact that there was no indication on the web site that building works were underway. Personally I consider it bordering on the dishonest to charge guests full price under these circumstances and to give no warning about the work underway.
I was due to go there again for 2 nights later this month, to bring my daughter home for summer. I’ve cancelled that visit and booked elsewhere. I still do have a soft spot for this basic French hotel, so perhaps if you’re planning a trip in a few months time it would be worth looking at more recent reviews, but if you’re going soon I’d suggest you look elsewhere.
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- Nestled in the centre of one of the liveliest neighbourhoods; near the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero; staff is multilingual. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Timhotel Tour Eiffel Paris
- Timhotel Tour Eiffel Hotel Paris