I love Starwood hotels in general and W in particular, Times Square New York is my favourite.
This Paris W hotel is just behind the Apple Store in the Opera area of the city. Go to the Chaussee D'antin metro stop and exit 4 to Boulevard Haussmann. Look for the Apple store, the hotel entrance is just behind the store on Rue Meyerbeer. Perfectly situated for sightseeing, Paris is a great place to walk everywhere and if you are short on time the Metro will take you to all the important areas.
The hotel is housed in an old building and when I complained that my Wonderful (this is the type of room I booked) room was too small, I was told that the rooms in Paris W tend to be smaller than usual. This is why I have given the hotel a very good instead of an Excellent rating. I was also told that the hotel tends to be very busy and that was why it was not possible to give me an upgrade using my Gold card status. So if you want a Fantastic Suite (this is the name of the type of room) you are better to book it than rely on the hotel being able to upgrade you at check in. If my (wonderful) room was small, goodness knows what the Cozy (the basic room type) room was like!
So what about the rest of the hotel?
The rooms are quirky and very boutique which is the signature of a W hotel. Very very comfortable king size bed and pillows, and my small room was quite well put together. Safe, stocked mini bar, iron, robes large wardrobe and drawers and lots of lovely towels. W good quality toiletries, wireless and wired wifi/internet Large TV at the bottom of the bed. The windows do not open and the air con is very good. Very quiet at all times. The bathing area was an open space with single wash basin, toilet cubicle with frosted glass door and next to it a large shower with overhead rain shower and hand shower, very powerful - excellent! There is a turn down service if you leave the do not disturb notice off the door and they replenish the bathroom and tidy the room. Brilliant!
There is a restaurant and bar in the hotel. Breakfast was a buffet with continental everything and also cooked scrambled eggs and sausages. If breakfast is included in your package then that is it. There is an a la carte menu at additional cost. Our server in the restaurant at breakfast and lunch was Christopher who was our outstanding member of staff on this trip. Try the caesar salad served inside a romaine lettuce - Fabulous! The rest of the staff who we encountered at the hotel were excellent but not outstanding.
Overall we had a very comfortable stay but I am not sure that we would return to this particular W in Paris.
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