My wife and I selected La Maison Favart in part due to the rave reviews. Here’s our take:
LOCATION: The Hotel is placed conveniently less than 100m from the Richelieu – Drouot metro station, five minutes from the Palais Garnier (Opera de Paris) and approximately 10-15 minutes from the Louvre. Rue Marivaux is bordered by one way streets, making it difficult for some cab drivers to arrive on time, so factor in a few extra minutes when ordering. My wife and I would often return after 10pm—be advised a large homeless population resides around the hotel area and thus the surroundings seem a bit seedy in the evening. (I realize vagabonds are throughout Paris, but walking the streets elsewhere compared to near the hotel I noticed more in our area). In fact, one homeless man started shouting in French at my wife—I sloughed him off as a drunkard. Needless to say, one doesn’t expect homeless jeers close to a premium hotel.
ROOM: My wife is very picky when it comes to cleanliness—this room was clean! Small by American standards but appropriately sized for Europe. There is a flat screen TV with channels in multiple languages, a radio, minibar & hairdryer. Additionally, the room offers robes/slippers, and a coffee maker. If you want an iron/ironing board you’ll have to ask. Blackout curtains were great, but there was a pronounced gap at the top of the curtains which allows a lot of light in—not a problem if you want to get up early and maximize your Paris time. Shower/bathtub drains are audible from floors above. Street noise is low/none which is a great find in Europe. Shower water pressure was superb with a massive rain shower head. Fixtures were modern and clean.
INTERNET: Complimentary wi-fi, but you will need a slip for each device you intend to connect. There is a single computer in the lobby. The keyboard is not qwerty—it is a French keyboard which will take some hunting/pecking. Shift for period—“q” is where “a” is on the home keys. Printing goes to a machine in the hotel staff office, so you must ask for your documents. Connections don’t utilize https: by default.
WELLNESS CENTER: I didn’t pack any workout gear, but the small pool/sauna/gym area looked very inviting.
ARRIVAL: Most flights from the United States arrive early. You will get to the hotel before the 3pm check-in time. I recommend you pack a small toiletry bag to freshen up (brush teeth, wash face at hotel) and some good walking shoes to take you around Paris while you wait. Have an idea of where you’d like to go. Also, have your money belt prepared & documents easily available for wear. The Louvre was shutdown for pickpockets during our stay, there are signs everywhere warning against pickpockets and even subway announcements. On our first day, my wife and I went out to Montmartre via the metro and had a wonderful time. We felt secure with our money belts, but the crowds are a pickpocket's dream.
CONSTRUCTION: Reviewer Kim F mentioned construction/jackhammering. This occurred during the first two days of our visit. The workers observed a “loose” 9am start—the first day was 8:53 am, the second 8:40 am. By the end of our visit the construction close to the hotel had stopped, but the sidewalk is still cut up, so I suspect there may be follow-on construction at a later date.
BREAKFAST: Breakfast costs 24 Euro / 15 Euro depending on which you chose. My wife and I purchased breakfast in the room rate, so it was a tremendous value at ~10 Euro pp. The hotel offers the same selection every morning save variations in tarts/cakes. Scrambled egg, bacon, and sausage. Salami, ham, cheese. Coffee made by a machine (not very good). Tea (good). Croissants, rolls, butter, juices (grapefruit, berry, orange) and a few others, tarts—pear/apple, and pies (cheesecake, chocolate). There is an ‘honor bar’ for wine throughout the day/evening although we never utilized this service.
STAFF: Kind & helpful—Boris the concierge should be commended.
THIEF: Who knows. I’d advise you to lock your valuables in the safe. TripAdvisor user CMM650 indicated a charge for champagne which was subsequently removed since they didn’t drink it. On checkout we also had charges for potato chips and minibar items which we never used. All of our personal belongings are accounted for and the hotel did remove the unauthorized charges. It is my personal opinion that someone with access to the rooms is drinking alcoholic beverages and then charging them to unwitting customers. Given the hotel requires a signature for breakfast they should also require a signature for minibar items. This will help verify the charges.
CONCLUSION: The hotel was clean, everything worked, and the staff was wonderful. I believe the hotel’s 4-star ranking as a boutique lodging is warranted. We would not return to the hotel—not because of the hotel per se, but because of the location & surroundings.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- La Maison Favart will open on the 13th april 2012 after 1 year and a half of renovation. 31 Bedrooms, 4 suites and 2 duplex will be proposed to you. It will be a 4 star hotel, serving a very nice buffet breakfast. A honesty bar, a sauna, a relaxing pool, a fitness room will be at the disposal of our guests. In every room, you will find air conditionning, king size bed, minibar, safetybox, tv with free moovies, coffee and tea facilities. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Favart Hotel Paris