I mostly agree with Edward G's and several of the recent one or two star reviewers. Good location (very near the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, Rue de Cler, public transportation and just a decent walk to the Louvre and sites in that vicinity). But, other than a really comfy bed, not much to recommend this place other than that. We opted for a very small room on an upper floor after the owner offered (I think it was a legit offer and not just a ploy) us an even smaller room on the first floor, both facing the street (YIkes!----noisy, unattractive view, etc.). The steps were a mini-nightmare (we're not THAT young---strong, but just retired!)---very narrow, steep and kind of crooked where you wouldn't think they'd be crooked---an adventure each and every time! And the "no shower curtain" is TRUE and truly a disaster in such a small bathroom (we did learn to cover most of the bathroom with available towels to keep down the flooding and the puddles on all of our things on the sink!). The staff was, in truth, generally very nice to us (but in a French rather than an Italian way, if you know what I mean) and helpful, with a few exceptions (I think there were some language problems, though, that caused these "exceptions"). We actually enjoyed the sounds and sights of the middle school and above school kids each morning---they all seemed to be having so much fun and enjoying each other's company (the joy of youth that is sometimes lost in lesser school districts worldwide). The other noise from the street (and the slightly dreadful view of the gray walls of the school) was not acceptable, however----still, as one reviewer noted, this IS a big city and we were in the midst of it----I just wished we'd had a quieter location overall (the dump trucks seemed to come extremely early---and more than one of them!). The last straw (and this might or might not have been our own fault, but I don't think so) came when we were charged 11 Euro per day (5 days) for the very basic (good, but basic) typical French breakfast (repeated, in identical detail, 5 mornings) when we thought, based on our conversation with the owner at the beginning of our visit (and based on our interpretation of what is in the Rick Steve's Guidebook for France re: Paris and this hotel) that the breakfast was included ("Show them the guidebook and breakfast is free" was our interpretation---so we mentioned that to the owner at CHECK-IN and he said "Yes, yes, of course. Rick Steve's. Yes." At CHECK-OUT, when we questioned the charge for the breakfasts, the owner produced a letter from Rick Steve's indicating (I guess) that the free breakfast applied only if the hotel is booked through his site (the necessity of producing the letter was, by itself, a major indication that many, many before us had had the same interpretation and ended up paying full price for the simple breakfasts). WE DEFINITELY WOULD NOT HAVE EATEN THERE AT 11 EURO A BREAKFAST WHEN THERE WERE SO MANY BETTER AND CHEAPER ALTERNATIVES (WITH A VARIETY OF BREAKFAST ITEMS) SO CLOSE AT HAND! Oh well, live and learn. We will definitely never, ever stay here again even if this breakfast mistake was in fact totally our own fault---so many, many other negatives. Loved, loved, loved Paris except for this unfortunate booking.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Hotel de la Tulipe is truly one of a kind. Nestled in a discreet and quiet neighborhood, at the junction of Paris' most visited and loved districts, this former convent has kept all its wonderful features of the past, like the ancient stone walls, apparent oak beams and quaint inner courtyard.Regular guests form a little community of their own and will be delighted to tell you all about the wonderful times spent in this beautiful friendly hotel. ... more less
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