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“A very good place near the Louvre, Palais Royal, Comédie Française ...” 4 of 5 stars
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Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants
Ranked #644 of 1,810 Hotels in Paris
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“A very good place near the Louvre, Palais Royal, Comédie Française ...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2012

The hotel is very well located, near Louvre, Palais Royal, Comédie Française ... Not very far from Notre-Dame ...
Service is very friendly ...

  • Stayed January 2012, traveled as a couple
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sao Paulo, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2012

The hotel is very well located, near Louvre, and it's too easy to get the metro or walk around.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Oxford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2011

We booked this hotel after reading the reviews here on Trip Advisor and I must say that I do not regret it. The hotel sits in a very quiet street literally steps away from the Louvre Museum and it's also very close to the Rivoli Metro Station (about a block and a half away) so in terms of location, it's quite spot on!

The hotel is very small but charming and the reception desk was extremely nice and friendly! A special thanks goes to Octavio for being extra nice to us! The hotel has a lift, so that's probably a plus for elders and people with disabilities.

The room although really cosy, was a bit too small for my liking. Maybe it would've looked nicer if the room lightning was a bit more efficient. I understand that people might find a darker room more romantic but in my opinion it actually made it seem a bit claustrophobic. Not really an issue, it's more like a matter of personal preference. On the other hand the bathroom was sparkling clean and I also appreciated the fact that the room had a HD TV and a courtesy bottle of wine. There were also a kettle with tea bags (although I don't know if they were free of charge) and a safe, in case you need one. I only wish the mattress and the pillows were better. I think they were a bit too hard and the pillow was a bit difficult to get used to and because of that, I woke up with some neck pain.

Breakfast wasn't included and it cost 10 euros per person which we decided to pass, as it only included breads (croissants and things like that), juices, etc... and (apparently) no meats or omelets. To be honest I didn't even bother asking. I understand that Paris may be expensive but I still think that 10 euros for bread and juice is a bit of a ripoff.

In general I was very satisfied with the hotel. I think a few points could be improved but overall I would recommend it to friends.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars
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San Luis Obispo, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 16, 2011

I am a 54 year old woman traveling alone, December 2011. I don't speak french. I am overweight and an hours walk is something I'm proud of. By the end of the day I will be walking in small grandmotherly baby steps. I don't expect France to be America. Just so you have a frame of reference.

I chose this hotel for the location, and price while seemingly being "normal" (meaning clean, comfortable, neither budget nor splurge hotel). It exceeded all of my expectations.

I arrived at the hotel and was graciously and warmly welcomed by the registrar. I was given a room on the 5th floor. I took the elevator, which I knew would be european (meaning one person, and two pieces of luggage is really the maximum space. They are less than a quarter of the size of an American elevator). Up to the 5th floor and through the fire doors, following the signs to my room. I stopped when their was a small spiral staircase (like you use to climb into the crown of the statue of liberty) which I suspected was narrower than my wide, wide hips and would require more energy than I had to navigate myself and my luggage up. I returned to the registration desk and gently asked if it was possible that there might be a room for me that didn't have stairs to get to it. I was given a room on the second floor without any ill will shown towards me at all.

I asked about the free wifi when I check in and was given a code. I have never used wifi in a hotel before and didn't know you needed to open a google window for the username and password box to show up. When I called down to registration he was very kind to explain this to me. The thing was, I had gone ahead and used the wifi with my iphone before deciding i really wanted to use my laptop. The codes are only good for one ip address. (This means if two people are sharing a room you will be sharing internet access on one device too.) I had to call the front desk again (if you're counting, this is now the third time I am bothering this man) to ask why the codes don't work on google. He explained about the one ip address thing and I explain about my cell phone. He kindly, and without hesitation gave me a second code. This hotel has more than one wifi connection. I think I had to call down one more time because when I changed rooms, it changed what wifi I could connect to. So, you can see, I had quickly become a high maintenance guest! All the while, I received nothing but the help I needed and kindness.

There is a small bottle of wine in the room that is free. Along with coffee making supplies. There is a television and a mini bar, but I didn't use any of those items to comment on them. Except that the television screen is flat screen and good size, with a remote.

The room window opened out onto a wonderful rooftop garden with a fountain in the center. Very Parisian. The window could easily and safely be left open for a cool breeze for the room, or the drapes could be let down to shut out all the light. The double bed was very, very comfortable as were the pillows. They were not flat as pancakes and they were not so foam filled mountainous that they were useless. They were, indeed, perfect.

The room is small, being not much empty space between the bed and the furniture. This is not a room you will sit in as if it were a sitting area or a working desk area (although there is a small desk and chair with a mirror where I put on my make up and I must say I look nice, so it worked very well!)

The decor is french in that french sort of way with soft blue that seems to be of Marie Antoinette's time. The furniture is heavily painted, and some may think the thick layers of paint odd. I find it charming. The bathroom is oblong and large. The counter corian blues with a single sink. Double bottles of shower gel, shampoo, gentle (and nice!) face soap, que tips, shower caps, and more were laid out. All were freshly replaced the second day, including the soap, which I had only used to wash my face and clearly could have kept using a second day. The towels are small, average towels, but they get the job done. I took baths, rather than showers. The water was hot and plentiful. The water pressure excellent. The bathtub is a bit deeper, but shorter than the normal, average bathtub that I have at home. I loved that on a blustery December day in Paris I could soak in the bath and take the chill from my bones.

The room is very quiet. I never heard a sound from person, place or thing. This made for easy and excellent sleeping at any time of the day or night, which is wonderful given that jet lag and body clocks weren't in sync with the actual time.

The room was so comfortable, I decided alter my plans and stay another night. The next morning the man at the front desk was kind to call the hotel I had arranged near Versailles so I could cancel that room. I had tried to call myself, but it was a recording asking me to push numbers so I wasn't successful with the call on my own. I was grateful he was so helpful to me. Next, I asked if he would call the Eiffel Tower 58 restaurant so I could make reservations for lunch. I had gotten the number off the internet. He took the number, looked at it and said it couldn't be right. He took the trouble to find the number and make the call. Extraordinary care he is taking of me! ♥

The next morning I plan to see Norte Dame before leaving the city. It is raining fiercely and, of course there is my luggage. He suggests leaving it at the hotel, which was very thoughtful and nice. Next, I ask him to help me cancel a hotel reservation in another city I will not be able to keep tonight. He does that with the utmost grace.

I return from my morning to check out. I ask him if he would call a taxi to take me to the RER A line. He does and it arrives before we even have my luggage out. He told the taxi drive where I was going for me.

I had stopped at a chocolate shop and bought a box of chocolate truffles for the man at the front desk. The shop put them in a gift bag for me when I explained I wanted to thank the man at the hotel for taking such good care of me. When I thanked the man at the hotel, telling him I knew that I had required more than other guests and I truly appreciated it he seems touched with the gift. He is a genuinely nice man. I can't imagine ever running into someone more helpful. For this alone, this hotel stands out in an extraordinary fashion.

The location is wonderful. Even I could easily walk to the lourve. There is a metro station just next to the lourve, so if you are game to travel that way, this is also an excellent location. There are several cafes nearby. Cafe Richard made a good omlette.

The reputation of the rudeness of the French is shattered at this hotel. If you are willing to embrace a European experience (and that's why you came, isn't it?) I highly recommend Hotel Louvre Vons Enfants. Well worth the price in my book.

  • Stayed December 2011, traveled solo
    • 5 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Sydney
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2011

We stayed at this hotel in October 2011. Its a nice, small hotel very close to the Louvre and Paris stations. Because we stayed in the triple room, it is located on the very top floor and you have to go through some winding corridors and strange directions, so I think we were put in what appeared to be a renovated apartment rather than a hotel room. But it was still very nice and clean with a huge bathroom! The room is also a lot bigger than a regular hotel room in Europe. We liked it very much, was just like home. This hotel would suit those people who like a more cozy/home-like feeling rather than those who like modern, streamlined hotel rooms. We found the internet a little bad, probably because we were up so high but once in the lobby it worked fine. Staff were friendly but didn't see much of them.

  • Stayed October 2011, traveled with family
    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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    • 4 of 5 stars
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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106 reviews
13 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2011

We stayed here in August 2011. We have previously stayed at the much larger/grand Louvre Hotel slightly nearer to the actual Louvre but found this hotel gave as much peace and quiet and yet still still stayed within our ideal neighbourhood for the price. On arrival the receptionist spoke perfect English and was very welcoming. He showed us various pamphlets and was very knowlegeable about the local area.
Our room on the top floor was reached by a small elevator and then a short flight by way of a spiral staircase. Seasoned travellers we always travel light, so small cases are easily transportable. We asked for this room as we had previously read the earlier trip advisor comments from previous guests and it did not dissappoint. A decent sized room (for a city hotel/Paris) with decent amenitites to suit. Our teenage daughter didnt moan anyway - praise indeed!!
We didnt take the breakfast offer as there are tons of creperie's, bistros and supermarkets within stones throw from the hotel's area. And with the Euro/GBPound not a great deal away from each others level (per se) it was not a shock to buy some luxury items from the local supermarket and not break the bank.
The hotel is situated about two hundreds mentres away from the Louvre Museum but is tucked up a small side street , the street which is only really used during the day for buisiness traffic remains quiet during the evening after all the civic offices' personnel have gone home . After a small wander we found a charming 'square' of gardens (look it up on Google maps). little oasis - brilliant little place - real chill out area after a days out to wind down.
All in all the hotel is not a 5 star 'grand' place but certainly makes up for this by being a charming, boutiqe feeling nich'e bolthole. We will return without any fear.

Room Tip: Ask for higher floored room facing side street for peace and quiet.
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  • Stayed August 2011, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Toronto
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27 reviews
19 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2011

Had we not been travelling with a friend it is likely we would not have stayed at this hotel, based on the other traveller reviews and our own personal accommodation preferences. However, we did and I'm pleased to share the good and bad.....which isn't all that bad.

The positives:
*It is certainly priced right when you're staying in Paris for five nights and opting to stay in a Hotel versus an apt rental. It has a single rate if travelling solo.
*Location of this hotel is perfect for accessing the Metro, and it is across the street from the Louvre. BONUS!
*It has FREE internet access
*Every room has a safe
*The Hotel cleaning staff are trust worthy!!! My husband forgot to lock the safe one morning and we came back to find NOTHING missing!!
*The front desk staff are also very helpful and do speak english
*We did NOT have bed bugs or did the other room our friend was staying in
*The curtains are totally black-out (fabulous)
*Located on a quiety street - lots of good restaurants around.

The Negatives:
*The room was dated and really needs a renovation overhaul to really make it clean again. The rooms are clean, daily mopped and dusted and fresh towels (so not dirty in that sense), but the bedroom furniture, paint, bathroom; sink, grout, walls need renos badly.
*The bed and pillows; small and ok not plush or luxurious
*Our room was actually not a bad size - I was expecting it to be really small based on all the reviews. However, the "single-rate" room our friend was in, just fit the bed and a dresser with access to the bed from one side. That room was very dark and oddly shaped.
*Hotel buffet breakfast - not really worth the money unless you're looking for convenience, eat and go. Around the corner you can get fresh eggs and bacon cooked for the same price.
*Sound between the rooms carries.

Overall, not so bad, not the best, simply ok.

  • Stayed September 2011, traveled as a couple
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 2 of 5 stars
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    • 5 of 5 stars
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Property: Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants
Address: 5 rue des Bons Enfants | 1st Arr., 75001 Paris, France
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Location: France > Ile-de-France > Paris > Louvre / Palais-Royal
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Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Room Service Wheelchair access
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#485 Family Hotel in Paris
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Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants 3*
Number of rooms: 33
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