In Paris for the weekend. I already had it in mind that I wanted to stay somewhere near Place Vendome, Opéra, Palais Royale. The majority of the hotels in this area are quite expensive, and while I didn't know much about this one, I took a chance because it was relatively much cheaper than the other hotels in this area, and seemed to have decent reviews. Also, I knew that I would not be in the hotel much anyway, so I wasn't so picky.
The hotel calls itself 2-stars. Really? Maybe, when all the work that they're doing inside is complete, but if it is 2-stars, it hangs on to that status barely. The photos on the website are definitely of the hotel, but they're great photos, and the lighting is great, and the colors are super saturated. In person, it looks considerably more tired.
The most standout things to me inside the hotel itself is that it seems that it is in the midst of major remodeling. I had a room on the 4th floor, and when you exit the tiny, old-school telephone booth of an elevator, if you look one direction, it's all paint smears on half-finished walls, doors laying off the hinges, etc. If you look the other direction, where the remodelling has been finished--well, it looks pretty nice. Again, when they finish repainting and re-doing the place, based on what I've seen, it should be pretty nice.
Once inside the room...it was okay. I just needed someplace halfway decent to store my bags and for me to crash out after a day wandering the city, and for that purpose it was fine. Bed as average. Linens the same. Hardwood floors that always seemed a bit dusty to me, but that could have been the type of varnish, I'm not sure. No shower/toilet amenities at all apart from the generic liquid soap dispenser nailed to the shower stall wall. Working TV, with HD channels. Mostly all French, with a few international news channels. Windows and cupboards if you needed them.
The real advantage of this place, as mentioned earlier, is the location. This is an expensive area of Paris, near some of the big landmarks, museums, and some of the ritziest shopping, and accordingly, most hotels are considerably more expensive. Also, I love that this hotel is about about a 3 min walk from the Palais Royale/Louvre Metro station (the yellow, Line 1). That's a real bonus. Apart from having lots of things very close by foot, you can hit up everything from Arc de Triomphe all the way down to Gare de Lyon with such ease, which is another big advantage.
Probably not a great spot if you want charm, but if you want a good spot, great access and transport options, and don't plan to be in the hotel other than to pass out after long days of walking all over the town, then yeah, it's worth considering.
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