This is a budget hotel and has a couple of drawbacks, but overall is a fine choice.
I stayed here on points. Our room was on the sixth floor, and as the elevator was quite small this might have been an inconvenience. But as it turned out we never really had a long wait or jam at the elevator. But the elevator here is very small, only holds three people, and even then one of the three needs to be on the small side, and the maximum weight is 225 kg.
I actually found this hotel to be a bit far from what I personally consider to be the "Opera" district, but the location was nice enough, only a long block north of the Grand Boulevards metro stop. This line doesn't really go anywhere one would want to go, so you will need to change, but it's nice to have a convenient stop. Overall the neighborhood was nice enough, and was walking distance to the base of Montmatre.
I thought our hotel room was clean and nice. Really couldn't ask for any more. I think the key to remember here is that Paris is a very expensive city and this is a budget hotel. When viewed in that light, this hotel is a great value. The staff was very kind and spoke English well, although I would note they are not obligated to do so.
Some jerky reviewer complained about the breakfast. It was a fine continental breakfast consisting of a variety of rolls and croissants, with bottled jam and honey. There was packaged cheese and a plate of ham available. Plus coffee and tea, of course. If you want more, the Hilton has a $50 breakfast buffet that is outstanding, and I highly recommend that you forego the free breakfast here and avail yourself of the $50-per-person breakfast at the Hilton.
The hotel offers a free boxed lunch. I did not know whether this was a one-time or everyday thing, but we only got it once. Paris is an expensive city, and having this available for a picnic helped us to save some money, although we really blew the better part of the savings by buying fruit at Heddiard. The lunch consists of a packaged sandwich, a water and a bag of chips. It would cost four or five euros in a store and probably costs the hotel a little less than half that, so it's a nice something extra.
Whether I would stay again would depend on the price. I would prefer to be closer to Opera or in the St. Germain/Latin area, but if the price was right, I'd stay in a heartbeat. This hotel is a great value.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only a few minutes from the Grands Boulevards and Grands Magasins in Paris, Hotel Axel Opera is a beautiful charm hotel that offers the best comfort and the best service throughout your stay in Paris. Every day from 2pm to 5:30pm, discover our HappyTime "Comptoir Gourmand": tea, coffee and pastries, you are our guest ! ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Best Western Axel Opera Hotel Paris
- Best Western Hotel Paris
- Best Western Paris
- Paris Best Western