I am really tempted to just say “Stay here and don’t think about it”. But I have to give some detail. I’m a 68 year old American traveling with his wife. I have been traveling nationally and internationally since my early 20’s and I can say this is the best place I’ve ever stayed at. I was a little hesitant because of the somewhat funky movie theme but, wow, this place deserves its number 1 rating. The first thing is the outstanding service. The whole staff is into it in a big way. But service, to me, means even more than what the people do. So, here are a few other service points. The minibar is free. Don’t expect a bottle of wine or some beer. Ours had a can of Coke, Coke Zero, Perrier water, Orangina, Minute Maid OJ, and a bottle of water (and 2 empty glasses being kept cold). For us it was perfect. Why every hotel doesn’t learn this lesson, I don’t know. Between 1 PM and 5 PM they put out a bunch of snacks and a wide range of drinks from Coke to OJ to hot chocolate to coffee. The snacks are too many to mention but they are ALL really good. This is service. The décor is themed in white with black and red accents. It totally works. It is spotless and bright and modern. The rooms are very good. We stayed in a superior room which is one up from the lowest. I can’t say about the other room types but ours was very good. For me the key things a bathroom has to be are 1) clean 2) well lit 3) enough counter space for lots of personal stuff and 4) enough towels. The bathroom met all of these. The bright white bathroom is VERY brightly lit and just makes you feel comfortable. Also, the faucets are all single handle which let you mix hot and cold to your preference. Also, the faucet in the shower doesn’t have this complicated European system where one handle turns the water on and one handle sets the temp (usually with a hard to figure out button) – one handle for on and temp and that’s it. Room was very quite and A/C was VERY good (didn't limit the temp you could set and was strong). The breakfast they offer in the morning is the best you’ll find anywhere for a buffet breakfast (note, if you want a free breakfast you must book through their web site, otherwise its 36 euro for 2 people - BTW we booked via one of those numerous discount sites but, guess what, turns out the hotel web site was the cheapest of them all - had to go through the booker's price match guarantee to get the hotels price). Big variety of hot and cold – all really good (I tried almost all of it in the 5 days we were here). You can spend a LOT more than this place in Paris but I don’t think you can get a better place. I always try to find one thing to complain about in any review and for this one the only thing I can think of is that it is a little farther away from the famous attractions than some of the other hotels. You might have to walk ½ mile to Notre Dame and about 1 mile to the Louvre. Was not a big deal at all for us. Lots of other things I could mention - big safe, strong WIFI that is free, one block from a full service supermarket, but I won't put them all down. This place is just terrific.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Only 10 minutes walking distance from the Pompidou Centre, the Opera and the Marais areas, and facing the Gaite Lyrique Theatre, 123 Sebastopol is the perfect place for an out-of-this-world stay in the heart of Paris.You will be impressed by its top of the range comfort and services and by its unique, movie-inspired design, with each floor dedicated to a French movie celebrity: Jean-Paul Belmondo, Claude Lelouch, Daniele Thompson, Jaoui and Bacri , Elsa Zylberstein or the Italian film music star Ennio Morricone.On entering the lobby, you will enter the movie world and be greeted by our highly professional staff, attentive to your every need and on hand 24h/7.With its easy-to-find location, its direct links to all the major tourist attractions in the capital city, its unique decor and its services tailored to suit every visitor, 123 Sebastopol is THE go-to destination in Paris. ... more less
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