We stayed at the Hotel des Academies et des Arts for 2 nights in February 2013. My boyfriend had booked it as a surprise birthday trip for me, so we were in high spirits when we arrived, excited for our weekend away in Paris. Unfortunately within about 3 seconds of entering the hotel, that feeling had disappeared. We hadn't seen the door button that opens the automatic door when we approached the hotel, so just pushed the door open as it looked to be ajar. As soon as we walked in, the lady behind the reception desk (didn't catch her name, she was a blonde lady) barked at us to shut the door, we shouldn't have pushed it as it's automatic. After that, she'd obviously decided we weren't worth bothering with, and checked us in in a manner that suggested she couldn't have cared less about our business. This totally ruined our mood - not what you want when you're supposed to be celebrating. However, we didn't see her for the rest of our trip - the lady on the reception desk that night and the man who was there for the next couple of days were both lovely and very helpful.
As for the hotel itself, it's designed to a very high standard, and the location is fantastic. The rooms are small, but have everything you need. My only complaint would be the tiny cupboard space - you might not want to bring anything that needs to be hung up.
If it hadn't been for our encounter with the first lady on reception, I'd have given this hotel a higher rating and recommended it to friends. From the looks of the other reviews, it seems our experience was a one-off, but I believe a warm welcome to a hotel when you're spending hundreds of pounds is important, and unfortunately that's not what we got.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel des Academies et des Arts in Paris, a unique boutique hotel located next to the Jardin du Luxembourg and Montparnasse, is dedicated to the creative arts. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Des Academies Et Arts
- Des Academies Et Arts Hotel