I booked this hotel as a birthday treat for my boyfriend. We were going to Paris for the weekend, arriving early on Saturday morning and leaving Sunday evening and I wanted somewhere nice for us to stay, somewhere a bit special. I found this hotel on the Guardian website, which rated it highly so had a look. Thought it was somewhat over priced but after looking at the quality of the rooms (from the images on their website) thought I'd give it a go.
Got off the metro and got lost. We were using the tripadvisor app to get around (app is amazing but neither of our phones had any network so couldn't use the 'show me' aspect of the maps section) and spent an hour finding the right road. We used the street door numbers to find the hotel, which you entered via a black gate. Pressed the button and a lovely man answered, opened the gate and met us just before the hotels garden. Went through another gate and saw a beautiful garden with little tables and chairs (can imagine would be lovely in summer but on a VERY cold autumn day not so good).
Were shown to our room (suite number 2 - junior). My first opinion was 'wow, this is very brown'. Everything seemed a bit old, like it needed sprucing up a bit. The man showed us the bathroom (no bath sadly, i'd been looking forward to it!) which had a steam room and a 'big shower' (the man's words). He then told us that to use the steam room you had to phone reception to get it turned on because they turned it off from outside... Not really ideal but not the end of the world. There was a display cabinet full of very strange items, had a good look and didn't understand why they were there. They didn't fit with the brown theme of the room (they were all pink and resembled certain body parts that would be more suited in Amsterdam). The 'padded wall' had bits that had fallen off of it and some of the plugs didn't work but otherwise ok.
We went for a walk round the local area and had some dinner which was lovely. When we returned the main lobby was filled to the brim with people socialising. Felt like a private members class, a bit too classy for us but if you're that type of person then you'd love it. We went straight up to our room. We then had to turn the tv on very loud as you could hear your neighbours 'enjoying' themselves a bit too loudly..
Had a very pleasant sleep, the bed was very comfortable although the room was quite cold and we couldn't make the heating/air con unit work (we didn't phone down to reception to help - i'm sure they would have!). I couldn't work the big shower in the morning, it was either boiling hot or freezing cold so used the shower in the steam room. Discovered the door to the steam room had a giant crack running through it.
Checked out and continued our tour of Paris.
Overall enjoyed our stay. I'd advise asking before you book which suite you will be in as the labels on the website and booking form are misleading - I thought i'd booked the garden suite with the bath! I do think the price tag was ridiculous considering the size of the room and the other little things but if money is no object then come here and have a lovely private retreat in Paris - only a ten minute walk from the Sacre-Coeur with stunning views.
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