It never ceases to amaze me what people will complain about - slow elevator? TAKE THE STEPS! Small Rooms? Book the Ritz 5 minutes away and pay 8X what you do here!
This is an awesome hotel, don't let anyone tell you differently. We booked two rooms (double standards) for four nights well in advance of our early July vacation. Our two teenage daugthers were traveling with us. When we checked in (Nina) informed us of the fact that we were upgraded to superior and were 'Neighbors' - Sweet - we had rooms 205 & 206 each room faced on different streets (NO NOISE AT ALL) of this triangular block in St. Germain (many differing opinions of this area - it is the 8th on the edge of the 17th I think, and about 600 meters from one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Paris (Parc Monceau). It is even closer to Gare St. Lazare - now - who has been to ANY city in the world near a major train station and didn't think it was busy and a bit gritty? No One - but this area is unique in the fact that it is nearest the train station, but mixed into a very nice residential area and one with commerce and business. Thus it is an EXCELLENT location for your travels).
That puts to bed any ideas of a bad location - we were able to travel for five days, four nights on four carnets of metro tickets (50 euro total) - Also you are near the Garnier Opera which has a RoissyBus stop which is direct to DeGaulle Airport (CDG) for 10 Euro. It cost us 18 Euro to take a taxi with 7 large bags to the RoissyBus stop which is literally 1km away - Did anyone mention the shopping on Blvd Hussmann? The most famous shopping plazas there (not the exclusive ones off Champs de L'Eysee) Printemps & Galleries de Layfayette all of which are within 1km of this hotel.
While on our visit we were greeted by at least four different desk clerks, none of which had any difficulty with English, so I have no idea where those comments come from, and weeks prior to our stay we used the staff for reservations at local restaurants - or you can make your own at the La Forchette (the fork) website, which is a great resource. We would recommend Au Risi et Bisi - a 5 minute walk up the street for a nice relaxing and incredibly scrumptous Italian Dinner.
We walked our arses off in Paris and at times our kids couldn't keep up. When you return for a couple hours rest in the afternoon, there is a Marche (market) just as you approach the hotel that sells everything you might need, and the hotel leaves room in the mini bar fridge to keep your personal drinks cold. Beer, Wine, Liquor, soft drinks, fresh fruit, breads and packaged goods can be purchased here at a fraction of the cost elsewhere in Paris - so use it.
Internet problems? I don't think so, we had two ipod touches, an ipad and netbook all working off their WiFi with absolutely no problems and no intervention from the hotel staff - its a bit unfair to blame the hotel on computer issues you might have. Free Wifi is everywhere and if you have a big problem, go down the street to the Starbucks with an upstairs lounge and join all the other Parisians doing business there over thier repas.
Relax, enjoy yourself and most definitely stay at this hotel, you will not be dissapoiinted by anything.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The perfect hotel for a stay in Paris. A designer hotel, the WO - Wilson Opera - is located in a quiet street in the heart of the business district in Paris's 8th arrondissement. A short walk from the Gare Saint-Lazare, the WO will surprise you with the convenience of its location between the Champs-Elysees, Opera, Madeleine and Paris's famous department stores. ... more less
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