We used to love that hotel when it belonged to the other hotel chain. It used to be clean, very well furnished, rooms were big and bright and everything was clean and bright and good quality. For many years when we visited Paris we were staying in that very hotel, so this is why this year we just booked the rooms without checking any pictures - we knew it was supposed to be good. Boy, was I shocked!!!!
It had been totally redecorated and now in the hall and in the breakfast area it looks like dark dangeon - all walls are black and furniture is of dirty and rusty looking iron. Have you ever tried to sit on an iron chair? Do not try - it is very uncomfortable and cold. Corridor walls are also painted black and the whole atmosphere is very suffocating and looks like a bordello (I have never been to one but saw in the movies). Inside the building was totally replanned, so now rooms are tiny - you can hardly walk between walls and a bed (standard room). The bathroom looks like a dirty underground bathroom which has never been cleaned. And I really wonder whether it actually has ever been - walls are painted with dirty looking paint, so if you do not wash the shower stall nobody would notice - it already looks dirty to begin with. Because there are so many doors in the corridor and they bang horribely the hotel is very noisy. Besides, as rooms are very small, people keep colliding with iron furniture and iron chairs so it also makes lots of noise from neighbor rooms during night.
The only good thing which remains in this hotel is a good breakfast - I think breakfast is up to the level of a 4 stars hotel - there were fruits, omelettes, eggs, sausages, several brands of cheese and ham and salami, cereal and juices. So breakfast was excellent. But the breakfast area is also dark - all walls are painted black - tables and chairs are from iron and when I say from iron it does not mean stainless steel, it means raw iron which looks rusted and dirty. On the ceiling there re some misterious tubes which are hanging above your head very low.
So overall the atmosphere of that hotel is very suffocating, dark and depressing. Bathrooms in rooms look dirty and depressing as well. I am never going to step my foot in that hotel ever again and it is such a pity - it is situated very conveniently and breakfast is good, but this decoration can make anyone depressed.
If you want to experience spending a night in dirty underground surroundings it is much cheaper to actually sleep on the dirty floor of underground tiles, because the feeling is the same when being in that room, and especially in that bathroom. But I can never imagine that anybody would actually like to sleep on dirty tiles of underground, so why go to that hotel and pay lots of money (it isn´t a cheap hotel)?
PS. I do not know where that picture for that room from the booking site been taken, but the real room surely does not look like that even remotely.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Boutique Hotel in downtown Paris. In Opera, near le Printemps and Galeries Lafayette. At 10 minutes in subway to Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysées and all other Paris'atractions. A design hotel made for you! ... more less
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