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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Staff were really nice and spoke fairly good english and helped us booked some tours and dinners. The breakfast is amazing and we even got a bit of the effiel tower from our room! We got to the hotel at 9am but were able to leave our luggage there so we could explore before check in and were given a breakfast before we left! The location was central and a good starting point when you have little time in paris. Would deffinatly stay here again!

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank Bethany F
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Reviewed November 22, 2012

Stayed in Paris for 6 days in September with my wife for our anniversary. Due to booking issues we stayed at 2 different hotels - The Hotel Relais Bosquet, and The Seven (which I have already reviewed). I got delayed in writing this, as we have been back for 2 months.

This hotel is in a great location, less than a 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower and minutes from street cafes and weekend flea markets. Upon early arrival the manager and his staff were very accommodating, even offering us free breakfast and coffee. Our room overlooked the street and we could even get a glimpse of the Eiffel Tower if we stuck our head out the window.

With such a great staff, it was a letdown to have such a tired little room. First, the bed was really small. I'm 6'1" and it was hard to keep my feet from hanging off the end. The entire room needs a facelift with old (not vintage) furniture, very few outlets, and outdated decor. The bathroom shower had great water pressure, but again, very small and little counter space around the sink. The hairdryer was located inside an armoire on the opposite side of the bathroom making it very inconvenient for my wife to get ready as she stood in between the bed and armoire every time she had to dry her hair. You also are asked to leave your key card with the front desk every time you leave. I think they feel this will help if you ever get pick pocketed, but it still makes no sense as the card doesn't have your room number on it and the hotel can make a new key anytime they want.

The gracious staff saved this hotel from getting a 2 star review.

A few observations and tips on having a good time in Paris.

1. Learn some basic French phrases, especially greetings. Open your mind, immerse yourself and you'll get a much better response and overall experience.

2. Not a lot of green space, look out for several mini rivers of dog pee and little crap nuggets.

3. Must have been a good year for Bordeaux when they designed the city. Major intersections are spoke style with either 5 or 6 ways to go, street signs are nonexistent on the road as they are placed on the side of buildings nearest to the corner, and the same street can have 3 different names within a few miles. Fun!

4. Don't exchange for Euro's before you go! You'll end up paying about 6% more, plus with all the pickpockets (see # 5) why carry all that cash? Instead, use your bank ATM card. Why?, because you'll get the most current exchange rate and most cards charge only 3%. Use only bank ATMs and try to go in the bank and use an inside machine if possible. This keeps the thieves away and insures a non tampered with machine (thanks Clark Howard!) Also, MasterCard and Visa are widely accepted (not Discover), check online for card that doesn't carry a foreign exchange fee and make sure you call your ATM and credit card companies ahead of time to tell them that you'll be traveling abroad.

5. Beware pickpockets and Gypsies! We encountered the ring scam 3 times while walking along the Seine. Basically someone walks towards you and right before they pass you they bend over and pretend to find a gold ring on the ground (which was always in their hand). They try to give you the ring insisting it must have fallen off your hand. The first time it happened, while we were refusing the ring someone else approached us and told us it was a scam and the person who offered the ring left. To be honest I'm not even sure what the scam is, but it happened again twice within 10 minutes the next day again along the seine. It's also very common to be approached by young people with clipboards asking you for a signature or anyone who's asking you if you speak English. Smile and ignore them, you've been warned.

6. Tipping is not necessary. It is very common that the tip is included in the bill. As Americans it's very common for us to leave a tip because wait staff usually don't make normal wages. However, in Paris service people are paid the same as other professions. As proof there's not even a tip area on the receipt when you pay by credit card. If service is exceptional feel free to pay five or 10% but most of the time it's not necessary.

7. Getting around town is great if you walk and mass transportation is really good as well. Taxi drivers tend to be a little unscrupulous as two out of three times we took a taxi we were taken further out of the way just so we could be charged more.

Date of stay: September 2012
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10  Thank DSchrute
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Reviewed November 20, 2012

My wife and I spent two days here before traveling on to Rome. We were very pleased with the room (enjoyed the electric light blocking shades) and we loved the location. The breakfast they offer is very good and has a nice variety of pastries. The room was alittle small, but was fine for a two day stay. Like I said earlier, the location is perfect. It's located in a relatively quiet area of the city and is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower. My only complaint is not about the Hotel, but about their restaurant recommendation. The front desk recommended the Bosquet Restaurant which is across the street from the Hotel. My wife and I were very disappointed with the restaurant - the food was below average and the staff was unfriendly. We found the Cafe Central, just a few doors down from the Hotel to have much better food.

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank craiginpa
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relaisbosquet, Directeur général at Hotel Relais Bosquet Paris, responded to this reviewResponded November 26, 2012

Bonjour

Thank you for posting your review on Tripadvisor.
Our restaurants recommendations are always based on guests positive comments.
Le Bosquet is the place where the hotel management uses to have business lunches.
We of course will have a word with the restaurant's owner we know for a long time to try to find out what went wrong.

We hope to welcome you again at Relais Bosquet.

Best regards
Bertrand

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Reviewed November 18, 2012

We spent our final two nights here at the end of a two-week honeymoon. The bed was comfortable, and we really liked the light blocking shades and power-saving lights feature. This was the smallest room we stayed in on our entire trip, but it did not feel overly cramped. The location was great for easy walking access to the Eiffel tower, great restaurant and museums, and transit access to other attractions we wanted to hit on our brief stay. Overall everything here was above average and the desk staff was really great about getting us a taxi to the airport upon our departure.

Date of stay: September 2012
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Thank Patty C
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Reviewed November 15, 2012

Stayed here for a week in November, 2012 and was very pleased with the accomodations and the staff. The room was small but very modern and the bath room was outstanding. Our room was very quiet and the electric outside steel shutters offered wonderful privacy. The bed was excellent and very comfortable. The location, adjacent to Rue Cler, was very convenient and close to the metro. The staff was very helpful and pleasant. Free WiFi was available and internet service was available in the lobby. The hotel also offers apartments nearby, and we have reserved one for our coming visit in March, 2013. In all, we were very pleased with our stay and would recommend it to visitors.

Date of stay: November 2012
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Thank funinparis
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