Check in was swift and simple. The lobby is open plan with a few seats and small bar in the corner, but we didn’t need to imbibe because within a couple of minutes, we were dispatched up a half block of stairs to room 102.
102 was on the second floor (though it’s more of a mezzanine level), overlooking the tiny courtyard and the conservatory space of the lobby. At first glance, we were jazzed, because this is one of the rooms featured on the website – the zodiac room with a huge stylized sun taking up the far wall, and zodiac symbols on the ceiling. Awesome design – except it made the room pretty dark. It was also tiny.
The bathroom – with bath, shower and basin – was set behind the bed (there wasn’t a door) with funky white bubbled walls. The toilet was in its own tiny room, next to the bed. It had a door, but because this is such a small room, it doesn’t afford much privacy. Oh, and the shower was one of the best we’ve ever had – a gushing rainfall one, with extra jets.
We liked our room a lot (though not the toilet location, or the small size) until we saw round some of the other rooms and realised that it was a lot smaller than most of the others we saw. Also, the rooms on higher floors are much brighter and have higher ceilings (see the photo gallery). So another time, we’d decide whether we want awesome décor or a lighter, bigger room, and ask accordingly at the time of booking.
Own-brand shampoo, shower gel, conditioner, soap and lotion. No water or turndown service.
WiFi is free and works well as there are several routers set up around the building – just switch from one to the other as you move from room to lobby.
Be aware that the bar is small, and pretty exposed, as it’s in the corner of the lobby. But that breakfast room is incredible.
Contrary to your tired Parisian stereotypes (which are pretty much over anywhere, to be honest), staff were charming. The lady at breakfast in particular was a gem.
What we liked
The extraordinary room and fantastic location – you could skip out to the Musee d’Orsay first thing, before the lines start, and make it back in time for breakfast. And the shower.
What we didn’t like
All Paris rooms are small, of course, but with the heavy décor and lack of light, this really felt it. We weren’t keen on the bathroom layout, either. It’s fantastic that they fitted in a full bath and a separate, roomy shower. But the toilet location, two feet from the bed, really wasn’t ideal.
We haven’t found our perfect Paris hotel yet, but until we do, this is a great bet. We’d stay again without question – especially if we scored such a great deal.