The three-star hotel offers stylish accommodation, but its service is average
It’s decked out in black and white marble mosaics, complemented with vibrantly coloured plush furniture, making it one of the chicest boutique hotels we have stayed at in Paris.
Despite being fairly high priced for a three-star hotel, its location in 15th arrondissement near the centre of the city makes it almost worth the $260 a night. It’s 1.2 km from Paris Expo Porte de Versailles and about 15-20 minutes by car from major attractions such as the Eiffel Tower and Champs-Élysées.
It’s also quite luxurious for a hotel of such a small size. The service is fairly quick and (most) of the staff are friendly and easy going, though we did find one temporary gentleman at the front desk to be quite unhelpful. Luckily, he was only filling in for the one night.
Food-wise, don’t expect too much, as the hotel only serves breakfast, which is very limited in terms of choices. You have your basic eggs, pastry, vegetables and cheese offerings, but that’s about it.
On the other hand, that gave us a chance to explore the area, with many nearby street-facing cafes to choose from, where you can’t go wrong with a coffee and a freshly baked croissant.
The hotel itself could be a romantic destination for a millennial couple – it’s modern and style-focused, with a guitar as wall art and fashion books scattered everywhere, but we recommend it for friends or solo travellers. The rooms are spacious in European standards, with most rooms boasting an elegant little dressing table in gold and pink.
The closet space is minimal and we would have liked more of it, but it would do the trick if you’re travelling light. If you’re an over packer, we suggest you opt for a bigger room than the regular one.
While it doesn’t specifically cater to business clientele, it could work for those seeking to conduct some business during their trip. The lobby features a work area and some rooms do have small desks.
Of course in Dubai standards, the hotel is average at best. You have to wait for hours to get an iron presser because “they are being used by other guests” and what you get from room service is not quite what you ordered.
Then again, Dubai is (in our opinion) in a league of its own when it comes to hospitality. It’s best not to compare, but how could we not, when Dubai does it so well that a seemingly chic hotel in the centre of Paris just doesn’t quite do it anymore.