Hotel de l'Academie
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... of stairs which was 99 steps!!!! That is what you call pure madness up a narrow wooden spiral staircase with over 100 kilos of luggage but we made it. Don't even want to think about bringing it all down again!
They still had to clean the Apartment before we could make ourselves at home so we got the internet code as I had to check into my flight for tomorrow, quick toilet stop and we left them to it.
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... day ahead of us. We set an alarm, but, frankly, when it went off, we weren't ready. I was still feeling dizzy/queasy, and Kyla had a low. So we went back to sleep.
Come early afternoon (yes, really), we were slightly more refreshed. We dressed for rain then went out for a walk, starting down Rue St. Denis to Notre Dame Cathedral. There was no line for the cathedral (!) so we went in -- especially because admission was free. The choir was ...
... I thought was pretty funny considering my lack of hair. Catherine translated for me to make sure I didn't walk out with anything but a buzz cut. We strolled around this area for a while, before making our way to the pantheon and then down to the Shakespeare and company bookshop. By this time Catherine figured that the crowds for the current sales happening may have died down so we went on to the shopping centres. It was still crazy. You can see where ...
... steps was challenging and a realisation of just how unfit Paul and I have become. Eventually we made it- the view was spectacular. You could see all of Paris, just breathtaking. We eventually made it to the summit of the Eiffel Tower were the winds were soooo strong it felt like it could literally blow me away. Despite it being cloudy and cold it was a wonderful experience- on the summit of the Eiffel Tower seeing the sun set over Paris with ...
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- Shuttle bus service
- Free High-Speed Internet
- Room service
- Wheelchair accessibility
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de l'Academie Paris
Dirty, noisy, unpleasant & impractical. Avoid.
Date of stay: December 2003. Room: 305After several years of visiting Paris, this is the first hotel that has moved me to write to the manager (with no reply) and to publicly shame it on a review site.The room was small, which is to be expected in such a central location, but although realistically it was too small to have an en suite shower room, they went ahead and put one in anyway. This was achieved by installing the smallest shower cubicle I have ever seen: it was uncomfortably small for my petite wife, and almost unusably small for me (6ft tall). Cracked tiles and hair strands of a variety of lengths and colours stuck to the walls and ceiling did nothing to improve our impression of the room. (We reported the lack of cleanliness to the front desk, but no action was taken during our stay).Sleeping was as difficult as washing since the thin door, thin walls and hard, laminate flooring transmitted every sound and footstep from our neighbours.The breakfast was of two star standard: coffee, cereal, watery fruit juice, one type of cheese and average croissants/bread. If you do decide to stay here, go to breakfast early as many items weren't refilled/restocked when empty. We gave up on breakfast at the hotel and chose to pay for it (again) at local cafes.For the first few nights we were promised an upgrade to a deluxe room and were told to pack our things in the morning so that they could be moved while we were out during the day. We performed this ritual a few times, only to have to unpack again in our original small, dirty room on each occasion.To sum up, don't risk spoiling a holiday by choosing this shoddy hotel with its unhelpful staff and impractically small rooms.
Had To Leave
Do NOT be fooled by the quaint photos, this Hotel is terrible, we stayed for one hour then had to leave. The stink of the room and the shabby furnishings are a delight............
We Loved the Academie
My nieces and I stayed in two rooms at the hotel in March, 2004. (Rooms 403 and 406) Both rooms were small which is typical of European hotels in this category but nicely decorated with large, modern bathrooms with showers and bidets. The rooms each had a small closet with hanging space and several "cubbies" and bedside tables with two drawers. Since we were staying more than a week, we were able to unpack completely and store our clothing. Each room had a safe bolted to the closet wall and not removeable in toto. The staff was extremely pleasant, helpful and kind. One off duty staff member even called on his day off to say goodbye when we were leaving. The breakfast while expensive was large. Hard boiled eggs, four varieties of cheese, three kinds of fresh fruit, a selection of yogurts, four kinds of rolls and croissants, three kinds of cereal, orange juice, choice of coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. If you are staying more than a day or two, attempt to have breakfast included. All they can do is say no. If you choose to breakfast elsewhere, there is a very popular bakery and sandwich shop frequented by the many students in the area, just steps from the hotel. I would not reccommend a front room -01 or -02 because the traffic on Rue des Saintes Peres is very heavy. The other rooms are toward the back of the hotel along a tiny side street. The hotel is currently redecorating and remodelling some rooms on the fifth floor and construction is noisy beginning about 8 a.m. This should not be a problem for much longer. Like Real Estate...location, location, location. It can't be beat. Check out the restaurants on Rue de Saint Benoit and the great little card shop on Rue du Dragon. We had a wonderful stay and would certainly return again.
What was wrong with Academie Hotel
After booking this hotel on the internet, I then read the reviews on this site and was tempted to cancel my reservation. However, as I would have lost some money and might not have been able to find another hotel in this area, which was where I wanted to stay, I decided to go. The thought of what I might find took away all the pleasure of looking forward to my few days in the city that I love. When I arrived I was given the choice of 3 different rooms and wondered where all these filthy, horrible rooms were! I have stayed in several hotels in this area and this was the quietest. Did the people who wrote the previous reviews stay in the same hotel?
The only thing reedeemable about this hotel is the location, everything else is horrible and dirty, smelly and loud. The breakfast is a joke (plain cereal and juice). The already low quality of service in Paris is actually worsening each and every year I visit!
Avoid at all costs
Nothing could be further apart than this hotel's photos and descriptions from reality. Admittedly the location is great. But this hotel is so grimy you hesitate walking on the carpet even with your shoes on. What's worse is that they try to cover it up with a heavy dose of stale air freshner which clings onto your clothes (and even books) until hours later. The bathroom offers no solace with its chipped tiles, lime-scaled basins and drinking glasses. Ear plugs are essential to stop you hearing the next door guest tear out a sheet of his toilet paper.
Do not stay at this place!
Stayed here 4 nites mid-Sept 2002 (unable to book anywhere else in area). Booked and paid for 5 nites as flt arriving early and needed early checkin. In spite of faxed confirm the Hotel had let the room previous night - agreed not to charge us, but when checking out insisted on charging 123 euro for half day. There is no porter - carry your own bags.
The Double Room (227 euro) was very small, the bathroom was in poor repair (cracked tiles, peeling paint) and the closet space is a joke (tiny) with no space for luggage. The street is noisy and you need to open windows to get any ventilation. The staff were young, inexperienced and lacking
local knowledge. Do not stay here - there are much better Hotels in this area.