BEST WESTERN Hotel Folkestone Opera
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Historical Traveler Reviews BEST WESTERN Hotel Folkestone Opera Paris
The BW Folkestone Opera was near the Roissybus bus stop from CDG Airport which is why we picked it and we walked there in about 10 minutes. The hotel is bright and light and nicely decorated, pleasant front desk staff, although one lady seemed to like you to speak French to her, which I did try! Our 5th floor room had a beamed ceiling (fake?) which gave it character and the room was a bit tight for space but hey you are only there to sleep, not stare at the walls. The beds are v comfortable and not those horrid foam unsprung things we have encountered elsewhere in Paris. Nice roomy bathroom in white with plenty of shampoo etc and it was clean. The weather 30/4 to 3/5 was very hot (25-30'C) but the air con was not working - when we asked we were advised that this was because it is not switched on until mid May so it made for a couple of very hot nights - we had the French windows open, but it was a little noisy due to traffic as we faced the road, and eventually we shut the windows. On the Saturday night some one down the road must have had a party as I could hear the beat of loud music until 5am - NOT the hotel's fault or within their control of course - had it been winter or if the air con had been available then we would have had the windows shut, so this would not have been a nuisance, don't let this put you off. Breakfast is in a nice vaulted basement with a selection of rolls, eggs, ham, cheese, yoghurt etc and cakes - yes cakes - and a decent cup of tea!
The Folkstone Opera was very convenient to the Metro (we got one day Mobilis tickets for a few euros which was excellent value) and lots of sights were within easy walking distance, including the Opera Garnier. We tried one of the restaurants nearby but it was expensive for what it was, Monmartre is cheaper. If possible visit the Ile S Louis - they have great ice creams and sorbets there by Berthillon. Definitely go to the Troccadero to see the breath taking view of the Eiffel Tower and at night if you don't go to the Troccadero again (on my list for next time), walk to the Pont de la Concorde to see the Tower sparkle - on the hour for 10 minutes - it is spectacular and you can rest your camera on the high bridge walls and get good non shaky photos!
Would definitely return to this hotel which was good value for what we paid. We booked direct on the BW French website.
Nothing special about this hotel. The only good things are location + breakfast included. But rooms, bathrooms and service are average.
Great comfortable hotel!
I just returned from a trip to Europe, I stayed 2 nights at the Folkestone Opera from 02/26/05 to 02/28/05. The staff was very courtoues and helpful at all times. The rooms are very small like most of the hotels in Paris but I have to say they are absolutely spotless, very very clean. Even though small I have to say that I found everything very comfortable for me and I am almost 6 months pregnant. The rooms are updated, beds are comfortable, extra blankets and pillows in the closet for added comfort. The rooms have brand new digital ac/heaters. which was wonderful since it was snowing the day we arrived! The bathrooms looked brand new and were fully equipped with towels, hand towels, floor towels, blow drier, shampoo, soap. etc.. The shower was complete with massage shower head and shower curtain (for those who have had the no curtain experience).
The price of the room includes full continental breakfast, which was not just your typical croissant, baguette, jam, coffee or chocolate. They had ham, cheese, croissants, baguettes, hard boiled eggs, two types of cereal, milk, orange juice, grapefruit juice, hot chocolate, coffee, pain au chocolate (chocolate filled croissant), variety of jams, custard, canned fruit and yogurt.
The hotel is very close to Printemps, Galerias Lafayette, Madelaine Church, Fauchon and Hediard.
The only thing I would avoid is using their internet, they work with prepaid cards. We bought a card (very expensive) used less than half of the time and when we tried to use the balance the card did not work.
I took a picture of the room and breakfast area if you need them I would gladly email them to you. I would definately stay at this hotel again since I always look to be comfortable especially during the few hours I spend in a hotel when I am out touristing all day. Again the rooms are small, but if you know Europe this is common throughout most cities and great priced hotels...and despite being small this one was very comfortable.
Just back from a fabulous weekend in Paris. Best thing about the Folkestone Opera Hotel is it's location. Within walking distance of the magnificent Madeline & Opera & loads of designer shopping. Metro is just around the corner and taxi's to the major sites are between 5 and 10 euro. The hotel is very basic but spotlessly clean. Double room is tiny as is the shower room (no bath). Bed was large and very comfortable but maybe room could have done with smaller bed so as to have more space to walk around it. The satellite tv contains 2 english channels. CNN world news and Eurosport. Because we spent most of our time out of the room it was adequate but not for lounging around in after a long days sightseeing. If you intend just to sleep and go this hotel is for you otherwise try a 4 star.
Nice hotel, great location
Great location, good price, a nice breakfast included, the rooms not too small and clean. In my opinion a find for the price of 90 Euro which I got of the Best Western website.
Lovely Hotel, Great Location
Was slightly unsure about booking a 3 star hotel in Paris as I'd got the impression that it was hit and miss given that a lot of the buildings hotels are in appear to be quite old and possibly run down. I'd read the reviews for this hotel and was reasonably happy that it would be OK - it was even better than I'd expected! It is clean, appears to have been decorated quite recently. Its small with character and a good atmosphere. We were on the 6th floor where all the rooms have balconies (we were in room 603 which appears to have the largest balcony and would be lovely in warmer months). As its in an old building don't expect a big room but although the room and bathroom are quite small they are well fitted and very comfortable. The lady on reception on the Friday and Saturday was very friendly although the lady on the desk on the Sunday acted like she'd rather be somewhere else (only small criticism)! The location is perfect - 30 secs from Place de Madeleine and the associated metro station, and a short stroll from Opera, Concorde, etc. Definitely recommend this hotel as a reasonably priced, comfortable, clean place to stay.
A great stay
The quick and dirty - we received a great rate over the internet and were still given a nice room. The room had a queen size bed, was very clean, with a sofa, chair and mini bar. Safe required a 50 euro key deposit. Blackout curtains plus black out shutters. With the curtains and shutters drawn - it was pitch black. Room was large for Paris standards. Breakfast was included, one of the few Best Westerns in Paris that include it. The staff and common areas were nice, but you go here for the location. It is between Printemps on Haussman and Madeline. You can walk everywhere. Highly recommended.
Enjoyed Our Stay!
October 22- 25, 2004.
We stayed at the Folkestone Opera this past weekend. This hotel is in the Opera (8) District near the Madeleine Metro. The Madeleine Church is located in this area. I would reccommend this hotel. The lady at the front desk was very plesant and answered any questions we may have had.
There is a buffet breakfast.( no scramble eggs or bacon, this is Paris). The breakfast is very fillings. The rooms were a nice size for a Paris hotel. The rooms are for a double or twin bed stay. There is internet access for a fee in the lobby. There is a small bar near the sitting area in the hotel. A shuttle to the airport can be arranged as well as tours through the front desk. We enjoyed our stay at this hotel, and would stay there again.
Convenient, Comfortable and Clean!
The spotless rooms were perfect for our needs and we're particular. The location is very convenient. Walk to the Opera only 5 blocks away, major Dept. Stores, 4 blocks away, Madeleine Metro 3 blocks. Having a mini bar in the room afforded great snacks......pate' wine and cheese from Fouchon only 3 blocks away.
A lovely buffet breakfast was included in the room rate.
We have stayed at this hotel on three occasions and will certainly go back. The staff was extremely helpful.
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