Hotel de la Bretonnerie
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de la Bretonnerie Paris
Great Location, Good Value
Extremely convenient location, friendly, helpful staff, and wonderful breakfast in downstairs "cave". We opted for one of the junior suites and would not recommend paying the additional for these accommodations. They are very spacious but the first floor was only furnished with a desk and two chairs. Upstairs was the bedroom and TV. The first floor was large and could have easily contained more comfortable furniture such as a sofa and TV. We would recommend sticking with one of the regular rooms for a lesser price.
The Bretonnerie was a terrific escape in Paris. There were three of us, and the mini-suite was wonderful. The price was right and the location terrific. The breakfast in the cellar room was perfect for a day of exploring the city of lights. I will definitely stay there on my next visit to Paris.
4-stars for Value and Marais location!
If, like me, you love Paris and your preferred neighborhood to stay in is the Marais, you have 3 choices...1) any number of bland, average and charmless 3-star hotels in the neighborhood 2) the 4-star Pavillon de la Reine, oozing charm and luxury and accordingly priced or 3) right at his hotel in an outstanding location with very fairly priced 3-star rooms and suites. Your best bet and a great value is a "charming" room and rooms facing the courtyard are always quieter. I recommend this hotel which used to be somewhat of a secret to repeat visitors to Paris who adore the Marais.
A good value, but not awesome
We stayed at this little Marais hotel because of the location and thought the hotel was okay. The standard room was small, but it was clean and had all the basic amenities. The bathroom had a euro shower with the handspray only. We faced the street and it was surprisingly quiet. The only noise we heard were the neighbors kids screaming occasionally, but it was muffled enough. There wasn't anywhere to put our luggage and the tv was quite small, but since we were out and about, it was no big deal. Good food in the area such as a small cafe called Le Quotidien and a chinese restaurant called Chez Tzou. The staff included both friendly ones and somewhat surly ones. It's no Four Seasons, but you get what you pay for.
Charm and value in the best part of Paris
We recently spent six nights at this wonderful, charming and perfectly located hotel. Our room (what they called, I believe, a "charming room" - between a "regular" room and a "junior suite") was on the top floor, with a sloping ceiling that many might find bothersome. However, we found it to be a romantic, quintessential Parisian "garret". (And it was quite nice to be on the top floor, overlooking the rooftops from the dormer windows in both our bedroom and our bathroom.) Although on the the street side of the hotel, our room was set back into a niche - so we weren't literally "right on the street". The street noise was only "bad" one night (Friday), when a bar across the street was going late and loud. In the long run this was but a minor complaint, and to be expected in such a thriving, active neighborhood. (Of course, being from New York City, we might have a different definition of "street noise".) The staff was courteous and helpful, save one - the man who appeared to be the head desk clerk. However, we even came to appreciate his rather sour (but ultimately arch) style by the end of our stay - a classic Parisian, I would say. (And the housekeeping staff was extraordinarily friendly - we had breakfast in our room every morning).
The room itself was cozy and beautifully decorated (not overly "cute" - we would have never gone in for that); its size was small but certainly not, in any way, claustrophobic. Finally, I have to comment about the bathroom: If the sloped ceiling was a bit of Parisian charm that took a while to appreciate, the bathroom practically constituted a luxury room unto itself. It was large, well appointed, tasteful, clean and completely "up-to-date". In short, if you want a personal, charming, private, cozy hotel at a good price in a truly wonderful, centrally located but tucked away and "just happening enough" neighborhood of "Old Paris", well, this is the place for you.
Huge compromise might be your fate here!
This hotel is in a prime location, but on small and deceptively noisy street. The management is a bit spikey and quite touchy, but the rooms are clean. Our experience was that my girlfriend and I had reserved a Junior Suite. We had specified that we wanted 2 beds in a quiet location, and we were assured over the phone that our room was quiet and equiped with a double and a twin bed. When we arrived, however, we found that our room was on the street side of the hotel (cacophonous, especially on a Saturday night), and there was only one bed, a lumpy double.The young, attractive woman with whom we had originally spoken over the phone months before stonewalled us, saying that we did indeed have a Junior Suite, and if we wanted an extra bed they would bring in a cot! She also denied that we had been told there was a Junior Suite with 2 beds in it and insisted that the room we had was the one we reserved. However, we did see a Junior Suite at the back of the hotel (quiet side) being cleaned the next day which had precisely the bed configuration we remember reserving - one double and one twin.At the end of our sleepless stay, we asked how we could be assured of keeping the room we reserved if we ever came back again (and we won't!) The woman mysteriously replied, "That all depends ... on many things." We got the impression that long-time customers routinely bump newcomers for the best rooms. Since there is such a vast difference between rooms at this small, quaint and very old hotel, we don't recommend going if you're not fond of being at the whim of the management.
Great deal, great neighborhood
The Bretonnerie was an excellent choice. After staying at a hotel around the corner that was 200 euros per night for a TINY room, the Bretonnerie was a welcome relief. We got a large room with a spacious bathroom and junior suite for less than the other hotel! The staff was very helpful, a class act. The location is great, close to the river and lots of nightlife.
Charming and happening
My partner & I stayed at Bretonnerie for 9 nights in the fall of 2003.
We had one of the large loft rooms on the 1st floor (room #3, with bed and wardrobe up; sitting area, dresser, and large bathroom down). It was worth every penny; I've visited Paris several times before, and this is by far the nicest place in its price range that I've ever seen or stayed at. The staff was uniformly warm and kind, and there was no problem with having breakfast brought to the room on those mornings when we had partied a little too heartily. The room is on the street side of the building, and the street is busy until quite late and gets going very early; in the summer this would probably be bothersome, since there is no A/C, but the windows are new and VERY effective soundproofing when closed, so we had no trouble.
We're already planning our next stay there, during the winter.
A Lovely Hotel
Seeking refuge from a bad hotel experience, I stumbled into this lovely hotel in the Marais in May 2003. It sits in the heart of a lively and interesting neighborhood; has lovely, soundproofed and (for Paris) large rooms; and has a gracious staff. It was more expensive than I'd initially been prepared to pays, but it was a joy to go from a very unpleasant experience to this charming hotel (I had to take a much larger room--but, hey, it was available!). My stay could not have been more pleasant.
This hotel has a favored location in the Marais, a few blocks away from the Pompidou and City Hall (Hotel de Ville) on a generally quiet side street. Nearest Metro stop is Hotel de Ville. The hotel room interiors maybe a little too precious for some, but overall are "cozy" and clean.
There's no a/c so it maybe preferable in mid-summer to get a courtside room rather than a streetside one to leave the windows open at night without hearing a lot of street noise. Hotel staff are pleasant enough.
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