Hotel de Castiglione
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel de Castiglione Paris
Definitely not a 4 star....
The Hotel lobby was quite nice and the staff was friendly, but the rooms were horrible. The furniture was old and beat up and my parents room had a musky smell. While the location was wonderful, this hotel certainly was not worth the costs and I would not recommend it to anyone.
Room with no view
I stayed (3) in a room. The beds were singles which is not to be confused with twin. They're very narrow and not especially comfortable.
The third bed was really a fold out fouton--also HARD!. The walls are covered with fabric that has been stapled on--imagine! No bathmats OR shower curtains! Breakfast was excellent ditto the service from staff.
We found it to be acceptable
We have been to Europe many times, and we don't expect too much from European hotels. We expect good service and decent accomodations, but everything is small in most of the hotels we have stayed in and we are used to that.
We honestly had no problems with this hotel. The staff was efficient and while I don't recall anything outstanding about the stay, I don't recall anything terrible either.
I was surprised at the reviews here. We found it to be average.
Could Have Been Worse
There is no question that the only thing that is four-star about the Castiglione is its location which is very central to shopping and museums. The A/C did not work in the first room we were given, and we had to make a scene at the front desk to get another room. That particular desk clerk was rude and unhelpful, but other experinces we had with the staff were satisfactory. The room was not great by US standards, but acceptable. Furnishings were rather worn and we had a problem with our in-room safe that locked and would not respond to our code. Getting the safe open was a major hassle, but the staff did do their best on this problem. In summary, the Castiglione is over-priced if you want a nice facility, but fairly priced if you are more interested in location.
Better than I feared
I discovered the four previous reviews of this hotel about an hour after booking it so I arrived in fear and trepidation. However the receptionist was polite and pleasant, speaking English when my French gave up. Yes, the corridors were narrow and the room was small but it was perfectly adequate for a short stay (3 nights) and the bed was comfortable. On the plus side, the location of the hotel is excellent, a few minutes walk from the Place de la Concorde and the Madeleine, and it is a lot cheaper than the other hotels nearby, such as the Crillon!
On arrival, a female receptionist greeted us very rudely.When we protested about the shabby rooms we were offered even more shabby rooms. The wall-paper was worn and peeling, the furniture rickety and not worth 1 Euro cent. The corridors were clattered with old furniture that would make it difficult to escape in case of fire.The "restaurant", reception and lobby area decorated with cheap furniture and completely different than brochure. When we complained the staff told us that they had just refurbished.Very misleading.. In the end we filed a complaint to our agent and were sent to a real 4 star hotel at the same price.
Definitely not 4* hotel. Very disapointed with furnishings in bedroom and lobby needed smartened up.
Furniture was needing painted or replaced, especially in the bedroom given to me
Cute location - great access for walking to Champs Elysses and Place de La Concorde etc.
Great shopping area but that's all.
Staff friendly and helpful.
Overall verdict ok for location but badly needing refurbished and certainly not 4*.
Rude staff and a dump to boot
What a lousy hotel. the rudest hotel staff I have ever encountered anywhere. One desk clerk said "you have no right to use our refrigerator" (it was in our hotel room!)The bathroom would be great in a torture chamber. the bedroom--horrible, peeling wall paper, tired old pink wallpaper. a depressing place. I couldnt sleep --perhaps haunted by the ghosts of unhappy travelers
Standard Room was not even nice enough for the help.
We made the mistake of booking through a hotel booking company. Apparently they give their "Standard Rooms" to these companies and then feel no guilt about the sorry state of the rooms. The wallpaper was stained and ripped and the room had about one foot of space on either side of the bed with no side stands. The bed was tilted towards the top and was the lumpiest bed that I have ever tried to sleep on. We tried to get another room, but the "Upgrade" would have cost us $140 U.S. dollars. We were all ready paying 155 U.S. dollars, so we atttempted to make the best of a bad situation by joking about the situation we were in. I have stayed in Hotel 6's in the states that were far more comfortable. My advice is to stay away from this hotel.
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... along with the swarm of people passing through each room and by the end of it you're physically exhausted, and your senses are inundated with the whole experience.
The next day after Allison and Kevin had left, my cousin Ian and Valerie from London visited us. Valerie was going to be in Paris for work and Ian accompanied her just to come see us! It was a wonderful visit since I haven't seen Ian in years. The kids had a blast playing ...
... pizza and you could actually see the chunks of different cheese- the taste was phenomenal.
We didn't pay to go inside of anything and only looked from the outside and I am not in the least bit regretful about this. I am happy with the time and adventure that I had. We saw what Paris had to offer for free and were ecstatic at what we received.
Here is to hoping that all of our adventures are as beautiful and memorable as this.
Ah, Paris, the city of love and lights! We had a fabulous time here and are sorry to leave. Such beautiful things mom and dad saw for the first time; Tour Eiffel, Notre Dame, Arc du Triomphe, River Seine, the Louvre...and all the quaint shops, boulangeries, cafes and streets along the way. Dad was pick pocketed in the Metro on the way to see Versailles and lost his credit cards and $200 and his drivers license. We were able to cancel the cards and put an alert with ...
... at a
chocolate store where we all bought pounds of chocolate.
Our last meal was a Parisian candle lit dinner and we all were sad that we had to
leave the next morning bright and early. After dinner, of course we all had room for desert so we stopped at a homemade crepe shop where I got a Nutella and banana crepe again! We definitely had a busy day in Paris and are all exhausted so we called it a night and headed back to our hostel where we packed up ...
... found a small, friendly restaurant where we had a lovely meal that energized us for a sortie into the dazzling street life of St Germaine.
Simply blown away by the splendour of both the buildings and the local lifestyle... deeply impressed.
Next day we walked along the Right Bank of the Seine straight to the Louvre. The powerful bells of Notre Dame ringing out the early Sunday mass were just unforgettable, a ...