Royal Garden Champs Elysees
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Stay away from this one
I was in Paris in June 05 when temperatures reached 95 degrees. The hotel advertises it has rooms with air/conditioning. They just do not work.
The temperature in my room was about 90 degrees. I complained
and they sent in a technician. The technician verified and said that their
A/C unit is not strong enough. The hotel management said that's the best
their A/C unit can do. They proposed another room and it was even worse.
Unless you enjoy hot and humid sleepless nights in Paris, stay away
from this one.
Good but sadly not what we expected
I booked an executive suite in this Golden Tulip because I would be travelling with my mother - and because it was her first trip abroad in over 30 years, I wanted it to go as smoothly as possible - with as many home comforts as I could manage.
According to Expedia, the executive suite should have come with a sofa bed and kitchenette but we had neither of those things. I complained to the reception but was told no other rooms were available. We had to share the king sized bed and use room service instead - which was rather annoying. Really, the only "suite" characteristic was that it had a separate seating area. The layout of the room was also peculiar - with the bathroom and toilet being across the seating area from each other (and both opening directly into the seating area).
If I had booked a normal twin/double room and got that one, I would have been more than pleased - I was just disappointed because we expected (and had paid for) more than we got.
Aside from that, the room was clean and quiet - with good air conditioning/heating. The bed linen was good quality as were the towels. The shower was nice and powerful. The seats were also very comfortable - just what we wanted to collapse into after a long day of walking.
Location wise, it was very good for us. It was only two minutes from the Arc de Triomphe, five minutes from the busy section of the Champs Elysees and ten minutes from the Seine (Pont l'Alma) - and that was down George V - so great for window shopping on the way!
We didn't have breakfast in the hotel - we thought 20Euros was a bit steep - given one day we ate breakfast at a lovely cafe on the Champs Elysees itself for half that price (for an even cheaper option, the boulangerie/patissere just across Boulevard Haussmann was great!). There is also a great Italian restaurant around the corner (Finzi) - highly recommended and so close.
All in all, I would recommend the hotel just with the warning of checking that you are really booked into a suite if you want that. Also, the spa isn't open on Sundays and closes by 7 in the evening so if you want to include that, make sure you time it right.
The hotel was fantastic. Great location, very friendly and professional English speaking staff, and large and clean rooms. The kitchenette lacked extensive cooking utensils, but was sufficient to make breakfast and snacks in the room, cutting down on eating expenses. Definitely the best hotel I've ever had in Paris and at a very reasonable rate.
Location good, otherwise disappointing
We found this hotel to be smaller than the pictures made it appear. The lobby, lounge and restaurant area were nice. The restaurant was very good, although somewhat spendy, particularly for the breakfast buffet at 20 euros for eggs, bacon, sausage, etc., not a huge selection by any means, but good. We had an excellent anniversary dinner here.
As for the rooms, maybe a 2 out of 5. This hotel is 15 years old and it appears that little, if anything has been done to them since it opened.
The first room we were given was quite small. I would have been willing to put up with that except that the walls were very dirty and badly needing a paint job. The sheers on the window had a large cigarette burn. The drapes were nice, but didn't match or coordinate with anything in the room. The bedspread was very cheap and very thin and didn't begin to cover the bed - looked like a thrift store reject. I went down to the reception desk and told the man that I was displeased with the room and why. He took me to two other rooms which were larger and I took one of those. The furnishings were a little better, and the room looked clean, but no decor to the room at all. The TV was a small 19" and reception was like the last time I visited Paris a few years ago, only about 7 or 8 channels, only two of which were in English, CFN & ESPN, so don't plan on staying up late to watch a movie unless you want to see an American movie with French dubbing. The bathroom was the best, was all marble and a nice tub, but with aging fixtures. We found the staff at the hotel to be helpful and friendly, the location of the hotel was good, within about 3 or 4 blocks of the Champs Elysee. I suppose I would give it 2 or 3 out of 5, with the caveat that this is definitely not a 4 star hotel as Hotels.com billed it; maybe a 2 or 3. If they would go in and re-furbish the rooms and give them a little style and class with coordinated decors, it would help a lot. The corridors of the hotel are as pictured, nice paneling, etc, but the rooms are not something you would want a picture of, although our room was comfortable. With taxes, we paid $175 a night for this. One of the reasons I chose this one was because of their "spa, with available massages," for my wife. It turns out that it is not their spa, it just happens to be on the same property, four floors down from the lobby through several doors and long corridors. When I found it, it was full of women listening to a lecture. Turns out it was closed for the week! I've come to the conclusion that unless you want to pay considerably more, Paris is not a place to get a room with many amenities.
Booked the Executive Suite through Venere. The hotel room was nice and spacious, although nothing fancy. Location was excellent - couldn't have been better. As for the staff, I can't say enough about how nice and helpful they were. The only downside for us was the lack of room service outside of breakfast. However, with all the wonderful cafes around, it isn't too big of a detraction! Would definitely stay here again.
Loved this hotel
My husband and I stayed at the Royal Garden in March 2004 (Golden Tulip Hotel). I spent a lot of time reading up about Paris before going and it is often stressed that the hotel rooms tend to be very small and often there are no elevators. This hotel has good sized, very well equipped rooms, there is also an elevator. Their website provides a very accurate picture of the hotel facilities. Breakfast was excellent hot and cold buffet - help yourself to all you could eat. There is a Spa and beauty parlour in the basement but you pay extra for this and I had no time to try it out. The hotel is situated on Rue Du Faubourg which is an avenue parallel with Champs Elysee and literally 5 mins to the Arc d' Triomphe. The open top tour bus leaves from here frequently and I considered it a very good buy (3 day pass 21 euro) as you could hop on and off as often as you wanted for three days. Make sure to take very comfortable walking shoes as no matter where you stay in Paris there is a lot of ground to cover. Don't miss a visit to the Sacre Coeur in Montmarte, absolutely beautiful, it can be seen from the Arc d' Triomphe up on the hill but you need a metro to get there- not overly impressed with the area of Montmarte but the cathedral is a must.
Excellant value for your money
It sometimes is an adventure when selecting a hotel in a foreign country, especially when you plan on staying in one location for 8 consecutive days.
Well I lucked out with Golden Tulip Saint Honore, everything was better than I could have hoped for, the room, including the bathroom was large, clean, modern and spacious, the hotel staff was the BEST, the location was ideal - quiet street but only a 3 minute walk to the Champs Elysées and The Arc de Triomphe. There was plenty of cafe's to select from in the neighborhood.
I would definitely stay there again and again.
Nice place to stay
We booked a suite through Expedia, and were very pleased with the results. The suite was on the top floor and had a large deck that faced a synagoge and some other buildings. The window in the living room faced a Dominican Cloister Church. Silverware was available on request and was clean. The staff was very helpful and all spoke enough English to make life very easy. Didn't try breakfast at the hotel, but there was a great bakery J. Julian that was located across the street from the St Phillipe Metro stope.
Just returned from staying 6 nights at the Golden Tulip St Honore. I booked through Expedia.com. This hotel provides 4 star service.
Although I did not stay in a suite the standard size room was comfortable enough for 2 adults and one child. There was a full size bathroom with a tub/shower. The room faced the front of the hotel on a somewhat quite street. The staff was pleasant and helpful. Breakfast was expensive but there are numerous restaurants offering breakfast within walking distance of the hotel. The hotel is located on the infamous Rue du Faubourg St Honore and within walking distance (2-3 blocks) from the famous Champs Elysees. Location is excellent for transporation, walking, shopping, browsing and anything you want to do in a safe fashionable neighborhood. For the price, service and location I recommend the Golden Tulip St Honore.
Golden Tulip Royal Garden Good for the Price
Good for the price...we had a suite for the price of room only at other
hotels. We appreciated having the extra space at such a good price.
However, I suppose because of that price found cheapest at
bookahotel, our balcony faced a wall. Also kitchentte was only
furnished with the dishes and cutlery as I was told when contacting the
hotel directly. When we asked the front desk, was told that is "on
request only". When those dishes were dirty, not replaced even though I
asked. Therefore, teapot, microwave not much use. The front desk staff
was very friendly. However, the breakfast of 19.50 euros was
excessively expensive, consisting of hot drink, juice, a basket of
breads & jelly.
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