Grand Hotel Dechampaigne
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It was obvious on our tour that there was a lot of indulgence in the Palace of Versailles. Louis XIV was the main king who lived here (72 years reigning), but despite his ...
... of hours to kill so enjoyed another cup of coffee and cake and read.
This train is with Eurostar where the others have been with Italiarail and was a very comfortable and smooth ride. We arrived in Paris around 3pm. Each time we arrive in a new city, I have the feeling of vulnerability as we try and find our way around and to our hotel. Paris was no different. We have done really well previously either walking or using public transport. I must admit I was feeling ...
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We will definitely return here!!!
The location is ideal--close to the Seine, Louvre, Notre Dame, Sainte Chapelle, metro, great restaurants and shopping. The staff were very friendly and helpful (we were so impressed that we asked them to please let us know when they visit San Francisco, as it would be delightful to treat them to lunch here) . The rooms were very clean and quiet, with high ceilings and comfortable beds. The room sizes vary from small to large suites, and are priced accordingly. We have stayed at more glamorus hotels, but never any that we were more satisfied with!!
Excellent hotel with in walking distance of old Paris. In addition a main metro station that connect to all of Paris is less than 3 minutes walking distance. The hotel staff was very polite and helpful! In addition the rooms were quite nice for a 3 star hotel! In reality it beats most other 3 star hotel rooms in Paris! High recommend this hotel! Look forward to stay at this hotel again.
during the past 8 year I visited paris 2 times a year and most of the visits I stayed at the "de Champain's ". The stays where always ok but never extraordinary. the rooms ar very small but clean. (never accept the single rooms with ..1 at the end) (101/201 etc). these rooms have no daylight and are very very small. The staff is friendly and helpfull, the breakfast is ok.
For an inexpensive charming hotel, this is a great choice!
For an inexpensive hotel w/ a terrific location, this is the choice. My friend and I (two 30 something women) stayed here for our week in Paris. It was a coin toss between this hotel and one somewhere on the other Bank, and we are VERY GLAD we picked this one! As others have said, the location was key, it's one block away from the Chatelet metro which has 4 trains, it's walking distance to the Louve, the River Seine, and the Pompadou, and tons of other places. Great shopping in the area, about 3-4 French dept. stores are 2 blocks away.And while being near a lot of thing, it's kind of in its own alleyway--off a treet that's off a street. It is safe, but VERY QUIET at night. So you will sleep quite well.Rooms are small and a bit dark, the bathrooms are OK but do not expect a luxurious bathtub. High ceilings and windows.
The staff is friendly (not OVERLY so, but nice enough) and breakfast was VERY good, more than coffee and bread. And I THINK they now have open a rooftop so you can eat outside. We were very happy with this hotel, and would go back to it.
Put our review in the "positive" column
My husband and I just returned from Paris and I wanted to weigh in on our stay at the hotel. We stayed there three nights and had a great experience. The location is terrific if you want to walk to the Louvre or Notre Dame. The metro stop is a just around the corner. And there's a grocery store (we tote bottled waters around with us) right across the street. We found the staff to be friendly and helpful at the front desk and in the breakfast room. We didn't hear the noise the other reviewers did. And yes, the wallpaper and bedspread was all red and white toile in our room, it was small, the shower was tiny, but we were in Paris! We didn't go there to spend time in our room. Go and enjoy!
A good stay.
After reading several of reviews for the Grand Hotel de Champagne, I felt compelled to add another. We stayed in the hotel in March and our group took up three rooms. Since our group had two room changes, we got to know 5 rooms in total. I would suggest, if you want extra sleeping space, always request 2 twin beds, rather than a double bed. Two twins can be pushed together and in total will make a king-sized bed.
European doubles are about the size of a American full. It's a tight squeeze for 2 adults. The double bed is just the reason my friend changed rooms, and upgraded to a suite pictured in the gallery on the hotel's website. The room was beautiful, and she didn't mind paying more for the upgrade. Some of the rooms are better decorated than others, so if you're picky, or if you're on your Honeymoon, you may want to take a look at the gallery of pictures on their website and choose a room that suits your tastes. Call the hotel and make your exact request known. My other friends changed rooms because her mother was elderly and needed a bathtub. The hotel put them in a suite-sized room on the top of the hotel for no extra charge. The streets can be noisy when the the streets are cleaned. Bring some earplugs and you'll sleep like a baby. The breakfast buffet was good--especially since breakfast was included in the cost of our room. Yet, it did grow tiresome by the end of the week, after so many days of the same choices. At the moment, breakfast doesn't seem to be included so, for 12.50 Euros a day, I'd make a sandwich to-go before I left the breakfast room! Really, I think you could find something reasonable at a nearby cafe. The location is great. The hotel is a short walk from the Seine and if you're up to it, you can easily walk to Notre Dame.
The metro is just a couple of blocks from the hotel. For a late night drink, the front desk clerk will sell you a glass a wine, or you could try the little nearby bar/restaurant run by a nice young couple. The woman speaks English, and although we didn't try it, the food looked very good. Head in the direction of the Metro and turn right on the first or second street. The litte pub/bar is will be on the right. For restaurant recommendations, just ask the woman at the front desk. She had business cards on hand and if we wanted, she would call ahead and make a reservation for us. I am not surprised that the couple who took their "first and possibly last trip to Paris" were annoyed that the front desk clerk was indifferent to them. Most seasoned travelers to Paris know that Parisians do not warm up to strangers at the same speed as people in the U.S. Don't take it personal, it's a cultural thing.
Also, never leave anything in your rental car in a big city, here or abroad. The hotel will watch your suitcases for you at no additional charge. This can be very helpful, especially if you want to free up space in you room.
Quaint $ charming w/ a terrific location!
My husband and I shared one room, our children another. While not large, they were clean, well-appointed and just plain charming! The breakfast room was really nice with it's timbered old walls. The location, however, was the best. 5 minutes from a major metro stop where numerous lines converged and a short walk to Notre Dame and Sainte Chapelle. Frankly, I was appalled to see the 2 negative reviews....it made me wonder if we had all stayed in the same place!
Too few bubbles in the Champagne, Paris
This hotel gets one mark basically for it's location. If you stay here you are close to Notre Dame, The Louvre lots of department stores and a metro station that can get you to the airport in 30 minutes.The staff were indifferent to my wife and I, no matter how friendly we tried to be, they just didn't take any interest. when we arrived, we were basically told, "Here's your key, your room is up there somewhere!"We stayed three nights and we hardly slept due to an uncomfortable bed and the constant noise outside our window. Grand Hotel De Champagne is not on a main street, but the street just behind one and that means you are kept awake by deliveries made to the rear of the stores. My wife and I were shattered and this took the sparkle off our first and possibly last visit to Paris.The decor of the rooms also leaves a lot to be desired. The wallpaper was white with some pink squiggles on it, this matched the bed, pillows and the curtains! it was everywhere.The hotel is old and the floors are creaky and the breakfast is not worth the extra 7 euros each that you need to pay. If you want to enjoy Paris, I'm sure there are better Hotels than this.
A $10,000 theft
We stayed on the last night of our honeymoon after driving back from Monaco. I (stupidly) left my suitcase in the backseat of our rental car. Between 2am when we returned to the hotel and 7am when we left, someone bashed in the window of our car and stole our things, the car was parked directly in front of the hotel main door. The clerk said 'oh, I must have fallen asleep'. However, it seemed to us that he knew about it all along.
Ideal location in 1st Arrond., one block from Seine, around the corner from the RER and 5 min. walk to Notre Dame, Louvre, Les Halles, the Marais. 16th Cent. building with lovingly decorated rooms, no two alike. Staff friendly and helpful. Rooms typically small but very clean and well kept. No view to speak of but excellent mattress, hot water and water pressure. A bit dear considering the lack of amenities and size of rooms, but the location is unbeatable!