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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel du Louvre Paris
This was the worst hotel I've ever stayed at. Absolutely nothing to recommend it. I am baffled at the positive reviews- perhaps they write them themselves. To begin with, the first room they offered us was about 10 by 10 with a full size bed and long narrow bathroom. (This was for 2 adults and 1 child!!) I told them it was unacceptable- especially for 300 euros/night. They used the "completely booked" excuse on us that a previous poster mentioned, as well as claiming that the reservation was for one person, not three (not true, but one would think the amount of money would determine the room, not the number of people -I'd be pissed off at that room even for one person.) The second room they found us- someone had checked out after rejecting it- was also tiny, but had a king size bed. Unfortunately, it lacked privacy curtains- you had to keep the blackout curtains closed or else everyone in the courtyard could see into your room. The room was dark- it was hard to read even with all the lights on- and cold- the heat didn't really work well and it wasn't all that cold outside (around 40 F) so there was no excuse. The bathroom was as large as the bedroom, brightly lit, but had two pedestal sinks with absolutely no storage- no shelves, no baskets, nothing. The concierges were nice enoughbut mostly recommended places they were assured of getting kickbacks from, and had no idea what restaurants would be kid-friendly. (We found one on our own, an Italian restaurant two blocks from the hotel, filled with locals and their kids.) Breakfast was a complete rip-off- 21 Euros for stale croissants and some bread and bad coffee. A pity, because one of the better salons de the in Paris is about a block and change from the hotel. The location is central, but I think it's criminal that the hotel charges top dollar (or top euro as the case may be) for the few rooms they have not refurbished. I will never stay here again and would caution anyone to pay heed to the negative reviews - they all seem to sound the same note (the du Louvre has several really awful rooms that they have no compunction about booking people into.) I know I wish I had.
We stayed 5 nights at this hotel and loved it. Upon arrival a bottle of wine and cookies were delivered to our room. The bedroom and bathroom were very clean and decorations very pleasing. The staff was very helpful, concierge restaurant recommendation was great. Excellent location and walking distance to many Paris attractions. There are 4 Metro stations around the hotel that made for easy access to trains. I would recommend and consider staying at next visit to Paris.
Perfect hotel in Paris
we definitely do love this hotel, love the rooms (with view on the street, not at the cour), helpful staff, very nice and cosy bar.
Although the hotel is quite expensive.
We stayed here in Sept 2003. The hotel is located literally across the street from the expansive Louvre Museum and in close walking proxmity to many shopping areas and museums.We received a room upgrade to a Jr.
we booked a deluxe room and we got a junior suite with two balconies and a separate sitting area. large bed, really soft, soundproofed windows. okay the bathroom is not very spacious, but what do you expect in paris? nice bath, separate toilet. we even had a small hall before we came into the room. very friendly staff. nothing is too much to do.
cosy bar. the location also is perfect, close to all nice attractions and cafes, restaurants, metro and shops. It is quite an expensive hotel (it was our honeymoon) but I would love to go back........everything was perfect.....
Caution-See your room first
We extended a tour finishing in Paris in Mid September 2003, and departed a wonderful hotel to try the Hotel du Louvre for a few extra days. The room was very ordinary, with no charm (reminding us of Howard Johnson's in the 60's), and the bath was so small that one had to climb over the toilet to get in the tub. Not a feat for anyone with limited agility. No alternative rooms were available due to complete booking, or offered to us later. The location of the hotel is ideal for visiting the museum, but there is horrible traffic noise day and night, and our room had minimal air conditioning. Be prepared for high prices and minimal service in most cafes and bars surrounding this tourist locale.
Loved the Hotel du Louvre
Just got back from a one week stay (8/16-8/23/2003) at the Hotel du Louvre. The hotel was wonderful and you couldn't ask for a better location! A few steps away from the Louvre! The staff was very welcoming and efficient. Our room was very good by French standards (we were upgraded to a Junior Suite upon arrival) and also had air conditioning. The houskeeping staff was great which also included a nightly turn down service! We had a buffet breakfast each morning (21 euros a piece) and ate several meals at the hotel which were very good.
While it is a little pricey ( but not in comparison to the other hotels in the area), you can not beat the service or the location. I plan to stay here again when I return. Highly recommended.
Visited Paris in June 03. ***LOVED*** everything about it. We also visited London and I wasn't as excited about visiting Paris, but I was very pleasantly surprised and definitely plan to return.First- a warning about the Metro- watch out for pick pockets (especially the station at the end of the Chunnel- they just hang around targeting travelers coming off the train)! And I mean *seriously* watch out! I take Boston's train every day and I was unprepared. I was almost pick pocketed but luckily was saved by a very friendly/helpful local who yelled at him! I turned around and my bag was WIDE open- I had no idea when it was happening. I had a backpack (bad move on my part)- watch out especially with those. The luggage was a total pain getting through the entrance to the Metro- there are doors that close behind you and another set of doors that open in front of you. If you're not fast, your luggage may get stuck when the doors close (and they CLOSE- you will NOT get you stuff out of the doors with ease- trust me, I know!). As soon as you get through the first set of doors hurl your stuff in *front* of you and haul butt through. Otherwise, the Metro is fine (taxi to downtown Paris from Chunnel is expensive- I think about $60).Our hotel was SOO nice- I can't say enough great things about it. It's 'Hotel du Louvre' (be careful- there's lots of different hotels with similar names) right next to the Louvre- perfect location. We were right next to a Metro stop, right next to tons of shopping and restaurants. The rooms were small but very nice (the bathroom was huge!- Almost as big as our room! and very clean). Staff were very helpful and friendly (got us a reservation in short notice for the very exclusive 'Spoon' restaurant). Fully airconditioned, awesome view of the opera house and turn-down service was a treat (they put on classical music... nice touch). Breakfast buffet was pretty good- worth going to (it was included for us). When I return to Paris (and I will return!) I plan on staying in the same hotel.We did everything you can possibly do in Paris in four days.... I highly recommend doing a tour through Cityrama- visit .... We did dinner at the Eifel (it's a set dinner- ok dinner, great view), a boat cruise on the Seine (kind of cheesy, but a great way to see tons of stuff along the river) and then the Moulin Rouge show (great, entertaining show- and comes with glass of champagne!)- it was an AWESOME tour and well worth the 135 Euro. We were glad we did it the first night since we didn't really know how to start in Paris. It goes late (like 1am), so make sure you don't have too early of a start the next morning.We used a Rick Steeves Paris guide- I recommend it highly (I actually did research on the best tour book (yeah, I'm a geek alright!) and this one got the best reveiews). It gave us lots of tricks for skipping lines. It also gave a little 'mini tour' of each site we visited (you just read along and it explains everything). We took it everywhere and saw tons of other people with the same book.I suggest the museum pass- skipping the line at the Louvre made it worth it alone. We also got to skip the palace tour line in Versailles. We visited the Louvre, Musee D'Orsay (loved loved loved- especially impressionism), Rodin museum (the thinker sculpture), Army museum and Versailles (I personally thought the gardens were a bit overrated- it took THREE hours to walk through the whole thing! I don't think that was worth doing) with the pass. Well worth it- I think it was around 30 Euro and we got it at the Metro (only certain Metro stations sell it).We didn't speak *any* French! We got by pretty well if we stuck to the touristy areas. We got a little phrase book not really to speak French (what would we do with their answer??), but to translate the menu! Waiters were in general pretty helpful- a few places even had English menus if you asked. We got by okay with the phrase book- we tried hiding it at first, but then gave up as it was pretty obvious we were tourists anyhow!Just relax in Paris- kick back at an outdoor cafe with a bottle of wine and a pastry and just enjoy it (the scenery, the people...)! See what you can see, but don't stress out over it.
Hotel Du Louvre - Phenomenal!
If you ever want to splurge and stay at a wonderful four star hotel in Paris, Hotel Du Louvre has it all . . . location, service, great food, comfort. The staff was always helpful. The concierge's advice was always on target. The morning breakfasts were well worth the money (I've never had such a great breakfast). The room and bath were luxurious and comfortable. Very clean and upscale.
Stayed at this hotel in Nov. 2000 for a family vacation with our adult son and daughter. The hotel provided us with adjoining rooms. One was beautifully decorated, not large but comfortable, high ceilings, massive windows, beautiful draperies FABULOUS bathroom. The adjoining room was much smaller, very simple and not luxurious at all. However, for our purposes it suited just fine. Staff was very friendly and courteous and was helpful with every request. The common areas of the hotel are tastefully done in the European fashion and the restaurant serves a good but simple breakfast (included in our room rate). Other meals available and it is a famous bistro with non-Parisians, but I recommend getting out to the neighborhood restaurants instead. Bar was small and cozy and very nice. The BEST part of this hotel is the location. It is in the 1st arondissement directly across from The Louvre. Metro stations right across the street. Walking distance to fabulous bistros and some shopping. Because it is centrally located, you can walk almost anywhere from there. Metro to further destinations is very simple to use. I recommend this hotel and this location very highly.