Paris Marriott Opera Ambassador Hotel
How has this hotel rated in the past?
- Minbar in room
- Meeting rooms/conference facilities
- Car rentals
- Drycleaning onsite
- Wireless internet connection in room (free)
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Very welcoming staff and all we would ask for to enable comfortable accomodation within easy walking distance to so many of the treasures of this most captivating of cities.
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Secret Garden Quito
Great Location in a wonderful city
My husband and myself stayed at this hotel in February 2005. We were given a non smoking twin room at the front of the hotel with a balcony which would be great in clement weather. The staff at the hotel were very pleasant, polite and helpful (anyone who has not visited Paris for a couple of years will be pleasantly surprised that the city is now more user friendly than it used to be!). All the staff on reception spoke fluent English. The facade of the hotel and the lobby are impressive and the location could not be better, 5 minutes walk to the Opera district with all it's shops and cafes, a pleasant 15 minute walk to the Seine, in fact all the main tourist attractions including the Louvre are within walking distance if you're reasonably fit but do wear appropriate walking shoes!. Everyone we saw on the Eurostar were wearing high heeled boots or shoes, not a good idea if you plan to walk around Paris (the best way to see all the sights if you supplement with side trips on the Metro).
This is a traditional french hotel, I understand it has recently been refurbished, a little more imagination could have been used in the choice of decor but our room was clean and a decent size for the middle of Paris. Although at the front of the hotel, the room was surprisingly quiet which may have had something to do with being at the end of a small corridor. The bathroom was large with marble tiles. It was very clean and the Annick Goutal toiletries were excellent. We found the hotel very atmospheric in an Art Deco way!
The self serve continental breakfast had a comprehensive range of rolls, croissants, pastries, cold meats, cereals, juice, yoghurt, cheeses, in fact something for everyone, plus unlimited hot drinks in urns which at the time of our visit were being constantly replenished. If we have any complaint it is that breakfast could be served in a better location with more organisation. There were no individual tables only large conference type large round tables where you were forced to share with other guests. There was also no separate area for non-smokers or indeed separate tables so you are forced not only to share a table but in most cases have to share with guests who smoke incessantly during breakfast which is a little unsettling and uncomfortable if you are a rabid anti-smoker (like us), although fine if you like your breakfast to taste like 20 Benson & Hedges!
However on the whole we enjoyed our stay at the hotel and can honestly say it was in one of the best locations we have stayed at in the City. The staff and ambience at the hotel were excellent.
One piece of advice, it would probably help if you got a deal on the rate, we got a good deal from an offer and were pleasantly surprised. For many years we have made our own arrangements with regards to accommodation either booking on the internet or direct with the hotels as when bought from a tour firm as a package the reality never normally lives up to the travel company's hype but on this occassion we managed to get a good quality hotel at a very good price. It was much cheaper than booking direct or through many of the internet sites. However, if we were paying full price for a room at this hotel we may have a slightly different view and may stay somewhere else as there are probably better hotels if paying premium rates.
Having not stayed at the Concorde chain of hotels before to which the Ambassador belongs, we can honestly say that we would stay at a Concorde hotel again (having stayed at various Holiday Inn, Hiltons & Marriotts in the City, the Concorde has been the best of the big hotel chains). Highly recommended!
Good and bad points
Good points - location as said in other reviews. Very close to 2 metro stations, Richelieu Drouot and Chaussees D'Antin Lafayette. Nearest supermarket is on Rue Caumartin - right from the hotel and past the big stores, such as Gallery Lafayette. Reception staff were very helpful. Room had good air conditioning, and although it wasn't a specific non-smoking room (as requested) there was no smell of smoke in the room. Food ordered through room service was excellent - especially the chicken, salmon and lamb (all about 20 Euros a meal). Bathroom was very clean and the bath tub filled up to the brim in minutes. Room cleaned to a good standard each day. Umbrella in closet for guest's use during visit was a nice touch.
Problems - the rooms facing into the courtyard are very dark, even with all the lights on! The minibar fridge failed to keep anything cool, never mind cold - so if you want a cold drink, you have to ask room service to deliver ice. The hotel's website is rather misleading - we booked what we thought was a "Superior room " through the Eurostar website and found that it didn't quite match the specifications provided on the Eurostar or hotel websites - e.g. no bath robes, no separate WC to the bathroom. Lots of smokers in the hotel - there was often smoke in the elevator in the morning. I think our room was standard rather than superior - there wasn't a lot of room to store clothing etc.
Overall I wasn't unhappy with the stay - and would recommend this as a good hotel if you get a good deal on the price.
Lovely hotel convenient to shopping
The Ambassador is a classy hotel for the price. Rooms are large for a mid-priced Paris hotel, and are nicely appointed. Excellent, helpful staff. Good breakfast buffet. Convenient to a busy shopping district (my wife was in heaven) and close to the metro and rail station. But a bit out of the way from most of Paris' main tourist attractions and restaurants. I found it relatively convenient to most of my business appointments in the 8th and 9th districts.
Ok, not great
Room was clean and modest size but old and worn. The lobby and restaurant were great but the room lacked the same appeal. location is good for shopping, eating and the subway.
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in June 2002 and we loved it! We were unsure of what to expect as our travel agent had booked this hotel in coordination with our flight to Paris. We had a rather large room and large bathroom that was quiet. We enjoyed the delicous breakfast and even ate at the hotel restaurant for dinner. It was wonderful food! We stayed here 3 nights before leaving for Switzerland and Italy. We left several large bags with the bellhop for the duration of a week. We had no problems retrieving the bags on our return - everyone was most helpful. I would definitely stay at this hotel in the future.
Good location, that's all
Great location next to the shops, opera and transport, but rooms need refurbishment and cleaning. Used by tour groups, so huge numbers of Japanese there. Entrance lounge extremely smoky. As other reviewers say, the breakfast buffet at EUR 24 each is not worth it. There is a cafe 50 yards on the right of the hotel across the street which offers a much better organic breakfast for EUR 6.50.
A nice and pleasant stay.
I stayed two nights at the Ambassador Hotel in July 2004 and found the staff to be very friendly and helpful on arrival. There was six of us altogether in three rooms and checking in went very smoothly. There are leaflets you can pick up in the lobby to help you get around Paris which i found to be invaluable during my stay.
We stayed in standard superior rooms and found them to be very clean and spacious with a traditional homely feel to them. The bathroom was very clean and quite large with a bath and shower. The bed was two big singles put together but still pretty comfy, and after sightseeing in Paris all day you'll fall asleep in just about anything! There is also an electronic safe in the room which is handy. The television is ok with plenty of channels and an alarm, but i particularly liked french MTV!
The hotel is situated very close to the Chaussee d'Antin La Fayette metro station, just one stop from Opera which is where the Roissybus stops if you take it from Charles de Gaulle airport. If go straight ahead out of the hotel you'll find a main street full of restaurants which are open till very late, most restaurants in the surrounding area close between nine and ten in the evening.
Although we only stayed two nights it was very comfortable and the staff were friendly. The price we got at expedia was very competitive and the hotel was definitely worth what we payed for. My only gripe was that the bar and breakfast were very expensive but you can always go elsewhere. A good hotel in my book.
Ideal location for shopping in Paris.
The room is large by European standard. Beds are comfortable. Toilet is in a separate room from the bathroom. The hotel is ideally located for shopping at Lafayette and Printemp. The Metro station is half a block from the door. The Rousybus stop to the airport is a ten-minute walk from the hotel.
Good location for shoppers
This art-deco hotel is a 5 minute walk to Galeries Lafayette, ideal if shopping is on your Paris trip itinerary. The famous Opera Garnier is also a short distance walk.
The bar and lounge area make for a great place to "hang out." The superior room was spacious by French hotel room standards. Room service was on par as well. Renovating the rooms with new furniture and carpet should be the hotel's next step to making it a five-star hotel.
Good bread & butter hotel.
A nice hotel in the Opera district. At $200 a night in November is was neither a steal nor too expensive. Very nice lobby & bathrooms, but my room definitely needed newer furniture & carpet.Recommended.
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