Hotel Le 123 Elysees - Astotel Paris
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... I did not understand most of what the chef was saying, but he was kind enough to ask me from time to time if understood him. It really didn't matter, though, if i understood him or not, because it was a "show and repeat" kind of class. The chef would show us how to do something, and then we would do it. He could have been speaking a long extinct African tribal language, and I would have been able to follow his direction. It was good, though, that one of the women there ...
... forecast said there would be a thunderstorm later in the day.
When we reached the gardens we both realised that the gardens were too massive to walk around. Even the main lake itself is absolutely huge, so we hired bicycles and rode around the gardens. It sprinkled a little with rain whilst we were riding around but generally the weather was perfect and the gardens looked spectacular! Every inch of the garden was perfect from the colour ...
... so early, watching the city wake up was like watching a flower bud blossom into a rare and beautiful flower, and it poured into me a kind of energy and enchantment all of it's own.
Our first destination was going to be the Louvre, but we were unable to find our connecting Metro train, and did not really an itching desire to go, except to seem cultural. We instead bought ourselves some crepes smothered in Nutella (thanks to the gentleman who sold us them being so ...
... They don't charge for the walks but people tip what they feel is right. Being Aussies we pressed him to say what is usual and he said €10 per person is what most do. We did a little more and felt we got great value.
The walkover, we stopped off at the markets in full swing at the square. Lots of jewellery etc but also produce including fish ( which were being packed up when we arrived as it was a warm day). We topped up on fruit and veggies for ...
... such a long day on the go, saw us come back to a a nice dinner finished off with patisserie cakes, and of course French cheeses! My French, starting to come back to me slowly, made for an interesting evening - I don't think I have ever been so quiet!! I think I am going to call Paris the city of stairs as I feel like all day we have walked up and down escalators, stairs and all sorts - 7 metro journeys later I was still not sure I had walked off everything I had eaten and drunk!!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Le 123 Elysees - Astotel Paris
Charming Boutique Hotel
Great location within 5 minutes of Champs ...
Decent sized rooms and bathrooms - all recently remodeled.
Cute lobby and restaurant area - breakfast included.
Go directly to hotel website for the best rates - I paid between $199Eu-$399EU for my stay - definitely worth it for anywhere under $300EU.
Ovviamente è stato rinnovato e migliorato molto
Ho soggiornato in questo hotel per un viaggio di lavoro (luglio 2006) e non avevo letto le recensioni prima di partire (un collega aveva fatto la prenotazione per me), ma sembra chiaro che l'hotel sia stato completamente rinnovato da quando è stata scritta l'ultima recensione. Questo è per lo più un moderno hotel boutique. Le camere sono arredate con molto gusto e hanno un aspetto molto moderno e pulito. La mia camera era dotata di TV a schermo piatto e interenet ad alta velocità. Il personale era disponibile e cordiale. Il bar al piano di sotto era bello ma non posso commentare sul cibo in quanto non abbiamo mangiato in hotel (come è già stato detto da altri, nei dintorni è pieno di posti in cui mangiare). Vorrei far notare che su Expedia appaiono delle foto datate dell'hotel, mentre sul sito di TripAdvisor le foto dell'hotel, tratte dalla galleria di foto della Orbitz, sono più attuali. È interessante fare un confronto e vedere com'era prima e adesso!
Dall'esterno non ci sono indizi su cosa aspettarti ma, una volta in camera, lo spazio, i soffitti alti, l'arredamento e il decoro minimalista, il bagno di gran classe... tutto rende questo posto una piacevole sorpresa.
Nice little hotel
Whilst the hotel itself is a bit more high 3 star than the advertised 4 star don't let this put you off.
Paris can be a pain to find a decent hotel and this one is certainly one of those (a decent hotel that is). Our room was a little on the small side, but tastefully decorated all the same. the bathroom was generally nice and it was very clean. There is little to do in the hotel so therefore its' location becomes the most important factor in staying there.
Only across the street lies the Metro St. Phillipe de Roule which is a decent line and a five minute stroll brings you to mid- Champs Elysees. It is definitely a great central location and safe area too. However if you come by car (as i did) parking is a problem! 2 hour maximum stays all over the place.
Back to the hotel, well it is a little dear when considering the breakfast wasn't included. For 22€ per person for a very basic breakfast we opted instead to cross the street to Starbucks (i know i know) instead!
I would recommend this hotel for the above reasons, however i personally would maybe opt to spend that little bit more next time and stay somewhere special.
Chic Right Bank hotel
My husband and I stayed here for five nights during the first week of September. It was our second time in Paris and also, our honeymoon. We stayed at the K+K Cayre last fall and wanted to try another contemporary/modern boutique hotel, but on the Right Bank this time.
We are big on style and prefer not to stay in accomodations featuring antique/period decor. The Hotel Le 123 was certainly decorated to our liking. Our room was spacious enough for a Parisian hotel room and featured a big comfy bed and an interesting piece in the form of a workshop-type wooden table with high stools. No complaint with the bathroom either. There was plenty of space around the sink to place toiletries.
Our room rate included breakfast, which can either be taken in the lobby bar downstairs or else ordered the night before and delivered to your room. Skip the runny eggs. Excellent cheeses and breads.
As far as service, we befriended Javi, the bartender from Peru, who made a mean gin fizz. Although the front desk staff can use a refresher in hospitality, a couple of the women did assist us in making reservations for the Moulin Rouge (which you should skip as it is terribly overrated) and dinner at Altitude 95 atop the Tour Eiffel. We had a few problems with getting our breakfast served on time; the problem seemed to be a shortage in staff. We also had a problem with a neighbor next door who chose to smoke on our nonsmoking floor. The day after we complained, the smoker had seemingly vacated the room or ceased smoking, probably the former rather than the latter.
The hotel is located on the corner of Rue de Faubourg St. Honore and Roosevelt in the Champs Elysee district. It's conveniently located a minute's walk away from a Metro station.
Would we stay here again? If the price was right; but definitely not at the rate we paid for our honeymoon.
From the outside one has no clue what to expect but once you get into your room the space, high ceilings, minimalist (just right) decor and furniture, top class bathroom... all make it a very nice surprise.
Obviously renovated and much improved
Had to stay here for a business trip (July 2006) and hadn't read the reviews here in advance (a colleague booked it for me) but it seems clear that the hotel has been completely renovated since those reviews were written.
The hotel is very much a modern boutique-style hotel. The rooms are very tastefully decorated with a very modern, clean look and feel. My room was equipped with flat-screen TV and high-speed internet.
The staff were helpful and friendly. The bar downstairs was fine but I can't comment on the food: we didn't eat in the hotel (as others have pointed out, it's a great neighbourhood with plenty of choice).
On another note, it appears the Expedia link on this site points to the former name for this hotel and includes out-of-date photos. The "photos" link on TripAdvisor points to the Orbitz photo gallery which shows more current photos of the hotel. Interesting to contrast and compare!
The room itself was Horrible
I've stayed in hotels in Europe before, in fact, alot. I know that unless you are staying at a top hotel, a quaint bed & breakfast or a hip boutique hotel expectations should be lower than what most experience of a hotel in the States. However, this was beyond acceptable. This room was frightening. Something out of National Lampoon's European Vacation. The walls were covered with fabric wall paper and there were stains on the walls, in more than one place. Who knows what those stains were but it honestly gave the feel of a dirtbag hotel. The bed had so many lumps and a pit so deep it was honestly laughable. The bathroom was so outdated, it looks like it hasn't been updated since the early 70s. Yes, the location is incredible, it really is in a great place. The bakery downstairs sells some of the best Chocolate Croissants I've ever had in my life. However, the room itself gives the feel of a pay-by-the-hour hotel room in the Bronx.
Great location but poor accommodations
Central location ALMOST made up for shabby accommodations. Bed was very lumpy, no one gave us a replacement for a burnt lightbulb, and one of the receptionists was very rude and unhelpful. If it weren't for the great fun outside of the hotel, it would have been a disastrous stay.
Definitely does not warrant the 3 stars given by a hotel booking website. Two stars is more like it.