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May 14, 2009
October 29, 2002
This was a reasonably priced hotel in a great location (a three minute walk to the Eiffel Tower). And that is where its benefits end. After walking in the rain, we arrived at the hotel on Thursday afternoon. We were greeted with an oh-so-nice desk attendant who THREW our key at us and told us our room was on the first floor.
The room was small, which we expected. It was a fairly clean room, although the blankets and floor were heavily stained. The room was a double shower with a color TV, wardrobe, desk, chair, dresser, heater, and bathroom with a sink, toilet and shower.
The hotel is small and old, but I am not sure how old. The other guests did not take care to walk quietly up the stairs nor did they try to speak quietly as they went up the stairs. Our room was next to the elevator, which was also noisy. The weekend nights were louder than Thursday and Sunday nights. The desk attendants sometimes smoked, which made our room smell horrible! And they watched TV all night at a very loud volume level.
There is a breakfast room, although no one told us if it was included or if we could have any. One morning we asked the nicest of the desk attendants and he said we had to tell him the night before if we wanted breakfast. When we came back a few minutes later he let us have breakfast because some of the guests who had ordered it did not come down. Breakfast included a basket of croissants, biscuits, and pastries and coffee. What we didn't discover until we checked out of the hotel was that our breakfast was costing us 6 Euro per meal!!!! No one told us this at any time!! Also, the maid used her key and walked into our locked room without knocking on one occasion and made no apology.
There is some excuse for the "French Attitude" but there is NO excuse for hotel employees to be consistently rude to you! If it wasn't for the great location and low price of the room, I would have been irrate!!
From journal Autumn Paris