Los Angeles, California
March 25, 2006
The hotel has made an effort to create a "feel for an era" when the music of Mozart prevailed and his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, was based on a play by the hotel's namesake, Count Beaumarchais. This play was then adapted into the opera by Mozart's librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. http://www.reginaopera.org/figaro.htmIt's location, in the 4th arrondissement (Marais district), is amenable to accessing anyplace in the city. http://www.carondebeaumarchais.com/The hotel is itself, as well as the rooms, small but efficient. My first reaction upon entering the hallways and our guestroom was that it felt like a doll's house, but oh-so adorable. Many of Paris's moderate-range hotels are like this, but it should not detract from the visit. We were greeted by the owner, Alain, who could not have been more gracious and inviting. He checked out our room while taking up our bags and then offered us the key. The bed is comfortable. There is small writing desk and two chairs. I liked in particular the fact that our room had two wardrobes, one on either side of the bed, which helped to accommodate our belongings effectively.
This hotel provided more hangers than some, which is always appreciated by women. The bathroom, though small, is clean and in good working condition. It includes a deep though short bathtub, and a movable wand-type showerhead. As is customary in Europe, a shower curtain is not part of the design, so it takes a little finesse not to flood your bathroom while showering. I personally am a bath aficionado and like to soak while I bathe. We faced the front of the hotel and there are tall french doors that open up for air and a view. The heavy wood beams, as well as the miniature chandelier on the ceiling, create a mood for the room, along with the tapestry-style curtains and the worn period-style carpet. The lighting is most adequate, but the unmistakable winner in features is their WI-FI connection in the rooms. This is to die for for any savvy traveler. We LOVED it! For convenience, you just can't beat it. It eliminates the need to search out an internet cafe and get used to a foreign keyboard, while sitting next to noisy and rude patrons while you're trying to collect your thoughts. Isn't technology the best.
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