a traveler from Travelocity.com
on March 7, 2009
I just spent 7 nights at the Westin in the first. I have been reading reviews for weeks in anticipation of my trip. Some reviews almost made me change to another property. the GOOD I arrived at 10:30 am - was greeted at the curb where my luggage was whisked away. I was warmly greeted at the reception and although check in was not until 2 pm, I was assured I would have a lovely room within 30 minuets. As I waited i could not help but notice the exquisite architecture - the lobby surrounds a stunning courtyard. It is as if you are outdoors. My room was ready as promised and it was beautiful. Very large by Parisian standards, nice decor, great bathroom and incredible view onto the courtyard. I kept the large french doors open at night to the sound of the fountain. Very peaceful - ( room 1007 ) I read others complaining about the thin walls and this is true - there were only a couple of times that I even noticed though. Within blocks of most of the major sights, the location is ideal, and a very short metro ride to the Marais-) I felt very well taken care of and my friends staying nearby were quite impressed. not so GOOD This is not the best hotel for a business traveler. The lack of wifi in the room was a hassle for me. The fact that I was tethered to a desk at 9 euros an hour to do my computer communication and research about the parisian hot spots was not good. Bring your own converter for electricity. They do provide one in the minibar - tried to charge me 12 euros a day for using it.
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