Best Western A La Villa des Artistes Hotel

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Best Western A La Villa des Artistes Hotel

, Paris
3 star

Rooms: 59

9 Rue de la Grande Chaumière - Paris - 75006 - France Hotel Website | | 01.43.26.60.86
238 Traveller

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9/10
Child friendly Hotel
Submitted by: Elizabeth in 03/05/07
  • Age Group: 31 - 40
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Family Traveller
It is always a concern to my husband and I when we travel with our 2 and a half year old daughter, as to whether the hotel we have chosen to stay in will be child friendly - or if ther staff will be child-friendly! We stayed in a triple room on the second floor (204). It was great for our daughter - plenty of space for her to run around in and above all it was extremely clean! The staff at the hotel were extremely helpful with all enquiries. They were also extremely patient and tolerant of a noisy 2 and a half year old in a morning at breakfast!! The only negative thing I will say about the hotel is that sometimes they were late cleaning the room - sometimes as late as 3.30pm. We would highly recommend this hotel particularly if you do have a young family.
1/10
Disappointment
Submitted by: Barbara Donaghy in 03/10/05
  • Age Group: 51 - 60
  • From: United Kingdom
  • Traveller type: Business Traveller
I had confirmed booking for this hotel for the Friday 30th and Saturday 1st October. Arrived to check in only to be told that they had double booked and had booked me into the sister Best Western hotel Floride Etoile - totally different part of Paris from which I wanted to be staying. Receptionist told me that they always did this with Best Western hotels and overbooked clients - and sent them to fill otherwise empty Best Western hotels in Paris. Am very very unhappy as was looking forward to staying in this area rather than Etoile which was totally not where I wanted to be.
1/10
Stay Somewhere Else!
Submitted by: A Travel Library User in 29/03/05
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Review--Hotel a la Villa Des Artistes: 0 Stars(NOTE: Under the current system, every hotel must receive at least 1 star. Thus, in order to write a fair review of the Villa Des Artistes, it was necessary to administrate an alternative ranking system)


SCALE
On a scale from 1 to 5 stars, (with 1 being the worst conditions imaginable and 5 being the epitome of hotel greatness,) the Best Western Villa Des Artistes rates a big, fat ZERO.


INTRO
If you're looking for a hotel with discourteous employees, unforeseen plumbing disasters and a shortage of rooms, this is definitely the place for you. If, however, you are in search of an enjoyable hotel experience with friendly staffers and ample accommodations, then you would do best to avoid the Villa Des Artistes entirely.


Please read on to find both a short and longer account, (the latter is also known as a "manifesto,") of our nightmarish Villa experience. Whichever one you read, though, the moral of the story remains the same: Under NO circumstances should you stay in this awful, godforsaken excuse for a hotel.


SHORT VERSION


Summary of Experience:
The hotel manager gave away our room, then blatantly lied about it. Instead of explaining that he'd overbooked, he told us an incredulous story about a "terrible flood" destroying all the rooms on our floor. He then booked us at a vastly inferior neighboring hotel, and pocketed the price-differential.


Review:
The aesthetically-pleasing courtyard and quaint neighborhood of the Villa Des Artistes were, nonetheless, overshadowed by its lying hotel manager and crazy floor-destroying floods. Great-looking bar, though.


Conclusion:
Reservations mean nothing to these people. They give your room away, and then laugh at you in french. Never, ever stay here. Ever.


LONG VERSION:


Summary of Experience:
Although we'd paid in advance, confirmed our reservation 48 hours prior, and brought along our voucher (i.e. proof of payment), the hotel was somehow unable to find our names in the computer. After informing us that there was "un petit problem" with our room, the concierge called over the hotel manager, whereupon the two conversed(in French,) and admitted that the hotel had made a mistake and overbooked.


Nevertheless, the manager then addressed us in English, explaining that a "giant flood," (apparently of biblical proportions), "[had] completely destroyed all of zee rooms on our floor."


As a result of "zee flood," the manager informed us that our room was no longer available, and offered to find us alternate accommodations at a neighboring hotel.


Unsurprisingly, we found the new hotel to be vastly inferior, leaving us to understand that the Villa Des Artistes had rented a room for us at a cheaper rate, and pocketed the difference. Note: This "understanding" was confirmed by the concierge at our New Crappy Hotel, who spoke quite frankly about the Villa Des Artistes' policy of overbooking, and subsequent unloading its pre-paid guests.)


Review:
Jeez, were you even reading? The manager of the hotel told us that our room was destroyed by a giant flood, then booted us to a Motel 6 across the street. My life now has a purpose, and that purpose is to ensure that the Hotel a la Vista Des Artistes is SHUT DOWN.


Conclusion: Pop-culturally speaking, this place is the Ashlee Simpson of hotels. A pretty little package, but when you get right down to it, it's just a big, fat lip-synching lie. No one looking for a relaxing Paris vacation should have to contend with fictional floods and dirty, lying Frenchmen. Not only should you never stay here, but you should forward this review to everyone you know and love, and prevent them from making the mistake of a lifetime. It's too late for us. But please--save yourselves.
8/10
I recommend this hotel!
Submitted by: Pierre in 06/04/05
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  • From: Belgium
  • Traveller type: Businessman
Nice little hotel in an excellent location. Near St-Germain and Montparnasse area. Staff is very welcoming and breakfast is quite good. I recommend this hotel.

Top Local Tips for Paris

Be adventurous We tried several cafes and restaurants -- we ordered using our basic French and found every meal in every place was delicious! Eat where the locals do and you can't go wrong!

Etiquette Always try to speak some French - even if it's just "bonjour". The French do appreciate it when people try to speak their language and will help you if you get stuck.

Musee d'Orsay You really need to see this place! Go early in the morning so you can avoid waiting in line any more than you have to. Start at the top as this is where the Impressionists are. You can get within inches of such famous paintings as Whistler's Mother. Look at the architecture of the building as well.

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  • Address: 9 Rue de la Grande Chaumière - Paris - 75006 - France
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