Historical Traveller Reviews of Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants rue des Bons Enfants
our third hotel on our 20th anniversay trip. It is the perfect location to the louvre and really everywhere. The hotel is quaint however the staff are a little rude. We arrived about 20 minutes before check-in and our room wasn`t ready. We said we would wait so we did. There was no conversation at all not even a welcome to paris! When we got into the elevator that was interesting, very small. The room was lovely and the bathroom very large and very new. The hotel had undergone a revamp in april .CNN on the tv was the only english channel, not that we were in our room a lot ,but it was interesting listening to the simpsons in french!! On our third day as we arrived back from disneyland we were asked by the man at reception if we had our key. We said yes and continued on to our room. When we came back down to go out for dinner we were asked to leave our key at the front desk. We said that this was the first time we had been asked and the man said that he liked to know who was in or out of the hotel. As we had sat at reception some 30 or so minutes waiting for our room on the day we arrived, nothing was said to us at all regarding this issue and that would have been the perfect time to do so.Every time we came back or went out the people at reception did not even attempt to say "hello" or "Enjoy your day" . We found them very cold and not receptive at all. Maybe it`s the french but they are running a hotel and we are the customer. On the whole this hotel was great, just the people running it not so great.
we did not have their breakfast as we didn`t think they deserved any more money from us. We paid 700euro for 5 nights which was pretty good for the time of year(26thdec-31st dec).
Great location and price
The hotel was a block away from the Louvre and near the metro. For the price, we couldn't believe the great location and room amenities -- flat screen tv, marble bathroom, free internet, comfy bed. The rooms are small but it wasn't a problem for us since we were out exlporing most of the day. The tiny winding hallways were weird and the night clerk was not too friendly, but other than that it was great! I would definitely book again if staying in Paris.
Another great basic Paris hotel
I found this place by accident because the place we actually booked had a problem and had to re-locate us so I was obviously very pleased that this turned out so well. The location is awesome. It's as central in Paris as you can get with almost none of the places you'd want to visit more than a 25-30 minute walk away and if you're headed to the Louvre you can walk there in 5-10 minutes. Neither the lobby nor rooms are anything fancy but they are very nice and well-maintained (the place seemed recently renovated) so in this location at this price you cannot go wrong. The night time reception clerk was not exactly friendly but his daytime counterpart was delightful so all in all I would stay here again in a heartbeat.
A great Place!
I stayed in this hotel in early September of 2007(all by myself, a 20yr old student on the way to a studyabroad program) and was amazed by the cleanliness, location, and the helpfulness of the staff. The room was VERY nice, and clearly had been recently rennovated. And what was even better, I didnt feel threatened at all being alone at this hotel.. Its central location(literally right next to the louvre) made it a breeze to see all of the sights. I would recommend this to anyone, single, on a romantic vacation etc, it was a very good experiance.
Great location--Excellent service
My husband and I stayed at this hotel in December, and I can highly recommend it. We arrived early in the morning--too early to check in--but the front desk clerk was very helpful and immediately offered to store our bags. The location was ideal: right around the corner from the metro and the Louvre, and within easy walking distance of Notre Dame and the Champs Elysees. On the downside, the room was very (very) small and rather old and dark, but otherwise clean and comfortable. There was some construction work being done at the hotel, so we did hear that, but they never started work until at least 9 AM, and they ended early in the afternoon. Also, my husband accidentally left his wedding ring in the hotel room; we contacted them by email, and they let us know that they had found it. Upon our request, they mailed it to us. When it arrived, it had been carefully and tightly wrapped, and they had also taken the time to send it by registered mail. We honestly never expected to see the ring again, so we were very pleased. I can highly recommend the experience of staying in this hotel.
We stayed here from 27-30th Oct 06. Booked it for its location, reasonable price and having read previous reviews here.
Location is EXCELLENT. Right behind the Louvre and Tuileries Gardens, next door to the Palais Royale, within walking distance of the Latin Quarter, Opera and the Champs Elysees....the list is endless.
Rooms, while very small are immaculately clean. Fresh linen every day. The bathrooms are a real shock as they are completely new and fresh, tiled from floor to celing and very modern by French standards. They also have a wall mounted hairdryer.
Rooms have Air-conditioning, mini-bar and safe.
Cons: Our first impressions of the hotel overall were very poor. The corridors are really, really narrow and appear dark and dingy. They could do with a fresh lick of paint, new carpets (or a more appropriate floor covering) and definitely new ceiling tiles. On entering the first double room we were faced with a hole in the ceiling where the air-con had been fitted and not finished off.
The bedrooms could do with some re-papering or paintwork to bring them up to the standard of the bathrooms.
The staff (front desk only, we didn't deal with anyone else) could be very unpredictable...one minute chatting away, the next hardly acknowledging your presence.
Overall, once we got over the initial poor impression we had, the hotel actually grew on us and by the end of our three day stay we all agreed that we would stay here again. In three words it is convenient, clean and comfortable.
pros outweigh cons
The cons may just be things that are typically (or stereotypically) French - indifferent front-desk staff; extremely small room (the foot of the beds, 2 singles shoved together, almost touched the wall), claustrophobic elevator and hallways . . . but the pros make it worth staying there. Clean, comfortable, great bathrooms (for some reason), fantastic location, and quiet. I've stayed there twice in the last 6 years. If you get a room on the courtyard, you hear people in the other rooms a little, but it's generally very quiet. I would recommend this hotel for a few days stay but wouldn't want to stay more then 5 days myself. I'd need something a little bit bigger.
I recommend this hotel
We stayed at Loiret/Bons Enfants Sep 22-24, 2006 and had a great time. The room was small but very well-equipped (mini-bar, lots of storage space). The halls were narrow but they now have motion-detector lights in them. We didn't have the breakfast (7 euros) so I can't comment on that. The staff weren't overly friendly but they were accomodating. Our first room had some water leaking in when it rained so they moved us to a better room for no extra charge. We didn't get any money off for the inconvenience but we also didn't ask. It's very close to the Louvre and the Metro, walking distance to Notre Dame and many other places. We paid 124 euros per night for a double room. We also had a baby and they provided a crib. They have an internet station downstairs which looks very nice and is close to vending machines. Our first room was on the inside (overlooking a courtyard) and therefore very quiet. The second room was upstairs and the rain was loud on the ceiling window but we didn't mind. I would stay here again.
Quiet yet very central
We had chosen this hotel because of the reasonable reviews on Tripadvisor and because of its central location. It was not a mistake. Sure, the room was small, as in most Paris hotels, but it was clean and it had airco (which had recently been put in, judging from the still visible hole in the ceiling), which was a blessing. The bathroom was very well appointed.
Literally around the corner from the Louvre, you are walking distance from all the major sights. But it's in a dead-end street, so no traffic noise! The staff was friendly, even though we arrived in the middle of the night due to major train delays. Check for 'Promotion' (= discount) in the months of July and August - we paid €100 per night instead of €120. The lift and corridors are very narrow, so if you have a lot of luggage or are quite large yourself, you may have to reconsider.
Economical, Clean, Great location
My 2 sons and I stayed at the Hotel Le Loiret for 2 nights in May 2006. We had a triple room on the ground floor. The room was smaller than USA hotel rooms, but we did not feel cramped. The room was clean and everything was in good working order. The room was quiet. There was no nearby construction and the small street out front seldom has traffic. We could hear rumbling from the metro, but only as background noise and not enough to be disturbing. The room has an in-room safe. The location is great, near the Louvre, and metro 1 and 7. All of the desk clerks that we met were friendly and spoke English. If I need a hotel in Paris again, I will stay here.
Top Local Tips for Paris
Paris is full of clean, basic and incredibly priced 3-star hotels in great central locations. Check tripadvisor first but if one of the highly rated ones in available, go for it and don't spend your money on a big fancy hotel.
The Metro is your friend
Get a Metro map immediately when you get into town, or before. If you are familiar with the El in Chicago you are golden. If not, just remember the last stop of each line to go in the right direction. The lines are numbered and colored...it's so easy. Transfers are free, so all you need is 1,50 Euros to go one way or 3 Euros for a round trip. You can see everything via the Metro!!
Arrange for a shuttle service ahead of time to pick you up and deliver you to the hotel/airport. They are much cheaper than a taxi. The Hotel Louvre Bons Enfants has a shuttle service they use that was half the price of the shuttle services you can get at the airport. Also, go onlonie to purchase a Paris Pass. It provides free entry to all the museums and tourist attractions in Paris, a boat tour down the Saine, and free transportation on the buses and Metro lines for however many days you purchase the pass for. It was well worth the price and saved us alot of money.