Historical Traveller Reviews of Mayfair Hotel
Definitely Not Worth The Price
I have just returned from a 2 night stay at the Mayfair hotel in Paris. I chose the hotel because I wanted a nice, upscale, smallish hotel in a ritzy area.
I was disappointed for several reasons.This defintely isn't a 4 star hotel.
I will list the pros and the cons for this hotel.Unfortunately, the latter far exceeded the former.
1- The breakfast was a joke, worse than even some 2 star hotels. It cost 14 Euros ($18) for a jam,bread and a croissant!
2 -I ordered room service on my night of arrival and waited 45 minutes for an omelette and a cheese sandwich.!
3 - The cleaning service was horrible. I used shampoo and conditioner which were NOT restocked when the room was made up.I guess they thought the additional shampoo and conditioner were enough for 2 people.
4 - The room was supposedly non-smoking but reeked of cigarette smoke.Also the blankets were rough and uncomfortable.
5 - Their TV was only 14" and as old as time itself.
6 - The hotel is exhorbitantly expensive considering how small the rooms are . It also appeared to be understaffed.
1- Great location 2 minutes from the Place De La Concorde.
2 - Great staff , though the manager was a little pompous.
3 - The hotel does have a historical aura.
I really don't want to sound whiny but I had to share my opinion because I was disapointed by my stay. For that price, I could have stayed in far superior hotels in Paris.
Absolutely fantastic in every respect
We just returned from a six night stay at the Hotel Mayfair with two other couple - Tres Magnifique! The staff was fantastic (tri lingual: English, French and Spanish), and was exceedingly helpful and friendly.
This is a dream location for tourists who like to walk. Left bank sites like St. Chappelle, Notre Dame, and the Latin Quarter are in easy walking distance. The Louvre is right around the corner. The Opera House, Place de Vendome and other nearby attractions are also just a beautiful stroll away. There is a metro station less than 2 minutes away.
The Hotel itself is very clean, with comfortable spacious rooms. It offers an excellent continental breakfast, and the additional full buffet for 5 Euros is very much worth it if you plan on a late lunch.
Just down the street is a fabulous restaurant known as La Ardoise - have the Hotel make reservations for you! Their 35 euro fixed price menu is to die for...
When we return, we are staying here without a doubt...
This was a top notch hotel with beautiful rooms, new bathrooms and incredible staff. The location was on 3 Metro lines and easy access to taxi service at the nearby InterContinental Hotel. We enjoyed our stay at the Mayfair. Try to get a room in the front of the hotel as they are a little bigger and it's nice to look out onto the street. Other than the hotel we loved Sergeant Recruiter Restaurant on I'lle St. Louis, the Bataux Paristian Dinner Cruise, Le Duex Magots for Late afernoon drink, and the St. Germain Area for shopping and dinner.
A Wonderful Hotel
My parents and I stayed at the Mayfair Hotel for 5 nights in May and enjoyed it immensely. Just off of the Rue du Rivoli, the hotel is only a 5 minute walk to the Concorde Metro (and two L'Open Tour Bus stops). 10 minutes in the opposite direction was the Lourve and about 15 minutes northeast on Pyramides was a Monoprix (grocery store in the basement). The Opera and Galleries Lafayette were walkable distances away (20 mins). The rooms were spotless and large by European standards. We had a King size bed and a rollaway. It was lovely having a mini-refrig. with a freezer compartment in the room (we bought groceries and kept them in the fridge - tip: soda is EXPENSIVE in Paris at 2-4 euros a 20 ounce bottle. Buy a 1.5 liter bottle of coke at Monoprix for 1.4 euros, chill it overnight and pour it into individual bottles to take with you or fill your bottles with water and ice). We were quite comfortable because room temperature was easily adjustible and since we were on a side street, the room was very quiet and the turndown service was nice. The complimentary breakfast, while limited, was delicious. We loved the pot of creamy hot chocolate, croissants and toast in the morning! The front desk staff was very friendly and always had a smile and a "Bonjour" for us when we left our keys before going sightseeing and they were helpful in calling taxis for us. We had no problem with our bill (no extra charges) and there was never any question about security. We felt very safe at the Mayfair - It IS in the first arrondisement. My Mother and I (two women-one a senior) felt very safe walking to the hotel from the metro around midnight. We took a Taxi from the CDG Airport (43 Euros to the hotel). For such a good price (through go-today) we would definitely stay at the Mayfair again!
Great staff in an average hotel
I wish I could give this hotel an excellent rating because the front desk staff was excellent, but for reasons I'll explain I can't. The pros: *Great* location, very helpful staff, bargain price. Cons: Room decor was very shabby including threadbare comforters, housekeeping could use some Tilex and a scrub brush for the tile grout as ours was full of mold, maintenance needs to take care of things like light fixtures and bathroom fans that don't work. I also learned a lotu about the objective nature of the European hotel rating system, and how a hotel with such issues can be rated as four stars. A tip: Book a room through the service of your choice, then a few days before checkng in go to the hotel's web site and see if there are any last minte room rates available. That saved us 35 euros a night.
Friendly Staff/Great Location
This is a small 53 room hotel with excellent service, friendly staff, with very clean and comfortable rooms. We had 3 adults in a triple room (me & my wife, and my sister) and it was adequate. Very quite, relaxing, with excellent security provided by the front desk staff. Centrally located just off of Rue de Rivoli within walking distance of many sights (10 minutes from the Museum Louvre, 5 minutes from Metro Concorde and Concorde Square, 10 minutes from the start of the Champs Elysees, 10 minutes from La Madeleine Catholic church, 5 minutes from Paris Vision Tours Office, and 10 minutes from the Paris Opera House). Continental breakfast was included and a full breakfast could be added for only 6 Euros (eyes, cereal, yogurt, cheese, ham, rolls, etc). Breakfast was served from 7:30am - 10:30am. Shopping on Rue de Rivoli was plentiful (wide sidewalks with stores displacing a lot of merchandise on the sidewalk). The French citizens were very polite, friendly, and willing to help us with directions. No questions were ask about the war in Iraq and only one person ask about the presidental race. We booked 3 tours with Paris Vision Tours (1/2 day to the Fontainebleau Chateau; Night tour of Paris followed by the late show at Moulin Rouge; and the full day tour at Versailles). All of the tours were excellent, but the tour to Versailles is a must and was by far the best. Our tour guide Ms. Annie Ferrero was outstanding -- her knowledge of Versailles made this tour outstanding. In addition, we had a superb lunch at a restaurant located at the end of the lake in the Versailles gardens (included in the cost of the tour). We also took in the many popular sights: Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc de Triomphe, Rue Cler Market, Louvre Museum, boat ride on the Seine River, Pigalle Street, and finally the Sacre-Coeru Basilica. All-in-all, our 6 nights in Paris was outstanding. I would definitely recommend a Paris vacation and a stay at the Hotel Mayfair.
Loved This Hotel
from A TripAdvisor Member
I stayed at the Mayfair Hotel 2-7 September, and could not have been happier. It's just off the Rue du Rivoli, less than a five minute walk from the Concorde Metro stop. The Louvre is 5 minutes away; d'Orsay is just across the river. The hotel only has 53 rooms, so you can expect personal attention. The staff are extremely friendly and helpful, and the room I stayed in was just perfect. There is a full bathroom (shower and bathtub), and event though the hotel is so close to tourismo central, it is on a quiet street - absolutely no street noise! You are in the 1st arrondissemente, so you're right next to plenty of restaurants, shops, etc. The Tuileries is just across the street, and an evening stroll after a long day of hiking all over the city is quite refreshing. All this for 212 euros a night. I recommend this hotel highly to anyone who wants to say in the 1st without paying 350 euros a night.
from A TripAdvisor Member
I just returned from Paris and a stay in the Mayfair Hotel for 8 nights. I traveled with my mother and teenage daughter, and we very happy with the hotel. We had a triple room (number 65) which was very large, as was the bathroom. The service was absolutely wonderful, and we had no charges of any kind on our bill or problems at all while we were there. It really is in an excellent area. I would definitely stay there again on a return trip, should I be so lucky!
from A TripAdvisor Member
My husband and I just got back from a 6 night stay at the Mayfair Hotel. We had a wonderful experience there. The rooms are clean and comfortable, and the location of the hotel is excellent. We were within walking distance of most of the major "sites," and there is plenty of shopping nearby. The breakfasts were delicious, and the staff were very pleasant and accomodating. Had no problems with security or false charges on our bill - overall, this is a great place to stay to explore Paris.
Great Location, friendly and a great value.......
from A TripAdvisor Member
just got back from paris, and i must say that this hotel was great. the bathroom was new and a decent size. the hotel was close to the Louvre and on a quiet street. we were on the 4th floor and it was fine...however, the room was small, and the place was old and run down...i would only stay there if i got a great deal, they advertise $300 per night but you should pay no more than $100 per night...it says that the hotel is a 4 star hotel, i don't think so....but, i would definitely tell my friends to stay there for the right price, i am not planning on going to Paris again, once was enough for me, :))))
Top Local Tips for Paris
where to have one
too many traffic jams now in Paris, so choose a hotel close to everything. You need to be able to walk to the sites you want to visit.
get the museum and visite passes
if you plan to stay away from taxi's, think about getting the visite pass which provides unlimited metro/RER for x days (I had a 3 day pass). It also gave us a good discount at the Monparnasse tower which was much more fun than standing in lines for the eiffel tower (and had an amazing view of the eiffel tower). The museum pass saved us a lot of time too as we did not have to wait in lines.
Diagneux is the best ice-cream to be found in Paris
I consider Diagneux (spelling is incorrect) to be the best ice-cream one can get in Paris. It can be bought at Le Bon Marche and Monoprix supermarket in St.-Germain-de-Pre (yellow 500 ml boxes). Diagneux is as good as Berthillion in terms of texture and flavour, but without the excessively heavy filling Berthillion puts into each and every flavour. Avoid Amorino - they are all over Paris and pretend to serve "real Italian gelato", which in fact has nothing in common with real gelato - too sweet, too heavy and too chemical.