Pavillon de La Reine Hotel, Paris
Reviews - Pavillon de La Reine Hotel
- Age Group: 41 - 50
- From: United States
- Traveller type: Family Traveller
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Fairy-Tale Enchantmentfrom Porpex
Lovely hotelfrom n2n2
I used to work at a five-star hotel (for 8 years!), and hence tend to write lengthy, detailed reviews!
SHORT VERSION: Lovely hotel, beautiful rooms, great service, highly recommended!
This hotel came recommended by one of my aunt's, who has stayed there on several occasions. While initially I thought it was completely out of my price range, they did post a special on their web site approximately two weeks prior to my trip. We paid 290 Euro (inclusive of taxes and breakfast) per night for a room with two twin beds.
This was my first trip to Paris, so I am going to list some highlights of the hotel, based upon the concerns/questions I had prior to my travels!
Bedroom: We were in a Superior category room, which, as it turns out, is the smallest room that two can share (their Standard category room is for singles only). As I was traveling with an aunt, we needed two beds. The room was quite small (my aunt compared it to a cruise ship room...the twin beds were side-by-side, which was not a problem for us, but may be of concern for others). However, I understand that small rooms are pretty much the norm in Paris. The room did have some great features which helped make it seem not-so-cramped, including ample armoire space (plenty large for our two monster suitcases!). Our request for non-smoking was honored. The bedding/linens were wonderful.
Bathroom: This was the best feature which made the room not seem as small as it could have felt. The toilet was separate from the bathroom, with its own little door. The bathroom was a very nice size (by European standard, I imagine it could be described as "large!"), and had two sinks, which was GREAT for two women sharing! [I do not know if all Superior-category rooms have two sinks and the separate toilet configuration, so do ask if this is important to you.] The bath amenities were very nice (including a heated towel rack). The shower pressure was excellent, and hot water plentiful. I loved this bathroom!
View: We were on the first (ground level) floor, with an interior courtyard view, which was lovely. While I normally never like to stay on the ground floor (just for safety reasons), I felt perfectly safe in this room, as it faced an interior courtyard which is entirely enclosed by the building.
Decor: In a word, lovely! Our only gripe was with the lighting in our bedroom...while there are several lamps, they all seem to have extremely low-wattage bulbs. It was just too dim in the room (and that's with having a VERY large window)! It was hard to find things in the armoires when something got pushed to the back, quite a bit of groping in the dark! The bathroom lighting was very good. The lobby lounge is lovely, but we did find the smoke from the fireplace a bit overwhelming on two evenings.
Breakfast: A nice deal if you get it included in a package rate. A heavy buffet, and you can also order omelettes. The breakfast attendants were lovely. Great coffee. The breakfast room is sub-ground level, but does not feel at all like a "cavern" (as I have seen others described). It had great lighting and a very nice atmosphere.
Service: Overall, excellent. Prompt, and everyone was very patient with non-French-speaking guests! There was one Concierge who was exceptionally good, went out of his way to really tailor restaurant suggestions for dinner for us. The other Concierge was not as helpful, just sent us to Chez Janou (see below) with no other helpful suggestions. One thing we found, you need to ask all of the staff for VERY SPECIFIC walking directions! They would tell us that something was, "just around the corner on the right," when in fact you would have to make two rights to get to it, etc. After one frustrating evening, we learned that we needed to ask them to give us the restaurant's card (or write down the street address, if they didn't have a card), and also to jot down their walking directions. [This issue with giving walking directions was something I witnessed with other guests, not just my own experience.]
Overall Location: Excellent! In the Marais, literally on the Place des Voges. From Gare du Nord train station, expect to pay ~15 Euros for a cab ride (keeping in mind, the Parisian cabbies sometimes tack on a customary luggage charge inbound from the train stations and airports, which can add a few Euros). Easy walking distance to the Bastille, Cluny Museum and Carnavalet Museum. I felt very safe here, we had absolutely no hesitation in walking about the neighborhood after dark, and the Hotel staff were very helpful in advising if there were areas to avoid (as we were there during the car-burning/riot incidents).
Area info: LOADS of choices for dinner (I cannot advise regarding breakfast, as we dined at the hotel as it was included in our package rate). We loved Gaspard's and had dinner there twice! We tried Chez Janou (recommended by the Hotel, and also mentioned in a lot of guide books) and were less impressed. Although we were treated very well (very likely because the Concierge at the Pavillon made our reservation), it was just wasn't as good as other restaurants we sampled, and too loud for our taste. Everyone in the area was very helpful if we needed assistance with directions, even those who spoke little English! There are lots of lovely shops, although we did not get to sample them much, as we were out and about so much during the day.
Odds and Ends: Laptop with free internet service just off the lobby, very handy! Some difficulty with the phones, sometimes had to try multiple times to get a dial tone. A little bit more printed info in the rooms (especially concerning phone usage) would have been helpful, but this is very minor.
Overall, the Pavillon de la Reine was a great choice for a first-time visitor! I have no hesitations in recommending it.
Over delivered against expectations...from Walcott
From the moment we entered the Pavilion we were beguiled by a sense of calm and stress-free happiness - perhaps it was the unprompted upgrade (they said when we booked that it was their policy if there was availability - how refreshing), the complementary champagne (we were on honeymoon and it was the good stuff!) or something they put in the air conditioning... but this really is a lovely place to stay.
The location is ideal - romantic and discrete but within walking distance of most things and right within the hip Marais with all its charming shops and eateries.
The building is stunning - a ivy clad courtyard set behind the grand Place Vosges. The decor is charming -a combination of classic, original stone and tasteful dark coloured, modern furnishings, flat screen TVs etc. Not a spot of chintz anywhwere to be seen and plenty of nice touches like free international newspaper laid out outside the breaksfast room. The bathrooms are also very indulgent.
The study/drinks room with the honesty bar is a particualy nice touch. Early evening, most people settled in for a cheeky drink next to the huge firplace all feeling (and looking) terribly self satisfied and smug that we'd all discovered soemething quite special.
The most wonderfully romantic small hotel in Parisfrom Mark_J
Entering the hotel from the beautiful Place de Vosges, you pass through the most amazing courtyard, and immediately know that this hotel, a former palace, is something special.
But it's not all show. The staff of the hotel were very professional, always friendly and took very good care of us. Our room, though quite small for the price, was beautifully decorated and very quiet. Definitely worth the money. We were in a traditional styled room a few doors away from the lift, overlooking a courtyard (room 30), and never heard a thing once we were in our room.
The honesty bar was a wonderful idea, and each evening we enjoyed an hour before bed, sitting before an open fire in antique french furniture, sipping a cognac and feeling like the Lord of the manor.
The hotel is very well located, on a quiet square but only minutes from the restaurants and night life of the Marais, or a 30 minute gentle stroll to the Louvre. There is no restaurant in the hotel itself, but there are plenty nearby and the hotel staff seem very knowledgable.
All in all, there isn't anything I could say to criticise the hotel. If you want a modern hotel, with a spa, pool, gym and restaurants, then this isn't for you. But if you want to feel like you are staying in a piece of French history, and enjoy top quality service in stunning surroundings, I don't think you could do any better. A wonderfully romantic experience. We will definitely be back.
Excellent hotelfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Beautiful but priceyfrom DCRatcliff
Having said that the hotel is very pitcuresque and in a marvellous location. The staff are very helful but somewhat forgetful having forgotten to order us a taxi to the airport and some other nimor irritations
Whatever you do do not eat at the Cafe Hugo just opposite as it is terrible albeit very pretty.
Almost Perfectfrom LGWATL
A wonderful place to stay in Parisfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Fell in Lovefrom A TripAdvisor Member
I can not wait to go back. The location is perfect and near many great restaurant choices.
Perfect end to our honeymoonfrom A TripAdvisor Member
Great breakfast, lovely "honesty bar", friendly staff, terrific (if a little small) rooms, near the metro.
Only problem is the price, but if you're looking for a place to spend a romantic weekend / honeymoon, it's here!
Top Local Tips for Paris
museum pass information Before you go to the museums go to any metro station and buy a museum pass. You can skip all of the lines and you save money. This comes especially in handy at the Louvre or at Versailles. Also, take the metro when you go to the Louvre, never-ever enter from the pyramid outside. The metro has a "Louvre" stop and you walk right in!!! It can get realy crowded and hot in the summer-this is the way to go!
Avoid the taxi line at Gard du Nord Book a car to collect you on your arrival
Getting around Don't bother using the ferry as a mode of transport. They are always late and over-crowded. Walk or use a taxi!
Other names for Pavillon de La Reine Hotel
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- Address: 28 Place des Vosges - Paris - 75003 - France
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