Okay, you've packed your bags, had your body scanned, slept on a plane & tried to decompress. You're finally here. The most toured city in the word. Paris never disappoints. Now what? No matter how many books you read, travel agents you talk to & people you know at your destination, time is short & every minute counts once you're in the city of lights. EXPERT advice is vital. Picking hotels with knowledgeable people is the #1 thing you can do to make your trip a success. That's why you should know about Carmello Helguera at Hotel du Louvre. My Parisian family is still talking about the table Carmello booked for us in the Marias. When a restaurant I'd been going to for years closed, Carmello knew where the chef was now. When I needed to take gifts home Carmello knew which tea palace would have the best collection. When I needed a facial Carmello sent me to the right spa. Traveling with my mom meant enduring a few tourist experiences2. Carmello explained how to avoid the lines at the Louvre & get in the back door through the underground tunnel. This tip alone saved us hours. Carmello put mom & I on a Seine dinner cruise that served great wine for half the money advertised everywhere else. Carmello even told us what time of day to go to specific local attractions to avoid crowds. Carmello told me where to buy the best flowers to take to a dinner party & sent my hpicky husband to an incredible chocolatier. If all this weren't enough Carmello even helped my French relatives chose a place to take us to lunch when they called him from their home because their favorites were closed for a holiday. Carmello Helguera saved me time, money & aggravation every day. I'll come back to the Hotel du Louvre again and again because of Carmello Helguera!
Please note that the Hotel du Louvre is situated in an incredible location. The staff is exceptional. The restaurants are delicious. The lobby bar makes great chocolate martinis. This unpretentious establishment is all about refined elegance wrapped in old world charm. The beds are dreamy. The bathrooms & showers are larger than most in Paris. Instead of ripping out all the original style to modernize Hotel du Louvre upgraded quarters to transport you to a wonderful Parisian experience. I love this hotel!
The positives to this hotel are:
1). The location of this hotel is amazing. Very centrally located, but still very quiet.
2)The room (we had a suite) was very spacious.
In my opinion the hotel needs a bit if a make-over. The bones and structure of the building are very nice and does give you a food Parisien feel. However, there are cracks on the floors in the common area. The suite itself had chipped paint all around and the bathroom had cracks all over. I asked for an ironing board and iron and I swear the ironing board was at least ten years old. I was afraid to put my clothes on the board.
I would love to come back to this hotel once it gets cleaned up.
I have mixed feelings about this hotel, but mostly mixed to the positive side. The location is amazing. Right next to a metro stop (when the stop is fully open and functional that would be even better). Located right next to the historic Louvre museum is a nice touch too. Inside, you're greeted by hotel staff that gladly speaks English and helps out with your broken French-speaking attempts.
The decor on the way up to your room has a very historic vibe to it, yet you will notice the modernized touches of electronic locks on every door. The hotel is owned by Hyatt, so you know it has some standards to abide by including cleanliness. Our room and every aspect of the hotel was extremely clean and well-kept. The room itself was a non-smoking room and yes, it was sort of small but I had no complaints; it's a hotel room not an apartment!
The bad: We did however, sadly have a minor bed bug infestation as my girlfriend woke up on day 2 with some small red bite marks. Aside from that, my biggest gripe was the inconsistent temperature of the otherwise awesome shower in the spacious bathroom. I went from relaxing shower to intense ice cold torture and back every 15 seconds, not very pleasant.
The shower issues were mildly forgotten when I used the towel warming rack and ended my rollercoaster shower with a nice hot dry towel that made it all better.
We were fortunate to have a balcony view of the plaza so that was really cool just watching the Parisienne world unfold from our comfy room on a chilly night while sipping on the complementary Evian water provided earlier that day.
The bar downstairs would have been really cool, but we passed when we saw a basic rail drink costs about 15 euro.. $20 US.
Overall, I did enjoy the experience there, would have been far better if our super close metro stop was at 100% operation, should be by this Summer though.
Kind, multilingual staff. Amazing historical decor. Ideal location for a visit. Highly recommended for a stay in Paris.
The lobby is really nice as was the individual that helped check us in. The bedroom, specifically booked for a view, has a terrible view and a spot light right by the window that goes on and off as if controlled by a 3 year old. The room is extraordinarily tiny for a 5 star hotel and the price paid. There isn't even enough space to open the balcony doors which are already narrow as is. Doors/walls seem to be thin, I hear the neighboring rooms conversation as I write this review! At least I have internet.. The hotel is in major need of renovations. The paint job is terribly old and there's like 0 outlets
Great location. Very central. Across the street from the Louvre.
One gentleman on the Concierge staff was very rude to us. Most of the others were helpful - besides in giving us terrible restaurant recommendations. Bad luck in the food department in Paris. Maybe we just have different taste? Do your research on restaurants before you go.
Hotel is dated...as are a lot of the rooms...nothing fancy, but it's fine. You're paying for the location, not the quality of the rooms. Had to switch rooms one night and found that some of the rooms are updated, however.
Elevator has issues and was broken a couple of times.
Overpriced, but what in Paris ISN'T? Location is great.
A nice hotel situated right next to the Louvre, as you'd guess from the name.
Stayed here for 4 nights and were in a deluxe room on the fourth floor. The corner location meant that we had a nice view down the Avenue de l'Opera. Room was very spacious by Parisian standards and nicely appointed, with decor leaning towards the traditional side. The bathroom was large and modern; although the fan wasn't very powerful, the window (frosted, in case you're worried) does open, which helps to ventilate the room. Heated towel rack was nice. The free Wi-fi was also appreciated, and was decently fast with a stable connection.
Staff were all friendly and pleasant. Check-in/out was fast, and porters assisted with luggage from the moment our taxi arrived. The concierge was also very helpful in assisting with various tasks such as finding a store selling pre-paid nano-SIMS on Sunday.
Location is excellent, situated right across from the Louvre. The Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre metro station is right outside the hotel, making it convenient to get around Paris (although Line 1 for that particular station closed for renovations a day after we arrived).
Located footsteps from The Louvre, this hotel is the perfect location for anyone looking to be in the center of everything you would want to see and do in Paris. The Louvre is just footsteps away, Champs-Elysees is a 5 minute walk, Notre Dame is a 15 minute walk, The Eiffel Tower and Sacre Coeur is a 10 minute taxi ride. The hotel is beautiful and the service was exemplary. I would definitely stay here again when I return to beautiful Paris.
Tip: When going to The Louvre, try and get there as early as possible, especially if you are going in the summer. The line forms quickly!
Also - Take the Batobus (water taxi) for stunning views along the river!
We got a suite with two big bedrooms and bathrooms in a heart of Paris. Staff are nice. Location is the best. We'll stay here again whenever we come back to Paris.
Not even a two star hotel by US standards. The A/C in the entire hotel has been broken for weeks. The bathrooms, we looked at three different rooms, has black mold in the tubs. The beds, at least they are mattresses, but not the best, the springs push through. The staff do not understand english very well. On a positive note they do try, even if they do fail, it is nice that they try. I would never stay here again and strongly suggest checking into other accommodations. The hotel photos are bogus and the internet only works in the lobby. This hotel has not been renovated in years.
Stunning hotel located in the heart of Paris. I've been here a few times and I am never disappointed. Concierge is fabulous. Upon check-in we immediately made reservations for a dinner boat cruise-which is a must. Each room is distinctly decorated in antiques and the cage-like elevator is a step back in time. Fabulous breakfast, lunch and dinner at the hotel brasserie, wonderful croissant and coffee, just writing about this makes me want to book a trip! It was nice being near all the attractions as the other yelpers mentioned. Please stay here you will not be disappointed!
The Hotel Du Louvre, C'est Magnifique! Located right across the Louvre Museum at first glance looks as if the decorations within the hotel should be put back into the museum. The sweeping staircase gives a nice awe factor looking down or up. Another hotel with decor inspired by Napoleon's apartments showcased in the Louvre Museum. The front desk staff is probably the best I experienced in Paris and it's because of them that a 5 star was warranted. The location of the hotel is a nice hike to the Eiffel Tower or the Champs Elsyees but the bus or the underground subway can expedite travel. In the morning the breakfast buffet is a must at the hotel's restaurant Brasserie du Louvre. Mixes great french cuisine in American style portions.
We recently stayed here 7 nights during our visit to Paris. We wanted to make sure there were no surprises when it came to our accommodations, so we were willing to pay a little more for our hotel even though realistically we knew we'd be spending the bulk of our time exploring the streets of Paris and not in our hotel room.
Upon arrival, the staff were incredibly helpful. We booked the deluxe room (I think that's what it's called) and it was the size of a regular American hotel room. We had a view of the courtyard, where the building across the way was unfortunately under renovation (actually, everywhere we went in Paris it seemed like everything was under renovation!) The walls weren't thin, but whenever the upstairs occupant flushed their toilet or took a shower, we knew.
Sheets and towels are changed at your request, which we did every 2-3 days. Our room was made every day and it was nice to return to a clean hotel room after a day of exploring. Interestingly enough, the bathroom fan didn't seem to work, and due to the lack of ventilation, the bathroom would invariably start to smell by the end of the day, even though it had been cleaned that morning and we were out most of the day. That would be my biggest quibble with this hotel, but overall we were very satisfied with our room. I'd recommend the Hotel du Louvre to first timers for its great location. It's literally 5 steps away from the metro (1 Line, a short ride from Chatelet for easy transfers to other lines), close to several tourist attractions (Tuileries, Opera, and obviously, the Louvre), and in a pretty safe area. The only reason why I wouldn't book here again is I'd probably want to rent an apartment so I can visit the markets and shop for produce! :)
Bonuses: Annick Goutal toiletries, a box of macarons and a bottle of wine left in our room the first night, and free WiFi! I guess you technically paid for it in the price of the room, but the little extras are a nice touch. Only thing that's missing - an in-room coffee maker would be nice!
Not a five star hotel, or even four star by U.S. standards. But good for the price. Suites are large and roomy. Clean. Traditional decor but not too busy. Room service is a bit unreliable but ok. Great location.
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