5 star location, 3 star room. And the bathroom? Oh my stars!
One amenity Hotel Academie does have is an elevator. It's one of the tiniest elevators I've ever seen! We had to remove our modest backpacks in order to both fit inside! While this would be an uncomfortable experience for anyone with claustrophobia, it's worth noting that many Parisian hotels have no elevator at all, so we were very grateful for the ride!
You'll get to know the lobby quite well by the end of your stay. You're required to leave your large, old fashioned room key at the front desk when you go out and then pick it up again when you return. While I was initially taken aback by this, I came to appreciate the security of having the front desk staffed 24 hours a day and, in an odd way, knowing that someone was keeping an eye out for us. The staff were impeccably polite, very friendly, and they spoke excellent English. There was absolutely nothing to support the (false) reputation that Parisians are snobby.
Our room was so charming and so beautiful and I couldn't stop saying "I'm so happy" and "I'm so glad!" It seemed exactly what a tiny Parisian garret room should be. Yes, it was absolutely tiny - in fact, I think it was the smallest hotel room I've ever stayed in! But it was lovely, with pretty bedding and stylish drapes. There was a tiny desk and nightstand, a flat screen TV mounted on the wall, and a very small closet that did contain a safe and a mini bar. We were traveling light so we had no problem finding a place to store our backpacks in the room. The Wi-Fi was first rate and I had no problem keeping up with my online work.
The bathroom could best be described as "shabby". While everything was technically clean, it was showing plenty of wear around the edges and needed a lot of maintenance. The effects of dampness was evident on the paint and trim and, while it might have been an acceptable bathroom at a rural cabin, it was miles below the standards of the bedroom. It's possible that there were larger bathrooms in the deluxe rooms but guests staying in a standard room should book with caution if the tiny space and shabby conditions would be a concern.
I'd love to hear from you! Where's your favourite place to stay in Paris?
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