Trying to find a hotel in Paris is like trying to choose your favourite film. There are definitely some terrible ones, lots of good ones but only a couple of absolute favourites. With thousands to choose from, we eventually settled on Hotel a la Villa des Artistes in the 7th District of Paris. Was it one of our favourites? Probably not. But it was still one of the alright ones.
The hotel is run by Best Western but despite that it doesn’t have much of the hotel chain vibe. The hotel is smart and has a bold colour scheme throughout. We found the service professional but for me it lacked a certain charm and friendliness – perhaps that is the Parisian way. However, unlike many of our recent city breaks, we found that recommendations from the hotel staff were limited particularly around which local restaurants to try. The hotel itself was clean but we thought that the rooms were very expensive considering the lack of other facilities available in the hotel.
One of the biggest selling points of the hotel was that the room was very large for Parisian standards. The room was a comfortable base for our weekend away with a large double bed and an ensuite bathroom. However, when compared with similar hotels in other cities across Europe we though that the room lacked some of the extras that we would usually like. In my opinion, it was no nicer than a Premier Inn room but, because it was in Paris, we had to pay significantly more!
Breakfast was available at the hotel but it was extortionate at over €16 per person so we decided to give it a miss. One of the best parts of visiting France is that you are never too far away from a beautiful bakery or cafe. Take a five to ten minute walk away from the hotel and there are a whole range of cafes offering coffee and a croissant for €6 or less.
Our overall impression of La Hotel de la Villa des Artistes was that it was a reasonable hotel in a decent location but considering how expensive it is we will probably be looking elsewhere on our next trip to Paris.
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