OK, I admit it - I'm not a big fan of Paris. It's probably my own fault because I don't speak the French or know the city very well, but when I was asked to arrange my own hotels for a 3-day business trip to Paris I wasn't entirely optimistic - I had no idea where was a good place to say and the 2 worst hotel experiences I've ever had were both in Paris. Hmm.
So after some research, I booked Mon Hotel - reviews and the website looked good, but for €130/night, honestly, I didn't hold out a lot of hope. But, happily, I was quite wrong...
On arrival, the location was great. 2 minutes from the Arc de Triomphe and 5 minutes from Champs Elysee. OK, it was a 45-minute, €50 cab ride from Gare du Nord (I arrived on Eurostar from London), but hey, this is Paris traffic we're talking about...
Check-in was great too - a low-lit lobby with appropriately cool furnishing started things off well and superb service and a friendly feeling from the start completed the picture nicely - they even correctly guessed who I was. Getting into my room didn't disappoint either. I was in a Superior and it was excellent - cool decor (B&W photos on the grey suede walls - nice), an Eames chair (reproduction, presumably) at the desk, a very clean, big comfy bed, Loewe TV, JBL iPod dock and a funky, clean, big bathroom complete with fluffy bathrobes and slippers behind the door. It was relatively small, but this is how hotel rooms in Paris are - perfectly reasonable though in terms of size (better than I expected), and even space for my suitcase (a rarity in cities that have small hotel rooms). Free WiFi too. All good.
Outside the room, things were equally superb - the bar was cool, vibey and served great drinks with good, friendly service. Bossanova versions of 80's hits as the background music? Yes please.
From start to finish, the service here was excellent - the small (numbers, not size!) staff gave the attention and quality of service that really makes a boutique hotel stand out from a nicely decorated hotel, with everything from helping book cars and cabs to offering advice on where to go being done with a touch that made me feel they actually cared. In my experience, this is rare - and good.
I have only 3 minor-ish negatives: first, the AC in my room was a challenge - I never managed to get it below hot; second, breakfast was good but expensive (€22), but again - it's Paris; and third, despite leaving the 'do not disturb' sign on my door when I left the first day, I got back and my room had been serviced. Not the end of the world, but worth knowing...
A final note regarding location - if you want the dead centre of Paris tourist spots, maybe this isn't ideal (it's kind of on the edge of the busy stuff). But it's 5-minutes walk from the Champs Elysee and Arc de Triomphe and in an extremely pleasant, quiet street. Personally, exactly what I want - close enough, but not in the middle of it all.
And to get to CDG airport was easy - 30 minutes and €60 (leaving at 5:30am).
Overall, I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this hotel and will definitely stay here again when I have to come back to Paris. This is a very, very good hotel at a reasonable price somewhere it's easy to book a very, very bad hotel at a high price. Area, rooms, service, vibe, price - all excellent.
Don't be fooled by it's low ranking on TripAdvisor - it's fantastic.
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