This hotel, located right on the edge of the 14th arrondissement, is a true gem in Paris. This hotel is new, modern, and truly one of the best hotels I’ve ever stayed in. Read on to check out my review.
Although I’m not going to comment on whether or not this is true, most of us have heard of the stereotype that the French are rude, specifically to American. If this is true, I definitely didn’t experience this at Novotel. The receptionists are bilingual, which I greatly appreciate. I speak French about about a second grade level, and they even humored my French attempt, which I greatly appreciated. The staff are more than willing to give you suggestions or directions, and overall, I’m very impressed with their kindness, consideration, and professionalism.
I’ve read a few other reviews stating that the room is small, but for a European hotel, I thought this was nicely sized and I actually had quite a bit of space. Please note that this is only based on my particular room, but most other rooms are set up in a similar fashion. When you walk in, you have a full length mirror with great lighting (and lets be real – as a blogger, a good mirror with good lighting is a must). The bathroom was impeccable. The sink and the shower were modern, and I loved that there were two shower heads in the actual shower (a spray type deal and a waterfall head). The water pressure was great and warmed up fast.
In true European fashion, you must put your hotel key in to the little do-dad by the door or else you won’t be able to turn on the lights. I’m not going to tell you how long it took me to figure that out. In the hallway, I had a Nespresso machine with a nice array of coffees to try, as well as a a few teas to try as well. There was a chais lounge, ample lighting, an open wardrobe, and a plain, but comfy bed. I loved the open wardrobe, where I was able to hang my clothes and unpack everything I needed to without feeling cluttered.
I’ll touch on this a little more later, but the hotel itself is right next to a train station and my room overlooked that. However, there are actually noise and light canceling blinds, as well as a room divider. This helps with the noise, and it didn’t bother me at all.
Overall, this was a modern hotel and the atmosphere was wonderful. The furniture, lobby, and the finishing touches make this a clean, modern experience that I will be staying at again.
This is located on the cusp of the 14th and 15th arrondissement, which is pretty out of the way if you want to do traditionally “touristy” things (it’s daily close to the Catacombs, however). But there is a bus and a train station literally within a stone’s throw, so even though it’s a little out of the way, the transportation is there.
TIP: If you’re 25 and younger, spring for a youth pass for the train station. It’s only a few Euro, and it will cover all of your weekend trips. For more info, click here.
This is a little annoyance, but there was only one elevator working. Perhaps this is a Euro thing (let me know in the comments) but the elevator was rather small. Myself + my luggage took up almost all of the elevator – However, I can deal.
Overall, this was such a lovely hotel and such a lovely trip. If you have a hotel you love in Paris, let me know in the comments!