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9th ARR: Hotel Ambassador

16 Boulevard Haussmann, Phone: 0144.83.4040

Reviewed by: Kim from NJ (moderator), review #1500

When: June 2006

A large hotel, near the opera and shopping, serves business travelers and tourists. If you want an American-style hotel, this is for you.

We stayed at the Hotel Ambassador while my husband was in Paris on business for three weeknights in June. We had a large double room, fitted with a king size bed, built-in armoire, closet, desk, two sitting chairs and a table. A small bathroom, sans toilet, was down a small corridor within the room and contained a full size shower and sink. The toilet was next door to the bathroom in a water closet.

The Hotel Ambassador sits on Boulevard Haussmann about two blocks from Galleries Lafayette and three blocks from the Opera. The Ambassador is a large hotel similar to many hotels in America and frequented by businessmen and some tourists. They serve a large breakfast in their corresponding restaurant 16 Haussmann. The buffet consists of bacon, sausage, eggs, fruit, cereals, cheese, meets, yogurt, croissant, pane au chocolate, breads and orange, grapefruit or tomato juice. You help yourself to coffee, tea, or steamed milk from large canisters. For our reservation, they included breakfast but this is not always the case.

On the main floor they have a large bar and salon area with a big screen television, on which you could easily watch World Cup Soccer. Service in the bar was a bit sporadic (i.e., you literally had to find a waiter and walk up to him in order to get a drink). Plus, the area fills with cigarette smoke very easily.

Within the lobby, you can also access free wi-fi although the wi-fi access was sporadic while we were there. If you need a hard connection, a “business center” sits on the second floor that contains two personal computers, a printer and extra cable modems on which you can hook up your own machine, though we could never get one of them to work. For access to the Internet via their personal computers in the business center, they charged 7€ for 15 minutes.

The neighborhood reminds me of midtown Manhattan: big wide streets, lots of restaurants and cafes, and plenty of nearby shopping at Galleries Lafayette or Printemps. It's not necessarily what one thinks of when one thinks of Paris, but definitely not bad either. However, you are not far from the Siene and the Louvre (about a 15-minute walk).

Would I stay at the Ambassador again? Sure, if someone else paid the bill, but at a rack rate that starts at 360€ a night (not necessarily including breakfast), I don’t think I’ll be there on my own any time soon.

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