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9th ARR: Hotel de Lausanne

13, rue Geoffroy-Marie, Phone: 0147.700715

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Reviewed by: Kim from NJ (moderator), review #1499

When: June 2006

On a budget or for one or two nights, you could do worse than this hotel in the ninth arrondisment. {3 stars}

Bedroom Hotel de Lausanne, photo by Kim

We transferred to the Hotel de Lausanne after spending three nights at the Hotel Ambassador on Boulevard Haussmann. The reason for the transfer? We were no longer “on the dole” and needed less expensive lodging. Booked through www.parisby.com, the Lausanne came in at 85€ a night, not too bad. However, it is hard to be objective when you move from an almost luxury hotel to one that is, well, not.

Rue Geoffroy-Marie, sits in the 9th arrondisment, not far from the border of the tenth. The narrow side street has a decidedly ethnic neighborhood feel with several kosher bakeries, some Japanese and middle-eastern restaurants and a small market. It’s only a two-minute walk, though, to Boulevard Haussman, a main, wide thoroughfare and the Grand Boulevards metro station that runs the eight and nine lines.

The hotel serves breakfast (at an additional cost) in a room behind the main lobby. We did not opt for breakfast our first morning, instead having croissant and café crème at a café on Haussmann for decidedly less. Our second morning, we departed just as breakfast service began (between 7:00 am and 10:00 am). The hotel also offers wi-fi for an additional cost but we did not use this feature.

We stayed in room 604 (on the 6th floor), a funny shaped room, with slanted ceilings that came as low as five-feet in certain areas. The room must serve as a triple normally as there were two twin beds, pushed together, and one single bed wedged under the slanted ceiling, next to the window. The room contained a mini-bar, the aforementioned beds, a built in closet (with a slightly off odor – can’t put my finger on it, though), a small television and desk. An individually controlled air-conditioning unit sat on the wall. Once we figured out how to turn the a/c on (not just the fan), it did a nice job of cooling off the room, though the unit dripped on occasion.

We had a large bathroom with tub (and hand-held nozzle), toilette and sink. The tub did not have any type of shower curtain, nor a place on the wall to mount the hand-held nozzle. You definitely were in rinse mode.

The twin beds, though pushed together, were made as two separate beds. The sheets and bedspread could stand to be updated. There were a few grease stains (the kind that come from placing luggage on the bed) on the spread. Sound-wise, although just off the elevator, the room remained relatively quiet though it faced the street. A major impediment to my sleep was the lack of curtains on the windows. Sheers hung in front of them but they did little to block the light and during summer in Paris, the sun rises at 5:30. After we returned home, we wondered if there were shutters on the outside of the window that we could have closed but never checked.

The day we checked in, the hotel had sprung a leak and water had been turned off. Luckily, it did not affect us as we left the hotel shortly after dropping our bags in our room and we did not return until late that evening. At that time, the repairmen were just finishing their work (around 11:30 pm) and water had been restored.

We found the hotel staff to be friendly, helpful, and speakers of English. They had no problems making dinner reservations for us, providing wake-up calls, or arranging a taxi to take us to the airport.

For 85€ in the center of Paris, I’d return to the hotel for perhaps a night or two, but no more. If they updated the bedding and hung some shades on the window, I'd stay maybe longer.

It would be a good option for Paris on a tight budget (even for more nights), if you wanted a private bath and a/c, as it is close to Haussmann, close to a Metro stop, and is in a decent neighborhood. I just wouldn’t feel comfortable spending too much time in the room ... but that is why they have cafes.

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