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8th ARR: Residence La Sanguine

6 rue de Surene, Phone: 01.42.65.71.61

Reviewed by: emilym465 from NH, review #1262

When: October 2005

Lovely staff, posh location, reasonable rates, winding marble staircase. Great choice. {2 star}

I loved my stay here. I was traveling alone with my 1.5 year old daughter and had sought out a hotel with a friendly staff; the staff here fulfilled my every hope and then some.

They played with my daughter and gave her free rein of the place and kept a more cautious eye on her even than I did. They seemed really delighted with her. The owners have a granddaughter her age, which must have helped. One concierge, Josephine, hugged and kissed me and Ada the second we arrived, and invited us out with her on her break, and we sat and had a lovely and very personal chat over a (very expensive) cafe creme. (5 euros!) I saw her greet other guests and she was equally genuine and warm. The owners were, too.

The owners' dog Tokyo is at the hotel with them every day. He is a miniature dachsund and very sociable with very soft fur. Sweet.

My room was tiny without being too small. I had a double bed, a small table and chair, a small closet, a mini-bar and a bathroom w/a shower (no tub). The shower was great. My bed was a bit soft. A bed in another room I saw was firmer. The room rate was 109 sans breakfast.

Breakfast was about 7 euros for the typical pain, croissants, and hot beverage and juice. They offered a petit dejeuner energique for several euros more, and it included yogurt and cereal, I think. I only had the regular breakfast because I had bought yogurt and other food for my room fridge. The dining area was tiny but it felt very cozy to me, not cramped.

The hotel was in the thick of the 8th, surrounded by Hermes, Gucci, and countless other designer stores, and two blocks from La Madeleine church. Police stood guard nearby at a number of government buildings and the not-far-off American Embassy. The people walking around were endlessly chic. Also, it was about a fifteen or 20 minute walk to the Tuileries. There was a Metro station 2 blocks from the hotel. The location was great, except I wished I was in a more humble neighborhood, style-wise. That is the only reason I would not go back. For the staff, I would go back in a heartbeat.

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