40, rue Vivienne, Paris 75002. Reservations: +33 (0)1 42 33 13 26
Fax: +33 (0)1 40 41 98 19. Email: Paris@hotel-vivienne.com. 2 Stars. „
My girlfriend and I had a nice stay at Hotel Vivienne. We were warmly greeted upon arrival and quickly sent up to our room. There was no check-in procedure, he just gave us our room key and a city map and helped us into the elevator. When I asked him whether he needed our passports or other information, he just smiled and said, "Relax. This is Paris!" Our clean and tidy room (#5) was the smallest on the floor but adequate for our needs. There was a double bed, sink and shower, t.v. and a small balcony that looks out over rue Vivienne. The toilet was down the hall (I hadn't specified one when I booked the room). I would imagine that there are rooms with toilets but I'm unsure. The hotel is very well located (2nd Arrondisement), just a 1 minute walk to the Grande Boulevards Metro stop which in turn was a very short distance (5-7 minute trip) from the train station Gare Nord where we entered Paris. All in all a very good and affordable stay.
Location, location, location! The most important feature of this hotel is it's great position. The hotel is perfectly situated in the middle of the Opera district and is within easy walking distance of the centre of Paris. What's better is that the people who run it are lovely and although it is not the most glamorous of hotels, they do their upmost to help you with anything you need. They have a small lift, which barely fits two people, let alone their luggage! and there is someone (usually English speaking) at reception all night long. Breakfast is available in the wee breakfast area (as seen in the picture) but I wouldn't say that it was worth the £5 for the cofee and bread. You can find loads of great Petit Dejuner deals on the main street nearby e.g sandwich, coffee and flan/croissant for £3.50 etc, which will keep you going til' lunch time. My mum and I payed about £50 per night for the twin bedded room we shared. It had an ensuite, balcony, HUGE furniture and a couple next door who seemed to be having a 'lovely time' pretty much constantly! It was quite a funny room as the furniture was so big and the decor was hilarious - but a cosy boudoir anyway. Cheaper, more 'studenty' rooms are available at a lower price, just explain what your budget is and they will try to fit you in. Because we were only going to be in Paris for a short while, it was important that we were within a good distance of tube stations in order to save time getting around. The Bourse and Grandes Boulevards metro stops were situated at each end of the road and made it much easier for us to navigate our way round as both were fairly busy and safe stops. Further along rue Vivienne at no 2-4 is the world famous Grand Colbert (01 42 86 87 88) , one of the last surviving original brasseries in the city, serving amazing seafood and wonderful pudding such as strawberry soup and creme brulee.Yum. Set menus are
around £16 per head in the evenings. For cheaper eating try the crepes from the satlls along th Grandes Boulevards at the top of the street - savoury and sweet but all gorgeous. You will find most of the big stores such as Printemps, and some more high-street style stores along the Boulevard Haussman nearby and to find tiny boutiques you should head up the hill towards Montmartre. Anyway, I could start writing a Paris guide here - so I'll stop. But I would really advise you to use this hotel as it is clean and friendly and save your pennies for the galleries and shops - or duty-free!