Hôtel des Académies et des Arts
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
With a stay at Hôtel des Académies et des Arts, you’ll be centrally located in Paris, convenient to Cartier Foundation for Contemporary Art and Notre Dame Cathedral. This 4-star hotel is close to Eiffel Tower and Galeries Lafayette.
Make yourself at home in one of the 20 individually decorated guestrooms, featuring minibars and LCD televisions. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wired and wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming provides entertainment. Bathrooms have shower/tub combinations and hair dryers.
Spa, Wellness & Premium Amenities
Pamper yourself with onsite body treatments and facials. Additional features at this hotel include complimentary wireless Internet access, concierge services, and a fireplace in the lobby.
Food & Drink
Enjoy a bite to eat at a coffee shop/café, or stay in and take advantage of the hotel’s room service (during limited hours).
Business & Travel Amenities
Featured amenities include complimentary wired Internet access, limo/town car service, and a computer station. A roundtrip airport shuttle is provided for a surcharge (available on request).
How to Get There
I stayed a week in the hotel and overall I had an enjoyable stay. I was having issues sleeping in my room and they gave me a bigger room. I was more uncomfortable in the new room but I was able to go back into my initial room and instead was given extra pillows and blanket. The staff was very friendly and tried to be as helpful as they could wherever I was not comfortable. The rooms are generally smaller than I expected but they are comfortable enough. The location of the hotel is also very good as it is a minute away from Vavin train station and bus stops, with ample food options nearby. Would defo recommend!
Very friendly and accommodating staff at this quiet little hotel (20 rooms total, 4 per floor). Was upgraded from their classic to superior room, while this meant it was a very quiet room (facing a courtyard in the back), it also meant the room did not contain a shower (reason for booking a classic) and it was also a bit darker than if I had faced the front. Room was a bit small, but this is the norm in Paris and contained a large bathroom with a large and deep bathtub. Lots of windows that can open, including the bathroom.
Bed was a queen size and comfortable, however I did not like the pillows. Not a fan of the memory foam pillows and the soft ones were too small and flat. This impacted my sleep. I travel regularly and never once found a problem with pillows in hotels elsewhere.
Plenty of storage place for your clothes which is a plus in small rooms. Good wifi but TV could be a bit bigger (it's a 22"). Room has a nicely stocked minibar and was told the water was free, but was afraid to take it since this wasn't indicated in the room and the price listed it at 3.5 Euros a bottle on the small card above the minibar.
Some suggestions to make it a true 4* hotel. Provide a clock radio or Bluetooth :docking station. No USB ports in the room at all and the outlets are hard to reach under the night stands. Wifi code was not provided at check in and wasn't listed anywhere. I had to call reception to get it, which was a challenge in itself as the number wasn't listed anywhere either. Tried a few random numbers until 9 (I think) did the trick; non-alcoholic drinks from the minibar should all be free (becoming the norm in more and more 4* boutique hotels). Add some sign near the main light switch that you can hold it to increase (or decrease the brightness). I thought the switch was broken when I got to my room one night and it was barely lit.
Breakfast was nice and filling. While not all you can eat, it was more than enough to start your day. Amazing freshly squeeze orange juice.(Another suggestion: Turn on the large TV to a news station (BFM, CNews...) during breakfast hours for some background noise.
Great location on a small side street yet just steps from metro, buses, stores and restaurants nearby.
I have had the pleasure of staying at this hotel several times over the years and have always enjoyed my stay. I must say that this past stay had one major negative ( a woman at the front desk named Marina) and some of the niceties have disappeared.
I called the day before my arrival and stated I would be arriving early. I saw that the hotel had most, if not all, of the rooms in my category still available and asked that if that held, could I immediately be checked in. This was first contact with Marina who said that the room I requested was occupied the night before and check in would be in the afternoon. While I said I would be happy to take another room, she said checkin is in the afternoon. When I arrived, the lovely people at the desk immediately gave me the key to the room I requested.Fortunately Marina was not there.
When I checked out, I asked Marina if I could stay an hour later (and once again most-if not all- the rooms in my category we’re not booked for that night) and she said no due to housekeeping. After repeatedly asking her to check with housekeeping, she did and they told her no problem. I told her I did not want breakfast ( which was included) and only wanted coffee and water and without even looking at my reservation told me I would have to pay for it. I told her it was included and she finally looked it up and agreed. I also told her I wanted wanted as the management has always in the past put a bottle of complimentary water in the room with a lovely note and this had not been the case. She told me if I wanted water it was in the minibar and I could have paid for it. At this point I told her to forget the coffee and water- informed her she was a miserable employee-and left and went to a cafe to get a coffee and water.
It seems like the hotel has been cutting back on the niceties it used to offer, such as complimentary Pierre Herme macaroons and a bottle of water. That is not a problem. But a rude, negative and unpleasant employee such as this Marina is a problem (and atypical of this hotel which has always had a great staff). . I frankly would have given the hotel a lower rating based on my experience this time but it has always been so wonderful that I did not want to do so. And I am appreciative that they did give me room immediately. I will have to think long and hard before returning if I have to deal with that Marina. I was supposed to be returning ina couple of months but that is doubtful.