Hotel Les Bulles de Paris
What We Love
- A Latin Quarter base at a hotel with a champagne-tasting salon – includes breakfastOrdering up some bubbles at the champagne-tasting salon
- Beginning the day with a complimentary breakfast
- Retreating to the hammam, after a few hours of strolling around the Latin Quarter
What To Know
- Taste champagnes from around France as well as the hotel’s exclusive bubbly at the on-site bar
- The wellness area has a sauna, hammam and treatment rooms
- Free WiFi
Paris’ fifth arrondissement, on the artsy Left Bank and at the doorstep of the Luxembourg Gardens, is famous for many reasons. It’s a student hub, thanks to La Sorbonne. On the art and history fronts, the Pantheon lures neoclassicists to this corner of the city. Come nightfall, the district is a late-night hotspot, thanks to the vibrant Latin Quarter. As one of the oldest arrondissements, this historic area is bursting with culture.
Hotel Les Bullesde Paris, whose name translates to “the bubbles,” can be added to the list of must-sees too. This suitably chic champagne-themed hotel boasts dreamy rooms individually decorated with typical Parisian flair. Gold and silver punctuate the décor, while the sauna, steam room and the in-house champagne-tasting salon provide all the relaxation you could need after a day of sightseeing in the City of Light.
Good to know
Please note that a city tax of €2.48 per person, per night is payable directly to the hotel upon check-out.
How to Get There
We like small hotels, and we got a great deal here for a four-star-hotel. We had booked a room for three and found ourselves in one of the hotel's "suites". I use quotation marks, as their suites are merely larger rooms, a hotel chain might call them superior rooms. But suites they are not! Not even a junior suite, as there is no desk and there is hardly any space to put things. Okay. We were fine, the room was clean and we even had a balcony with a view of the street where the hotel is situated.
Breakfast is fine, no complaints (I mean champagne for breakfast? Duh! Of course it's fine.) Speaking of champagne. The entire hotel is named after the bubbly drink (Les Bulles = Bubbles) and the décor is inspired by these bubbles. Everywhere. A tad too much for my personal taste. Even the sinks are champagne inspired (made from cork, looking like bottle corks) Oh well.
Service is okay, but not very friendly, maybe with the exception of the night desk who did a good job. There is a tiny champagne bar, but it doesn't feel inviting as it's basically 10 m2 right off the corridor, although the selection of bubbly drinks is great.
On the second day, it was cold and when we returned, I felt like taking a bath in our small jacuzzi (see image below.) But I couldn't get any hot water so after trying for several minutes I called reception where I was told there was no hot water tonight and asking me if I had any. Upon my denial, the simple response was "good!" and they hung up. Had I been Jar Jar Binks, my reply would've been "how rude!" but alas, they'd already hung up.
A minute later, the bathtub sprung to life and spit out black remains from the previous time it had been used. Disgusting. In hindsight, I'm thankful that I didn't get to take a bath. Imagine the bacteria... #yikes
I left it as a "sign" for housekeeping to maybe do a proper clean-up of the system (which any jacuzzi owner knows must be done regularly.) Alas, housekeeping didn't clean the tub until our final day.
Anyway, this is an okay hotel if you stay for a couple of days and want a great location (just a few steps from metro and RER stations) and walking distance from several great sights. But don't expect stellar service, and for God's sake, do NEVER take a bath!
This hotel is listed as no prepayment but will take 160 euro from your account straight away when the booking is made. So there is a prepayment of the first nights stay.
The breakfast is terrible. We ordered a boiled egg and 20 minutes later, we received a raw egg to our table. (Photo attached) Staff at the reception defended the situation and said it was not the kitchen staff fault that the raw egg was served. When we complained about the breakfast a very unhelpful supervisor called Diana was rude to us and would not give us the name of the hotel manager. (I note Diana is listed as 'Guest relations'and replies to trip advisor reviews...)
I would not recommend this hotel and I will not stay here again. Save your money and stay somewhere that will appreciate your custom. They said that you cannot get a taxi in the morning in the area surrounding the hotel, to book through them ( there is a surcharge for this), there is a taxi rank about 500 metres from the hotel so do not be misled by false information.
A very enjoyable stay with the hotel being situated perfectly for our needs. The suite provided wonderful nights' sleep for us The staff were very helpful and charming. It is within walking distance to a great range of restaurants and shops.