Hotel D'Aubusson Hotel 4 star
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This classic style hotel, located on a narrow street leading from the Saint Germain district down to the Seine, almost seems shy. The minute you cross the threshold, you get the feeling that you are about to enter an atmosphere of understated and, above all, classic style. The D'Aubusson, whose majestic door opens to reveal an old 17th Century building, is clearly in the habit of welcoming wealthy American tourists eager to experience a slice of history. Of course, this is not to say that tourists from other countries do not appreciate the classic charm, but this establishment maybe takes itself just a little bit seriously.

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    Location 8.0 /10

    The hotel is located in Rue Dauphine, just before Quai de la Seine. It is a 5-minute walk from Odéon metro station (lines 4 and 10) and Saint Michel station (line 4 of the metro and line B of the RER), which provides a direct link with the capital's airports. The hotel is very central, and the Louvre museum and Notre Dame cathedral are a quarter of an hour's walk away at most.

    Accommodation 7.95 /10

    The D'Aubusson was partially renovated in 2008 and 2009, and its guest rooms perfectly reflect the classic feel of the hotel. There are five different room categories (from classic to junior suite, and duplexes with a mezzanine) set along the corridors of this historic building. Regardless of whether the rooms face the courtyard or the street, they all overlook the buildings opposite, so they are not particularly bright inside. However, they are very spacious (the high number of Americans staying here probably has something to do with this) and the floor area of the classic rooms (the lowest category) never falls short of 20m².

    Shades of blue have been used for the decor and fabrics, which are much in the French monarchy style, and the carpet, drapes and heavy curtains give lend the place a 17th Century feel. The decor is classic and stylish at all levels, and the amenities are high quality. It goes without saying that the technological devices more familiar to this day and age have not been overlooked; there is a flat-screen television and DVD player, a mini-television integrated into the mirror in the bathroom, and an iPod in the junior suites.

    The bathrooms that have been renovated are finished in grey granite and come with Hermès hospitality products. The older bathrooms are clearly more old-fashioned in appearance, and are decorated in turquoise grey shades.

    As with the other parts of the hotel, the style chosen for the guest rooms is firmly traditional, hence the absence of contemporary designer lines. Stripped down to its bare bones, it is basically baroque, although some might see a more 'princely' side to the look.

    Overview 7.95 /10

    The hotel is located in a fully renovated 17th Century building, and there is no denying it has a lot of charm. First and foremost, this is because the precise, classic, clean design is close to perfect, and succeeds in transmitting a pleasant sense of authenticity, unlike the sad feeling of anonymity that some other hotels exude. This may also be owing to the large picture window overlooking the inner courtyard, the warm colour of the parquet and the succession of little lounges set around the inner courtyard. One thing is for sure, the D'Aubusson has character. Somewhere mid-way between a British country mansion and the imperial style of the Napoleonic times, the lounges (with their immense fireplace that roars in winter) and communal areas of the D'Aubusson are sure to be appealing if you feel more at home in a classic setting than in the modern surroundings of a designer hotel.

    Given its location at the heart of the Odéon district, the hotel has always been popular among Americans visiting Paris. The rooms are suited to both couples and families. The hotel is located in a fully renovated 17th Century building, and there is no denying it has a lot of charm. First and foremost, this is because the precise, classic, clean design is close to perfect, and succeeds in transmitting a pleasant sense of authenticity, unlike the sad feeling of anonymity that some other hotels exude. This may also be owing to the large picture window overlooking the inner courtyard, the warm colour of the parquet and the succession of little lounges set around the inner courtyard. One thing is for sure, the D'Aubusson has character. Somewhere mid-way between a British country mansion and the imperial style of the Napoleonic times, the lounges (with their immense fireplace that roars in winter) and communal areas of the D'Aubusson are sure to be appealing if you feel more at home in a classic setting than in the modern surroundings of a designer hotel.

    Given its location at the heart of the Odéon district, the hotel has always been popular among Americans visiting Paris. The rooms are suited to both couples and families.

    Café Laurent, whose big picture windows overlook Rue Dauphine, is part of the reason for the success and reputation of the hotel. Indeed, it took over the running of the historic club, Le Tabou, which has since closed, at a time when there always seemed to be violin and piano concerts somewhere in Saint Germain. The concerts and jam sessions, which are obviously open to the general public, start at 6:30pm from Thursday to Saturday.

    Food and drink 7.95 /10

    The breakfast room is located at the back of the inner courtyard, past the reception and the pleasant lounge. Thanks to its decor, with exposed wood beams, original Aubusson tapestry, and the light flooding in through the bay windows that overlook the old stables of the Grands Augustins convent, it is a really nice place to linger over your breakfast in the morning.

    The American buffet is served until 11:30am, and there is a classic range of products to choose from. A nearby bakery supplies the pastries and fresh bread, and freshly squeezed fruit juice is also on the menu. Tea and coffee are served at your table. What a great way to start the day!

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    Its main attraction is Café Laurent, which continues to keep the legendary jazz of the Saint Germain des Prés district alive and well. It is one of the last ten bastions of jazz, and opens for live concerts from Thursday to Saturday, starting at 6:30pm. Needless to say, it is also open to the general public.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Restaurant
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Spa

      massage, spa

    • Sports equipment

      tennis

    • Animals allowed
    • Safe
    • Limousine service
    • Non-smoking rooms
    • Meeting room

    advantage

    • The building, which is part of the old Grands Augustins convent.
    • The location, a few minutes' walk from the Louvre and Notre Dame cathedral.
    • Café Laurent and its jazz concerts

    disadvantages

    • The welcome is a bit fussy and not very friendly

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