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Hotel Le Notre Dame Hotel 3 star
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This is one of three Parisian hotels decorated by Christian Lacroix. His bold use of colours and materials results in an extravagant style of decor that is dazzling to the eye and filling curious visitors with wonder. The smooth materials and trompe l'œils, velvets and carpeting and dynamic colours leave you in no doubt that a great imagination has been at work.

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    Location 8.64 /10


    This hotel, packed full of charm, is in a fantastic neighbourhood. Indeed, its location on the edge of the Latin Quarter could not be better. Perching delicately over the Quai Saint-Michel, the hotel windows actually overlook Notre Dame cathedral, one of the most famous and magnificent historical monuments the city has to offer. Once you get over this wonderful sight, you are sure to be enchanted by the bohemian spirit of the little pedestrian alleys nearby and, indeed, by the whole Latin Quarter. Go with the flow of passers by in the labyrinthine pedestrian streets lined with ancient paving stones in this 'village' district. The hotel is infused with the trendy and sophisticated ambience of its narrow streets, full of young, dynamic and fun-loving locals. When it comes to exploring further afield, line C of the RER stops next to the hotel and will take you directly to the Eiffel Tower, while at the end of the platform or a few streets walk away, line B of the RER and lines 4 and 10 of the metro offer many other options.

    Accommodation 7.70 /10

    The hotel has 26 double rooms, which are divided into 6 different decorative themes. The three price categories correspond with the location of the rooms in the building: 5 overlooking the courtyard, then all of the rooms at the front of the building with a view, and finally the 6th floor rooms in the roof, which are full of charm thanks to their adorable mezzanine. Listing all the decorative features that make the Notre Dame a unique address would be an endless task. As a visitor, the dreamy spirit of your travels are left with a memory, a sensation of escape, and the impression of being taken somewhere far away. The unusual use of colours and materials also makes an impact. A many-hued spiral staircase leads up to the rooms, each stair covered with different coloured carpeting. The decoration of the headboards wallpapered with Lacroix's famous sheets gives pride of place to femininity, with representations of women's faces turned towards the beds in all of the rooms. The extravagant exuberance in the combinations of materials is the only common aspect of these hugely varying settings. The walls are juxtaposed with velvet and wallpaper, and large sheets with many multicoloured patterns. Another unique feature of the decor is Lacroix's use of pages from his personal notebooks. Trompe l'oeils are dotted around all of the rooms, for example the carpets and wallpaper depicting paving stones or logs of wood. The rooms overlooking the courtyard do not enjoy the magnificent view of Notre Dame but a technological trick involving a webcam means the view of the cathedral is broadcast in real time on a massive screen in the room. Other fun details include the washbasins in the shape of big white balls in the bathrooms. Air-conditioning and a safe are provided in all rooms.

    Overview 6.95 /10

    The Notre Dame is housed in a 400-year old building at the heart of the ancient alleys of historical Paris. Its architecture, unsurprisingly, reveals sometimes shaky floors, crooked ceilings and ancient wooden beams. Christian Lacroix, the decorator responsible for the marvellous interior, made light of this beautiful and noble structure, and the modest size of the building. He has created a dynamic and inimitable setting, and the fine, prestigious address is bursting with colour and imagination. There is no beating about the bush here: the lack of space means there is no huge lobby or oversized reception area. Instead, the reception extends into the breakfast room with views of Notre Dame cathedral. This is the only common room in the hotel, and a large printed canvas stretched across an entire wall pays tribute to the place's history, depicting an ancient engraving of Paris in which the hotel building itself is present. The hotel is decorated by Lacroix, and is a fabulous patchwork of colours and materials, with fabrics on the wall next to large printed sheets printed with riotous and poetic patterns. Lacroix hunted around for his decor, tracking down the wooden clock in the shape of a miniature Notre Dame in the breakfast room. It is a collector's item and gives an amusing reminder of where you are. The hotel has a bar open only to guests.

    To know

    Christian Lacroix was responsible for designing the decor of this and two other Parisian hotels. The first was the Petit Moulin in the 3rd arrondissement, and he then moved on to the Notre Dame and the Bellechasse, which are in the 5th and 7th arrondissements.

    Equipment

    • Car park
    • Handicap access
    • Internet access
    • Air conditioning
    • Swimming pool
    • Sports equipment

      fitness

    • Safe
    • Non-smoking rooms

    advantage

    • Free Wi-Fi in all the rooms
    • The view of Notre Dame cathedral from 21 of the rooms
    • The exceptional location at the centre of Paris

    disadvantages

    • Only one common area
    • The rooms overlooking the courtyard obviously have no direct view of Notre Dame Cathedral.
    • The relatively small guest rooms
    • No disabled access

    Traveller Reviews

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    • Xavier I. Xavier I.  
      1 Opinions
      • Package deals in mars 2010 Posted on 2011-12-29 En couple - Une semaine et plus (Chambre avec vue)

        HOTEL IDEAL POUR VISITER PARIS CENTRE. DECO SPECTACULAIRE

      • Advantages

        SITUATION CENTRALE DECORATION ORIGINALE INSONORISATION BONNE SALLE PETIT DEJ AGREABLE AVEC VUE SUR NOTRE DAME

      • Disavantages

        ESCALIER ETROIT ASCENSEUR EN PANNE LORS DE NOTRE SEJOUR

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      • Overall Score 6.00/10
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