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Reviewed by EuroCheapo.com Editors
The two-star Hôtel Louvre Richelieu offers a mix of cheapish, basic rooms and sleek, newly-renovated rooms near the Comédie-Française and the Palais Royal.
Pros: Nicely renovated rooms. Free Wi-Fi. Bustling neighborhood.
Cons: Unrenovated rooms leave a lot to be desired. No elevator. Rates have become more expensive. Food not permitted in rooms.
The Hotel Louvre Richelieu isn’t quite the Cheapo pick it used to be, as it underwent renovations in 2012 that updated many of its 13 rooms with simple but polished décor and added modern amenities like flat-screen TVs and laptop safes.
The new bathrooms offer sleek facilities and complimentary luxury toiletries, quite an upgrade from the hotel’s previously dated toilets and showers. The renovations have unfortunately also brought higher room rates for these rooms, making the Louvre Richelieu not the great deal it once was.
Meanwhile, the hotel still offers a handful of its cheaper and unrenovated rooms. These are very basic and don’t have a TV, but they’re all equipped with free Wi-Fi and a retro (and soon to be discarded) wall radio. A sign on the hotel door advertises the possibility for guests in basic rooms to upgrade for an additional charge (draw your own conclusions).
The Louvre Richelieu's management and staff are friendly and helpful, but do note that there are rules to follow. For instance, laptops are not allowed in the breakfast room. Also, if you’re into late-night or early-morning snacking, this isn’t for you: Food and drink are not permitted in the rooms, and the rule is strictly enforced.
Free Wi-Fi is available throughout and there is an Internet station in the lobby for an additional fee. Note that the hotel does not have an elevator, and the stairwell is very narrow. Also, because of the age of the historic building, some of the rooms have uneven flooring.
Breakfast is available for an additional charge.
Though a tourist hotspot, rue Richelieu has a real neighborhood vibe about it, bustling with coin shops, boutiques, wine caves, pâtisseries, boulangeries and a fromagerie (decked out in Swiss-cheese-shaped lighting fixtures!). It also gets quite a bit of traffic, so those with front facing rooms may want to pack some earplugs.
Note: This hotel was visited by a EuroCheapo editor. This review is based on cleanliness, location, price and overall quality. EuroCheapo did not charge this hotel to be listed.
- Wi-Fi: Free
- Bathroom: Private
- Cable TV
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About the Hôtel Louvre Richelieu neighborhood
Located to the west of Châtelet, the area surrounding the Louvre museum is an art lover's playground. The quarter boasts grand Haussmann-style boulevards leading to the gold dome of the Opéra and the banks of the Seine. The quarter's biggest draw is the Louvre museum and the Seine-side Jardin des Tuileries.