Wednesday, July 28, 2010

SuperAlto's Travel Reviews: Alcôve & Agapes No. 241

All ratings are out of 5 possible points

Overall: 5 (would definitely book again)

Location: 5
Comfort: 4
Staff: 5
Breakfast: 5

This bed & breakfast was rented through Alcôve & Agapes

Location: This B&B is located in a 17th-century building on Ile Saint-Louis, in the heart of Paris. A short walk to Notre Dame or the Metro, and surrounded by shops selling Berthillon ice cream.

Comfort: The flat is on the third floor of the building (70 steps), with no elevator. There is a private entry leading directly into bedroom 241. A second bedroom lies next door, with two twin beds, and room for a cot if needed. These two bedrooms share a shower and toilet in the hallway. The hallway is divided by a heavy curtain from the third bedroom (and separate bath) that is also available (No. 359). The beds were comfortable, the towels were soft and thick, and the rooms were bright and airy. The only sink was located in the same room as the shower. After using the toilet, we had to go to the next room to wash our hands, often interrupting someone in the shower. The street below is busy, with many restaurants and shops--on hot nights, it's too hot to sleep with the windows closed (no A/C), but too noisy to sleep with the windows open.

Staff: Carol was extremely generous, kind, and helpful. On the first day, we arrived from the train station too early to officially check in (she wasn't done vacuuming), but in addition to letting us store our luggage in the room, she offered us drinks and had saved pastries from breakfast for our ever-hungry children. She recommended good restaurants, remembered our favorite pastries at breakfast, and was always available to answer questions or just chat.

Breakfast: Delicious! Every morning we were faced with a basket of assorted croissants, a plate of fruit, a pile of chouquettes, a baguette, yogurt, butter, and four kinds of jams/jellies, all on a beautifully set table:

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