Bel Ami

7-11 rue Saint Benoit, 6th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France
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Very Good (3.5 out of 5.0) 3 reviews
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Bad (2.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on August 22, 2011

My friend planned a birthday celebration with 15 of his friends to join him in Paris (from the states). He began planning with the Bel Ami 3 months ago and reserved 5 rooms for everyone. He asked if they could upgrade him to a deluxe room (from Superior) and they said if they are available at check-in they would. This was a bit surprising for them to say because this was for August 3rd, which is dead quiet in Paris. Upon checking in, he asked about the upgrade. After conferring in the offices, they came back to offer him the deluxe room at 100 Euro more per night? He was a bit shocked they were charging for the room because they said if there was availability they would upgrade free of charge. Now they want 100 Euro per night. Their response was they only had 1 more deluxe left and the hotel was busy. So he was left to pay 100 Euro more per night even though they promised to upgrade for free. I mean the least they could do was upgrade someone in August for booking 5 rooms, right? NO. Later that evening my friend came down to the front desk and in a general conversation asked the agent a couple of questions including how the hotel was doing, etc. The agent said the hotel was only at 30%. He asked if they had deluxe rooms available and to his surprise the answer was yes! Unbelievably, they told him earlier that day he was taking the last deluxe room, but suddenly they had others? He was pretty upset. Management clearly charged him even though they had the availability. I think this is especially greedy.

When we got to the hotel, one of our other friends was checking into room 311. If you get this room, refuse it. The walls and paint were falling onto the floor, the carpeting was filthy and they were told they were getting twin beds and this bed was a double. Again, the hotel is at 30% and they get this room? What kind of hotel is this? They were then moved to room 115, which sits in a cove next to room 114. The first night they were in the room the guests in 114 were screaming at each other at midnight and didn't stop. They called down to front desk to tell them. The guests left for an hour or so but came back and made more noise. They didn't want to make a big deal of the noise the next morning because it was our friends 40th birthday and the large group was going on a tour. Management never offered to move my friends or relocate the other guests. The noise went on all weekend and finally on Saturday they said something to front desk again. The hotel offered to move them but they were all settled in and leaving next morning so they said it was not a good idea. Why didn't they relocated the noisy guests in 114 instead? Later that day one of the front desk agents approached my friend and said they had spoken to hotel manager (Emilie) and "she didn't want to do anything for them"???? There appeared to be a slight translation error on the front desk agent's part, but still it should have never come out like that. Everyone could not believe they were talked to like that.

Our friend who hosted complained about the 100 Euro charge on checkout and the way his guests were handled with the noisy room. Management offered nothing in compensation, then they wrote an email apologizing and still defended charging the 100 Euro per night.

Oh I forgot, on top of this, another guests was charged $76 usd for washing a baby shirt and pants when the hotel offered to do it and indicated no charge.

The Bel Ami has a great location and the staff are nice, but management is another story. How do you charge 100 Euro to someone for an upgrade when you promised to move up for free and hotel is empty? Greedy. They don't care about people.

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Best (5.0 of 5.0 stars)
by written on September 22, 2010

The first thing I think of about this hotel is that we met Trish (ViajesDelMundo) and her husband here....our first VT Meet. How exciting. And how pleasant it was to sit there order a drink or two and chat. We found the bar area very pleasant and when we came in at night often enjoyed a late night snack.

We enjoyed our breakfast and especially the freshly made omelets..one of my favourites.

Our room was comfortable...not overly large but this is Paris. The bed was comfortable and there was a bath. We looked out to the street...no real view but that was of no consequence to us.

Then the staff were so pleasant and helpful. I had emailed the concierge about three months earlier and our ultra special night dining in Jules Verne Restaurant in the Eiffel Tower was arranged for us. So helpful arranging tours and giving directions.

Being on the Left Bank was great and we could walk to "The Bridges of Paris" easily. There was a cafe which served very nice baguettes close by.

Unique Quality: In this hotel I was lucky enough to find two computers in the lobby available for guests at no charge....needed a bit of help from staff as they were set a little differently to ones at home.

And staff were happy to help me with my 'un peu' French.

We would certainly stay there again especially as we now know the area better and can venture further afield on foot. But when will that be?

Costs vary with hotels...how one books...special rates so you are best to enquire. It is not a budget hotel though. Just check out the website for yourself.

Bel Ami

by written on August 26, 2002

$200 - 250 USD (and not willing to negotiate)

Unique Quality: Bel Ami has a very stylish lobby. Decked out in chocolate and beige contemporary furnishings, the atmosphere is very hip. A small bar is tucked away neatly in the corner, making this a great place to meet with friends before heading out for the night.

Internet connection is also provided at a desk in lobby- although only 1-2 computers. Along with a coffee/tea bar for those in need of a quick shot (morning only, I believe)

Breakfast is offered downstairs in a cool, but rather stark environment. Food was good - typical European fare. *only ate breakfast, but don't think they have a full-service restaurant*

Rooms are small, but again, decorated with the latest contemporary touches and comforts. The bathrooms are modern and well equipped.

Location is great - close to everything!

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Address: 7-11 rue Saint Benoit, 6th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75006, France

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Amenities at Bel Ami

  • Restaurant
  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Room Service
  • Fitness Center
  • Business Services
  • Pets Allowed
  • Suites
  • Shuttle Service
  • Bar / Lounge
  • Free High Speed Internet

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