I hate to give away the secret ...
This place is a hidden gem. My wife and I enjoyed ourselves immensely when we stayed here in August 2004. The location, near the Left Bank end of the Pont Neuf, cannot be bettered. The service is attentive but not intrusive (very knowledgeable concierge). Our room, overlooking the street, was soundproofed to facilitate a deliciously deep sleep but with a balcony window that could be opened to let in the music of Paris. There were numerous touches of luxury, such as buttery-soft bed linens and soaps and bath foam by Hermes. Daily, management left little treats in our room such as melt-in-your-mouth macarons, fresh fruit, and a special brioche. Our only complaint was that the in-room wi-fi was not Mac compatible.
My wife,daughter and I just finished a wonderful stay at the D'aubusson. The front desk staff were extremely helpful and anticipated our needs. Our rooms were very comfortable and the hotel's location is superb. Stay here if you can!!
Just spent 6 days at the D'Aubusson, it couldn't have been nicer.Location is terrific, we were able to walk all over Paris and back to the hotel. Dinners were also within walking distance. The entire staff at the hotel were extremely helpful in reservations and answering questions. The room was quiet due to the double pane windows, large and well furnished, bathroom was also large, entire place very clean. This would definitely be my choice for a return visit.
Definitely should be downgraded
On the last day of our stay, we requested a wake-up call in order to get a train. The wake-up call never came. And all the front desk had to say about it was "oops."
So bring your own alarm clock, your own soaps and toiletries, and extra towels if you need them.
• There was a large mistake on my bill when it was presented. The mistake was corrected, but the guys at the front desk seem to be more interested in blaming any mistake on somebody else than on correcting it for the customer.
• The hotel's public rooms are beautiful (except for the bar area, which is awful). But the bedrooms are bland.
• The toiletries and soaps were never replenished.
• The overall service (e.g. cleaning of rooms) was appropriate to a two- or three-star hotel.
• I consistently heard tourists being misdirected by the front desk (i.e. to shops that were closed on Monday morning).
I think the people happiest with this hotel are those who have never stayed in Paris before and don't know any better.
Enjoyed the D'Aubusson
We were happy to find that the D'Aubusson was as nice as had been reported in prior reviews. The personnel were helpful and the 2 rooms we had were very clean and comfortable. The location is outstanding for the Left Bank.
d'Aubusson perfect for a family
This was a wonderful hotel and much to the delight of my teenage daughters on their first trip to Paris. The hotel location is outstanding within 100 yards or so from the historic Pont Neuf, only slightly longer to St. Germain.
We stayed in one of the loft "suites" which worked out perfectly for us. Very comfortable for three. The room was spotless. The concierge was outstanding and obtained with a week's notice 4th row seats to a Saturday night performance at the Opera Grandier, and for face value! They were very helpful in every way for restaurant reservations, car service, directions, et al..
The jazz band in the bar is a local favorite but the crowd is friendly and the service outstanding.
The granduer of the sitting room in the lobby and the breakfast room is classic Parisien. My children were so impressed and truly felt the history of Paris.
Paris c'est chic
"Paris in May"
Our first visit to Paris was on our honeymoon 41 years ago. It was a 2-day blitz trip and I was dazed and dazzled taking in the sights.
This time with the helpful tips of you VT’ers, , we did not have to queue to see the main attractions making our 7 days in May 07 a stress free and enjoyable vacation.
We wandered through Paris using mostly the bus and walking. The only time we used the RER was on the first day when we made the La Defence our starting point. This was a good decision because we took the lift up to the top of the Grande Arche for the view of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées which was quite rewarding although the public area at the top was very limited and not inviting. However, the architecture was amazing and the buildings around reminded me of NY.
Travelling in comfort with the TGV from Switzerland and arriving at the Gare de Lyon it was only 10 minutes away by taxi to our hotel d’Aubusson 33, rue Dauphine which was conveniently situated in the very lively Latin Quartier, 2 minutes from Pont Neuf with close access to the buses and the metro and last but not least not far from the new quarters of ex president Jacques René Chirac.
We were a bit disappointed with the restaurants but then we did not invest much time in searching, as this was not our priority. We had a reservation for the Jules Verne and ate there for an exorbitant price but sad to say it rained so there was no view.
However, we had a free view of Paris from the top of. Printemps department store on boulevard Haussmann and rue de Charras a fantastic view of Madeleine, Sacré Coeur, the Eiffel tower. The Opera.
Actually we were curious to see Sarkozy in his new residence the Elysee Palace and discovered this nearby theatre Theatre MARIGNY and what were they playing “Piaf une vie en rose et noir”.
We immediately booked tickets for the evening show and were thrilled to hear this fantastic
singer Nathalie Lhermite with her heartbreaking voice singing 20 of Edith’s most famous songs.
Definitely off my list of things to do is the Moulin Rouge. It was OK, impressive, perfect but “no heart”. I guess in the old days it must have been different.
"Scenes from the top of the Grand Arche"
This is where we started our tour. Taking the RER., we arrived at this spectacular site, a Paris you do not expect to see.
The Arche consists of two 35-story towers crowned by a vast rooftop area that houses the International Foundation for the Rights of Man. The building is so well proportioned that the spaces it enfolds seem deceptively compact. In fact, the width between the towers could easily accommodate the Champs-Elysées, while the hollow cube in the center is big enough to embrace Notre Dame Cathedral.
"Night in Paris"
It was lovely walking along the Seine and seeing the Eiffel tower in the distance. We were really lucky to have such good weather in May although it rained in between.