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Hotel Londres

We will be at the hotel this Saturday, a day before the start of our RS tour.

I emailed the hotel twice with two questions and a request over a week ago and have not had a response. Arnaud was quick to respond to earlier questions about whether or not the room had an iron and hair dryer. He has great reviews and of course it's a RS tour hotel; so I am confused as to why I have not gotten a response. Did I do something wrong?

I asked if the hotel provides laundry service and if the rooms have typical US plug outlets with 110v at 60hz, or does the hotel supply electrical outlet adapters that provide 110V? My request was to book a car when we arrive, which is a service talked about in our comfirmation email.

If you know the answer to my two questions, I would appreciate it. As for the car, if we don't hear back, we plan on using a taxi.

Posted by
1999 posts

Is this hotel in Paris? What is its full name or address?

I know of no hotel offering 110VAC, but may have plug adaptors for your compatible devices.

Taxis are generally cheaper, faster, and closer to the terminals than are car services. I would always recommend taxis over any other option.

Posted by
425 posts

I believe she is referring to Hotel Londres Eiffel near Rue Cler

I don't recall in-house laundry but there was a laundromat across the street several years back.

We needed our plug converters.

Definitely use a taxi - it delivered us as close as possible to the hotel. The hotel is on Rue Augereau which is pedestrian-only.

https://www.hotel-paris-londres-eiffel.com/en/

Posted by
27 posts

Silas/Tocard;

Yes it is on Rue Augereau. Thank you so much for the adaptor, laundry and taxi information!!

Posted by
719 posts

"I know of no hotel offering 110VAC"

I have seen the separate plugs in some hotel rooms in Europe, but I have never trusted them so I just use my adapter.

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425 posts

cherrog, I should add that our room had its own hair dryer which was fine for me.....but I cut my hair pretty short before long trips! The bathroom in our room could be described as rather "posh" compared to some of the tinier ones we've encountered on RS tours. (I stole that quote from Viriginie More - she described the hotel as "rather posh" - we were fortunate to have her as our guide!).
I don't recall an iron in the room but I didn't need one.

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27 posts

Silas,

I wonder if our guide will be Virginie. I hope they do have an iron. I am bringing mostly linen

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425 posts

cherrog, our Paris tour was before Virginie and her husband purchased their guesthouse and property in southern Burgundy. She does have her own small group travel company as well. She just finished the "Loire to the South of France" tour for RS, her first RS since 2019. I'd think the chances are slim.

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1999 posts

The hotel's website states that rooms have hair dryers and that an iron is available on request. Rooms have USB outlets.

The only US style sockets I have seen were for razors only. Wiring and providing 110VAC to rooms would be an astronomical expense for a hotel. Most transformers accept inputs of 110VAC to 220VAC, but you should check each of your devices. Do not attempt to use step down transformers to power high consumption devices such as curling irons or hair dryers.

Typically, French businesses do not use email as efficiently as businesses elsewhere.

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719 posts

"Wiring and providing 110VAC to rooms would be an astronomical expense for a hotel"

I have seen the dual plugs at the desk/table in the room. Again, I have never been tempted to use it, as I wouldn't be tempted by a USB plug. I'll just continue to use the multi-voltage charging block that came with the device + adapter.

Posted by
7597 posts

Periscope's repeatedly stated experience is an outlier.

It is almost certain that a hotel in Paris that is used by Rick Steves does not have both European and American-voltage electricity delivered to each room. Please don't get distracted by these repeated posts.

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719 posts

"Please don't get distracted by these repeated posts"

Slow down a bit - I believe I responded to the query by saying "in Europe", and further qualified the statement by saying I would NEVER use them.

Posted by
2173 posts

We just stayed at this hotel for the Best Of Paris tour in April. There are 2 self serve laundromats on the street. I don’t do laundry on vacation so I paid the hotel to do it. Do not do this! It is very expensive ($80)! You will see the price sheet. In hindsight, I would not pay that much again. When we were in Bayeux, they did a whole bag of our laundry for $20!

Other than that, we loved the staff and location of this hotel.

The breakfasts are just ok, continental. I would have liked some more variety.

Posted by
27 posts

Thanks Tammy for the tips about laundry and breakfast at Hotel Londres!

Posted by
1999 posts

periscope - Where is this hotel where you say that both 110VAC and 220VAC are provided for the use of guests?

Posted by
425 posts

As Tammy mentioned the staff is wonderful. We arrived 4 days in advance of the tour because there were other museums and activities we had planned. Arnaud showed us 3 rooms that were unoccupied and allowed us to choose the one we wanted. The owner very kindly coached me with my French. They arranged our taxis when needed as well and printed any documents as needed.

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719 posts

A particular stay in Paris, or Europe in general - I can't remember the hotels specifically and it's not like I've seen them in every hotel throughout Europe. ZEN.

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27 posts

Silas,

As I said, Arnaud has great reviews. That is why I am confused as to why he hasn't gotten back to us about having a car arranged to pick us up at the airport when we arrive 3 days from now.

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27 posts

Silas,

Thank you for confirming the staff, Arnaud and the hotel are great. Am sure it will all work out. If we don't hear back from Arnaud, we will just take a taxi when we arrive.

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9706 posts

Carrog....the very easiest transportation is to follow the signs to the taxi rank after you get out of the baggage claim/customs area into the non-secure part of the airport. Go get in line for a taxi. Have the hotel name and full address (including the 75007 number) written out to hand to the driver. The taxi line manager will wave you to a taxi. I tape the name of my hotel onto a 3x5 index card so it's got some substance to it.

The cost will be 58 Euro - it's a flat rate. If you have cash you can give them 60E for a 2E tip or just charge it for 58E.

As long as you don't go with someone who walks up to you and asks if you want a ride you'll be getting an official taxi with an official flat rate.

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1999 posts

OK, I have never seen a hotel anywhere in Europe that offered to guests, both 110VAC and 220VAC. I have seen the option on cruise ships, but ships generate their own electricity and the mechanics of offering both options is greatly simplified.

Expect 220VAC, use adaptors for those devices with transformers clearly indicating a voltage acceptance regime of 110VAC to 220VAC. Anything else, leave home and purchase in Paris if you really need it. High wattage devices such as curling irons or hair dryers can be purchased cheaply at Darty or Boulanger.

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Pam, I just had to reply to your address notecard idea. I had seen where you posted this suggestion before, and did exactly what you suggested. For each hotel on our trip, I had note cards with all the information on them, and handed it directly to the driver. It was so efficient, so easy, and nothing was lost in translation. When we arrived to our hotel, drivers simply handed the card back to me. Great tip! (Think we may have been in Paris at the same time!)

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9706 posts

JR, I usually have 4 hotels on one card so I fold in half and show them the correct hotel (hopefully, lol). I'm glad it worked for you. Paper is just too flimsy. I don't like to hand them my phone. This just works for me. I'm sorry I missed you in Paris! It would have been fun to meet for a drink or meal! I love meeting forum folks in Paris, lol!

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8289 posts

Pam, dumb question here… why not just write the info on the index card, why write it on paper then tape to card? 😆

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9706 posts

I want to make sure the driver can read it so it’s printed from the computer, lol!!! Sometimes numbers are handwritten a bit differently, as in ones and sevens. Just easier to copy, paste, print and tape 😁😁!