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1 Bedroom, 1 Bathroom, Sleeps 2
Paris, Ile-de-France

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San Pedro
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
20 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“Really wanted to love this place”
Reviewed 3 June 2012 for a stay in May 2012
4
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The Ben Franklin's Hide-Away has a lot of potential, but needs some work to reach expectations. On the plus side, the wireless internet is very good as is the water pressure and the room is a good size. The location was good, with an easy walk to the Opera, Louvre, and the Pyramid and Opera metro stations. The owner was willing to let us stay or leave our luggage with her as late as we needed on the last day and was very quick to have the bed clothes changed when we told her that they smelled musty. The room is located in the Japanese area of Paris, which felt safe, with no graffiti.

The issues that we had with the room could be addressed by the owner, with some work.
The wall furthest away from the bathroom is covered with a curtain, which covers a thin board, behind which looks to be a glass door. We could clearly hear the person in the next room and found ourselves whispering to keep the other room from hearing our conversation. It would be easy to put up a wall of insulated drywall using 2x4s to fix the problem.

The front door is difficult to close. We found that if you put your foot against the bottom of the fixed door you can slam it with less force and still lock the door. Note that the owner said that the locks were new, so it is possible that the issue has been taken care of since we stayed there.

The refrigerator is really noisy. We ended up turning it off at night by setting the dial to "0" and turned it back on during the day.

The window near the TV is very difficult to close once open. We felt lucky that we were able to lock it again once we opened it.

The other window in the room has a bumper to keep it from opening too much, but it felt pretty weak. Due to the large size of the window, we were not comfortable leaving it open while we were away to air out the room. With the room closed up most of the time, it felt humid, which may have contributed to the musty smell of the bed clothes. We also found that the towels would not dry without using the warming towel rack. The dampness may be the reason that the paint has peeled off of several areas in the bedroom.

For future guests:
The towel rack has a dial. Turn the dial until the light turns from green to red. Once on, it did not look like the rack turns off, so make sure to turn it off after the towels are dry.

The bathroom sink faucet is a little different.from any I had seen before. It only controls the temperature, but not the volume. In order to keep the water from blasting out, you can adjust the valves under the sink. Barely turn on the faucet for hot water and adjust the left valve under the sink until you get the desired flow. Then turn the faucet valve all the way on for the cold water and adjust the right valve under the sink until you match the hot water flow.

The Washer and dryer is a single unit with French controls. An english user manual can be found at the LG site using model WD-12331ADK. Although the French model is numbered differently, the controls are the same.

The best way to get to the room from Charles De Gaulle Airport is using the Roissy Bus to the Opera for an easy walk to the room. We also used the train/metro, but it is fairly crowded with baggage.

When I booked the room, I was happy with the 100 euro/night price, thinking that it was much better than hotel rates. It may be that the room is appropriately priced for the condition of the room in the really good location. The next time, I will probably search for the cheapest rooms and then select rooms that run 1.5 to 2 times that rate.

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Liked best: Location
Liked least: Humidity in the room
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
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Management Response
3 Jun 2012
Hello John and Eileen,

You cover several instructions I should have in a welcome book - indeed, you shouldn't have had to figure all that out on your own! I am sorry about the sheets - the first ones did have a musty odour, it should not have escaped my notice.

We have fixed the door and window problems, thankfully - those were to be sure just 'figuring-out-the-new-installation' problems, they are infinitely easier to handle now. The peeling paint and other little problems that had started with the old doors and windows are due to be corrected on June 22nd and 23rd.

I'm not sure what you had perceived as glass behind the curtains, but I assume it is the sound attenuation panels that we installed – solid on the walls and in blanket sheets over the door - once we realized that the sliding door had compromised the sound isolation of what had been a good, solid wall filled with sound insulation batting. The solution is a little tenuous – but the sliding door connection is used to combine the apartments often enough for me to resist permanently closing it off.

I will definitely get new photos up after the work we will be doing on June 22nd and 23rd - the garden is in full bloom, doors and windows look and work great, the apartment is a charming little space in a fantastic location. Do please look back at this apartment by the end of June 2012 - a low price most certainly does not mean you have to compromise on quality!

Best regards,
Naomi
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Arome2001
Levis, Canada
1 review
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“A pleasant stay”
Reviewed 27 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011
2
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We had a really pleasant stay there in September. Leaving from Charles-de-Gaulle Airport, the Roissybus took us to the Opéra de Paris, which is a 10 minutes walk from Franklin residence. Located in the middle of the first arrondissement, we were less then half an hour from the main attractions. A grocery store, a bakery and many cafes are located nearby.

We received a warm welcome and felt safe all through our stay there. Mrs Bénamy is available to help us at anytime. The apartment offers a modern equipment that is well looked after, including a washer and dryer, a dishwasher and high speed internet. The bathroom is big enough and offers a shower with body sprays and a large bath. There is no additional fee to use the phone - we were even allowed to call Canada toll free.

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Your age range 50-64
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
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DaisyMayh...
Tallahassee, Florida
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Lovely apartment, convenient central location, helpful manager”
Reviewed 24 September 2011 for a stay in September 2011
4
people found this review helpful

This studio is conveniently located just off the Avenue de Opera midway between the Opera and the Louvre, a few minutes walk to the Louvre, Opera, Tuilleries, and other famous attractions. The apartment is quite nice. The main room has a real bed (not a fold-out couch, in fact no couch at all), a dining table and chairs, an armoire, a TV, a phone, and a wall containing a small but fully equipped kitchen. The bathroom is huge with a tub, a great shower, and a very small washer/dryer combo. The bathroom sink is a bit tricky and the w/d was difficult to figure out, but the owner, who conveniently lives upstairs, was extremely nice and helpful with everything. Wi-fi internet access on a fast network and free phone calls to the States (and elsewhere) are included.

After seeing the contracts for other studios, I was especially pleased with the contract for this one. It was very simple and clear; written in plain English. We made a partial payment upon booking, but there was no additional security deposit required. Also, the owner is from the US so there was no language problem. (Her husband is French, so no problem for French-speakers either.) She asked us to call when we arrived at the airport so she could meet us at the apartment and was very gracious when our flight arrived at 5:30am. She also kept our luggage while we waited for the apartment to be cleaned. I had a couple of special requests which she was very willing to accommodate. It was a good experience.

If I were to return to Paris I would definitely want to stay at Ben Franklin's Hideaway again.

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Liked best: Location, manager
Liked least: Bathroom sink
Travelling group: With Spouse/Partner
Would you recommend this hotel to a friend?   Yes.
Recommended for:
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Reviewed 20 June 2011 for a stay in May 2011
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Your age range 55-64
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