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Hotel Review: Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel, Paris, France

by on June 25, 2014 · 19 comments

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Earlier this month, TPG Creative Director Adam Daniel Weiss travelled through Europe on a mission to find the best hotels in each city. Each day this week, we will be highlighting one of his stays, today focusing on the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel in Paris. 

After spending one night at Hyatt Hôtel du Louvre, I moved to the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s Hotel on the east side of Paris. Built as a private residence in the 18th century, the Hotel is located in a quieter area of town, the 16th Arrondissement near the Trocadero and just across the Seine River from the Eiffel Tower.

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's, Paris, France

Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s, Paris, France

Lobby

The lobby and the bar are small, though they’re beautiful, both in celadon green with lithographs and prints by Matisse and Picasso on the walls. Low ceilings and dark woods lend  an intimate and very cozy feel.

The lobby and check-in desk at the Radisson Blue Le Dokhans

The lobby and check-in desk at the Radisson Blue Le Dokhans

Room

After checking in, I walked to the elevator which opened up and revealed that there was enough room for me, my suitcase and a baguette, and that was about it. Although it was bedecked in a faux Louis Vuitton wallpaper, it was very small and not made for the claustrophobic. I know that smaller lifts in Europe are commonplace, but this was even small by Parisian standards.

A tiny elevator or a nicely appointed closet, you decide...

A tiny elevator or a nicely appointed closet, you decide…

Once I got up to the fourth floor, I discovered the hallway leading to my room was about three and a half feet wide, and the door to my room was on an extreme angle, which made lugging my large suitcase down the hall a struggle.

Mon petit hallway

Mon petit hallway

Room

The room was a light and airy traditional room with a queen-sized bed with a seating area, large floor-to-ceiling windows, which opened to a very small Juliette balcony overlooking the street. The bathroom was marble and granite and featured products by thisworks Modern Natural Beauty.

Business Class Room at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's, Paris, France

Business Class Room at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s, Paris, France

The hotel’s website touts the Eiffel Suite which is the only room in the property that has a view of the famed tower, however that room was not available the night I was there. It is a shame for a hotel to be so close to the sight, but only one room has the million dollar view.

The bathroom in the Business Class Suite at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan's

The bathroom in the Business Class Room at the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s

Amenities & Dining

The hotel is home to Paris’ first Champagne bar, Le Dokhan’s, which features over 70 types of Champagne, and is also the property’s sole restaurant. The property has an old-world boutique charm to it, so I wasn’t surprised or disappointed by the lack of additional amenities.

Le Dokhan's Bar at the Radisson Blu

Le Dokhan’s Bar at the Radisson Blu

Hits

I really liked the look and feel of Le Dokhan. The room decor is lovely, the windows opening up to the street gave a luxe European feel to the room. I also really love the art in the lobby as well as the green tones. I also appreciate that the WiFi is free, an amenity you hope is included in the room rate, but something that is not always a given.

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An original Picasso in the lobby of the Radisson Blu Le Dokhan’s

Misses

My room was really warm and when I called and asked for a technician to assist in making the room cooler, I was told they were not on duty and I would have to sleep with the windows open to cool down. As a very light sleeper, I was not happy with the thought of having to listen to Parisian traffic all night. However, it was better than sleeping in what amounted to a beautifully wallpapered sauna.

Although the bed is comfortable, the warm night was not, which led to little sleep throughout the night and the traffic in the morning woke me up much earlier than I had anticipated. I explained the situation to the front desk staff upon check out and they seemed sympathetic but did not offer any type of compensation or anything other than an apology, which was disappointing since it really affected my stay. It would have been classy to offer breakfast or some points for the trouble, though I will follow up with Club Carlson directly for compensation.

Overall

Although the property does have that old Parisian charm, it is not located in an area that I consider desirable and I would much rather stay in the Marais of St. Germaine-des-Prés. The neighborhood is a nice residential area, and although there is not a lot going on, it would be a good option when visiting friends or family in the area. Plus, given the cramped halls and elevator and the staff not recognizing the opportunity to change my opinion of the property, it is unlikely that I would stay at the Le Dokhan’s again.

How To Use Your Points

I booked the room using 70,000 Club Carlson points for a Standard Room and with the Club Carlson Premier Visa you get the last night of your 2+ day award stay for free, which is an incredible benefit- so 70,000 points can equate to two free nights. When I arrived, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I was upgraded to a Business Class Room. For my stay the Standard Room was selling for €350 ($475 USD) and the Business Class Room was €450 ($611 USD), so I feel like this was a solid use of Club Carlson points, even though the experience wasn’t stellar.

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  • nsummy

    I’m surprised you didn’t mention the amazing wood smell in the lobby!

  • Andrew

    Isn’t that the WEST side of Paris?

  • Steve

    Kind of a limp review. I stayed at Le Dokhan’s in May and it had its hits and misses, for sure, but it sounded like you barely experienced the hotel. Did you have any interaction with their friendly staff, like Franco and Jean Phillippe? Did you notice they spoke excellent English? What amenities were in your room, like free water (in Paris, you’re nearly always paying for water)? Did you try the champagne bar? Did you have their excellent if overpriced breakfast? Did you notice you are within easy walking distance of a metro station, the Seine, the Eiffel Tower, or 15 minutes from the Arc De Triomphe and Champs Elysees? How about the relatively reasonably priced dining nearby? The Dokhan’s is indeed a relatively aged and cramped place, but then, that’s Paris for you. I found it well worth 50,000 points we paid for a two day stay using the Club Carlson card’s benefit (it as still Level 6 / 50k when we booked). It’s arguable at 70,000 points, but I assume it got bumped to Carlson’s Level 7 because of its location.

  • rick b

    I stayed there last May and it was an epic fail. The room they gave me was TINY, with a cramped shower. The other Radisson nearby, forget the name, had a similar issue. Unless you get an upgrade, the rooms have terrible, cramped design. Champs Elysses was the only Raddison in Paris I really liked, that had ample space.

  • JL100

    Steve and Adam, I would like to visit Paris and find a hotel with American style beds that are soft. I have trouble sleeping on firm beds. How do the beds at this hotel compare?

  • Joseph May

    I’ve been to Paris 9 or 10 times and the last time I had the pleasure of staying at the Le Dokhan’s. I really enjoyed the Boutique atmosphere which somehow felt more authentically Parisian than at staying at the the big chain hotels. Yes the rooms, elevator and halls are small and the HVAC not ultramodern. That being said, I really liked it but “to each his own.”
    I do need to differ with you on the location. I thought the location was very good being near to the Eiffel tower, Champs Elysees and the Arc d’Triomphe
    I have previously stayed in Saint Germain and at the Intercontnental LeGrand by the Opera. I thought the location was different but equally good. Paris is a huge city and there is much to see throughout the city.

  • MilesRunner

    We are staying two nights in Paris in July, so thanks for the timely review. I just checked the points cost and they went up to 105K points for my dates, the same as at Champs Elysses. I am waiting for my new CC Premier Visa to make my 2 for 1 reservation.

  • general45 aka Bill from maine

    Wow. I was just looking at this property last evening and here it is today. Thanks to all for your reviews.

  • Peter

    Wow, excellent critique

  • Steve

    The other hotel is the Radisson Blu Metropolitan. it is also cramped, but more “modern.”

  • Steve

    The bed was firm, as far as I recall.

  • Ruthlessly Absurd

    Hmmmm sounds like I made the right decision when I stayed at the Radisson Blu Champs Elysees.

  • ML46

    Recently returned from 2 weeks in Paris totally on points. Stayed at four different properties: Marriott Champs Elysses (great breakfast, unpleasant location because of the crowds and extra high prices in the area), The Hyatt Vendome (also a great breakfast but a fabulous location with a short walk to some of Paris’s best shopping and the Louvre area), the Radisson Metropolitan in Trocadero and the Radisson Le Dokham, also in Trocadero. I agree with you about the elevator size but pretty much disagree with the rest of your review. The location was in a quiet residential area, but only a few minute walk to great restaurants and museums. Schwartz’s NY deli (with its great hamburgers) and Carette Patisserie and Glacier (among the best ice cream shops in Paris) are right up the street. The metro and bus stops are also only a short walk away. The staff at Le Dokham spoke excellent English, and couldn’t have been any more helpful with their recommendations and guidance. The icing on the cake was their upgrading us at check in to that garotte room with the Eifel Tower view. (The Metropolitan also has unobstructed views of the tower but you need to lean out the window to see it.) All in all, I would give the staff a 10 out of 10 for their friendliness and helpfulness. The hotel is among the best small European boutique hotels we have stayed at,

  • Guest B

    I agree with you completely. I stayed at this hotel in May. The location is good, near the Metro Trocadero, near the Eiffel, Arc Triumph, and Champs Elysses.
    Man, the author of this post Adam sure has an “entitlement attitude”, wanting some “compensation” to change his opinion.

  • DJYoungCity

    I recently returned from a trip to this property and I had similar experiences. I also did not have luck with the A/C in my room, and complained to the front desk multiple times with no compensation or solution. Had to sleep with the windows open to stay cool.

    Room was really nice (just small, had to move chairs to the hallway to fit 2 bags comfortably in the room), free wifi was a nice addition (with no data restrictions and it was fast too. I used it to upload 4-5 gigs of pictures per night), complimentary breakfast was good, staff was over the top accommodating which made for a comforting stay (other than the A/C).

    Location was convenient to many of the sights in Paris, whether you walk or take the metro. On a side note, we used Uber multiple times and was super convenient traveling to and from the train stations with luggage.

    Overall it was a good experience, but not a great one. If the A/C would have worked or a solution would have been provided then I would change my mind.

  • Lana

    No breakfast?

  • JFA

    My wife and i had a great stay here last fall. Neighborhood is great and NOT touristy. That is what made for a great stay. Also friendly staff and great breakfast.
    Would not hesitate to stay again-

  • Betsy

    Agree. We stayed here in January on points (at the 50,000 rate before the increase). This hotel used to be a private residence; one cannot and should not expect the proportions in larger, modern chain hotels. Our room was tinier than this writer’s; deal with it. Who stays in their room all day in Paris anyway? The Trocadero neighborhood is excellent, walkable and convenient. There are two metro stops within easy distance of this hotel. The view of the Eiffel Tower from Plaza Trocadero is one of the best in Paris. Get there as the sun is coming up for an incredible experience. We enjoyed Pub Kleber, a block away from the hotel, which is moderately priced with super friendly service. My husband’s first time in Paris, and all the ignorant stereotypes about rude Parisians were shattered! Because the hotel was full of buyers, we were comped breakfast instead of a room upgrade; this was a 120 euro value we really appreciated not having to spend each day. The breakfast was impeccably served by Marcel, an old school professional. Sophie behind the desk and other staff were so helpful, going so far as to maintain a petty cash supply should you run short. Restaurant Victor is a half block away for fine dining, and there’s Planet Sushi and even a laundromat across the street. Free and very speedy wifi was so welcome for us as digital nomads. Honestly, I was so surprised at the tone of this review, and couldn’t disagree more. I’d blogged about this hotel in an earlier summary piece, but now I’m incentivized to give it its own post. Don’t let this review put you off this property. It’s a little gem.

  • MilesRunner

    We decided to stay at the Champs Elysses location and got two nights for 105K points. With the CC signup bonuses, points earned for the stay, and points from required spending it was pactically points FREE!

    The Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees location isvery convenient, the staff was friendly, the room was larger than average for Paris, and a very nice hot breakfast was included! We will stay there again, I’m sure.

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