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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.
Even after the introduction of the Chase Sapphire Reserve, the Chase Sapphire Preferred is still a fantastic choice if you want to avoid the Reserve’s $450 annual fee, earn 2x on all travel & dining and earn a 50,000 point sign up bonus.