My recent trip to Paris this Summer was my second trip to the City of Light this year alone (and of course the weekend where we got engaged!) My boyfriend (now fiancé) and I loved our last trip in February, and thanks to the amazing deals currently available on the Eurostar – and the fact we can travel business class – was a big factor in our decision to go again.
With travel (and free croissants) covered, the next step for planning a weekend away is accommodation. On our first trip back in February I followed my usual booking steps, and went for the gorgeous Hotel Rendez-Vous in Montmarte. However, this time round after following the ever-dangerous Secret Escape emails, I found myself booking us into an incredibly good deal for the 4-star hotel Hotel d’Orsay.
Considering these trips were barely 6 months apart and we experienced two very different hotels, I wanted to write up the comparisons between staying in Paris accommodation – budget vs luxury. So without further ado, here we go….
The Hotel Rendez-Vous is located in northern Paris in the Montmartre area which means it’s perfect if you want to experience a lovely and quieter area of Paris, with lots of little bars and of course – close access to the Sacré-Cœur.
However, if you’re after a more central location then the Hotel d’Orsay wins, as it’s right on the south of the river just next to the Musée d’Orsay. It’s in walking distance of the river, and then around half an hour each way walk along to either the Eiffel Tower or the Notre Dame.
I think each hotel benefits whichever type of holiday you’re after, the Hotel Rendez-Vous was perfect for our longer trip where we could explore all of Paris. But the Hotel d’Orsay was perfect for our stay as it was close to all the big attractions, and easy to get to.
Each place varies on price by quite a bit, but it’s also worth pointing out that we booked them both through different avenues. We used Booking.com to book Hotel Rendez-Vous which has the benefit of booking a room without having to pay up front, and always (to me at least) seems to have the cheapest prices. Hotel d’Orsay was booked using a deal on Secret Escapes, so the deal we had and all the extras thrown in were part of the price, but normally a room at the Hotel d’Orsay would cost a lot more.
Of course, prices will change on circumstance and dates, but we paid £177 (€ 198) for a two night stay at the Hotel Rendez-Vous which works out at £88.50 a night. For the Hotel d’Orsay this was advertised on Secret Escapes at £129 for a night, with a £5 booking fee. However, I also have to point out that we were upgraded (!!!) to a better room, with a balcony. So I don’t think I can compare the rooms evenly as I thought I would’ve been able to, as we definitely got more than we paid for. In addition, the room included a lot of extra add-ons, which leads me on to….
So, the Secret Escapes deal we picked included a lot of extras with the room – and I would definitely check out their website and newsletter if you’re looking for a holiday as so many different hotels have lots of different deals and packages with Secret Escapes.
For our stay included in the price of £129, we had accommodation in a Club room (although this was upgraded on our arrival to a room with a balcony, which was incredible), in addition to included breakfast and the free option to have it delivered to your room.
The deal also included a drink at the honesty bar – we chose a glass of Champagne – we were newly engaged after all! And there was also a bottle of rosé and little biscuits in the room for us. The deal also included coffee/tee at the honesty bar (however this was just included in our upgraded room) and also a bottle of water.
At the Hotel Rendez-Vous we didn’t have breakfast included, but it is an option you can chose for an extra cost. There was free tea and coffee you could grab in the foyer, in addition to free bottled water in your room. It’s unfair for me to compare breakfasts as we didn’t try this in the Hotel Rendez-Vous, but I would say in Paris it’s worth grabbing a Bed & Breakfast option with your accomodation, as paying for it in cafes or restaurants around the city can work out quite pricey for what you get!
Despite the fact there is a big price difference between them, both hotels were gorgeously decorated in their own way. The cheaper of the two, the Hotel Rendez-Vous, did not have a ‘budget’ feel at all, considering it’s price – it was beautifully decorated in a deep blue all around the hotel, with velvet curtains and sofas that had more of a soho house feel. Even though our room was tiny it looked gorgeous, and the bathroom also fit into the theme of simplistic but chic – topped off with complimentary Clarins toiletries.
The Hotel d’Orsay was very similar for decor – with deep blues and greens around the hotel. Each room (that I can see from the website) has a piece of art hanging above the bed which makes a nice, unique touch. Once again, I have to mention our complimentary upgrade which included a balcony with a gorgeous city view.
I can’t compare the service we received very well as they were both brilliant! We were treated politely and kindly by the staff in both hotels. I would say even though we were at the Hotel d’Orsay for less time we interacted with the staff more, but perhaps that’s because it’s a bigger hotel.
I can also confirm the service the Hotel d’Orsay provides of delivering your breakfast to your room free of charge was a definitely bonus! Also I think their honesty bar (where you pour your own drink and only pay for what you take) is a great idea – and it was well and fully stocked with different options for us to pick our drinks!
Before I wrote this post I wasn’t sure if I’d be able to pick a winner, but throughout writing it I think it’s pretty clear I have… Although it’s not fair to compare them, because of the d’Orsay upgrade I can definitely confirm we got a lot for our money.
It was our first time using Secret Escapes and I would definitely recommend giving it a go if you fancy a luxury-style holiday on a budget. I’m signed up to the mailing list and the holiday deals that hit my inbox every day are seriously tempting.
Anyway, I hope this post comes in handy if you’re off to Paris anytime soon and looking for accommodation – as I could definitely recommend both of these hotels depending on which budget you’re on.
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