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Saturday 24 September 2016

A Paris hotel for those in a towering hurry

The Mercure Paris Centre Eiffel Tower is one of those hotels that actually lives up to its name. 

It is literally two blocks from the Eiffel Tower, on the same street as the Australian Embassy - expensive real estate. 

Being in the perfect location for anyone who wants to get up close and personal with Gustave Eiffel's masterpiece might explain the elevated prices guests pay here. 

A walk up at the hotel last night paid well over €200 for a basic box of a room with a frankly tiny shower and bathroom.  

Those lucky enough to get upgraded to a "privilege" room were rewarded with the use of a bathrobe (which was far too small for me) and complimentary water and soft drinks. Certainly don't expect anyone to help with your bags, or hail you a cab. 

The rooms offered free wifi, iPhone chargers and other basics but were unremarkable other than for their bright decor. 

Now Paris is an expensive city. Understood. And the young staff at the Mercure were keen and multilingual. 

But the prices here (€4.50 for a small bottle of soft drink) mark the hotel as one aimed firmly at the lazy tourism market. 

If you have one night in town and absolutely want to be at the Eiffel Tower then it is perfect. Otherwise....

Mercure Paris Eiffel Tower, 20 rue Jean Rey, Paris 75015. 0825 80 17 17.

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