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Historic luxury property that's not quite as grand as it once was
The Hotel Du Louvre offers plenty of historic charm. At night, the hotel glows with romantic lights, a nod to Paris' most famous nickname -- City of Lights. The former antique marketplace, turned luxury hotel in 1887, was featured in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's "Sherlock Holmes" novels.
But the decor is underwhelming for a luxury property of this level, and could use refurbishment to restore it to its former grandeur. The staircases, for example, are old and adorned in dusty red carpeting, and narrow, dim hallways lead to the rooms.
The central location right across from the Louvre Museum is a huge plus, however. The Louvre and Tuileries Gardens are just steps away, and nearby metro stations will transport visitors to places like the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe.
Across the street from the Louvre museum, within walking distance of many other attractions
Located in the heart of the city's fashion district, Hotel Du Louvre is just a few minutes' walk to local restaurants and cafes. Its central locale allows for easy access to iconic attractions, like the Louvre, which is right next door to the hotel, as well as the Tuileries Garden and the Eiffel Tower. Take in a show at the Opera Garnier, or stroll through the Jardin du Palais Royal before catching a play at Théâtre du Palais-Royal -- it's all easy to do from this hotel.
Paris is one of Europe's most densely populated cities, and is currently one of the world's most important business and cultural metropolises. Known as "The City of Lights" for its growth during the Age of Enlightenment, Paris is home to some of the world's most luxurious fashion (Hermes, Dior, Yves Saint Laurent), iconic museums, and structures, as well as major media and business outlets.
Built in 1855, this beautiful building was originally the Louvre des Antiquaires, and in 1887 became France's first luxury hotel. The building itself features tall, thick columns and wrought-iron railings. Inside, the style is classically elegant, if a bit drab -- some renovations would make it feel a bit more vibrant. The rooms actually quite bright, though, thanks to floor-to-ceiling windows. The bathrooms are clean and modern with sharp lines; for Europe, the space is fairly big, and towel warmers in each are a comfy perk. The hotel features a restaurant, Le Louvre Brasserie Restaurant, which is a nice place to people-watch while dining outside. In the world of luxury hotels here, the Hotel du Louvre's main selling point is its location: across the street from the Louvre Museum, and right on Rue Saint Honore, close to cafes, restaurants, and designer shopping.