We love the balcony views of the street at this hotel, as well as the charming European quirks like the spiral staircase elevator that make you remember your stay here. The front desk is always helpful and friendly, and the breakfast is excellent. My wife loves this place, and has even sketched and painted pictures of this hotel's iconic exterior. However, the real secret of why we come back is the location. A very convenient walk to almost everything in the already-complete Opera district, including the Opera Metro stop, the Roissy bus to the CDG airport, the river banks, and all the major tourist destinations. Excellent restaurants, cafes, bars and shops are everywhere close by, including an entire district of Japanese and Korean restaurants with unique French twist. Standard rooms are a bit cramped and angular, but that is part of the charm - get used to it! Everything is clean, functional, and in good condition. I always get a good night's sleep. The hotel staff are also extremely good about any changes to one's schedule - very helpful if your trip itinerary changes (always a possibility in France). For the "brave" traveler who can put up with a 2-persons-with-luggage elevator and an "architecturally interesting" room in order to be a couple of minutes' walk from the best of Paris, this place is ideal. Memorable and you will likely want to come back.