REVIEW: Marriott’s Le Metropolitan Hotel with views of the Eiffel Tower in Paris

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Ok, we are back in Paris. This is where we started our 2023 summer vacation. We’ve been to Paris many times. When we arrived a week prior, we only spent 1-2 days in Paris. It was our starting point before we hopped all around Europe. From Paris, we visited:

  • Belgium – Ghent and Bruges
  • Amsterdam
  • London

Our flight back to LA flew out of Paris. For this last leg, I was stuck with my two college kids. I got to be their babysitter, or perhaps they got to babysit me. Nancy and the other two kids flew back earlier with the other two kids since their classes started much earlier.

50K FREE night certificates

Our son, Ethan, signed up for the Marriott Bonvoy Boundless® Credit Card. At the time, the card offered 5 FREE night certificates valued up to 50K per night, and you are able to top off the certificates with up to 15K in Bonvoy points. This means, you are not limited to finding properties that charge up 50,000 per night, but you could book properties charging up to 65K per night. You would just need to add the difference. We love these 50K Free Night Award certificates, and have been trying to get the most value our points could buy.
Le Metropolitan Paris

When you raise flexible kids

We had two remaining certificates to use. During our trip to Europe last summer, I talked to Ethan and Maddie about them. The properties I had in mind did not have availability for two straight nights. They said “Dad, do whatever you have to do! If we have to move hotels – no problem.”
So I did.  I booked – Le Metropolitan, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel which was so close to the Eiffel Tower. It was for 54,000 points per night. We simply used Ethan’s 50K certificate, and added his 4,000 Marriott points. The value of a standard room at the time was $500 USD.

Don’t let your low status (or lack of status) bring you down

Ethan only has Marrriott Silver Elite status – not the highest Marriott status, but that’s never stopped us in the past from getting upgrades. I was a lowly Silver Elite with Marriott when we were upgraded to a suite at Wailea Beach Marriott, a penthouse suite at Fairfield Inn & Suites in New York City, a junior suite at JW Marriott in Kuala Lumpur – and many more.
Wailea Beach Marriott

Dad, I’ll go and check-in

We were greeted by Elias from the front desk. It was only 10:45am, and Ethan had already checked in using the app with hopes that we could get some rest as soon as we get to the hotel. It was a long shot. It was boutique hotel with very few rooms. So to ask for a very early check-in and an upgrade, the chances were very slim. I shared with Elias that we’ve been hopping all over Europe and he recognized that we must’ve been very tired.

Elias: I’m glad to inform that your room is ready.
Me: Oh, great. By any chance, is it a room with a view?
Elias: It’s actually an upgraded room, but your views are of the building next door.
Me: (not sounding disappointed) Oh okay. Thank you. (I was already happy with the thought that it was an upgraded room, and that we could check in at 10:45am)

Elias began programming the keys to our room. After a few more minutes of explaining the amenities, etc. we asked about local restaurants, boulangerie, etc….and he gave us tips.

Elias: Monsieur Francisco, allow me to check my system if I can find you a room with a view. (He checked his computer, click, click). I do have a smaller room with a bed that you could split into two.
Me: (very delighted) Ooh that would be perfect for us!
Elias: But I think you will like the views of the Eiffel Tower. Would you like this room instead or the one with no views? (he asked with a big smile).
Ethan: Oooh forget the slightly bigger room with no views. We’ll take the one with views of the Eiffel Tower.
Me: Merci beaucoup, Elias.

Our upgraded deluxe room

We moved up to the 3rd level (room 315), and the first impression was small room. Well, it was expected. There was the  the bed, night stands, chair, TV, and entertainment table and fridge. But we headed directly for the window, and voila!!! Eiffel Tower in all it’s glory. It was breathtaking. I never thought I’d have this kind of accommodation.

Surprisingly, I was expecting a small bathroom. But it was quite roomy for the bedroom size that we had. And the big plus, there bathroom also had a window that looked out to the Eiffel Tower. We were ever so thankful.

Room tour videos on Instagram

My Instagram LIVE room tour of the window views looking out to the Eiffel Tower, our functional room, and spacious bathroom.

Jason Francisco (@daddytravelsmiles) • Instagram photos and videos 

Our views from the room at night with glittering Eiffel Tower

Jason Francisco (@daddytravelsmiles) • Instagram photos and videos

My first swimming pool in Paris

If you knew me well, you’d know that our typical summer vacation would include beaches and beautiful Hawaiian resorts. Well, we skipped Hawaii in the summer. When I booked this hotel, I learned about the underground pool, and that was the very next thing I visited after we checked in to our room. I had to ask for permission from the front desk to access the pool and the steam room. It was heated, cool enough for me to want swim for a bit. It was a great way of relaxing before we got our day started in Paris.

What to see in and out Le Metropolitan 

There was an in-house restaurant. I didn’t get to check the menu. I was more keen on trying other places nearby. My daughter tried the crepes across the street at Cafe de Mexique, and for dinner, we went to Le Stella for some steak frites, French onion soup, escargot.

There were indoor supermarkets to visit, and we shopped a Casino Supermarche where we purchased roasted chicken and potatoes, and salad for our picnic at the Eiffel Tower. I also came across another supermarket called Monoprix, a fish market, and fruits and vegetable market. There was also a self-service laundromat just outside of the property. We went during the low season when many of the businesses were closed due to being on holiday. I could only imagine how lively this place could be during the regular and peak seasons.

 

15 minute walk to Trocadero and Eiffel Tower

It was that close. It was a straight walk from the Le Metropolitan to Trocadero, and for the entire walk, all we could we was the Eiffel Tower. It’s not everyday that we get to do that.

How to check Marriott’s points and cash rates calendar availability

  • Go to Marriott’s website
  • Enter your desired location or destination (the example below is for Paris)
  • Enter your check-in and check out dates, you could select any random dates for any given month, and once you’ve done so
  • Click the property of your choice (let’s use Le Metropolitan, Paris Tour Eiffel, a Tribute Portfolio Hotel)
  • Click Continue
  • Click on the Date again
  • Pick I’M FLEXIBLE
  • Pick any MONTH (let’s try AUGUST)
  • Click DONE
  • Click Update Stay Details
  • A monthly view for the month you selected will appear
  • Any night that is 65,000 or less could be booked using the 50K FREE Night Certificate (you just need to add the difference in points)

Takeaways

I’m obviously a budget-traveler, and many times, I do not mind being away from the heart of it all. But with this stay at Le Metropolitan Hotel, I was very glad that I booked this property which gave us an appreciation of being so close to the Eiffel Tower without the need to take major public transportation.
I highly recommend it, and if given the chance, I would love to go back and stay there again.
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