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... guess where they are getting married? In the vineyards outside Cessnock. Can you believe it????
Finally reached La Place de Concorde, tried to imagine the scaffold with the guillotine perched on top, blood dripping from the blade, crowd cheering as the next tumbril rolled up with it's terrified victims aboard, as the last one rolled away with the last lot to 'get the chop' - sorry. Something akin to a Sate of Origin match I suppose. Pickpockets working ...
... to Zurich, we decided to order a taxi to the station. The number cobblestones we would have to pull our cases over, would see the wheels fall off our cases, or off the Gannons! We went to the agency that manages the apartment and Jym was extremely helpful in booking a taxi for us - thanks Jym,great service and a great agency We watched a driver parking, he was a bit short of space so just whacked into the BMW behind, moving it ...
We had a quiet day before heading off to Paris. I caught the bus in to the Natural History Museum which was a nice change from taking the tube and is a good chance to see some more of the city.
After our whirlwind tour of the incredible New York museum, I had been really looking forward to seeing the London one at a more leisurely pace but, as is often the case when expectations are high, I was a ...
... 8217;d have some sort of lightning rod at the top to divert the charge, but not wanting to take any chances, I didn’t stop to take any pictures on the way down.
Between downpours, I had just enough time to take refuge at L’Hotel des Invalides, built by Louis XIV as a home for disabled and elderly veterans, but now home to the Tomb of Napoleon and the French Army Museum. In addition to housing the remains of the Emperor (shipped there from ...
... on top of the tiled floor and a maze of crypts below it. The outside is particularly wonderful. We oohhed and aahhed over all of it, but time was whizzing by and we wanted to get to the Musée d’Orsay. After visiting the Pantheon we read about the clock on the face of it secretly being restored under the noses of officials by an underground unauthorized group who sneaked in for a year to do so - after being left to rust, it rang in 2006 for the first time in ...
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Artus is magical!
My wife and I decided to stay at the Artus on the basis of the reviews posted here, so our expectations were high. Even so, the Artus exceeded those expectations. The hotel is very nice - comfortable rooms, an interesting decor, good continental breakfast and a fair price. The location is unbeatable. . .an easy walk to almost anything and close to the Metro when you are tired of walking. But what makes this place sing is the staff under the direction of Sanjay. (Everything others have said about Sanjay here is true!) They take a personal interest in the comfort and enjoyment of their guests. Their recommendations for restaurants, attractions and most anything else are spot on. The attention to detail is amazing. Stay here and you will not be disappointed. We look forward to returning and hope that the Artus management realizes the value of this incredible staff!
Artus Hotel was the BEST!
Following such rave reviews on this board, I booked us into the Artus Hotel for 4 nights in early April. The hotel met & exceeded our expectations. The hotel is small but very attractive; down to the last detail. The location couldn't be better!
We spent almost every afternoon sitting in the sidewalk cafe a few doors down, just watching the Parisian world go by. Wonderful neighborhood!
Sanjay & his staff are all that the other posts make them out to be; excellent! They took very good care of us; getting us dinner reservations and even a haircut appointment for me with a great English-speaking stylists at the salon across the street. We had the Duplex suite, which was very comfy, and the large bathroom (with deep soaking tub!) was amazing. I loved the down comforter, the flat screen TV and the nice toiletries provided.
The breakfast room is cool, but we really loved having breakfast in bed each morning, and even had the (light and limited, but very good) room service for dinner one night when we were too exhausted to go out. We found the prices to be reasonable for an upscale hotel (320 Euro/night for the suite; rooms start at 200), and we loved having a private door/entrance to our room. I highly recommend this hotel. This is where I'll stay from now on!
My wife and I stayed here in late april of 2004. We have nothing but good things to say about the hotel. Specifically:
1. Sanjay at the front desk did a wonderful job with making restrauant reservations and finding shops for us. He could not have been more helpful. The other staff at the front desk were also very helpful and made us feel welcome.
2. The room was a reasonable size for Paris, and was clean. Most importantly for us, it was dead quiet--no street or other noise at all.
3. The area was wonderful. The scene in front of the hotel was like a movie version of Paris. Many small shops and people dining in outdoor cafes. We walked all over Paris and did not find an area that we would have preferred.
Perfect Place for Romantic Get-Away
Things couldn't have gone better for our four day weekend in Paris - the staff at the Artus took care of everything to make our stay special -- from making reservations at top restaurants in advance of our arrival to picking up fresh flowers at the local street market for my wife's birthday. Our room - while not large - was great and the bed was extremely comfortable. The bathroom (with full bath) was much better than most places in this price range. Our window opened out onto the busy street below, but when closed, kept all the city noises out. The location, on a busy side street right off Blvd St. Germain des Pres, is perfect for getting all over town by foot, taxi or metro, and there are tons of excellent stores (clothing, shoes, galleries, food) nearby to satisfy your every need.
I can't wait to return to the Artus on my next visit to Paris!
The Left Bank rules!
Situated on the Left Bank the Artus Hotel is nothing to look at from the outside but once inside it is a revelation with its designer slightly african-morrocan decor influence and as far as its location it cannot be beat as it is minutes away from anything either by taxi or metro and walking. I spent two nights there arlier this month and was very impressed. The staff are delightful and do go out of their way to be helpful. The double room (220 euros) was a little small and tight even for one person with no real closet space to hang clothes (there was an area behind the bed which was awkward.I was glad that I was travelling alone. The European king size bed and duvet however were very comfortable and the well appointed bathroom was spotless. One can get a slightly larger room for 15 extra euros with a proper closet and if travelling as a couple it definitely is the way to go.They also have 2 storied lofts for more money. Continental breakfast is included and quite copious and served either in the room or in the delightful basement breakfast room. There is also a computer for guests to use for email or surfing purposes. The area surrounding the hotel (St Germain des Pres) is the real Paris full of bistros,shops and galleries. Tres chic and full of joie de vivre. After savoring this, I will never stay on the right bank again.
Cool, artsy and very friendly
For my third trip to Paris, I decided to stay at Artus based on the beautifully designed rooms shown on their web site. Yes it's more expensive than other places. But it is on a great street with lots of shops and places to eat. The staff is very friendly abd helpful. Not only would I stay there again, I have already booked a room for my next trip in April.
Friendly and chic
This was the perfect intimate hotel. Although the rooms are small by US standards, we found plenty of room to store all our things and never felt cramped. The decor is so hip and chic, and the staff is incredibly friendly. We even received an e-mail from the manager upon our return home to be sure we had had a safe trip. The location could not be better...walking distrance to so many great sites and restaurants. This was my first trip to Paris and staying here made me feel I had really gotten a taste of this wonderful city. If you want to be at the heart of things in a happening little hideaway, stay here! You will not be dissappointed. We will absolutely stay here again and recommend it to all our friends.
I *loved* staying at Artus. It was extremely accessible, and I practically walked everywhere or ducked into one of four nearby metro stations to take the subway to my destination. The staff is kind, delightful and exceptionally efficient. The facilities were almost luxurious and I slept extremely well. I would highly recommend this hotel to anyone going to Paris. And Sanjay really does rock!
A Hotel to Remember
It was just September when we stayed at the Artus, and yet we already miss our little Paris hideaway. Nestled within a labrynth of cobblestone alleys and cafe-strewn byways, the Artus is perfectly suited for ducking in and hiding out. After a long day of churches, galleries and mistreating your feet, there is no better place for a quiet moment in this vibrant, hopping neighborhood of St. Germain. Just snuggle into your down comforter, take out your travel journal, flip on a bit of French television and process it all. We look at the little sugar packet we brought home and are immediately nostalgic for our mornings in the cozy, underground breakfast room - the newspaper and a basket of pastries, fresh orange juice, tea or "du cafe, s'il vous plait" with frothed milk, little jellies and chilled yogurt. This is the ideal spot to plot your day or to check your email, if you're so inclined. Then, map in hand, leave your key with your wonderful concierge, Sanjay, or one of his always gracious staff -- "bonjour!" "bon soir!" "merci!" -- and set out to discover this intoxicating city.
(When you return, I promise you will find your room despite the quantities of wine you've tasted - a photo of your art student-painted door is the keychain.) Once "home," we would use the mini-bar refrigerator to store the occasional bottled water, half- eaten baguette sandwich or piece of fruit. The armoire was all we needed for our clothes and shoes. La toilette was modern and spacious. And the bed gave us a very good night's sleep. We must have taken a hundred pictures out our window, just to document the way the light changed on a nearby rooftop and flowerbox. We had two neighbors, but the only evidence of them was the smoke lingering in the hallway. (Of course all of France smells of cigarettes and pastries!) Occasionally, we would encounter our fellow travelers - a sophisticated sort - taking their time in the stylish lobby, chatting over glasses of wine while waiting for their taxis. And of course, our own final taxi came all too soon.
Sanjay helped us out with our bags, and we were sad to see the Artus disappear behind us. But once we got home, there was an email waiting for us from Sanjay, thanking us and wishing us well. And that, in itself, is what recommends the Artus.
a great place to stay. comfortable, chic, hip all those things. the desk staff is exceptional. they actually seem like they enjoy being there. the light breakfast is perfect. one day we had lunch there too, it was excellent. rooms are on the small side but so interesting and beautifully done.
the location? no better in all of paris!!!!