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Robyn: Welcome to Paris, where your first experience will be a helpful Algerian with grand-prix aspirations masquerading as an overpriced cab driver. Whilst Robert was sphincter-clenching in the front seat, Robyn was ogling out the window and falling in love... Honestly wasn't prepared for the 'frenchness' of it all - It's like being plonked into a …
... in a very nostalgic setting.
After lunch, as we strolled toward the rue de Passy to do some grocery shopping, we managed to gain entry into the grounds of the Pavillon Bourdan, on the avenue du Recteur Poincaré, which turned out to be a private mansion occupied by an investment and consulting firm. The building and grounds were gorgeous, so we took a quick look-see, and then managed to leave without incident!
On our first normal weekend we decided to do some site-seeing.
On saturday we picked the Jardin du Luxembourg. I was curious to see it because I'd read about it in Les Miserables (its where Marius sees Cosette each evening when Jean Valjean and her go there for their walks). It was also mentioned in a beautiful little kids book that Aunt Nancy gave Emmanuel before we left "This is Paris) and they'd mentioned there that at the park they have these little toy ...
... catacombs we made our way back to the metro station and then went to Musée d' Orsay. This used to be a train station but now to a beautiful museum. My mom was excited because they had original Renoir, who is her favorite impressionist painter. He does amazing work and he likes full figured women (which my mom and I like.. Haha) I on the other hand love Degas. I love his ballerina and dance class paintings. They're all full ...
... walked these cobble-stone streets at some time. Many artists set themselves up in a designated area to sell their works or to draw portraits. Some of their skills were amazing.
Back on the coach we went and then back to our hotel for a rest before dinner. On the way we went past another famous Paris location…The Moulin Rouge…although it’s not in the nicest part of town. I guess you could call the area the Kings Cross of Paris ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsArtus Hotel Paris
The hotel is hidden along rue de Buci about 500 meters from the Notre Dame and walking distance to all the major museums along the Loire.
The room is comfortable although a little small.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Artus Hotel Paris
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!
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!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!!!!