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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Beaubourg Paris
We stayed at this hotel for 6 nights in a twin room and had the advantage of trying 2 rooms - on the ground floor and the 1st floor.
The access to the hotel is a bit awkward, as it appears to be in an alley (although it is a 1-way street). Not the most welcoming greeting. When you enter the lobby for the first time, the "hotel smell" is a bit off-putting, but after you enter your room, it is fine.
Everything here is small - the elevator, your room, the TV. But they all work. The bedroom and bathroom are quite clean. There is a mini-bar to store your water and some fruits that you can buy at Ed's, a grocery store on Renard St., about 2 blocks north of the hotel.
The bedroom is a bit dim for reading (your guidebooks). The mirror-doored wardrobe closet is just adequate for 2 persons. The TV has only a few basic channels, mostly in German.
The mattresses were comfortable and the crisp linens quite nice.
The shower in the bathroom is a bit tricky. It's not meant to be suspended from above but rather held in one hand. The hair dryer is one of those vaccum-tube models but it does the job. You should bring your own soaps, shampoos and facecloth.
When the room is air-conditioned, it is quite comfortable. At times, it felt like they had turned it off at the reception, but that's the cynic in me talking.
The staff is indifferent and offhand, but it seems to be the general Paris attitude.
For 112Euros per night, staying in this central quarter was a good deal.
Romantic Hotel in a Perfect Location
I chose the hotel for it's location, Le Marais/Beaubourg. This area, in my opinion, is the prettiest and funkiest in Paris. I chose it for it's charm, many of the walls are original old stone, the ceilings are beamed and there are little wrought iron balconies at the full length windows. The reception staff were helpful and polite and the rooms were kept spotlessly clean. But back to the location, don't just head on the metro to the big tourist attractions, make some time to wander through the streets surrounding the hotel, rue Vieille du Temple with amazing zinc bars and cafes. The rue des Francs Bourgeois with it's gorgeous boutiques and then come to the Place de Vosges, the perfect place to sit in the sun with your picnic that you have picked up at one of the fantastic boulangeries and fruit shops. If you have been to Paris and done the big attractions this is the perfect location to chill out, drink wine sitting at a pavement cafe, watch the locals, go to great restaurants and shop till you drop for original clothes, jewellry and home interiors. Oh, and the museums are great too. All in all, this hotel is ideal for it's location and price. It is also romantic with bags of charm and character. The only hotel I have been to in Paris that I would go back to and the only location that I will ever stay in again in Paris!
Hotel Beaubourg was great
We just returned from a three night stay at Hotel Beaubourg with our two teenaged children. We were given two rooms side by side which was perfect. The location was fantastic, price good, three blocks from the Metro and an easy walk to Notre Dame and the river. It was clean and was quiet every night. Just down the street was an area (Rue Rambuteau)for buying bread (boulangerie), wine, cheese (fromagerie), etc. everything you'd need for a great picnic. We would definitely go back to Hotel Beaubourg.
LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION
A 5 minute stroll to Notre Dame, a 20 minute rollerblade to the Eiffel Tower, fall out of bed and you are in the Georges Pompidou Museum. What more could you want?
Stayed here for 4 nights in June. This was my second time at the hotel. The hotel itself is quite charming. The first time I stayed my room and bath were on the small side (usual for Europe) but the most recent time both were bigger. Rooms were clean, public areas nice, and the hotel is on a quite side street right next to the Pompidou Center (hideous, in my view). The people are nice and helpful without being overly friendly. For the price and location, it is hard to do much better in Paris.
Location is excellent, hotel is as expected in Paris
As far as the hotel goes, it is what you would expect in Paris - a small room without many of the standard amenities you would expect from a hotel in the US - no gym, no landscaping, etc. Yes the elevators are small but I can live with that. The staff speaks english and are always helpful. Breakfast at the hotel can be purchased at an additional cost but I don't think it is neccessary - there are many places to eat around the neighborhood. The place is clean and is an excellent starting point for your vacation in Paris. First, it is a 5 minute walk to a train stop that will get you to the Louvre and Champ D'Ellysees in 10 minutes. There is another train stop less than 10 minutes away that will take you to the Versaille Gardens, Eifffel Tower, and the B RER line to either of the major airports and the Paris Nord train station. Also, you can walk to Notre Dame in 10 minutes, and the Seine is a 5 minute walk away. There are plenty of places to eat but not too much shopping. Less than 1/2 block from the hotel is a supermarket where you can buy water and fruits and snacks.
Charming rooms, good price
Stayed with three friends in the Hotel Beaubourg in December, 2003. After location and price, we primarily chose this hotel based on its web site and reviews. It did not disappoint. We stayed in two separate rooms, and found the price of having a twin room versus a double w/shower was significant, and well worth the 12 euros per night difference. The twin room had more walking space, higher ceilings, and a bathroom about three times larger. The rooms were well decorated, clean, and the service staff was very friendly. The location was very convenient to shops and the subway, and the price is hard to beat!
Nice place, great location.
Very nice long weekend at a well located hotel. Excellant value for money in high priced Paris! The front rooms get a lot of street noise if the windows are open. On warm days, ask for a room in the back. I'd send Mom here, so it's recommended.
Lots to do
Rooms are adequate size, especially for Paris. Location is great, as within a 5 minute walk there are cafes, restaurants, Pompidou centre, metro stop, supermarket, cash machine, bakery. Staff was friendly.
Room size was adequate, beds were comfortable and the room was clean. Continental breakfast was included :coffee, tea or orange juice;croissant; and french bread only. Christine at the front desk was VERY helpful. Good location to the metro, museums, the Seine River and other sights . We had a front room and experienced two noisy nights from the street outside the hotel. There is a bar across the street. Recommend a room at the back of the hotel.
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... remembered one of the guys saying to us that the locks all have a generic key and ever afternoon the hawkers do a run across the bridge seeing if they can see any locks they know. They unlock them and they are back on sale tomorrow. Sorry, back to the artwork. This place, the Musee de Orsee wasn't bad, the crowds were smaller than i expected, we simply walked in. There was also some pretty special art in there. As well Renior, Van Gogh, Monet, Gaugin. I would ...
... for a coffee and waffles with choco. We so needed it by this point cos we had walked so much and lacked energy.Once we got back to the train station we hopped on the next train back to Central Paris (by this time it was about 6.15pm).We were all starving and tired so we had dinner at a local restaurant in Opera, and headed to our hotels for an early night! Tomorrow we are going to cruise around the city and see what we can find :-)
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... take part in communion if you were of the catholic faith or if not you could present yourself to the priest with your hands folded over your chest and receive a blessing. So we did and can now say we had communion/were blessed at Mont St Michel. Sim said it was the first time since high school since he had done it. After we walked through the rest of the abbey grounds and made our way back down to the bottom of the hill to where you can get onto the mudflats. It took a ...
... the way back.
We waitied in line to enter through security to visit the main castle. The line was enourmous but was moving rather quickly. Once we got inside we grabbed an audio guide to listen to while wandering. It was very crowded in the castle. So each time we entered a room it was pretty tight. The rooms were beautifully decorated and almost every inch was covered in gold colour. There was massive paintings on the wall and ceilings. ...
... few photos, but really, they don't do justice to the sights we saw.
Our travels home were uneventful and we're happy to be back in our little corner of paradise on the north coast. Susan says that the month in Cendrieux was the best month of her life and I'm inclined to agree.
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