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... While waiting for our bike tour to commence we survey all the lines to get up the Eiffel Tower and see while the line for the south end is so short, its the line to climb the stairs up the Eiffel Tower! The Fat Tire Bike Tours kicks off at the base of the Eiffel Tower and we meet our fellow bikers, who once again are mostly Australians. After a quick briefing we are on our way. There is a move we do called the ...
... Snails with garlic parsley and butter sauce! Definitely interesting but I won't be going back for more anytime soon! Ha! Then some Soup and a beef and pasta dish with a few heinekens to finish off. The French pride themselves on their wine, but Moët and Chandon is a little out of the price range!
After dinner it was back on the bus for a dusk/night time bus tour of central Paris and its landmarks. We were staying in quite a low socioeconomic area and ...
... said, “Oh no, don’t! The French love that!”
In any case, I went in the direction of the Jardin de Luxembourg because it was after 2, and the parade was was scheduled to take off from Montparnasse at 2. Waited around for a bit, bought a rainbow flag, and the parade finally came by at around 3. Some of the exhibitions were poignant, and it brought a tear to my eye, surprise, surprise…By 3:45, there was little sign of the parade ...
... and a concern then to find Doug and Matrlene not at the Royal. When they do arrive, breathless and pooped, we are admonished not to make comment!! (But did I say that the Royal was quaintly hidden and secluded?)
The Royal was perfect! Just what the doctor ordered. As the London Girls had said, it was not too shmancy, but cozy and Nice. And boy did the London Girls have it right. We had high tea together in a hidden little hotel, in a cozy little room, secluded ...
... I can't say I got tired of eating pastries for breakfast. No matter the shop, they all seem to do it right. Crisp flakey outside, soft doughy inside. There is no question they've mastered this. We had brunch on Sunday at a small cafe down in the Maris district just a short walk from the apartment. It was off a side street and tiny, but they had great, fresh pastures, quiche, salads and espresso. After discussing our visit with our waiter, from London, he informed us ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Carofftel Gobelins Paris
Basic ammenities but very good value for the money.Extremely clean. Hotel was recently renovated. Rooms are comfortable and so is the matress.Clean towels every day.Bathroom has heater and hair blower.Three bus lines stop across the hotel.The owner, Christine is an excellent host and gracious lady, full of French charm and warmth. She speaks perfect English. The staff is also very accomodating. Famous Rue Moffetard is just two blocks away, excellent bakeries, fruit stands, grocery store,etc right on that street, is a colurful street market. Very entertatinig seating at a cafe and just watch the locals going about their daily activities.
A lovely budget hotel in a good part of Paris. Convenient transport links (though the closest metro, Gobelins was closed for renovation when I stayed there, the nearest was only a few hundred metres). The nearby buses will take you to places like the Musee d'Orsay and Luxembourg Gardens. Fabulous market and shopping street, rue Mouffetard is only a minute or so away on foot.
excellent value in a non-touristy neighborhood, clean.....but we did have to beg for another petit bar of soap! Staff helpful.....we had a room with a balcony from which we could see up & down the street & all the way to the Pantheon.....Moufftard & it's outdoor market nearby as well as some wonderful patisseries & boulangeries
Good Value and Excellent Location
I stayed at the Carofftel Gobelins over Thanksgiving break and would stay there again. The hotel is basic but spotless; and literally two blocks from the Moffetard Market (a strip of restaurants, bakeries, cafes and other shops). It is also very convenient for buses that take you directly to the Musee d'Orsay and the Le Marais. The neighborhood brasseries are also way above average; I ate at the Brasserie Gobelins two nights in a row because the food was so good.
Nice place to stay
My husband and I stayed at Carofftel Gobelins this September. This was our first trip to Paris and I would definitely return. The hotel is conveniently located near a pedestrian friendly street market, metro stops as well as numerous cafes. The staff was very accommodating (maps, local knowledge) and spoke English well (much better than my French). If I had any complaints, it would be that the shower is very small. It didn't bother us, but other (larger) people might find that a useful piece of information.