Central Hotel Paris
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Ah, the sweet smell of successful planning. You spend months reading books about Europe, highlighting, jotting down notes, writing out the itinerary and great thoughts of "hitting the deck running". HUH! We, or should I say, I had such great plans, and, as usually happens, life gets in the way.
Here's how it went. Mom and Bill …
Today, we finally arrived in Paris. First, we rode the metro to our hotel, Hotel Central. We dropped off our luggage since our room was not ready yet. Then, we took the metro and went and saw the Eiffel Tower. It had a great view! We rode the packed elevator to the second floor, and looked out. Impressive and neato! Then we left and wnt to get Mom …
... an umbrella so we all huddled under that. Then Mike and Kyria came back with a couple of umbrellas! We were hoping the line would thin but everyone was determined to stay – out came all the umbrellas! We had about 45 minutes of standing in the rain. We were disgusted to see a group of pilots (or some form of military) jump the line and go straight in. The reason the line was taking so long was because they only allow 200 people in the catacombs at a time. There ...
... focusing on different topics. I first went into the medieval section where I saw more swords and suits of armor than the medieval festival! I didn't understand any of it because it was all in French so I browsed through the swords, suits, cannons, and rifles. I could quickly tell I was going to overload with military history knowledge so I just headed towards the ww1 and ww2 section before my mind exploded. I spent most of my time in the WW1 side because I ...
... us a mini tour on our drive and filled us in with tons of information.
We arrived at the apartment and drove into the underground parking. Took the elevator up and entered the apartment. Greg was waiting up for us and Charlie who is 7 months old was sleeping.
We sat up and chatted while enjoying some wine. Then headed to bed for our first night in Paris.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Central Hotel Paris
The Central was very well situated for transport, shopping, eating but I know its price for high season would have been reasonable but for any one who wanted a shower it is not the place to go unless you are happy to have water from one end of the bathroom to the other. They obviously do not believe in shower curtains. I dont think our room was one that had been upgraded and there was a lot of stepping over carpet being laid in the hallways etc. . I dare say when it is all renovated it will be much better. I must say it was clean and staff where pleasant. We only stayed one night because we had private accommodation for our other four nights. We only had a couple of minutes walk from the Air France Bus and the massive Montparnasse station.
A nice place to stay
The place is nice. The location is good. You have a metro station 1 minute by foot, you have a lot of cafes, a market on the weekend, and a few supermarkets near if you need to buy something.
The room was clean and quiet.
After searching the internet for two months, I finally chose this hotel because the value and location seemed matched by excellent reviews. It was amazingly good in all areas with very helpful front desk staff, daily careful room cleaning and even some very well done bathroom make-overs. The lift is normally small for older hotels but works well and does what it needs to do. The area is close to three underground stations and filled with places to eat. The nearby Market at Edgar Quinet has art on Sunday and food, makeup, music and clothes on Wed. All were incredible with excellent variety, and quality range. Sadly, USA Today just gave this hotel an excellent review, so the prices may go way up. Expect some very plain rooms, but wonderful value. Simple excellent continental breakfast.
Great Location, Great Staff
The Central is, true to the name, centrally located near the massive Montparnasse train/Métro station, which makes it very accessible via the trains or the Air France airport buses.
The rooms are an excellent balance of value and features: comfortable beds, great bathrooms, and modern outlets, appliances, etc. The staff is friendly and eager to help. An excellent hotel to stay at.
My girlfriend and I recently spent a week in Paris and stayed 7 nights in the Central Hotel.