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The destinations seemed to become more surreal as our time in Europe came to an end. First we went to Paris for four nights, followed by four nights at Disneyland.
Paris is an amazing city. Everywhere you look there is incredible architecture, delicious food, and wonderful little shops. Our first day in Paris was Andrew’s birthday. We spent the day at the Modern Art Museum in the Centre Pompidou. ...
... English speaking African with a French accent. I asked if they had anything available that was gluten free, silly me what was I thinking, of course not, just a cappuccino for me 'sigh'. I sat and watched my daughter eat the most delicious looking baguette filled with salami and pickles I'd ever seen. Who needs food anyway, I had a caffeine fix and I was ready to just go all day. The Louvre itself is magnificent and didn't disappoint. All ...
... Hour on, so since we don't have to drive, we both had a couple of glasses of Happiness.
An uneventful quick ride back and it was time to call it a night and prepare for the week. Later that night I learned while checking my email that there's some fraud on my CC. There were charges of $10k+ and $4k+ made from the hotel we'd stayed at - 10 - 20x times our actual bill. Sigh. One more thing to deal ...
... my nice new pair of gloves (even though it's not really cold enough to use them) and a cute new school bag. I might think about shopping for some shoes later.
I headed back to the hotel a little after lunch to have a break and change before going to Montmatre. I really didn't want to go, see Sacre Coeur and have to come back and change before the show at the Moulin Rouge, so I dressed up before I left.
Sacre Coeur is lovely. I didn't realise that it is ...
... we did because that is where our taking it easy ended.
The next 4 hours are a bit of a blur as we wizzed through The Palace of Versailles at the speed of light. The bus ride out to the palace took forty minutes and I think I dozed for about 20, once we arrived we were told we only had two hours before we had to be back at the bus.
The Royal Chateau stood before us as we ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHotel Cervantes Paris
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Cervantes Paris
Nice hotel, great location
We stayed here in March of 2005. It's strictly a no frills tourist hotel, but who needs frills in Paris when most of your time is spent in the city, NOT the hotel. Hotel staffers were friendly and for the most part, English-speaking. Very nice, clean and surprisingly roomy bathroom. The room itself was small but big enough for 2 people and our massive luggage. Nice window view of the garden. Our tv was a bit shaky, but there's only one all-English channel (CNN International), so who cares! We had to press all the buttons on the remote to get it to work. But if you stay there now, you're in luck, the hotel got a huge shipment of larger tvs the DAY we checked out! The hotel is between 2 train lines on the Paris Metro (the Rome and Europe stops) so it's a good location for going places.
Enjoyed the visit. Good value.
We stayed in Hotel Cervantes over Thanksgiving, 2004. It was an inexpsnsive travel package so we were not expecting much. I read the reviews and saw the train comments--and went anyway. Glad we did. It's just the kind of place we like--the exact opposite of the big business class hotels with their soaring lobbies and lots of posh. "Cozy" describes everything there. "Quiet," too. We hardly ever saw anyone else, althgough place was said to be full.
It's charming and comfortable, with that old fashioned quirky layout. One internet stationif you need it (for pay). Small lounge, bar, outside patio. The manager was friendly and helpful. It's convenient to a Metro stop, but I did not even hear the rumbling that other reviewers heard until the second day there. And I had to turn OFF the ventilation fan to hear it--that's how subtle it was. And it was no bother. My wife NEVER noticed a thing. Any sound at all masked it: talking, shower, TV, heater, etc. We were on the third floor overlooking the street. Don't know if that mattered.
Prices in Paris now are outrageous with the poor dollar, so we appreciated the included continental breakfast buffet. Croisants (of course!) simple cheeses and meats, cereals, canned fruits, Yogurts, juices, etc.
Lots of personality. If you like small, you'll enjoy. If you must have a Hilton, you'll feel cramped. Oh, and the beds... Only twin beds pushed together. That was an annoyance. Dont' know if they have queens.
Better than Expected
We booked the Hotel Cervantes as part of an air/lodging package (read: not too many options) and were a bit apprehensive after reading the mixed reviews on this page. But for our first time in Paris, the 7 nites we stayed surpassed all expectations. It's less than a block to Rome station (which is not a transfer station, but it's a quick hop to all the other lines) and if you have time and your feet don't hurt, you can walk down to the Arc de Triumph in about 45 minutes. Our room had a balcony, television with English (BBC & CNN) and looked out over the front (which may be why we never heard the trains) of the hotel. The shower was a bit small, but I've seen smaller in Italy & Japan. It was clean and well kept. The front desk employees were at all times pleasant and they helped us with dinner reservations and other questions. The ladies who do the breakfast were very nice and always cheery (breakfast was continental, pretty much anything you'd want except a toaster). Another plus was a computer terminal in the lobby (8 euro for a 1 hour card) that allowed us to check email and research destinations, buy tickets and check our train to Belgium. Another plus was Bistro L'Affiche right across the street that was cute/charming (old French movie posters adorn the walls), had great host/waiters (who helped us decipher the menu) and excellent food/desserts. I wanted to write this review so that anyone doubting their decision could rest a bit easier. Perhaps when booking, request a room in the front of the hotel as to not hear the trains and all will be well. Enjoy your trip!
Charming Parisian Hotel
My daughter and I visited Paris days before the start of the Iraq war in March of 2003. We'd booked the trip in November '02 and as the time drew nearer we were apprehensive about traveling to Paris amid the anti-US sentiments growing in Europe. We stayed at the Hotel Cervantes for 6 nights and had an incredible time despite world politics. The small hotel is set in a residential neighborhood 1.5 blocks from the Rome Metro and only a few more from Place de Clichy. The hotel room was small, clean, and had an ample sized bathroom and great shower/tub. The continental breakfast was wonderful, with a good selection of foods including croissants, yogurt, cereals, breakfast meats, and ice cold juices (orange and grapefruit) which were delicious and refreshing. As soon as we sat at our table the staff came over with a basket of assorted breads, and were attentive to the buffet. Although none of the staff that we encountered spoke English, it wasn't for lack of trying - the same staff that served breakfast cleaned the rooms, and the women that worked at the hotel were wonderful to us - we communicated as best we could, and on the last day, knowing how much my daughter loved the fresh orange juice, they emptied a water bottle and filled it with juice for her to take on the plane! It was just a kind and thoughtful gesture by the most decent Parisians one would ever hope to meet.
We had a room that faced the front of the building and it had a charming little balcony - we could keep our windows open and even step out onto it to survey the street and surrounding area. From time to time we did hear slight rumblings coming from the train station but in no way did it diminish our experience or cause us to lose sleep. I loved the fact that the hotel is not in a touristy part of town, but tucked into a residential neighborhood. While we hit most of the major tourist spots, we also had a lot of fun just exploring the neighborhoods around our hotel. We got to experience the working man's Paris, and it was fun! Everywhere we went people were helpful and the only time we encountered any snobbery was in an upscale shoe store in a high-rent shopping district. In the neighborhoods around the hotel, we encountered some delightful restaurants and cafes that were definitely for Parisians, not tourists, and we felt fortunate to have had the opportunity to experience Paris more as a resident than a traveler. I would definitely recommend this hotel and when we go back, we will try to stay at this hotel again.
Friendly, homey and perfect!
I just returned from 10 days in Paris with my roommate, and I could not have had a better time. This hotel was a major contributing factor - not just the building, but the people, and the location. It was on a quaint little residential street just one block from Metro: Rome, and a few blocks from Place de Clichy where there are plenty of cafes and places to eat and walk. It was very convenient. But the greatest part was the people we met, the night concierge was a doll, and spoke pretty good english. They all made us feel at home. Everyone was welcoming and helpful, and I cant wait to go back to Paris, and stay at this hotel, I highly recommend it to anyone who either can't afford a five-star option, or just wants something more homey and welcoming.
Great Hotel, Great Location
The hotel was in a great location; close to the Metro, restaurants, and sites. The breakfast was wondeful with many delicious options. Everyone on the trip loved it and we would stay here again!
My husband and I recently returned from Paris where we stayed at the Cervantes for three nights. The only complaint I have is that we asked for a double bed and got two twin beds pushed together. Other than that, it was a wonderful stay. The room, though small was intimate and clean. The shower was the best hotel shower I've ever had. The people there, particulary at the reception desk were delightful, spoke english (some better than others) and were incredibly helpful. While not on a main drag it was a 2 minute walk to the metro. We walked to the Lourve (about a 45 minute stroll). There were shops and restaurants everywhere and getting a cab was a piece of cake. Just for information, when you get to your floor, reach out and turn on the light switch. They appear to be on a timer and the halls getting out the elevator are dark w/o the light. I fell in love with Paris and will definitely stay at the Cervantes when I go back.
If you like to hear the ground shake beneath you at all times of the day, and like rude people (manager mostly) to be around, then stay at this place. Not only was the manager extremely unpleasant, but the location was a bit dodgey as it was close to the train station.
Just what we expected
If you want to experience Paris but can not afford the 5 star options then you will be pleasantly surprised with this hotel. It has a lovely old world character and welcoming feel. It could do with a little up keep... but not that much and it adds to the character. Its clean, well situated in a quaint little street close to cafes, restaurants and the metro. However its close enough to catch a taxi to all of the sights.
The staff are very nice and some speak english. Breakfast is continental and well presented. We enjoyed our stay there very much and when we return will definatley stay there again.
Oh My god, where do I start? First, I was not really impressed with the area, its on a dark shady road, but the good thing about it is near Rome Metro 2 to that is a bonus, especially at night.I stayed on the 6th floor in a single room the bed was tiny and the TV didn't work. So I got moved to a room in front of the building, this time it had a balcany and more light shining through the window and also a balcony. I found it hard to get to sleep, the reason being its very near St.
Lazare train station. the whole window/balcaony shakes like crazy and everytime a train goes by the hotel building vibrates The whole window/balcaony shakes like crazy and anyone who can sleep through this must be on sleeping pills to get a good night's sleep! also breakfast isn't impressive, just basic...