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Today we investigate Paris on foot. We saw Notre Dame Cathedral. There was a huge line up to go in - we will go in on another day. We play 2 square in the cathedral park and went on the playground. We saw the River Siene and bought a lock, we wrote our names on it and padlock it to the post des Les Archevesches. We saw the Louvre and the glass …
... baguette which I am finding is customary at every meal! After lunch I was determined to make my way to the Eiffel Tower, I was absolutely restless to see it already. I knew to get there I needed to catch the 69 bus at Hotel de Ville... Easy since it is so close to my apartment as I discovered already. On my way, I had to make a very important stop: the Chocolate store! The moment I opened the door, an overwhelming fragrance of chocolate "hit" me- ...
... breads with aromatic herbs; hard cheeses from around the world are squared and mounded, to be paired with bread or enjoyed solo. Soft cheeses and cheese spreads are there to accompany breads and crackers. There's a sun dried tomato w/ chile pepper spread,, a pesto spread, and the to-die-for mushroom pate. From stands flowing with plump fruits, to carts hawking thickly folded and overstuffed wraps, all call your senses to attention, your taste buds to tingle, and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris
Not a bad choice at all for the price.
Great location! Good value since the room was equipped with kitchenette. The room was small but that's pretty common in Europe. The entrance did smell like urine but we are not suprised since we have seen people taking a leek in the middle of the city. The sofa bed was not comfortable so we slept on the floor on the mattress. We did feel a little uncomfortable walking from the metro station to the hotel past 11 p.m. since all souls disappeared around that time. Despite the downsides, we still had a great trip and the hotel was a good choice for our tiny budget.
Excellent location, right next to a Métro station and walking distance of Notre-Dame and numerous restaurants and shops. The rooms were a nice size and fully equipped and the hotel staff were extremely helpful. I couldn't recommend this place more highly.
Our family of 5 stayed 4 nights here. The apartement had lots of space, one room with a sofa and one room with a grand-lit and an extra bed for our youngest. 5 persons still had space to eat and move around. We loved the surroundings, no cars and no noise! Some of the earlier posted reviews complains about the noise from the people walking around, but our impression was that it was really quiet at night! The kitchenette had all we needed for preparing meals. It was clean and the staff was really nice. The metro is just a few steps away and it's walking distance to Notre Dame, rue Rivoli with la Samaritaine. The RER/metro station took us easily to and from CDG. Lots of restaurants and bistros just outside the corner! We loved the place and strongly recommend it for families. We will absolutely stay here again when we return!
Great place for a family
This hotel is exactly what we were hoping for. Not too fancy, but extremely comfortable and functional.
The foyer was so big in our room that we were able to move the small dining room table into it. The room comes with two chairs and two more folidng chairs the closet. There was room for the table and the four chairs in the foyer - where the kitchen was located. This made it feel like we were in a very small two bedroom apartment rather than a hotel. The kitchen was small, but very well equipped. The dishes were nice stoneware, included a teapot and serving dishes. Kitchen included two burner stove, microwave, small dishwasher, water boiler and cooking equipment. We ate all but one meal in our room which saved us a bundle of money now that the dollar has taken such a dive.
The hotel is so centrally located! We found it great to get up and do a bunch of site seeing - then come back to the hotel to chill out and eat a meal. This gave us new energy to head out to the town again and see some of the things that are open late. This was easy to do, because it was really easy to get back to the hotel either on foot or by the RER.
The best thing about the hotel was the way the fold out couch worked. It is actually two very comforatable twin beds. This was perfect for our boy/girl teens. We were able to move the beds to the opposite side of the room and the kids could each get a bit of their own space. The parents get their own room with a double bed.
I would disagree with those who spoke about noise. This is Paris! Paris is noisy. The great thing is that it was people noise, not car noise. Most sides of the hotel overlook pedestrian only squares - no cars. I loved the noise, it sounded like people having fun!
The staff was really friendly. They even helped me translate cooking instructions for the package meals I purchased. I am sure this isn't in their job description, but they seemed to get a kick out of it. They were also very helpful with the metro and other stupid questions we had.
I highly recommend this place for a family that wants a good, comforatble, clean place to stay the really works for a family of four.
We stayed in this hotel from 6 Sept until 10 Sept, 2004. The hotel is right beside the huge Chatelet Les Halles Metro and RER underground station from where you can gain easy access to any part of Paris, and there is also a direct line to C deGaulle Airport which can be reached in about half an hour. When you get off the train on arrival, however, you find yourself in a huge shopping centre and will have no idea which exit to take to leave you close to the hotel. But stick with it, because with your own map-reading skills and the help of a few locals (and you will need it!) you will eventually find an excellent place to stay in Paris. You can easily walk to the Seine, Left Bank, Louvre, Notre Dame, Luxembourg Gardens (don't miss these), and a host of charming pedestrianised shopping areas of which you have never heard. The staff in the hotel are extremely friendly and helpful and will go out of their way to make your stay as enjoyable as possible. We stayed in a room with two single beds and although it was easy to assemble them it was a bit of a hassle to put them up in the evening and away in the morning. Everything in the apartment is designed to make the best possible use of quite limited space, but you have everything you could possibly need to enjoy your stay. We stayed in a Citadines apartment near the Eiffel Tower a couple of years ago and loved it. We have recommended Citadines to our friends and they have never been disappointed. Although our apartment in Les Halles was smaller than that near the Eiffel Tower, it was perfect for our needs. I would have no hesitation in recommending Citadines Les Halles for a visit to Paris and look forward to going there ourselves again in the near future.
We stayed at Les Halles for a week and this is very good place, you have kitchen with everything which can be really helpful if you travel with kids.
Great spot in the very center of the city, good size rooms, clean and nice, helpful stuff.
Somebody mentioned the surroundings as seedy - I would have to agree, the place des innocentes is a gathering point for immigrants, mostly from Africa, this crowd does not look friendly, but we did not have a single incindent, even though walked a lot after dark.
If you don't like noise ask for room not on place des innocentes, as activities go on almost 24 hours, also at 5:30 am cleaning starts, and they are noisy too.
The area is very handy in the centre of most things However the noise from the pedestrianised area outside is very very loud. The bed in the one bedroomed appartment was like sleeping on a board so I never had a good nights sleep for the 4 nights I was there. We received a walk up call at 7:30 am whether you want one or not. and the radio in the living room is set on a timer and I was woken at 5:30 am with loud music. (unplug it if you stay ) Not a very restful stay in Paris.
Good location, tiny room.
We stayed here 5 nights over New Year's and found the staff to be courteous and helpful. The hotel is on a hard- to- get to street, and our cabdriver got a little frustrated but finally got us there. We had a 4 person suite, but only our daughter was able to join us, which was lucky because I doubt that a 4th person could fit in the room. The kitchenette is tiny, but came in handy esp. the fridge. Oddly, we didn't have a coffeemaker in our room, but as there is a Bodum store nearby, I bought a small press and ground coffee and we brewed fresh cafe each morning. The rooms are clean enough, though the bedding could be fresher and there were stains on the carpet. The bathroom is quite functional, with a powerful hairdryer.
While the stay was satisfactory, I would not book another Citadine hotel as the value is not there.
We stayed here for a week in mid-September 2003. I was only able to find a handful of reviews for this place so I was initially a little nervous. Ultimately, I was very happy with our stay here.
The room was equipped with a table, 2 chairs, TV, stereo, and a pull-out couch for the bed. There was also a small kitchen-area with a sink, stove, mini-fridge, dishwasher, microwave oven and all the necessary accessories like dishes and cutlery. The room also had an iron and safe at our disposal.
The room was very small, but it was also very clean and very quiet.
Maid service only comes once per week, so you'll be re-using your towels and you may need to purchase additional toilet paper (you get two rolls). We had no problem with this, and in fact, it was even a little comforting knowing that nobody was coming into the room.
The hotel's location is simply fantastic. You can easily walk to the Louvre and Notre Dame. To travel a little further, the steps to the Chatelet metro/subway station are literally steps from the hotel's front door. The Chatelet station is also one of the best-connected stations in Paris so you can get anywhere with little or no train-hopping. The metro is definitely the way to travel -- it's relatively easy and very inexpensive. After paying for your first taxi ride in Paris, you'll appreciate the metro even more!
The hotel is surrounded with small restaurants or quick-food places where you can pickup a quick baguette sandwhich or personal pizza for lunch. There is also a bakery nearby so you can pick up a baguette for breakfast, a small convenience store where you can purchase some drinks, snacks, fruits, etc. There is also an Pharmacy and Internet Cafe across the street. All of which are no more than a three-minute walk.
One review I found that worried me mentioned the unfavourable night-life around the hotel. This IS a down-town hotel so people are around all hours of the night. We, however, didn't encounter anything worth noting...
We were here to see Paris. We didn't use the room for much more than sleeping, showering, and eating the occasional baguette with butter-and-jam breakfast :^) For us, we felt comfortable that the room was clean, it was quiet, and it was so easy to travel around the city from this location. The staff was helpful and friendly. We had a free breakfast voucher, but we never had the time to take advantage of it.
I would definitely stay here again. If you want to come back to luxury each night, this hotel is definitely not for you. If you want a clean, quiet place to sleep while you dream about what you'll be doing around the city the next day... this place is a great deal.
Unbeatable location and tremendous value
We think this is the best Citadines in Paris. The Beaubourg-Les Halles district is mostly car-free, with glorious gardens and the St. Eustache Church. The hotel is 5 minutes to the Seine, Samaritaine Dept. store (best views in Paris), Ste. Chapelle, Notre Dame, Pompidou Centre, and Pont Neuf bateaux mouches. 1 bedroom apartments with full kitchens are ingeniously designed with exceptionally clever storage space and a safe. Living room trundle beds are surprisingly comfortable as are the regular beds. The staff is delightful. Breakfast buffet (charge) is excellent. Air conditioned (as opposed to most other Paris hotels and most other Paris Citadines). Laundromat on the premise. Nearby, affordable restaurants (including McDonald's and Pizza Hut for cranky kids), super convenient metro/RER connections, public olympic-sized swimming pool, shopping mall and Paris only Renaissance fountain. Excellent soundproofing and all rooms face car-free streets or squares. Since most Paris hotels are plagued by car emissions and noise all hours of the day, Citaines Les Halles constitutes an unbelievable oasis in a dazzling district of Paris.