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We rise early to pack up and clean up, all achieved without incident. We are picked up by another very social French taxi driver with limited English to drive us to Dijon. The trip was entertaining, and driving into Dijon was nice, a proper visit will be good next time.
We say our farewells to the Qs and the Ms at the station and catch the …
... Mitch became subject to a whinging girlfriend when we went up to the line entry, only to be told that it was also having technical problems. Even though it's a Pink ride, there was no way I was missing out a second time!
If Mitch was writing this right now pretending to be me, he would probably now write, "Being the easily-distracted mind that I am", but because it is me, I will say, being the easily-excited mind that I am, my mood lifted following our diversion to the ...
Feeling a bit over-Disneyed we set of for a day of culture in Paris. Bus to Marne-la-Vallee then train to Chatalet, First stop the Louvre in which we managed 2 hours the boys liked the Egyptian and Greek sections especially the statues of greek gods and particularly the nude ones! After the obligatory Mona Lisa we has had enough and went in search of refreshment. This was found in a fantastatic little coffee shop where the boys had large jugs of ...
... was very hot but the time passed quickly becuase we were talking with an Aussie couple the whole time. We instantly got along with them very well, and we walked the whole catacombs with them. The tunnels of the catacombs were very interesting. There is a whole other world down there. It was a little creepy to see the odd pitch black tunnel barred off as we walked by it. . . where does it go? The ossuary was quite the sight too. If we ...
... explainations and it also had a built in positioning system so you could navigate your way around as well as giiving you directions to another part of the museum, cafes and toilets! The girls had a lot of fun pretending to be our tour guide. We did however zig zag our way around a bit, without much planning.
The girls commented that they couldn't believe they ...
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Arenes is OK
I have stayed at the Hotel des Arenes twice. Both times we received a "special" rate of 80 euro/night for a double (120/night for a triple). These were walk-up fares. In my opinion it is very conveniently located, about a 2 min walk to two different tube stations (two different lines which is handy). It is about 10-15 mins walk to Notre Dame as well. The neighbourhood is nice, with excellent little bakeries and delis nearby, although there is not much by way of decent restaurants in the area. The breakfast is the usual cereal, toast and coffee, but it was plentiful and there is also room service at no extra charge up until 11 am (a big bonus for those who like to sleep in!) The staff are over-charming, but usually quite helpful. We stayed in the same room both times, which was a good size and clean. As others have already mentioned, the arena/garden at the back is very cool, and makes a great spot to spend a lazy afternoon. Overall, it is a fairly simple, but clean and perfectly adequate hotel in which to stay.
Stay away Americans
This place was horrible. The front desk was rude and it is way over-priced. They especially don't like Americans and will do what they can to over charge you. Be careful. Nicer hotels are within walking distance.
Good, but not a three star hotel.
I say that, because, having stayed in a couple of decent two star hotels in the previous days, I noticed no extra facilities or luxuries here. Except that it was slightly more expensive! The hotel is clean and the beds are comfortable. The location couldn't be better in my mind. So close to Paris centre, and right in the Latin quarter, a quick walk away from the Pantheon with it's surrounding narrow streets brimming with excellent cafes and bars. There was a market in the nearby Place Monge on the Wednsday (but, perhaps it's on everyday). Our room looked out onto the Roman Amphitheatre from which the hotel takes it's name. The room had a small safe in which we could store our passports, etc, and a minibar. However on the bad side, the shower was rubbish, the head is so low down that you have to crouch to get under it. It was a fairly cold day in October but the heating was off and there was no heating control in the room ("Centrally controlled"), and in the morning we were shivering with the cold. The man at reception always seemed hyper, and spoke at a frantic pace, everytime I passed through the lobby he appeared to be arguing with another guest!
Enjoyed the Hotel Des Arenes
I enjoyed my stay at the Hotel des Arenes. The rooms were a decent size. I stayed in a 3-bedroom room facing the street; my friends stayed in a room facing the arena, both rooms had good views. The street noise wasn't too bad, I slept peacefully with my window open every night. The beds were firm and the pillows were flat so ask for extras. The bathroom was a good size and clean, the shower had very good water pressure, although the toilet was noisy, it would make noises for about an hour after flushing it. The staff there was helpful and very friendly. It is in a great location, not too far of a walk from the Notre Dame, and the metro stop Rue Monge is right next to the hotel. There are many bakeries and cafes near the hotel. The free breakfast is typical croissants, bread, and cereal. I would stay at the Hotel Des Arenes again.
Great Location-Latin Quarter
I just got back from my trip to Paris (May 2004) and I stayed a week at the Hotel des Arenes. The room was small by US standards but was comfortable enough for three adults and one toddler to run around in. The surprising thing was before our arrival the hotel staff put a baby cot (pack in play) in our room for our child which was a blessing. The beds were not soft but not hard the pillows left a lot to be desired (covered in plastic and then had a cotton pillow cover over them and very thin). Just ask for extra pillows if you need them. The hotel staff was very helpful. Our converter of course didn't fit in the outlet in the room but the concierge pointed us to a local shop a few blocks away where we could get a converter and we had no problems. We had a room facing the arena which I highly recommend requesting it's great to open your windows and hear the sounds of boys playing soccer. There are lots of great bakery's nearby and there is also a supermarket just down the street if you want to pick up some snacks for yourself. We paid $120 euros a night for three adults and one toddler (16 months old) which I think was a steal. If you're looking for a decent hotel and are on a budget this is the hotel for you.
We weren't quite sure what to expect from a Parisian hotel during our trip there in April, 2004, as I had never been to France before and my dad had last been there 30 years ago.
Regardless, we were upgraded from a twin to a triple room, and it was very spacious. The bathroom was also a decent size, and it was all very clean. We were pleased that we got a room facing Rue Monge, although it's very noisy, it was nice to eat breakfast out on our balcony (you're not supposed to have food in your room- shh).
In short, however, the room was good, the price was average I suppose (90e), the reception was friendly, and the location was great, apart from the street noise, you were a 20 minute walk away from Notre Dame, and from there you can walk all along the Seine to wherever you please. As mentioned in other reviews, the hotel is between Cardinale Limone and Place Monge. Nice location. There is also a grocery store across the street from the hotel, called Champion. One more tip, the hotel is located in Latin Quarter (although you wouldn't know it if you weren't told), and there are a couple of streets of restaurants one road away from the hotel. Walk up towards the Place Monge metro stop, and on your right hand side you will see a set of stairs leading up to another street. Go up those, and walk down the end of that road. At the end, you will see the beginning of the restaurant section, you can wander around there and find plently of selections at your discretion. We tried a nice Vietnamese restaurant ( the only one there), and interestingly enough an Armenian restaurant. This last one comes highly recommended, good food and the manager (who seems to be the only one working there) is very nice! Try it if you're looking for something a little different, but not too different. I can't remember the name of the place, but it's the only Armenian restaurant and stands out a bit from the others.
To conclude, unless you can get a much better deal, the Hotel des Arenes is a good hotel to serve for your basis for exploring Paris. We will return there again- a recommended hotel.
Neat little hotel; great staff; great location
Stayed here over the February break. The hotel is convenient and immagulate; the staff at the desk were very cordial and very helpful
What can you expect from a parisian hotel
During winter break 2003, I traveled to Paris for a week; however, I wanted a hotel that was convienent and well priced. Unfortunately, well-priced in Paris does not offer much. I totally enjoyed the location of this small no-frill hotel. The rooms are not well equipped.
For instance, the bathroom has a small sprayer an ancient hair drying system and most converters do not work!! So all ladies committed to straightening their hair can forget a silky smooth mane and follow their natural curls b/c you will have many bad hair days!!! Overall, the hotel is decent but in the majority of my travels I am a very discriminating guest (4 star +) but for whatever reason I chose to cut back for my first Parisian experience and I totally regret it. My next trip will include a stay at the Four Seasons on George V. Some advantages of the hotel include decent parisian dining nearby, an atm one block away, the best croissants a block away, and of course the view of the ancient arena . Additionally, the hotel staff is very nice but poor listening skills and do take the airport shuttle the offer it is very convienent. Beware of traveling alone in the area my friend was pickpocketed the first day by a man pretending to be flirting!
Me and my girlfriend stayed at The Hotel Arenes for 4 night in early March and were very satisfied. For 75euro/night we got a room that was better than most that go for upto 150. It was room was fairly small but clean. The double bed wasn't terribly comfortable but not that bad either. TV (13 channels) and Minibar w/ safe. The bathroom was kind of rinky. It had a small a tub and a show wand. Little bit of mildew on the wall
We were on the 2nd floor (3rd by U.S. standards) and looked out onto Rue Monge which is a fairly quite street, and we never heard traffic noise. Close to 2 metros Cardinale Limone and Place Monge made it easy to get around. And a very short walk to everything in the Latin Quarter.
The staff was very friendly. Free breakfast was typical, a good croissant and plain breads with simple packages of cheese and jam, very good coffee.
We visited our friend staying at a Best Western off the St. Placide metro stop and her room was smaller and had push 2 twin beds together and similar ammenities for 130euro.
Overall I recomend this place, it is a fabulous deal. Will definetly stay there again.
tip: ask for a room looking over the Arenes located directly behind the hotel.
This hotel was great. I would stay there again.
It has very small plain rooms by north american standards but everything was clean.
The best part of this hotel is the arena at the back. Our room faced the back (preferable) and as the sun was setting we could watch men playing bocci and children playing soccer in the ruins of the roman arena. Grab bread from the local patisserie and you can picnic behind your hotel.
The breakfast was nice. Hot chocolate, coffee, tea with cheeses, bread etc.
It was well located also about 10 minutes walk from Notre Dame. A safe area and with good local points of interest.