Elysees Ceramic Hotel
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After another bright and early start by our standards, 9 ish, we set off after a hearty breakfast of fresh croissants and rhubarb compote, yoghurt, pain au chocolate (well you have to make the most of breakfast when it is included, so as to be able to afford your sundowners each day!) to the Catacombes. This is where approximately 6 …
... it has no gender nouns and the verb tenses are simpler. I told him that French wasn't too bad. To which he countered:
"There are all these grammar rules you have to learn in French, and then, once you get down to speaking the language, you have to go ahead and break them."
The laverie filled up pretty quickly, and at one point i was concerned that we were being rudely loud for everyone else in the small laundromat. When my load of clothes finished in the ...
... spent dodging debris from the winds, as we returned to Compeigne to visit the gardens of the Imperial Palace; they were closed the previous day because of the wind. We finished the day with a 16km ride on a very rough forest track to the boat, with a 2 1/2 boat trip into Creil.The rides are proving more challenging than any of us imagined; howev er, we are up to the challenge!.
today we head to Auvers sur ...
... gathered there. All around us people were drinking champagne and enjoying their time together. We laid with out Colombian friends and continued talking.
Lying there, talking with our new friends in a language that I hardly understood, I felt comfortable and at peace with the everything. As I looked up into the heavens, a phrase came into my mind: "Dolce Fa Niente". While it's an Italian phrase, it means "the art of doing nothing." Simply, it means ...
... well) for the Imperial War Museum in London so we moved pretty fast through here. The highlight for the girls in the Napoleon section was seeing Napoleons horse mounted (as in stuffed). He was looking as tired as we were being to feel.
We had lunch in the park behind the gold topped Dome Chapel where Napoleon is buried, at some point during our travels. I think we are almost over chapels, domes and crypts.
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Charming, but run down
The hotel has a beautiful exterior and lobby and is walking distance to the metro, Eiffel Tour and Arc D'Triumph. The bathroom in our room was small but clean and updated. The shower was great. The room had a small fridge which was great for wine but there was no iron or ironing board. The room itself was extremely dowdy and musty and really needed to be refurbished. There was,however, a really lovely balcony with a view of the Arc d' Triumph.
The lift was broken so we had to go up six floors by stairs. No one offered to help us with bags or offered to make an adjustment to the price because of our inconvenience. However, the front desk staff was pleasant and friendly if not helpful.
The area and restaurants surrounding the hotel are touristy and not very charming. If I had to go to Paris again, I would stay on the left bank area around St. Germaine where there is more of an authentic French feel to it.
What a Gem!
We stayed at this hotel in the summer of 2002 for four nights. I found the accommodations and room to be nicely appointed and clean. Additionally, we had a nice size room especially by European standards. I think we were facing the courtyard on the 4 floor. It was nice to have the toilet separate from the shower and sink. The petit dejuner was good and the staff was very nice. This hotel although a ways from the Louvre is right by a Metro station (& The Arc Triumph) that can take you anywhere you don't want to walk( but hey Paris is a walking city). One day we walked from the start of the Champs de Elysees and followed that all the way to the Louvre and then took the metro back. On a side note: I took a French language class before I went to France and it helped a great deal. The French are so very pleased by an effort to converse with them in their language. The hotel staff was excited to have us practice our French on them. I would definitely stay at this hotel again.
Just got back from a 4 night stay at the Elysees Ceramic Hotel. The location was excellent. It's about 3 long blocks away from the Arc de Triomphe, 2 blocks from a metro entrance (Charles de Gaulle Etolie) 1 long block from Ternes metro station. It's walking distance to ATMs, restaurants, and a Mono Prix market. We ate at Chez Clement--pretty good. Also ate at a place advertising itself as a buffet--it reminded me of a Denny's with it's decor--the food was a good value, their tarts were excellent. Also ate at a Thai Siam place across the street--don't expect much from here if you come from a city where there is good Asian food. Also splurged and ate at Chez Lorraine--the food was pricey but excellent. It tasted like it had a Chinese influence from the ingredients and spices used. The souffle was excellent. Back to the hotel itself... The rooms were clean, the staff was helpful, had a working AC (an absolute must with the muggy weather), the cafeteria was clean and the breakfast was adequate(bread, croissant, yogurt, and fruit--no meat and cheese like some other hotels). I'd stay here again.
Just What We Wanted
My two daughters and I were spending just one night in Paris on a shopping trip (13 July 2004) and wanted somewhere central and not expensive. The Elysees Ceramic Hotel provided just that. Plenty of cafes adjacent, taxi rank across the road, and near the metro. We had a triple room which was of adequate size and spotless. Seperate toilet and bathroom. The front desk staff were helpful and spoke English. They even allowed us to check in before the official check in time as they had the room ready. They also let us leave our baggage at the hotel until our departure time to the Airport the following evening. Only one word of advice - if you want an extra blanket etc ask for it early in the day because the night staff to not have access to housekeeping requirements.
We stayed at the Elysees Ceramic for 2 days in late May 2004. A quaint little hotel that is in an excellent location. Had an emergency with one of our friends while there and hotel staff were extremely helpful. Would definitely recommend this hotel.
We just returned from our Paris visit and found the Elysees Ceramic Hotel to be great accomodations.
The Staff was extremely helpful and helped us with all of our trips including dining suggestions.
Our room was larger than expected.
We were traveling with our teen age Kids and they made sure we had rooms next door to each other.
Being a first time tourist to Paris I would strongly recommend this location. Everyone made us feel welcomed.
Value and location
First, I must note that our vacation centered around Art Nouveau, which is why this hotel was so perfect for us. The exterior and alot of the interior were Art Nouveau, and choosing a hotel to suit my personal aesthetic is important to me. That said, the hotel is about 3 blocks from Arc de Triomphe, a decent location if you don't mind being away from the West Bank. The metro makes everything so accessible, especially because there were so many lines going through that station. We had a triple room, but with 2 twins pushed together to make a double/queen. I did not get to see a double room, but would advise against it, based on the size of our room. It overlooked the courtyard, and was quiet. The room had a spacious bathroom, with a separate room for the toilet. And, wonderfully, a shower curtain and a normal shower head. Hair dryer wasn't the best, but was usable. Small tv and desk area. Lights were a little on the low wattage side for my taste. The room was furnished very nicely, and was very clean. Maid service was provided every day with fresh towels. There was an elevator that actually fit my husband an I and 2 large rolling suitcases. The hotel personnel were friendly and spoke enough English to be helpful, giving advice and calling taxis when needed. The breakfast was continental--croissant, roll, coffee, yogurt and fruit. However, eggs were available to order for an additional fee. Our cost for a triple, including taxes and breakfast was 150 Euros, and I think it was very fair for Paris. Paris was wonderful and I'll take this opportunity to suggest a Segway tour, which was a highlight of the trip, and to tell everyone do NOT go to see the Lido show, which was a trainwreck of ideas...an expensive trainwreck.
This is a great location
This hotel is 3-1/2 blocks from the Arc de Triomphe and walking distance to the Air France bus dropoff point. Our package included continental breakfast (coffee/tea, juice, breads, fruit and yogurt) - very nice. Very friendly staff, did not encounter anyone who did not speak English. A problem in our room (water leak) was fixed within 2 hours.
Room was very small (6th floor - really 7th as ground is zero) with balcony overlooking Avenue de Wagram with view of the Arc de Triomphe.
Be prepared to have no storage (small closet, 5 hangers, no chest of drawers) - you will be living out of your suitcases. Safe in closet at floor level -hard to reach. There was a refrigerator in room.
Our primary complaints were a very small (double) bed, very low to floor - and no storage.
I loved this hotel from the time I found a couple of photos on the net,imediately fell in love. It's an old building,comletely decorated in Art Noveau style,the staff are all very nice and will allways help you if you need directions for a tour or anything you need. The location of the hotel is perfect because it's near everything,the Metro,the panoramic turist bus. Just a note of advise if you want a big room ask for it when you make the reservations because since it's an old building (in excelent conditions) some of the rooms are quite small. I would advise evebody to stay there.
Good location for first-time tourists
Staff is either overly enthusiastic and friendly or just tolerant of English-speaking visitors. Rooms are fine. Ours had a little balcony overlooking the Avenue de Wagram and down the street we could see the famous Arc. Great location (near tourist office, tour bus stops, etc.) but a very commercial, tourist area. We were in Paris during an unusual heat wave so the air-conditioning was a plus!