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An uneventful bus trip from Amsterdam to Paris was undertaken next day. We drove through Belgium, without really getting a feel for the place. We learnt that the country is about a quarter of the size of Britain, and its 10 million people are largely of Flemish or Celtic extraction. In France, we drove past the Somme River Valley, scene of a bloody …
... out for dinner and I haven't started on today. Merdre! We had le petit dejeuner at the hotel and started walking at 9.30. Down la Rue de la Roquette to the Bastille; then went the wrong way around the circle to find Rue Saint Antoine (no map).
(Dinner was great - just a little way down Rue de la Roquette. Now back to today.) We walked it all except for Montparnesse to Pere Lachaise on the Metro to get home. From the Bastille to Notre Dame, on Isle ...
... deck on its top floor, so I was able to take some photographs of the Seine and other landmarks against a clear blue sky (another gorgeous weather day in Paris; we've been very fortunate!).
After we left the museum, we had a bit of a hike to the Invalides metro station, boarded the train for Ecole Militaire, and then stopped to buy our "daily baguette" from the nearby boulangerie on the way back to the ...
... couple of fabulous sculptures of palaces carved into the stone early on in the tour. They were done by an ex-soldier who was the first caretaker of the catacombs. Thy are ornate and intricate and it's incredible to think he created them. As it turns out, he was a better sculptor than architect as he was killed when creating his staircase!
After the tour I went and did some shopping in the sales. It wasn't as crazy as I thought it would be, but it wasn busy enough. ...
... men indicated to me to move away from them. I didn't think much of it, but as I tried to move back over to Greg they just stood there. Then another man said to hold my bag and another started to say quite loudly 'Pickpockets'. I eventually moved over to Greg with nothing happening but then realised that at the next stop they could have grabbed at my bag and left as it was on the side where the door opened. An interesting experience, and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Familia Hotel Paris
My wife and I (mid-fifties, teacher and judge, travel to Europe at least twice a year on a budget with one longish 2-3 week trip and one or two five-day short breaks over long weekends) stayed at the Familia in early April 2004 for five nights. We will return and have recommended it to our daughter who will be traveling to Paris soon.
Room with a view
Just returned from a visit to Paris and spent three nights here. Had a 2nd floor balcony room with a table and two chairs overlooking the Rue Des Ecoles. The location is great with great access to the Metro, though Notre Dame and other sights are within easy walking distance.
Did not eat breakfast here as there was a cafe right across the street which had great coffee & croissants for a lot less. The staff is excellent and has no trouble with speaking english. For the price, comfort, and convenience, this is a great value. The balcony rooms are on the 2nd and 6th floors.
Familia was wonderful
My sister and I stayed at Hotel Familia in March 2004 and were very pleased by both the hotel and the employees. We had to switch rooms for our last night because the hotel was full and we made our reservations a little too late, but they were very helpful - even moved our bags for us during the day while we were out sightseeing. The rooms were very clean and the bathrooms in great condition. Being two females traveling alone I felt very safe in this hotel - there was always someone at the front desk and after midnight the doors are locked and can only be opened by the night desk person. They keep your key when you leave, so no one can go upstairs to the rooms unless they claim their room key.
The area was very nice and conveniently located near a couple metro stops.
We just returned from a four night stay at the Familia Hotel - it is a great find. The location is ideal and the price is right.The staff is extremely helpful and accommodating. They speak fluent English and will help with directions, suggestions, etc... The breakfast was good and convenient. You get coffee or tea, juice, bread and croissants. Actually, the coffee was some of the best we have ever had. (and we drink A LOT of coffee)The rooms are small by American standards, as are most rooms in Paris, but you can't beat the price. While the smallness may be a bit intimidating at first (western) glance you quickly realize it is just the amount of space you need. Our room was on the third floor, toward the back. Noise was not a problem at all we heard no conversations of nearby guests. (Even during the several nights when the hotel was completely full.)We visited at the beginning of December and during rather cold weather. Our room temperature was comfortable on some nights we slept with the window slightly cracked because of how toasty we got. The warm room was certainly nice to come back to after a long and chilly day of sightseeing.The rooms are very clean and comfortable we never felt cramped. The closet easily fit our clothes and suitcases. There is a small refrigerator if you want to store food and drinks. The bathroom was clean and not restrictive. The shower is a little tight and I would recommend anyone over 6 feet examine the bathtub/shower rooms - they may provide a little more space.This hotel is great if you are looking for a welcoming, clean, affordable and centrally located hotel in Paris. Enjoy!
So much help
I have stayed at the Familia the last two years and have found the staff to be most helpful and courteous. It is my intent to return to Paris in February 2004 and I will stay at this charming hotel again.
Great Location and Attractive Rooms
I stayed at this hotel on October 19 and 20, 2003. The location was great, and the rooms (I was in a different one each night) were comfortable and charming, especially the one with the balcony. The breakfast was good, and Adam and Edson were gracious hosts. I would like to have stayed longer and would definitely stay here again.
We stayed at Familia Hotel 2/28/03-3/7/03 and it could not have been a better experience. The staff was nice and helpful (gave wine opener when needed and helped iwth directions/advice)!), the area was perfect in the Latin Quarter within walking distance of Notre Dame, Pantheon, etc. Several greats restaurants and pubs and many metro stops near (closest Cardinal Lemione). The rooms were great- small of course- but clean and quaint. Great murals painted wall in each room-adds uniqueness. Stone walls in the staircase with hanging tapestries- GREAT feel. We had the best time staying at this hotel, and especially for the price. Great little grocery 50 steps away, too. We were 2 couples from USA, none of whom spoke French, and during a turbulent political time in the world- and we couldn't have felt more welcome and comfortable. If I ever have the pleasure of returning to Paris, without a doubt, I will stay at Familia!
Excellent hotel, we stayed there in August during the heat wave and the fact that there is no air conditioning was real problem. The staff was excellent, found us a big fan, but still very hot. Other than that, can vouch for the excellent quality of the hotel and the staff.
We stayed at the Hotel Familia a the end of November 2002 with friends of ours. We had 2 rooms at Hotel Familia and 1 at the Hotel Minerve (owned by same family). The rooms are small, but charming and very clean. The rooms have what you need--not luxurious, but nice. It felt like what a Paris experience should feel like. The bed was comfortable and room was heated just right. Walls are very thin. We could hear other rooms, but it did not disrupt sleep. Breakfast was skimpy and is included. At the Hotel Minerve breakfast was better, but not included in price. Great location! In walking distance of so many places including Notre Dame. Convenient Metros nearby. Hotel staff was helpful--we had a lot of confusion with our reservations and they got everything right. There were a couple hotel staff who were abrupt, but you find that everywhere. I would recommend staying at the Hotel Familia.
I have nothing but nice things to say about the Hotel Familia. It's got a great location, the rooms are charming, the bathrooms were immaculate and modern, (as of our visit in November, 2002) and the staff was accomodating and very friendly. Between 74 and 95 euros a night. We left Paris for a few days and when we came back to the Hotel the staff seemed genuinely happy to see us. They were always helpful too.