Hotel Francois 1er
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... at the base of two of its legs so that it would topple over and block the Seine River, this order was never carried out, and the German commander received France's highest order, the legion of honour, for disobeying Hitler's orders and lying to him as the Allies approached Paris. At the second level, we hear lots more interesting facts about the history of the tower, and more about Louis XIV, who was responsible for building the city of ...
... floor. We were there for about 30 minutes waiting for the patty wagon to come get us. The cops were all in plain clothes and looked like normal people you would see on the metro. All early 30's, working the late shift on Saturday night. The culprits put up a real stink sitting there. Metro users streamed past looking at the spectacle. But the best was yet to come. Three uniformed police arrived. The female officer escorted Leslie and me through the metro, up the ...
... could start in the gardens. So we did. We went out to Petit Trianon, not knowing it was close due to the visit of the Chinese premiere. (We knew the grounds would close early but figured that didn't apply to us). Then we had lunch (which was good ... Kyla had curry, just like Marie Antoinette would have). We wandered the grounds a bit more then finally entered the chateau, when there was ...
... you have to budget! It's a necessity. It was now 5 o'clock, where had the day gone? A sign we saw on arrival to the hotel pointed to an Aldi which was 5 minutes drive. Confident that we could walk it, we got lost many times - Getting entangled in the diverse French architecture, it seemed like a life time getting to Aldi.
We started our journey to discover and explore Versailles shortly after, literally it didn't even take us 5 minutes ...
... of the airport transit zone with it's duty free shops, announcements in strange languages, a mish-mash of people from all over the world coming and going to places all over the world, children with parents, young people, old people, people dressed in ways that you never see anywhere else but in airports. We love airports.
We stopped in the duty-free shop to buy some ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Francois 1er Paris
Lovely Boutique Hotel
My husband and I stayed at this hotel for 3 nights in January 2006 and found it to be a lovely hotel. It is a small boutique hotel which I don't think anyone is trying to hide (with regard to the gentleman from Turkeys comments).We had a lovely room with a comfortable bed and a really nice small bathroom. The breakfast was fine although neither of us fancied any of the hot food although there was plenty to eat with dried or fresh fruit,yogurts pastries etc. The staff at breakfast were helpful and the reception staff were very friendly, welcoming and helpful. It is in a great location and easy walking distance to Les Invalide or the Eiffel Tower. Also very handy for the Metro just a couple of minutes away.
I stayed at this hotel three consecutive years. In 1999, 2000 and 2001.
Do not have reservation on net
I confirmed my reservations 2 days ago and paid the accomodation to my agent but when I arrived at the hotel at 02:00 am. They told me that we are sorry, but we had some problems about some rooms, we tried to fix them but couldn' t, but no problem for you we make an another reservation at a different hotelfor you and you will love this hotel and ...etc. I also realized that the hotel is not so similar then the hotel pictures in the web site of this hotel. Very small loby and entrance when you compare the pictures on the net. If you want luxury and quality you could not find at this hotel
My wife and I have been to Paris several times and we chose to stay in the Champs d'Elysee area this trip. The hotel appeared to be on a quiet side street just steps away from the most famous street in Paris. It was. The hotel staff was incredibly nice, and after we complained about noise in our first room because of the elevator shaft, they quickly and cheerfully moved us to another. The rooms were very plush, the bed was great, and the bathroom modern but still European in concept. The concierge arranged for a car that we drove to Provins (what a place for medieval history lovers) and simplified that experience. We just left the car in front of the hotel and they did the rest. The hotel is about a quarter of a mile from the King George V Metro Stop on the Champs d'Elysee and very close to the upscale shopping streets that run of the Champs. The Champs is a little touristy and packed with people but there are some good, late night restaurants nearby. The hotel is well placed for exploration of the Arc de Triomphe, the Eiffel Tower, the Grand and Petit Palais, and our favorite, the Pont Alexandre III bridge. This is not the left bank, however, and there are hotels closer to the Louvre and Notre Dame. The hotel was well priced for its amenities and location.
A Great Hotel
I really enjoyed my stay at the Francois 1er. The service there is excellent. The rooms are definitely four star material. The location is wonderful. It's located a block away from the Champ Elysees. I had a wonderful time!
Would go back
Just back from 3 blissful nights at the Francois 1 er. The rooms are small but beautifully appointed, with great attention to detail and although we were at the front , overlooking the street there was no noise. The desk clerk recommended Chez Andre, a nice restaurant close by and we ate across the street from it another night at "relais d'entrecote"which was full and fun with a set menu of steak and fries. There are a lot of really high end shops nearby and the George V was down the street, having been there I would go back to Francois 1er.
We won this hotel on skyauction. Breakfast was great pastries, lean ham, croissant, cheeses, fruit and juice. The rooms were small, clean, and for the most part quiet. Zyad the desk clerk told of many nearby exciting restaurants, including l'Orange where we had rose petal sauce over veal. There are two metro stops to the hotel, either the one at Nation or a second closer to the hotel stop, but you have to switch trains. We bought the carte orange on a Monday which allowed unlimited access to the metro and buses up to the second zone. The hotel has a little bar near the reception and they will fix you a cocktail, tea, or coffee. It is a neighborhood hotel with easy access through the metro to get around Paris. There is a market across the street where you can pick up fresh fruit and herb teas. The hotel will pick you up at the airport for $35 euros and they will carry your luggage in.