Hotel Ares Paris
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TravelPod Member ReviewsThe Shores Country House Castlegregory
The hotel is lovely and everyone working is very helpful. Lots of great ideas and suggestiions.
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Lovely stay. Breakfast was delicious. Hotel is close to metro, and not far from the Eiffel Tower.
One sour employee, but everyone else was fantastic and helpful!
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Historical Traveler Reviews The Shores Country House Castlegregory
Good Value for Money
This place is good value for money. We stayed with our two kids in one room with two double beds. The room was much larger than normal French hotel rooms, the decor was nice, the staff were very pleasant and the breakfast was very good value also. It is also 2minutes from the Champ de Mar and 2 minutes from the nearest metro station. A fantastic location.
Great Launch Pad in Paris
My friend & I stayed at this hotel at the beginning of May 2005. We found it VERY easily taking the train and Metro to the La Motte Piquet (sp?) stop. Although easy to find, I must say that the weary traveler will find that too much luggage will be a problem -- lots of stairs to navigate to get to this stop (we used the hotel shuttle that the hotel recommended and reserved for us to go back to the airport at the end of the stay.) Once at the hotel, we were warmly greeted and given the key to our room (BIG KEYCHAIN!-can't lose it!) The cute little elevator for two brought us up to our room and we found our room right around the corner. The room is bigger than most Parisian rooms in this class and was very clean and tidy. A nice feature of this room was that the toilet was separate from the shower/sink room and gave some extra privacy. There is a shower curtain in the bathroom so that you can take a shower, but the shower is still a hand-held type so it might be a bit awkward for some people. Another surprising perk at this hotel that I didn't expect were the bathroom amenities--shampoo, soap, q-tips, shoe shiner all were in nice little basket on the vanity. Most hotels in this class don't include this. What a nice surprise! The big French windows opened up to a nice little alcove and there was a peek-a-boo view of a nearby church. While we were in Paris there was unusually warm weather (90 degrees Fahrenheit) and the room did get a little warm due to no air conditioning (although the French doors opened up nice and big so it brought fresh air into the room).
There is a small refrigerator in the room (minibar)- very unusual by Parisian Standards with some beverages that you can buy if desired. The staff was great--very friendly (we saw 3 different front desk staff). Housekeeping was great and our beds were made up daily and the room freshened up. I highly recommend this hotel!! I have stayed for years and the Grand Hotel Leveque and quite frankly for the price and for the room, this is better (although the street isn't as quaint as Rue Cler, there are plenty of neat little shops in this locale).
We stayed at Hotel Ares week of 5/23. The room we had enough space/storage for two people. We were on the top floor so we had a great view of the Eiffel Tower, only minutes away. I don't think the people living in the apartment across the street were to pleased when we videotaped the Tower Light show from our room! The Metro was close by and easy to take once we understood it. They have bakeries on Ave de Suffren and La Motte that made great, inexpensive sandwiches. There was also a Chinese takeaway near by that made excellent reasonably priced food. Plus I loved the coffee that the Hotel served us during the morning breakfast. The ladies at the desk, listed in previous reviews were excellent helping us out (speaking English fluently) with whatever we asked. The Hotel and our room was very spotless due to a great cleaning staff. And as one reviewer noted, they provided toiletries and had a shower curtain (not to mention an excellent shower!). The proximity to the Eiffel Tower, Trocadero, trains, tour busses and boats, plus a helpful staff makes this Hotel a wise selection. Just remember, no a/c. We did get a good breeze thoough and they provide fans (we went during a hot period).
A nice reasonable hotel in Paris
I stayed for 4 nights at this hotel March 20-24, 2005. This was my fourth stay there. It's a clean hotel with friendly staff. The rooms are a bit small but not all of them "are decorated by a clown" as a previous reviewer mentioned. Breakfast at 9 euro is reasonable with yogurt, orange juice, a piece of cheese plus the usual croisant, bread and jam in addition to coffee or tea. It's an any easy walk to the Eiffel Tower with good access to the Metro La Motte Picquet Grenelle. You can also walk around the Swiss Village antique store complex a block away. There are lots of good restaurants in the area. I'd recommend the Cafe de Commerce about six blocks away, Edith and Helene in the nearby Rue Laos and the Suffren (two blocks). On the other hand Au Pere.. is overpriced for what you get, the Gitane is OK but only if you smoke and the Cafe Pierrot is low priced but poor value for money.
Charming hotel, Great Staff, Great Metro connections
I stayed at the Hotel Ares for five nights last week (Easter and days following). I definitely recommend it! It is a charming hotel (42 rooms total on 7 floors) off a small street adjacent to the Avenue de la Motte Piquet in the 15th district-but near the border to the 7th (close to Champ de Mars). It's neighbors are upscale apartment buildings/doctors offices/businesses. It is a nice, pleasant stroll away from the Eiffel Tower.
GREAT Metro Connections nearby (Metro La Motte Picquet-Grenelle). Has 3 Metro lines running through it which greatly minimizes the need for transfers and can get you to most sights easily (many stations in the 7th district only have one metro line). It is not a huge station either so you don't have to do that much walking to get to the right metro line. I traveled by myself and stayed in a standard room with a double bed which was very comfortable unlike the micro rooms many single reviewers report staying in.
The rooms have charm - building was built in the 1910's, beautiful crown molding in the ceiling, my room had blue textured wallpaper (color schemes vary), built in space for hanging clothes on each side of the bed. The bathrooms are very well appointed, had a tub and shower (hand held), marble tiling, WITH a shower curtain (rare in Paris), they even provided travel items like in the larger U.S. hotels (shower caps/shoe polishers, shampoo/body gel, Qtips, make-up sponge pads).
Loved the staff (Isabelle and Severine are great ladies, very welcoming, willing to call a taxi for you ,etc.). They speak English fluently but if you want to practice your french with them they are more than willing to listen. There are several restaurants and cafes on Ave. de La Motte Piquet between Ave. Suffren and Blvd Grenelle including a grocery store (Monoprix) that I did not get to go to but I hear has good take-out sandwiches. These restaurants seemed to have a lot of activity late in the evening as well. The hotel does not have air conditioning that I'm aware of (none in my room but check with them on other rooms). I suppose that for July and August that might be an issue in the evenings, but when I went the temps were in the 50's-early 60'sF so it was very comfortable. If you are looking for a club scene within walking distance, this is not the neighborhood. But if you want to be where there may be more locals than tourists, this is it.
Definitely not impressed
The location of this hotel is pretty good. It is near the Eiffel Tower, near the Metro, and near some okay restaurants. The room itself was clean and relatively spacious by European standards. However, the room was surprisingly ugly. As I recall, it was painted pink, with bright orange curtains, and maybe even some green trim. The color scheme was selected by a clown. The room in which we stayed also had not been renovated in very many years, so it just felt old and run-down, even though it was clean. The front desk staff was also reasonably helpful, giving us accurate directions to the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre.
It was a decent price for a spot near the Eiffel Tower. However, the area just south of Notre Dame seemed to be a bit more interesting, with more people and more restaurants, so I will probably try to stay in that area next time.
A little luxury, a lot of value!
Hotel Ares is located in a wonderful spot near the Eiffel Tower. You'll enjoy strolling past the Tower while it gleams in the day time and shimmers at night. The hotel is conveniently located near a main line Metro stop. The accomodations were comfortable and clean. Great breakfast! Hotel staff was pleasant and helpful. Our only dissappoinments were the lack of a scenic view and the occasional church bells. Overall a great traveling experience.
A Quiet Little Gem
The Ares Hotel in Paris is quietly situated near the Eiffel Tower on a charming side street in Paris. It is within 2 blocks of several Metro lines. The room was moderate size, the bed was comfortable, and the bathroom was PINK. Really pink. The staff was quite helpful. There is a neighborhood church a block away that has Mass every morning at 8:00 which you will soon discover when the bells start to chime. However, there is so much to do in Paris that we really didn't mind being awakened. The location so close to the Metro made the Hotel very, very convenient. In addition, it's a short walk to the Eiffel Tower and the river cruises. The price was quite reasonable, and we would certainly consider staying there on our next trip to Paris.
We stayed at this hotel in October 2003. This hotel was wonderful! The staff was very friendly and most accomodating. I can't say enough about the service given by the staff, especially Emerick (sp?) who was so patient and helpful to us. The rooms were nice and clean, and the location of the hotel is great! I would recommend this hotel to anyone.
Perfect quaint hotel near Eiffel Tower
We stayed here for one week with our 2 young children. It was a wonderful hotel and a great central location. It was a fair price for the room which had 2 double beds, medium sized bathroom, and a peek of the top of the Tour d'Eiffel. A nice quiet neighborhood conveniently near a metro stop. We would return any time we go to Paris!
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