Hotel Astra Opera - Astotel
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... its magic on us and reminded us that we really are cultural neophytes, we needed to take stock and reflect on the hours passed. A trip on the Seine again was just the trick before we found a cafe near Notre Dame for a really late lunch.
For dinner we cruised the shops for cheese, bread, antipasto and cider. Heaven - a room with a view and supper for two.
Tomorrow we will either bring ourselves into the 19th century at the Musee ...
... I sew, I can at least rip the mistakes out and start over. We were in one room and most of the statues didn't have heads. Couldn't tell if they were meant to have heads or if they had fallen off in transit. Curious question. We did see some fabulous art work. And because we had bought our passes ahead of time, we could walk ahead of the crowds everywhere we went. Felt kind of special.
We left the Louvre and ...
... the bedrooms.
Today an American friend of ours from New Mexico, whom we met 6-years-ago in Paris, arrived for one of her annual visits to the City of Light, and is staying in an apartment in the Latin Quarter. We connected via e-mail, and invited her for brunch at our place this coming Sunday. Chef Dee will no doubt dazzle her with a bit of tasty cuisine from her kitchen-away-from-home.
We also made reservations, a bit of a splurge, for ...
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We then visited Le Jardin Tuileries, a fancy garden that precedes the Louvre. It made me nostalgic because this was very close to the street I lived on for a month when I visited Paris about 2 years before. We sat on a bench to rest and watched a couple of adorable old French men play some game ...
... when crossing the channel. On disembarking from the train, our first task was to buy Metro tickets which meant grappling with the French. We queued with the two French speakers in our company cowering at the back of the queue. That lasted as far as my first Bonjour followed by a brief request for tickets for two adults and two children. Tamsin and Jenny had to step in after that, their embarrassment of my mangling of the French language outweighing their fear ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Astra Opera - Astotel Paris
Loved this charming little hotel
location, location, location - fantastic area to walk, convenient to everything and an all around GREAT hotel - I would Definately stay here again!! I highly recommend! Just minutes by foot to many main attractions. Shopping,The Louvre, St. Madelaine , The Rive Seine, Notre dame, and more.
Not worth four stars
I booked a five day stay there with my husband and didnīt know what to expect from this hotel. I read about itīs havng 4 stars and a great location.... and was excited at first (nice lobby) and then was greatly disappointed.
First of all they gave us a room with two separate beds which we refused.Then the next room (and only other one free, as they told us!) they offered us was on a floor with no elevator access, most tiny, with a sloppy made bed and a bathroom about the size of a suitcase!
Staff was rather unfriendly and unwilling to help. Breakfast not that bad.
I will definetely NOT stay there again in spite of itīs fantastic location!
Acceptable ... but just
The hotel is proudly displaying its 4th Star these days, but it makes me question the star system. I can completely understand 3 Stars -- see below, but the 4th has me mystified.
Pros: Clean rooms, decent location, air-conditioning, nice staff, recently re-done bathroom, wireless connections. View of the Eiffel Tour from our room (706).
Cons: It could be just on the top floor rooms (the only non-smoking floor), but the decor is dire in need of an update. Hairdryers are basically tubes that blow hot air. No clock in the room. Old plastic card-keys (ours seemed on the verge of breaking in two) that had to be left at the front desk.
Again, an acceptable mid-rate hotel, but there's nothing special about it. A notes on an earlier review - we tried the Italian restaurant across the street and found it horrid. There was a lovely cafe - Cafe d'Olympia - at the south end of the block -- great for coffee and a pastry in the morning, and Clos Bourguingon had a regular neighborhood following.
Location is not everything in Paris
First impressions of this hotel were excellent. The lobby and lounge/bar area is clean, tidy and ultra modern. The first signs that our room (an Expedia 'Special Rate' might be different ) were when we were told the main lift only went as far as the sixth floor and to get to the top floor required using the service lift! (not too bad although one morning we couldn't get in it as it was full of dirty laundry and sheets so had to use the stairs and then the rather plusher main lift!) The hallways were in 1970s orange and brown decor and the room very small (i.e. door, chair, very uncomfortable, sagging bed and wardrobe!). The ensuite bathroom, however, was brand new, v.clean and excellent shower.
Having said that in Paris with so much to do you spend little time in the hotel and the location was excellent for walking or the tube and very, very convenient for the Roissy bus to CDG. The italian restaurant opposite the hotel was excellent.
To my disbelief the concierge refused to book us a table at the Eiffel Tower restaurant and suggested we rang ourselves. Beware that breakfast is automatically included on your bill (whether you take it or not!)
All in all I'm fairly easily pleased but I think I'd find somewhere else to stay next time. With such excellent public transport and nightime activities being fairly spreadfar and wide across the City a central location is not everything in Paris.
Great staff, but small rooms
Good location, but rooms very small. Booking with Best Western online gave no options for bigger rooms. Also quite a lot of noise from the other rooms.Staff great, very friendly
Best location in Paris!
I've stayed at this hotel about 5 times over the last 4 years, and have always enjoyed it. This is one of my absolute favorites when traveling for business because it is the best located, best connected location in Paris!
I typically fly in to CDG Terminal 1 (used by most airlines except Air France -- e.g. United). With the bias naturally towards Air France, connections in to downtown are not nearly so good from Terminal 1. The REF is over at Terminal 2 (the Air France terminal, naturally), and getting from Terminal 1 to Terminal 2 is slow and a pain. So the best way in to town are the buses. The Air France buses (naturally) leave last and arrive first at their terminal (Terminal 2), making it slower to get to Terminal 1. This leaves the "Roiseybus" bus. This is run by the city transport folk (same people that run the metro) not Air France, so their buses seem to make it to/from Terminal 1 a lot quicker. (And their cheaper too.) Anyway, the Roiseybus goes to ONE spot in Paris -- the "Place de l'Opera", and the Hotel Astra Opera is a quick 5 minute walk through side streets from the drop-off point. Also, there is a RER stop right there, and several different metro stops on many of the major lines within a few blocks, thus I've always found this to be the connected area of Paris. Great for business travel!
The hotel itself is very nice -- a typical 4-star French style hotel -- and the staff is friendly and helpful. And the location is great from a tourist perspective as well. Printemps and Galeries Lafayette -- the two famous department stores in Paris -- are literally 3 minutes away.
I love to walk with the surge of people on a Saturday afternoon. The Louvre is maybe a 25 minute walk. And I love to walk down to the Place de la Concorde then walk up the Champes Elysees. Lots of city buses come through there as well, which is always more fun then the Metro if you have time and if you are brave enough (it's actually not that hard to get around Paris on buses once you know the names of the major landmarks.)
One downside to this location is that none of the major train stations are anywhere nearby. So if your plan is to fly in to Paris, then get on a TGV to wherever, and you want to stay within walking distance of that train station, then you're out of luck. But look at the bright side -- most Paris train station neighborhoods (Montparnasse being a notable exception IMHO) are pretty ratty, and you don't want to stay there anyway!
Excellent Location, Beautiful hotel!
I absolutely loved this hotel! It is situated on a small, quaint street and just steps away from all of the department stores. There is a metro station conveniently at the end of the street, which will take you anywhere in Paris in a matter of minutes. I preferred to walk everywhere -- the opera house, the Louvre, the Madeleine church, etc.
The rooms themselves are small (to be expected), but nicely decorated and very clean! I highly recommend this hotel if you don't mind paying a little extra. Service=excellent! The man at the front desk helped us plan a quick getaway to Versailles-- The whole staff is very detail-oriented.