Hôtel Pavillon Opéra
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... piece of work.
We decided beforehand what we wanted to look at, otherwise you could spend all day there! We first went to view the Mona Lisa painting which has a wall all to itself and had a huge crowd of people around it so it was impossible to get near it. It's so bizarre that it's so famous - I think simply because the person who painted it was famous, not because it looks that good but then I'm no artist! There are a couple of reasons people think ...
... 1280) from the medieval world. During this Age of Faith, most every church in Europe had a painting like this one. Mary was a cult figure -Altarpieces like this followed the same formula: Somber iconic faces, stiff poses, elegant folds in the robes, and generic angels -St. Francis of Assisi Receiving the Stigmata, by Giotto (circa 1290) -Italian renaissance paintings -religious, 3D, symmetrical and with depth -Virgin, Child and St. Anne, ...
... the train to Les Invalides. Got another tourist to take our photo there with the Eiffel Tower in the background, then wandered into Saint Germaine where we found a restaurant called Cafe le Flores for lunch.
It was after 3pm but still packed, but they found us a table inside at the back near the kitchen. Ordered three entrees to share - escargot, foi gras and the charcuterie plate - and a couple of small beers. Lovely meal - the foi gras was my pick, but it was all ...
... food. I got a couple of croissants and Darren got some sort of hot dog roll thing. We got back to our room and slept for ages, sleeping off the effects of the drug. We didn't wake up until around 4pm! When we woke up we went for a walk to a pharmacy that was open (everything around here is still shut on a Sunday, its quite strange being such a big city!) and got our medications. I was feeling really gross by then, I don't know if it was the ...
... for about two seconds when mum said, " we need to go to the Eiffel Tower, you've taken two long.!!!!!!" Talk about child cruelty. Anyway, in the nick of time I bought some extremely comfy orange jeans. Then we left to meet Sam and Dad at the Eiffel Tower. ( we caught a taxi.) At 12:15 Mum and I arrived at the Eiffel Tower. It was CROWDED!!! Luckily mum was organised and she had pre-bought our tickets online. Therefore we zoomed straight to the front of ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsHôtel Pavillon Opéra Paris
7th floor, large enough room with a wooden beam exposed in the bathroom.
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Sorry but don't recommend this
I have actually stayed at this hotel twice, due to my company booking me in here and was disappointed both times. The location is bad, the hotel faded (certainly not what you will expect of a 4 star in the UK), the bar closes early. The staff are nice and there is a great bistro nearby (Chartier- traditional and always rammed with locals, well priced, rude waiters who write your order on the paper tablecloths, be prepared to queue for ten mins) but my general gripe with this hotel is that it is overpriced and masquerades as something that it is not. If I had been paying the bill for either of the times I stayed here it would have ruined my trip as I would have felt ripped off. As it is I count it part of a learning curve. I always have to stay north of the Seine due to location of the conference centres, but am unwilling to ever stay here again.
Very good hotel at reasonable price for Paris standards!!
I stayed here in July '04 for 7 nights. We paid around €120 per night for 2 people which is very good value for paris! It is located within walking distance of the opera and boulevard haussman which is the main shopping area. The area around the hotel is relatively quite but make sure you walk the right direction because there is a bit of a rough area close by. If i hadnt accidently walked there i wouldnt have known it existed though! The hotel is nicely decorated and the rooms are a good size for European standards. I would definitely recommend this hotel.
Nice overall but some small problems
A nice hotel but a few problems. The hotel itself is lovely, it has lots of character for a chain hotel, and the rooms were very clean. Staff service was very polite. However the rooms are not large for a 4* hotel so be prepared for this. The walls between rooms do not provide much soundproofing so we could hear conversations/tv from both rooms either side of ours. Also, there was a fire alarm evacuation late at night, with no explanation or apology for inconvenience, and this had also been brought up in another review I read before we stayed at the hotel. Finally, there were no tea or coffee making facilities in the room which is very unusual.
We just stayed at the Holiday Inn Opera for 5 nights. It was a wonderful experience for a first time vacation to Europe. It is not the same as a Holiday Inn in the States but we didn't expect it match the US inns. The room was small but served the purpose. Very quiet street and a short walk to shops and cafes. Do be careful though and walk in the correct directions. I did not feel comfortable to walk late in the evening in the area. Daytime was fine. The staff was wonderful. Everyone worked very hard to keep us happy. Taxis and shuttles were called for and the room was kept very clean. Breakfast was out of this world and lots of it. We did have dinner one evening and it was good. Expensive but what isn't in Paris?
An absolutely pathetic experience
We stayed 2 nights at this hotel. We were expecting it to be a 4 star quality hotel with the brand expectation of Holiday Inn worldwide but what we found was totally contrary to that. We had 2 tiny rooms that did not have any airconditioning. The breakfast served as part of the package was cold and the staff were untrained.Right in the middle of the first night, we along with another couple got stranded in the lift and when we called them in distress, they non chalantly tell us that they are searching for the emergency key and if they cant locate it, we will have to remain stuck (we had 2 kids with us) for atleast 30-45 minutes, till the fire brigade authorities come. Can you believe that!!That same night, an alarm went off at 0345 hrs in the morning. When we enquired, the receptionist said its a false alarm and that we should go back to sleep (go back to sleep!!). When we finally gathered ourselves and went back into the covers, a lady came knocking on our doors and asked us to evacuate immediately. We along with our kids vacated the room in our night dress and rushed down to find the fire brigade authorities scrambling around trying to locate the fire. On further questioning, it was revealed that their receptionist (an old haggered individual) smelt something and sounded the alarm. Sheepishly they apologised to us and the fire brigade guys and we along with the other occupants went back to the room.I would never stay there again. And I would certainly not recommend this hotel for families vacationing. its allright for business purposes.
Great Hotel ...
Just been on a short break to paris for three days ... Eurostar and Hotel included - fantastic price . Easy to do so ... We stayed at the Holiday Inn Opera for two nights ... a 4 star hotel . What a nice one .
Very helpful staff . Fantatic lobby . Super rooms , clean and comfortable with everything you need . The breakfast was great and lots of it . The area is fine as long as you go in the right directon . The tube is just around the corner and take you anywhere in Paris . Finally i just can only recommend this hotel .
Great Hotel, Questionable Neighborhood
Our room was very clean. The bathroom was large and clean. The breakfast was excellent. The staff was helpful. The neighborhood around the metro areas made me nervous at night. Several metro lines are accessible. We particularly enjoyed the original Brasserie Flo, just a short walk away. There were no cafes that I would be comfortable going to at night.
Okay for Europe
Negatives: The room is small, although okay for Europe. It is a good 2 star in US or a poor 3 star. The hotel resturant was terrible. Dinner?
don't do it. The breakfast was just okay. Only 2 english channels on TV. AC did not work well. It is some walk to metro. The neighbourhood is a bit quezzy but they have food I liked such as sharwama and sorts.
Positives: Very professional and structured place. There was laundry service and room cleaning. Summary: I cannot compare it to Holiday Inn in US, but for an European hotel, it is very okay especially if you are a budget traveller.
Loved Paris but not the Hotel Opera
Me and my husband have just returned from Valentines weekend which we decided to stay in Paris. I decided to book the Holiday Inn Paris Opera, after doing quite extensive reserach on the internet. However me and my husband were very much disappointed with the quality of the hotel accommdation. I have stayed in a Holiday Inn hotel before in England and expected the quality to be somewhat similar or even better as this is meant to be a 4* hotel. This hotel was more like staying in a 2/3*. The only nice thing about this hotel was the lobby. The rooms were horrible and too basic considering its a 4*. The breakfast they serve is supposed to be American style, which was more like a basic European style. The only positive thing i have to say about this hotel is maybe the location. It is about a 15-20 minute walk away from the main Opera house, which makes its location quite central from all the tourist sites. Here you are able to catch a direct shuttle bus service to Charles de Gaulle Aiprpot for 8 Euros. Also you can catch one of the Open Tour sightseeing buses from here. The hotel is situated on a quiet street away from the main street which leads to the Opera House. There are a lot of restaurants within walking distance of this hotel, which youll probably use as the food in the hotel was not too appetizing! Overall me and my husband were very diappointed with this 4* hotel and do not feel it deserves these stars! I would definately not recommend this hotel to any of my family or friends as it is far too overpriced for what it offers. We stayed at this hotel between the 14-17 February 2003.
My wife and I stayed at the Holiday Inn, Paris Opera for 5 nights in September 2002. We booked the hotel through the internet based on reserach we had done. Although we found no specific reviews, the hotel was typically described as 4 star accommodation. We had requested and were given a non-smoking room. The hotel and room appeared to have been recently renovated and were very clean and inviting. As expected, the room was small by North American standards, but it was adequate. Our room on the 5th floor at the back of the building was very quiet. The street is a block off a main thoroughfare so I expect all rooms are quiet. The rate of 175 Euros per night included our breakfasts and all taxes. The breakfasts were exemplary European style - fresh, high quality. Service was excellant - a desire to help - English widely spoken - although it always help to try your French first. The hotel was close to the Bonne Nouvelle metro. This was our first trip to Paris and we were not familiar with the arrondissements. The hotel is in the 10th bordering on the 11th. In some reviews, the 10th arrondissement is described as somewhat down-at-the-heels sleazy particlarly arround Sebastapool / Rue St. Denis. The hotel is to the west of that area, but generally the area is a rather dull/dreary working class neighbourhood. We felt safe, but it is not as inviting as the Latin Quarter or the Marais might be for walking in the evening. Nonetehless, it is a convenient enough area for walking or taking the Metro to all the sights. For dinner, the restaurants in the area were disappointing. Would we stay there again? Yes. The hotel's quality, service and price make it a good value for tourists or business people from North America. See our other reviews on the Mercure Notre Dame in Nice and the Kensington Country Inn & Suites, London.