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... a cheap hotel in Paris and we knew a few campsites for the emergencies. At home, I found that hotels are ridiculously priced when you get closer to Paris. It's seriously worth travelling 10 minutes and having a cheaper hotel, £42 for three people was an absolute bargain. Although it was a 1*, it was in a great location and it was clean - "Première Classe" hotels I would really recommend for their great prices and value for money. Located in ...
Packed and ready to go, we didn't have time for the east side gallery, but headed across to a mall to check out Zara #1 and surrounding shops. Nothing too exciting, but Chris bought a few clothes, and we headed over to Newmarket for a look at the boutiques around here, and a final trip into the city for a visit to Zara #2, before heading to the airport early to make our way ...
... free Sunday during Bastille celebrations. Soooo many people line up in the blazing sun without realising they can enter so much quicker via the underground metro/shopping area. Silly buggers ( not us, them) Pretty cool to get front row viewing of the Mona Lisa, albeit still from a distance, behind glass, & rumoured to be a security fake. For me, another worthwhile history lesson laden with many awe inspiring sights.....
Johno here.....I loved the ...
... org if you wanna know more). After some trial and a good amount of error I did connect with my host and made it to my couch. Whew. I also had my first glass of champagne.
Late this morning I made it into the heart of the city. I came out of the metro station and felt at home. Paris is its own mix of history and art and pretention and dirtiness and I absolutely love it.
I came to Paris to ...
Our itinerary plans changed quite a bit over the months leading up to our departure. I had hoped to have a few more days in Paris but tight timeframes between cruises dictated how long we would stay in Paris and London for that matter.
Never-the-less, I'll take 4 days in Paris over no days in Paris any time!
Sad to leave Tours and the peace of the country side
Slept in a little this morning as we ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Bel-Ami Hotel Paris
I lived in Paris for 3 years up until Summer 2004. In my last week in Paris I got married and since my wife's sisters were all staying in my apartment I needed somewhere else to go. I know Paris pretty well and have seen maybe 50 or 60 hotels there in my time. Mostly you get old (or old style) furniture, small rooms or noisy streets. I wanted something more modern so was looking for a boutique hotel. The thing about Paris is that there aren't many modern, 'designer' hotels. It's an old city! In my area (6th) I had either the Artus Hotel or the Bel Ami. The Artus hotel is the better known of the two so I went there first. I was lucky because, living locally, I was able to inspect all the hotels first. The Artus hotel does a good brochure and looks good in print. However, I was very disappointed when I got there. It might have been nice 10 years ago but I thought it was looking 'tired' and shabby. The standard rooms were also a bit compromised in their layout.
My wife and I and our two teenagers just returned from a one week stay in Paris. We had excellent accomodations ------- a deluxe room adjoining to a superior room. Both had adequate space and sufficient privacy. The hotel is immaculate and extremely well situated, in between the elegant rue Jacob and the bustling Saint Germain d'Pres. The hotel is beautifully designed ----- its look is downtown modern with clean crisp lines and an inviting lobby area. (My kids really appreciated the two computers with internet access!). For anyone interested in a quaint setting that represents "old Paris," this hotel would not be a good choice. In terms of its American market, yuppies (and their kids) will be most comfortable here. The staff is young, friendly and professional. I give the Bel Ami a very high rating and would not hesitate to recommend it to a friend or stay there again.
Good...but not that good...
Don't get me wrong - it's a nice place with very pleasant staff. It's also in a really great location - in the middle of St Germain with great restaurants, bars etc.
However, for this kind of money (Euro250 per night) I'd have expected a little bit more of a 'wow-factor'. I've stayed at much better 'boutique hotels' in european capitals for the same money - and these blow this place away.
The breakfast area feels a little 'Ikea' and the bar is ok, but shuts at midnight. Rooms are very, very functional with old TVs, small space, average pictures etc. 2x Internet connections in the hotel seem to be the big differentiator - all seems a bit dated.
All in all a 'nice place' and i had a great stay there, but i reckon you could do better....
Bel Ami has lots going for it - fantastic St. Germain location; hip, contemporary style (a nice relief from the cheap chintz so common in Paris), a superb buffet breakfast, free internet in the lobby, outstanding service.
Fantastic location but cheaper rive-gauche rooms on the small side
Glorious Gallic chic - stayed for one night here on a short trip to Paris. The hotel could not be better located if you have only a few days to spend in Paris, being close to designer boutiques, restaurants and within walking distance of the Seine and those all important sites. In the height of Summer, I can imagine this glacial cool retreat being a perfect respite to soaring temperatures and crowds after a hard days shopping/sight seeing.
The staff were delightfully attentive, charming and courteous. I would not think twice about staying here again, the location is perfect. I will however be booking a larger room.
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Beautiful & Friendly - Lives up to its name!
Le Bel Ami is stylishly appointed and beautifully designed. The staff is beyond courteous - they actually seem happy to greet you every morning... The location is simply perfect (Louis Vuitton is just around the corner, most up-and-coming designers can be found within a few blocks radius, and most importantly the magic of La Seine is just a few hundred meters away...). The bedrooms are not huge, but then agan this is Paris. All in all, sleek and charming.
This was our second stay at the Bel Ami and we can't say enough about how much we enjoy it. The rooms, which are decorated in a minimalist style, are small but charming. The staff is very helpful and friendly.
The hotel is in the heart of St. Germain on the left bank, a perfect location from which to explore Paris. The breakfast is delicious and hearty and includes eggs, sausage, bacon, many pastries and bread, fruit, cheese, orange juice, coffee and tea. A lovely boutique hotel!
Modern and chic with a great location
We spent 11 days in Paris and this was the 4th hotel of the 4 we booked. A really cool hotel which reminds me of the Standard in Hollywood. Minimalist style with smaller rooms than the other three hotels we stayed in during our visit. If you like the modern style, free internet access in the lobby and a pretty cool bar, this is the place for you. Walking distance to nearly everything on the West Bank.
The staff was efficient and very helpful. I would recommend this hotel to anyone looking for soemthing a little different than your average higher end hotel in Paris.
We just returned from France, where, the temperatures have soared! We stayed only 2 days in Paris on our way back home and were grateful to be in the Hotel Bel Ami. The staff is friendly, helpful, and gracious and the hotel is adorable. Our room was small (like most all Paris hotel rooms) but had a world class air conditioner. It was as advertised--minimalist chic and I loved the location. While I knew the approximate location I didn't realize it the street ran between the Cafe de Flore and the Cafe Du Magots. What a treat! We will definately book other visits to Paris in what has become our favorite boutique hotel.
Minimalist cool + great location
Hotel Bel Ami is a great hotel - if you can afford it. The large lobby is furnished with sofas and other contemporary pieces and has enough room to offer a coffee bar in a.m./drinks in p.m. (although, I didn't see a drink bar?!) and relax while watching the passerbys. There are two computers in the lobby for internet surfing.
The room we had was large compared to the normal "European" sized rooms. The staff was very pleasant and breakfast is included in some rates - offering yogurt/cereal, fruits and ham/cheeses.
Hotel is close to everything - which of course, which makes it easy to spend MORE money!!