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We left the hotel around 11am with our backpacks on. Before grabbing a taxi we headed towards Buckingham Palace to see what was going on around there. We walked up to see an impressive marching band, for the lack of better words. We had to fight the crowd of camera wielding tourists just to get a view of them marching by and on to the palace …
... a small clutch for under €50 (potentially the cheapest thing I found). Monday (22 July) Vincent went back to work and I went wondering around North Paris (Montmarte) which has a reputation for having lovely vintage shops and boutiques with local designers - again I successfully managed not to buy anything, but had so much fun walking through the little streets of suburban Paris and looking at beautiful clothing :) Unfortunately I was not out ...
... the ticketing (#1 helpful person), then we went past our station because the train had no route maps or station directions. Off we got and had to search for another gate to switch to another line (helpful person #2). we eventually found the correct gate and arrived at the right stop. This train had stops listed! On the street we asked (#4) which direction then needed #5 and #6. Not bad for our first day in Paris. Although I knew everything was ...
... we walk back to the Eiffel Tower again to see it by day (and climbed it of course). The view from the top was pretty spectacular, but I do admit that I would like to climb it on a clear day.
From here, we crossed the river Seine to Trocadero for a few tasty crÍpes for 'lunch', and watched the street vendors (you know the guys who try to sell the little statues of the eiffel tower) get chased by the police. Honestly, this was the ...
... a little excessive, but we did get some great shots.
After Place des Vosges, Agnes showed us several other Baroque/Renaissance-style Private "Hotels", the names and history of which i can not remember. I do remember walking past a lot of very expensive, chic boutiques.
Because our group was so small, we were able to get through the tour rather quickly and we were dismissed almost an hour early. Since we had all the extra time, Sarah, who is ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Des Arts Paris
After re-reading the other reviews on the Hotel des Arts maybe I don't understand the true value of this hotel compared to other 2* hotels. I found the room extremely small, the bathroom even smaller, the shower looked like it had mold (but it was just stained), the pillows were like 'bags of cotton balls, the twin beds were narrowerer than a standard twin bed (I had to prop one side of my mattress up with blankets so I did not list to one side), you could hear things thru the walls and the front desk staff was only accommodating (they did not seem to be thrilled at wanting to help). However, the goods things were that it was located favorably, was generally clean, had some character and the rooms were decorated with personality. Now, given all that I may have expectations to high for the $111.00 US a night that we paid.
The Hotel des Arts is set in picturesque surroundings, 5 minutes walk from both the Blanche and Abessess Metro stations. The posistion of the hotel could not be better, just off a bustling local street that has every convienience imaginable. The local restaurants/ bistros and caf?'s are great, catering for all number of tastes from classical French to Tibetan. Access to all the Parisian sites is extremley easy due to the proximity of 2 local Metro lines. The hotel itself far exceeds its 2 star rating! offering smart bright surroundings and some great views of the Parisian skyline. The staff are friendly, Multi-Lingual and are on hand 24 hours a day. Breakfast is a simple affair and is served in the quaint Stone basement. I will definatly be returing to this hotel on my next stay in Paris - if only for the great value it offers
Best hotel in Montmartre
I have tried all the inexpensive hotels in Montmartre and the best of all is Hotel des Arts, 5 rue Tholoz. Also the price is terribly competitive, the hotel is clean, the atmosphere is very nice, the welcome is very friendly, I really feel at home, and the location is quite. It has no restaurant (they serve only breakfast )but there are plenty around.
Hello from Paris
A very pleasant week in Paris, Good Hotel, Very nice staff. I will be back in your hotel.
The best hotel in Montmartre
We went to the hotel des arts just for a week end is not the first time we came in Montmartre. But It is the first time we found an hotel so wonderful in Paris. Everything in the hotel was excellent: the atmosphere, the room, the price... people working there are very helpfull ! Just one thing: we love cheese for breakfast and there is no in hotel des arts. If you want to enjoy your stay in Paris go to des arts hotel.
We recently returned from a two week trip to Paris (Dec. 25- Jan. 8) and spent the last two nights of our trip at this hotel in Montmartre.
Happy New Year
Just returned from New Year trip to Paris and was surprised to read the comments from two other subscribers. The rooms were warm comfortable and clean. Ours was an inside room on the ground floor which although dark was not a problem. We receved a pack written in English explaining all the times and terms with a questionaire asking for any comments.
The other guests were from all over Europe and I would guess had all sourced their trips through the internet. Reflecting a modern International hotel in a superb area of Paris to have a lot of fun.
There were no complaints from any of the guests and my girlfriend thought it was lovely. Would thoroughly recommend it to friends
We booked and paid online, a month in advance, for a two night stay at the Hotel des Arts in Paris. The Hotel des Arts is in a very pretty location and we paid extra for a 'room with a paris view'. The hotel looks beautifully decorated on the internet - but that's as much as we saw...
Do NOT stay at the Hotel Des Arts
I would not have said this until I checked out. The hotel is adequate in most respects, clean, well situated and reasonably priced.
Unfortunately the manger and receptionist are both totally inept and staggeringly arrogant. The receptionist manged to charge my stay twice to my bank whilst telling me the transcation had been refused. Having settled the bill with another card I called my bank who advised me that the hotel had attempted to charge me twice. I attempted to rectify this with both the receptionist and the manager who claimed I was rude, apparently rudeness in his world equals politely asking him to rectify the errors of his incompetent staff. Paris has many fine hotels run by good people, this isn't one of them, don't stay there.
Bad customer service
Hotel is basic but comfortable as what is expected for a 2* hotel, but the customer service was Appalling! No greeting (never mind "nice greeting") was given on our arrival. Although check in was at 12:00pm, they told us our rooms would not be ready till 2:30pm, No aplogy was given for this inconvenience, and for the duration of our stay no information was given to us about breakfast times, maid service, checking out procedures etc etc. So if your looking for a nice friendly enviroment for a romantic getaway (like us) Don't bother with this hotel.