BEST WESTERN Ducs De Bourgogne
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... br> DAY THREE
Man, I’m getting tired just writing this…
Last day in Paris…so fast but this was the day I rediscovered Paris =). Walked over to the Canal Saint-Martin for some awesome views, not super picturesque but it was a side of Paris I hadn’t seen before. Slightly more dirty and industrial, it wasn’t pretty but it was new =P AND some very cool graffiti too =). Angled off into the Marais afterwards and ...
... because you know they were gay. (also, guts with that much makeup and doing the splits? No thank you. I'm into limber guys, but not that much!) There was this crazy part where this girl jumped into a pool that raised from the stage... But it was a pool full of big ass snakes. ****. THAT. ****! It was so weird. No thank you. I'm all for getting wet, but not with those kind of snakes ;) After the show, there is a bar called o'sullivans where we were all going to ...
This was our last day in Paris and we had to be picky as to where to go. It had to be kid friendly (close to a park, not too much traffic) and we wouldn't spend more than four hours on the tour. Montmartre, Champs E and Centre Pompidou fell out, Louvre and Tuillieres won. We parked just behind Rue Rivoli, took some photos of the golden Jean d'Arc and walked to Pei's pyramide at the Louvre. Going in? No way! I've been there lots of times before and know that this is not a place for ...
... I decided to bite the bullet and head back to Gare du Nord, convinced I'd find one there, which happily I did near the Eurostar terminal. Tired, but victorious, I headed back.
In the evening we dined on an assortment of cheeses, chips, quiche and taste au citron from the market and boulanger, watched down with a 3 euro bottle of red which was rather good. Oh, and coffee has been bought! :D
... each ordered classic French onion soup, a small main course, and shared a desert of fresh fruit. We wandered the area for a few minutes, then headed back to our hotel. I Skyped Ryan for a while and put up a few new posts. I'm still working on sorting pictures, so even though I have posts written, I don't have the pictures ready to go with them. So, if you catch a post with no pictures, to back later and check out the ...
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Short break star: cosy, clean, best location
Just a few bullet points to discount for any excitement from the trip:
-Best location. Why? 7 min walk to Louvre, same distance to Hotel de Ville, Cite, Conciergerie, 2 more min to St Michel and Notre Dame. The hotel stands in a quiet one-way street adjacent to a lovely park above Les Halles metro station (70 yards from the hotel). The area is filled with brasseries and a creperie. 3 ATMs next door.
-Rooms neat and clean but simple. Perfect for a short break. The building is rather old and its walls are thin, so make sure to take earplugs along.
-6 floors, small but new and quiet lift. Safe boxes at the reception.
-Most rooms facing the street are twins. The one we had was double, on the 2nd floor opposite the lift.
-PS I'd hate not to recommend the creperie across the street and brasserie Au Pied du Cochon across the park.
Nice location - if only we got to stay there!
In preparation for our trip to Paris we booked this hotel nearly 4 weeks in advance, via Best Western's own web-site. As part of the deal they were offering we had to pay for the room in advance (the only option on their site).
Upon arriving at the hotel we were told that it was fully booked, but that they had found accommodation for us in another BW hotel. This alternative hotel happened to cheaper than the one we booked, and paid for, and in a part of Paris which has a reputaiton for being unsafe (when looking out of my window at 9:00am the following morning the I was greeted with the view of a prostitute-lined street) and 20mins walk from where we were supposed to be.
The only compensation we were offered was a taxi to our new hotel and free breakfast for one morning. Given that this came to less that the difference in price of the two hotels (bearing in mind I had paid in advance) I hardly consider it compensation.
Since then I have tried to speak to the manager of Ducs De Bourgogne but unfortunately she doesn't return my calls and her staff have no idea when she will ever be at the hotel.
Brilliant hotel, great location
We have just returned from a four night stay at the Ducs De Bourgogne and were pleasantly surprised at the high standards of this hotel. We booked a late deal over the Internet and got a very cheap deal to this hotel, leading us to assume that it may be rather average....how wrong we were!
On arrival, the staff were extremely frindly and helpful (and speak very good English) and made us feel at home straight away. The room was small but perfectly adequate for myself, my partner and our large suitcase! All areas were clean and tidy, and each day we returned to find our room tidy, the bathroom had been cleaned and clean towels replacing the ones from the day before.
We didn't eat at the hotel as we are not big breakfast fans and for lunch/dinner there is a wide variety of restaraunts and cafes in the surrounding areas that we made use of.
The hotel could not be in a better position. It is in a lovely, clean and safe neighbourhood (just down the road from the HQ of Louis Vuitton, Kenzo and Celine, just to give you an idea of the desirability of the area) with Pont Neuf metro station just a 5 minute walk away.
There are also the larger stations of Les Halles (at the end of the road) and Chatelet Les Halles 5 mins walk down the Rue de Rivoli (this has a direct RER train to Charles de Gaulle airport and Disneyland). The Rue de Rivoli is also a great area for a spot of retail therapy!
The Louvre and Notre Dame are both 10-15 minute walks away and there is a bus stop to the Eiffel Tower, literally around the corner from the hotel (the number 72 bus) We found that we spent very little money on the Metro and buses (although they are very cheap anyway) as everywhere was so easy to reach on foot.
I cannot praise this hotel enough, it is a perfect base for anyone travelling to Paris- the central location is fantastic, we were sad to leave but will definately be back!
I would stay there again. I like it's location.
I stayed at this hotel two times. I like the location, very convenient to most tourist places. Good value for the money. On my first stay, I thought that the room was quite noisy because I could hear people in the next room, but on the second trip I did not notice any noise. It is possible that I had just loud travelers in the room next to mine on the first trip.
Rooms are good size for the European hotel, clean. My room on the third floor faced the street and noise from the street did not disturb me.
The staff was helpful with one exception. On the second trip, a person at the front desk booked us a taxi to go to the airport for the morning flight. In the morning we were finishing packing thinking that we had an hour before the taxi supposed to arrive, when we got the call from the front desk saying that the taxi had arrived. When we asked why the taxi came an hour earlier, they told us that there was a time change last night. We frantically finished packing and rushed downstairs. I asked hotel clerk why we were not told about the time change when they booked the taxi for us. The answer was that they placed the sigh on the door leading to the stairs. The taxi driver went to check the sign. The sign was there, hand written on a small white piece of paper, hard to see on the white door and .... in French!
So the lesson I learned from this experience - do not expect hotel staff to go above and beyond, you asked for a taxi, you got the taxi. Make your business to know as much as you can even if you don't know the language, can't undertand local news on TV and have no way to know when daylight savings time kick in.
A charming place to stay!
Stayed for 3 nights in a small, but very nice room on the top floor. It was quite hot for late May and so the air-conditioning was just perfect. Also the minibar fridge is very usefull. There´s a supermaket close by - so need to buy anything from the minibar. The bathroom was quite small, but very nice and clean. Looks like it had been renovated only a short while ago.
Front desk staff and maid service is excellent. The location is very convenient, 5-10 min walk to Les Halles metro station, Louvre and Centre Pompidou.
Excellent location, old fashioned hospitality
We just returned from a blitz visit to Paris and stayed at Ducs de Bourgogne for exactly 24 hrs.
Small room, small elevator indeed, but the staff was extremely friendly and helpful.
They let us check in an hour early. Lunch on a terrace, then walked to the Louvre (5 min.) and strolled around till 7 pm.
Back in the room we had a few cold beers from the minibar, which at 3.50 Euro is cheaper than any bar in Paris these days.
On the front desk they had a program of events in the area: so we walked to St Sulpice Church (10 min) and witnessed a wonderful Golden Gate Quartet concert. Dinner in one of the zillion restaurants at 11 pm, back at the hotel well after midnight.
In the morning, I used their brand new laptop with WiFi (5 Euro) to check my e-mail. Quick & easy. We did not have their breakfast, because - weather permitting - we rather have breakfast on a terrace, so we walked around the corner for cafe au lait with croissants. Then walked to Notre Dame (5 min) for a 2-hour visit, then checked out.
All in all, excellent location, old fashioned hospitality, exactly what we needed. We will stay there again.
THEFT UNDER A WATCHFUL EYE (THE MANAGER)
I stayed at the Hotel in September. As we were leaving the hotel in which we stayed a week and we ask the hotel manager if we could leave our luggage and camera. She said do not worry I will not take my eyes off it we came back from their restaurant downstairs for only 5 min. our camera case was gone and 20 films were missing. Nothing left from our 3 week trip to Europe
You would think she should know better to lock up our luggage in a special room until our taxi came but she didn't. We suffer the consequences. I would think twice before staying there. Only apology we got was I'm sorry. I would not recommend anybody staying there with valuable you might have them stolen from your room or the lobby or under the WATCHFUL EYE THE MANAGER.
Excellent loation with good price
I stayed in this hotel for a few days. Excellent location, all tourist attractions are 5 minutes away by walk. Subway station Les Halles is almost cross the street. For those who love shopping, Le Samaritaine-big department store is very close too. My room was very clean but pretty small by American standards. I think next time I'll ask for a double room. The staff is very helpful and speak relatively good English.
Stayed in a small double room -Aug. and Sept. '02- on the top floor facing the street. We weren't bothered by the noise as we travel with a noise machine which is worth its weight! The room was small, the floors creaked a bit and the furniture rather old but on the charming side. There was a mini-bar refrig. with the usual inflated prices and it was barely cold. The bathroom was very nice, clean and roomy since when they renovated it they took out the "useless" bidet, which is always in my way. We had no water on the floor from the shower because they have put in a swinging clear plastic panel which works well. There is only one small elevator which broke one day but was fixed in a few hours. The maids do tend to waylay it on the floor where they're working but you would too if you had to carry all the linens and trash up and down. The daytime manager [I should have learned her name] was lovely and one of the waitresses at breakfast in the basement was sweet. The small buffet was o.k. for $11 but you had to remind them to refill the ham. The location is very convenient.
Good location-ok rooms/oct 02
great central location near shopping, restaurants/cafes, the louvre as well as other sigths, and several metro stops. it's a very busy street and can get quite noisy at times if you have the windows open. also the walls are quite thin so you can hear people in the other rooms (my only real major complaint). we had a hard time sleeping one night due to noise other guests were making. the staff was just absolutely wonderful!! very helpful and friendly. the breakfast buffet was excellent as well. the rooms were pretty small as was the lift. but i think that is par for paris. everything was very clean. be careful taking a shower.....still not sure why most of europe insists on NOT using shower curtains....it's such a inexpensive item that would save a lot of clean up. the staff made up for any shortcomings the hotel itself had.