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... and the boomerangs I bought them received a big workout at a nearby field, Medhi began boomerang throwing with excellent "beginners luck"his first throw coming back to us for me to catch! His subsequent efforts showed that boomerang throwing is indeed an art!
Returning to their absolutely lovely little home we met Aurelie's Mum, Sylvia, who had prepared a lovely couscous based meal, a casserole ...
... a great spot for fireworks. Even arriving 2 and a half hours before the concert was not sufficient to get a perfect spot, but we were able to find one nonetheless. People had assembled, again in the thousands, to watch the concert and fireworks. The concert was fantastic. The National orchestra was set up on a stage which was completely transparent and set up with lights. The camera angles that shot upwards displayed the eiffel tower in the background, it was amazing. ...
... I've always pictured the market where you walk up and buy a stick of French bread, a hunk of cheese and a bottle of wine and find a grassy place to sit and enjoy an impromptu picnic (because everyone carries a bread knife, corkscrew and wine glasses with them!). As we continue our way back to the hotel, we are on a mission to find such a market or shop to pick up the essentials and take back with us. It seems as though we have walked miles and NOTHING remotely resembling such ...
... on level one. We joined the queue (ugh!) for lift tickets and after some time without movement we discovered that sales were suspended due to too many people up there. There was talk it would reopen in half an hour, so we decided to wait a bit longer and see. Some queue jumping argy bargy provided us with perfect entertainment to pass the time and eventually we got our tix and were riding to the top (so much for the princess who doesn't do queues!). Our patience ...
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Great place to stay and central location to all the best spots.
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Yes, the rooms are very small - but so are most in Europe, even those that cost twice as much near the Louvre. Also, who comes to Paris to hang out in their room? The location is the best. Walking distance to everything, including the shops and galleries of the Marais and the Pompidou (sp?), my favorite modern museum in Europe. Also very close to any subway you want (Chatalet-Les Halles stop is a short walk and you can anywhere from there - even to the airport direct on the RER). My partner and I have stayed twice - once in August and once for New Years. I am a very light sleeper and never had a problem with noise. The rooms are clean, modern and very nice and the bathrooms are large and have glass shower guards (a rarity in Europe). E 140 may be on the steep side, especially with the exchange rate, but for this class of central Paris hotel, you cannot do better - especially if you are gay and want to be in Paris's gay ghetto (which is also the Jewish ghetto). Straight people, fear not -- this is not a gay hotel and gets a nice mix of clients from all over the world. Overall, a great hotel and will stay there every time we are in Paris. If you want a huge room, pay more or stay farther from the center of town.
Great Gay Location
This place was great, the staff very nice and for the price it can't be beat! The rooms were small by Big Mac American standards, but average by European standards. Everything was kept very clean by the friendly housekeepers and the cute people at the front desk were friendly and happy to speak English. The hotel is in the Gay district and with in walking distance to Notre Dame, The Hotel De Ville and the Rue de Rivoli Shopping district. If your gay and on a budget, this is the place to stay. There were straight couples at the Hotel too. They were pretty cool. I had a room with a bath tub and small window which worked out well because I could sit in the bath tub and watch the people on the street.
Having stayed at the Axial a few years ago I was excited to hear from friends we would be staying again on a return visit. It has been recently renovated and was warm but hip in decor. The hotel is very clean and the staff were friendly and very helpful with cabs, directions and luggage. The standard rooms are definitely tiny, but that isn't the point. The Axial is located about 3 blocks from everything- Notre Dame, the Metro, cute shops, tons of great bars and restaurants, etc. If you know you will be spening time in the Marais, this is the place. When we got back to the hotel at 4 am, the desk person very politely gave us our key and said goodnight without seeming the least bit annoyed we had to ring the bell and wake him up to get in. The walls are thin and you can hear people in the hallway unlocking their doors- but we had a room that faced a courtyard that was very quiet and even had a little balcony. Also, the AC was perfect and the bathroom clean and well-equipped.
Simple but elegant
I totally agree with the other comments about the room being small. You can go from the door to your bed in one step. Closet is decent (unless you bring your whole entire closet with you then that's a problem).
This is my 2nd time to stay at Axial and I'm not disappointed in any way. If you're young or young at heart, you can't beat the location of this hotel. Walking distance to a lot of tourist attractions; the bars, restaurants, and shopping -- can't beat that.
Those Friendly Parisians
This is Europe and a small hotel is the norm. We stayed for a week at the Hotel Axial Beaubourg and were delighted with the entire experience. The rooms are small by U.S. standards but relatively normal to larger than normal for european budget travel. The bed was a true queen size bed which is almost unheard of and the appointments in the room were chic and modern. The location can't be beat, near Notre Dame, the Pompidou, Place De Vosge, etc. The housekeeping was immaculate and the we always had a warm greeting from the lobby staff who helped us perfect a few difficult french phrases with friendly smiles and laughter. We would return to the Axial Beaubourg on our next stay.
Sleepless in Paris
NEVER AGAIN! The walls are incredibly thin--so thin that you can hear your neighbor snoring. (I'm not kidding!!) Add a noisy staff that doesn't knock when entering... just forget about getting any sleep here!
Great location, very clean and staff was helpful. It was great that the Herald Tribune was provided every morning BUT the rooms are extremely small. No place to sit except the bed and our bathroom had only a 20W light. Probably overpriced. Eat breakfast around the corner. the breakfast is expensive and in a basement with no windows
Am I growing or is this room getting smaller
YES! The rooms are very very very small. DO NOT LET THE WEBSITE FOOL YOU! As soon as I opened the door, I was surprised on how tiny the room was. The bed was two step away from the door.
The bathroom was ok but the shower was tiny as well. Do not even think of moving around or bending, THERE ARE NO SPACE.
I give credit though on location. For those who had been to New York City, this is more like the SoHo and West Village. Lots of shopping stores and great restaurants.
Listen to this man!
I was also tempted by the axial website, but the reality is disappointing. The rooms are really very tiny indeed. What's worse is the soundproofing - or lack of! I could hear the next door's shower as if it was in my own room. Whenever the neighbours unlocked their doors, I thought someone was trying to break in! This would all have been okay if the hotel was cheap, but it was one of the most expensive ones in its class. I booked us in for a treat, but I really regretted it, especially having read (and foolishly ignored) the other review. Don't go there. When I wrote to complain, they refused to offer any kind of reimbursement.
Tiny, tiny room. But not cheap. The room in the pictures on their website, magazines and guidebooks is one of the only two large rooms they have. The other ones are really really small, you have just enough space to walk around your bed. Tiny bathroom as well.
Room and bathroom fairly clean.
But overall, not a very good deal.
Look around, many hotels, as clean and as well located, offer more space for the space price.