Travel Blogs from Paris
After breakfast in the apartment, we took a beautiful walk along the Seine to the Louvre, we entered via the Pyramid and were lucky to only queue for about 5 minutes in the security line and then through to the ticket line. We went straight to view the Mona Lisa before the crowds got crazy, I had read a lot of reviews mentioning how small the painting was so my expectations were low so when I saw her she was actually bigger than I thought. There she was ...
Thinking of doing a Tour de France trip?
Here are some tips to help you make the best of the tour.
- It is highly recommended to learn some basic French. You will be surprised how helpful people are when you make the effort to speak the basics.
- You need to do some serious research before you go to France. Make some decisions about the stages you want to see as this will decide how you go about things,.
- You do not ...
... we ate was top notch and we really did not have one bad meal. We ate chocolate croissants from a bakery around the corner, we had escargot in garlic and herbs under the Arc De Triomphe (so delicious!!), we had duck more then once.. it is quite popular in France, we had macaroons at the best macaroon shop in Paris, we ate a classic Parisian crepe cooked by Cece the MasterChef herself, and we munched on fresh baguettes and embraced the deliciousness of ...
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... at the formagerie, and then help pick out a bouquet at the fleuriste.
He'll love pressing the elevator button and the buttons to enter our building.
We'll ride the Metro to cross the city.
He'll learn how to say hello and thank you in French to all the storekeepers.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Duret Paris
Couldn't get any better
We were on a 2-week tour of Europe with Paris being our final stop. What a wonderful ending to the trip! This hotel is absolutely perfect. It's very well maintained with modern decor, comfortable rooms, and the friendliest staff. The location is great--right off of Chams Elysee close to the Arch d'Triumph. This hotel is rated 4 stars, and it certainly lives up to its rating. We booked it on expedia at $175/night for two weekend nights. What a steal! When I'm in Paris next time, I'm staying there again.
A lovely hotel with a great location
We stayed at the Hotel Duret over the August Bank Holiday weekend. It had just been refurbished.
It is a lovely small boutique style hotel. The front desk staff were really helpful and gave us lots of great advice on getting around the City. They really excelled themselves. Nothing was too much trouble.
The rooms were a really good size and the bathrooms were huge. We really couldnt fault this hotel at all.
It doesnt have a restaurant but does serve up a buffet breakfast or breakfast in your room if you want it. It also has a small bar if you need a drink when you get back in from a hard days sightseeing!
It is in a good location close to the metro and to the RER and just off the Champs Elysee.
We would happily stay there if we go to Paris again.
I had won a trip to Paris on a local radio station and had read good reviews about this hotel. And they are all true!! The hotel receptionist when we checked in was very friendly and helpful (having never been to France before, I was prepared for a fight with rude people based on everyone else's experience!). We arrived early before our room was ready, but they were very accommodating, letting us freshen up and leave our luggage. The room was immaculate, certainly the best designed and modern hotel I've ever stayed at. Very close to a mainline Metro station and walking distance to the Champs Elysee and Arc De Triomphe, also walking distance to the Air France Shuttle bus which really helped. All in all a great hotel, unfortunately we saw the prices and I'm not sure I could afford to stay there again, I'd most definitely recommend it if you can afford it!
After much "Googling", we found the Hotel Duret in Paris. This is an excellent hotel, just off the Champs-Elysse and off the Avenue Foch and, surprisingly for its location, very quiet. The rooms are adequate size wise (Paris hotels are not known for their spaciousness!), and is beautifully fitted. The bathroom was top class and the shower worked! While not cheap, its excellent value. The reception staff were very friendly, spoke perfect English and were always helpful. An added bonus was that the room had "wireless" internet connection (great for checking emails on our laptop). While no off street parking was available, there is an underground car park about a five minute walk away. We left our hire car there for the duration of our stay in Paris as driving in Paris is a daunting experience and not for the faint hearted.
Small But Good
A boutique hotel just off the main street. Close to Arc de Triomphe and many restaurants/cafes nearby. We stayed in a Superior room but fairly small (practically no space besides a king-size bed and a desk). The bathroom is also minimal. Free internet (bring your own LAN cable) connection from the room. But it was efficient and clean, and the staff was nice and spoke perfect English.
Compact and Bijou
The hotel was in a good location, not far from the Arc de Triompe and on metro line 1. We had a standard room and it was very nicely decorated in a contemporary style. The bathroom was very nicely fitted with Villeroy and Boch and Hans Grohe etc. The only criticism is that it was quite a small room but then we only paid £94 a night for central Paris!!!
The staff were lovely and made it a lovely place to stay - would definitely recommend and would def go back!
My family stayed at the Hotel Duret for 5 days in May. Our rooms were very spacious considering the European standard for small rooms. The rooms were very clean, modern and even included waffle cloth bathrobes. We found the staff to be very helpful with every detail from hooking up our computer to the hotel Internet link and transportation to train station for a day trip to London. The hotel was mere steps from the metro and Champs Elysees and Arc de triomphe. The hotel recommended La Villa Pergolese around the corner for my birthday feast - it was the BEST food I have ever eaten - very reasonably priced. The food presentation was a piece of art - and my birthday dessert with candle made my day even more special. If you make it to Paris - Hotel Duret and La Villa Pergolese are a must.
My wife and I spent the first half of our honeymoon in Paris. We stayed at the Duret for 5 nights and it was fantastic! We had a suite on the fifth floor so it was quite roomy, and the bathroom was VERY large with a nice tub we could both soak in. The staff was very helpful and knowledgeable. They had a bottle of champagne and congratulations waiting for us when we arrived.
Awesome boutique hotel!
Just stayed 2 nights in the Hotel Duret, a small-ish boutique hotel.
Great location (about 5 minutes walk max from the Arc de Triomphe).
Staff were very helpful - they let us check in at 11 am and also set us up with a map to all of the non-touristy little spots we wanted to check out in Paris. Very proficient in English and French.
Lovely rooms (typical size for a European hotel), nice stone bathrooms, very clean.
We paid $200 CDN (roughly 140 euros) per night via Hotels.com.
I will definitely come back the next time I come to Paris.