Kyriad Paris XIII - Italie Gobelins Hotel
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My good friend Megan has been visiting me here in France for the past week for her spring break. As I do not have classes on Fridays, we decided to do a 24 hour trip to Paris! We took the train Friday morning and arrived in Paris at 1:00. After checking into our hotel, we took off to start the frenzy of our trip. We tried to catch the walking tour …
Drove to Belfast Intl and said bye to our much-loved rental car. I knew I would miss the freedom it allowed, but I don't think driving on mainland Europe would be quite as calm and orderly as (same side as Australia) country-lane Irish driving. Met some lovely Aussie girls from Parkes/Orange and had a bit of a chat to them in the line for check in …
... in Kutna Hora. It is used in many places so L thinks that it is probably quarried in the Czech Republic but she never did find anyone who would confirm this idea.
In the evening rush hour traffic we again headed out into the countryside and forests. It is very pleasant to see so much forest in this country. Nearly all the pine forest has is plantation forest and in many areas it is being harvested and replanted. The rate of harvest seems quite heavy so whether or ...
... more freaked out at Madam Tussore's - Scream 4 show in London than here.
We queued for 1 1/2 hours (I think because it was a Sunday and we got there a bit late). In fairness it is the only queue we have encountered on our trip so far. We have advice from friends and my travel agent/husband Darren. He's done a stellar job to date. All I do is make sure everyone ready each day to follow his directions and take the pictures so we can reflect on everything we've done ...
For three hours today I felt like I was in a movie. You know the one...there is a blogger...there is french cooking...
And today I discovered the seriousness that goes along with the art of French baking. My 'close enough is good enough' method is not going to cut it. So we will have to depend on Matt to make us desserts as he paid close attention through all three hours unlike me who focused more on how ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Kyriad Paris XIII - Italie Gobelins Hotel
A good cheap base to see all the sights of Paris with very helpful polite staff. It is in the Latin quarter of Paris with excellent access to the Metro. There are three lines that are within easy walking distance. Metro lines 5,6 & 7. Line 6 is the Metro line we used and it is just around the corner from the hotel next to the police station. We arrived at CDG airport and walked to the RER (Main line train) station within the airport. At the ticket office in the airport rail station we bought return tickets to Paris at a cost of 8 Euro's each. We also bought 10 Metro (Underground) tickets. These are valid for any one trip on the Metro. We travelled from CDG airport to Denfert Rochereau where we got on Metro line 6 to Place d'italie. 4 stops along in the direction of Nation. The hotel in Rue Veronese is a short walk from here. We had breakfast at the hotel every morning, which was in the price and was adequate. The room is small and can be a bit hot (it was the hottest day in October on record) but it is adequate as a base from which to see Paris. The shower is good. The TV has CNN, which is a bit repetitive but keeps you informed of what's going on in the world. We went to see the Eiffel tower the very next day and it's a must. We got on the Metro at line 6 just around the corner in the direction of Etolle. Make sure you get off at the Tocadero station and not Bir-Hakeim station, as this is the best way to view / approach the Eiffel tower. We went right to the top of the tower, which is a bit scary but gives great views. There is also an open top bus tour around Paris start point here. This was great. You get to see all the sights in Paris from the top of the bus. Highly recommended. Your ticket is valid for 2 days so we came back the next day and done the same tour again by night. The Eiffel tower lights look good at night time and extra twinkling lights are activated on the hour. We also walked from the hotel to Notre Damme cathedral one afternoon, which took about 25 minutes.
My husband and I just came back from 5 days at this hotel : the overall feeling is not bad but not great either. We booked in advance and they were expecting us at reception but when they gave us our key they sent us to a room whihc was not even done!! They relocated us quickly to another room. We had asked for a non-smoking room which we got. (that's nice in Paris). The rate was E85 for the double room.
Cheap, Clean: Great Hotel in Paris
I stayed at this hotel in late May 2005 and found it a great launch pad for sightseeing in Paris. The room was small, but very clean and perfect for our needs. The bathroom in particular, which many people worry about in Europe, was good. The shower was strong enough and I took many a long shower after traipsing around Paris all day!
I found this hotel was great value for money. The 3 metro lines converging at Place d'Italie was great, making it easy to get anywhere in the city. I would suggest this hotel to anyone looking for good value and easy access to what Paris has to offer.
................and what you get is a good, basic, inexpensive, tourist hotel on a quiet side street- ideal as a base for a short stay in Paris. (If you're American - think kinda Econolodge or Motel 6.) We've stayed there 3 times now and will again. Yep, the rooms are on the small side and nothing special, but who spends much time in them when all of Paris is outside waiting for you. Yep the neighborhood isn't at all on the tourist trail - it's residential with real Parisians living there. The Metro is nearby together with a bunch of adequate bistros/restaurants. Shopping mall at the Place d'Italie for those everyday needs. The must-see Rue Mouffetard, with it's market and restaurants, is a short walk away, and ya got Chinatown in the opposite direction. The desk staff are friendly & helpful, the rooms are clean, breakfast is adequate ........ all in all this place has what you need.
We stayed at this hotel after my brother-in-law recommended it. The hotel is in a relatively quiet side street, just off Ave des Gobelins, about halfway up Rue Veronese on the right. The hotel is about 5 mins walk from the Place d'Italie metro station which is in the south east of Paris.
Quiet, clean, convient
date of stay - march 13-16, 2005, For the budget traveler who wants quiet,clean room, convenient to subway and bus systems, good breakfast, helpful staff, tv with cnn. We had a double and triple at this hotel, price was way below same room in New York City. We took the RER from CDG, then switched to subway for two stops, cost to get there, approx. $8 USD. The dollar dived hard while we were in Europe.
As Americans on our first trip to Paris, we were concered about selecting a bad hotel. This hotel was wonderful. The location was easy to find, the staff was very friendly, the room was clean and quiet. The neighborhood offered everything we would need, with a police station nearby, and easy metro access. The price for this hotel was a great value. We would definetly stay there again. ~Luke and Jessica
We stayed here in December 2004 and enjoyed the easy location, the friendly staff, and free breakfast. It's a one block walk to the Place d'Italie metro station, where three metro lines converge. We found that it was really easy to get to most places in Paris from this metro stop. There's free coffee and tea service in the room, and we liked the breakfast (spread of bread, cheese, meat, coffee, OJ, and yogurt). The rooms are tiny, but clean, if a bit smelly of mildew. We found that if you air the room after you shower, it's not a big deal. All in all, for the price we'd stay there again.