Travel Blogs from Paris
... train ride!
I had planned the whole day out - the train route, walk to the bike rental place, bike to the park.
I happened to have found THE park in Paris that contained the largest Science and Industry museum in Europe. Which happens to contain "Cite Enfants"...or Kid City.
Three things I had not exactly planned for:
1. The amazing, highly rated, expansive ...
... sugar coma.
We attended a concert featuring a harpist and countertenor. An extraordinary experience! The harpist, Francois Pernel, brought two harps and had a lyrical yet masculine touch. The timber of Alexis Vassiliev's voice voice was so unusual and loud. This is the voice most duplicated by the castrats as the French call ...
Well, well, well......after leaving the corruption of Brussels, we head south through what once were the fields of Europe's dreadful Great War. It looks bad enough after a warm summer. God knows what they went through.
The northern towns and villages outside of Paris looked similar to our small Welsh hamlets...but upon entering the Paris suburbs...it appears that the devil does indeed make work for idle hands...in this case it's ...
... how Is began as a quarry under Paris, then was the perfect place for mushroom farming and why 6 million bodieds are buried here. What astounded us was the proximity you could have to the bones...touching them or for some, stealing them! Bags are checked on the way out and each day a black sack of bones have to be returned to the tunnels. On our way back we dropped into St Sulpice's. This beautiful church was one ...
... room was a little self contained - a one room studio, with a shower and basin in the room and a shared toilet down the hall - perfect for what we needed. It was pretty cool knowing it was the old servants quarters and we even had a nice view of the very top of the Eiffel tower. The only downside was that it was 9 floors up ( I think I counted somewhere around 120 steps) with no elevator! That soon got tiring after full days of walking in the heat. but was a rad location and ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Madison Hotel Paris
Refuse to stay in room 57. Just flat out refuse. I read some really stellar reviews about this place. The location is good....right in the 6th on St. Germain...and the room was bigger than expected, but I had read about what a great view this place has. Our view was of what looked like a giant air conditioner. The shower didn't have a curtain, which would have been nice since the showerhead was broken and shot water all over the bathroom when we tried to use it. The people who worked there teetered on that fine line between indifferent and rude.
Madison was a big disappointment for me also...
I've chosen to stay at the Madison last year because the room looked nice on their website. You can imagine my disappointment upon my arrival! The rooms are so tiny, old with stained carpets. I had to change my rooms 3 times! The staff is friendly enough, maybe because I speak French? If the room rates are lower, I may reconsider staying there again, more for the location.
Madison Hotel - Such a disappointment
I visit Paris every February, and based on Trip Advisor reviews, I was hopeful that I would find the perfect 3-star 6th Arrondissement hotel in the Madison. Not this time; not this hotel! Being a "single" I was given an extremely small room (even by Paris standards) opening on to an air shaft. I could not even tell what the weather was outside. Furthermore, when I needed assistance in contacting a credit card company, I was lectured by the staff that they did not know how to contact the company (VISA!); did not know how to reach an international operator so that I could place a collect call and that I should have known to bring all this information with me from the USA. Adding this inconsiderate treatment to the disappointment of the hotel room, I checked out the next morning and moved to a nearby 2 star hotel where I was given a lovely, clean, far larger room with a view overlooking the Church of St. Sulpice. The only amenity it did not have was a mini-bar. And yes, they were immediately able to put me in touch with an international operator so that I could call VISA. After years of traveling in Europe, I learned a valuable lesson ... sometimes it's better to book the best room in a 2 star hotel than the least expensive room in a highly touted 3 star hotel. I certainly will not return to or recommend the Madison to my friends. By chance, I've found a wonderful 2-star hotel in the 6th arrondissement that I plan to return to next year.
Beautiful hotel that is centraly located that provides a wonderful Paris flavor
Had the opportunity to stay at this wonderful small but exquisite boutique hotel thats sits right off of Blvd. Saint Germain. After conducting extensive research for my first travels to Paris this is the hotel that met my personal criteria. Metro at the hotel door steps which made traveling very easy for business. Approx. 35 minute commute to La Defense. The staff was very informative and spoke very good english. Rooms were nice and very quiet. Walking distance to the Louve & Notre Dame. You really get the opportunity to experience Paris culutre, living, music, shopping, and dining. If you are considering Paris for the first time or a follow up visit, please give this hotel a try. Stephanie (hotel manager) and Alex (conceirge) will go out of there way to make you feel comfortable.
A liittle charmer
We stayed at Le Madison the first week of October 2003. We were meeting friends who were driving in from elsewhere. Both of our rooms were of a really nice size. We asked for a room on the front with a view of St.
Germain de Pres, and requested a courtyard side for our friends, our room was larger and lighter, and with the heavy insulated windows, no disturbance from the street noise. Our morning coffee always arrived exactly when requested, and the little lobby bar was very accommodating.
My husband and I have stayed in the Hotel Madison twice and each time found it to be an excellent hotel in every way. Location is the best, breakfasts wonderful, professional staff.
This is it.
This hotel is a gem! The location, the decor, the ambiance and especially the friendly, courteous and personal attention from the staff. Weary from a long trip, the Madison offered a warm, cozy retreat in the heart of the vibrant St. Germain area. I no longer have to search for the perfect hotel in Paris. This is it.
Fantastic Hotel & Location
This hotel is wonderful. Great location, close to shopping district, fantastic cafes and a short walk to the Seine, and the Museum D'Orsay. The staff is extremely helpful and friendly. Their breakfast is superb. The rooms are lovely with wonderful bathrooms. I would highly recommend. We will definitely stay there again on our next visit to Paris.
Only place to stay for me in Paris
This is the best place to stay in Paris. I enjoy the left bank much more than the right bank. This is a beautiful hotel that is reasonably priced. The staff is very accommodating and the breakfast is fantastic. I would not stay anywhere else.
I love this hotel primarily because of it's location. The breakfasts are large and included in the price of the room. The rooms are large and very clean and the view can not be beat. I wouldn't stay anywhere else in Paris.