Travel Blogs from Paris
... day in Paris and just a little too warm to be comfortable in a jacket so I stopped at a tourist shop a couple of doors down and bought a T with "Paris France" on it (just in case I forget where I am, though this may backfire once I get to Bordeaux).
Wandered back through the cobbled streets of Pigalle past cute cafes and bars to the park at the base of Sacre Coeur. The only thing I don’t like about Montmartre are all the hills so I caught the ...
... would cost around 600,000+ Euros ($800K) to purchase.
Re: The Notre Dame - It felt very strange being a part of the hundreds of gawking tourists literally walking around an actual Catholic church service in progress. I can't imagine Grandmere would approve.
Re: The Nighttime Boat Cruise - Tres romantique. What could be better than a cool breeze on a hot night with a glass of wine looking at a beautiful city with the one you love.
Re: La ...
... in 475, but a larger church was rebuilt there in the 7th century under the instruction of Dagobert I, king of the Franks. However, the church that stands today is one renovated by the famous Abbot Suger, and it was Suger's rennovation that remade the church into what many consider to be the first truly Gothic cathedral.
The cathedral became famous as the burial place of French kings. The tombs of many Frenchkings and royalty — including ...
... as it turned out in the rain as well). When we couldn't see anyone we recognise we began to have suspicions that we were in the wrong place (with no money, tickets or phone). Then Louise remembered that there was an inverted pyramid inside the Louvre. We backtracked and thankfully were found by Chantal our lovely tour guide (three cheers). Who gets lost before getting into the Louvre?
So after that hiccup off we went at a cracking pace: Mona ...
... a ride on that. We stopped only to eat, which we did in the Latin Quarter (twice!) for amazing food, as well as some cafes along the way.
Again there was a party going on in our bedroom, which led to a late night. Unfortunate for us we had planned an early morning the next morning, so went another night without much sleep.
On Saturday morning we took the train to Versailles, about half an hour outside of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Minerve Hotel Paris
Ew. The staff ruined it for me.
I stayed there and found the hotel itself to be quite modern. However, the arrogant fat bald man at the front desk was totally unwilling to be helpful and seemed to take pleasure in leaving us stranded. I would have thought it was only us, but there were other guests complaining as well. When I went next door to the Familia to complain--since they have the same owner--they were very quick to distance themselves from the Minerve and made it clear they had different management.
Great value, location, staff
I have stayed at the Minerve on several occasions, including once with my graduate class of 20 students for 2 weeks, and found it peaceful, well located and friendly. While some rooms are small, even they have a certain charm. Wish they would give more variety for breakfast.
This is a wonderful, family-run property. Very gracious to US tourists.
We stay here each time we are in Paris.
Very pleased with this hotel. You can walk to many attractions on both banks and Metro and bus access is first rate. Rooms are small and more expensive rooms on the street side (with balconies) are much nicer (and more costly) than those opening onto air shafts in back. Midlle rooms on the fifth floor in front had tiny showers only while corner rooms had a bath at the same price. I certainly would go back.
We loved this hotel. We travelled with our three year old son. They were very accomadating and kind. They even let us keep some outlet adapters for the rest of our trip. The rooms were small but clean and cute, and the tiny balconies were nice, and with a nice view. We enjoy the noises of the city and often kept our balcony doors open. Across the street is a cute patisserie with the sweetest lady and tiny dog that work there. Also the pastries at breakfast were delicious be forewarned though... you don't have to pay for or eat breakfast so make sure you don't if you don't want it.
Overall, we had a good experience. The rooms were very small (by American standards), but were generally clean. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful when asked for restaurant and site seeing recommendations. A metro stop was about 2 blocks away. We never ate at the hotel, as there were small pastry and sandwich shops right across the street. Latin Quarter location is always great.
Even with e-mail confirmation in hand, hotel botched reservation. The most unhelpful and rudest hotel staff I've ever encountered. Customer service is a unheard of term here. Did nothing to accomadate us. Many better hotels to stay at in the Latin Quarter than this palce
Don't stay here!
Be warned- I had 80 Euro stolen from my (miniscule) hotel room here. I had put it aside so that I would be able to pay my hotel bill, and when I went to pay at the reception it was gone. The receptionist was very unsympathetic, and I could understand it might have looked like a scam, but it was a horrible way to end what had been a fantastic stay in Paris.
Beware of Hotel Minerve!
We stayed at Hotel Minerve for 5 nights and found the hotel to be quite clean, safe and cozy. The only problem however, was the fact that we had clothing stolen from our room! Someone in Paris is walking around in my favourite blue top...which makes you wonder about the quality of the staff working at this otherwise recommendable establishment.
I highly recommend this charming hotel. Minerve Hotel is beautiful. It is located about four blocks from the Notre Dame in the Latin Quarter. The medium sized rooms are beautifully decorated and very clean. It was recently refurbished and so everything is new, even the bathrooms! Service was very friendly and extremely accomodating. They are very helpful in giving advice on how to see Paris with limited time. Some rooms have balconies (with a view of the Notre Dame) and some have small private court yards. If you want a room with a balcony ask for one on the 5th floor, they're larger and have tables on them. Price is comparable to other hotels in the area. Metro is nearby.