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... paddles and balls. I wonder if the double as a place to sleep at night for the numerous vagrants I see on the streets. Old men playing boules, and using a magnet on a string to pick up the steel balls instead of having to bend over. Kids running around in the park as Au Paires watch over them from the benches
Cafés that seem to only sell beer and cigarettes, because that's all people consume there. They are crammed around the tiny footpath tables in a haze ...
... our tickets online in advance, but we still had to wait in line for an hour to get in. It was frustrating, but the palace--especially the gardens--was well worth the wait. Versailles is rightfully as famous and glorified as it is, though I found that the crowds detracted significantly from the experience inside the palace. It was occasionally hard for me to appreciate the size and splendor of some of the rooms when I couldn't see anything other than the ...
... She made 5 Euro in ten minutes. Talk about a tax free income.
Loading furniture into a 4th floor apartment, through the window.
The facades on the buildings in the tourist parts of town have been screened and painted to display what was there / will be there when things are complete.
Scooters everywhere, going flat out between the lights. I know we haven't been to Asia yet but these ...
... suitcase.. That's 2 out of 4 now. We caught a taxi to our hostel, at this tine it was 11pm, we checked in and then met up with a group of people from our old tour as they were at the same hostel that night. We just chilled with a few of them for majority of the night until about 4am before going to bed. I met one girl, Emily from our new tour as I went to bed, as she was in my room and also going to bed at the same ...
... Jason could understand a decent amount. As expected, the Mona Lisa was rammed with people so we fought through about a third of them to sneak a peak at the most famous painting in the world, which, just as everyone says, isn't very big! I thought about attempting to get right up the front but it was really quite ferocious so made do with some brilliant zoom and a closer glimpse from the side. I know she was really just looking at me though. Poor Mona, I think the room she was ...
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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.