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We liked Paris, but were not that impressed with the Parisans. They almost seem to have a 'l'll
put up with you attitude. Once or twice when we asked about dinner menus and prices, you would be given a quick answer and then they would walk away. when we queued at the d'Orsay
the locals got fist entry then ...
... demands a "donation" for finding it. Fortunately, we caught on and sent him packing.
After that brief interruption, we made our way to the Arc and rode the elevator to the viewing platform on top, which offers impressive views of Paris and its many monuments. This mammoth structure, which is covered with inscriptions and sculptural details memorializing French military glories, includes the tomb of an unknown French soldier ...
... walked to a main corner to pull out the map so we could attempt to navigate our way there.
A French man asked if this girl could see our map and then offered to take us to the cafe. I walked next to him and we were in constant conversation. He lived in Paris 100 days per year, spent his summers in the South of France on the beach, and traveled to the US for work the rest of the time. He had to have been a millionaire but he was so kind and wanted to tell us ...
... We saw some people dancing to folk music and we saw a man doing some comedy, and every time he asked a question a dog in the audience barked, as if it was saying " yes, I do" . It was really funny. Then we were walking down the hill and we came across two old lady's about seventy who were singing opera and being funny. Then we walked down the hill to the town where the train station was. Mum had said that we could go back to a shop we saw ...
... tower before jumping the bus and heading back to the apartment and a later dinner at the cafe under our apartment. We finished dinner around 9 and strolled across the road to the Pont de Neurf bridge to watch the last of the day and the watch the Eiffel Tower light up the night sky. After a great day and some over indulgence we are looking forward to a run tomorrow to run off the croissants and ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Prince Hotel Paris
Love this hotel
My sister & I have had the pleasure of staying in this hotel on 6 occasions over the last 6 years. We love it for the friendliness of the staff; the very comfortable beds, and the lovely Juliette balconies overlooking the Avenue Bosquet. Also I must confess that the generous breakfast adds to our enjoyment! The hotel is in a fabulous area of Paris, just a short stroll from the Eiffel Tower, & great for access to all forms of transport, whether it is bus, metro or boat. There are plenty of bistros & cafes in easy reach. In short, Hotel Prince has everything you could wish for in a 2 star hotel.
Tiny bathroom & stingy on croissant
I have no complaints regarding the size of our room since I expect hotel rooms in Paris to be small anyway, & the location is great, safe & convenient. But here are my issues: The bathroom is really clean (tiles looks new & sparkling) but it's so small that we can't close the door when we're on sitting on the throne. The toilet bowl faces the door, so we either have to sit sideways or spread our leg in order to close the door; Housekeeper sometimes forget to lock the door when they're done cleaning the room, so we had returned to unlock hotel room twice. We had mentioned this to the front desk person, but really, the only thing you can do is place your valuables in the hotel safe & lock up your things before you go out for the day; Breakfast buffet is served in a room located in the basement, so having no windows make it feel like eating in a ... closet. Also, it's not really a buffet since for some unknown reason, they limit the number of croissant to 1 per person.
Great location, shabby hotel
I stayed at the Prince hotel for 4 nights with my two daughters. I was terribly disappointed with the hotel after reading other reviews. Our room was small and very shabby. The hallways were dark and pretty depressing. I don't know how to compare it to other Paris hotels, since it was my first stay in Paris, but I would definitely recommend paying a little more for a nicer place. On the positive side, the location was excellent, Rue Clare is a wonderful street full of darling shops, bakeries, etc. The hotel is very close to the metro which is very convenient. Joseph, at the desk in the evenings was very nice and helpful.
Not that great. A little shabby. Overrated.
I stayed at the 2-star Hotel Prince in Paris recently based on the comments on Tripadvisor, only to find the room to be disappointingly overrated. The location is the only good thing about it. The property is in a very safe neighborhood just across the street from the Ecole Militaire Metro, with at least 5 to 6 bus lines in the area. The exterior of the hotel looks pretty cozy. But the room was a little shabby with very worn furnishing. The worst part was the bathroom, which needed updating yesterday. The bathroom ceiling was seriously moldy (huge dirty brown spots). The shower-only was just a small square with no room to move around in. The shower curtain was falling apart and didn't completely cover the shower which meant wet floor after you use the shower. Bathroom floor-towel/mat was not changed everyday, neither were the bedsheets. The room and the lobby were not as charming as the photos on their website. The hotel in general is dark and worn, even a little depressing. The room rates may seem reasonably cheap, but do yourself a favor and spend a little more money on a nicer 3-star hotel. Unless, all you care is the location and don't mind the slightly shabby accomodation. The staff is polite enough, but it doesn't make up for the depressingly outdated property.
My girlfriend and I just returned from Paris, spending 5 nights at the Hotel Prince. I echo all of the previous posts. The staff was extremely helpful. The room was immaculate. Okay, in a 2 star hotel furniture may be a little worn, but it was tasteful. The mattress on the double bed was very good. This is from the perspective of a 53 year old man. The hotel has a small, I repeat small, but helpful elevator after a long day of walking. We actually had to make 2 trips with our luggage. We couldn't fit 2 people and luggage on the elevator.
We rented a superior room. The bathroom was big, including an oversized bath tub, hair dryer and heated towel rack, a nice touch this time of year. The bedroom was large enough for a small table and 2 chairs on one side and a table on the other. The closet was large enough to hold all our hanging clothes and coats. There was a small TV. We got CNN World News and BBC news in English, not that you will spend time in Paris watching TV, I hope.
I asked to look at a standard double room and the main difference was the bathroom. The bedroom and closet were about the same size as the superior. The bathroom had only a small shower, no tub and was pretty compact.
All the rooms have air conditioning. So, even if you are on the street side you can keep out the noise. With the windows closed the hotel was very quiet. The location is fantastic. The metro station is just around the corner and there are tons of good restaurants, shops and even grocery stores in the immediate area.
This hotel provides an excellent value.
i just got back from 8 nites at the prince hotel.
it was amazing, the location is great, we were of walking distance to many attractions and if we weren't the bus and metro were across the street. the staff was great, one of the men in the front reception joseph was a sweetheart, always made sure we were safe and cautious. Just so nice to speak to. the rooms were comfty and the shower was great and spacious. no complaints at all. i will most defineltly go back there. the food in the morning was alright, just have a croissant and coffee and your all good. i loved it there, thank you to all who work there.:) tina- 203
Great staff and location, average accommodations
Just got back from a trip to France where I stayed my last five nights at the Hotel Prince. I had a single room off the street. It was a very small room, but since it was just me, it was fine. I was very glad they had air conditioning so I could keep my windows closed to keep out the noise from other hotel rooms which were within spitting distance of my window.
The staff were very nice and the main gentleman who runs the place speaks perfect english. They even let me keep my large suitcase with them for a couple days while I went off to see Normandy with just my daypack. I never had breakfast there, so can't speak to that. My only complaint might be the slightly worn furnishings and the small bathroom which lacked any kind of shelf at all.
This hotel is incredible
This 5 star hotel which is situated in the middle of world class city which is Kuala lumpur is incredible and awesome..... I stay at their apartment before came back to US... The staff is friendly and love to explain... but there still some staff(1 staff)that is so bad... The room is so eficient and comfortable with exclusive bedroom.... A lot of accomodation and it is modern argilature... The food is A O K..I like the malay food... It is perfect to everybody and I think this company should build another hotel in Malaysia because Im going to visit Pangkor next two year....
A surprise Two-Star value
My girlfriend and I found this two-star hotel via the internet and chose it merely because of the affordable two-star price and its proximity to the Eiffel tower and Rue Cler markets. When we called two months ahead to make a reservation everything seemed fine. We even got a confirmation via email but when we arrived on July 6 they didn't have a booking for us at all, even though we could produce an email confirmation. They were very apologetic and found us a replacement room after a 20 min delay. It happened to be a top floor suite, a serious upgrade from the room we booked! I found the mattress was too old for comfort during a 4-night stay and not the queen size they promised. The decoration was dull (the headboard was falling apart), the TV was tiny and so was the room but the brand new bathroom was breathtaking. It was large, immaculate, well appointed (although no shower curtain provided for the spacious tub which had a hand held shower head.) It opened out into the central court space via a tiny balcony. From here we had a view of the top half of the Eiffel Tower but peering over the balcony to suites below revealed a tremendous lack of privacy for bathrooms in lower floors. The main street-side balcony was actually a "Juliet Balcony", simply a railing to lean over once you opened the door onto busy Avenue Bosquet. Having the doors open on both balconies during the day allowed for much needed circulation during our daytime jetlag recovery naps during which the summer sun raised the room temperature quite a bit. The traffic subsided in the evenings and all seemed quiet until the popular brassierie with sidewalk patio across the street started filling up around 11 P.M. This didn't bother us as we were usually catching a late night drink or meal there after a day of romping around Paris. I would totally recommend this hotel to others if you are travelling on a tight budget. They were polite at the front desk even if we spoke horrible French and despite the mix up at the beginning they were quite helpful. There is someone at the desk 24 hours to buzz you in the front door if you are out late for the last 2 A.M. sparkle-show at the Eiffel Tower only a few blocks away. Taking breakfast in any form or fashion at Rue Cler is not to be missed!
Good Location, Nice Staff and Basic Two Star accomodations
This is what I expected for a two star hotel located within a very short walk of the Eiffel Tower. This hotel is also located at the Ecole Militaire Metro stop. The front desk staff speaks English, but we always used some French as curtesy. The room was small, so much that that 3 twin beds were essentially pushed together. Sheets were spotless and carpet in good condition, overall felt clean. Bath was larger, clean and relatively modern. No shower curtain, had hand held shower head and this is pretty much typical. We were able to open the window and enjoy the unusual warm days in March. Two good brassieries across the street and other restaurants on the streeet. Overall, this place is a two star with some wear and tear in the decor, but would recommend as acceptable for a small more typical french hotel. Triple was priced at 115 euros, March 2004.