Travel Blogs from Paris
"Paris is always a good idea."
- Audrey Hepburn
So it appears as though my time in London has come to an end. I really can't even believe that I'm writing this post from Paris of all places. What felt like an eternity a few months ago had turned out to be a blink of an eye. It's funny to say this, but my last few days in London were somewhat nostalgic. Walking around in Fitzrovia, taking the tube, and bumping into rude Londoners are all ...
... disappointing but with all the moving around - I can see why. Bob kept getting his head brushed by their costumes as they walked by - we were that close! I’ve never seen a Vegas show - but Bob said it was just like one and I was not disappointed. We ended up feeling quite safe in the area after all - so we walked back to the hotel. It was about a 10 min. walk and we didn’t have any trouble in route. We stuck to high traffic streets and ...
... Sublime Eiffel is the balcony view! Lastly, we practiced a little more French before going to sleep and adjusting to GMT. After the first day in Paris, We mutually agreed to make an effort to live like locals. How can we fully experience France if we have cameras at our face 24-7? I am shorthanding notes in a small book and taking minimal photos. We are living in the present moment and the lasting memories are worht more than a thousand ...
... As expected we couldn't get into our room so off we set for a full day of sightseeing.
Our first stop was a much needed coffee and pastry in a local patisserie in Montemarte. We weren't disappointed by the coffee, food or ambiance. We knew we had finally arrived in Paris!
While the weather was not our friend, that didn't stop us from discovering the city. First on our list was Sacre Coeur. The view of the city from the steps of the church gave us ...
... The main product is food - fruit, vegetables, meat, fish, but also flowers, herbs, olives, nuts etc and quite fascinating. Later we met a friend of Veronica from Ecole Biblique days. Francois is a very interesting man and having talked, had lunch, talked and talked, we took a stroll to the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. Here in the park we talked some more, strolled through the gardens and then went to a cafe for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Relais Christine Paris
Relais Christine was amazing!
What an amazing place! The hotel was beautiful. An oasis in the middle of the bustling 6th. Close to everything.
The staff was incredible! They spoke English and made us feel very comfortable. All their recommendation for restaurants were outstanding!
We had room #10 and were a little nervous about noise because we were right off the lobby with windows to the courtyard. No noise at all! Very quiet and private. And, our room was huge, especially on European standards.
Well worth the money! We will definitely return!
The Relais Christine was an excellent choice. I was concerned when I booked about the high price and some "not-so-good" reviews from this site. However, the Christine was the best part of our trip to Paris. The staff went out of their way for us in every manner. We originally booked a Deluxe Room. Although the room was beautiful and spacious it did not have a terrace. The staff immediately offered us another room with a terrace at a lower rate. The room itself was smaller but the terrace made up for it. The terrace rooms are the best, giving the feeling as if you are in your own private home. The decor of the public space and guest rooms is elegant and authentic. The luxurious amenities like Molton Brown soaps, thick ropes and slippers, the duvets and pillows, made the stay extra special. Don't miss the Spa: It is ultra-luxurious. The courtyard entrance immediately makes you feel as if you have entered a private retreat. Breakfast in the Breakfast room was a special treat in the morning: again very elegant with a medieval atmosphere. It was an added surprise that breakfast was inlcluded in the rate. Pictures on the hotel's website can not capture its ambiance and beauty. The atmosphere alone at this hotel is worth the trip.
Enjoyed so much, was the best hotel we ever stayed
It is the best hotel on earth. The staff is wonderful and the manager is very charming.
Should you wish to stay in Paris on the left bank this is definitely the place to stay.
My husband and I just came back from a week-long trip to Paris, and the hotel was the biggest disappointment of our trip. For its price (close to $400), I expected something better--not necessarily a larger room but a more decent room. The size was okay but the shape was strange to make our stay at the hotel so uncomfortable. The furniture was so old--not enough space to put things on. I didn't see anything charming about the hotel--so shabby, damp, and dark atmosphere. I don't see anything special about the breakfast room either, it feels like an old prison in my view. The staff are okay--some are nice and some are not so nice. The only positive thing is its location--easy to walk around and many places to eat nearby. For our next trip, we will not stay here again nor will we recommend others to stay at this hotel for its price.
This was our second stay at the Relais Christine and as before found the service impeccable, the rooms charming and a serenity that is hard to find anywhere in the world. Their attention to detail is fine tuned and we found all members of the staff extremely charming from the desk clerks to the bellhops to the maids. The duplex rooms are wonderful with their skylights. Breakfast in the vaulted cellar should not be missed not only for the ambiance, but the food is also superb. We cannot thank the Relais Christine enough for always having a charming stay in Paris. We will definitely be back within the year.
We just returned from a six-night stay at the Relais-Christine and thought it was wonderful! If you are looking for Parisiene charm, this is it. It is expensive but worth a splurge. We had a good-sized room that overlooked the charming stone courtyard - it had 14ft. ceiling with wood beams, two tall double windows that opened and overlooked the courtyard and a wonderfully updated but still charming (and large) bathroom. It was our anniversary and when we arrived there was a bottle of nice champagne chilling on ice with a note. PERFECT location - totally quiet but close to Rue Dauphine, Rue de Buci, the Seine, St. Germain, etc. Staff was always polite and helpful. Breakfast was great - have it delivered to your room! There was plenty of closet space and even a desk and couch. I know some of the rooms are smaller but we upgraded to a deluxe.
For 500 euros a night I expect something special. The entrance courtyard and the breakfast room qualify! Our room, althought it had two levels, was small and hard to find a spot for the luggage. The location we liked, walking distance to Notre Dame, and the beautiful streets of St. Germain.
Te best in St. Germain
My family as well as my brothers family stayed at this hotel for almost a week. they took great care of us and accomodated every request with grace and effeciency. the facilities are the best in the St Germain area. I will be staying there again on our next trip in May.
I just returned from my 3rd visit to Paris in as many years, and have stayed at Relais Christine all 3 times. It is on the Left Bank, 2 short blocks from Pont Neuf, and a perfect centralized spot for walks in any direction. The hotel is a former convent, and our room was wonderful, exposed beams and all. The St. Michel RER and Metro station and the Odeon Metro stations are nearby. We started every morning at Pont Neuf looking east and west along the Seine considering our many options for the day. We at dinner each night at a different neighborhood restaurant where we met locals and fellow visitors and ate a lot of Bresse chicken and drank wonderful wines. While I have considered staying in other hotels and other arrondissements, the ease of access to so much at the base of Pont Neuf always wins out. Relais Christine is one of those 'intimate' Paris hotels, and the staff (especially the concierges) has been there forever and can give you the scoop on everything and everywhere to go; they more than compensate for the lack of an on-site restaurant and bar.
My husband and I just returned from a two day stay at the Relais Christine and we will not stay there again. We have been going to Paris every year or two for fifteen years and are very familiar with Paris Hotels. Service in this hotel needs to improve. A request for an electrical adapter had to be made twice; a reconfirmation of a dinner reservation took 24 hours; I was promised a room (by fax from the hotel) facing the courtyard and was given a room on the third floor in the rear facing other buildings and the water for the shower was barely warm enough for comfort. Moreover, upon arrival we asked for the hotel to arrange for a driver to the airport (as advertised on their website)on Sunday morning. My husband and I were at the front desk as the telephone call was made for the reservation. There was a notation made on our itinerary for confirmation of the driver. Imagine our surprise on Sunday morning when we arrived in the lobby after breakfast to pay the bill and when queried aobut the bill for the driver were told that there was no reservation.