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... and Tori tried her hand at gambling for the first time. She lost about a Euro. Tori was still not feeling well, so we had a pizza by the marina and headed back to Nice. The sunset over the Mediterranean was beautiful. We snuck into first class seats on the train to Marseille and spent the night in the Marseille airport.
Friday, we caught our 6am flight back to Zadar and crashed in our beds for most of the day.
Peter and I had woken up to a wet day of 17 degrees and what does one do? Go shopping. We each bought a scarf and two pairs of Chinos at the other Lafayette. We had lunch at a nearby Cafe and the baguettes, coffee and strawberry tarts were delicious. We walked through the lovely Luxenburg gardens and visited The Pantheon which was constructed as a memorial. The Panthéon (from Greek meaning "Every god") is a building in the Latin ...
... lived up to the hype. We each got a single cone, Apricot for Olivia, Pear for Katie, salted caramel for Hazel (our serious sweet tooth) and wild strawberry for Zoe and I. I can only speak for myself but the wild strawberry was probably the best ice cream I have ever had...and I am not really even a strawberry ice cream fan!!
We wandered back towards the Marais with our ice creams and stopped in a small church square to listen to a man ...
Today is Tuesday, July 16th. After a 4 hour flight landed in De Gaulle Airport, where we were greeted by policemen checking our passports! Duh! It was a Snowden search for sure. We then retrieved our bags in a few minutes and arrived at our hotel in less than an hour. Our room, although small, had a lovely terrace overlooking the Eiffel Tower! ...
... so we might have gotten a bit lost). The Cluny houses a particularly famous tapestry--the Lady and the Unicorn, and I vowed to see her before we rushed out w/ our tickets. Cluny is also home to the decapitated stone heads that once adorned Notre Dame 's facade. The Kings of Judah heads were mistaken by revolutionaries in the late 1700'S for French kings and defaced, decapitated and separated from the building. The heads were buried in a back ...
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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.