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Day 6 - Checked out of hotel after breakfast and a little shopping, set off for station on the tram for the last time, and wouldnt you know it, the inspectors DO get on from time to time (glad we had validated the ticket !) Found that we had arrived too early(misread the ticket time)- never mind. Boarded the train- again first class- this really is …
... up & head out to the grocery store. I remembered to take a grocery bag with me.
I open the door to the street & see it is pouring rain, glad Jeff gave me his umbrella. I turn right & can see the Moulin Rouge up ahead, how exciting! Seems like a quirky area I am staying in, I know it has the nickname, "The Roaring Twenties" for being popular in the 20's with poor artists/writers, such as Hemingway.
... swords, etc, etc. Neither of us are into history much, let alone military history but this was a most enjoyable time. The lower ground floor was dedicated to the life of Charles de Gaulle including many interactive displays. We had free audio-guides although not all of the exhibits were translated yet.
As it was now 1:30 we stopped in the park behind Hotel des Invalides for lunch. Our baguettes were sardines with salad and roast beef ...
... Went through bag search and metal detector then caught lift directly to second floor as major renovations happening on first floor. Admired the awesome views. Looked at landmarks etc and took photos. We becoming very good at selfies! Caught the lift to third floor. WOW spectacular, then walked up one flight of stairs to top outside viewing platform. Absolutely amazing. So pleased I have now ticked this one off, ...
... I've only had real conversations with 4, so that seems a decent percentage), it seems like a case of so far, so good. I'm officially contactable and payable in this country, which makes me feel pretty cosy, actually.
I did have to make a rather nasty visit to Forum des Halles, the vile (but very useful) shopping centre slap bang in the centre of Paris. It was redeemed in some ways by the rather bizarre exhibition of the work ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Saint-Louis Bastille Paris
We had a nice room here, the staff at the front desk were very friendly and helpful. The room itself was a bit hot - no air conditioning and the night we arrived was unusually hot for so early in the summer. I fear it would be really hot in the height of summer. Another problem is that Bd Richard Lenoir has a street market several times a week - including the morning after our arrival - it was not as noisy as I feared but it still made it impossible to sleep with the window open (as they set up quite early in the morning). So, I would be very tempted to ask for a room at the back. We had breakfast here and found it a bit of a rip-off, not very expensive but also not very good. I would highly recommend going down towards the Bastille and finding a cafe for breakfast - it is usually better value, and since this hotel didn't offer anything special (cereal, yoghurt etc) you won't miss anything and you'll save a few Euros. Also, the excitement of eating in a basement (even if it has stone walls and a vaulted ceiling) tends to wear off quickly - I'd rather watch the world go by. The staff at breakfast were much less cheerful than the front desk guys - ie monosyllabic (at best) and didn't even offer our 3 year old anything for breakfast. They might have at least asked.
Staying in a hotel with a group is perhaps the best test for any hotel. I did so at the Saint Louis Bastille for 6 days with twenty (very civilised) high school students on an art trip. To check out the neighbourhood, which I only knew superficially, I first slept (in the weekend before) at the Best Western Marais Bastille, also on Boul. Richard Lenoir (11nth). The Best Western is much closer to Bastille - at 300 meters - and is not a bad hotel, some hysterical comments on this site notwithstanding. Clean, reasonably spacious rooms, but very businesslike reception. Metro Chemin Vert is close to the hotel, Bastille column visible from your window. It is - by the way - not really in the Marais, just close by.
Lovely clean rooms, but can be a little noisy
My husband and I stayed for 5 days at the end of May 2005, and thoroughly enjoyed the hotel. It wasn't difficult to find and is located near a couple of undergrand stations. The room was perfect and very clean, compared to other hotels we have stayed in in Paris. However, our room was located at the front of the hotel, and some nights were quite noisy, especially the evening before the market (Friday and Tuesday). The market is literally on the doorstep of the hotel - this was a bonus! I would recommend this hotel, even though it was a little noisy.
Great Find. Terrific Location.
My partner and I spent three nights at the Hotel Saint-Louis Bastille at the recommendation of a friend -- obviously a good friend! Accessible, quaint, recently refurbished (a job well done), clean and easy. Located on boulevard Richard Lenoir, it's off the beaten path from the throng of tourists so you get the feeling you're living among Parisians. Great little cafes and patisseries abound as well as a public market in center of boulevard Richard Lenoir. At night, it's very quiet. If you're looking for an affordable hotel where you can relax and sleep after traversing 20 miles a day on the streets of Paris, this is the place. Oberkampf metro station is conveniently nearby. The breakfast room is very cute as well. Loved it!
We all had a great time and the staff could not have been nicer at this hotel, especially with the map printouts for dinner locations. We still would be wandering around the Bastille looking for Bofinger's without the help of the concierge. Our room was so new and clean, and we really liked the location, especially when we took in the "farmer's market" right outside the front door on Tuesdays and Fridays. Breakfast even had chocolate croissants.My wife and daughter look forward to a return trip. One final note: the hotel driver not only got us to CDG in good time, but made sure we got on the right line at American Airlines. I have stayed in a lot of first-class hotels (like the Bristol) but can truly state that the combination of accommodations, service and friendliness at this hotel is hard to beat. Check it out.
The hotel took us a while to find, take a decent map with you before you set off. Its only about 150m from Oberkampf Metro which is very handy. We on the other hand walked up and down Bouleavard Voltaire. Visit their web site, they have an excellent map there.
Much better than the big Hotel Chains
Good Location. Great rate. Rooms clean and well decorated - wife wanted the curtains!
Rooms OK for two - we had a third bed and a cot so it was a little tight. Could be a little noise at night from street noise and no air con meant leaving the window open.
Limited public space and no bar area but there are a few bars and bistro's about just outside. Great market on a Monday.
Staff helpfull and spoke good English.
So much better than the standard business hotel chain I've often stayed in when in Paris!
Would recomend and return back again on Holiday.
I stayed recently at this hotel and will return, hopefully regularly. I travel approximately 70% of the time thru work, most of the time in France. The rooms are clean, calming and of a standard I would expect to (and have paid) double for across France, let alone in Paris.
I spent three days in Paris at the Hotel Saint-Louis Bastille: Dec 29-31,
Lovely small hotel in a fantastic location
I had a delightful stay in this hotel over New Year's, and am currently planning a return trip over the Easter Bank Holiday. The hotel has recently undergone a truly lovely renovation; it's stylish, sensible and comfortable. The staff is friendly, and the service was very gracious. Best of all, the location is superb. Located within easy walking distance of most of the main attractions and shopping areas along Rue St. Antoine, close to the Marais, and nestled in the bustling newly chic area along the canal St. Martin, I found the location quiet, but still very central.