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Everyone watches everyone in Paris; it’s a favorite and free activity. It’s interesting because there are people here from so many places. Everywhere you go, people look at you, furtively or openly to see what you’re wearing and how, they check your hairstyle, and shoes, and carriage, to try to guess your national origin. They listen for what languages are spoken and with what accents. So we often overhear people talk about ...
... for the line to get shorter. By 8pm it was longer than ever so we decided to get a coffee and come back at 10... Hopefully by this time it would have reduced. We drank a coffee and chatted and chatted until it was almost 9.30pm so we went back to Burger King and thought that we might just stick it out in the line. However when we arrived. It was closed!!!!! We missed out. Sigh!!! I can't believe we missed it hahaha we both had a good laugh about it. I thought Paul might ...
... It was a perfect cool kinda rainy day with spots of sun peaking through now and then. Unfortunately my feet were killing me from walking the day before at the Tour Eiffel and earlier that same day at the Musée d'Orsay, otherwise I would have enjoyed our search a little more. First we went looking for Jim Morrison's grave, which we found surrounded by tons of people, and the grave was covered with flowers and pictures. Next ...
... was transformed into what felt, on our fourth museum day in Paris, rather like a graphic novel of the history of art, where Picasso and Manet and the classic academic nudes showed up flat, bright, and strange. Mitch had been trying to explain postmodernism to Em earlier in the day, and the Lichtenstein exhibit painted that picture in stark, clear, primary colors. We couldn't have designed a better crash course in the ...
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TravelPod Member ReviewsVilla Beaumarchais Paris
Be sure you understand how to cut on the hallway lights. This is a wonderful energy saver we see in Europe but not the US.
You can get a glass of wine. The selection is very limited and you will need to ask at the desk.
Clean. Nice location. Wonderfully friendly and helpful staff.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TravelPod member and not of TravelPod.com.
Historical Traveler Reviews Villa Beaumarchais Paris
I was warned by strangers that people check in and immediately checkout which is exactly what we did.
Hotels. (which i will never use again) offered a half price rate on this "4star" hotel --- from 700 usd an night to 350. who are they kidding? this place is so gloomy and depressing. the windows all face each other (courtyard view! ha!) we asked to see another room because ours smelled moldy. They showed us the exact one one floor up with the same view. Nothing faces the street. I came to see paris, not the other tourists across the way!
When we checked out early, hotels. refused to refund our money. We didnt care. We found another place REALLY in the marais (this one is on the fringe) and were thrilled to be out of that dump!
Overpriced and past its sell by date!
For the price - even a reduced 220 euros - there are far better Hotels in the Marais. The rooms are small, dark and shabby, service is inconsistent due to boredom of the staff and the food, especially the breakfast is of a very poor standard. This hotel shows it is part of a large chain of mediocre hotels.
This was my first trip to Paris and I couldn't have chosen a better hotel. The lobby was exquisite. Very large with a sitting room and fireplace, and downstairs with a cafe and bar. Our room was a junior suite, which was enormous for 3 people especially in Europe. The shower and tub in the bathroom made it possible for us to get ready for the day very quickly and the heated towel rack was a delight like I have never experienced before. The staff was incredibly helpful and friendly and the buffet breakfast was delicious and plentiful.
My wife and I stayed here just before Christmas on our first visit to Paris. We liked the location (close walk in between two metro stops).
stayed hear and was very dissapointed, bedroom was gloomy hot and dark, the staff were unpleasant as though they were doing us a vavour letting us stay....and its not cheap...have found several hotels in the Marais area since which are cheaper and a lot more plush with great service
I have to say I was disappointed with this hotel. The room was very small and very hot and this was in November with the air conditioning (?) set at its lowest. I complained about this but was told that it was working normally and the hotel was full so i couldnt change rooms. The price i paid was an offer price - had i paid the rack rate of approx 360 euros I would certainly have checked out and stayed elsewhere. The bed was also past its best (and i doubt if its best was ever particularly good) Room service and mini bar prices were comparable with a 4 star luxe hotel in paris and the restaurant was closed at 9.30pm on the sunday night which is surprising given that the hotel was (alledgedly) full.
We spent a couple of nights at this hotel in November 2003 and we would certainly make a return visit. The hotel was stylish yet unpretentious and the rooms though slightly small, were tastefully furnished and very comfortable. A nice feature was the design of the building, which meant that all the rooms overlooked the tropical garden courtyard.
Without doubt one of the highlights of our stay was the delicious breakfast. As vegetarians we were very pleased with the selection offered and the scrambled eggs were cooked to perfection!
The hotel was in a great location - just off a main road with plenty of shops and restaurants nearby. It was only a short walk to the nearest Metro station.
We stayed at the Villa Beaumarchais in September 2003 and were quite satisfied. We were anxious to find a nice, clean, charming hotel while a true luxury hotel was out of our price range ($350 +). The hotel is charming and well located, the rooms were clean (and I am quite picky about clean) and the staff was polite. I would not call it a five star hotel as one reviewer did although it did seem like a 4 star establishment. Nor was the buffet as phenomenal as described in the previous review but it was certainly good. For the price we paid (approx $280 US a night with tax for the basic room) it seemed like a reasonably good deal for Paris in September. The room was quite small although I wasnt bothered by the size. The mattress was visibly sagging, but the bed was oddly comfortable and like I said, I am quite picky. The room was slightly wornit could have used a new carpet, but it wasnt dingy. The bathroom was comfortable and the shower not too European but the lighting in the bathroom was very bad. It was hard to put on makeup so I used a hand mirror and sat near the window. (Again, not a huge deal). The hotel is on a nice quiet street and our room faced a courtyard, so there was no traffic noise at all. (I cant imagine any of the rooms would be plagued by noise). The Marais is a great neighborhood--not absurdly touristy, but sufficiently central. For the price we paid, I would definitely recommend this hotel. By the way, there was no alarm clock, so bring your own if you would like a backup to the wake-up call.
Hidden Hotel is a Welcome Oasis
The Villa Beaumarchais was an absolutely fabulous accommodation in a cute little corner of Paris. It was our first visit to Europe, but certainly not our last. The rooms in the hotel are brightly decorated with upscale antique furnishings in excellent condition. The hotel is 5 stars all the way - the common areas are comfortable and pleasant, perfect for an evening drink after walking around the city all day. The hotel location is perfect, about a 15 minute walk to the Siene. Finally, the buffet breakfast each morning (included in room rate) was *to die for*! Without a doubt, the best food we had on our entire 4 week trek through England and France. Enjoy this incredible find!
Very pleasant, well appointed
A very nice place to stay, very reasonable. It is a small hotel and the rooms that I stayed in were small, but had everything necessary. The furniture was classy, tasteful and clean. The bathroom was very nice tile, the color of mango sorbet.
Laundry service was available, though a touch pricey.
Food was GREAT! The full buffet breakfast was something to look forward to every day. Plenty of eggs, sausage, fruit salad, stewed prunes, yogurt, coffee, etc. This is served in a pleasant breakfast room with skylights and beautiful Romanesque tiling.
The Marais is a lovely neighborhood--formerly a largely Jewish quarter and now blessed with Gay & Lesbian (LGBT) residents and visitors.