Travel Blogs from Paris
As some have noticed and commented, we stopped updating the blog for several months. Though we were living abroad in Paris, it wasn't exactly vacation, and so the idea of blogging didn't really strike us. After all, most days consisted of our normal daily routines: breakfast and the news, going off to work, coming home and having dinner, doing more work, maybe a bit more news (or the Olympics, or the World Cup). Not ...
Today's plan is to see the Eiffel Tower...the sun was shining making it a perfect day.
We headed off to the Eiffel Tower first, as we didn't have pre booked tickets. The queue at 10:30 am wasn't that bad. Now the decision - go to the top of just the second level? Draz was definitely not going to the top - Isla was a bit iffy...
The second level was pretty high up anyway, too high for Draz and ...
... the metro there, still sketchy during the day time. And there were actually a lot of cops just standing outside the metro making sure nothing bad would happen but that still frightened us. We went into the hostel and argued for our money back and whatnot, took longer than we thought. Got our bags and it was around 8:30 at this point when we got back to the hotel. Because we ended up getting off at the wrong metro stop because a bunch of the lines were closed for some reason so we ...
... traffic into Paris. Took 1 1/2 hours but taxi still only 65 euro so not bad really. After a shower, unpacked and around to KB for our coffee fix. How lucky are we to have THE best coffee place in Paris a mere 5 minutes away. Tim (not Johnston) was there and happy to see us back! Next stop Juveniles for lunch. This is my first stop on every trip but usually dinner. However, as we were going somewhere for my birthday had to make it lunch. Tim Johnston looking ...
... sculpture, pieces of antiquities from the ancient worlds. its all here!
We spent over 4 hrs walking around until worn out. We concentrated on paintings, and ancient Roman statues'
The whole place is overwhelming....we saw a number of major famous paintings and painters.
It would take days to see every section ... WE DID OUR BEST!
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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.
Wonderful Hotel, Excellent Service
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.
The location was wonderful. The Marais was a delightful neighborhood with plenty of shops, restaurants and cafes at our fingertips. Within walking distance to several museums including the Picasso Museum and several Metro stops.
I would definitely recommend this hotel to those with high standards. I would also absolutely return in a heartbeat.
Don't know what the fuzz is about
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).
The staff was reasonably friendly, but then again I like hotel staff who are low key. The room we had on the 2nd floor isn't nearly as small as some made them out to be. The room as well as the rest of the hotel is recently renovated. To be completely fair, the room is a bit dark, but Paris was gloomy overall during the time we were there. The buffet breakfast that was included in the rate had a good selection of pastries, cheeses, fruit, scrambled eggs, and ham. Not a huge spread, but good stuff over all.
BTW, we paid 159Euros per night (booked on Orbitz or Expedia, can't remember). Not cheap considering the weak dollar, but I wouldn't call it overpriced either.
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
Small rooms over priced
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.
The public areas of the hotel are much nicer than the rooms although the hunting theme seems curiously dated.
The hotels situation is good being in the marais and close to several metro stations.
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.