Hotel de Fleurie
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The weather forecast for our last two days in Paris called for some rain, so we purposely planned these as our indoor sightseeing days. Terry and Sandra didn't join us, but Sherry and I made this our day trip to Versailles, a 35 minute train ride away. We got our train tickets at the nearby RER station and had to make sure we got on the right train going in the right direction by asking a local. The train numbering system wasn't easily decipherable.
Upon getting ...
... so I would be ready for the public transport. After a few more free coffees our high speed train pulled into the Paris station exactly on time and we made our way to the metro just below. It was way to find our train and we would be at the apartment soon enough. During the ride a musician came onto the train and started playing an instrument I couldn't identify. But it was completely portable and the passengers would give him money. Outside the station at our stop it ...
... but took the time to appreciate the building. By this stage our friend Tom had to catch a train back to the UK so we bailed out for a quick few drinks prior to saying goodbye.
The day was far from over, as we were invited to have dinner with Cat's cousin on the other side of the city. It was great seeing Cat catch up with a cousin she hasn't seen in a long time.
After a nice meal and a few glasses of wine we said our goodbyes and went home for some much needed rest.
... a photo of this as all the camera batteries were flat and my humans are totally unreliable when it comes to remembering to recharge their batteries.
As for the cave operators they obviously made enough money through the summer because quite a lot of other tourists turned up to visit during the time we were here and all went away disappointed.
A tiny little castle ruin that we came across is Kozi Castle. It was only about 1000sqm and surrounded by a deep ...
... The estate is over 2000 acres. We also visited the Grand Trianon and the Marie Antoinette estate. Both larger and more impressive than anything we've seen (except maybe when Jeane saw the Hilbert estate). Interesting trip back. Bought new train tickets and visited with a nice young couple from Seoul South Korea. Picked up a quick bite from the Flunch and went back to the room. Getting ready for tomorrow and another event filled day! Au revoir! Gigi & ...
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The centralized location of the hotel on St. Germain Blvd. and proximity to a major metro stop overshadowed any negative aspects of the quality of the hotel, which were few. The staff is friendly & helpful and our room, altough a little small, was charming, clean and perfectly adequate for the amount of time we stayed in the room. The best part is the unbelievable Gerard Mulot pattissier is right around the corner. Skip the continental breakfast in the hotel, unless you have to sit down at a small table in a windowless quiet room, and have walk to Mulot and have a wonderful cafe creme (best coffee we had anywhere) and a warm pastry...etherial.
The rooms were so unbelieveably drab that coming home at the end of the day was depressing. I would never consider staying there again.The location however, is excellent.
Great Location....Friendly Staff.... Very clean rooms.
We spent four (4) nights at the Hotel de Fleurie in early October 2003.
While the rooms may have been somewhat smaller than we are use to here in the US they were very clean, well appointed and the loaction was great. Easy walk to Louvre, Notre-Dame, Orsay, Luxembourg, Pantheon, and St Germain des Pres..... plus lots of great restaurants and cafe's... markets and shopping all close by. The staff was very friendly and spoke great English and were extremely tolerant to the four of us... now of whom spoke much French. When we make our next trip to Paris we will stay at the de Fleurie!
Few problems at the Fleurie
best thing about the hotel is it's loaction in St Germain. There are a lot great restaurants and bistros to choose from, and the Odeon metro is 2 minutes away and enables easy connections to all the sight seeing attractions. Rooms are small although they are quiet. Overall OK for a Hotel charging 150 per night
Praise for the Fleurie
We stayed in the 6th floor room at the Fleurie which is mentioned by the Toronto writer, and we loved it and thought it full of atmosphere.
This goes to show, chacun a son gout. This hotel is clean, pretty tiles in the bathroom (which was rther small), nice staff, and fabulous location. Didn't mind the elevator to 5th and then climb to the 6th routine, the view over the rooftops was well worth it. Never ate breakfast at the hotel, Gerard Mulot is around the corner on rue Seine, one of the best bakeries in Paris.
Even after calling Francine in reservations to state that we would be 24 hours late due to hurricane Isabel they sold the room out from under us. The best they could do was a substitute hotel with a view of a cinder block wall five feet from the window. Try the Saint-James & Albany for class treatment
Good value, ideal location
We recently stayed at the Fleurie. It was our 12th trip to Paris, and each time we have stayed somewhere different. The Fleurie has a wonderful location--one of the best we have ever had.
The standard rooms are really small, and we would upgrade if we stayed there another time. There was lots of storage space. The bathroom was small, and the shower stall was a bit difficult to use. The staff were friendly and helpful.
We were given a room on the sixth floor. The elevator only goes to the fifth, and there is a narrow stairway to the two rooms on the sixth.
They have sloping ceilings and felt quite claustrophobic. We asked to be moved, and there was no problem.
We only had breakfast twice, and it did seem expensive. We walked to Paul, a famous bakery/pastry shop on Rue du Seine, and had a wonderful breakfast for much less.
My husband and I have stayed at the Hotel de Fleurie numerous times and are delighted with each visit. The staff is very accommodating in English. The location is withing walking distance to many of the main attractions of Paris......Notre Dame, Luxumbourg Garden, Louve, Champs Elysses. It is 1/2 block from fabulous restaurants and shopping.
We suggest requesting a room facing inside as opposed to street side for quiet. The rooms are small, but nice with marble baths.
The subway is just a couple blocks. The rates are excellent for the St.
We have a travel agency and always recommend this hotel to clients who want to be centrally located.
Elizabeth and Van
We stayed at this hotel last week, and loved it! We were two families (with 5 kids altogether). We used a combination of the en famille suites and deluxe doubles. The suites contain two rooms, each with a bath, with a very small entryway between them--so you could close the outer door, leave the inner ones open to join the two rooms in a suite.
While the rooms weren't large, they were quite comfortable. The deluxe double was very spacious and elegant, with a king-sized bed (awesome mattress!) and room for a roll-away to accommodate a child with his/her parents. All the rooms were lovely. The hotel is small, so the kids were comfortable moving between all the rooms (we had rooms on two floors, and on one floor, at two ends of the floor--but the hotel is so small that this was no problem at all--there are only 5 or 6 rooms on a floor). Our only difficulty was in the partial shower enclosures--often hard to take showers (especially for kids) without drenching the bathroom--but that's Europe.
There is an internet connection (charged separately) in the sitting room for folks who can't bear not to check their e-mail. The air conditioning system was great, a big plus on the 90 degree plus days we had. The staff was friendly and helpful, and made us feel quite welcome.
The hotel is incredibly convenient in St. Germain de Pres--we walked most places. But that also means it's in a busy neighborhood, so you can hear some street noise (including the restaurant next door) sometimes. Didn't bother us, especially when the heavy drapes were drawn at night, but it's probably not ideal for someone who is very sensitive to noise.
We would definitely hope to stay here on a return trip to Paris.
Small but very charming and great location
Our family of four spent two two-night stays here in July 2002, with a week in between for travel in the South of France. We had two separate rooms the first stay, and an adjoining "chambre familiare" the second. Rooms and bathrooms are very small -typical for the Left Bank - but comfortable and well-priced. The staff were very helpful: we left luggage there without a problem between our stays, and any request was handled promptly and efficiently.
Great location a block from St. Germain des Pres, in the heart of the Left Bank, minutes from great bistros, Notre Dame, Montparnasse, etc. Don't miss Gerard Mulot, a world-class patisserie/chocolatier/boulangerie just around the corner.
Hotel is rated 3 stars: friends stayed at a nearby 4-star place that was no better -- and quite a bit more costly -- than the Hotel de Fleurie.
We would stay there again without a moment's hesitation.