Hotel de la Porte Doree
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TravelPod Member ReviewsStanley-Fisher House Matagorda
I found this little hotel online and was in love with it just from the pictures alone. It's located in the 12th which is about a 20 minute-ish metro ride from the sights, so it's not central but it is right outside the Porte Doree metro stop. This affordable hotel did not disappoint at all. It's very Parisian (or, what my idea of what Parisian is anyway) and the staff are so friendly and helpful. What I loved most, is that it is located on the periphery of the city, which gave me a more authentic and local experience. It's a beautiful neighbourhood with all the amenities you need; pharmacy, laundromat, markets and croissants (but that's another blog) and is within walking distance to the delightful Bercy Village (also another blog). If you're looking for a hotel in Paris, don't look any further.
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Historical Traveler Reviews Stanley-Fisher House Matagorda
Overall a great value
I stayed at the hotel with my wife for 3 nights end of October and had an amazing time. The hotel itself is great, very clean and well kept. I was very scared after reading alot of reviews about small rooms and dirty beds etc. But the room i got was very good size for paris hotels and very clean. The metro stop is right beside the hotel so no problem getting around. Patrick was very helpful as was the rest of the staff and they spoke english well so that was an added bonus. They even arranged for a shuttle bus to pick up us at the airport for a very reasonable price since it was our first time in paris it was a great thing.
A few other things too. The bathroom was quite small but still clean. The hotel itself is not in central paris or anything so if you want something closer to central part this is not the hotel for you. The mtero is very convenient so we didnot have a problem getting to the hotel the only drag was it closes at 1 pm so if you are planning to stay out late you will have to get a taxi back. The room is a bit noisy in the morning as i got a room onto the street so if you are a very light sleeper you would wanna get another room away from the street.
Overall the hotel was perfect and for the price of Eur 64 a night it is a bargain very hard to beat. Enjoy your stay
great atmosphere and tastefully renovated. Well positioned and not too expensive. Had a wonderful stay. Thanks to all the helpfull staff. hope to stay there again one day.
Paris' best kept secret!!!
I heard nightmare stories about hotels in Paris...dirty bathrooms, moldy sheets, etc. I carefully searched for what I was hoping would be the perfect, clean hotel in a good location in Paris. My friend and I were looking for a "safe" section of Paris, in a clean hotel at a reasonable cost. I came across Hotel de la Porte Doree on tripadvisors, and I was very pleased at what I read. Since I had already done a bit of research on a few hotels in Paris, most in which were already booked, I was surprised when I got a response email back from Christine, saying they had a room available for our week stay at such a great price. I immediately book and for the next few weeks, Christine was so nice in answering any questions that I had in regards to our trip.
I cannot express enough what a perfect location the hotel is in! It's almost like a picture, with the beautiful buildings, the boulangerie across the street, the Monoprix (supermarket) a few stores down, a bank next to the boulangerie and also, for the more daring, a McDonalds at the corner. The metro is RIGHT THERE. Its perfect!
We had a room that faced the street, number 16. Both windows opened up to a perfect scene complete with the window sill flowerbox. Even though we faced the road, the noise outside at night was quiet, great thick windows to block out any noise. Our room was spotless, with beautiful design furniture and paintings. I especially loved the crown molding design on the corners of the ceilings. Our beds were made every day, we had fresh towels and they always supplied us with more shampoo/soap every day as well, even though we took it home as souvenirs for the kids, lol. (by the way, they loved it) The beds were super comfortable. I especially loved how spacious the rooms were (we had a room with two twin beds) plus the "closet" area to hang up clothes, complete with shelves, was perfect for us.
I think the most important thing at the hotel, was the EXCELLENT service we received! We were greeted every day by Patrick the first few days we were there. He gave us excellent recommendations to nearby restaurants and even went an extra step to help us with our metro route every day when we were leaving. He even helped us with our French! The last few days we were there, we were greeted warmly by Christine. She's super nice and super helpful, she also helped us with our journeys through Paris.
I also loved the internet available computer in the downstairs lobby that you can use for a few euros (much cheaper than the internet cafes throughout Paris). It helped us alot to keep in touch with home. Wireless internet is also available in your room as well. Also, they have "light sensor" lighting throughout the hotel, which helped us because we usually came in kind of late. An added bonus! Definately check out the handbook in the room, it gave us great suggestions on the local area. Make sure you stop for a meal at the cafe across the street (its across from McDonalds) Their food is EXCELLENT, so is the bakery across the street. (Dont let the line intimidate you, it goes fast!)
You can stop searching for a hotel now. You found it. :)
Hotel de la Porte Doree is THE BEST LITTLE SECRET in Paris! If you are looking for a real Parisian experience, you just found it. :)
Hope your stay in Paris was as wonderful as ours!
~Heather and Jenna~
Absolutely loved it!
We stayed here in March of 2002. After our Paris hotel plans fell through, I recalled an article in our local newspaper about a small, quaint hotel run by an American and her French husband. My husband and I decided to give the Hotel de la Porte Doree a try...and we loved it! Prior to our arriving in France, I corresponded by e-mail and received many answers to our questions. When we arrived, they kindly watched our luggage so that we could explore the city until we could check in. The rooms were simple but very nice and I enjoyed the French decor. I found the staff to be more than helpful, the rooms kept very clean. I also appreciated the very nice bathrooms. They are a bit on the small side, but very nice and such a treat after some of the scary places that we stayed while in England. We have suggested the Hotel de la Porte Doree to every friend and acquaintance we have that is even remotely interested in traveling to France, and will always be our first choice while in Paris!
Love...This Hotel and The Staff!
What can I say...This is a "Wonderful" hotel. I stayed at the "Hotel de la Porte Doree" for 8 days March into April, 2004. The rooms are furnished with lovely antique furniture...the rooms were very clean...along with update, clean tile bathrooms. The room was much larger than I expected...(if you ever traveled throughout Europe you know what I am talking about). The owners Lauent and Christina are the warmest, cutest couple. Patrick, (the front desk clerk) is a sweetheart...with a wealth of information about what is going on in and around the city. The hotel has a small breakfast room...where you can purchase coffee, cocoa, tea along with fresh baked french rolls. The Metro, is across the street...only a few footsteps away from the hotel. This area also has a beautiful park...quite large...with a small lake, and a loveley childrens playground. The Paris "Aquarium", is also near the hotel...only 1 1/2 blocks away. If you want to experience the real Paris..."the neighborhood...the real "Parisian"...this is the neighboorhood and the hotel for you. I just loved it...I can't wait to return.
Intimate view of Paris!
My family of four stayed in Paris this past summer, the final days of our first ever trip to Europe. We loved our room at the Hotel del la Porte Doree--there were beautiful antiques in the room, the beds were comfortable and clean, and the bathroom modern and spacious. I wish we'd brought our laptop after realizing they even had wireless internet access! We did not spend a lot of time in our room, but for the excellent price it was a comfortable place to rest while still feeling very much like we were in Paris! The staff was friendly and spoke very good English. We bought a 3-day train pass and went everywhere! While not conveniently located near the airport, it is on a Metro stop. We took a train there from the airport (transferring two times) without a hitch--even the beginners we were! We opted to take a taxi back to the airport on our return, but with the horrible traffic and scary driving (I have never seen crazier driving anywhere), I'd stick with the Metro next time!
We were more than pleased with our experience. If you want to know how friendly they are--my son left his treasured hat and souvenir sunglasses, and they mailed it to our home!
A great Paris experience at a great price!
I was extremely happy with the Hotel del la Porte Doree and would stay there again! Our room was clean and nicely decorated - it had a very French feel to it - and though it was on the small side, as is typical in Europe, it wasn't uncomfortable at all. The shower set -up is not quite what we are used to in North America, but it was perfectly fine. The neighbourhood was great (read: not touristy) and it was mere minutes on the metro to central Paris. There were guidebooks and brochures in a large rack in the lobby, an iron and ironing board were available and I think that it is very forward thinking to not change the bedding every night for the same person(s) - every three nights is more often than most of us do at home. The continental breakfast was very nice too....and all for a very good price!!
Not impressed--stay elsewhere
I took a chance after reading the few comments on this board (which were positive) and stayed at this hotel. I am now skeptical of those positive comments! The brochure and website for this hotel show many a nice-looking scene. Unfortunately, they are all pictures of the hotel lobby! The rooms themselves were not that attractive and had a nasty smell to them (smoke? mold?). The showerhead would not stay in place and was coated with black mold. The room is completely no frills. What is notable is what you DON'T get vs. what you get. You don't get: hair dryer, iron, do not disturb sign, any paris literature in room on surrounding area (Porte Doree), internet access, comfortable beds (too stiff), etc. I noticed that although the bed was made each day, the sheets were not changed--yuk! The tv is small and located hospital-style on brackets up in the corner, making it hard to see from the bed. I saw silverfish crawling around my room. The radiator insufficiently heated the room. The hotel itself is situated literally on top of a metro station. So every time a metro train runs by underneath (5:30 am to 1:30 am each day!), the whole hotel rumbles a little, making it hard to sleep!
There are some good points--the front desk people spoke good english and were helpful. There were good enough food choices nearby. They had paris guide books (like Frommers) laying around in the lobby that you could borrow. And it was right next to a metro stop. Of course with nearly 400 metro stops in Paris, what hotel is NOT near a metro station?! Plus, it is not a centrally located metro station neither--you have to go through a lot of stops and transfers to get to the main attractions.
What made this hotel stand out was that it was the 4th and last hotel I stayed at within a 10 day period, and compared to the other hotels (some of which were nothing to write home about), it was still the worst by far.
You will love it!
It was the first time we stayed in Paris.... and we were so lucky to book a room in this fantastic hotel. We had a cosy, tiny and very-very-very romantic room, en-suite. Very clean and at a very convenient price. Staff (Patrick and Catherine) always helpful, friendly and polite. Great location: Avenue Daumensnil shows you what the real Paris looks like: no tourists, delicious boulangerie, reastaurants and markets at a walking distance. Subway station is just outside the hotel, so it takes only 10 minutes to reach the city center.... but you can also walk towards la Bastille using marvellous Viaduct des Arts. Loved this hotel: no doubt, next time we'll be in Paris we'll stay here.
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Officially our first tourist filled day in Paris, as we had previously booked the Paris Pass for our trip. First stop was just around the corner from our hotel, which was the Army Museum, which also had the Tomb of Napoleon and Cathedral of Saint-Louis des Invalides. These areas were breathtaking, with the architecture and artwork on the walls and ceilings just amazing. The Tomb of Napoleon and hall was huge. Photos attached. Next stop was the La Conciergerie, where we ...
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... the famous department store, Galleries Lafayette, we saw an older man begging but he had a small dog and a cat, both on leads, curled up very happily together with hundreds or thousands of people walking by during the day. It was quite a sight! However, on the next corner was an older man with a wind up organ, the sort you see with a monkey. No, no monkey but a content ginger cat, on a lead, eating and watching the fly on his food. We saw them again later ...
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