Hotel de la Porte Doree
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The last time I was in France was when I was 16 years old. I was on a school trip and remember having a blast in a place that looked like all the storybooks I'd read as a child. We did an exchange, stayed with host families and the French people were nothing but hospitable and kind to us rambunctious teenagers. In fact, to this day I still keep in …
It's my 4th day here in Paris. I'm not counting Saturday because it was a mad scramble to take the 4-hr train here; after oversleeping and missing my flight out of Amsterdam. The first thing I notice is this city is much larger than Amsterdam. My train ends up at the Gare Nord, which is somewhat seedy. I notice already it's much more diverse here …
After staying up until 2 am with Moses et al, we had to get up early to get to our bike tour that started at 10 am in front of Notre Dame. We were in a group of nine people and the owners of the company, Paul and Christian are the guides. They've been in business for about two years and focus on showing people the undiscovered off the beaten path …
This weekend I went to Paris! It was the best weekend yet and my favorite city I've ever visited. My favorite part was spending time with Ross and seeing all the famous sites. The night before we left, I invited Ross and his friends from school over to my apartment for dinner. It was a little rushed because I didn't get home until 8 because of …
New Year's in Paris was a memorable one! Tony, Maren, Erika and I started the day with a lovely breakfast at the Hotel de la Porte Doree. And, we were joined by our friend Amy (from Seattle) whom we had met in Costa Rica last year for vacation! Her and her husband also happened to be spending New Year's in Paris - small world! Anyhow, we had …
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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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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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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!!
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!
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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.