Travel Blogs from Paris
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... what do you do when sitting in an airport with time to spare? More importantly, what do you do when sitting in an airport with time to spare AND YOU ARE WITH JACKS? You guessed it. Well, most of you may not have guessed but Sandra certainly did, I bet. You have a drink - and not coffee! And I happened to have had one rather large but very nice white (Australian) wine while Jacks had one rather large beer. So it was a very happy pair who boarded the flight... If any of ...
... a little more (dare I say it). There is so much history there I was a bit maxed out, or perhaps the size and amount of eras was a bit much for me to cope with. Chloe loved it there and with her audio guide she could have stayed there happily for days!! I did love the actual building, ceilings and Napoleon's rooms. The chandeliers, the celings, the baby's crib and you could just go on and on... We left through the front door this time and worked/waled our way on the ...
... for ever in Paris. This weekend is the Sale-of-all-Sales in Paris and it is very hard not to enter each and every store. But guess what...bought a great pair of flat, yes, you read it correctly, F.L.A.T. suede, orange loafers that feel like slippers. After some quite time in the apartment headed out for dinner and had an okay meal for less than an okay price. Tomorrow is Allan's birthday and am really looking forward to lunch at Bistro ...
... After spending an entire day wandering the palace and grounds I got back to the hostel at 9pm exhausted but really happy and slept like a log. The next day basically consisted of me trying to get to visit as many museums as humanly possible during the remaining two days of the validity of my pass. So I went to the archaeological crypts under Notre-Dame, then up the Towers of Notre-Dame for an incredible view of Paris punctuated by gargoyles ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Innova Paris
These people were wonderful!
We went last summer and the 3rd member of our group (the only one who spoke any french) cancelled! They were very willing to change our reservation from 3 to 2 with the option of upgrading to a room with a view (to die for!!!!) and breakfast with no cost difference - they actually ended up losing about 5euros.
The room was small but very clean and nice. After no elevator and a 7th floor room in London we loved the lift!
The view of the E. Tower from our room was unbelievable.
They were friendly (not overly, but adequately) and helpful.
We are going back in 2007 and I have already requested the same room!
Great value, Handy location
Very pleasant desk staff, excellent English spoken. Breakfast (7 euro extra) is very good. For location (1 min from Pasteur Metro) and convenience (Gare Montparnasse 5 min walk), this simple, basic, clean Paris hotel is great value for money at around 60 euro per room. Recommended.
Lovely triple room
Just returned from this hotel and was very surprised at how great it was for its star rating. Our room was on the top floor, a triple, with lovely decor and bathroom which had a bath and shower. We found our room to be very spacious - it had a lovely sloping ceiling. Either the hotel was not busy, or the rooms were sound-proofed because we did not hear any noise from the other rooms at all.
The breakfast room on the first floor is very cosy and overlooks out onto the boulevard. Breakfast consisted of pastries, bread, cheeses and yogurt aswell as tea, coffee, hot chocolate and juices.
All of the staff at the hotel were exceptionally helpful and polite and went out of their way to try and help you.
Unless you are looking for 4 or 5 star luxury, this is a perfect little hotel, very clean and comfortable, in a nice area. It really had everything needed to make our stay enjoyable and I would certainly go back again.
Not luxus, but practical
Stayed there with family for five nights in the beginning of July 2004. One of the few Parisian Hotels, which had a vacant quadruple room at decent price at this time of the year. Inqueries and reservation went smoothly and promptly with e-mail.
Pros: Good location, far from the tourist crowds but very easy to access everything with Metro. Sandwich bars and ethnic restaurants with good price/quality ratio in the neighborhood. The hotel manager spoke fluent English and was very helpful. A real Old School Gentleman. (A few basic words of French would help a lot in communicating with the service staff.) The street noise in room was not a problem at all due to the quite new double windows. The recently renovated bathroom was also pretty good for a two star French hotel. (Still wondering why they had not changed the bathroom ventilation window when they had renovated the hotel. It appeared to have seen at least one world war...) They do not allow pets in this Hotel, which is a great plus for an asthmatic traveller in France. The beds had real, good pillows instead of the usual long rolls. The room was properly cleaned daily.
Cons: The Double bed in our room (43) had seen better days (or nights). Spring support had given up. Definitely not good for an old spine tired in walking endless museum halls. The single beds were okay. The poor internal sound insulation (between adjacent rooms / floors) is the part where the age of the building starts to show. Can cause a sleeping problem or be a part of the geniue Parisian atmosphere, depending on the neigbor(s).
Considering these facts, the price tag was a little bit on the high side.
If I were again looking for a quiet, pet-free two star hotel in Paris with good connections to all tourist attractions I would definitely give it another try (pre-checking also the bed condition while making the reservation this time).
Lovely hotel but thier attitude stank!
i styed there the last week in june. the rooms are beautiful and nice breakfast (though not included) the quiet area was a welcome change to our previous hotel in montmartre.
very good air conditioning and clean rooms. the reason i didnt like it there was that the receptionist was an arrogant p***k and brought me to tears on two occasions and called my room when i wouldnt let the housekeeper clean until i left (i have serious problems with my bones so i find it hard to get up in the morning so it takes me a few hours to get ready to leave.) he made it very clear that i was to leave the room immediately.
i suggest you learn a few french phrases like "you have a bad attitude" and "leave me the hell alone" if you want to stay here, if not try the hotel next door.
Best Hotel in Paris
The Hotel Innova was fabulous. My girlfriend and I stayed down there for 10 days. The room was very nice and had a pretty descent view. Each morning the owner served us a beautiful breakfast. Also, the rooms are cleaned on a daily basis. The concierge is very knowledgeable and helped is out with directions, places to eat. and places to see. The metro is located steps awy from the hotel. Overall, I would give this hotel 5 stars for the price.
The hotel is clean and the staff are friendly. On the downside, the rooms are small which is typical of Parisian hotels in the price range.
The hotel is located in the pleasant Montparnasse district, slightly outside the historical centre. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the vicinity and metro is only 50 yards away so going anywhere is convenient. Staying in Montparnasse gives one an idea of how real Parisians live. Perfect for those looking for a good value hotel and wanting to avoid the tourist hordes.
Decent and clean
I stayed here in April '03 as part of a vacation package. I was able to check in as soon as I arrived which was about 11am considering most hotels make you wait until check-in. Its a small hotel with friendly staff-except cleaning staff didn't speak english. I had a double room for me and my 7 year old-it was kind of small but it had a small balcony. In Paris I found out it may be common practice to leave your keycard everytime you go out-this maybe to ensure your room is cleaned.
The dining area is small, it maybe seats 20 people at a time and the breakfast usually consists of croissant,muffin,juice,hot chocalate,yogurt. Its also located very close to the metro. Overall I would say its a average hotel.
Simple and Enjoyable
My girlfriend and myself had the pleasure of staying at the hotel Innova in late August 2001.
Although the hotel room was small by Canada Standards, the room was clean and in good shape, although a fresh coat of paint would have done wonders.
Our first day there, we were dead to the world, after not sleeping on the long flight from Vancouver to Paris. The room offered a nice comfortable bed, and best of all the small air conditioner kept the 28C outside temperature away and allowed us to enjoy a nice 19C temp for sleeping. The steal shutters turned daylight into total darkness. Perfect for a nice 16 hour sleep.
The next morning, we were surprises by a very generous breakfast. We were offered the choice of either joining the other guests in the small dining room, or they would bring the tray to our room. We chose to have the tray delivered. It was filled with fresh breads, cheese, butter, jams, a jug of fresh fruit juice and the best coffee that I found in Paris and as small container of warm milk for the coffee.
The bathroom was small, with only a shower stall, but it was spotless, and the towels were always fresh. A nice hot shower was a great way to start the day, followed by the nice breakfast tray.
The hotel is in a perfect location for visiting Paris. Walk a couple blocks and you are standing at a dozen different locations of interest, or the Seine. It's a 15 minute walk from the hotel to the base of the Eifel tower.
If you want to get to different locations around Paris, simply walk out the front door, and across the street to the subway station, and you can be anyplace in minutes. Even the Airport only takes a short time to reach on the subway. And the subway stations are everywhere, with large well marked maps of the city. They have dozens of different trains the criss cross each other and circle the city. We never got lost on them once. Not like we did when we rented a car for the day, and tried to drive around ;-) I only recommend driving if your going to leave the city for the beautiful countryside and the wonderful coast.
There are also lots of small inexpensive restaurants close the the hotel, and the food was great. Also, there are a couple of small grocery stores and and internet cafe a block away. It was amasing how good the wines from the corner store were for only a few dollars.
I recommend this hotel to anybody who wants a nice, clean, simple hotel. It was nice and quiet, and we would make afternoon stops back at the room, to cool off in the nice airconditioned room to beat the August heat :-) It's amazing how few places in Paris have airconditioning. A half hour nap and we were back at it for the afternoon.
Although neither of us spoke a word of french, everybody was very courious and helped us feel at home.
It was the best time we had every had. We want to go back so badly.
I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.