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Travel Blogs from Paris
We leave San Sebastian by train for the border where we take the French line to Biarritz. This is a nice town but a little faded from what it must have once been.
We wander about which is easy as our mediocre accommodation is well located. Nearby there is a great little market with all the summer fruits and lovely deli food and pastries. Its …
Paris is probably the most beautiful city I've ever been to. What do I even say? There are parks everywhere and the river just screams out for walks along it's banks. Rob had never been there so we spent a few days just taking it all in. Paris is so clean!!! They are always cleaning the streets... We slept in a bit then headed for the train station …
So it's 9am Monday and we are all the sudden in paris!!! Okay so I learned some things: 1. Book in advance - you can always cancel! 2. Stay in hostels - hotels are overpriced. 3. Do more planning. 4. Night trains suck and railpasses are a total scam! 5. Don't forget to budget for transit passes in all the cities you are to visit (they can really …
... vehicles, temporary buildings and advocates talking to their criminal clients. Weird and wonderful. There is hoarding and scaffolding around part of the church for ongoing restoration of the stained glass of the upper chapel. Even with three panels out for restoration and a grey day the upper chapel is still spectacular. There are 1113 stained glass windows in 15 panels and the rose window depicting scenes from the Bible. The interior of the chapel ...
Got up early again and headed in another direction. Walked for about half an hour and then bought bread at a different shop which turned out not to be so good, so back to my original bakery tommorrow. After breakfast Agi had her hair done very nicely and I had my nails done at sephora. After that we walked down rue de rivoli and bought a bag at longchamp. We then tried to have lunch in the Tuileries after sitting by the pond for a while in the sun! Been a long time since we had seen the ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel International Paris
Highly recommended. Yes the rooms are small, but you can pay three times as much in Paris and still have a small room. Also who is going to spend much time in his or her hotel room in a city like Paris? More important, the room (we had a triple for my wife, our 11 year old daughter and me)was clean when we arrived and kept clean, the towels were not worn and you hear no outside noise (in the middle of Paris!). The staff is very friendly and we even bought a small present for Houdha, the coordinator at the reception desk, for being so friendly and helpful. Breakfast is simple but good and reasonably priced. You could go to a bar in the neighborhood and pay the same or more. The location is very good. Very close to the Goncourt Metro station (and the Paris metro is very, very good) and in an area with a nice mix of immigrants, students and younger people. Instead of being run down or seedy, the area is lively with many good French and foreign restaurants (just ask at the reception) and some nice bars (Plein Soleil was our favourite). In our minds we have no doubt, the next time we go to Paris we will stay at the International again. The price quality relation is just too good
I found a great deal on the internet of 33 Euros per night for a single (available on a couple websites - 123France and venere). After about a 2 minute walk from the Goncourt Metro station I found the hotel. Went to check in and they had upgraded me to a double room - sweet! It was on the top floor (6th) but there was a (tiny!) elevator so not a problem. The room was reasonably spacious and had the cool French style window that open out. The bed was comfy - and a full bed, not two twins pushed together like is normal in Europe. The bathroom was the nicest I have had in France - not huge but sufficient and it appeared to have been newly tiled. It had a tub/shower combo sans curtain and great hairdryer. The room also had TWO closets - one for linens and one for clothes (with an extra pillow). The tv only had 6 channels, all in French, but that was fine as I was only in the room to sleep. The carpets and decor did look a bit dark and worn - if they would have been new then I would have given this hotel an excellent rating.
Cordial place in Paris
To remain in Paris does not enchant me but in this hotel the acceuil of the direction is cordial and makes me forget where I am. They have good addresses of restaurants in this most cordial district of Paris and can help to make visit in Paris a place convivial and accessible. The rooms are correct for this style of hotel and least small problem the direction solves it to us. Thank you for this reception and see you next time
Two things set this hotel apart from other similar one-star dwellings in Paris - firstly, it is located just a few hundred metres from the Goncourt station with an easy connection to the city centre, and, secondly, it faced a quiet small lane rather than a busy avenue. Otherwise, it is undistinguable from other accommodation options - dilapidated furniture, extremely small rooms (I could not open the bathroom door because the bed was on its way), worn-out towels, a narrow staircase and an antiquated elevator. The price for a single room (49 EUR) was reasonable and I would probably recommend the hotel to a budget traveller coming to explore Paris.
When I read comments on Trip Advisor, I often wonder what people expect when they rent a hotel room for <100 Euros a night; certainly not a 5 star hotel, I hope. I give this hotel a "5," not because it's a 5 star hotel, but because in this price range, I do not think you could do any better in Paris.
Cheap and cheerful, Great location!!
Stayed for 3 nights at this hotel. 3 minute walk to nearest Metro station (Goncourt) which has great links to Chatelet station which links to the RER and the airport.
Located on a quiet(ish) side street. Slightly jaded and in need of updating, but very clean, great continental breakfast (large steaming jug of hot chocolate!!). Very friendly obliging staff who recommended a fabulous restaurant.
Very convenient to the centre of Paris.
For what we paid, great!!! Would recommend it.
As long as you don't expect too much i.e. rooms very small and furnishings in need of an update.
Paris in Autumn
Small hotel, peaceful atmosphere - almost "family hotel". Not very comfortable, but in line with matching price. Big advantage is his position - quite close to the Paris center and underground station too.
It was good choice for our 4-days trip to Paris.
We stayed at the international in March 03. It was cheap, 3 nights for the price of 2 with breakfast. Breakfast was good, cereal, bread , croissant, jam, juice. Unless you are French, beware of the coffee, stick to tea. Room itself was ok for a place to hang your hat and sleep. The only furniture was a table to put your case on - not a drawer in sight. You had to go into the bathroom sideways because the door was so close to the bed, and the tap flew off soaking the bathroom and my husband's face and clothes. The toilet leaked and we were walking through a pool to get to it - they did get this fixed when we reported it. We were told the night before leaving that it would be no problem calling a cab to take us to Gare Du Nord. First no cab firm would answer the phone, then one was supposed to come. We didn't have time to wait and took to the streets with our luggage to run to republique metro - where we got pickpocketed on our first morning. Be careful!