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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 …
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 …
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 …
... there. We arrived at the far end of the Grand Canal then had lunch. After lunch we rode back chapel. Our tour guide, Emma, told us about how the Hall of Mirrors is one of the most famous rooms in the world and it was where the King would walk every morning from his apartment to the chapel. Recently in 1919 it was where they signed the Versailles peace treaty to end the First World War. After going to the palace, we rode to Marie Antoinette’s palace which ...
... so huge!! We wandered around the Latin Quarter which seemed to be full of restaurants, We seemed to walk for miles and didn't even stop for lunch just went into the odd patisserie for a coffee and a cake and maybe a piece of quiche!! One stop though was rubbish, it wasn't somewhere we could sit down but the coffee was literally 2 teaspoons of froth which wasn't even worth it - I felt like giving it back. Le Jardin de Luxembourg ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel International Paris
Quiet, clean and very good value for the price.
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
Cheap, Comfy and Convenient
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.
The location was convenient to the metro and to the Place de Republique but not so close to major attractions. Buy a carnet of 10 metro tickets and you are set. I did walk to the Marais district and over to the Forum des Halles and back to the hotel one day, so if you are quite active you might not need a carnet. In the 3 days I was there I used 9 of the 10 tickets which was still more cost effective than buying single tickets.
The staff was friendly and most spoke English. I enjoyed practicing my French but at times I couldn't remember words so would switch to English.
If the 6 Euro breakfast is not included in your price I would skip it unless you go back for 2nds and 3rds. They had croissants, cold cereal, juice and hot drinks. I am not a big breakfast eater so prefered buying a pastry from a local patisserie. (The one near the Goncourt station had really good prices and a nice selection -yum!)
To sum up, I highly recommend this hotel to budget travelers - great value for the money!
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.
Excellent in this price range
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.
From the US, I'm currently residing in Helsinki, and was on a short trip to Amsterdam when I decided to head to Paris for 3 days/2 nights. I only went because I got a cheap plane ticket, and I was looking for a cheap hotel. I've been to Paris several times before, and I lived there for about 6 months in 1998, so I am quite familiar with Paris, what there is to do there, and what to expect in a hotel.
I found the International Hotel on Venere.com for 49 Euros a night with tax and breakfast included. I used a discount code (which can be found easily by googling Venere discount code), so I paid 95 Euros total for 2 nights stay.
I arrived into Paris quite late, but the hotel is very easy to get to - about a 3-5 minute walk from Goncourt Metro station, which is close to Bastille, Hotel de Ville, and Chatelet - Les Halles. From CDG, expect to make it to the hotel in about an hour with the RER and metro. I used to live in the 11th, near the Bastille, which is another reason I chose this area. It's relatively safe, yet not too touristy, close to some attrations, and with the metro, not too far from The Camps-Elysees, the Eiffel Tower, the Marais, the Latin Quarter, etc. - everything is within a 1/2 hour or less by metro, and if you purchase a Paris Visite pass, it's a great deal.
The hotel itself is nice, and most importantly, CLEAN. The reception people were very patient with my French, but also spoke English. The room itself was large, in my opinion, by European standards. I had a double bed with a small desk and chair, a small tv, and a closet to hang shirts. There was a window with curtains which opened onto the street. The bathroom had a shower and tub, and again, was quite large by European standards. The room was clean and comfortable - especially the bed and pillows. I heard very little noise, just mostly on the streets when the windows were open.
Breakfast was simple, and the same as most European hotesl - I think a lot of Americans expect some huge buffet breakfast with bacon, eggs, etc., but this hotel's breakfast was on par with other hotels I've stayed at, if not a little better. They have breakfast service (meaning that they bring your rolls to you, ask if you want coffee/tea, etc.), which I thought was a nice touch. Cereal and orange juice were self-service. Each guest receives a croissant and bread, along with butter and jam. I had a great cup of coffee, freshly made. A nice way to start the day!
I felt as though my belongings were safe, and they made up my room nicely, and offered fresh towels. The day I left, I checked out at 10:00, but my flight was not until 4:00, so I asked if I could leave my bags for awhile, and they were happy to do so.
Overall, a great experience. I would not hesitate to stay here again; in fact, next time I go to Paris, this is the first place I'll look, and that says a lot since I've stayed in a lot of hotels in Paris. There are some small bars and nice restaurants around the hotel, and if you travel the short distance to the Bastille metro, there are a lot of great night spots/bars/places to eat. Not the Chapms-Elysees, but most definitely, more French!
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.
Good and bad
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!
I'm sure there are worse places to stay, it was certainly cheap for paris. I think we paid about the equivalent of 17 pounds per night.