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Finally arrived in Paris after a very tiring trip (33 hours door to door) from Sydney. Our original Qantas aircraft was delayed in L.A. so we were transferred to Cathay from Sydney to Hong Kong but they could not give us seats together. Thankfully the passenger next to me kindly swapped seats with Bev which made it a little more bearable.
Getting from CDG airport to our apartment was a bit of an adventure as being the scrooge that I am I ...
Original writer: Toby
I LOVE PARIS SO BLOOMIN' MUCH.
But first things first...so having falling asleep doing a Sudoku, I woke up in my clothes and glasses to the Angus alarm knocking at the door of our hotel room. After some speedy showering and a light jog to the station, we were on our way to the best city in the world.
The journey was largely uneventful, except for a bewildered Angus inadvertently joining a large group of French school-children on ...
... ready for bed at 9.00pm. So out came the eye masks and remaining drowsy tablets from the plane to ensure the good night of sleep that we all desperately needed.
Monday 1 July
With such a short amount of time on our hands, we wanted to jam pack as much as possible into our time in Paris. Having avoided any jet lag and the long daylight hours to our advantage, we had an enormous first day.
First up on our agenda was a tour of the Eiffel Tower. It was ...
... their love forever." It was so beautiful shining in the sunlight. What beautiful things I have seen today.
I will write more tomorrow. Now, I am getting ready to meet my new friend for dinner. I am sitting here on my balcony, listening to all that is Paris, sipping a glass of wine (well, actually, the wine is in my water bottle as I do not have a wine glass). I could not be happier. I love you Paris!
... for even us to brave. It was with this same sense of queue aversion that we decided to walk up the Eiffel Tower: all 669 steps. Sweating and wheezing like asthmatics with emphysema, we reached the top - only to scamper down again to join the other picnicking tourists with our by now very battered and cultured packet of sushi and macaroons on the Champ de Mars and wait for the lights to turn on. Our feet haven't felt this sore since our waitressing days... ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Le General Hotel Paris
Would definately go back...
This stylish yet unpretentious hotel is excellent value for money. I stayed 2 nights for a Hen weekend in May. The staff were friendly, the rooms were clean and the decor was tres chic. It is well situated between 2 metro stations, however the area itself has alot to offer including some great restaurants and nightclubs.
I would highly recommend it for couples or groups of girls.
Cool modern design
An excellent, well designed hotel in Paris, with average sized rooms. Friendly staff and very clean hotel made it a great place to stay. Slight drawback is the location - whilst very close to Republique station with 5 Metro lines, there's not many good restaurants or bars within walking distance.
A great location for a stay in Paris as the city centre and sights are only a few stops on the metro. Also a good location if you fancy spending the day walking around Paris with the centre pompidou and l'hotel de ville a 10/15 minute walk away. The hotel itself was trendy from the outside and time has been spent on the reception - a shame this wasn't the case in the rooms, they were showing their age (although i did like the silver rubber duck in the bathroom). Staff were friendly and breakfast a nice relaxed affair offering a variety of options. The main problem seemed to be the thin walls and the rather noisy cleaning staff - banging doors, shouting down the corridors and generally making themselves heard early in the mornings.
Not so impressed
Picked this hotel following an article in Conde Naste Traveller entitled "Le Chic - c'est Cheap" so arrived expecting 5* luxury at 3* prices as promised - and have to say that overall was disappointed. Decided to pay for a suite and was v. disappointed with the facilites in room - the toilet appeared to be in a wardrobe and the bath was like either a coffin or a fishtank - there were no drawers for storage so a good job was only there for a weekend and not a week. That said the bar was trendy and the hotel location was great. So although the room was disappointing - overall an OK rating. Would I return to this hotel next time in Paris - absolutely not - so I guess that says it all.
Loved this hotel will return
This is a 3 star hotel and well deserves its stars and more. The staff are so friendly and the decor and atmosphere is very soothing and relaxing in a chill out kind of way. We will definately return on our next trip to Paris. It's location is superb especially if you arrive on Eurostar, there are two subway stations nearby and it is within walking distance of almost everything, even the Eiffel Tower at a push!
Some great points- excellent location, lovely bar and gorgeous public areas...BUT design beats finish and quality of workmanship, especially in the bathrooms, which could have done with a good scrub with bleach.
Staff were unaware of our arrival in spite of a confirmation email from them.
Drinks are very expensive so make the most of Happy Hour - 7-9pm.
Would I stay again? Probably- because it is so close to the Marais, two Metro stations on the doorstep and lots of restaurants near the Place Republique. But an apple and a rubber duck don't compensate for lack of space.
Really trendy..ignore the bad reviews
lovely decor...all pink and orchids...lovely bar....excellent breakfast. I f you treat yourself to a suite on the 7th floor you wont be disappointed......apple on your pillow on arrival and complimentary silver rubber duck in the bathroom..nice touches.
Nice to Stay again...
I'm come from Hong Kong, it's my first time to be in Paris. Fortunately, I'd stayed here. It's tiny room, but clean, stylish, pleasant and good location. Price is reasonable. Some of the staff are helpful. Will stay again if I can't find any other hotel in similar style under same budget.
Go somewhere else
Don't ruin your stay in a beautiful city like Paris by staying in this hotel. It doesn't have anything to do with charme or courtesy.
If you can't stand your mother in law then send her on a vacation to this hotel. Its the sort of place where the carpet sticks to your feet. The bed sheets and bathrooms were at least clean but the rooms were very small, smelt musty and were badly in need of updating. Some renovation work was going on during May 2003 but as a result the whole place was covered in dust which I felt suitably reflected the general cleanliness standards of the hotel. Breakfast was mediocre to say the least and with the exception of one lady the hotel staff were miserable and most unhelpful. On arrival one of our rooms that was booked as a double for single use turned out to be a single for single use about the size of a large broom cupboard-its a good job I never bought my cat! All of our rooms were supposed to have a mini bar-none did.On complaining that the room had been mis-sold all I got was a miserable woman trying to say that the whole thing was my fault-the hotel and its manager refused to take responsibility or offer any compensation. Unfortunately our rooms had been prepaid so that was that-most annoying and frustrating. All in all a very unpleasant hotel with very unpleasant staff that one would do well to avoid. Go there at your peril.