Travel Blogs from Paris
... and the cone shaped conifers( yes, Gaz we were thinking conifers and rose bushes would be great for home)
after a 16 degree start to the day, as the rain eventually cleared around 3:30pm we decided to wend our weary way home. The 30 min train trip was very quiet ( with the occasional nod off), a quick taxi ride back to Rue de Caumartin ( the address for our hotel.....surprisingly taxi drivers seem to understand us now), we dropped our gear back to our room and ...
... the Italian masters (ie: Caravaggio) as I always enjoy the detail and the way they use colour and light, and then headed for the exit. My back and legs were hurting so there’s no way I can tolerate going through another wing of the museum.
The next stop on my list is the Georges Pompidou Centre, which is a gallery featuring modern art. The building itself is a kind of “modern art” in itself, and much of the frame of the building ...
... by the Paris with Kids book, but when we found it, the menu wasn't friendly for our kids. However, as we followed the street to the next metro stop, we realized that we'd discovered a comic book lover's dream street. Almost every shop was a comic book store or something related to comics. Joe kept saying, "How come I've never heard about this street before?"
The next event on our schedule was the Jardin des Plantes. We'd visited ...
... to watch people walk by.
Like most other buildings in Paris, the Pantheon is remarkable. It is the resting place of some of France's greatest minds, including Voltaire, Louis Braille and Marie and Pierre Curie.
Half an hour was enough for us, mostly because we wanted to spend more time in Jardin du Luxembourg.
The late sunset can be deceiving, but my stomach can't be fooled. By 18h00 it started begging for food, so ...
... done, where to next. There was an exhibition on that we didn't pay for so I think all the other fancy paintings were in there so we ventured to the old artifacts section and ended up in Napoleon III's apartments. Given we had taken a liking to castles this was quite interesting. You wander around what used to be his rooms and see all the old furniture etc etc. In one of the rooms some lady had put her coat and bag down on some 19th century piece of furniture like ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Magellan Paris
i just returned from a three day stay at the magellan and, except for the heat we found in our 5th floor room, it was a joy to stay in. the location is superb for those who want to be a bit away from the tourists and who want to be more immersed in what makes parisian lifestyle so great. if you go down to the marché, be sure to stop in to the little fromage shop on rue pierre demours. he vacuum packs all purchases and gives lots of tastings so you know just what you are buying.
Have just returned from a 7 night stay at the Hotel Magellan as part of a Paris holiday through Canadian operator, Air Transat. (airfare, hotel and ground transportation package deal . Based on my personal experience, this hotel and staff is everybit as charming and friendly in person as is represented on their website/ promotional material I reviewed before making my hotel choice. There were truly no surprises at this hotel, which was great as a first timer to Paris who was travelling solo. I will definately return to this hotel for my next trip.
If you're visiting Paris on a moderate budget (up to €150 per night) this is a pretty good hotel. Its located approx 10 minute walk from Porte Maillot (handy if you are using Ryanair as the bus leaves you here) and about 5 minutes from the closest Metro. The area is primarily residential so its quiet at night, but perfectly safe. The room we had was a double although not really that big, but it was clean and the windows opened out over the rear garden where you can breakfast in the morning sun. Breakfast is charged extra at €12 a head but relative to what you'll spend elsewhere its pretty good and the grub is nice too! The only criticism was there was a smell of stale cigarette smoke in our room, but you won't be in the room for very long when you're in Paris so you can live with it!! Having stayed in a couple of other hotels in Paris in the past I would recommend the Magellan over them in terms of location and price.
I stayed in the Magellan for two nights in November. I would definitely recommend it and I will go back again sometime. It is a lovely hotel in a nice quiet area. The bedrooms are modern and spotlessly clean. Very nice breakfast room with great breakfast, fresh bread rolls,little pots of jam, yogurt fresh fruit and fruit juices ham, cheese etc. The Hotel is very close to the metro station Port de Champorret. It is also about 10 mins walk to the bus park for the airport (if travelling by Ryanair, bus departs 3 hrs before flight departure price €13 per person in cash to the driver)
Just came back from a four day stay at the Hotel Magellan and would reccomend it to anyone - especially if off with a group. Booked it through my work travel agency for 30 of us from work to spend a night there for an away day and then 5 of us stayed there for the weekend. Obviously I was a bit nervous as I was organising the trip and had a lot of people to please but it could't have worked out better. The staff were very helpful whenever I rang up from england and even phoned me back later with the number for a local coach co. When we arrived the road was abit narrow for our coach to stay in the road for too long but the staff ensured a very quick and smooth check-in. All the rooms I saw were a decent size and had stylish decor with some interesting arty pics on the wall. All my group said their rooms was nice and clean. Breakfast was pastries and baguettes etc and also good. There is a nice courtyard area outside and the reception is good for pre-dinner drinks and nightcaps. It might look a bit out of town at first but it's in a nice area and only a quick walk to the tube - also it's easy to get a taxi to come to the hotel. Staff were very nice and didn't moan when we eventually left our rooms 30 mins after check -out - always a bonus in my eyes!
My wife and I stayed at this hotel in late September for one week. Our experience was mostly a good one. The hotel is clean and well kept. Our room was was smallish but probably of fair size for Paris, and the bathroom was quite large. The hotel was very quiet, which was a plus. Breakfast was good but not exceptional (included juices,meats, cheeses,fruit breads and cereals), and a bit monotonous after a few days. Breakfast does not include any hot foods (e.g. eggs, etc).
stayed at the Magellan from the 7th-9th of august 05 after reading good reviews. it's about a 5 minute walk to the metro station and it's in a quiet and safe area. it was about a 10-15 minute walk to the Arc de Triomphe.
Quiet, safe area.
Stayed for a week in May 2003. Hotel is tucked away in a quiet, safe residential area in the vicinity of the Arc d'Triumph. It's a pleasant 5-10 minute walk to the nearest subway station. Restaurants and bank machines are a similar distance away. Staff was helpful, breakfast was better than expected for a budget hotel, rooms were modern and clean, ours had a tiny balcony, and included a safe. A perfect evening retreat for those who don't plan to spend a lot of time in their hotel. A great experience. No complaints.
I have just got back from the Hotel Magellan (Dec 04) and i must say i was very impressed by it.....looking at the pictures they have on various sites it doesnt look brilliant but as with most hotels you dont really know what it is like until you go there and it was a nice place to stay, the rooms are small but reasonable, decor was modern and every inch of the whole hotel was very clean.
Great Hotel, Will Stay Again
Went for a long weekend to Paris on the Eurostar through a deal with LeWeekend.com. Wasn't expecting much from the 3* hotel, but was really impressed to my suprise. The hotel is located in a quiet residential part of Paris with some great restaraunts near by (try the Moroccan!!).
Within an easy walk of the Pierrie metro station and the Arc. Staff were friendly, rooms were standard Eurpoean size but clean and comfortable. Bathroom was excellent. No tea/coffe facilities, which didn't worry.
Would recommend this as a great priced palce to stay.