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... much more interesting on the right. We did enjoy the luxury of not having to walk everywhere though and being able to visit areas we had missed on our last trip. It is hard to imagine living in a place that has such a history having only lived in young countries with barely 200 years of recorded history.
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Each day, I continue to be amazed and entertained with the Metro. On previous holidays I have used the metro in London (the tube) , New York (the subway), Singapore (MRT) - and in my youth I rode the suburban trains of Mumbai. But its the first time in recent years that I've been using an underground metro on a regular basis. Its quite a change from my routine in San Jose.
... thus keeping artistic delinquent types like me off the streets, this simple idea means Paris stays as Paris, no matter what is being done under the hood. This regard for aesthetics extended to other areas as well, like the enormous building cranes which unlike their Australian counterparts didn't light up in horrible, capitalist ways when it got dark. Within minutes of arriving I was so taken by Paris that it was all I could do not to hug the nearest local and congratulate ...
... 1343 people guillotined around 1793-5 including Marie Antoinette. The square was given its present name after the reign of terror in the hope it would become a place of peace and harmony.From there we made our way on to Avenue des Champs Élysées, it's one of the globe's most sought after address, it has grandeur and glamour. First laid out in the 17th century, it's we're the Tour de France holds its final sprint. At the ...
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No air but still a great find
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.
the breakfast was the best, with fresh and dried fruit, great coffee, cold cuts and breads and rolls, cereal, yogurt etc. the staff was very helpful and the kitchen even opened up 1/2 hour early to accomodate our 6:45 departure.
my favorite amenity was the wonderful, natural shampoo and body wash provided by the hotel. it has such a lovely, mild scent and is one i am going to research on line to try to purchase it now that i'm back home.
i'll definitely be back at the magellan, as long as the weather stays cool!
No surprises or disappointments here!
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.
Location: in the north west, 17th district, which appears far from the centre of Paris attractions when locating the hotel on a map but is really only a 20 minute walk to the Arc de Triumphe (or a 5 minute # 92 bus ride) and a 15 minute Metro ride from one of 3 nearby stations to the centre core. The hotel's location gives you access to 2 Metro lines - # 1 and #3 and RER regional train station - good for a day trip to Versaille. This is a quiet, upscale residential neighbourhood, making it very SAFE to browse around. There is no seediness or late night partying going on, just families playing in the park and older folks walking their dogs. There are also many award-winning local restaurants/brassieres making you feel you don't need to go back to the central core to experience a fantastic meal. I highly recommend the Zagat's recommended, Chez Fred at the corner of rues Periere and Ternes and Bistro L'Albert, north from the hotel on rue Periere. I purchased my package of 10 Metro tickets (ask for "une carnee du Metro") from the Tabac just steps from the hotel.
The nearby Marches des Ternes (public market) allows for a glimpse of daily life in Paris where locals go to buy their bread, fruit/veg, meat, cheese and wine. There is even a local branch of the wine merchant, Nicolas so don't buy your rare wine in the centre core and lug it back to the hotel.
Most of the hotel clientel/guests I saw were short stay business travellers, and small travel groups (Americans, Spanish and German), as opposed to families or individuals.
Amenities: The breakfast room, serene flower filled outdoor patio/courtyard, internet ($5 euros for 15 minute access card, ouch!), telephones, and lobby bar all work to provide a comfortable home away from home atmosphere. The food (ie. $12 euro for a breakfast of assorted breads/croissants, cold meats, cheeses, yogurt, fresh fruit salad, and freshly squeezed orange juice) was very good quality. You know it's good when they offer both warm and cold milk for your breakfast coffee as you would hope for based on the price. Unfortunately, the hotel has disabled the phone service that allows you to make international collect calls from your room but local calls were a decent price. The front desk will mail your postcards and only charge you for the cost of the stamps. The bed however was the one flaw, as the mattress was quite firm (no box spring, only on a platform) to the point of being hard, however the 4 available pillows of varying softnesses was a nice touch. If you are tired enough you do just eventually fall asleep. No air conditioning or ceiling fans unfortunately, but there is an automatic window screen allowing you to sleep privately with the windows wide open. Controls are behind the window curtains (it was 2 days before I found this).
Staff: the front desk is staffed 24/7 by friendly, well informed and gracious employees. Most do speak English well enough if you cannot make yourself understood in French. They will search the internet or any tourist reference materials at their disposal to answer your question. They also have Paris maps, tourist magazines and french language daily papers for guests. The rooms are on the smaller size but no more so than other European cities. Everyday the room was spotlessly clean and tidied. They left me the full set of towel for two people despite being a single, a nice touch.
All in all a very good choice of hotel if you want quality, service and no suprises.
Stay here Roland!
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.
Great Hotel. excellent staff
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)
Unfortunately for us we had to cut our stay short as we had to get home in a hurry, the young man on reception was brilliant, he changed our flights for us on the internet had it sorted very quickly and without any fuss, his English was excellent.
A very good all round hotel - good for groups
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!
Decent but smoky
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).
The hotel is not that close to the major sites apart from the Arc de Triomphe which is about a 15 minute walk away. The Metro is close at hand however, and quite convenient.
My only major complaint about the hotel, was the smoke. The hotel does not offer non-smoking rooms, and cigarette smoke was noticeable in our room. We had to sleep most nights with the window open.
In the future I would look for a hotel which offers non-smoking rooms , and which is closer to the main attractions.
Great Hotel, Nothing bad to say.
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.
the room was clean, nicely decorated (not the usual tacky florals etc) and a decent size. the bed and pillows were very comfortable. the bathroom was clean. we had a lovely view onto a quiet garden.
we didn't speak to the staff much but they seemed friendly. they spoke english. we booked the hotel as part of a package with the eurostar tickets, so not sure how it would compare if you were to book it on its own. but for hotel and train it was only £120 for three days each with 'shortbreaks'.
the breakfast was fantastic, probably the best i've had. lovely bread and cheese and little jars of jam at your table. plus a lot more. they even had a machine that squeezed oranges for juice! they had a nice little garden but unfortunately it was a little too chilly to use it.
we thought this was a great hotel. we would definitely stay there again.
paris was a little quiet due to it being august - i don't think i would go back at that time of year again. lots of shops and restaurants in the less touristy bits were closed unfortunately. still had a great time though, it's a beautiful city.
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.
Nice little gem!
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.
The hotel staff were friendly and that is rare in France! The breakfast was good lots of bread, jams and yogurts.....the garden looks nice but was all under cover when we went as it was winter.
Got the Eurostar from Waterloo to Paris Nord and then i recommend you get a metro pass at the station i paid EUR 18 each for 3 days worth and this'll cover you for all the underground and bus journeys, no need to get cabs and to be honest there arent many around anyway.
Once you get off the metro at Port de Champorret (Not sure how its spelt!) you will see a mcdonalds in front of you get on that side of the road and walk up until you see a 'shopi' store on your left take the road to the left of that store and follow all the way down until you get to the road with the hotel on the right, it'll have a no entry to cars sign on it, you should then be able to see the 3 stars of the hotel.
As i said i just got the metro everywhere went to Notre Dame (free to get in), the louvre (EUR 7 each), its massive could easily spend 3 hours there....of course the effiel tower, excellant views but i regret i didnt go to the very top now maybe next time worth doing and lastly the arc de triumph (again spelling!) doesnt cost anything unless you go up the top but you dont need to if your going on the effiel tower.
I never actually got dressed up and went out for the evening just went to a restaurant whenever we felt like it around 6-7 each evening, the hotel is a little way from the centre so wasnt really worth the hassle going all the way back to get ready but that suited us well!
All in all the hotel was a very nice 3 star should be 3 star plus really and i was impressed they can also order pizza hut to your room! It is not to far from the centre and the arc for the four major attractions i mentioned you'll need a metro pass anyway as they are quite a distance apart so didnt really matter that the hotel wasnt right next to the seine or anything!
Would maybe go back in a few years time but beware the French mainly the men are very rude and dont get conned by the guys drawing pictures by the effiel tower around EUR 50! Got them down to EUR 5!!
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.