Magenta 38 Hotel
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... a staircase to run back down.... there is none. Just 2 escalators both coming ascending... with our stroller neatly parked to the side at the base. So my only option is....... to run down an escalator coming up. That too under pressure of making a train we're late for, not sure where exactly to catch.
Have you ever tried running down an escalator going up?? DONT! As I jumped on and I'm hopping around, flailing around trying to keep ...
... were 8 years old) Theo standing at the end of the platform waiting for me. And as soon as I spotted him, he started to walk towards me as he saw me too. This was the first time in 2 (maybe 3) years since we last saw each other, and I was his first Canadian visitor since he's moved back to France. He was gracious enough to offer me his pull-out couch to sleep on for 3 nights.
So we got some food, took the ...
... Phillipe; after a quick bike demo we took off from the train station, riding along the Seine. What a pleasant way to see Paris! We made our way over to the Latin Quarter, stopping at the bridge near Notre Dame where all the lovers lock locks to the bridge and throw the key into the Seine as a sign of eternal love. We then stopped in at Shakespeare and Company book store which is such a hodge podge of little rooms crammed with books and even a ...
... so 7 windows face out towards the intersection where 4 streets converge. We really like it!
Tonight we headed to the Latin Quarter as the kids wanted to visit the same Irish Pub and creperie shop that we ate at last Saturday night with Dan the night before he flew home. The food was so good we wanted to have it again! We jumped on the metro (the kids are old pros now) and made our way to the St. Michel metro stop. We ordered Irish stew (Ethan and Leah) shepherd's ...
... have gleaned something from our Blog, and we wish you happy travels – if you get the chance, experience Europe yourselves, if you haven’t yet done so. Always, wherever you go, take time to wander streets and lanes, and politely sticky-nose into whatever takes your fancy. You may be surprised by what you may find.
Until our next adventure ....
Best wishes to all at home and abroad.
Graeme & ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Magenta 38 Hotel Paris
Relais de la Republique
A very good price for the service. Very clean rooms, good shouer, nice breakfeast, nice staff. Metro about 50 mts.
Good value for money
We have recently returned from a long weekend break at the Relais de Paris on Boulevard Magenta. We found the staff to be very friendly and helpful, our room was small and there was little hanging space or drawer space for our clothing. I think if we had stayed any longer this would probably have started to bother me. The bathroom was a decent size and everything was very clean.
The breakfasts were basic with just cereals, croissants and yoghurts to eat, but you could have as much as you wanted.
The situation of the hotel is quite good, as it's quite close to a metro station. There are a few cafes nearby but we didn't eat in any of those, they seemed a bit quiet so we went further into town.
It would have been 4 stars if the elevator had been working. Breakfast was standard european fare, cereal, rolls, coffee and juice. Rooms were small. Staff helpful and considerate. Located 1/2 block from metro station, ideally located. Nice little cafe down the street, that was wonderful. A few nice restuarants in the area. The walk to the sixth floor everyday was brutal, but we got used to it.
This being our first staying hotel trip to Paris for too many years to remember, it was a pleasant suprise to find such a reasonably priced and extremely clean hotel. Reception Clean & open plan a few seats, not a lot of information available on Paris - Suggest buy book prior with decent Map. Took advise from previous trip advisor and had room ending in 10, this really was a plus as you could have luggage in single room and manage main bedroom easily. Good comfortable beds, bright and very clean bathrooms, no mould or dirt anywhere. over looking French style courtyard which is quiet, therefore a good sleep ensues. Continental Breakfast is OK, nothing special, all pre packaged even tinned fruit! not fresh. Centrally located withinin easy walking of some sites or Metro accessability. On leaving CGD airport we had a mini bus booked, 48 euros. However on way back we took Metro then train from Gar de Nord to airport 16 euros - no contest really unless you have large luggage.
This was my first stay in Paris, and after seeing "National Lampoons European Vacation", I was rather concerned with the state of Parisian hotels. Which is why the Relais was a pleasant surprise. The lobby was inviting and clean (although knowing some basic French helps - the lobby staff often stutter). There is only one elevator, so having a room on the 1-ère niveau (first floor) is a plus.
Lovely Hotel, Shame About The Area!
We have just come back from a four day stay in Paris. The hotel itself is modern and comfortable. We stayed on the 7th floor (top floor) and the views from our room were beautiful (although due to there only being Velux windows we did have to stand on a chair to appreciate it!) The staff were extremely friendly and helpful and spoke perfect Anglais. However there is a downside - the area is scary at night! It felt like we were surrounded by gansters and felt the hotels location did not warrant the cost of the stay. If we had a few drinks and weren't as aware as we would be sober, we felt it a safer option to get taxi's straight to the door at night. We felt perfectly safe during the day. Saying all that, we had a fantastic stay in Paris and the Hotel itself is faultless.
Stayed 9th April to 11th April 2005. For the Paris Marathon. This hotel is very modern and very simple. It is only small, but the rooms are adequate (we had 4 of us in ours). The reception staff are very nice and helpful and speak good english. There are no tea or coffee making facilities in the rooms, although there is a mini bar (which is chargeable). The road it is situated on (Boulevard de Magenta) is very busy and doesnt quieten off much after 3 am!! The fumes are abit annoying, if you have the windows open. The balcony was a nice touch, just for the view of this part of the city. Breakfast is continental, but very nice and ample (34 euros for 4 per day). You are best using the easy-to-use Metro (subway) to get around. We found it quite simple. If you remember which direction you are travelling! It took about 45 mins to get to the Eiffel tower area, (start of the Marathon), but the metro experience was worth it, rubbing shoulders with the locals. Once we got our bearings, it was the best way to travel. They charge the same all over the city (it was 5.60 Euros for 4 to travel one way - remember to buy a ticket for the way back, unless you get the day pass of course). All in all a great time was had and we would definately go back. To get to the hotel from CDG we used parisshuttle. This was a great idea, but if you use them make sure you get the correct paris shuttle mini bus. Theirs are silver and have black bold PARIS SHUTTLE on the bonnet and www.parisshuttle.com in gold on the back windows. We took another silver mini bus, which was not the right one. (it had paris shuttle written in pink). After a confusing phone call from Paris Shuttle, it turned out ok and the payment still went to them (we paid on arrival at the hotel in cash). We think this bus we took was a sub contracted bus, which interrupted the radio call for our pick up! To book requires a credit card, but it isnt charged). It was ok for the journey back to CDG
I stayed here as a teacher-chaperone of a group of high school students (we were 45 in all). While the room was clean and fairly well-decorated, I couldn't help but notice that we were not the only large tour group present. As a frequent traveler to Paris (both with and without students), I have to admit that I felt bad for those who were staying in the hotel on their own. As quiet as we kept our students, there were nonetheless moments of chaos as we all gathered together, either in the breakfast room or the lobby. As our comings and goings could not help but be acknowledged. It would drive me crazy if I had come there on my own! Just a fair warning... As for the hotel itself, it is in a very convenient location for subway access (numerous lines run through the Republique stop, a short walk away). However, the neighborhood is not that desirable. Additionally, for the price of the hotel, I know from experience that one can find an equally equipped and better located hotel elsewhere in the city.
Very good for a 3 star
Le Relais de Paris Republique is a very modern hotel. It is beautifully designed and looks great. The beds were comfortable and the room was perfectly sound proofed. The bed room had a desk and a wardrobe large enough for two people. Our room also had a small living area with an armchair that could be converted to a third bed. We had a nice tiled shower room adjacent to the bedroom and an additional guest toilet in the living area. Both the shower room and the guest toilet were tiled and clean-looking with high quality fittings. All in all, the hotel was nice-looking and very clean. The only disappointment was the minibar, which only stored non-alcoholic beverages.
Stayed at this hotel for 2 nites with my sisters. We were going out together after a long time so we decided to get a triple room and have some fun. Hotel is located just 2 stops from Gare du Nord on line 5. Metro is literally 2 mins walk away. The area is very quiet at nite. Room was ok - a double converted to triple. This hardly left any room to walk around without bumping into things. Otherwise it was clean. Bathroom was small but very clean. Reception staff is very polite and speak english which is a bonus. Breakfast was good and full of variety. Overall, not a bad hotel for the price (146 euros for a triple bed/nite with breakfast).