Travel Blogs from Paris
... to the Marias, Rue des Rosiers & Place des Vosges, lunch there at Café Hugo. Explored some of the old glass-roofed shopping arcades & galleries in the 2nd arrondissement which didn't really live up the hype, then Montmartre was next on our list. Sacre Coeur, Place du Tertre, Pigalle before metro back to our hotel.
Had to rest our feet a bit before dinner just around the ...
... d dine in the hotel again (besides they provide free coffee refills). Having breakfast at the hotel has some advantages, in that I can fill up for the same price (€9), and having breakfast outside the hotel would probably cost more and would be more "limited". After breakfast I got my gear organized and left for Ecole Militaire at about 10:00 for the trip to Versailles.
The trip to Invalides was fairly quick. I was chatting with two girls from ...
... in French. The children both tried really hard to find something to that entertained them, but in the end, we headed home less than happy with the museum.
It was a disappointing ending to the day, but Sage and Bryn got over it quickly. It didn't hurt that we discovered that one of our local restaurants was having milkshake happy hour. We decided to splurge, even though it was right before dinner, and have an ice creamy treat.
... and the Notre Dame which unfortunately had some kind of temporary viewing structure out the front so no good for doing my '27 years later' photo (which was really a relief as its not a great before and after shot!!) and then to the left bank for browsing and soaking it all in.
We passed a beggar with a dog with four puppies suckling away and he hit the jackpot with mum who practically sobbed and handed the man a 10 EURO Note (approx. $14)!! 'Well I didn't ...
... for a drink at a place full of Russians and paid top tourist dollar. Our lesson learnt was to always ask for a menu as 30 Euros later we had 2 wines and a beer. 8.30pm came so we headed across the road to stand in the queue with wait for it, more Australians while being stopped at every turn by more Russians. There were Russians checking tickets, Russian bouncers, Russians taking your coats at 2 Euro a coat and Russians taking you to your seat. Remember JJ ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Mansart Paris
Superb on all accounts!
I received a warm welcome and assistance with my luggage immediately upon arrival. The hotel's guest's computer was temporarily down and they offered to let me use a computer in the manager's office!! The front desk arranged for pick-up and shipping by fedex of several large boxes and accepted several packages being delivered from local boutiques and placed them in my room. The best location next door to the Hotel Ritz in the Place Vendome, with a taxi stand right outside the door and the Metro two blocks away. At night you could hear a pin drop and room service breakfast is at your door in 10 minutes (sometimes 6 minutes!)
I used to stay at the Marriott now i stay here and spend the savings at Hermes. Trust me, this hotel is a super deal!!!
i travel to Paris twice a month and have done so for nearly twenty years. i KNOW paris hotels, having stayed in at least twenty or thirty over this time period...hotels of 3, 4 and 5 stars. for 125 euros per night you cannot find a better hotel in paris! the location cannot be beat (next door to the Ritz, at the corner of place vendome and rue de la paix). let's call a spade a spade here....this hotel does not have a bar nor a restaurant nor turn-down service...but if you require these types of amenities then i suggest you increase your budget (the last time i stayed at the ritz/park hyatt/bristol, the rates were over 500 euros per night) as you will not find them for 125 euros per night...and, if you do the place will be a dump...of this i have no doubt! i have suggested this hotel to numerous friends and business associates and every single one of them feel the Mansart is a true find in a city which has thousands of overpriced mediocre hotels. to those that have suggested this hotel is anything less than a stupendous deal i would ask which hotel you would suggest??? one further note to the person who complained about the cigarette smoke wafting under their door...were you on a non-smoking floor? if so, then you should alert the staff to this...if not, then what do you expect?
Once Was Enough
My sister and I stayed in this hotel for six nights in September. Air France lost our luggage and advised they would deliver it to the hotel the next day. The concierge accepted the delivery of my luggage but sent my sister's luggage back to Air France. We had to call Air France and they said it would be delivered the next day. I noted that this hotel did not have a copy of Where nor did they have a phone directory in the room. This hotel is very shabby, has a bad odor in the hallways and extremely unfriendly personnel. I would not advise anyone to stay here. A very bad experience all around.
Having stayed on Saint-Honore in a fine hotel for numerous years, we strayed this time and found ourselves at Mansart ... with a room twice the size and a partial view of Place Vendome and fashion house across the street. Sure, there may not be room service (except breakfast), or there may not be a 'turn-your-bed-down' service, but for the money, the location is brilliant!. The staff was more the helpful and provided assistance to us whenever we needed. Considering our beautiful large french door windows were right at the end of Place Vendome, the room was totally quiet, and were more than pleased with the surroundings. The bath towels were a bit worn, but the bathroom was spotless and not so small you can't turn around. With Less than 5-min walk to the Opera area, a further 5 min. to Galleries Lafyt., and so on, this location is one of the best we have found in 21 years of visits. We even walked to and from the Latin Quarter a few times, and taking taxi's is simple and less than 50 steps from the front door of the hotel. Look forward to our next stay without a doubt!
My favorite hotel in Paris.
I just spent a week at Hotel Mansart,it was a real treat!It was my first time in this hotel,and i must say i was impressed!I don't really understand some other reviews i've read,as the staff was more than friendly and helpful.The location can hardly be better,we didn't have to use the metro!
I stayed in a huge suite with genuine french furniture,my wife and kids loved it.The bathroom was terrific, and the view was wonderful(place vendôme...).I'll definitely stay there again and again...
We've stayed at the Mansart at least five times, mostly because of the excellent room size (the superior rooms are mostly good size, and some of the standards are as well), and the fabulous location (around the corner from the Ritz). While I enjoyed the hotel, we found it was getting shabbier and shabbier each year, with peeling paint and wallpaper, and furniture that was starting to show the effects of years of wear. Last year we had a room with an adjoining door to the room next to it...the people in that room smoked incessantly and the smoke wafted under the door and into our room until we felt like we were choking. Don't get me wrong...I like this hotel, but I think that's a product of having gotten comfortable with the staff, and knowing that we won't have any surprises in terms of the rooms. I do think, however, that the three tower rating in Michelin is just way too much for the condition of the place, and in general, I find the hotel to be overrated. I just wonder when Michelin, Frommer's et al. were last there...By the way, this year we're staying elsewhere, as it was finally time to try something new.
Great location for seeing all the sites in Paris, stayed here for a weekend break in Nov so convenience was a must. Staff were quite rude tho which I didnt like, basically refused to order a taxi for us one night because our journey was "too short", despite the torrential rain outside the door. Room was smaller than I would have liked also and the bar has zero atmosphere. Ok but would not recommend it really as better value could be found elsewhere I think.
Good value in fantastic area
On request of a very quiet room, we stayed in one of the very top rooms (one flight of stairs up from the end of the lift) facing the courtyard. Adorable little room, bed a bit small to our taste but standard "double" size. Large bath with double sinks. Everything decorated to a very good standard. Morning continental breakfast was superb, (incl. good pain au chocolat), and room service was prompt. We'll go back every season.
Our favorite hotel in Paris
We spent a week at the Mansart last November and liked it very much. Our superior twin room was spacious, with the beds in an alcove off the sitting area. There were 2 sets of high windows overlooking the street, but the double glazing prevented noise form entering. Besides a splendid large wardrobe the sitting room contained a round table with 2 chairs, a dressing table and chair, a bureau, a third chair, and a beautiful gold-framed mirror. The bath was large and prettily tiled, with a heated floor. Just across the street was a pharmacy, and half a block away were a post office and ATM machine. The staff were friendly and very helpful, and we thoroughly enjoyed our stay. We paid about $200 for our room and thought it well worth the price.
We paid about 130 euros here and it felt expensive. Typical Paris - I've paid 100 euro and had much better rooms but I have also paid more and had worse.