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... in the morning. The line ups to go up were very long so we decided we'd come back later.
We bought a two day ticket on the hop on/off BatoBus (a boat) with eight different stops along the Seine. Starting at Notre Dame Cathedral, we then spent the rest of the day alternating between the boat and walking tours. Our longest walk took us from the Louvre to Place de la Concorde and ...
... The castle was built by Charles the 5th. We took the Metro to get here, the first day that we bought individual tickets instead of having an all day pass. Unfortunately the ticket wouldnt let us out of the Metro. A kind lady was nice enough to give us her pass so that we could exit. I was starting to panic, so this was helpful.
We walked up towards the castle. Did i mention we love castles.... Nick especially does. It was quite large from the outside, and this was a ...
... no money in the account! I finally made it to class only to run back to the bus station at noon to pick up Alex! He made it here and we were eager to eat – I took him to my favorite resultant, Made in France and we had delicious steak and blue cheese sandwiches. Everyone thought I was crazy for coming to the afternoon class and leaving Alex at my apartment, I guess I can’t fight the good student in me! Friday we went out at lunch so Alex could see ...
... the gare du nord. Mom and I struggled on the escalator. We took a tumble because I was looking back and talking to her and fell over a suitcase and then she tumbled and just couldn't get up. I have a bruise starting already.
We struggled a little to find our hotel because the roads don't make sense in this country, but we found it and got checked in early. We are next to the metros, so it's kind of loud but it'll do. It's super tiny as ...
... occured on the trains on the way. Silence, then a crazy alarm, up goes a screen and a loud trashy puppet show bursts into life (busker). No idea what was going on. Lots of shaking of puppets (creepy looking) in dire need of maintenance. Occasionally one waved around a telephone receiver. When it ended we said no to his request for money. So did everything else. Now fix those puppets. At Verseilles, another 2 hour wait, queuing. Finally, we ...
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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!!!
Best deal in Paris!
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?
i would encourage anyone to stay here!!
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.
Our New Paris Home
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 vend˘me...).I'll definitely stay there again and again...
Don't quite understand the raves
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.