Travel Blogs from Paris
... to the Chateau to see if the queues had lessened.
Unfortunately, the lines seemed to be at least as long as before even though it was after 14:00 when all the bus tour groups should have departed. There were at least five segments in the queue that snaked back and forth across almost the entire length of the large courtyard in front of the Chateau. I got into the queue and inched forward with everyone else. My back and legs were still bothering me, and ...
... was pretty good!
Wilbur and Ian Turner were waiting for us at the station and off we drove in our big red bus...the "SAG Wagon" to our hotel at Ascain. All the boys were there waiting for us to get our bikes out, the plan was to roll down to the coast at St.Jean and touch the Atlantic Ocean which we duely completed.
Tomorrow we kick the ride off. 780kms over 8 days as we traverse the Pyrenees from Atlantic to Mediterranean coasts.
... not going. We did a tour of Montmarte, which is the old town area. Here we saw Van Gogh's house and the white church which was made of a cleansing stone which turned white after it rained. We attempted to go back to the Louvre to look through it but it was closed which was a bummer. But we're making time on the way back our tour so we were going to spend a couple more days here when we return to do all the things we missed. Had a ...
... henceforth be known as the "luckiest ******* alive", not only found the room he had left it in immediately, but also possibly the most helpful attendant in Paris. The iPad had been handed in by an Asian couple to this attendant and he personally escorted Paul down to the information desk to retrieve it. He wouldn't accept a tip from Paul either, saying it was his job! The pickpockets must have been otherwise occupied there for a while. ...
... Germans from WWI, the French allowed the Germans to
have one cemetery at the end of WWI. Each cemetery is maintained by the
relevant countries, Germany’s cemetery is the only one which could use some
maintenance. I have also posted some more photos in the next entry of our visit to the Somme. We now have two rest days before flying to Singapore via Dubai, we
are both looking forward to having some time to relax.
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Merryl Paris
Well, it's a 2 star so we weren't expecting plush - but this 'hotel' is a joke! We had booked a double room from 3rd to 6th February 2006. The area is not great - the immigrant quarter of Paris - which is not in itself a problem, but walking through all the bags of rubbish heaped on the pavements to get to the centre - which is about 2 miles away - was not pleasant.
Stayed at this hotel for 6 nights with my fiancee. The room was a bit on the small size and the bathroom tiny. Not all the rooms have en-suite facilities. The heating was very good. I was on the side of the hotel that doesn't have a lift. One thing that worried me was that there was no fire escape and no escape route printed on the back of the door which is something I always check. The location is very close to the metro and in an area that has an ethnic mix and has some very good value shops and take aways. however I wouldn't venture too far at night.
Give this one a miss
Stayed here for two nights in April. The room was small, overlooked the drains and smelled damp and musty. The bathroom was minute. The furniture had definitely seen better days. Not in a particularly great area either although close to the metro. Breakfast was nothing to write home about and on day two they ran out of butter and hot chocolate. The lift barely took two slim teenagers and the stairs were steep and numerous! The staff were helpful and polite but I would not stay here again.
Returned yesterday from a 4-night stay at the Hotel Merryl. About a 10-15 minute walk from the Gare du Nord, the Merryl Hotel can be found down a quiet side street just across from La Chappelle metro station. Our triple room was small and basic, with a small ensuite but it was very clean and comfortable. The breakfast room looks as though it has been recently redecorated and is also clean and tidy. The continental breakfast was sufficient to start the day ... and you can always ask for more if you want!
This Hotel Is just Great - I will come back Again
I was the last week with my girl friend at the merryl hotel for a romantic week end. And during all my life it's first time I stay in a so good hotel. The rate the staff everything is here for a wonderfull stay.
Great Location, Affordable, Lovely Staff"
This is a clean, affordable, centrally located hotel offering basic services. We spent 3 nights here at the end of September 2004 and found its proximity to the metro at la chappelle extremely handy. It was affordably priced for central Paris, clean and comfortable. Definitely worth a visit.
we planned with my boyfriend a romantic week-end in Paris. Concerning the accomodation we looked for a nice small hotel with a good position. Exactly this we found at the Hotel merryl, good service, nice people working there always ready to help all mixted with unforgettable atmosphere of Paris. Many thanx. sim from Slovakia
Downright nasty conditions
When we entered the first room that we were assigned, we were met with a foul stench. This we soon discovered originated from what appeared to be urine stains on the bed sheets soaking through to the mattress. A second bed in the room also had dirty sheets with lesser stains. After overcoming our revulsion to this discovery, we complained to the night watch, who was actually very cordial. However, we discovered that the second room that we were assigned also had a funky smell and dirty sheets. The proprietor in the morning was not very accommodating and even charged us for extra breakfast since we decided to squeeze into a friend's room. This would be totally unacceptable anywhere else. Do not stay here. There are plenty of better hotels in this price range in this area.
Bit of a dive!
This hotel is very basic and run down. The reception looked ok, but once you ventured up the "cosy" stairs you can tell what you've got yourself into. The room was drab and bearly clean. The towels were clean, but had stains on them. The bed was really uncomfortable, i.e. soft and lumpy. I'm just happy I only booked this hotel for 1 night. Only stay here you have a VERY tight budget. The location...well that's another story.
The hotel is situated in a lively and interesting ethnic area, nearest metro is La Chappelle, one stop away from the hurly burly of Barbés Rochechouart. The hotel is on a road that is relatively quiet. We stayed there in 2002. Its reception area was clean and fresh, but found young staff unhelpful (see below). The room we stayed in was small and drab but reasonably clean. The shower room was clean but unheated. The windows had no net curtains so we had to be careful! The t.v. reception was terrible and wait for it - when you switched the room lights off the t.v. went off too (strange electrical wiring?)!!!. The walls are wafer thin - we were able to hear the neighbours complaining about their room. When we returned to the room one afternoon we found that one of the towels used and left on the floor that morning was simply folded and put back and then after complaining, staff grudgingly gave us a fresh towel. We only took one morning's breakfast as we were served rock hard butter with croissants and rolls whose freshness were questionable. It's a basic 2 star b&b hotel if you're not fussy but shop around if you want peace of mind.