Travel Blogs from Paris
Arrived at Gard du Nord and luckily picked the right exit, the taxi exit, and had to manouevre my way through the throng of taxi drivers all 'racontuering' away, smoking and throwing their butts onto the wet Parisienne street. Clutching my map I set off, unfortunately immediately missing the street which would have cut the hypothenus of the …
... I didn't quite enjoy it as much this time around. (And yet another blessing from The Lord-it did not make me sick!) Afterwards we headed off to the catacombs. The line was long but we did have a lovely time playing a word game with the Australian couple behind us. (By the way, if you can name another country that starts with an O besides Oman, I'd really like to know it.) the catacombs are really long tunnels ...
... children watching a video in the area that I’d be photographing. After they left, I had to wait for a bald knucklehead (who could see what I was doing) who took an inordinately long time looking over each exhibit and reading each description. I have to wonder if he did it just to annoy me. Finally I had a short window of opportunity and got my shot.
I spent longer in the WW II area, as that was of more interest to me. They had lots of ...
... the cruise so some pictures were a bit fuzzy but it was still wonderful.
At the very end of the ride when the boat was docking we could see the Eiffel Tour do it's hourly light show. White lights sparkle all over for 5 minutes. Seeing it lit up really made "being in Paris" seem real.
We are now back at Jeff's and it's nearly 1am here. We are wiped out! But, I wanted to get in an update since it's been since Amsterdam.
Tomorrow, we get to go ...
... past some more things I don't remember and by this stage we were frozen and needed to get off the bus to change to a new route. So we got off at the Esplanade Des Invalides and waited for the next bus. The buses run every 30mins and we were unsure of how long we had to wait so we went in search of coffee. Coffee found and had and for some reason I ordered an espresso so after what was really one mouthful of coffee we headed back out to get ...
How has this hotel rated in the past?
Historical Traveler Reviews Hotel Montalembert Paris
Not for non smokers or the taller/larger guest
I still have the bruises from where I banged myself on the footboard trying to open the wardrobe. If you are over 6 foot tall and/ or large you would have problems sleeping in the beds too if with a partner!
Worst thing was the smoking in the intimate dining room where tables are so close together you can join in the interview taking place over breakfast at the next table. When they all light up it is time to move into the lounge area. The staff waiting were not very helpful and for the first time in my life I got an apology from a French waiter who forgot to bring me milk when asked twice.
Location and view of Eiffel tower were some compensation but there are better value nice places to stay in Paris!
My husband and I spent 6 nights at the Hotel Montalembert early in January. What a beautiful place! The service was extraordinary...they were always willing to please with dinner reservations, phone calls, extra pillows, etc.
A perfect Paris getaway
My wife and I stayed at the Montalembert for four nights in October '04. This was our 1st (definitely not our last) trip to Paris, and fell in love with the city. The Montalemebert is well-situated on the left bank, yet just minutes from the Seine and the right bank. The neighborhood is excellent, the hotel well-appointed, and the staff courteous and helpful. Our standard room, although small (we're from NYC, so accustomed to small spaces), was of sufficient size, very comfortable, well-appointed and clean. It was on the 7th floor, so the view, which included the Eifel Tower, was perfect. We definitely recommend this hotel for that romantic getaway in Paris!
I am a frequent visitor to Paris and this hotel always serves as my home while in Paris. It has a great location on the Left Bank, in the heart of the St Germain district amid the art/antique galleries, legendary sidewalk cafes, the Musee d'Orsay, and is just steps from the Seine. If just temporarily, one feels like a Parisian while staying here. The service is excellent; the concierge was able to arrange day of reservations to 3-star restaurants on several occasions for me. The ambience is elegant, but understated and very comfortable. I have had many a relaxed morning buffet breakfast while reading the International Herald Tribune in the intimate dinning area. The contemporary, clean lined decor will appeal to those with modernist tastes. The birdcage elevator makes the hotel feel homey. All that said, the rooms tend to be on the smallish side, so book at the very least, a deluxe room. The bath without a full shower curtain can be a bit tricky. These idiosyncracies add to the charm of being in Paris. On my last stay, I had a fantastic room on a high floor with a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Certainly, if one wants to feel like an honorary Parisian, stay at the Montalembert.
A great small hotel. High marks in all areas.
This hotel is small but very chic. The location is wonderful being close to the Louvre, Musse d'Orsay, Metro station and more. The neighborhood is also quiet yet close to the more casual Left Bank shopping and restaurants. The staff was very attentive and the rooms very comfortable. If you don't want one of those big hotels this is the place for you. The restaurant in the hotel is also excellent. I would give this place the highest of marks in all areas. I plan to return there soon.
Trendy but Tiny
If you are travelling solo, these rooms are chic and suitable. If you are travelling with someone else, the rooms are tiny and will barely accommodate your roommate, unless he or she jumps on the bed every time you want to walk to the bathroom, which was glossy, marble and miniscule.
The Montalembert benefits from a superb location, a few blocks from the Seine and Musee d'Orsay, directly across from the unique Galerie Maeght, one block from a Metro stop, and with an underground public parking lot steps away. It also has a sophisticated look, sleek bathrooms and room fittings, and a staff with flawless English and a warm atittude (with the exception of one unsmiling young woman overseeing breakfast). "La bruit de la rue" is a bit of a problem, depending on your room, but only if you're exceptionally noise-sensitive. For all its polish and up-to-date ease, however (this being Paris), it will come at a price. For for a very special occasion, by all means try it...
Slick, sophisticated Paris
A slick, sophisticated residence. Top location. Located on a quiet side street means all rooms are free of street noise (I think, I had a small room in the back. The street rooms are larger and more expensive) Beautiful awnings outside, model-like staff inside, modern fittings in rooms. Nice shower/bath, low voltage lights throughout, high-count cotton sheets, clean shower/bath gifts. Staff is professional. If you want to live like the mod-Hollywood-set, this is the place. And yes, it is Paris, and the rooms are small. But, the City and the hotel are nearly flawless.
My girlfriend and I just returned from a 6 night get away at the Montalmert and had a great expierence. The Staff was very a friendly and helpful food and room service excelent and of course the location couldn't be better. We had a room on the front and requested a bathtub.
The rooms are small but very comfortable.
Charming, chic and stylish
Hotel Montalembert is a gorgeous hotel in St. Germain, close to shops and restaurants. Be prepared to pay more for your stay, but it's well worth it if you're looking for a romantic, chic getaway, where you can enjoy an intimate drink in the lobby (they even offer nibbles).
The rooms are very small, but still stylish. The hotel service/personnel are polilte and helpful and speak English when necessary.
This hotel reminds me of a very upscale hotel because of it's contemporary furnishings and elegance and a bed & breakfast because of it's charm.