Travel Blogs from Paris
... breakfast, then taking the subway to the Montmartre district, and saving our parents’ legs by riding the Petit Train (which boards just across the street from the Moulin Rouge) and seeing this famous area by day, as well as the exquisite Sacre Coeur church. Keely and Scot love walking around this area, which has been home to so many famous painters, writers and stories of Paris, so we also enjoyed sharing it with our parents by train. We made it back just in time ...
... lights and music to add to this unique shopping experience.
While at the Champs Elysees we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to check out the Arc De Triomphe at the end of the avenue. The huge roundabout, with the Arc at the epicentre, sees twelve roads of four lane traffic converge into the unmarked roadway. Quite a sight watching cars, buses, taxis and scooters gradually negotiate the various roads to their ...
... them. On the steps was a busker with a huge harp, entertaining the people. He also sold CDs of himself playing…….mostly Beatles numbers.
We also went to the Montmartre Museum and saw lots of paintings and drawings by some of the French greats. The museum itself was in a beautiful old house near Sacre Coeur.
We found a street café to have lunch and another busker came along to serenade ...
Well, after a torrid 20 hours en route to Paris we have arrived. Who am I? Where are we? The taxi dropped us off at our apartment at 9am where we met Anne, the owner, who gave us keys and instructions. After squeezing into the lift ("but no, eet iz really quite large" says Anne), we checked out our digs for the week.
A quick hunt and gather to ...
... while it was busy and our waiter was a little abrupt at first we warmed to the setting (and the waiter) once we received a couple of bottles of still water, hot, sweet mint tea as well as a random selection of middle eastern sweets. The sweets were so delicious and at 2 Euros each an incredibly good deal. I would very much like to go back and take more time to see the Mosque as it looked beautiful but the time we had with Monica, Luke ...
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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!
Loved Hotel Montalembert
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.
The rooms were extremely clean and well kept. The beds were incredibly comfortable with luxurious linens that supported a wonderful nights rest. The bathtub was perfect for soaking in after a long day of walking. Our room was in the deluxe category, which means it is a bit bigger than others. The hotel is on a reasonably quiet street with little or no street noise. Nice plasma TVs too.
It is located about a block from the Rue de Bac metro stop and about 5 or 6 blocks to the St. Germain metro stop. It is also located about a 5 minute walk to the D'Orsay museum, which was a plus.
Breakfast was delicious, however incredibly expensive. For example, 5 euros for an order of toast! So if you are a big breakfast person, try to get it included in your rate.
The only downfall is that it is not really in the heart of St. Germain. It is about a 5-10 minute walk, which was generally very nice. It is located in an upscale area that is a mix of design shops, clothing shops and the usual patisseries. However, we were able to get anywhere in Paris very quickly with the metro!
I hope that you enjoy your stay there as much as we did.
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.