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... the Honesty bar)...... We have discovered a nice little boulangerie down the road which has the best vanilla yoghurt -- (actually has visible vanilla bean seeds!) and croissants so breakfast in our apartment is also cheap and nice.
I am practicing the remnants of my school french as best I can... though the volume of rapid reply renders me useless and I have to then confess that I have reached my limit! Still - last night as we sat at a curb side ...
... until reaching the Jardins du Trocadero below the massive Palais de Chaillot, and directly across the river from the Eiffel Tower. The fountains in the gardens, which periodically gush water like geysers into pools surrounded with marble statues, were in action when we arrived. Across the river, the image of the Eiffel Tower rising into the blue skies, with a few puffy-white clouds floating in the background, was truly stunning.
... that I'd need them. Sure enough when we arrived in France Emmanuel's walker (which had to go in the hold for the last flight) arrived damaged.
A week or so later when I finally found the time, I decided to fix it. It turned out that the flathead screwdriver and the pliers were EXACTLY the two tools I needed.
I also carried a big roll of duct-tape. I didn't know what exactly I'd be using it for since it had been sitting around the garage never getting used ...
For the twenty something hours in the air I had a genius (or so I thought) plan, to get (slightly) drunk and stay up all night reading and watching movies for the first 13 hour flight, then sleep on the second so as to adjust my body clock to Paris time. Besides, for my 3 hours in Dubai there would be no alcohol sold due to Islamic laws, so I needed to make the most of drinking before that gruelling 3 hour dry spell (right?). The first ...
... They're painted and carved and gold-painted and really just the most intricately detailed walls you can imagine.
Somewhere amongst all this skyward staring, we ran into a couple other girls from our tour, and walked with them back to the meeting point for our group dinner. It was supposed to be a fancy French meal, which I will admit was rather underwhelming. We had duck and 'sauteed potatoes' which turned out to be fries. The escargot ...
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I can't wait to go back
After reading the other reviews listed, I made my trip to Paris and stayed at the this hotel. I can't say enough great things about it. The hotel was clean and staff was perfect. Our room was a bit small but that didn't bother me, french windows were opened for a little fresh air. I loved the long thin tub and this lighting in the bathroom was the most flattering. Oh, and great water pressure too. the free breakfast in the moring is incredibly generous. i looked forward to it!
the location was perfect. it is in the sweetest little neighborhood where you have local cheese shops and an amazing bread shop. there are several bars, one with my favorite, a pinball machine. At night for dinner we would walk to the close by, marais, where we found amazing resturants like Bowfinger. IF you know some french, and have an appreciation for the little things, you'll love Paris and you'll love having stayed at this hotel, as I did.
Great staff at Candide
The Staff could not do enough to please so much so that you accepted a Hotel that could do with a spring clean and a lick of paint. Great location good metro access with an interesting walk to St Michelle via Bastille.
An ideally located base!
I arrived back home yesterday from a 3 night stay in the Candide and was thoroughly impressed with the hotel. The staff were more than helpful and went out of their way for you. It also had no check in/check out times and the desk was manned 24 hours, which was good in our case as we had a very early flight home. The hotel itself is small with basic facilites but a perfect base for seeing the sights of Paris.
The rooms are small but comfortable and have all the basic facilites.
Luckily we weren't there for the view which was good because we had a brick wall! Breakfast was nice and there are two options; either go down to the dining room and have continental breakfast or have breakfast delivered to your room but with less choice. The hotel itself is on a quiet side street and although not THAT near to any attractions, the Metro is the best way to get to them all. The nearest station is Voltaire Leon Blum (turn right and cross the road) on M 9 and if you plan where you're going beforehand, you'll be fine. It's easy to get to all the sights and I recommend a Paris Visite which is 18euros for 3 days - cheaper/dearer for less/more days - and enables you to use the Metro/RER as much as you like. Take it with you when you go and see the attractions/museums etc as you may get a reduction with it! Use the minibar for your own drinks as it is very pricy. If you do though, you will have to tell them as it is an honesty thing and they don't check themselves. There is a local supermarket called Atac just round the corner which sells everything you need, which if you haven't brought any provisions with you, I suggest you go there first and stock up! Even though we were in France, the only French thing we ate was a croissant! Drinks are very expensive and so is food. For eating out - try Rue de Lappe, a little street a short walk away that has all international cuisines and a really nice American diner called Cafe 66.
Look to pay around 30euros for a meal for two. (There is always a McDonalds over the road if you get desperate!) If your holiday doesn't include transfers from the airport to the hotel, I really recommend booking a shuttle service. We found one through the Internet which, for 29euros, was there waiting for us when we arrived at the airport and took us straight to our hotel. They run 24 hours too, but be prepared to pay an extra 10euros for unsociable hours (like 5am in our case!) All in all, I had a brilliant time, and would recommend the hotel to anyone who wants a comfortable base for seeing the sights of Paris.
Agree - neutral / average
I'd average out all the reviews - it's not awful and it's not fantastic. Breakfast better than some budget hotels in France - help yourself, and did not run out of food as some places. More space to eat breakfast, too. Staff were mainly friendly. Agree - put your own drinks in the mini-bar. Agree with comment about 3rd bed being squeezed into narrow alcove. Room not bad for the price - it's get what you pay for, in my experience. Not easy to get decent, cheap food in this area.
Ditto for drinks. Montmarte is cheaper and more atmospheric, for me.
Just my opinion. I DON'T agree that, despite proximity of Metro, connections are poor - we had no problems - just plan in advance which colour routes you'll use, with the fewest changes! Easy to get to many places from this location. Pere Lachaise cemetery is 15 mins walk away.
We went there on our last day - WARNING - it is a HUGE place and you can easily get lost. We (teenage son and I) caught the minibus back to the airport with 20 seconds to spare, and wife bringing up the rear.
Fire alarm went off at 5am. Never seen so many hilariously (un)dressed people. False alarm, of course (hotel's fault!). But it was great listening out of the back-to-back windows trying (and failing) to overhear everyone deciding to drink coffee, stay awake and chat (mainly in French). I felt like I was in a film. Rear Window, for example.
Anyway, less about me...
Very satisfactory base
Very satisfactory base for city sightseeing, great breakfast & friendly helpful staff who went out of their way to assist with directions etc. ALSO...good beds, clean linen & room & hot hot water.
Stayed here for 3 nights at the beginning of July- We found it nice enough- basic but your never in your hotel are you?! Breakfast consisted of crossiants, hard bread and ceral!! Mini-bar is expensive go to the shop across the road and put your own drinks in the fridge! Tip for you- the nearest metro station is the Volitiare- literally on your doorstep- turn right out of the door and right again onto the main street, cross the road and walk a few yards to the end of the street- metro station is there! You will find that you have to change lines frequently for the attractions of paris, we bought a paris visite pass allows you unlimited access to the metro. Highly reccommended if you are planning to see all the sites. If you are staying at this hotel you will need Zones 1-3 for all the attractions (does not include airport), which should cost around 30 Euros for 3 days access. The metro finishes around 12.30pm. Taxis from CDG airport to the hotel cost between 40-50 Euros depending on the time of day- hope you found this useful!
Wonderfully Paris, Hotel Candide
On Side Street, rooms small but adequate. Staff More than friendly and helpful. Very Clean. Would definitely stay again
This somewhat shabby hotel is not quite the glitz and glam of the photo's. We had double occupancy of their triple bedded room, but the third bed was clearly an afterthought, shoved into an odd shaped alcove and reminiscent of a prison bed. It also blocked access to the desk and chair!.
Two lightbulbs had blown, the night porter wasn't able to supply extra pillows (there was one per bed), and the hand held shower flooded the bathroom floor!
The breakfast was pretty disappointing too! I would rate it more as a one or two star. Unless a minibar and direct dial phone is important to you, I suggest you look elsewhere!
Not quite 3 stars...
A bit out of the way, and not quite 3 stars. Maybe 2. The shower was one of those hand-held models popular in Europe. But with a screw missing, it seemed to wash my feet and the walls better than me. Plus it didn't drain well at all, nor did the one in the room next to me. Frustrating. Noisy...my room was right next to the elevator and the metal doors made quite a noise. On a positive note, the availability of breakfast in the room was good and timely. Not a horrible place, but not recommended. We switched hotels as soon as we found a replacement.