New Hotel Candide
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... hotel via a supermarket to grab some supplies and spent a few hours just playing on our ipads and generally chatting. Unfortunately we cannot find an english speaking channel on the TV which is bit annnoying but I will survive!!
We needed to do some washing so decided to do that tonight and that would leave three full days to sight see. Not sure what our itineray will be yet but I am sure we will fill each day to tick off the last of the bucket list things here in ...
... small room!
We ate our lunch on the lawn between the Louvre and Tuileries, feeling very Parisian as so many others were eating their baguettes as well.
Next we caught the Metro to go to the Musee des Egouts de Paris or Paris Sewer Museum!! It was an interesting experience - not an essential visit for a new tourist, but certainly an interesting one. I had read conflicting comments about the smell, but there was hardly any and certainly ...
This morning after breakfast Peter and I caught the Metro to Museum D'Orsay and the queue put us off, so we agreed to walk to Musemn Rodin and there was hardly any queue. We purchased a double pass that would get us into both the museums and also bypass the queue at the Museum D'Orsay. Whilst at the Museum Peter and I dropped into the Cafe for a Cafe Au Lait, before exploring the gardens. The Musée Rodin is a museum that was opened in 1919, dedicated to ...
... Paris (there are 2 famous towers), this one is also veeery high, & is known as "the Awful Tower.
Once finished here we walk across to see the Luxembourg Palace & Gardens, & walk around the area. It seems very popular with the locals with a lot of people picnicking & sitting around reading or just sleeping. There were Bocce & a lot of Tennis courts in there as well.
Nearby is the Latin ...
Hence, it was ironic and disconcerting to, the very next morning, hop on the metro and find, front page, in London Standard (daily paper) article and photos on how the corset has made comeback. The new small waist is "IN" ( one Victoria Secret model is reported to have a 16 inch waist!) AND, reported there in the Standard is how Young girls, are taking to having waist surgery, or wearing round the clock corset to whistle waist, and are suffering severe digestive upset, ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews New Hotel Candide Paris
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.