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... kayla liked the mini ponies.
We leave to head to malta today. It's a 1015am flight for 2 hrs so, so by lunch we were hoping to be landed and soaking up the 5 days of 28-30 degree sunshine! Little did we know know the trains were on strike so after a changed platform, a 20 min wait, confusion and then a missed train due to crowding we decided to try a taxi instead. Little did we know taxis decided to strike also, so after another 20 mins we finally get ...
‘Waterlilies’ encompass two oval rooms in natural sunlight due to the large
domed glass ceilings. The building was designed by Monet to display these
particular works. The effect is breathtaking. The lower level houses 144 works
from the Walter – Guillaume collection by various other artists including
Picasso, Moreau, Cezanne, Renoir, Matisse etc. A small but very ...
Terry and I reported by metro at 9.00 am and met the rest of our fifteen member group. We were escorted to the train and travelled to the town of Versailles where we picked up our bicycles and took over the roads to travel as a group to the outdoor fresh produce market. We bought fruit and avocados and cheese and sausage and a small bottle of red wine for a picnic lunch then rode our ...
... an eye and a tooth for a tooth" written on it. Although, I felt bad for the ancient medical professionals because "A surgeon who bungles an operation shall has his hands cut off" is one of the laws.
The museum staff called the 15 minute mark until the museum closed, so we began to wrap it up, taking our time walking back through the exhibits and stopping for things we found interesting. We were back out on the street by 9:50 and after having little to ...
... met our first gypsy trying to get money out of me. Al saved me from that one..we got on metro and went to mont maitre for some shopping and check out funnicular. I bought souvenirs. We then took metro back to hotel. We found a grocery store and bought dinner to eat at the park. Then back to hotel to just sleep as we were still jet lagged.
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TravelPod Member ReviewsNormandy Hotel Paris
Very lovely service & centrally located! Walking distance to EVERYTHING! Although the rooms have not been upgraded they remain clean with a shabby-chic feel. The only downside is that the rooms have no air conditioner & tend to get stuffy even in the late winter/early spring. I would definitely stay here again!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Normandy Hotel Paris
Let me start by saying that Jerome was incredibly helpful and kind in helping me find appropriate accomodations when our room at the Normandy did not meet our expectations. I agree with the other reviewer that the four star rating was issued 30 years ago. The property has seen better days. After trying several other room options, we were graciously moved to the Villa Pantheon on the left bank and comfortably ensconced in a clean, comfortable and nicely located hotel. I would recommend postponing any stay at the Normandy until they have rennovated and updated this property.
Quite Satisfied with Hotel Normandy
I booked this hotel and then read the reviews and was quite worried.
All worries were put to rest, the room was quite lovely. It was a large room and the bathroom set up was perfect. I didn't need the air conditioner and was not sure how to work it but also a fan was provided which I used. The room safe did not work, but they offered room safe deposit box which was just fine. I did not eat the breakfast so cannot review this. Not sure about the "stars" but the price I received on expedia and the room I had in Paris with the fantastic location I was more than satisfied.
Beware of the mice!
We just returned from a 2 week trip to Europe, during which we stayed for several days at the Normandy Hotel in Paris. The first night in the hotel we encountered a mouse in our room (twice) on the third floor of the 4 star hotel. After 15 minutes, the hotel management did move us as we requested to a better room on another floor. They did not offer to discount our stay, stating that it is an old hotel and with the hotel renovation (we were not aware the hotel was being renovated) the mice had been stirred!After we were in our new room, we did not have any further mouse sightings. I had not heard of this before and wonder if this is common in the area near the Louvre/Opera.
We do not recommend
Not quite the 4 star hotel we were expecting! Especially disappointing at this price. The lobby and common area look nice - the rooms are a whole other story. The wall paper was peeling, faded and dirty. The furnace pipes in the rooms were visibly rusty. The paint in the bathroom was peeling. The furniture (sofa and charis) were dirty and threadbare. The bed was saggy. The carpet was dirty. On the plus side, the bedspread and curtains at least appeared clean and new. The hall ways were dingy - very dirty carpet. The breakfast was way overpriced - 25 euros for a very basic buffet. We were wondering - when was this place given 4 stars? Perhaps 30 years ago?
OK room, but need a big discount to avoid rip off.
We had to stay here for one night as our other hotel (nearby Hotel Therese was full). Stayed in newly renovated room - bit chintzy but reasonable size, although ceiling cut away so effective room much smaller. Bathroom had jacuzzi bath, but only shower head for washing hair - I want a shower not a bath, jacuzzi or otherwise. Good bathrobes. Finish of some of furniture given new renovation was mediocre - lots of knocks and marks. Corridors are varying - dingy to OK as it is being done up. Location is good. Re: an earlier comment on breakfast room - seen much nicer breakfast rooms than this one, nothing special at all, with netted curtain view of street. Full rate was 495 - absolutely outrageous. But company booking had got 200 - this is OK. See same type of discounts on wotif for this hotel. This type of rip off with big discounts seems more common in Paris than anywhere else I have stayed. Would not choose to stay here above Therese which is fully newly renovated. Rooms there are standard 160 for mid size, bit smaller than Normandy but more modern elegance in avoiding chintz.
Great location, but needs extensive refurbishing
This hotel is ideally located and has a certain amount of style on the outside and in the public areas. However, given the state of its rooms, it is overrated and overpriced. The hotel is clearly in need of substantial renovation. Similarly, the breakfast buffet, at 25 euro, is relatively high on form and low on substance.
Not all that bad
My fiance and I recently spent 4 nights at this hotel. After booking our room, I read a review on this website and was quite concerned at the comment about the state of the rooms!
The wallpaper was peeling off the walls in places, and the room looked to be in need of renovation. We had booked a double room, but were given a twin room. However, when we asked to be moved we were advised that there were no other rooms available. They pushed the two beds together and dressed them as one double.
On the plus side, the beds were EXTREMELY comfortable, the room was spacious & lovely and warm. Once we settled in, we loved the old-fashioned decor, this added to the whole "Paris experience". The bathroom was large, and had a good shower. The fluffy robes and big soft towels were lovely.
The location of the hotel was excellent. This was our second trip to Paris, and we found that this time, we spent a lot less time on the Metro, and could walk to most places. Because of this we got a much better feel for the city.
Unfortunately, we felt that this hotel was overpriced. The cost of breakfast and drinks was excessive, so we found nearly cafes intead. You really pay for the location, however, if you plan to only stay for a couple of nights then maybe it's worth it.
I don't think we would choose to stay here again because we discovered other parts of the city, and other lovely (reasonably priced) hotels to stay in. I would also prefer a place where the breakfast is affordable! Given the choice between the Normandy and a new modern hotel within the same price range however, the Normandy would win hands down.
I loved this hotel. Location Location Location plus very polite, english speaking staff, LOVELY breakfast room though I didn't eat there. My single room was lovely, quaint, generally clean, no peeling paper for me. I walked in and got a discounted rate of 90/night for a single so it was well worth it. I cannot stress enough the positives of this location, a stone's throw from the Louvre and the Palais Royale, and the metro, an easy walk to the Seine and the Notre Dame.
This is not a cheap hotel, so you will be suprised to find peeling wall paper in your room. But this is consistent with the state of the room. Breakfast was even worse! A good location but I do not recommend this hotel.