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The cold ,windy ,rainy parisian day did not deter us from doing the city tour..we shiverred, huddled and snapped away at photo after photo on the top deck of the open air bus... going to all the usual sights as Notre -Dame , Arc de Triumph, Eiffel Tower, Champs-elysees , Pantheon, ,SacreCouer , Opera ..to name a few of the awe inspiring historical …
... the phone so he could read it. This is on the same day a woman spoke to Susan in French and Susan replied, "I don't speak English."
Musee de Cluny
While walking to a bus stop a few days ago, we discovered the architectural dig surrounding the Musee de Cluny. As luck would have it, the Cluny is a medieval museum, a mansion once occupied by the Abbots of Cluny, and Mary Tudor's home - all built upon the ruins of ...
... down some of the french words because my pronunciation is so bad, these guys really can't understand my french accent at all, today I asked for a "Pain au Chocolat" and was served a "cafe creme". Considering my linguistic difficulties I've been very lucky to be shown the real Paris by a local and to see inside the lives of a Parisian family, and tonight Jeremy and I going to a few parties around Paris...
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... for dinner at Steph and Tim's ..... A 2008 George Breuer Riesling from Germany. Bit more shopping and home for a cup of tea and a bickie. Dinner at the Johnstons started with a delicious 2004 champagne forgot to take a note of the name! the Breuer Riesling with the tagine of lamb and couscous followed by a 1986 beaucastel. Cheese of course was an 18 month Comte, goats cheese and another soft Brie like cheese. Allison you would have loved ...
... something like flying halfway across the world would still be magic. It's still magic in theory, but not so much from JFK terminal 1. We arrived in Pairs at noon - perfect, really, since you don't then have an entire day to survive. Mitch suggested that we take the RER (suburban rail) into the city, which immediately tested my very rusty French. (I speak French better on a full night's sleep, a full ...
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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?
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.
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!
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.