Prince de Galles Hotel
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We arrived in Paris at 7 a.m. after another long and sleepless flight. We headed to our hotel, the Hotel Prince de Galles, and were thankfully able to check in and get our rooms. We were happy to have warm showers and an opportunity to rest up. Erin and Kaitlyn were both feeling poorly. Think they both have the flu that David has been fighting for …
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Pois bem, como pode-se notar no titulo, hoje foi o dia das andanças.
O plano parecia simples quando nós decidimos ele:
- Achar um lugar para tomar café da manhã (não é incluso na diária)
- Comprar a máquina fotográfica na loja da Sony
- Voltar no hotel para deixar a caixa da máquina
- Descer a Champs-Elysees até a praç …
Acho q hoje o plano foi menos complicado do que o de ontem.... decidimos ir para Le Château de Versailles..... mas primeiro cada um precisava de um par de tenis novo, pq os de ontem ficaram imprestáveis, pois alem de suados estao imundos... e como o quarto é de carpete....
Compramos tenis proprios para corrida.... e com um amortecimento otimo …
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Historical Traveler Reviews Prince de Galles Hotel Paris
Overpriced & not special
I agree with the recent review. This hotel has been an also-ran for decades. It prospers on its 8th District location just off the Champs-Elysees.
Once it was a Marriott I believe, now a Starwood. For the first time visitor, it does offer good location. Unfortunately, the 8th Arrondisement is so bland. Many of the hotels were bought up by foreigners years ago; there's little French influence today.
The Left Bank and Montmartre areas still offer that certain French experience. We choose Left Bank every time, something near the Bon Marche store (metro: Sevres-Babylone or Vaneau) in the 7th Arrondisement.
Don't pay full price
I enjoyed many aspects of this hotel, but as the person from Dallas said, it's a great hotel if you stay there for free. This place is priced near the George V/Plaza Athenee/Ritz range, but while it's nice, it's not of their caliber.
I stayed there free for a week in July of '03 on Starwood points, and if I were paying the 600-odd euro's my room was supposed to be going for, I'd be less than happy. The bed was comfy but the decor was rather ordinary. The bath was quite nicely appointed, however.
I will say that the A/C worked well (and in the summer of '03, it was vital !) The people at the front desk were for the most part very helpful, and they were graciously tolerant of my bad French. They helped me arrange a rental car in just an hour for an impulse trip to Normandy and Versailles, and the price was quite reasonable as well.
The location near Avenue Montaigne and the Champs Elysee was superb, and the hotel was blessedly quiet. The bar is quite elegant, but the cocktails are verrry pricey.
All in all, very nice, but not an inspiring hotel. For this price, move next door to the George V; it IS Paris, after all ! Live large.
Watch out for the breakfast!
We stayed at the Prince de Galles Hotel in June 2004. I know that our dollar is weak, but was BLOWN away when I noted that a continental breakfast was $40! That's for a roll, juice, and tea or coffee. Local calls are $5 each. In other words it was a clear case of ripping the customer off at every opportunity.
The hotel itself was like a 4-star hotel in the USA, so it was nice by european standards. I got my room on priceline and paid $230 per night.
The location is SUPERB, so my recommendation is book the hotel on priceline - dine elsewhere! By the way, small candy bar and perrier from minibar is $15.... ha ha.
Worth it, if it's free
My family and I stayed at the Prince de Galles for a week in March 2004. This is a fine hotel in a very good location in the 8th arrondisement. It is immediately next door to the much swankier Four Seasons George V. We had a junior suite and used Starwood points for a free stay. Overall the hotel is nice enough although not plush and certainly not any nicer than a standard Westin in the US. It is in an old building but has been well maintained. The bathroom was large by European standards and had all the modern amenities. The hotel staff was generally helpful although sometimes we had to make duplicate requests for things like extra glasses. The concierges were particularly helpful and were able to get us a reservation at Jules Verne, the restuarant in the Eiffel Tower, at the last minute. The hotel's rates are outrageous however. Our suite was going for 600 euros per night at the time we were there and to my mind was worth no more than half that considering it is in Paris. The hotel's charges for room service, phone calls, etc. are equally inflated (9 euros for a cup of coffee!) The hotel will also be happy to let you use your Starwood points for things like wine, a meal in the restaurant, etc. although at these rates, the best value is to use them for your stay. I would stay at the Prince de Galles again but only if the rates were much, much lower or using Starwood points.
Excellent hotel in paris
stayed here in mid-march 2004. we loved paris, and i think that this hotel contributed a lot to this great experience. the staff was very helpful and pleasant, the person who checked us in even walked us up to the room and made sure we were settled in comfortably! the french windows were very cute, although it was too cold to open them at the time. the bathroom was clean and updated, no peeling walls or anything, robes and slippers were made available to us, along with bath salts!
the room altogether was nicely decorated with french inspired prints, but it was not overwhelming like some hotels can go. and the location is just awesome. i would definitely stay in this hotel again when i go back to paris, which hopefully will be soon!
I expected more
The staff was very nice and attentive, especially since I didn't speak French all that well. The hotel is in a great location, right off the Champs-Elysee. The rooms did leave a lot to be desired. The beds were quite old and saggy. The linens weren't as nice as one would expect for a 5 start hotel. Unlike the other reviewer, I did not get an upgrade to a suite even though I've been a Platinum starwood member for years. So much for "membership has its privileges."
Prince de Galles
The staff at this hotel is friendly, and very willing to speak English rather than watching the less skilled among us flounder in attempts to communicate.
The hotel is in a convenient location, just down the street from Georges V metro stop. The room we stayed in was clean, and had modern amenities. The bed, as previously reported, could use some improvement to correlate with Starwood Luxury Collection standards, and some of the furnishings seemed to be a little worn, with the hotel's supposedly just completed renovation. Other than that, a very pleasant hotel.
Great Hotel in a Great City
We stayed at this hotel in July with our 2 teenage children. The hotel & service were 5 star. We were also on Stawood points & upgraded to a 2 bedroom suite with 2 full bathes with separtate shower stalls & fireplace in the living room (although we didn't need one at that time of year). The location is truly great. Just a block from the Champs & a wonderful bakery just 2 blocks away (with very reasonable prices). Also close by was a laundromat which came in very handy as we were on a 2 week, 3 city vacation & needed to wash some clothes for the rest of our trip. Consider this hotel if you are planning a trip to Paris!
Great time in Paris
Stayed 4 nights on Starwood points in early June '03 with my wife and 2 children. Upgraded us to a true suite (Platinum member treated like royalty!) with fireplace and second bath. Kids just down the hall so almost a 2nd honeymoon.
Street view from balconies was great! Sure, the beds and sheets could be better (when will Europe get the heavenly bed???) but everything else was top shelf.
We stayed there for 4 days in late May, the location was great. Room was airy, and features a street view. Very Parisien feeling. Room was in "Blue" decor, bathroom was in a nice size but no seperate shower stall. However the "Silk" shower curtain and nice towels are a plus. The bedding wasn't too good. Bed was too soft and linening was "sheraton" quality.