Travel Blogs from Paris
We've now done two trips across the country by train. This has gotten us very well acquainted with the SNCF - France's high speed rail network of TGV trains that sprawls across the country and also connects with the rest of Europe.
You hear a lot about rail travel in Europe and how easy it is to get anywhere via rail so I'd naturally been curious to see if it lived up to expectations.
Through my colleague at work I ...
... I can remember them better, and probably for longer. It was also really good to do and see everything with a childhood friend.
Tomorrow will be my last day in Europe for awhile, but definitely not my last. Going to have to get up pretty early to pack my bags, shower and head over to the airport (which is really damn far) early because it's one of the biggest in Europe. Then it's a non-stop flight to Toronto and I'll finally be home. But for now, sleep!
... 5:30 pm. It is starting to rain and get cold. We get to bypass the line for the first elevator. We get out and it is windy and bitterly cold. We get in line for the summit. On the ride up all I can think is that. I really do not like high places. We get dropped off on an enclosed floor and I go up and take some quick pictures. We then hightail it down since you can feel it swaying. We get back to our hotel and eat at. One of the bistros on our ...
... Notre Dame, so we were able to sit and take in the whole church without craning our necks or having people getting in our line of vision. Despite the number of people, it was a nice way to see the church and to get off our feet for a bit. The cornerstone of the church was laid in 1163, so this year marks the 850 year anniversary of the church.
Just in front of Notre Dame is a small circular pointed star set into the pavement. This is Point Zero, the origin of ...
... big thing here is the long Monet lilly paintings. They were incredible too. And you can sit in the middle of the room and just stare at the paintings. Very impressive. Downstairs they had some Italian art, Picasso was a big name, another is Matisse. But I don't think I really like modern art. It's a bit too ugly and aesthetically unpleasant. Perhaps it's the odd disjointed-ness and abstract-ness that I just don't have a high appreciation for. I'm a sucker for ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Regina Hotel Paris
Old world charm and style
We stayed at the Regina in June and loved every second of our visit.
Our room was incredible, with huge french windows that overlooked the tuileries and the Eiffel Tower beyond. The room itself was huge and evocative of 'old paris'. The bathroom was big too which is a dream in Paris. The location is fantastic. Seconds from the louvre and the tuileries, a skip away from hot chocolate at Angeliques and a pleasant stroll to the Place Vendome and Blvde Hausseman. Faubourg St Honore is only moments away as well!The Regina is an older style European hotel, it has been used in many films including la femme Nikita. Please stay there if you can, you won't regret ii.
This hote was amazing. Great location, wonderful staff and great breakfast. Definetely recommended.
I stayed at the Regine twice and both times were as good as each other.
Wonderful rooms, large, great breakfast and a wonderful location.
Leaving the Regina was like leaving a part of me in PAris.
I stayed a week at the Regina. It was amazing. Close to everything. I was on the top floor and across my balcony was the most incredible view of Paris. The room was comfortable, service wonderful, and even though I dont speak french I was thankful the employees at the front desk did. They were very helpful and kind to me. I will be back someday!
Inadequate air conditioning
Airconditioning was not adequate - we just returned from a trip with the last 5 nights in Paris. Although I informed the front desk of the problem and a technican came, the room was not comfortable. We were ont he top floor - perhaps they should not have the top floor open in the summer if this is a problem. The room itself was beautiful, clean. The bathroom was large, clean, and full of light. Maid service and service staff were highly responsive. However, due to the air conditioning problem, lack of, I would not stay at this hotel again.
Our special place
This hotel will always have a special place in our hearts. Besides being a charming Beaux Arts beauty, it is the place that my wife and I got engaged. I mention this because it highlights another charm of this little gem -- the staff. They were so helpful with all my plotting and planning and helped make the surprise come off without a hitch. We will visit the Regina again and again over the many years of our marriage!
This Hotel is fantastic. The rooms are great, the people are very friendly and helpful. The food is wonderful and best of all, it's located in the best district in Paris. For first timers you really want to your Hotel to be located in this district. The Louvre is right across the street. The Eiffel Tower is within walking distance. There is also a fantastic bus-tour company 20 steps from the Hotel (this will be very important to you because after any tours that you book you'll be dropped off right at the Hotel). For those of you who heed this advice, say hello to Stefan (the breakfast host at the Hotel restraunt) from Michael and Kitty.
So perhaps my feelings about the Regina were biased by the fab hotel we had just stayed at in Venice, also on frequent guest stay miles. The room at the Danieli in Venice was top of the line. In Paris, at the Regina, our "free" (points) room was on the top floor, so it had that sort of horrible low ceiling you get in Parisian top floor rooms. It was laid out oddly, and was a bit claustrophobic. It was also impossible to get it not too hot or not too cold - the heater was sporadically scalding and/or freezing! The hot water into the bath tub, in a rather nicely petite, white tiled forties-feeling bathroom, was the hottest hot water we had in all Europe. So that was good. But as far as service, well, it was not very good. Forget getting turndown! It was a joy to get towels without calling. The bar was great service and decent priced for cocktails. The breakfast (continental included) was a good deal, and it was nice to have table service versus horrible buffet!! But still, all in all, I was not thrilled.
We had a short stay during our honeymoon trip and were charmed by the Regina Hotel. Full of character, and wonderful location, we found outstanding service.
Last fall, we stayed at The Regina Hotel and absolutely LOVED it!! The location is perfect, right across the street from the Louve & Tuilleries. Fantastic shopping on all surrounding streets. But the best part was our room. It was absolutely incredible. It was a 6 room suite with 20' high ceilings a fabulous view of the Eiffel Tower, excellent restaurant (and room service), service (twice daily maid service) Terry bath robes, great tour booking from the main desk, elegant lounge/bar. It truely was a huge factor in our loving Paris. We can't wait to go back!! Do yourselves a favor and check out this place. Our room rate was $245/night.