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25/5. Up early - miss breakfast at hotel as we are too early. Catch taxi to train station - pouring rain again - have to catch train in France as guages change at the border. Our train was already at the station when we arrive -takes us half an hour to find our carriage and our seats. Very strange numbering system in France.
Finally get on our …
So many wonderful places we have visited. Charlie certainly chose a great one to finish with. Our hotel was in the Latin Quarter and after a lengthy train ride from Zurich we arrived late and found ourselves in a room with a double bed and no twin rooms available! Is this why they call it Gay Paris??? We walked a short distance from our hotel to a …
Hi All, Just a quick entry to let you know we are still here and progressing well. We are in Paris for a few days before I take Charlie to Frankfurt for his journey home. Since Ljubljana we have been in Venice (which we loved - probably the highlight so far) and Zurich, which was also nice (the trip over the Gothard Pass was spectacular). Now we …
... tried grilled codfish prepared in a bouillabaisse-style. (Unfortunately, we forgot to take photos of these main dishes, but their presentation and taste were fabulous.)
Meanwhile, as we were devouring our meal, many of Paris's familiar landmarks came into view as we cruised along the river. When we reached Bercy, and the boat turned around for the return journey, we had just finished our feast when the waiter served a dessert sampler with espresso ...
... 000 French soldiers killed during the Franco-Prussian war, and took 46 years to build! Sacre-Coeur is on quite a high hill, so many steps just to get there were done (found out at top we could of taken a mini train or inclinator, but walking those steps means we can try more of the pastry!) No photos were allowed here :( again spectacular statues, sculptures, but the thing you just had to see was the very, very special, not paintings, but mosaic ...
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Lovely, romantic, great location!
The hotel lays in a place where we'd love to live, a lovely pedestrian-only square in the "cinephile" zone, next to two M stations: lots of "essay cinemas", bistrots, delicious little restos; The Hotel is very clean, choose superior rooms with windows on the square (the best are at the top - 6th- floor) - Breakfast is OK! for Italian standards (so do not expect a whole meal) and the halls rooms are classy and pleasant .
Next time we will select the Select again!
I recently returned from a 3 week trip to France and Switzerland, including 10 days at the Select. My wife was with me for the first 7 days, and the remainder of my trip was part of an MBA program on European business strategy. This was our first trip to Paris. In the US, my wife and I have enjoyed the charm of B&Bs and the occasional luxury of larger hotels (e.g Fairmont Hotel San Francisco). We are both in our early 30's. I speak some French. My rating is based on my US experiences and the other, similar hotels I stayed in in Strasborg and Geneva.
After finding out that our original hotel (which we had booked beforehand) did not have a room for us, the hotel sent us to Select Hotel. It was lovely- we stayed in the renovated section of the hotel (this was beginning of Oct. 2004 and the noise was at a minimum) which opens out onto a small pedestrian square next to the Sorbonne- a perfect location. Breakfast (included) was great in the basement and the room and bathroom were clean and designed with modern flair (large granite bathroom, large bed with nice comforter, small couch aligning wall) (not the typically musty rooms in other Parisian hotels). The AC did not work but since it was not hot we were fine, although we couldn't open the windows because we were on the ground floor. The front desk people- depended on which one you spoke to. The day person was very nice.
Usually we stay in a perfectly adequate 2 star hotel in Paris. However, since it was our 20th anniversary, we decided to stay at a "nicer" place, ie the Select Hotel. What a mistake. The hotel advertised Superior Rooms and Standard Rooms. We booked the Standard Room and were placed in a Sub-Standard room - Room 79. We discoverd that there is a renovated part of the hotel and a non-renovated part. We got stuck in the non-renovated part. (Note that as of Sept 29 renovations were still being done) The room was terrible. In fact, it was the worst room we have ever stayed in while in Europe. Not only was it dark and old, it was tiny. If the closet door was left ajar, you couldn't get out of the bathroom. As well, the halogen light fell out of the fixture and could have easily turned into a fire hazard.The elevator was so small that we are sure that it was the dumb waiter in a previous life. Only 2 people (minus their luggage) could fit. Using the stairs was not an option because they were in the dark and were very small -almost like going down a ladder. There were only 2 rooms per floor and the sound carried from floor to floor. It was as if we were in a sound tunnel. We knew when all the other guest returned to their room. Renovation work began at 6:30 am so sleeping was impossible. The breakfast was good, the bathroom was nice and the location is great. HOwever, there are much cheaper and better places to stay. It was very poor value for the money. Avoid the section of the hotel where there are only 2 rooms per floor. Standard rooms are available in the renovated part of the hotel and that area is serviced by a regular (European sized) elevator and stair case. Shop around, there are much better places to stay.
The most terrible hotel in the whole France!
We was ment to stay there for 4 nights, but after only one day we moved out!
The aircondition didn't work, and the staff was like a nightmare.
Once, the lift stopped and we were stucked in it for 2 hours. When we checked out, they was going to charge us for 40£ because of the lift stop, but we called the police, and suddenly the owner removed the 40£ tag from the bill:)
Stayed at the Select for the second week of our honeymoon in November 02; fabulous location, very central and easy walking distance to the excellent restaurants, bars etc of the Latin Quarter. Staff helpful and friendly. The hotel itself is typically Parisian in that the rooms are compact (and perhaps the decor could do with an update!) but rooms have everything you need for a comfortable stay. Very clean and well kept. Breakfast, served in the vaulted cellar, wasn't the most elaborate of meals but was fresh and plentiful. Walking distance from St Michel and/or Cluny la Sorbonne Metro. Excellent hotel - do not hesitate to book here.
Six of us follow the Scotland Rugby Team during the Six Nations events. I booked the Select for our 2003 visit and we enjoyed an excellent stay. Staff were friendly and helpful, the area quiet and perfect for sightseeing. Lots of places to eat. We're hoping to return next February for the rugby and the Select Hotel is our number one choice.
You can't beat the location, and some of the interesting rooms. We had a room on the fifth floor overlooking the plaza. It was interesting and wondeful, if somewhat small. However, some of the other rooms are a bit oddly shaped (i.e., two stories w/ a spiral staircase). The staff are fantastic, and you can walk to everything.
Last stop on the european vacation for 4 nights Oct 23-27... A great location... our room was very small. You can spend a little more to get a more modern room. However, we were never in the room... Select Hotel was next to University of Paris in the Sorbonne area.... Close to latin quarter and the Notre Dame... Subway station very close....We would highly recommend this hotel if you want to be in the middle of everything.... You are surrounded by good places to eat.... We spent 139 euros which is very reasonable for this area... The staff was very helpful and accomodating....
We just returned from a family holiday to Paris and Normandy. We stayed for sentimental reasons at the Hotel Select as it was the first hotel I visited in Paris as a teenager when travelling with my parents (my father was a journalist who knew Paris well). The Select is on the Place de la Sorbonne, right in the heart of the Latin Quarter, opening directly onto a fashionable square with some excellent cafes adjoining. The metro is very close (two stations within 400 yds). The hotel is modern and stylish with reasonably sized air conditioned rooms, some with views over the Sorbonne (which is next to the hotel). The staff are tres friendly and multilingual to boot. The rooms are in the $110-160 range. This place is a real find, within walking dstance of Notre Dame, the Louvre etc., and a stone's throw form the Luxembourg gardens - I recommend it highly.