Travel Blogs from Paris
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 …
... simply got out of the car and calmly walked off. Talk about having no respect for the property of others; just outrageously selfish behaviour really.
We get to the Le Louvre and only had a short time to go into the gallery, with the main attraction being the Mona Lisa. We decided against going in and are content with looking over some of the other parts of this architectural masterpiece. We hear later from a couple of the group that did go in that they were disappointed ...
Today was Disneyland day!!!
Everyone was really looking forward to getting there and definitely full of energy and excitement.
Now should be easy to get there early, to get there at the opening at 10:00 to meet Donna. "Move it" was the order of the morning....
Well, we left, not too late but still needed to stop to get food & drinks. At the main train station for the regional line we thought ...
Thursday, 3rd October Onward to Paris!!!! I must say I haven't yet had a great impression of France, but I was certainly excited about Paris. How could you not want to visit the Eiffel Tower?? As the bus rolled into this bustling Renaissance City the Lady herself, the imposing Eiffel Tower came into view. Cue emotion please - how long had I wanted to visit the Eiffel Tower? Since I was a child maybe, and finally I could see her ...
... 8217;s, Saucisse and more pink wine! Finally well refreshed it was time for the less than five minute walk to home. A very late dinner was thrown together and all of us hit our beds exhausted by a very full and exciting day. I am sure we will take it easier tomorrow!
Side note: If you are wondering how the girls are fairing with all this walking. The answer is remarkably well with hardly a single complaint or whimper, they are super all of them!
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Historical Traveler Reviews Select Hotel Paris
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!
Pleasant 10 day stay at the Select
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.
The bottom line: The Select is a comfortable hotel for exploring Paris. The rooms are well maintained and distinctive. The staff is generally kind and helpful -- not quite as warm/helpful as a B&B but much better than a US chain hotel. A few tips will help improve your stay:
1)If traveling with a partner, staff will assume that you prefer a double bed room to two twins. The odd thing is that at the Select, the twin rooms can be larger and more modern than the double. Also, two twins beds pushed together seem larger than the double my wife and I barely shared (thankfully we are of average, or below average height). So don't assume that "bigger bed = better room." The rooms on the outside of the hotel are quite nice and modern -- so consider two twins.
2) The bathrooms are universally modern, emphasizing a deep (if not long) tub with detachable shower wand. Great for an end of day soak.
3) The elevator can fit one suitcase and one thin person :^)
3) The breakfast room is delightful, but the breakfast is a bit spartan even by Parisian standards. You will see the same coffee/tea, croissant, rolls, wheat bread, jam/honey, sad looking sliced cheese (one type), canned fruit, and corn flakes every day. It's all good...but other hotels provided more variety of cheese, a selection of meats or cereal, and a "hot tub" for boiling multiple eggs at the same time. Not that it matters much...there are plenty of snacking opportunities nearby.
4) Ask the staff where to eat. There are lots of cafes, but finding a great restaurant can be a minor challenge because of the number of touristy/chain restaurants nearby (ask to be warned about the tourist trap street -- lots of so-so food)
5) The location is great for seeing the city. You are close to Metro and RER stops, and an easy walk to Notre Dame and many museums. Oh, the TVs in the rooms are about the size of a shoebox. Not that you need to watch TV anyway...
Overall, a pretty good value for the price. Others in my group felt the hotel was a bit overpriced -- but folks were generally happy. Bon Voyage!
Great little hotel right next to the Sorbonne
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.
Disappointed in the Select
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....
Great Left Bank hotel
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.