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Today we decided to see more of the Paris sights. Luckily the weather held and it was pleasant walking conditions though it was cloudy all day. We walked from our apartment to Ile de la cite.
There we walked around Notre Dame but did not go in as the queue was horrendous. Our tour should take us in or we may go there again early in the morning as it is not far from here.
Then to Sainte-Chapelle which was truly gob smackingly beautiful - despite ...
... and glass barrel-vaulted roof. During our previous trips to Paris, we've walked by this cavernous structure many times (or seen it from a distance), but have never been inside. It is used for various exhibitions throughout the year, and we discovered at the ticket window that the only way to gain entry is to visit one of the temporary exhibitions, so we signed-on for a visit of the current exhibition of Monumenta 2014, a recurring ...
I started my day in the Luxembourg gardens. They were super pretty and the sculptures were awesome.
After about an hour I walked over to the pantheon to find that it was under construction. I decided I should go anyway, I waited in line for about 10 minutes, then I found the sign saying "-18 free with adult or school group" so I left.r
I walked around the area a little more and found ...
... and for some reason some foam on the top. Think foam is just silly but the dish was excellent! Darren had beef with the biggest chips ever seem, Paris butter and cos heart. Jeff had breast of pork that had been cooked for 30 hours served on a bed a red cabbage tandoori style! he said it was great. Two desserts to share, a clementine panacotta topped with a pink grapefruit foam and a rum baba. And so to bed! S ...
... after EACH PERSON.
We were on target however to start our Cycle Tour of Paris at Night, starting at 7.00pm.
It was terrific to see Paris at night, and certainly the best way to do it, they even included a 1 hour boat trip down the Seine as we drank red wine. We were blown away at the number of Parisienne's that take a rug a few bottles of wine and some snacks and eat out in the many parks, bridges and alongside the river, literally 1000's of ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Streets Hotel Paris
Best Paris hotel yet
We have stayed all over Paris while we buy and renovate a flat here and this has to be the nicest place we have stayed.
It is funkily cool but not so hip that it hurts. The bedrooms are really comfortable and the quirky touches like the lighting and biometric doors add modern character rather than detract.
Food and bar were good and we had attentive service throughout our stay.
Murano Urban Resort is in a great location and were we not creating a home here we would certainly come back.
Murano resort - would love to stay there again
We arrived on May Day just as the parade was assembling..so our taxi driver set us down at Republique station and sent us on our way..needless to say we took a few wrong turns.. but as we were crossing the road to the Murano the welcoming staff met us for the last few steps and took care of our bags.. and the service continued they had a great brunch that day which we enjoyed..the rooms are great good size view on to the street (I love city traffic noise) the bed was a little uncomfortable where it joined in the middle and the shower is hand held ok if you love baths as I do...the best is you don't need your key as they use biometric technology for the door lock and you open your door with your finger.. the lounge is beautiful with its signature fireplace..if you ask for anything the staff take you to the location they don't tell you where it is.. great recommendations for restaurants...oh and the welcome candies are too die for..free internet..breakfast simple but good...service in the lounge a little slow.. I would love to stay there again
Can't fault it
We could not fault ANY part of our stay this weekend. Exceptionally warm welcome, a beautifully designed room, a delicious lunch in the restaurant, a great bar with gorgeous drinks, snacks and diverting decor, great breakfast in bed, quirky and fun design done well and really thoughtful and kind service. I am so pleased that I was not put off by the "so hip that it hurts" reviews on other sites. It is hip but we felt happy and totally comfortable. I am so pleased I spent the money. Weekends in Paris are great but this one was memorable because we loved the hotel! The small, enthusiastic "start up" team deserve to do well if they treat all their guests as well as they treated us.
Uber Cool: inadequate cliche
Expectations are often a disadvantage. Style page chic and desirability can give the impression of contrived sterility and self concious indulgence. Effortlessly cool, charmingly intimate and a surprisingly homely feeling.
Enjoy marshmallows beautifully toasted by your charming host Stephane Jacques on the much publicised dancing flame.
Surround yourself with stalectites and seductive lounge music in the much hyped restaurant but expect a triumph of style and price over content. However the attentive and informed concierge will be happy to recommend alternative venues for those who enjoy more content with their style.
Those worried about leaving fingerprints at the scene of a hedonistic crime should perhaps consider a more conventional hotel. Otherwise you have no excuse - you will have more fun here than any other hotel in Paris.
The Security staff is terrible...
I went to Murano Hotel Bar with a friend.
We were 2 good looking persons.
The security staff at the entrance of the hotel was arrogant, rude and not credible in their job...
They didn't want us in this hotel from the moment we entered in the Lobby, arguing with us that we needed a reservation and FORCING us to leave the Hotel.
Once outside I took my cell phone, phoned the Hotel and got an instant reservation.
We got back the hotel and found the security staff telling us "what are you doing here, again!"
They finally let us in... since we had the reservation "ticket".
The bar was nice and not crowded.
the service was basic.
The reservation they required was a ruse rather than a necessity
Sometimes you have to fight to spend your money...
Yes! Very cool, wonderful stay.
First off, I'll acknowledge that this kind of hotel may not be everyone's "cup of tea" - but I absolutely adored it.
Trendier than any W Hotel (is that a good thing?), the Murano Urban Resort oozes style, sophistication, and finesse. The common areas (see photos) are brilliantly white and super modern (the fireplace is a must-see). Check-in was fast, professional and painless. (For non-French speakers, we managed just fine with the staff who were polite, happy and English-speaking).
We were escorted to our room on the 2nd floor. The hallways are DARK - prepare yourself for that. Almost black but with very low blue lights on the room numbers. I thought it was very cool ;) In the room, the staff member explained the features of the room and highlighted the lighting system. If you are a fan of funky lighting, you MUST stay here - there are 10 settings to the lights, each with a different colour, or a final rotating option. I must admit, it was an excellent feature.
The rooms themself are small (this *is* Paris), but extremely clean, ultra-modern, and well-equipped. Almost everything is here - safe, B&O DVD/CD player, luxurious amenities, incense, well-stocked minibar, robes, slippers, shelving, chairs. The beds are super-comfortable, great pillows; we had a superb sleep.
The bathrooms are clean, well-decorated. Perhaps a small gripe here is that the shower is one of those annoying hand held hoses with no option to fix it to the wall and wash with two hands ;) Minor, huh?
Now to the best thing about this hotel - the RESTAURANT. If you don't sleep here, please atleast dine here. The food is nothing short of spectacular. I had a risotto appetizer that came out in a tumbler with frothed soup hiding the delicious pieces of crab meat and mushroom risotto. It was hot, fresh, French, and delicious. My main course was scallops, 9 tender scallops placed symmetrically on a square plate. The breads were delicious, the wine selection excellent.
THE BAR - there is a narrow but large vodka bar on the ground floor of this hotel. I have never seen so many different vodka's in my life! They have almost everything. The staff here were a little slow, and spoke poor English - but hey, that means we had to stop being lazy and try out some French, which was always greeted with a smile. The music, the ambience and the clientele here are extremely chic. Very 'lounge-y'. One cautionary note - drinks here are extremely expensive - I think we paid 18-19 euros for each cocktail - OUCH! It's worth a visit though (note also that it is a smoking bar).
Location - brilliant. This hotel is located just off 'Le Marais' and is extremely close to excellent shopping (Franc-Bourgeois), nightlife, the Metro, Notre Dame, and restaurants. I've stayed twice now in this area of Paris and it really is the best place to base yourself as you discover this beautiful city.
I really can't recommend this hotel enough. I'm 27, male and really into this sort of thing, so choose your hotel accordingly - if you don't like the 'hip' factor or the tres chic staff, you WILL be disappointed. But for those who are a fan of these cool, young, hip urban hotels, this is an absolute MUST. At times, I couldn't believe I was in Paris.
We will be staying here again! A'bientot...
Had to write a quick line to say I went to the bar of this hotel on Saturday night. The staff, apart from one of the female waitresses who was lovely, were incredibly rude and incredibly unhelpful. The worst excesses of Parisian snobbishness. I have lived in Paris for a number of years and went in with an English friend for a drink. The bill, when it arrived, was £60 for two drinks as they had charged me for vintage armagnac rather than house, clearly thinking I was a tourist and would be too embarrassed to question it. After speaking to the Manager and expressing my disgust in French, the situation was then resolved. Wholly disappointing night. Only for people who like gawping at each other and paying way over the odds for drinks in an overcrowded and overhyped bar.
Stayed here Sept 2005. Quite a buzzy hotel and uber cool. It has a romantic/cool looking restaurant which was quite full on a tuesday night as well as a definitely buzzy bar which makes fabulous drinks. I had a room overlooking the central courtyard. Very quiet wiith good blackout blinds available if you like that kind of thing. The minibar is outsize and overstocked and the room has great a/c. The cool thing about the room is opening it which is done with your index finger. Yes, the doorlock has a fingerprint reader - so don't scratch your finger while staying! Two downsides - and I think BIG - which is why I will not stay again, is that the lighting system in the room is not perfect. First, it is really impossible to get a decent dim set light, although seven preset colour lighting styles are available at the touch of a button. And second, there is only a hand shower in the admittedly small but luxuriously equipped bathroom. This makes showering next to impossible without producing a New Orleans effect. Friendly staff. Clean.
For drinks - excellent
The above person knows nothing about Paris! I have lived here for 12 years and believe me, this place (at least for drinks) is very great. The waiters were adorable (rarissime!) and the decor was totally unique for Paris (Parisians are nortoriously lazy interior decorators). Will go for brunch on Sunday and report back.
Overrated I was unimpressed
After a short rest, we all headed back out to the Marais for a little walking tour, before we had drinks at the very overrated Murano Urban Resort. The New York Times made this new "hotel" sound like the hottest thing in town, but I was unimpressed