BEST WESTERN Tour Eiffel Invalides
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We left London on November 11, traveling by train through the 'chunnel'. Total travel time was just under 2 1/2 hours, really a great way to go! We were met at the Paris end of the trip by a representative of Monograms and taken by bus to our hotel. Once again we are conveniently located to the historic sites of Paris with many of them within convenient walking distance!
Our first evening here found ...
... It was then that I started to eye the exit. I almost considered leaving when five shetlan ponies were lead out. It just didn't make sense; women dressed from the pelvis up as jockeys leading miniature horses around the stage. I must have missed something. I must say, though, those gals have great hosiery! Alas, another Parisienne experience! My taxi ride afterwards was great. I was rapt that I managed to grab a cab without a struggle and the driver could ...
... s throw from the front door of the Ritz! Very swanky indeed...as were the jewellery shops that lined the streets that led in and out of the square.
Our last few hours in Paris were spent on a boat cruise of the Siene. The weather was perfect for it, and what a way to cap off our visit to this wonderful city, and to see all the places we had been to one last time, but from another perspective! But oh, so sad because our holiday was really now drawing to a very speedy ...
... that time it was Saturday night. On Sunday we took an open bus tour of the city. We saw all the famous monuments on the tour and learned about them to since there was an audio-tour. On Monday we went to Notre Dame. It was amazing. First we went through the entire cathedral itself. Then we went outside and stood in line for an hour that we could climb 422 stairs to the top of the cathedral to see the gargoyles and ...
... the top, but with only one elevator working and the prices it was charging, level two was as high as I was willing to go. If the stairs to the third level were still there, I probably could have forced myself up them, but alas, I could not even try. The stairs were removed some time ago, being a spiral staircase considered too steep to climb, and when I saw what was left of them, I could only agree. Again on level one, we stopped for a cup of coffee and to enjoy the view. While ...
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There was no working air conditioning in the room and the stuff suggested that we open the window as an alternative to having the air conditioning fixed. We were not offered any apologies or alternatives. The ice is only available from the front desk and a few times the staff tried to charge for it (even given the air conditioning situation). Staff pretended not to understand our French (or English for that mater), when it was convenient to them. All in all the hotel was clean, the rooms were small (as expected), bathroom was OK, (but beware of the large windows in the bathroom and no curtains, which is OK if you do not mind the rest of the hotel seeing your silhouette as you are getting ready to take your shower), metro station is conveniently nearby. Oh, and the elevator was out of service for the most of our stay. This did not bother us as we were only on the 3rd floor, but without an elevator, I understand this qualifies as only a 2 star hotel.
Great location, very nice experience
There were a lot of mixed reviews online about the Best Western Tour Eiffel Invalides, so I was a little apprehensive about booking my stay. All of my fears were completely groundless; we had a wonderful time at this hotel.
The location is fanastic -- a quiet residential neighborhood less than a minute's walk to the Tour Maubourg metro station, surrounded by some great, friendly restaurants (Bistrot de 7eme and Villa Thai, in particular) and boulangeries. The hotel staff were friendly and helpful. The room had, by far, one of the best showers I have ever had in Europe. The only drawbacks you should be aware of are the incredibly small, slow elevator and the grossly overpriced breakfast. The sparse petit dejeuner costs 10 euros, a complete rip-off considering the fact that you are staying just a few blocks from the wonderful food markets and bakeries on Rue Cler. All in all, I would recommend this hotel. It was a great value for the money.
First, I don't think Timhotel is a Best Western, although the title of the first review on this webite leads one to believe so. As far as I know, Timhotel is a chain of Paris hotels only. Anyway, I have stayed at Timhotel Invalides three times and think this hotel offers good value for money. It is only a 15-20 minute walk to the Champs Elysees and is even closer to the Eiffel Tower and Invalides, situated in what seems to be a very upscale and safe neighhorhood. The area is not busy, but there are plenty of restaurants and bars within walking distance. Unfortunately, I cannot comment on the quality of breakfast as I am not an early riser, but when I arrived back to the hotel late one night with a pizza the night porter was happy to find me a knife to cut it with! On the whole, I think this is a good quality hotel. If all you want is a clean room (and clean bathroom) with a television, telephone and coffee maker in a good location this is a good bet.
My boyfriend and I stayed at this hotel for four nights over the xmas holidays. We had a VERY small room even considering the lower off season rate we paid. The front desk service was horrible. Borderline rude, they when waiting at the desk the man was downstairs eating/drinking at the bar with friends. After returning from a day of sightseeing our room had no towels I called the front desk and his response was "if you want them come and get them" They were not helpful at all when inquiring about tourism needs. Very poorly run.
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The only good thing about this hotel was the fact that the shower had good water pressure; otherwise be prepared for appallingly bad service and freakishly small rooms. How small - at first I thought there was no bathroom. Get ready for a long wait to get access to your room - even if you have a reservation. Definitely NOT worth the stay for the price; youth hostels have better service.
Stayed for 5 nights, it had its goods and bads, but overall ok
We stayed here for 5 nights over Thanksgiving. We arrived early so they kept our bags while we walked to the Eiffel Tower. The first room we checked into was extremely small, as most hotels in Europe are, but it was right next to the elevator and was quite noisy so we upgraded to a "suite" for 15 euros a night, which was well worth it. The suite was on the 5th floor, much quiter and had a bit of extra room, a slightly larger bathroom and a balcony. The beds in both rooms were two single beds pushed together and a bit uncomfortable, but not horrible. The hotel felt clean as well, housedeeping did a good job each day.
The neighborhood is also very safe for walking at night. There is a bit of night life in the neighborhood and also several places to enjoy FANTASTIC dining.
The staff was very helpful and the location is perfect. You are in walking distance from EVERY sight you will want to see in Paris. The neighborhood cafes and restuarants are great, there is a small market around the corner that has everything you could need. It is right next to a metro stop, but it is honestly so clost to most attractions that we walked every day instead. I would stay here again, but I would HAVE to upgrade to the suite for the couple of extra feet of square footage.
Nice hotel, good location
Stayed at the Best Western Tour Eiffel Invalides in July 04 for 3 nights and all in all it was ok. We had two rooms on the top floor which where small but well keep and clean.
The hotel is located between the Eiffel Tower and Hotel Invalides and is close to a metro station and bus stops so getting around is no problem.
The only thing I would say is that the breakfast is a rip off. It is done in a buffet style, but the choice and amount available was very limited. At 10 Euro each per day you could do better at local cafes.
The staff where all friendly and for the price all in all it was ok.
Beware!! Guard Your Valuables!
My sister and I stayed at the BW Tour Invalides from September 16-20, 2004. The hotel is ok for 3 stars in the heart of the city near the Eiffel Tower. The rooms are good--not great and the beds are not very comfortable. However, there is one serious problem! During our stay, someone at the hotel robbed us. We went out on Friday night and returned early Saturday morning to discover that about ten pieces in a small jewelry box were missing. I reported the theft to the manager at the front desk. He seemed concerned but did question if we left the jewelry at home. This was not possible since I saw all the pieces earlier on Friday before we dressed for dinner. If you plan to stay at this hotel, please guard your valuables.
I have traveled all over the world and this is the first time that anything was taken from my hotel room. This was very upsetting to both of us and could have ruined what turned out to be a fantastic vacation. Needless to say, I will never stay at this hotel again and WOULD NOT recommend it to others.
Good luck, your gunna need it!
Good Luck, your gunna need it was an expression a customer used when she saw us check in at the Tim Hotel at the same time she was checking out. Our first room was very dissapointing, squeeky bed, smoky room and stained bed spread. The second room was better, but the opauque windows are totaly 'see through'. And the worst thing that happened was our room was broken into while we were not there. Our lap top and my jewellry was stollen. Needless to say we changed hotels early the next morning. It nearly ruined our world trip. So Good Luck. your gunna need it if you stay here!!!
Timhotel Invalides - Great Service, Good Value
We stayed at The Timhotel Invalides for 5 nights and had a wonderful experience. The hotel is located between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides on Blvd De Tour Mauburg. Most other site seeing stops are just a short metro ride away. The rooms are typically small hotel rooms but very clean. The location is convenient with a metro stop a 1/2 block away and an ATM even closer. Since we traveled around the city by metro and foot it was important to us to be as close as possible to the metro. The front desk staff speaks English and are extremely helpful. They treated us like Royalty (and we kept our heads) There are several small restaurants within 1/2 block area. The breakfast served at the hotel (10 euros) is very good. It is a typical continental type breakfast. There is an open air market with great food about 3 blocks away. There are many shops in the area to buy keepsakes and gifts. Great place to stay at a reasonable price.