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... 82 bus stop is just north of the gardens, so we waited a few minutes before hopping aboard for the ride to the Luxembourg Gardens. About half-way along the bus route, the driver stopped the bus and babbled something in French, which of course was unintelligible to us, then sat down behind the wheel and continued driving. A lady sitting across from Dee, who spoke some English, explained that the driver had announced there was a labor strike ...
... that surrounds it and it was really beautiful. After having great luck with our weather the first day, the second day was a little cloudy but the glass architecture still looked amazing. We didn't have time to go into any of the museums but I did spy down in there to see all of the Mona Lisa souvenirs. The museum is located right next to the Tuileries Garden. We waltzed through the hedges with various statues and fountains and I could only imagine how beautiful it ...
... but you certainly couldn't tell from the quality of the ride, as it was incredibly smooth. I can't tell you much about the Channel tunnel because I slept most of the way. Apparently the tunnel is 50km long and took about 20 minutes to get through.
The scenery in France was different right away - in England the fields were small and the villages pretty close together, but in France the farms had decent sized paddocks, and the villages and towns were ...
The drive to Paris from the Normandy region was supposed to be 3 hours. It took us 6, not because we got lost but because of the bumper to bumper traffic on the ring road around Paris. Who needs to go to an amusement park for an exhilarating ride! Apparently motorcycles are allowed to drive between lanes at top speed when everyone else is ...
... by the sheer volume of working class dead and their families. And on a purely logistical level, one can scarecely imagine a funeral in these grounds being able to host more than a small handful of people. The cemetary itself is gargantuan and sprawling. I spent three hours at Highgate, and could easily do the same here. Circulating through the divisions reading tombstones and taking pictures, i rarely catch a glimpse of another living person. On a leaf-strewn side path, i cross ...
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Small and Friendly hotel in handy location
We stayed at Timhotel Nation just a few days ago, and found it to be a really friendly little hotel in a handy location.
The hotel is located on a busy street, with a metro station literally round the corner (Avron - Line 2), which goes direct to many of the sights - Sacre Couer, Pigalle for Moulin Rouge, Arc de Triomphe. On the same street as the hotel there are many shops and restaurants, banks, patisseries, etc. It's just a short walk to Place de la Nation where you can catch the metro to other sights of Paris such as Le Champs Elysees, Eiffel Tower, Louvre etc (or if you are feeling really lazy take the metro from Avron and change at Nation).
The rooms were small but clean and comfortable, with bed, tv, coffee making facilities, and small ensuite bathroom with shower and half bath.
Overall this hotel is really good value and not too far from the sights if you are happy to hop on and off of the metro. I'd stay here again.
We stayed at the hotel for 4 days and found it to be a clean simple hotel, the room was quite small but the amenities were good and we didnt spend much time in the room anyway.
There was a lovely Morrocan guy who worked on the reception desk and he was friendly and had a great sense of humour, we did come across the snotty woman on the desk when we checked out but she was not there very often.
Because we did not fly home until 9.30 pm they let us keep our bags in a locked room even though we checked out in the morning.
There are the main metro stations nearby so you can get everywhere with ease and plenty of bakerys and a supermarket in walking distance.
We were very pleased with the service and the cleanliness of this hotel and we are definately going back next year, so what does that tell you??
Leaves something to be desired
I was at the Timhotel Nation twice, once for 10 days in November, 2004, and once for 10 days in March, 2005. My second stay was less than pleasant. There was the same frosty, stone-faced woman with a somewhat snotty attitude at the desk, as usual, but
this time there was also some kid who looked as though he was fresh out of high school who demanded to see my booking papers. I had booked through Go-Today. He did not ask to see any identification, but wanted instead to see proof of how I had booked.
After looking at the papers, he gave me the card with the assigned room number, and the key. I noticed
that he had at first given me an interior room, but
then had crossed through the number and substituted
a room facing the street on the 3rd floor. Timhotel
Nation is on a very busy and very noisy street. The
windows are double-paned, but the window in this
particular room was not put together well and did not
close properly, allowing in more noise than usual.
However, even when I pressed hard on the window to
try to seal it better, the noise was still very audible. I assume that travellers who book through
discount travel web sites are given rooms that could
be called less than desirable. To put someone in
such a noisy room for 10 days is, in my opinion, NOT
good service. If the stay had been a day or two,
perhaps I would have had a different opinion. I did
not ask to change rooms, as I am not one to complain.
However, I do keep a sharp eye out for how I am
treated, and if the treatment is less than what I
think is adequate, then I post a review telling of my
experience. Because of this room, and the usual
haughty attitude of some of the desk personnel, I will
not stay at this hotel again.
We had a double room here for 3 nights in April. The room was quite small, but had everything that we needed. The bathroom was very clean with a good shower. Our room was at the back of hotel overlooking the small garden/courtyard area so it was also very quiet. The room had television and tea/coffee making facility. The hotel do offer breakfast, about 8 euros but we just used the patisserie right beside the hotel and brought croissants etc back to the room. The Avron Metro is right beside hotel, and Nation or Buzenval are also very close. We left our luggage in the lockable baggage room on the last day and did not have to vacate room until midday - we found staff to be very pleasant and helpful. We booked direct with hotel website and got a good deal. I would definitely stay here again and recommend it to anyone looking for a good value budget hotel.
Great little budget hotel!
Took the train from Brussels to Paris. The Thalys goes unbelievably fast, and arrives at Gare du Nord train station, which is big and confusing. We made our way to the Metro to arrive at the Timhotel Nation, in the 20th aroindessment (sp?) of Paris.
We really liked the hotel. It was cheap and cheerful; immaculately clean, and best of all, quiet. The only downside was since it's a 2-star hotel there was no hairdryer, and there were no English TV channels, and no AC. Breakfast was a bit boring; mainly breads and yogurt. It is literally steps from the Avron stop on the #2 line. You exit the Avron stop and turn left on the Rue d'Avron and it's about 20 feet on your left. Also if you exit the hotel and go left, there was another Metro stop, Buzenval, on Line 9, about 6 blocks down the road. Near the hotel, if you exited left and turned left on the first street, there was a fantastic Italian place that said, "Pizza/Pasta" on it (not sure of the name). Cheap prices and quality food. There is also a big grocery store about 5 blocks down to the left and a cheap Internet cafe about 8 blocks to the left (1.5 euros for 30 minutes on the 'net; hotel charged 5 euros for 15 minutes).
Things to do in Paris...thought Notre Dame and Saint Chapelle were a bit overrated. The Eiffel Tower was great. Climbed to the top of the Arc de Triumphe; very cool. Bought the Paris 3-day museum pass. It really helps to skip lines to get tickets, although most of the places we visited didn't have much of a line to enter, except the Orsay and the Lourve. The Orsay was cool, but overwhelming (too...many...paintings!!). Same with the Lourve. You can't possibly see it all, and it was way too easy to get lost. The Egyptian and Iraq wings of the Lourve were completely closed for no apparent reason, which was really disappointing. Took the train out to Versailles, which was really neat. Did not get to see the gardens as it started to pour rain. In fact, it rained about 85% of the time we were there. Guess that's Paris in April! We walked through the Pere Lachiase cemetary and saw Jim Morrison's grave, which was a bit anticlimatical, but the cemetary itself was gorgeous. Very different than anything in America.
Two of our favorite eating activities were as follows. First, we took the Metro to the Ecoile Militaire stop and did the Rue Cler street. We visited cheese shops, bread shops, a wine shop, and a farmers' market and got great food and wine for only 20 euros. Hint: you can buy a 3 euro corkscrew and a 1.50 euro butter knife at shops on this street. We had a nice picnic on the Champ de Mars in front of the Eiffel Tower, which is only steps away. Also really enjoyed taking the Metro to the Severes Babylone stop and hitting the Bon Marche's Grand Epicurie, which is a huge grocery store just chock-full of gourmet foods and wonderfully priced French wines.
When we left Paris, we took a train out to Charles deGaulle airport. Be warned - it's hard to figure out the RER train system to get outside the city limits! Eventually managed to buy tickets at the Gare du Nord station and get on the right platform. Left our hotel at 9:30 for a 1:30 flight. Got to airport around 11:00; stood in line and got to check in counter at 11:55. Were told the flight was overbooked (Delta) even though we had already picked our seats on the Internet, so we were put on standby. Finally were told that we could get on the flight at 12:45!!!!! Stood through torturously slow security check (ONE security scanner open. ONE. This is a major world airport??) and got to departure gate, only to find out that we had to take a bus to the actual airplane. I've never cut it so close to making a flight in my life, even though we were 2.5 hours early at the airport. So my advice is, arrive VERY EARLY at CDG!!
Great Value Hotel!
I thought this was a great hotel - super close to the Avron Metro stop on #2 line. This hotel is better than most at this price level. Very clean and the staff is extremely pleasant. Book online with Timhotel for the best price - we paid 60 Euro for a double over Easter. If you come from CDG, take the RER B to RER A at Chatelet, then the metro to Nation to Avron. At CDG they will tell you to take RER B to La Chapelle and transfer to Line #2 - it is a long walk with luggage through La Chapelle, while at Chatlet the RERs are on the same level and and across from each other.
Clean and Comfortable Chain Hotel
Timhotel Nation is situated on a street well-supplied with local shops and is within walking distance of several Metro stations. Our twin room was clean and comfortable, the bathroom was spotless and there was a view out over the rooftops of Paris. If you sleep in and miss the Continental Buffet Breakfast, there are several patisseries and grocery shops close by and also a very good supermarket. Book through an online agent rather than through the Timhotel website for a good deal.
Excellent budget hotel
I have absolutely no complaints about this hotel. The staff were all friendly and helpful, the room was clean, the bathroom was a shrine to hygiene, the breakfast area was bright and airy and the continental fare serviceable. The hotel is not close to many tourists attractions, but the Avron Metro station is just a few feet from the front door. I would definitely stay here again.
Great little hotel
i just returned from my 3rd trip to paris.. my daughter, brother, sister in law, and I stayed at the timhotel nation. This little hotel was great. There is a metro stop steps away ( avron on the #2 line) with a corresponding station one stop away (nation). There is a fantastic pattisserrie next door.. shop early, they always sell out! The rooms were exceptionally clean, and although small by usa standards, actually nice size by european. The breakfast room was nice and well supplied with fresh french breads (nothing else like it in the world!) and other breakfast items. The staff was most helpful with any questions we had. We had a great time and I would most definitley stay there again.
Clean, comfortable and convenient
Go to this hotel expecting the rooms to be small. Rooms are small and modest but are clean and comfortable. We had a two-night stay but would have been happy to stay a few nights more. Close to bus and trains and easy access by train especially to all the usual tourist attractions. Reception staff helpful and spoke sufficient English. Continental breakfast was fine. Rooms at the back are quieter so ask for a room off the street preferably in refurnished section overlooking small garden. Lots of small shops and cafes in the area. No tea or coffee making facilities and no mini refrigerator.