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... doors, and succeeded in pushing their way in. There was a time when I would have considered that, and were there revolution or war I still would, but this day it was not so urgent, so we waited 20 minutes, watching each train until cars came along that weren't oppressively overloaded.
We arrived back at "our" metro station at 6:00 and decided just to walk to the Latin Quarter for dinner. Along the way we discussed what kind of cuisine we would choose: French ...
... this train. We left the Internet cafe after paying 5 euros for printing 2 tickets in colour and spending 40 minutes in the internet. Wow really this was proving to be an expensive day. Moral of the story.. Don't miss you flight! Haha easily said than done. On we walked until we found a nice little bakery and couldn't resist a custard pastry. They really are amazing here.. And it was still warm! Yum delicious! we planned what we would do for the rest of the day. We ...
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I am now in Grenoble actually but I still have to catch up on my last two days in Paris.
The Musée d'Orsay was amazing, simply amazing. It took my breath away, it made me laugh, it made me cry. I now have my own collection of Monet stationary and a postcard of Monet's Nymphéas bleus, vers the painting that made me cry when I saw it. The whole 5th floor really is where its at. L'étage ...
... and over to the Marais, with its tiny winding streets and chic little boutiques. And then, out of nowhere, a monstrosity peaks out between the buildings: the Pompidou, grotesque and violently coloured and completed unexpected. Except, to be fair, it's not as grotesque as all that. Up close, it's a bizarre and playful building, with all of its external, hamster cage-like tubes that call you up and up. And so up we went, to ...
... a long term relationship and it was like i was able to let a bit of that heaviness in my heart go when i left which was a nice feeling. So another cathedral/church means another tower to climb, which means another lot of stairs!!!! 300 i think were in this lot to get to the top of the Sacre Coeur and with a chest infection on board i was struggling a bit but i made it to the top and boy were the views worth it, it was gorgeous, well worth the climb. Wandering back down to ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Victoria Hotel Paris
The room smelled musty and was not very clean. No fan or a/c available and we felt like dying during the night as the weather was very hot. We didn't feel like opening the window as the area does not seem very safe. My 6 year old son had to sleep in a fold up bed which when he stirred it folded up with him in between. Not a very nice experience at all. Receptionists friendly and helpful. The only thing we are sure about is that we will never return in there again.
I have stayed with my date on July 2005. Our first impression was no so good. Room was very small even door cannot be opened besause of bed behind. Two beds are almost fit the room. And no air conditioning inside.But room was clean and staff was kind. Best thing about hotel is, its location. it is possible to reach major places in Paris, just by walking . If you make reservation dont forget to reserve room from front side (road side). Back side rooms are boring...
We got what we paid for!
I stayed at the hotel over new years 2004/2005.
Myself and my partner paid £200 each for five nights including the flights.
We were aware of the rating of this hotel when we booked. We weren't expecting a palace, and we didn't get one. However, we did get what we paid for.
The decor left a little to be desired, but who cares, in such an amazing city as Paris who would spend any time in their hotel?? The staff were efficient and pleasant. The breakfast was basis but fresh and fulfilling.
The hotel is in a perfect location, really close to the Grand Boulevard metro station, cafes, bars, shops and restaurants on your doorstop, and a short metro ride or 10 minute walk to the Opera and main shopping district.
I had an amazing holiday and the hotel served it's purpose. It was clean, safe and ideally located. Not bad for £200!
Faulty towers is better than this
What can i say? terrible. No manners what so ever in our hotel Victoria. Complained about everything. Were students, come on we need to have a good time! but oh no we where not alllowed to even whisper after 10:30! the staff busrt there ways into your room without any notice! The rooms where way too small. The room was designed for 2, but they crammed 3 even 4 of us into a room! The breakfast was terrible! what ever happeend to proper food? bolide eggs....hmmm yum...not and stinky bread....hmmm...nice. Would not reccomend this hotel to people who want a nice, clean, non stinky hotel.
It was horrid
Our time at the victoria hotel was not a good one. the staff at the hotel weren't very nice and they entered your room whenever they wanted. you need privacy. the policy for the hotel is that there is no noise after 10.30 this is not good as most of the people in the hotel were students. the hotel receptionist says they lock up the hotel 01.00 this is not good as there are many bars and clubs around the hotel so people are wanting to get into the building after this time an they do not want to be faced with a night on the street.
the rooms were very very very small and were meant to fit three to four. our room had a double bed and a single camp bed which felt like you were on the floor. to make the room up to four they had a bunk bed that comes from the wall and is very unsafe.
there are two lifts in the building they don't work in the day.
the breakfasts were horrid and were bread or boild eggs and a drink good job they were free.
I WOULD NOT RECOMEND ANYONE WITH THIS HOTEL AND FEEL SORRY FOR THOSE WHO ARE STAYING THERE IN THE FUTURE. I HATED THE EXPERIENCE AND WOULD NOT GO BACK.!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In Defence of the Hotel Victoria
We stayed at the Hotel Victoria a couple of weeks ago and arrived there with some trepidation having read the reviews posted here. I would have to agree that the rooms are tiny and rather spartan in the decor and facilities but I didn't expect anything else from a budget hotel in Paris at this price. However I do want to say that our room was clean, the bathroom was clean (one of my main concerns), there was a good shower with plenty of hot water and the bed was comfortable. My sister who is a light sleeper at the best of times said it was the best few nights' sleep she'd had in ages! We also found the desk staff to be friendly and helpful. The location cannot be faulted for proximity to all of the main sights and shopping. The Grands Boulevards metro is only a couple of minutes walk away on the Bvd Montmartre and there is a taxi rank right by the Metro station too. If you are looking for home comforts this is not the hotel for you but for a cheap base with basic facilities from which to get out in the morning to explore this wonderful city it served its purpose well.
What a dump!
Rooms are weeny so its good that i am tiny. Had to share a room with one of my mates and our beds were together thats how small the room was! The shower was mouldy and the hotel staff were pretty rude! Went with uni so we were all in eachothers room and during that time a man sneaked in a pinched my mates bag so security is very poor! Breakfast was naff 2. pretty good location, however got offered marujna so there is a few wierdos about in this area. didnt feel comfortable going out at night! dont recommend it to anyone and isnt worth the money even though it is cheap.
This was my third trip to Europe and my second to Paris so it is not that I do not understand the difference in a US hotel room and one in Europe. The room was small even by European standards but it was the dreariness of the room and, actually, the whole hotel. But none of that is the worst. It was the attitude of most of the hotel staff. I say most because a couple of them were fine. However, I do believe I have a valid gripe when the desk clerk on the morning of our train departure to Amsterdam almost made us miss our train. I was told the night before by desk staff that all we had to do was let someone at the desk know to call a cab and it would not be a problem. I gave the morning desk staff plenty of time (an hour and a half) to get us a cab, but she first said the line was busy and it looked like we "would lose our train." (There is only one cab company in Paris???) Then she became occupied with other people checking in and not with the nessesity of our getting to the train station on time. I don't have to tell you other travelers the importance of making that train! We had already made reservations in Amsterdam, they were expecting us and we had three days for our visit there. We finally had to pull our suitcases for three blocks and hail a cab (one of my friends is handicap and uses a cane!) The room was bad, the hotel environment was bad, the included breakfast was bad (even though typical of a French breakfast-hard bread), and the staff-THE WORST. DO NOT STAY AT THIS HOTEL!!! There, now I feel better!
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Tiny tiny room and bath even for Paris. Triple room had absolutely no space between beds or at end of beds; bathroom not well maintained, dirty, peeling paint. Two people had to sit on beds in order for third person to move around. Breakfast breads did not seem fresh. Beds were comfortable and location was good however we would not stay there again even for price of about $100USD per night.