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... a metro station, so it should be very convenient for us to move around the city.
We quickly located a small grocer a few blocks away, where we purchased some basic staples, and then went out for dinner at Le Tournesol, a rather swanky restaurant and bar a few blocks south of us. The decor of this place has a sort of 'quirky retro' look, but overall the ambience was very pleasant, with more formal and attentive service than we've ...
... beautiful view. We sat for a quick break and ate a sandwich before getting too cold as the wind had picked up and continuing our exploring.
We headed towards the Arc de Triomphe Etoile which we saw in a rush last time. On the walk there we past the Cite De L’Architecture which had some paparazzi outside and flash cars dropping off people dressed immaculately. Women were wearing small dresses in fur coats, oblivious to the freezing cold. No one we recognized though.
... for the stairs, which we got into, though much smaller, was still about a half hour wait just to get to the ticket desk. We climbed... and climbed... and after 330 stairs we reached the first level. The view was good, but we weren't done yet. 339 stairs later, we were on the second level of the Eiffel Tower. Although I had been up the tower back in 2005, travelling all the way to the top, mum had not. I knew that she wanted to go to the top because the view is spectacular, and ...
... I think I took 400 photos of the Eiffel Tower. I didn't realise there were so many bridges over the Seine, each with it's own story. Many of the bridges are covered in padlocks-lovers put them on and throw the key into the Seine. This means their love will never die while the lock stays on the bridge. Some had combination locks rather then keys - I'm not if that gives ...
... then the Peleton drag them back for the sprinters to win. Froome just had to stay on his bike to get the yellow jersey which he duly did but Cavendish didn't have his usual support and came in a disappointing third. Really enjoyed the whole experience and will definitely come back to watch some more Tour. Had a go on the Ferris wheel to get a great view if the fireworks but they didn't happen just a light show on the Arc d'Triomphe :( Louvre ...
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You won't be dissapointed
Just returned from a Europeean honeymoon where we spent 5 days at the Villa Alessandra in Paris. We picked the Villa because of the glowing reviews on Tripadvisor and we were not dissapointed. The location is excellent. It is in the 17th arrondissement which boasts many great restaurants and is close to so many attractions and within 5 minutes walking to a major metro station. The hotel is also situated in a very quiet courtyard which makes it immune to street noise (a rarity in Paris). There is a great little food market 2 minutes walk from the front door (which was open every single day we were there) which is a great place to get authentic Parisian snacks, breakfast or lunch. The hotel staff are extremely friendly (although we speak French and as such cannot vouch for people who do not speak French). We actually had very interesting and long converstions with different staff members about many different topics. The staff are also very accomodating (room change requests, restaurant suggestions and reservations, special requets, etc). We were initially given a ground floor room which was fine (although quite small) but we asked to be moved to a higher room the next morning as there was a fair bit of noise from the lobby area that night (as people checked in late, talked, etc). We were immediatley moved to a higher floor and received a slightly bigger room. All rooms seem quite newly renovated, spotless, and nicely decorated. Overall, for the money, you can't do much better than here. It is a real find. Our only complaint/warning is that the air conditioning in all the rooms is almost nonexistant. The A/C is there but is extremely weak. We would definitley go back in a second.
Overall: a good experience: early June , 2004
Pros: location is good and somewhat secluded on a cul de sac, very quiet- and close to the RER for a short commute to la Defense. The room was compact, but well appointed and very comfortable. The bathroom is large. Hardwood floor in room was a nice touch. The front desk suggested a restaurant close by which was the best dining experience we had in Paris. Another superb dining experince awaited on the adjacent street
(we never ate in the hotel).
Cons: Air conditioning didn't work until the third day ( "we're still on winter rates") even though the temperature was 30 C. The same continental breakfast could be had around the corner for one quarter the price. The restaurant in the basement looked unappealing. The terrace overlooks a brick wall. The pressure in the shower was good, but the bathroom faucet was no more than a trickle at any time. Drinks at the bar ( this is a fridge at the front desk ) were priced like the breakfasts.
Great Hotel, Great location
Great charming hotel in a quiet square of a vibrant district. 10 minutes walking from Champs Elysées. It is also located next to a french market selling the best fruits and vegetables I have ever seen and it spreads fantastic smells in the whole district.
Staff was very welcoming, breakfast was of good quality eventhough the restaurant was underground. The room was pretty large and had a sofa.
Recommend this hotel which seems to make lots of efforts on service.
Great Management -Charming hotel
I just stayed at this truly awesome and charming provence style hotel in the best location you can get in Paris (with a true parisian market just round the corner which made it really "Paris" ) , being at 5 minutes walk from Arc de trionphe and champs Elyseè in a very elegant but unspoilt neirborrhood .This hotel is very well managed by mademoiselle Colombe who makes every effort to make guests feel at ease (although not all the staff is so nice but that's the way parisians are !) .The rooms are beautiful , well decorated,very clean .
The prices are tremendously low for a charming 4 stars hotel in that location and if you book directly you can get better prices than any Expedia & friends . Internet point was very useful and we also got an espresso cofee in the morning almost as good as in Italy !! We have already planned to go back to Villa Alessandra in October and suggest to all the tripadvisor redears to book it !.
Nice hotel, staff not that nice
I stay four nights in june at the Villa Alessandra. Found a great rate through expedia $163 comparing it to the rack rate of 275euros. The hotel is very charming and very near from the Arc of Triumph and also from the metro stop "ternes". Rooms although small are neat and well decorated, but I found that the concierges are not as friendly as I read in other reviews. I stayed in room 102 and the shower was not working well and it was inmediately fix. In the third night I was awaken by the a/c at 5:15am which began making a lot of noise so i had to turned it off and in the morning when I called the conciege and told him that my a/c was out of order (it was a hot day) he told me to open the window that it was not posible to repair the a/c so i spent my last 2 days without a/c, also for me the internet access is very important to keep in touch with my company and for the first two days there was no access.
Overall i liked the hotel but they should try to improve the service. 5 points to the hotel, 3 points to the staff.
Excellent friendly staff
My wife and I stayed at The Villa Alessandra for two nights in Febraury 2004 and were really impressed by the all-round quality and the genuine friendliness of the staff. The rooms are well appointed, air-conditioned and very quiet with no external noise to disturb you.
The buffet breakfast was first-class and included hot bacon & eggs in addition to the traditional continental offering. The hotel is positioned just a short walk from the Arc de Triomphe and a 2 minute walk to the nearest Metro. There are plenty of shops and restaurants in the immediate vicinity and the market stalls in the adjoining street give a flavour of real Paris. We would certainly stay there again and would haoppily recommend to others.
Great Place to stay
The Villa Alessandra Hotel is a charming hotel in a nice place of Paris. Very close to the Champ Elisee and Triumph Arch, the best metro station is Ternes in a nice Ternes Ave.The hotel is not a big hotel keeping the treatment more personalized, is located in small square in a good neighborhood.The room is not big but extremely clean and the bathroom great well done and charming.I booked online and have no problems at all.I strongly recommend this hotel for anyone who wants a nice place to stay in Paris close to main atractions and the metro line, a charming place, a very clean room and well decorated (altought not big).If you are looking for a big hotel maybe this is not for you but if look a great option in Paris go for it, I found the price resonable for what was offered specialy if you book online
The Luck of the Irish!
My husband and I had arrived in Paris for a romantic first visit to celebrate an anniversary. We were orginally booked to stay in the "Pavillon Villiers Etoile" part apparently there was no record of our booking, thankfully I had a copy of the email which had "Guaranteed Late Reservation" across the top. We were immediately moved to the Villa Alessandra - a superb upgrade guaranteed at the same price (198 euro for 3 nights!)
It worked out great, the Alessandra was so central but really Parisian at the same time, creating a real french atmosphere in the heart of the city. The street market just outside the coutyard from the hotel was wonderful for a browse in the morning. It was impossible not to feel drawn into the local patisserie as you walked past and the pastries were...... well words just can't descibe them. Try for yourself!
The "Ternes" metro stop was about 200yards away and on our way back to the hotel during late afternoon, after a day of sightseeing you can't help but stop at the local bistro for a glass of "vino" or two! Just what you need to set you up for the evening, before hitting the Monmartre, Latin Quarter or wherever takes your fancy.
All in all a really great place to stay, we feel that we landed on our feet with this one- the luck of the Irish! Imagine getting 3 nights for cheaper than what the Alessandra charges for 1!!!!!!
Not just somewhere to put your head down!
It might have been the hottest summer ever in England but you should have felt the heat in paris! This hotel is part of a group called 'les hotels de paris'. Originally we were booked in at another one of their hotels 'pavillon saint augustin'. It was a pleasant 3* and we got a great deal (100 euro a night). However, the air conditioning broke down due to the scorching weather. We complained and were immediately moved to Villa Alessandra- a marvellous upgrade for the same price!
This hotel is not just somewhere to put your head down- the perfect parisian decor and ambiance is evident here. Its also clear that the staff really care about what they do. It would cost more than our original 3* if we returned but i definitely would! I believe a hotel is not just somewhere 'to put your head down' And this one has all the factors for a great stay!
The "Real" Paris
My husband and I spent several days at La Villa Alessandra in November 2002. I tend to be rather picky about accomodations, and was not expecting the level of service we found here. The common areas were warm and welcoming, the staff exceptionally helpful and friendly (and English-speaking). Our room, while small, was clean and tastefully decorated, with a private bath. Most importantly, it did not smell like smoke! (I was worried about the whole Paris trip because of sensitivity to smoke.) The room overlooked the street - while it could get noisy, we enjoyed leaving the window open and watching the locals come home from the market at the other end of the cul-de-sac. Closing the window muted the noise considerably.
The above-mentioned market was a real treat to walk through every day. We skipped the excellent breakfast offered at the hotel several days in order to have quiches and pastries while on our way to the Metro.
There are two Metro stations within walking distance - Ternes is two blocks away, and the Etoile transfer station at L'Arc de Triomphe is about three blocks further. We usually walked to the Etoile station to eliminate a train change.
When we were looking for a place to stay in Paris, we were warned to stay close to the core of the city because that's where the tourist sites are. I am glad we ignored this advice. Staying at La Villa Alessandra gave us a glimpse into how the Parisians really live, and we were never more than a few Metro stops from everywhere we wanted to go. I highly recommend it for anyone who wants to see the "real" Paris.