Pavillon Villiers Etoile
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... SO....after dinner we walked two blocks to this beautiful little church and listened to a 17 piece chamber orchestra play Bach...Elgar....and Dvorak...the soloist was Stefano Amara and the conductor was Felix Matus-Echaiz....never heard of them but the music magically carried you away....beautiful.....at intermission I met a primary school teacher who spoke very good English and we swapped our views on teaching...he was a delightful man. Till next time ...
... wait too long in the lines as we choose the shorter stairs line instead of the lift. Many many stairs later we finally reached the 2nd floor and were able to take in the wonderful views of Paris. We then paid the extra to catch the lift right up to the summit. The lift is a bit scary it's a long way up - my toes were tingling! But once we were up there it is amazing, best view of all of Paris. I wanted a champers but as we were there at breakfast time ...
... are taking in this one church at once. It reminds me of a sign I saw when I was at the top of Edinburgh Castle. The sign referred to an island off in the distance which was home to an ambitious experiment. On this island, Inchkeith, were left a mute woman and two infants, alone. Those responsible wanted to see if the children would grow up and, separate from the rest of the speaking world, use the original language ...
... got to use the Museum Passes we had bought. And even though I bought 4 day passes and should have bought only 3 day passes the fact that we got to bypass the regular line and enter the museum made it worth it. The line to get in was a good hours wait, we got inside in less than 10 minutes. On the ground floor we saw exhibits of Toulouse Latrec and Van Gogh. The Van Gogh exhibit was one of the larger ones I have ...
... I did. About 4 pm they started letting people go through the group entrance and the line went much quicker after that.
But oh my, the art was amazing. The Orsay is famous for its impressionist paintings, which are my favorite. And I thought maybe it wouldn’t be as intoxicating a second time. But it was almost better. I had forgotten how seeing art in person is way different than looking at a picture. You just don’t get all of the details in ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Pavillon Villiers Etoile Paris
I read a couple comments from other reviewers and I agree with most of them. The hotel is indeed clean, the rooms are small, the staff are friendly, and the location is convenient. The hotel is on a small street off of a side street (with daily street market), which is off of the main blvd (traffic and subway stop). Being a NYC guy, I loved the area because it is quiet, yet convenient to the subway station. It reminds me of being in Upper West Side. All in all, it's a great, inexpensive hotel in a convenient and safe (but not hip) neighborhood.
All pictures below are of the side street on or near the hotel.
Loved this Hotel!
This hotel was wonderful. The staff was very friendly and the hotel rooms were very clean. The rooms were a bit small, but definitely a bargain for what you were getting. The continental breakfast was very tasty, and if you ask to have it delivered as room service rather than go to the dining room, you can do that as well. I would definitely recommend this hotel, and it has a great location too!
Would not recommend
We stayed at this hotel in October and while the location was fine, the hotel itself left much to be desired. Most of the staff simply ignored us and when we did interact, we were left wondering if our request was going to be handled.
The room was small and while we expected that, we did not anticipate having to move our bed to open the door. The room itself reeked of smoke and when opened the bathroom door, the room then smelled like the sewer. The bathroom seemed clean, which made the smell even more confusing and suspect, but the toilet seat was cracked and the stopper for the tub was touch and go. The linens on the bed were clean but the coverlet was stained (we worked very hard to try not to identify any of the stains) and the carpet was in such bad shape I made sure to always wear slippers or shoes.
I would also recommend having very clear instructions for locating the hotel if you travel by taxi, our driver did not know where it was located, although he did a great job of finding it, it would've gone smoother if we had pretty clear instructions.
All in all, this hotel was extremely disappointing and did not provide a peaceful place to rest and recharge after a day or night of roaming Paris. The neighborhood was great for getting a glimpse into daily Paris life away from the more touristy areas, but I would definitely find a different hotel for my next visit.
Perfect for the weekend
We stayed here for just two nights but found the staff friendly and the room welcoming, everything we needed for a romantic weekend away.
The room was small, but so is every room in Paris according to our Lonely Planet guide! It was very clean, it came with a mini bar and TV, plus the maid cleaned the room.
Breakfast is a simple buffet of french pastries, bread and cereal. It provides a good start to the day which prepares you for the miles of walking and steps you will encounter whilst sightseeing.
Situated in an ideal location, it is only 5 mins walk from the nearest metro station and 10 mins metro travel to the Eiffel Tower!
A wide range of restaurants and cafe's close by with a vibrant market atmosphere.
A value for money hotel in an otherwise expensive city!
I just came back from a girls' trip. We stayed at this hotel for 3 nights. I would say all of the previous reviews have merit, but we thought it was great for the money. The rooms are small, but I think all 3 star rooms are small. It was clean. Our rooms weren't air conditioned, but that wasn't a problem the end of September. Our room also had a fan which was a real plus because it did get noisey at night. Definitely take some earplugs. The breakfast was typical, but good. They also had a table in a courtyard where we had our own wine and cheese one evening.
What sells this place is the location. You're a short, safe walk from a metro which has two lines. You're also in a "neighborhood." The daily market is colorful and fun. There's a Monoprix up the street. There are also several outstanding restaurants in the area, especially Une something Familie, the next block over. I think they served our best meal in Paris, and it was very reasonable as well. I would stay here again.
Nel complesso davevro buono
Hotel situato in una posizione estremamente piacevole e ben collegata. Le camere sono un pò piccole e l'arredo è un pò vecchiotto ma la pulizia è eccellente. Ottima la colazione. Per il prezzo pagato siamo assolutamente soddisfatti. Nel complesso lo consiglio a chi desidera una sistemazione soddisfacente a prezzi ragionevoli!
Hotel was very clean and the staff was nice but it just made me think "motel 6". If we had been staying for several days, I would probably have switched to somewhere else. It did not have air conditioning which was a disappointment in August but did have two huge windows that opened wide and was not noisy at night. Only had two extremely small (hand) towels so had to go down to lobby and get some more.
They have little buttons on the hallway walls to turn hall lights off and on and every time we came into the building they were turned off so it was quite intimidating and depressing.
Being in the 17th was not too far away from things, with the metro stop so close, we were no more than 10-15 minutes from anything and the market next to us was very nice as were the little shops and especially Paul's Bakery.
Excellent small hotel
Located in Villier close to the Metro, access to the central parts of Paris were easy (Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Champs Elysee). The Rue Levi at the bottom of the road has an excellent example of a market selling all kinds of fruit, vegetables, cheese, bread and various other non food shops.
OK, the rooms were a bit on the small side although fine for a short stay (my wife and I went for a weekend break) and the beds were also a little on the soft side for my taste... but that's personal preference.
The bathroom was clean with a hot, powerful shower. The breakfast was fine (rolls, croissants, fruit, cereal, juice, cold meats, pastries and hard boiled eggs - not necessarily in that order). The English speaking staff were extremely friendly and went out of their way to help. The hotel was extremely clean. There is no restaurant but then Paris is hardly short of places to eat out in.
All in all I had a very enjoyable stay and would recommend this hotel.
I would not recommend this hotel. Location is nice, but staff were very unfriendly--almost rude. The facility is run down and rooms are very, very small. The breakfast area is dirty, and located near the toilets---very unpleasant. Even by european standards, the price far exceeds any value this hotel provides.
Great value, but not for claustrophobics!
Great location but scary at first - just on a little, not so scenic, street. However, DO visit the market (almost daily from morning til night, except holidays) on Levis Street at end of block. We had many a meal by stopping off there for bread, cheese and wine (all from different shops, of course!) and great fastfood Vietnamese also. The Parc Monceau is an easy 3 block walk and huge and gorgeous - great to take your picnic lunch to.
Julian, a young man working at the front desk, really saved us on this 8 day vacation, he was always so friendly and booked our TGV train tickets to Provence as well as an excursion to Monet's Giverny and reservations at a Michelin rated restaurant, Chez Leon, that we found ourselves in the Michelin guide, but turned out to be ONE block away and was perfect, unbelievable inevery way.
Julian and one young lady were the only desk help with excellent English. But his attitude made us feel so happy, and that it was OK to ask a million questions, that we just went to him with everything.
Now, the negatives. Mainly just the room which gave me claustrophobia -- and believe me, we have stayed in hotels through Paris, Germany and Austria before; so we know the smaller European std. But, in Villiers Etoile, there were NO drawers, so the very cool modern furniture you see on their website had to be covered with stacks of clothes; I do not think this room would work if we had not stayed gone all day every day until we dropped into bed each night. For our snacks we ate them in the little courtyard which could be cute if someone will plant live flowers.
We stayed in 2 different parts of the hotel and I'm convinced all the rooms are like that. Still, we would stay there again, especially if Julian is still working there.
The included breakfast was great, wonderful, loved it. Included French ham, yogurt, cheeses (which I must confess I packed in my fanny pack to snack on during midmorning hunger while my husband dragged me all over the city on the metro)
Internet was down the whole time we were there. But can walk to a cyber cafe 1 street over.
Oh, and ladies, if you do shop on Levis (sp?) street - be sure and check out the lingerie store called Samy (I think, or else thats the Lingerie they carry) - its down to the right about 3 shops past the last street market vegetable stand. Beautiful selection and great prices -- some better than Monoprix! The proprietress speaks no English but point and sign language works fine and its luxurious to have her bring things to you.
We stayed 8 days and it was wonderful. Paris is the best.