Pavillon Villiers Etoile
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... to make it to the top.
I'm stubborn - and this was on my "must do" list. So, I tracked down an article with a method of making it to the top without standing in ANY line ups.
This morning, we woke up at 7:00am, and made it our mission to follow the guidelines of our "source" from the web.
We made it to the South Pillar ticket gate at 8:30am - not one person was in line ahead of us. the other two pillars ...
... told that if we had nothing to declare, we did not.
Next up, to figure out how to get money. It seemed our credit/debit cards weren't working properly. We went to a desk and tried to use our card but were declined. I remembered being told that debit was more likely to work so we tried to find an ATM. Thank goodness that worked as we had no idea if taxis in Paris would take a Visa card or if our cards would work...
... hours ahead of EST. So, as you're having breakfast, we'll likely be slurping up noodles from some street vendor somewhere.
Our trip thus far has been quite eventful. To begin, we both had very positive experiences with the student groups we were escorting. My concerns about shepherding 18 teenagers through 2 airports were in vain, as these were an exceptional group of students, and a pleasure to be with. They ...
... with the location, only fifty metres from Place des Vosges, a bustling green park surrounded by beautiful old apartment buildings, artist studios, cafes, bars and restaurants.
After settling in to our beautiful three-level apartment, we walked along Rue Saint-Antoine near the Bastille roundabout only 150 metres away to purchase some supplies for dinner and breakfast.
We were looking forward to stepping out in the City of Light ...
... around here don't have many tourists, but very busy with commuters, kids, scooters, bikes. And lined by lots of cafés. Pretty easy to walk with the bags - much easier than taking the Metro. Our luggage (packed for 6 weeks touring) doesn't like stairs!
Our apartment is in a lovely little pedestrian street, Rue Cadet, full of eating places and market stalls. I particularly like ...
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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!
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.
We stayed here for just two nights but found the staff friendly and the room welcoming, everything we needed for a romantic weekend away.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.