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... your average takeaway with some chairs and tables. We looked at each other and we were all thinking the same thing - 'too...hungry...to...go...on'. We entered. We very much enjoyed our pizza, and even our wine, from the loosely termed 'restaurant'. We then headed back to the hostel bar and ordered cocktails during happy hour. We begged for free shots, and came out winning. The barman even kindly introduced us to an American guy who was travelling solo, who was ...
... dining experience of the entire trip!
But there was yet more to come. The chef surprised us with a soufflé, made with a touch of Grand Marnier, for a spectacular dessert. And, as a finale to our memorable luncheon, we were treated to a glass of champagne. After our 2-hour extravaganza, we took some "new" group photos, exchanged e-mail addresses, and said our farewells. Later in the day, I e-mailed copies of these photos, along with a message in French ...
We have been to the Louvre twice so far this trip. We both love museums and methodically look at every item in every exhibit. However, Susan gets the Oscar for Slowest and Most Thorough Museum Patron on Any Continent. The behemoth Louvre has challenged her and she is up for the fight.
At night we attended a piano/violin cello concert in a small, ancient church - ...
... she feels, rather than thinking about the needs of the baby or Matthieu. I don't think she should be pregnant, she's just a little too self-focused for it. Because in my opinion when you're going to have a baby, it's not about you anymore, it's about the baby. Although of course, by all means have your own life and interests and friends and jobs etc, but a lot of your decision-making now should consider the baby too and not just yourself. So to set the scene, she suffers ...
... home on the bus. Jeff still feeling pretty crook. Cup of tea and then off to meet Steph to see a Mozart Beethoven concert. Concert was great, beautiful music apart from a "modern" piece in the middle. Obviously to show how beautiful the other two were! Not really into that other stuff in fact got a fit of the giggles when the violins started with their ever so light screeching!! Back to Stephs for a glass of wine and a bowl of leek ...
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Historical Traveler Reviews Jays Paris
Ich kann dieses Hotel wärmstens empfehlen. Es hatte riesige, luxuriöse Zimmer, besonders, wenn man sie mit den sonst üblichen Zimmern dieser Kategorie in Paris vergleicht. Die Angestellten waren freundlich und hilfsbereit. Tolle Lage in der Nähe des Eifelturms und dem Arc de Triumphe. Im Preis sind Zusätze wie kostenlose WLAN-Verbindung, eine DVD-Auswahl mit inbegriffen. Wenn Sie sich gerne verwöhnen möchten und auch noch Paris sehen wollen, dann ist das Hotel Jay's genau das Richtige für Sie. Es gibt wirklich nichts Schlechtes, was ich über dieses Haus sagen kann.
Consiglio vivamente questo hotel, le camere sono enormi e di lusso rispetto alla norma degli hotel di Parigi e il personale era molto cordiale e disponibile. Il prezzo della camera include degli extra che in genere sono a pagamento come la connessione wireless a banda larga, la biblioteca di DVD... Se desiderate un posto gradevole in cui soggiornare e un buon punto di partenza per esplorare Parigi, il Jays è il posto perfetto. Non ho trovato nulla di negativo in questo hotel.
My husband and I stayed 8 nights at Jays Paris in the Louis XVI room (and 1 night at the Park Hyatt).
We booked Jays based on other trip advisor reviews and were not disappointed. I highly recommend the hotel based on the room, location, friendly/helpful staff and price.
ROOM - Jays website accurately represented the room. The room was clean and included a deep bathtub/shower w/ Gilchrist & Soames toiletries. There was plenty of space to handle our over-packing. There was also a hidden kitchenette. We really appreciated the ability to break-up eating richer French meals with a few simple meals/snacks at the end of the day in our room.
LOCATION - Jays is located in the 16th arr. a couple blocks from the Arc de Triomphe/Champs-Elysées & 1-3 or so blocks from 3 metro stops. Also, conveniently across the street is a brasserie, take-away sandwich juice/coffee shop and a pastry shop.
STAFF - The great service started before we left for Paris. There are too many things to mention so I will just mention a few.
1. Judy lined up restaurant reservations a mix b/t 2 star Michelin & jeans-ok brasseries. Once we arrived and based on our meeting in person, Judy switched a dinner reservation b/c she thought we might like another place better.
2. Pink champagne and fruit were waiting in our room congratulating our anniversary.
3. My husband got a slight case of food poisoning and was sick in bed for a day. I wrote a list of our room needs (fresh towels, etc.) and asked that they be quietly placed inside the door in lieu of a full room cleaning. Not only was this done, but that night a staff member went next door to the brasserie, got a menu and then returned with food for us.
4. I found it invaluable in our first trip to Paris that the staff spoke fluent English (as a first language) as well as French. For example, on a trip to the Paris flea market Judy and Trish wrote down bargaining phrases (and practiced them with me).
PRICE - I found the price for the quality of the room and service to be very reasonable. To compare, we spent our last night at the Park Hyatt. The room was about 1/3 the size of Jays & was over twice the price. The mini bar was the type that you can't put your own things in/automatically charges (e.g. $12 euro/beer) & there was no coffee maker in the room. I really appreciated that at Jays they don't over charge for the drinks they provide but also direct you to where you get your own drinks/snacks for your room.
If I had to find a negative, it would be the things often given up with any boutique hotel - no pool, spa, 24 hr room service. We did not miss them. Also, if I was an extremely light sleeper, I might choose an interior room. That said, I am a light sleeper and was initially worried about occasional car noise. It never bothered me...
Finally - the perfect hotel in Paris!
My husband and I just stayed at Jays for a weekend break. For the past 7 years, we have gone to Paris for work or a short break about 3-4 times / year. We have stayed in over a dozen different hotels in Paris, ranging from 3 stars in the 7th, to the Four Seasons George V. For our personal trips, we've been searching for a place to come back to again and again, only to be disappointed each time - until this trip!
When we arrived late on Friday, we were greeted by the hotel's very friendly staff, who showed us personally to our room. Much to our delighted surprise, we realised we had been upgraded to the Louis XVI Suite, after having booked the Empire Suite. Walking into the room, we were instantly impressed with the size of the room (enormous by any standard, about 3 times the size of typical Parisian hotel double bedrooms), the plushness of the new carpet, the beautiful furniture, and the modern finishings (flat-screen TV, DVD player).
The attention to detail is especially impressive - for instance, the Jays team have created a handy overview of neighborhood restaurants and conveniences (e.g., grocery stores), and amenities included 3 different types of soap (liquid soap, Gilchrist and Soames hand soaps, and a boutique soap). Moreover, the well-hidden kitchenette is well stocked with all the equipment you would need for a longer stay (e.g., pans, toaster, etc.).
We felt like we were staying at a good friend's house the whole entire weekend. The building, the room, the staff, the whole experience was so perfect that we are already planning our next stays - and hoping that Jays remains a secret so that we are ensured a room (and it doesn't lose its charm)!
Highly recommend this hotel, huge luxury rooms compared to normal for Paris and very friendly and helpful staff. Great location near Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe. Price includes extras that are normally charged like wireless broadband, DVD library. If you want to enjoy the place you are staying as well as seeing Paris then Jay's is the perfect place. There is nothing negative I can say about this hotel.
There are not enough words
As a previous reviewer said, I chose Jays based on others' reviews, and wow, what an amazing choice it was! Jays is literally in the heart of central Paris. It took my wife and me only 15 minutes to walk from the hotel to Tour Eiffel (Eiffel Tower) and Trocadéro. 15 minutes walk in another direction from the hotel brought us to l'Arc de Triomphe and l'avenue des Champs Elysées! I can't stress enough how invaluable Jays' central location is to many of Paris' main attractions and even a number of its museums, including the Louvre, which is a quick ride on the Metro. My wife and I spent quite a bit of time at the shops and restaurants on the avenues branching off Place Victor Hugo, which is right down the street from Jays at the beginning of Rue Copernic.
The staff at Jays are the most accommodating and professional hoteliers I've ever had the pleasure to interact with. The manager, Patricia Killeen, went above and beyond to satisfy my wife and me. Ms. Killeen made our stay at Jays an utter joy, from recommending great restaurants in the area, and personally attending to our last minute Nouvel An reservations after calling countless restaurants and finding many of them booked, to allowing us to change from the Louis XVI suite to the Provence suite after we'd checked in when my wife decided she wanted a different ambiance. There is absolutely nothing Ms. Killeen could have managed better for us as our overall Paris experience approached perfection in great measure because of her.
Each of Jays' 6 suites is decorated in a different theme, which adds to the appeal of the hotel, in my view. Unlike many European hotels rooms, which are usually cramped, the Jays suites are quite spacious with tasteful appointments and huge windows. The bathroom of our suite (Provence) was very nicely laid out, with one of the deepest tubs I have ever seen in a hotel anywhere!
Perhaps it was because of the busy holiday weekend, but even though Jays was booked solid during our stay, we never heard a peep from any of the other guests. Had we not seen them in passing we could have sworn we were the sole occupants of the hotel. It didn't hurt that Ms. Killeen made us feel we were the most important guests Jays has ever had. Paris is a busy city, even at night, some would say especially at night, but there were no traffic noises intruding on our slumber from the street below.
Another plus for Jays is the ensuite kitchenette, which is tastefully hidden so as not to detract from the atmosphere and ambiance of the suite. Hi-speed wireless Internet access is available throughout the hotel and in the suites. Be sure to ask for the WEP password after you've checked in.
One of the things I've learned from visiting Paris for business and pleasure is how much easier things can be for you if you learn a little French, and even though I can understand and, for the most part, make myself understood to native French speakers, my proficiency in the language is still somewhat lacking, and my wife speaks no French at all, so imagine our joy in booking a true Parisian boutique hotel with English-speaking proprietors, managers and support staff!
The bottom line is my wife and I absolutely adored our Jays experience. This is the only hotel we will ever book when visiting Paris, which, if my wife has anything to say about it will be very soon.
Classy 5-Star Stunner
My wife and I highly recommend Jays if you are considering a 5 star boutique in Paris. We normally stay in large 5-star hotels in European cities but this time on recommendation from a family member, we looked at Jays. It is superb luxury with no shortage of effort in the brilliant finishes and yet they make you feel like family if you ever have a need. The location could not be better in the heart of everything making it a great place to stay for a week or more to do some work and explore Paris. They also speak perfect English! It's superb value for a 5-star boutique. In summary, I don't usually write hotel reviews but felt the need to highly recommend this one!
Jay's is just a bit special. A real treat!
We have just returned from our second stay at this gem. My husband and I get to Paris a few times a year and we think Jay's is the place. We have found our haven. It gives pretty much most of what we look for in a hotel.
A very special human-sized boutique with all the finer points of luxury, style, elegance in a homely relaxed environment. We found none of the affectation or style over substance we have experienced at some of the better known Paris five stars.
It is absolutely central - a couple of minutes from the Champs-Elysee. The staff looked after us with discretion but just so nicely, from the Champagne waiting in the room on arrival (I think that was an extra) to bookings at some wonderful local restaurants. Have them get you in to the Morrocan one. Wow!
Our room was unusually spacious for Paris and beautifully appointed overlooking a garden. My husband's colleague was in one other which was quite different but equally full of charm. It is all brand new and I think there were only 6 or 8 guestrooms in all which makes it quite unique as a luxury hotel.
If you want first class comforts in the heart of Paris, a gem without attittude...treat yourself to this one. It is something just a bit special. We are sending all our friends here and we'll be back. Many thanks.
Oasis in paris
We have just returned from a stay at JAYS Paris and loved staying in the lap of luxuryit!!
JAYS is a boutique hotel and occupies a gorgeous Parisian townhouse in the 16th Arrondissment. Each room is decorated in a different style - we stayed in Louis XIV.
Our room was spacious, bright and comfortable, with lots of lovely details, including a cashmere blanket on the bed and Gilchrist and Soames toiletries. The bath was also very large and the tub palacial - great for bubble baths. The room also was fully equipped with a kitchenette - sink, stovetop, full set of crockery, cutlery, dishes - all beautifully selected and very stylish.
JAYS is located between the Tour Eiffel and the Arc de Triomphe - a short walk from both landmarks in a great neighborhood. We dined at some lovely places very close by and walked everywhere (and when we were tired, the Metro stop Kleber is just around the corner).
One of the best parts of JAYS was the wonderfully personalized service - the staff are super friendly and provided us with maps, inside info on where to go, what to do, etc.
All in all JAYS is perfectly located, very stylish and superbly comfortable. Highly recommended!!!
What a Find
Having initially been recommended Jays, Paris, by a friend from New Zealand, I made a booking with them for a stay of 6 nights in October, 2006.
I was travelling on my own and from the outset the staff went out of their way to make me feel very welcome. Nothing was too much trouble and I felt very comfortable when asking for assistance with ideas for sightseeing, bus routes, restaurants, etc.
My room was delightful. It was extremely spacious, well-appointed and stunningly decorated. As an added bonus there were self-catering facilities which included a microwave, fridge and ceramic cook top. There were plenty of power outlets, a requisite that I have noticed so many hotels of today are lacking. Another enchanting feature of my room was that it overlooked a leafy roof garden offering welcome respite from the bustle and stress of staying in a large city.
Overall I can thoroughly endorse my friend's recommendation of Jays, Paris. I felt safe there, it was quiet and it offered excellent security. Underground car spaces are available. Its central location, close to the Arc de Triomphe, is a two minute walk to the nearest Metro station and the hotel itself is surrounded by numerous cafes and restaurants.
This boutique style hotel is perfect for those wanting luxury and state-of-the-art facilities combined with friendly and helpful management and staff in a location that is hard to beat for its overall convenience and proximity to the centre of Paris.