A September 2004 trip
to Paris by su-lin
Quote: After years of living in London and fantasising about hopping over to Paris, I finally got around to doing just that.
I had negotiated a price of 75€ for a three-person room, but imagine my surprise when we were given a four-person room (two singles and a double) instead! I checked with reception to make sure there was not a mistake, and the receptionist assured me that we would be charged the previously arranged rate. Terrific! Dibs on the double bed! Our room also included a television and a clean bathroom. Our room had large windows facing a small courtyard shared with other flats/houses. There is a tiny lift, one of our deciding factors for staying at this hotel, as we were dragging around a lot of luggage!
Breakfast is not included in the price, but it is available for a small additional fee. I chose instead to wander around the area and stop in at various local cafés for my coffee fix. A number of metro stations are very close by, as are fromageries, boucheries, boulangeries, patisseries, etc, etc. Only a 5-minute walk away is Pompidou! At night, the area is rocking like Leicester Square, with plenty of crepe stands around to feed you. Within 20 minutes of strolling, you reach the Seine. Maps and other information can be found in the hotel lobby.
This hotel offers the very basics - there's no room service and no chocolate on your pillow! However, it's all one needs to discover Paris - who's staying in their hotel room all day anyway?
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005
Hotel Bellevue et du Chariot d'Or
39, rue Turbigo
Paris, France 75003
33(0)1 48 87 45 60
Restaurant | "Maison Berthillon"
During a relaxing lunch of a citron presse and a croque madame in a cafe, I realised that ice cream cones were being carried from a certain direction. When I'd finished and paid up, I walked towards that direction, and there it was!
A peek through the little window open to the street showed a lady sitting on a chair and a freezer next to her with all the ice cream sitting inside. There appeared to be a cafe within the shop but it was closed, presumably since it was November. Next to the window was a multi-coloured display of the various ice creams available--new availabilities were added on a hand-written slip of paper posted to the menu. I was glad this menu was large, as I took much time deciding what exactly it was I wanted--a decision also based on how much my stomach could handle!
Finally, I stepped up to the window and ordered. I wanted a two-scoop cone with praline aux pignons (praline with pinenuts) on the bottom and cassis (black currant) sorbet on the top. The cone is a very long and thin waffle cone--I vaguely remember choosing this cone for a slightly higher price--and normal wafer cones were also available. I think I paid approximately €4.
The praline was average--a very creamy and rich with caramelised pinenuts. The cassis, though, was extraordinary. Slightly tart, it tasted of black currants more than black currants themselves could taste! Delicious! The balls of ice cream are smaller than one would normally expect in the UK or North America, but the flavour coming from them is 10 times that in return.
From what I did try, I would recommend sticking with the fruit sorbets, as their flavours are amazing. However, I wouldn't mind going back to try *all* the varieties of ice cream and sorbet on offer.
They have a website at http://www.berthillon-glacier.fr, where it states that they are closed on Monday and Tuesday.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005
31 Rue Saint-louis-en-l'ile
01 43 54 31 61
London, United Kingdom