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Sleeping Around in Paris

A July 2004 trip to Paris by Grasshopper

Hotel du Quai-Voltaire Photo, Paris, France More Photos
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Hotel du Quai-Voltaire

Hotel | "Hotel Quai du Voltaire"

Hotel du Quai-Voltaire Photo, Paris, France
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Hotel Quai du Voltaire has the decided advantage of being directly across the Seine from the Louvre. The hotel is definitely dated and worn, but for the price, our room and view during the Christmas holidays couldn't be beat. We had large French doors that opened to a "balcony", which you could not go out on. But by sitting there on New Year's Eve, we were able to enjoy the relative warmth of the indoors while watching the festivities in the city below. The room was small but clean. And the bathroom had a nice shower. The staff was not terribly helpful and seemed to prefer no actual communication with us. There is a petite breakfast room downstairs, where a slow service of croissants and c...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Hotel du Quai-Voltaire
Quai Voltaire 19
Paris, France 75007
(0)1 42 61 50 91

Relais Bosquet Hotel

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Hotel | "Relais Bosquet"

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I've stayed in nearly a dozen hotels in Paris, and this is my only repeat. And right now I think it's my favorite. Paris can be an pricey place to get a room. And often, a couple-hundred euros will get you a very small room indeed. On my early visits to the City of Lights, I preferred staying in the very popular, very crowded, and very busy Latin Quarter. Today I find I feel much more "at home" in this charming area, just down the street from Rue Cler, and a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. Relais Bosquet offers very comfortable, pleasantly attractive rooms with very modern, luxurious bathrooms. Front rooms have windows opening onto Champs de Mars and a view of the top of t...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Relais Bosquet Hotel
19 Rue Du Champ De Mars
Paris, France 75007
+33-1-455-0824

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I was lucky enough to be introduced to this hotel when I arrived late one afternoon in Paris to find that my reservation at another Latin Quarter hotel had gotten confused (probably my mistake) and the hotel was full. The helpful man at the desk (and people say Parisians are rude) called around and found me this alternative hotel at a discounted rate, and he walked me to Hotel Cluny Square so I would not get lost! What a lovely surprise my room was. I had a double room, although I was a single, and therefore got a rare double bed. The room had french doors opening on to a balcony that overlooked Cluny Square, and the wonderful characteristic rooftops of the area. I was even more...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Hotel Cluny Square
21 boulevard Saint-Michel
Paris, France
33(0)1 43 54 21 39

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The Derby Eiffel was my very first hotel in Paris--in fact, it was my first-ever experience in Europe.

I was surprised how small the rooms were, and the bathroom was just functional (I'm picky about bathrooms!). After subsequent trips, I think it rated about a 5 on my scale of 1 to 10 in Paris accommodations--very clean, very basic, a nice view of the Eiffel Tower, but small and undistinguished. The location is convenient and in a real Paris neighborhood. But the neighborhood has hotels with more distinction and atmosphere.

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Best Western Derby Eiffel
5 Avenue Duquesne
Paris, France 75007

Hotel Minerve

Hotel | "Minerve"

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We stayed at Hotel Minerve in 1999 for one week. My two most vivid memories are "pink" and very noisy. Other than that, this is a pretty basic option in the Latin Quarter. We had a double room. We didn't elect the breakfast option. The room was not luxe by any standard, and construction on the building nextdoor began promptly at 8am. We also got snapped at by the desk clerk when we came in laughing one evening. That was disconcerting, given how noisy the room was all day!

The most compelling thing about this property is the price. Doubles start at 98 euros. Sub-100 euro rooms in Paris are a real rarity.

All rooms have air-conditioning.

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Hotel Minerve
13 rue des Ecoles
Paris, France 75005
33 1 43 26 26 04

Ponte Vecchio

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My very favorite restaurant in Paris isn't even French! Ponte Vecchio is a tiny Italian jewel. The fantastic Italian dishes were developed by the handsome Sardinian proprietor and his Corsican wife. The restaurant is very small, with only a dozen or few tables. When the weather is nice, the front opens up to allow another few tables. Across the street you see the flying buttresses of Notre Dame lit up, providing a very Parisian view. I've never had anything I didn't like from the menu, but my favorite has been the eggplant starter, which truly melts in the mouth. The house red wine is a Sardinian Monica, hard to find anywhere else, very modestly priced and with a special ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Ponte Vecchio
Left Bank
Paris, France

Jules Verne

Restaurant | "Jules Verne Restaurant"

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The day after Christmas, my daughter and I decided to treat ourselves with a splurge at le Jules Verne. It was a wonderful experience! The elevator that takes you to this "restaurant in the round" is private and doesn't require standing in the 30-minute-plus lines that folks trying to ascend the tower must stand in. Arriving at the coat check, you immediately know you are in a very luxe place. While we were not seated right next to the window, we were close enough to have fantastic views of all of Paris. (Get there early for the best seating). We ordered from the menu, choosing a selection of amuse bouche, delicious fresh breads, soup, an entree, and dessert. When we th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on May 18, 2005

Jules Verne
2e étage de la Tour Eiffel (sud)
Paris, France 75007
+33 1 45 55 61 44