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L`Amour; Paris Dining and Lodging

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A November 2005 trip to Paris by jenandfrank

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The Westin Paris

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The Westin Paris (formerly the Intercontinental Tuileries) - 3 Rue De Castiglione, Phone (33) (1) 4477-1111. With 438 guest rooms, 14 suites, 12 conference facilities, a gym, and two restaurants, this hotel caters to family and business travelers; it’s no wonder since its location is incredible. Located in the 1st Arrondissement, in the center of the business and financial district. The hotel faces the Tuileries Gardens, is a half-block from Place de la Concorde and two blocks from the Louvre Museum. Not to mention the area itself is pretty and lined with beautiful shops and boutiques. The building looks like a landmark with its corner location, tiled-mosaic sidewalk and antique exterior lamps. It’...Read More

Hotel Prince de Galles

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Hotel Prince de Galles – 33 Avenue George V, Paris – 33-1-53-237777 or www.spg.comLocated right off the Champs Elysees, on a famous and shi-shi block, Avenue George V. Within the 8th arrondissement and a short walk from high end shopping and the Arc de Triomphe – with the Four Seasons right next door; needless to say this hotel is well placed. The front of the hotel is somewhat understated with a simple green awning, some pretty but simple windows and a gold revolving door. To be honest, it is easy to pass this hotel and that is part of its charm – it flies under the radar. The lobby is on the smaller side, yet elegant with a very rich-European feel. Chandeliers, antiques, lots of lamps...Read More

Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport

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Hilton Paris Charles De Gaulle Airport – RUE VERSEAU, 33-1-491-97777 or www.hilton.comLocated between the terminals at Charles de Gaulle, directly in front of the train station, you would expect to be kept awake at night with all the noise. Not the case, as all of the 387 rooms here are soundproofed. Built in 1994, this hotel is about an hour from the center of Paris and easily reachable by the metro. This airport hotel caters to the typical business traveler and the vacationer who gets left behind. There is no concierge, no frills (We even had to leave a deposit for a plug adapter!) and a huge bar right in the lobby. The lobby is quite large set up with an atrium in the center, and ...Read More

Our Favorites Restaurants - Paris

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L’Ardoise – 28 rue du Mont Thabor, Paris – 01-42-96-28-18This quaint little restaurant is located right around the block from the Westin, very close to the Place Vendome. L`Ardoise is so tiny you would certainly walk right by it if you weren’t looking for it. With 7 wooden and very plain tables in all – there is no bar, no coat check and one waitress. The walls are yellow, the decoration is limited and the menu is displayed on a blackboard that the waitress will bring to your table and lean against a chair. We were told L`Ardoise means blackboard in French. The menu/blackboard is all in French. Thankfully the evening we were there the waitress spoke some English so she was able to run t...Read More

Fine Dining - Paris

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Aux Lyonnais - 32 rue St-Marc, Paris - 01-42-96-65-04 or http://www.alain-ducasse.com/public_us/cest_aussi/fr_aulyonnais.htmOwned by famous chef Alain Ducasse, this is considered one of the best (if not the best) bistros in Paris. Serving traditional Lyonnais fare in a tight dining area, with a few tables basically on top of the front door. Located down a side street, with a limited pre-fix menu. The regular menu is limited as well and both are only available in French. The menu as a whole was predominately beef/veal and fish and although the menu changes frequently I am told the theme remains the same. Bottom line – you’ll never find chicken here. Although the waitstaff was very nice a...Read More

Local Dining--Paris

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Chez Flottes - 2, rue Cambon, 01 42 60 80 89 (around the block from the Westin) or http://www.flottes.fr/anglais.htmlThis very busy bistro seemed to be a local family eatery with a huge bar near the entrance. Located around the block from the Westin hotel, between Place Vendome and Faubourg Saint-Honoré, this restaurant was recommended to us by the concierge and some guidebooks. The menu was quite large, with a huge seafood selection. There were two prix-fixe menu options: two courses for 21 Euro and three courses for 26 Euro. They had a decent wine list with one house wine. A carafe of surprisingly good house wine was 17 Euro and poured about five small glasses. The menu was available ...Read More