A March 2006 trip
to Paris by pabrams52
Quote: I can hardly believe that I am going BACK to Paris. This being my second visit, I'll enjoy the sense of familiarity as well as an enhanced travel "comfort level" that only comes through prior experience.
The hotel has made an effort to create a "feel for an era" when the music of Mozart prevailed and his opera, The Marriage of Figaro, was based on a play by the hotel's namesake, Count Beaumarchais. This play was then adapted into the opera by Mozart's librettist, Lorenzo da Ponte. http://www.reginaopera.org/figaro.htmIt's location, in the 4th arrondissement (Marais district), is amenable to accessing anyplace in the city. http://www.carondebeaumarchais.com/The hotel is itself, as well as the rooms, small but efficient. My first reaction upon entering the hallways and our guestroom was that it felt like a doll's house, but oh-so adorable. Many of Paris's moderate-range hotels are like this, but it should not detract from the visit. We were greeted by the owner, Alain, who could not have been more gracious and inviting. He checked out our room while taking up our bags and then offered us the key. The bed is comfortable. There is small writing desk and two chairs. I liked in particular the fact that our room had two wardrobes, one on either side of the bed, which helped to accommodate our belongings effectively.
This hotel provided more hangers than some, which is always appreciated by women. The bathroom, though small, is clean and in good working condition. It includes a deep though short bathtub, and a movable wand-type showerhead. As is customary in Europe, a shower curtain is not part of the design, so it takes a little finesse not to flood your bathroom while showering. I personally am a bath aficionado and like to soak while I bathe. We faced the front of the hotel and there are tall french doors that open up for air and a view. The heavy wood beams, as well as the miniature chandelier on the ceiling, create a mood for the room, along with the tapestry-style curtains and the worn period-style carpet. The lighting is most adequate, but the unmistakable winner in features is their WI-FI connection in the rooms. This is to die for for any savvy traveler. We LOVED it! For convenience, you just can't beat it. It eliminates the need to search out an internet cafe and get used to a foreign keyboard, while sitting next to noisy and rude patrons while you're trying to collect your thoughts. Isn't technology the best.
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 25, 2006
Caron de Beaumarchais
12, rue Vieille du Temple
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 4272-3412
Restaurant | "Les Vapeurs du Marais"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 24, 2006
Vapeurs du Marais (Les)
50 rue Francois Miron
+33 01 42 71 99 00
24 rue des Francs-Bourgeois
+33 01 4272 2050
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 29, 2006
84 Quai de l'Hotel-de-Ville
+33 01 4277 6398
Restaurant | "Petit Bofinger"
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 30, 2006
Le Petit Bofinger
8 Rue De La Bastille
33 01 42 72 05 23
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 6, 2006
L'As du Fallafel
34, Rue Des Rosiers
Paris, France 75004
Restaurant | "La Poule au Pot"
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 6, 2006
Poule au Pot
121 rue de l'Universite
+33 01 4705 1636
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 7, 2006
Jardin du Marais
rue Vieille du Temple & rue du Roi de Sicile
Member Rating 4 out of 5 on April 8, 2006
9, rue de la Verrerie
+33 01 4272 5648
Member Rating 3 out of 5 on April 8, 2006
29, rue du Bourg Tibourg
+33 01 4274 4525
Attraction | "Vesper Service at Notre Dame"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 26, 2006
6, place du Parvis-de-Notre-Dame
Paris, France 75004
+33 (1) 42 34 56 10
Attraction | "Paris Opera Ballet"
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 30, 2006
120, Place de la Bastille
Paris, France 75012
+33 (1) 43 43 96 96
Member Rating 5 out of 5 on April 15, 2006
Pont du Gard
Crossing the Gardon River
Near Remoulins, France
Attraction | "Nîmes' Roman Amphitheatre"
Les Arènes - the Amphitheatre
Place des Arènes
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