My trip to Paris in May 2008
by starvingactor on May 20, 2008
I stayed at the Britannique for 5 nights in early May 2008. If you were to take a map of Paris and make a dot at the center of that map, you'd land pretty close to the hotel. It is situated in the 1st arrondissement, convenient to the Latin Quarter, Marais, Notre Dame, Pompidou Center and the Louvre and many other Parisian attractions. Another great thing about the hotel was that its on a quiet street. So you are at the same time in the center of town, yet on a quiet street. Pros: - Location - Genuinely helpful staff - Clean rooms, bathrooms - Nice little touches - they have umbrellas for guests! - Food options close by - Metro stop is Chatelet. This is a massive confusion of tunnels, signs and stairs. I think, when taking metro line #1, if you are to take the Hotel de Ville stop, which is perhaps 200 meters away, you can avoid some of that hassle. That said, Chatalet is a great hub and you can take many different metro lines and the RER from there.Cons: - The rooms are pretty small, although this is not uncommon in Paris. The single I stayed in was about 10ft by 11ft. The bathroom was quite small too. My parents stayed in a double room and that was slightly larger, and the bathroom was quite a bit more spacious than mine. - Tiny elevator - 2 people in this lift will feel cozy. 3 is just about impossible.Overall I say the pros outweigh the cons by a lot and I would definitely stay here again.
by starvingactor on July 1, 2008
This wood-paneled cafe is located in the Marais district and serves primarily crepes. The menu is pretty extensive and there are all sorts of choices - sweet, savory, vegetarian etc. We ordered one of the breakfast crepes with egg and the vegetarian one. Both were pretty good, but I'd pick the vegetarian crepe. The crepes are reasonably priced - mostly between 5 and 10 euros. We went there in the afternoon and were able to find a table pretty quickly. But my friends who recommended the place suggested reservations at dinner time. This joint is well worth a visit.
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