There has been much written about this property, I personally have not stayed at this property. The reports have been so mixed that that is discouraging to me. Likewise, there are so many other great choices offed by Marriott's in Paris.
Please go to the "Professor's" and others previous posts on this property.
I've stayed there. It was a fair stay for the price, but there are better properties in central Paris if you can afford it. The closest metro station is about .25 mile walk (very easy) from the hotel. Use metro line 6 (light green) from Saint-Jacques all the way to metro line 1 (yellow) at Charles de Gaulle Etoile for the Champs-Elysees or else metro line 6 to Denfert-Rochereau (1 stop), change to RERB (blue) to get to the 1st. Arr. The metro is easy to use. Plan Interactif des transports en Ile-de-France
Less expensive than other central Paris Marriotts.
Polite, professional Concierge (my opinion)
Rewards category 7 (so you save some points over the other central Paris Marriotts, which are all Cat. 8)
I've read a couple of reports here from members who said they enjoyed the surrounding neighborhood and restaurants.
With the metro only 1/4 mile away, you can get to anywhere in Paris in short order, just not as quick as when staying at other Marriott properties.
Smaller rooms and bathrooms, but still very doable if the price is right.
The decor/architecture is smart and up to date, but not quite as visually pleasing as other properties, IMO.
A bit farther off the beaten path than other properties, but again not bad for the price, and if you don't mind the 1/4 mile walk to the metro, not really a problem.
During my stay in 2007, we had climate control issues in our room (very warm; a/c didn't work well). May have been an anomaly, maybe not.
One platinum member posted that she was treated very rudely by front desk, and made to pay for a room upgrade.
It is a conference center, so it's geared more towards the business guest, not the leisure guest.
I can't say I would never stay there again, but would opt for other Marriott properties first. If minding one's nickels is imperative, then this is an acceptable property for the cost, in my opinion.
Thank you for the excellent information! Unfortunately, price/point cat. is a sticking point for me, as we will be making stops in NYC and a few cities in Italy. I'm trying to keep the properties at Cat 6 or lower, but still have them be at least Marriott or AC, not CY or RI, as (from what I understand) you lose some Elite benefits (CL access) at these properties. If cost wasn't an issue, then the Renaissance Arc de Triumph would have been my first choice
Thanks again for your great tips!
If you are going to be there on a "Week-end", I would recommend Renaissance La Defense. Pluto has stayed at that property as well as I (Not together) and I have nothing but good things to say about it.
It is a "Hub" for trains and metro, but if you drive don't attempt this place without knowing exactly how to find it. There is much shopping, reasonable dining, and only minutes away from C-E, Louvre, etc.
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I'm actually (planning) on going for my honeymoon next Nov. We plan on going to NYC, then Paris and Disneyland Paris, and then on to Italy. Haven't fully planned it out yet, as we need to time it so that we are at DLPR during the week (we'll be exchanging DVC points for DLPR room nights) to avoid higher rates. Not sure where in Italy we will be staying yet either, as we will be traveling to there via TGV, and the line ends in Milan. I do want to go to Bologna and Rome, however. But because we have limited points (about 250,000 after our wedding at Ihilani), we need to conserve as much as possible! Will probably pay out of pocket for cheaper properties/shorter stays. If you have any recommendations on where to stay for any of our destinations and/or what to do/see, I'd greatly appreciate it!
If price is a priority, then I think you will be satisfied at Rive Gauche (are you paying cash or points? also same question for Paris Disneyland.) But also, about Ren. La Def., while it is farther away on the map (3.75 miles from the center of Paris to be exact), it is actually faster to get to central Paris on the metro from Ren. La. Def. than it is from Rive Gauche. (I have stayed at both hotels now.) Additionally, if you can get upgraded to a larger corner room, you will love it. It's a beautiful room with a view of the La Defense Arch. Ren. La Def. also has a CL, not sure about Rive Gauche. Check the hotel website. If you stand on the steps of the La Def. Arch, you can see the l'Arc de Triomphe in the distance. I really liked the Ren. La Def. Another thing to look for, is in the fall, Marriott often has some good deals, especially with the Vacation Clubs. Check your elite offers page for a 35-40% discount at MVCI's. You can get a stellar deal at the MVCI Disneyland.
The train from Paris to Italy should stop in Bologne. As for Rome, Grand Flora is THE place to stay - fantastic - but also the priciest. Again, check for deals. Many here have posted about the Rome Central Park Courtyard. I have been there, but not stayed there (sounds strange, I know. I met family members that were staying there.) Folks who stayed there seemed to like it okay, but be careful, as the regional trains to/from central Rome stop at 9pm. If there is anyway at all that you can stay at the Grand Flora or the Boscolo in Rome on your honeymoon, go for it! Let us know if you have any other questions.
After the helpful tips from you and Jerrycoin, I think I'm going to shoot for Ren. La Def. We will be staying on points, and it's a Cat 6, so shouldn't be too bad. As for Disneyland Paris, we actually have ownership with Disney Vacation Club, so we were planning on staying at a Disney property. I wasn't aware of a Marriott property near Disneyland Paris. How is that property? Hopefully the fall deals extend through Dec. as we won't be able to make any reservations till then.
But yes! I was looking at trying to stay at Boscolo. Thanks for the train tips as well. I was planning on at least overnighting at the different cities we see in Italy. So for Rome was looking at Boscolo on points, and was going to pay for the stay at the AC in Bologna. Milan, not too sure where we'd stay yet (if we overnight at all there).
Thanks again for the great info!
Cat. 6 even better! Here are some posts that may be of interest to you regarding Paris and Italy. Also do a search here on Paris dining. You'll find some great stuff that JC and friends posted. Also, yes, for making reservations on points, definitely do it at the earliest possible date (as soon as the window opens). As for cash Marriott stays, go ahead and make your reservation, but do keep checking back on the hotel webpage, as the prices often change. Also play around with dates, even breaking up a stay into two shorter stays. You'll be amazed and what you see in terms of pricing differences. If you see a better deal, take it!
Enjoy your planning.
Marriott Village d'Ile de France
D'Ile de France Photos
La Defense Photos
Train Travel and Public Transportation in Europe
Boscolo Rome Photos
Pluto is so right on!
Here are some other points I would like to share with you about this special occasion. By the way "Congratulations"!
La Defense is a favorite, especially on a budget. You can really enjoy the atmosphere that is easy to access from there. I would also recommend taking the train from La Defense to EuroDisney. I would NOT recommend driving, if you can. Here are a few photo's of La Defense:
The hotel is an easy walk from The Metro and RER station (RER will get you to EuroDisney) As pluto has pointed out, try to get a corner room to view the La Defense Arch and area!
The Marriott at EuroDisney is very nice! Complete kitchen and lovely condo type setting!
Remember, there are Eurostar destinations you can access from EuroDisney!
Pluto77 & Jerrycoin,
Have any of you had any experience doing a rewards booking with any of these properties at 3 months out? I actually don't have all the points needed and won't have the bulk of them credited until after our wedding next August (Marriott wedding ). My original plan is to book on cash and then convert to points later, but if I can't convert, that'll be a problem...
I've never booked a points reservation at a flagship (or high category) property less than one year out. There are some who have, I believe. It can be difficult. If there aren't any points rooms available, you'll have to keep checking and checking (like everyday), as sometimes a points room will open up if someone cancels. On the other hand, maybe it won't be as difficult at La Def., since it's a Cat. 6. Also, as November is in the off season, it might be easier as well. Try this experiment: go to the reservation website and try to book a room at La Def for next month, just to see if any are available. That may give you a hint as to what you may be up against. I hope others can give you a better answer. Also, to you have the Marriott Visa card? If not, sign up. You'll get 50K points.