Thank you to everyone that has posted information about Paris! All your "insider" tips have been great, and I have learned a lot which will be very helpful during my trip to Paris next month. I know detailed posts take time, and I am sure your efforts are appreciated by many. Thank you especially to jerrymorgan and NYCWS10025 - incredible detail!
I am staying at the Renaissance Le Parc Trocadeo for the first half of my stay and then transferring to the CE (you sold me jerrymorgan) for the second half. I am trying to decipher the correct RER/Metro lines to get me to Le Parc from CDG, and I am wondering if anyone knows the correct route. I know the best Metro stop for the hotel is the Victor Hugo. Thank you for your help.
Google Paris Metro,
The station you want for the CE is Franklin D. Roosevelt. Come up on the East side of the CE and go toward the Arch D' Triuph (De Gaulle). Go past the Quick Burger place and look for the Marriott Flags. Make sure you get a room on the inside, and ask for a breakfast voucher.
If you are a steak lover, and do not want to spend a fortune, go to Relias du Venice (North of hotel), or la Entrecote across the CE from Hotel. The only thing they serve is steak, you have three choices, rare, medium or well. Do NOT be late for the first dinner serving or you will have to wait a long time. With wine and fries plus steak about $25 per person.
Regarding jerrymorgan's response on using the Franklin Roosevelt station, I would suggest the George V station if you have luggage with you. Since the Boulevard has a slight incline, using the George V station will permit you to walk downhill to the hotel instead of slightly walking uphill from the FDR station.
Just my two cents.
A great place to go if you are not a "Steak", is the Cafe de la Paix, across from the Paris Opera. What a great place for a lady to enjoy Parisian sidewalk dining and a special evening. Likewise, go for one drink on your walk there at Hemmingway's at the Ritz. The historic place is very friendly and while I am not a Ritz fan, there is something special about having one drink there.
Mikeing, is so right about the metro stop for CE, but realistically taking more than one suitcase on the Metro is not too much fun, too many steps.
Other Paris threads to check
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SusanL (Renaissance Vendome)
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Okay, this is my third attempt to post a comment with photos. Whenever I try to upload the photos, I get an error and the comment disappears. So, sorry, no photos.
We stayed here in March and really loved it. Great location, behind the Garnier Opera House and very near to the metro station. The property is beautiful inside and we loved our room. It was very spacious and extremely well decorated and appointed with lots of amenities. The room had a large marble entrance foyer where we stored our luggage underneath a tall table. To the right was a huge marbled bathroom with a wonderful bathtub. The room itself was beyond the entry hall and as I mentioned, was huge, beautiful and well appointed. There was a sitting area with two chairs and a coffee table, plus a bench at the foot of the bed, an ample desk area and then the credenza with flat screen TV. The far wall had large windows covered in floor to ceiling velvet window treatments, and there was a balcony that overlooked Boulevard Haussmann. On the opposite wall, was a huge wall to wall closet with a built in amenities dresser, mini fridge, safe, etc. etc. etc. It stands as my most favorite room of any Marriott I have stayed in to date. The entire hotel staff was remarkably friendly, helpful and hospitable. When they found out it was my Mom's birthday, they really rolled out the red carpet. The CL was nice, the lobby area lovely, and the restaurant served up a beautiful breakfast buffet (complimentary to platinums). We dined at the hotel restaurant one night as well, and it was very good. I definitely look forward to returning to this hotel someday.
For more information, here is their email. They are very responsive.
We had a lovely time at Renaissance Le Parc Trocadeo. The location is fabulous and the hotel is very nice. There are many restaurants within a short walk. Close to Metro and the heart of Paris is a short walk. The hotel staff is excellent!
We had two comments about our room (one negative and one positive). The negative was that our room was very poorly lit and the windows were tiny so we got minimal daylight from the outside. On the positive side, we had a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower and each night every hour on the hour for several hours we could see the tower light up for about ten minutes. It was a great show!
My only other complaint is that they do not have a CL.