Looking to vacation for a week in London and a week in Paris. We have two category six hotel stay certificates and we are not sure which hotel to stay at. We are considering the Kensington, Maida Vale or Regents Park in London. We are considering the River Gauche and Renaissance Paris Hotel La Defense in Paris. Hotels have to be category six or less. Would like something close to public transportation. What is the best way to travel between London and Paris, train or plane? Any ideas on hotel stays and travel between the two cities?
We just got back and my suggestion would be to NOT stay at Madre Vale in London. The other London spots are very good.
Take the Eurostar from London to Paris, for a real treat! Just remember Round Trip tickest are LESS than one way! So just have a "Dummy" date for a return if you are not going back to London.
Finally, you will find few better spots in Paris, on points, than The Ren. LaDefense. I will attach pictures, but you are a short metro ride from The C-E and the GM and staff will treat you great! Get a pass for the metro!
You are so right about the taxi to LaDefense, but if you are on a budget and don't mind the Metro or RER, I really like LaDefense.
Especially, their week-end rates rather than using points.
They have really been great to my friends and me.
I agree with the other posters that the Eurostar is the best way to get between London and Paris.
I've stayed at the Maida Vale, Kensington, and West Indian Quay Marriotts. They are all great hotels and are all within a five minute walk of the Underground. The West Indian Quay has the best lounge (it's open until midnight and has incredible snacks throughout the day). The Maida Vale is probably the least fancy of the three. I like the location of the Kensington hotel - it's close to the museums and a very short Tube ride to the West End, and it's across the street from a gigantic grocery store. That hotel, however, always seems to have trouble with the lounge. Breakfast gets torn down early; the machine can't make hot water for tea; the ice machines are broken; the printers don't work. The worse part is that the very friendly staff never seems capable of fixing any of the problems during a multi-day stay. So, if the coffee machine is busted, don't expect it to get fixed...
Thanks for the information!
I have never stayed at Maida Vale, feeling it was too far from the theatre district.
Will reconsider, as the price is always pretty good.
Can strongly recommend the LaDefense in Paris, if you are there on a week-end and do not mind the metro.
My family and I just spent a week in Paris and are now spending a week in London. We stayed at the Paris Le Parc Trocadoro – it was perfect. The staff there is wonderful; the hotel is in a great neighborhood, very close to the subway. We would recommend staying there. On the other hand the Regents Park Marriott in London is horrible. The staff could CARE LESS about their guests. I am a Platinum member, but was put in horrible room. The hotel has a musty odor.
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