Jerry Morgan, ProfChiara and New Hilton Member each of you provided trips on Paris before I traveled there for my first ever trip to Paris. Each of you should go into the Travel Business! Thanks! I spent five nights in the Marriott Rive Gauche Hotel, 17, boulevard Saint-Jacques. The rooms are small but nice and the hotel is very quite. The cost is much less expensive than the Marriott’s Champs-Elysees property (we visited the C-E property, nice!) It is an easy ride on the RER from CDG Airport on the B line to the Denfert Rochereau Station and then proceed to the hotel. You can switch to the # 6 Metro (green) line and exit at the St.Jacques or Glaciere Stations (the hotel is between the two stations)—however, it is easy to walk (down hill) 5 minutes to the hotel from Denfert Rochereau. The hotel staff was very nice and helpful! There are several fine restaurants within walking of the hotel or a one or two metro stop ride. All of Paris is within easy reach by the Metro or RER. I would stay at the property again. Jerry, as you suggested I bought a “Paris Visite” 5 day 6 zone pass which worked on all forms of transportation. The two day museum pass is nice also. New Hilton Member, at your suggestion, we attended one of the many! free musical performances over the weekend, the one we attended was in the square at the Denfert Rochereau RER station-great. We visited Versailles, Arch de Triumph, Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Boat on the Seine, Les Cars Rouges sightseeing bus, Basilique de Sacre-Coeur (some interesting streets and shops getting up the hill to the Sacre-coeur!) My three favorite restaurants within walking of the hotel were: 1. La Closerie des Lilas 171, boulevard du Montparnasse (come to think of it I may have taken RER B from Denfert Rochereau to Port Royal Station for this place); 2. Le Pavillon Montsouris 20, rue Gazan (super food $$$$ beside a small lake located in a park where I ran in the mornings) and 3. Au Petit Marquery 9, boulevard de Port Royal (excellent food service a little slow at times). This is my report to you three and thanks for your help in making this the best.
So glad you had a great time!
If you have any pictures it would be great to see them. Your experience will be on file here and will help countless others!
While I am not familiar with your hotel, I am going to consider it for the future.
Let us all hear about your future trips! They save people countless time and money!
I am delighted you enjoyed Paris and the Rive Gauche. Since I may have been there too many times doing research to appreciate staying in the the more expensive (yet not necessarily better situated) hotels, I may be somewhat biased. But the Denfert-Rochereau connection is MUCh better from CDG than any in 'downtown' Paris (like St-Jacques).
In addition, armed with a map, you can just start wandering around Paris (on a couple of occasions I have actually walked the whole perimeter). By comparison, on a couple of occasions, when I rented a car to go to Burguundy, I spent hours and hours on the Boulévard Périphérique (and lots of gas) till I found the right exit. For any others out there planning to travel besides train, rent a car outside of Paris. And if you need an automatic (like I did), try Alamo, National and Hertz. Sometimes you'll have to rent in the city of destination (e.g. Dijon, Angers), but there it can be worth it.
Did you miss La Sainte-Chapelle? It is my favorite place in all of Paris. But I hope you have a chance to visit Burgundy, Normandy and Brittany, if not now in the future.
France is so beautiful; every single corner of it is as different as the parts of the US in culture, cuisine, atmosphere etc. So to future travelers, always go beyond Paris on your next trip!
Theolejudge and other Paris/France Visitors,
The Prof. is so astute!
If you want a headache, be like me and drive in Paris, inside the Peripherie! Don't do it!
What I have been doing on trips East and South of Paris (To CH or Italy) take the RER to EuroDisney, stay at the Marriott, rent a Hertz car there and drive!
See the easy pictures, for the few dollars take the train ride and drive!
Other Paris threads to check
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1101 La Défense, Paris, France
SusanL (Renaissance Vendome)
Thanks & CDG to Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero (Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero)
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