First time to Europe and want to do it up right!!
We are arriving into Paris from London taking the train. Not sure how to do that yet but advice is appreciated!!! My question is about hotels. Which hotel is the most accesible after getting off the train?
I am leaning toward the CE or the Rive Guache but am willing to entertain any other ideas. One thing I like about RG is the executive room, but I don't suppose I should make a decision based on that! But then again, that's why we stay loyal! The perks! But I like the charm of the CE and not sure if I want to trade that! Oh the headache!! Haha!
I really apprecaite all the help from the message boards. All of you are terrific. Jerry and the Professor, you're both so helpful and I truly appreciate it.
Thanks for your kind mention!
You really should again review the previous comments relating to your trip will help. Likewise, the amount of luggage will really effect your commute to any hotel.
To start, I am assuming you will be on the Eurostar. Just get a coach seat and remember if you have a platinum AMEX you can enjoy the VIP lounge free while waiting for the train. When you get to Paris, with a lot of bags, it may make sense to take a taxi. If few bags, buy a pass on the "Green" bus from the train station and just ride it to your hotel, if CE.
For your first time, there is NO place like the CE. You will be staying "On a Movie Set", that is yours when you walk out the door. Likewise, a number of times I have had bad weather and the CE makes it easy to relax while the weather clears.
You will have a great time, no matter where you stay!
You'll arrive in the Gare du Nord. I can't help with the C-E, but if you choose Rive Gauche, it's easy. Get on the RER B (no changes) and get off at Denfert-Rochereau. There's an elevator there so you don't have to deal with cliimbing stairs as in most metro stations. There are two closer metro stations (St Jacques and Glacière - lots of stairs), but Denfert-Rochereau is only two blocks away on straight pavement. When you get outside the station turn to your right and keep walking along the boulevard until you reach the Rive Gauche.
As mentioned, stick with the CE hotel, its amazing. For trains in, you can catch a cab easily enough from Paris North, its not that far away. Pack light, you'll want to have only whatever bags you can easily carry by hand. The one tip, get some euros prior to getting on the train, it will come in handy for cabs or other purchases :)
Have a blast, dont forget you can easily catch a train to Brussels or Cologne for the day if you really are trying to see everything. The city square in Brussels is simply amazing if you have the time.
For iPhone users, there is the 'Metro Paris' application. This tool is accurate, easy to use, and with map navigation functioning perfectly without requiring a cell signal (except when using the 'map your route' feature) you can search out your stop while underground.
I found it quite helpful.
Either place is easy by train.
The thing to remember is the amount of luggage you have. If your are going to the CE, just go to CE stop at FDR and get off. go upstairs, on the East side of the CE, walk North to the Marriott. It is right next to Sephora and you are there.
You cannot go wrong, and if you buy a train pass, you are set for your stay.
If you need any more help, please let the others or me know. The Prof. knows her stuff.
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