This past week proved to me there is NO equal in Paris than the Marriott CE!
Yes, there are other places to fit budgets, business needs, etc. but if you are a "First timer", or want something special, there is NO equal!
With shopping, (even on Sunday), transportation, dining, and proximity to adjust clothes due to weather, you just can't do better.
Do not worry that there is no concierge level, a 30 Euro PP buffet that is comp. is far better that any CL!
The staff is multi-lingual and outstanding!
When you have bellman like Fabrice and food servers like Marie, you will have a very special time.
The Alsace and the Cafe Andre' are both across the stree and represent great values close by! We wanted "Frog legs", and Omar at Concierge made our day!
It is well worth spending a little extra to have a room on the CE. You will never forget it!
Like everyone else I have had a hard time with the new sight.
Likewise, I have also been really traveling and that cuts into the time to write and contribute to the Insider.
The Paris CE could NOT have been more appreciative of a Platinum member than they were. It was very refreshing.
New Hilton, I have a great place for you to dine in Paris! La Tour D'Argent is one wonderful experience. The view of the Seine and the quality of the service and food will stun you! You will enjoy.
Good travels to you and keep us informed of your trips.
Hi Jerry! The new sight could not have been better designed to keep those like me (tech challenged) out. I still am confused by it. Any way I follow you and they post each time you have a post. I am going to Amsterdam on June 3 for a few days staying at the Ren. Any suggestions would be welcomed!
Yes, each duck customer gets a postcard with a number of the duck they ate!
Three out of four duck items are for two!
This is one fantastic place, ask for Stephane, he is such a great waiter. A window diner here is fantastic.
Figure around $125 per person with wine, but I have paid a lot more to have a lot less!
Yes, people I have taken with me are always "Surprised" at how clean Paris is and how friendly people are. The Marriott's that I have stayed in all all unique and have their own pluses and minuses. One thing they all do have is helpful and appreciative staff's.
When you consider how easy it is, and reasonably priced to get from the airport to most of the properties it's really a very special place.
I have taken over 10 people with me so far and each one of them had doubts and after the trip, can't wait to go back! Marriott of course has a lot to do with the joy's of Paris.
I agree with your assessment. We just stayed here the first week of May and found it beautiful, comfortable, and in a great location.
The breakfast buffet was very good also and the service in the dining room was great.
If you walk out the front of the hotel, turn left, and then turn left at the first corner, there is a small grocery store about 2 blocks down the street where we purchased our stash of in-room crackers/cheese and wine.
Overall a great property, and I hope to stay here again
Just returned from 5 Nights at the Marriott C/E. What a wonderful property. We could not have been more pleased with the accommodations,
service, and location. Special thanks to Jerry Coin for his passionate recommendations which were a large reason we chose this hotel. The 'free' Platinum breakfast saved us a few hundred dollars (which we promptly spent at the bar). The C/E experience was (in my mind) the perfect blend of a boutique style hotel but yet one with attractions nearby and some sense of 'excitement'.
Chez Andre was another nice spot and recco.
You know how to "Make my day"!
I don't think anyone should go anywhere else on their first trip to Paris than the Marriott C-E, especially on points. Just remember to book way in advance! If you get blocked, just keep trying, something seems to always open up.
I am going back this Saturday, but have been staying at The Renaissance AdT, it is a very nice property and the staff really treat me right.
Here are a few pictures you may enjoy. I have had many a great time at the C-E, and will look forward to stopping in next week and having a glass of wine, and saying hello to their wonderful staff!
Chez Andre was featured in the Woody Allen movie, "Midnight in Paris".
Frog legs at Chez Andre.
The C-E's eggs benedict are the finest I have ever had, and they are comped!
Memories, what a way to enjoy the C-E with loved ones on the Marriott sidewalk cafe!
Try it, you will LOVE it!
Jerry, I'm jealous of your frequncy of visits. Also, please don't talk about the Eggs Benedict. It was my only regret. We had a wonderful buffet every morning with eggs cooked to order and everything else one could ask. I know I could have probably ordered this off the menu but 'endured' with the buffet.
Wished we could have enjoyed more dining opportunities but our touring didn't allow it. We didn't want to tie ourselves into set dinner times which are generally needed at the finer properties. Also, as you know some of the dining prices take your breath away. We had drinks at the Ritz Bar (120 for 4) and talked about eating at their gourmet room (Le Crillon?) Don't think we could have escaped for under 1000 with some decent wine. But no regrets certainly! Thanks again for taking time to enlighten us.
Thanks for your comments, I am so glad you had a great time. If you had a drink at the Ritz, I hope you where in Hemmingway's. It is a great place, here is a picture you might enjoy, remember the sign above the door, NO PICTURES? Well they sure took care of me. It was my Birthday!
This is one of the finest bars in the world.
Yes, you do need to try the eggs benedict on your next trip to the C-E! Off the chart!
Next week I am looking forward to some fine dining in Paris. Will hit my favorites:
Le Cafe de la Paix, in the Grand Hotel
This place is very nice, and has a wonderful sidewalk cafe as well.
Then on to La Tour d'Argent,
Dining on duck while you view the Seine and Notre Dame, very memorable.
Then onto The Ritz, for dinner at L'Espadon, I just hope it is as good as the Ritz in London!
Place Vendome is a wonderful place to see.
One other great place to dine, and this time I hope to get a picture with him is Guy Savoy's place. It is just around the corner from The Renaissance AdT, this is another wonderful place to dine. As in many cities, there are really good and really bad places to eat, Paris has it's share as well, but I know all of these places are very good. Bon Appetit'
Safe travels au revoir. We are mid 50's empty nesters getting in some neglected world travel and will be heading to Rome next year and taking an 11 night mid east cruise from there. We will probably stay at Rome Hilton Waldorf property (I am Diamond and just became Platinum Marriott before our Paris trip) Don't know if I will be able to keep up both premium levels but it seems as if Marriott has generally nicer European properties. Also their points program is better.
Paris will definitely be on the radar again the following year.
You Marriott Platinum should allow you to keep your Diamond status with Hilton. Other chains also will allow you the benefit of their premier status if you are Platinum with Marriott.
Jasper seems to be a "Pro" at getting elite status at all hotels, so you may want to check on some of his former posts on this subject.
shoeless, keep the stories coming, it is always a pleasure to hear about others travel advice and experiences.
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)
Paris! "Never better!" (Arc d'Triomphe trip report)
Surprise (discussion on Paris sights & hotels)
Hotel and Metro in Paris (hotel airport transporation options)
Its my new resolution!
Everytime someone mentions a place, when I respond, I will add nearby hotels if not there already, and historical links.
Its all rather low tech, and I am enjoying reading the history as I only started activitly participaing Spring of 2012
Hopefully technology catches up with us and offers a better solution.
But until then will apply the low tech solution.