I have read several postings about staying in these cities and they have been helpful but I will be travelling with my wife and two teenage daughters on this trip. What hotels are family friendly and are available for 4 in a room without the surcharges that I have been reading about? Also which are close to the various sites that are popular in each city. I really appreciate your help. Thanks
For London, I would suggest London County Halls hands down to be near tourist attractions. I don't know about family-friendly since I travel alone, but I suspect others can add their ideas. I usually stay at the Rive Gauche in Paris because it's a lovely hotel, convenient for me, and relatively inexpensive compared to the others. However, with a family, especially if this is a first trip, you might want to consider the Trocadero.
I agree with the Professor on London, but stay at different Marriott's in Paris, so here goes!
I just got back today from a stay in London at County Hall. (There will be pictures and more information soon about my stay)
I have stayed at a lot of hotels in London. This is the place for your family. You can walk to so many sights and the concierge lounge is open everyday!
I do not know how they handle four to a room, but at least here everyone in your party has something to do close, so everyone may not want to do each activity.
You will not run out of things to do here!
As for Paris, again, I would pay extra to stay at Marriott CE! Again, lots to do by walking or tour transportation.
I hope you have a lot of points or funds because you will need them!
Thanks for the advice, I booked the CE in Paris for 2 rooms in order to sleep 4. There are no single rooms in Paris that accommodate 4 people. I'm still unsure about London because if I want County hall, I will probably have to book 2 rooms as an upgrade to sleep 4 is not guaranteed. There are a few Marriots in London that do sleep 4 like the Marble Arch, Regents Park and Maida Vale but they are a bit out of the way. All of the others have a maximum of 3 per room even if there are 2 doubles in the room. If you feel that any of the 3 that I mentioned are worth it while in London, please let me know as it will save me some points.
Marble Arch is not far out of the way...it is within walking distance of everything. Believe me, we took our 4 and 6 year olds and my mother, and the boys rode their scooters and we walked everywhere. Also, they have a great concierge level if you are gold or platinum. The rooms aren't super big, but they won't hassle you about having 4 people in the room. They also have a pool in the basement and a decent gym. It is close to Hyde Park, Kinsington Palace and Gardens, and the underground stop is maybe 5 blocks away, right at the actual historic Marble Arch. You can just hop of the Underground and get anywhere quickly. But you really can walk all over. Sometimes that is the best way to really "feel" a fantastic city. But if you really want to be in the heart of London, then I agree with previous posters. You will have a blast!
And, as for Paris, the CE is gorgeous, and very close to the Metro. For your first time in Paris, I think it would be great. The breakfast for elite members is fantastic. I do think the best location(in my opinion) would be the Renaissance Vendome. Unfortunately, they have very small rooms, so for a family, it is never an option for us. The Trocadero would be good too, or the Arc de Triumphe...very nice area. I personally would not book the Rive Gauche for a first time to Paris, but that is just me. I mean, really, you can't go wrong...you will be in Paris, what more can you want?!!!! Have a wonderful time!
Also, I do agree that Regent's Park and Maida Vale are too far out...I have stayed at these too. And, for the CE in Paris, I think if you get the bigger sized rooms with queen beds, you don't need 2 rooms. I think they should be able to sleep 4...I would call directly to the hotel if I were you. I know that we had 1 room, although our boys were younger than your girls. Good luck!
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