My wife and I are going to London and Paris for the first time this May. We are looking at staying at the Ren St Pancras Station, Ren Chancery Court, and JW Marriott Grosvenor in London. Does anyone have any recommendation regarding these three hotels choices?
In Paris, we are planning on using rewards pts to stay, but that means that we can only stay at the Ren La Defense, Courtyard Neuilly, or Marriott Rive Gauche? All of the other 6 & 7 pt level hotels in downtown Paris don't have rewards stays available. Does anyone have any recommendations for the best hotels to stay in Paris? Is it worth it to upgrade all the way and pay 40,000 pts a night for the Marriott C-E compared to the three hotels available in Paris?
We don't mind walking a little distance to things, and we value having good restaurants and the major attractions relatively nearby, but we don't care too much about nightlife or shopping.
Thanks in advance. Cheers,
Been to all, the Pancras was not open at the time, but looks like a great property. All of these are really different properties. Inexpensive tube travel around London will be easy from St. Pancras, plus the Eurostar to/from Paris is right there. I like the JW because the area around it is much more peaceful and close to Harrods.
Ziggety, check the rates and activities you are planning on and you will find the choice an easy one. There is no bad property in your choices!
As far as Paris, I really enjoy the Ren. La Defense week-end rates and stay with points. It is a short walk thru the shopping area to the Metro or RER and it is the last stop on the yellow line, so you can't get lost! A 15 minute metro ride to Champs and not much farther to the Louvre. It is a very nice property, so I would save my points for another trip!
I read somewhere that Renaissance Chancery Court will no longer be a MArriott -- I might be wrong but check on it if you want points.
I am a big fan of the Rive Gauche, a very easy ride from CDG to Denfert-Rochereau (with elevator) then a couple blocks to the hotel. Great rooms, very modern, and ideal location for transportation. Since I have lived in Paris, I know the lower part of the left bank but if you'd rather be in the center of things probably hotels like Vendôme, Champs-Elysées or Trocadéro might be better. Still, with a map, it should take you no more than 10 minutes to walk to the Seine if you choose not to take metro, then cross over. I love the area around Place d'Italie -- fabulous Vietnamese restaurants. Plus if you go in the other direction, back toward Denfert-Rochereau, there are all sorts of possibilities.
I will in fact be at the Rive Gauche for the fifth time starting on Thursday.
When I was doing my research I found out that the Ren Chancery Court is not going to be a Marriott property after June 20, 2011 so I'm still good when we are going in May. Thanks for the information about the Rive Gauche, that hotel looks great!
Thanks for the info about the Ren La Defense and the different areas of London. I should have added that I'm using pts for our stay in London as well, which is how I decided on these 3 properties so the pt level/price is all the same. I actually think the Ren St Pancras property is kind of #1 just because it is a brand new hotel and the architecture looks amazing.
Thanks to everyone for contributing their opinion!
Sorry to hear about the Ren Chancery Ct. We were there last year and it was fabulous. Very nice lounge for breakfast and snacks, and soft drinks always available in the fridge. The location is great. The local underground sttop is on the Picadilly line of the undergrounds which makes getting around very easy. It is a very short walking distance to the British museum, 10 min walk to Covent Garden and 20 minute walk to the West End theaters.
We will be back in londin next year, I guess I will look for a new Hotel.
I don't think you will be happy at either La Defense or Courtyard Neuilly. Both are way out of town for walking. La Defense is just a strange place, Neuilly is in a residential neighborhood. I don't know about Rive Gauche, but at least it's in town. We bit the bullet and stayed on the Champs Elysees.
On your London choice, I belive that the Ren Chancery Ct is either about to leave, or has already left, the Marriott brand. As to the other two, the JW is marginally closer to the fashionable parts of the West End (and the US Embassy), whereas the Ren St Pancras is slightly further off centre, but is newly opened in a spectacular Grade 1, C19th, building on very good Underground links. The only query I'd raise is whether all its facilities will be available by the time you arrive (i.e. Restarant). On Paris, La Defence is fine, but in a soulless location a long way from the city centre on Ligne 1; Rive Gauche is closer and in a more interesting location in the 13th Arr (I think) near Montparnasse. The only slight downside is that it is a "conference" hotel and therefore sometimes overflowing with very excitable delegates! Enjoy your trips
Another possibility might be the Courtyard Saint-Denis, which would probably be cheaper to pay for than using points. It's right next to a metro and RER line (at the end of the metro) and while it's outside of the city, it's very convenient. I have never stayed there, but have been to Saint-Denis many times because the royal abbey of Saint-Denis was the first example of Gothic architecture in the early 12th C.
The Renaissance La Defense is well connected because it is on the metro. However, La Defense is a "modern" Paris and not the old Paris
I'd stay at La Defense, given the point difference. I stayed at the Courtyard just North of La Defense, and felt out of touch since it was bus then metro.
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