Just saw Woody Allen's "Midnight in Paris", (For the 5th time), and after spending a week there, I am not totally sure why I always have a great time in Paris, but I sure do!
This was my first time staying at the Renaissance Arc d' Triomphe and it set a new "Standard" for excellence! When you see management "Working" among the guests you know the hotel is "Cared for". The new GM, was doing just that and she has a remarkable staff behind her. Their Conceirge could not have been better, Remi, Cedric, and Chloe arranged for someone to meet us as we got off the plane, and got us directly to the hotel, and did the same upon our departure. Wow, does that "Spoil" you!
The location made it easy for us to walk to Guy Savoy's, La Maree, and many real Parisian locations. It is only a few hundred meters to the Arc! Likewise, there is a real feel to Paris at this hotel. This Ren. was rated the 16th best hotel in all of Paris, online!
One of the things that brought so much enjoyment to us was Anne. She brought our breakfast everyday to our room and was so special. What Ethiopia lost, Paris and the hotel gained! She started each day out for us on a great note.
Again, It was so much fun, I booked the hotel again for next May. Can't wait! Enjoy the pictures!
It is "Modern", and most of the time I do not care for "Fururistic" accomodations, but it has a great location and staff.
The hotels in Paris, as most cities, have goods/bads. What I really enjoyed about this location is the "Parisian" atmosphere in its area.
Professor, note last picture, "Why do I go to Paris to eat a Hot Dog"? It was so good to have an all beef hot dog, by the Arc d' Triomphe!
You let me know if I can help in anyway!
I have been lucky to stay at a lot of Marriott properties in Paris. All have their great features. It's really about what a person likes to do that will really determine where the right place is to stay.
For "First Timers", there is nothing like the CE, and they have been great to me, but the REN. Arc, is more "Laid back".
Good luck in your travels!
I was "Skeptical", myself. Having always enjoyed the CE, there are few places like it for "First timers" to Paris. However, it is an easy walk from the REN. to the CE and back.
TEF, it was amazing how much less the food prices are if you get off the CE. You can actually find places to sit at Bistro's around the REN.
Here are a few more pictures, I hope you enjoy! Note the photo's of food from The Jules Verne, on the second level of the Eiffel Tower. A very nice dining experience. The food actually looked and tasted a whole lot better than my pictures!
I completely agree. The prices on the CE definitely reflect that you are paying to be a 'gawker'. We love to find the 'off the beaten path' local owners who really cater to the locals....and enjoy the 'outsiders'.
The Jules Verne food looks scrumptious! By the by, if you were all dappered up in the fancy sportscoat for the hot dog feast, what was the attire for the Jules Verne restaurant.......?? You're looking pretty sharp over there in the City of Lights.
One of our favorites is 'La Cordonnerie' on rue St. Roch. The restaurant sits about 10 people and the owner cooks the food in front of you because the place is so small. The restaurant has been in the family for generations and he came and sat with us to tell us all about the history of the family and restaurant the second time we went there. Now, that's getting a home cooked meal. We always go there when in Paris....and he remembers us.....and what we like. Fabulous.
Thanks for the Rest. recommendation!
Will try it out on the next trip. These folks really try to be great hosts at their places, and they really have pride in their business.
The great range of good food is overwhelming in Paris. Everything from a "Street Hot Dog", to La Tour d'Argent, Jules Verne, and Guy Savoy's. All very special!
Take care, and thanks for the suggestion!
Other Paris threads to check
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