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  • Judy G
    Springfield, VA560 contributions
    This building is hard to describe. My husband and I are photographers and especially love photographing unusual architecture. This building is really both hard to describe and to photograph. The outside looks like a malignant giant serpent or evil earth Vader. It has a theme of birds or seagulls all over it but it seems a bad imitation of an Escher painting. Actually, it’s kind of ugly on the outside even though it has a nice deck outside for good views. We are also musicians so we booked tickets to the Philharmonie concert of the Brahms Requiem. The inside of the hall is really stunning in design and acoustically balanced. We enjoyed the concert and. Ensue greatly except for the seats. At first they seemed comfortable until we realized there was no leg space at all. It was very uncomfortable even for a 5’4” woman and for my 6’ husband, even worse. I couldn’t change position of my feet for the whole concert and started to get leg and foot cramps. At intermission it was quite difficult for people to get out of the row to use the facilities. Even with everyone in the row standing up, it was hard for people to get by. A 2”17 review of the facility had the same complaint and obviously nothing has been done to correct this. Also, there were only 4 women’s bathroom stalls for a facility that holds 2400 people. And, it’s a long way on the metro which was mobbed when the concert was over. The concert didn’t start until 8:30 and we didn’t get home until midnight. Thank goodness for the excellent performers in the hall. Just wish we had been more comfortable while enjoying it.
    Written 4 November 2021
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  • Luc V
    Fontainebleau, France27 contributions
    Good example of great architecture. Simple, straight lines, quit design, great finishes, just lovely. Impressive inner mini-forest.
    Written 1 December 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • ginsengNewYork
    new york1,168 contributions
    Magnificent Mansion housing National French Archives.
    If you are interested in history, do not miss this fascinating and free museum : it displays some amazing historical documents such as letters written by Joan of Arc, Marie Antoinette, Voltaire, Robespierre, etc, etc.
    Documents are housed in display cases with explanations of their significance and the place they held in nearly 1400 years of French history. However, they do rotate as they are quite fragile.
    The temporary exhibits are a lot of fun as well : We saw the Guerre Des Moutons exhibit on the importance of the merino sheep in the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries, and the competition between different countries in times when wool was supremaly important.
    Don't miss the period rooms (the museum was formerly the Soubise Chateau)
    nor the indoors gardens : the front royal courtyard or the gardens on the right side of the mansion offer delicious moments of peace savoured by Parisians who picnic there during sunny days !
    Written 4 May 2022
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • fiamma11
    Vienna, VA3,727 contributions
    Recommended for architecture and history buffs, its central location makes it sort of hard to miss. It denotes quite an impressive image at night.
    Written 22 May 2020
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  • Edward G
    Cairo, NY54 contributions
    Great library, only open in afternoon after 2:00 pm for public. Used in Harry Potter movies. We where there because of a book. Greatest libraries of the world. my wife is a librarian
    Written 19 September 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Joseph R
    Seattle, WA3 contributions
    We got married at Les Salons Hoche in October 2019.

    The venue was absolutely beautiful. We had the Haussman apartments for the bridal parties to get ready hours before the ceremony which were large and well decorated. First look in a beautiful courtyard. They provided us with a 1950's Rolls Royce and a driver to take us around Paris for photos. The wedding on the rooftop, enclosed in glass. Cocktail hour was in another room with extra space in the courtyard. The reception took place in a beautiful, marble-floored room called Etoile.

    They host a lot of events there, so when you visit before the wedding there is lots of work going on. On the day of, the location is completely transformed with tasteful details.

    The food was amazing. We upgraded (to "Prestige") and it exceeded expectations. Our guests, who come from New York City and attend lots of weddings, loved the quality/flavor during cocktail and dinner. We had the salad with lobster and mango (excellent), Beef Tenderloin (excellent), and Assortment of Cheeses (you're in France, of course, this is good :) ) , and the Cake (American style with strawberry inside - a huge hit with our guests).

    Thank you for all the hard work and great communication Guiliana. You were amazing to work with. Across many time zones (9 hours) you were always available.

    The true test of the success of a wedding comes after it's all over. When I asked my wife "what would you change about the wedding day", her response was "not a single thing",
    Written 24 February 2020
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  • Larissa E
    6 contributions
    The tourism office was easy to find and ready to help. I was given about 15 brochures when I entered of general information, so I had to talk to my guy about my specific interests, to which he catered to then. They helped me with directions, train lines, discount infos (for tootbus), and scheduled my admission to Versailles. Only means of improvement (im my case) is to ask what I was interested in and then give me the appropriate brochures and infos for those activities. I ended up throwing away a stack of brochures that J didnt need.
    Written 21 October 2021
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • JnVSydney
    Greater Sydney, Australia13,631 contributions
    Once the Hotel de Sens. The building dates from the end of the 15th century was was intended to be the home of wealthy archbishops - starting with Salazar the archbishop of Sens. It took so long to build he never actually lived there and many noblemen used the property over the centuries.
    At one stage it was held by the Royal family until it was confiscated during the French Revolution (there’s even a canonball still lodged in the facade - we love these little details).
    After that it was neglected and was even used by the Saint James Marmelade Factory of all things. Eventually it was purchased by the City of Paris in 1911 and the last of it’s ad hoc tenants left in 1928. It has had some very famous guests over the centuries including, most famously, Nostradamus. He was invited to Paris by Queen Catherine of the Medicis in 1555 and lodged at the Townhouse of Sens as it was known. The living was fine at the townhouse, so fine he was struck down with an attack of gout and confined to bed, surrounded by people keen to hear his predictions.
    The Forney library moved here in 1929 when it outgrew it’s old premises. In its current incarnation of library focussing on decorative arts, it was hosting a fascinating exhibition about feeding Paris - including great photos of our neck of the woods, Les Halles. There was also a lot of memorabilia from restaurants and bistros and great vintage advertising items.
    Written 24 February 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12,731 contributions
    The Brongniart palace was a19th century Paris' stock exchange - the Bourse. Same name metro station is few met away.
    Today this huge classic edifice is a conference venue with spaces for events. Didn't manage to enter it.
    Written 27 January 2020
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  • B1714D
    Belgrade, Serbia12,731 contributions
    The Mazarine library is part of the French Institute on the left bank close to Cite isle.
    It's free to enter the library and explore peaceful rooms with its huge collections.
    Written 27 January 2020
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • JSSAmber
    Cambridge, UK456 contributions
    This place has a history stretching back to the Lost Generation, but their newly updated space gives you the best of a modern library. It costs about 10 Euros for a day pass or 100 for a year membership, and the catalog is outstanding: my father went in and said that they had every single one of his favorite sf/f writers. There's also an incredible archive of fashion magazines, so if you're in Paris doing research on fashion history, this is your place. They also do extensive programming for young people and have two librarians (with library degrees) for young people on staff. Great place!
    Written 26 May 2019
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  • sitcharliesit
    380 contributions
    A few hundred meters or so north from Palais Royal gardens. Unfortunately the main hall with the big spectacular ceiling was under renovation as the receptionist informed me. That said, there is another section where you can enter the ground floor up to a black tape and admire the stunning architecture of the place. This was also spectacular
    Written 12 October 2017
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  • Andrew L
    Belfast, UK46 contributions
    Had read about the centre online and yesterday my daughter (8) and I decided to give it a visit. Situated near the Sorbonne and the Pantheon, it’s in a quiet street and well off any tourist trail. Being a Sunday afternoon we were the only visitors and the tea room and reading rooms were shut (will know that for next time as I could have done with some coffee). Enjoyed the virtual reality art and speaking with the staff. What a lovely place to visit.
    Written 28 January 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
  • Rumples
    Tucson, AZ11,105 contributions
    We tried for at least 15 minutes to find this desk. Directional signs supposedly pointed the way, but they led us in circles. I stopped to ask for help at various counters, where staff either did not know where the desk is or told us to keep following the signs. The crowds and high temperature in the store increased our discomfort as we went round and round like rats in a maze. Eventually we gave up and left the store to continue shopping elsewhere.
    Written 12 February 2019
    This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
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