We stayed at the New Orient hotel in mid July and felt very welcomed by managers Catherine and Josef. They shared much information about Paris;where to dine and getting around etc. Booking on line was pretty straight forward and our basic room was cozy, comfy bed, very clean and charmingly decorated with typical geranium in the outside window boxes. Remember you are in a city so if you open your window at night to let in the breeze it will be noisy. Don’t complain! The room also had a very modern bathroom that was small but equipped with every thing you needed.
Loved the location, the European quarters didn't feel touristy (Yeh…I know I’m the pot calling the kettle black!)and even though there were other hotels in the district the ambiance was freshly local. We didn't do breakfast at the New Orient, but walked to near by boulangeries for our daily dose of almond or chocolate croissants and grabbed a shot of espresso at the tiny café bar on the corner that was quietly ladened with local characters. We ate dinner at Le P’tit Canard on rue Legendre a few block away(recommended by Josef) and very much enjoyed the friendly waiters and regional cuisine. Most restaurants open after seven in this area, not sure about the rest of Paris. We also found a great supermarket a few blocks away and picniced in the delightful park at Monceau one sunny evening. The hotel was close to metro stations-Villiers or Europe although we actually walked from the hotel all the way to the Louvre-Champs Elysee to watch the parade on Bastille day, another unique experience with the celebrating Parisian crowds. There is so much to see walking via the Opera district that the forty minute trek was never dull. Of-course we took in most of the typical sites of Paris.I recommend the D’Orsey museum if you like to the great Impressionists and although I was in awe of the Louvre, frankly enjoyed the exterior gardens (great place for a picnic lunch) and architecture more. It was more interesting, vastly spaced and better than being stuffed inside on tiptoes trying to catch a glimpse of the armless poor old Venus de Milo. Read your guide books folks.. some museums are closed on select days. We missed the Pompadour centre completely as it was closed on Tuesdays. Other fun places to go..Lafayette Department store was chic with amazing stain glass ceiling. I tricked my husband into thinking we were going to an historic site(and it is ofcourse!) but cashed in on a little boutique shopping while I was there. Loved walking along the Seine and the lock bridges…although big advice…GO BEFORE YOU GO since washrooms are hard to find in these areas if you’re not in a museum or gallery. Otherwise I am a wiser traveler the next time I visit the core of Paris.
Would I go to Paris and stay at the New Orient again though? You betcha! There is a reason why this hotel is highly rated. The New Orient is a pleasant stay in Paris without breaking your piggy bank too much. So go stay and enjoy!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- This elegant, charming 2-star Hausmann style hotel,in the 8th district, a quiet and central residential area, near 2 metro lines, will allow you to discover Paris at your own pace: Opéra, Madeleine, Champs-Elysées, Montmartre, Place Clichy, Batignolles. Catherine,Josef Wehrle and their team will welcome you in a friendly atmosphere offering you a quality service in this famous district, centre for musicians from all over the world, near the Paris Conservatoire de Musique.ENTIRELY NON SMOKING AND AIR CONDITIONED ... more less
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- Hotel New Orient
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