We just recently came back from Paris staying at Hotel de la Bretonnerie. If you are after a small character hotel in a central location then this hotel is right for you. We were travelling as a family of four, my husband, myself and two young daughters and we were very happy with our family room which by the looks of it had been renovated recently. It was decorated in red and white material, and although a little ornate, we found it very much typical of French decor. It was very clean, the bathroom was marble with huge bath (lovely to stretch out in) and hand held shower attachement which is very adequate and typcial of European style. There is a separate toilet which was useful for the four of us. Our girls were in the same room but at the opposite end (the room is in the shape of a capital I) which made it more separate - each had their own bed.
The hotel itself is located in an ideal area- not far at all from Notre Dame and had lots of trendy shops and bars around. The nearest metro is minutes away, in fact I think there are two nearby to the hotel. People have commented that it is a gay area and this is true but we had no problem with that (made it more intersting). Be prepared for queues at the Eiffel Tower, and check that you can go right to the top of Notre Dame before paying to go up as the very top was closed until the afternoon on the day we went. Walking along the Seine River is a delight and Paris itself is very beautiful, the architecture and atmosphere is wonderful. Somehow the French manage to still retain their autonomy despite a changing Europe which is rare in the European countries. And it will be this that will hopefully delight the traveller.
Having two young daughters we also (bravely and with some dread) ventured into spending a day at Paris Disneyland. Fortunately the day was very bearable -going out of season helped - we were there the 2nd week of June. We took the RER Ile-de-France train from Chatelet right through to Marne-la-Vallee-Chessy all clearly marked to Parcs Disneyland. The train actually takes you right into Disneyland, about 40 mins. We arrived at around 10:00 am with no tickets and waited for less than 10 mins to buy the Park entry ticket (Adult was 41 Euros each and 33 Euros for Children). We only queued for two rides (from 20 - 30 mins) and managed to see everything we set out to see making it easy and getting our value for money. Unless you are really into "theme parks" I wouldn't suggest staying in the Themed hotels on site - we were definitely ready to go by 6:30 pm.
My only negative point on our 3 days in Paris was we were (surprisingly) disappointed with our meals out. We have been to France before and remember the great cooking and meals but this time sadly no. I don't know if this was whether we unlucky or if we just picked the wrong places. We did ask the hotel where the best place to eat was and they told us of one place called Camille (I think) but although the food was adequate it wasn't anything special and to make matters worse it was filled with lots of English tourists and they even handed us an English worded menu - not the French experience that we were after! Even the breakfast, which the hotel recommended was, although very good, run by Belgiums. We did manage to see a great vegetarian place (in the same road as the hotel) showing their pastries, quiches and flans in the window and we went in and had two helpings of the tarts which were wonderful (and there they did speak only French). My daughter loved her Croque Madame!
Apart from the bad choice of restaurants we loved our time in Paris - it's a magical city and I can recommend Hotel de la Bretonnerie as a charming hotel to stay in!
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- A few steps away from the Place des Vosges, the Picasso Museum, the Georges Pompidou Center and from the Notre-Dame, you will enjoy a charming residence typical of the Marais area, which has managed to preserve its character.Each of its 7 suites and 22 rooms, uniquely decorated, invites you to an intimate stay. It resides in an old private hotel from the 17th Century and buried in the heart of Pari, where it is easy to get lost among the old facades and flowered interior gardens. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- De La Bretonnerie Paris
- De La Bretonnerie Hotel
- Hotel De La Bretonnerie Paris