After 16 trips to France, with 6 stays in Porte Doree, it's now the only hotel we stay at. My wife is French and we go back at least once a year, typically staying in Paris for few days. We have stayed in about 30 hotels in Paris in the last 18 years, but 5 years ago we discovered Hotel de la Porte Doree, and it is easily the best hotel and value for quality, probably of any hotel we've ever stayed in, anywhere. We don't even bother looking at other hotels or rates, we just book at Porte Doree. Over the last 5 years, I've gotten to know the neighborhood, and unlike hotels in tourist districts, Porte Doree is in a real Parisian neighborhood. This means that you will find nice, courteous, French people at the local shops and restaurants. Within 5 blocks of the hotel you will find: an ATM, a bank, a convenience store, a super-market, a laundry, an award wining bakery, 2 Parisian bar cafes, a pharmacy, at least 8 restaurants, 2 playgrounds, the largest park in Paris, and free street parking. Across the street is a park with a playground, essential when you are travelling with kids who just got off a plane! The hotel even has a basket of toys to lend to little guests. The hotel is like stepping back into a postcard of an old Parisian hotel, but with tasteful modern updates. The library of shared books in the staircase is a favorite - bring a novel from home to trade. A hybrid US/European breakfast is served in the dining room (worth every euro-cent), where you can fill up on a good meal before heading to the tourist sites which are only a metro ride away. The rooms are clean and well furnished, and I've stayed in enough of them to understand how they are all different. Street side rooms allow you to people watch Paris just by opening your window; yes you can hear some city noises, but you also get to see the mounted French Republican guard (look it up) clop up the street to practice in the neighboring forest. Back side rooms are a little quieter, and let you look over Parisian rooftops. I think I actually prefer the street side. The rooms vary in size, but that is part of the charm of being in an old Parisian building. All of the staff are bilingual in French/English, with a few other languages tossed in. My wife raves about the bath products, but I'm more interested in the nice bedding and comfortable beds for jet-lag recovery. Over the last 5 years, we've gotten to know some of the staff. The hotel is owned by an American/French couple, and has at least two Americans on staff; this has resulted in a subtle mix of the cultures which makes for a better experience than any other hotel I've seen. I've sent my doctor, my lawyer, an old friend, a business associate, and a cousin, to stay at Porte Doree, and they have all come back raving about it. I literally carry a card in my wallet to give away when the subject comes up. My doctor still thanks me saying his wife thought it was one of their best vacations. You won't regret staying here.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Hotel de la Porte Doree is located a few metro stops from the city's main tourist centre and is close to the Bois de Vincennes, where you can enjoy a morning run or a lakeside picnic with your children. From the hotel, you can walk to the centre of Paris along the ancient Roman viaduct, transformed into an elevated garden best known as the "coulée verte". Numerous bus and metro lines near the hotel offer quick and easy access to the city's top tourist attractions. ... more less
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- De La Porte Doree Hotel