Here is the first installment of my trip report. I shall cover:
C. What we did
D. Miscellaneous notes
Zurich: Hotel St. Josef (http://www.st-josef.ch/)
Based on a review I had read, we asked for room 414. We were very pleased with this large corner room on the 1st floor. The hotel is modern, with relatively spare furnishings. Friendly, helpful staff; spotlessly clean, good bkfst, good restaurant (My Lady Wife rated it one of the best of our stay) and central location not far from the Hauptbahnhof and the Old Town. 190 CHF($180)/nite w/bkfst.
Lindau: Eiscafe Hotel Schreier (http://www.hotel-schreier.de/)
Less than 5 min walk from the train station and right on the Seepromenade facing the Lion, the Tower and the Lighthouse, this hotel is a great value for the money.
It is a very modern, recently built facility with all of the conveniences, including AC. We especially liked the towel heaters, which made drying our underwear and socks a breeze. In addition to a very pleasant, helpful and welcoming staff, the breakfast was the best of our visit – freshly scrambled eggs in addition to the usual Germanic offering of meats, cheeses, breads, pastries, fruit, yoghurt, preserves and coffee.
The rooms are named after ice cream flavors. We stayed, again, in Vanilla, which is on the 1st floor with a large, landscaped terrace (not a balcony) facing the waterfront.
The welcome offering of fruit, chocolates and wine was a treat.
Needless to say, the hotel is spotless. 135E ($210)/nite w/bkfst.
Kientzheim: Hostellerie Schwendi (http://pagesperso-orange.fr/schwendi/index.htm)
This hotel has an older, quaint, charming section, and a newer, quaint, charming section. We like room 22 in the newer section – the Old Forge, which dates to the 1600’s – with a balcony on the courtyard. In either section, the air-conditioned rooms are well maintained and immaculate.
The staff is friendly and helpful, but be prepared to practice your French and/or German. A more than adequate bkfst is offered each morning. The croissants and pastries are baked in the hotel kitchens.
The restaurant is very, very good. I am particularly fond of the spaetzle.
Because they own their own vineyards, the Schillé-Giese family can offer their wines to take up to your room at very attractive rates – much, much lower than restaurant prices. One can easily become accustomed to a bottle of vin de Alsace each evening on the balcony.
At 95E ($148)/nite w/bkfst, the Schwendi is a very good value.
Paris: Hotel Bonaparte (http://www.hotelbonaparte.fr/)
This visit, our favorite room (no. 23) in our favorite hotel in Paris had some new touches and a recent repainting.
Those familiar with the hotel will be pleased to know that Madame and Napoleon the Cat are both in good health and enjoying retirement in the South of France.
The extremely helpful, pleasant and accommodating English-speaking staff went out of their way to make, cancel and remake restaurant reservations for us. In addition, we learned three new bus routes.
The hotel is old and getting a bit worn, but very clean.
Situated right around the corner from Place St. Sulpice, close to 3 metro stops and 4 bus stops, we think that the Bonaparte has the best location in Paris. 131E($204)/nite w/bkfst served in the room. (There is a bkfst room for those who like to dress before they have their coffee.)
More to come.
Ira Visits Zurich, The Bodensee, Alsace and Paris – May 2008
- 1 Tuscany Lodging - Ankhura vs. Terre di Nano
- 2 Germany and Italy
- 3 Any experience with Chateau des Monthairons (Dieue-sur-Meuse near Verdun)?
- 4 Changing of the Guard
- 5 Which tour company would be best?
- 6 Cinque terre or Como/Bellagio for day trip from milan?
- 7 WWI Battlefield Tours
- 8 Schiphol to cruise port - luggage problem
- 9 FCO to Fast Train and Best way to travel back from Naples to Rome
- 10 Wife's first trip to Europe. Set on Paris & Rome, Need 3rd destination?
- 11 Traveling to the Netherlands with my 10 year old daughter
- 12 2 days in Venice- where to stay –What to do- Help please!
- 13 International Trains to Switzerland using Swiss Pass
- 14 London Evening Activity
- 15 The Adventure Begins.. Sarge56 in Italy
- 16 Southeast England - more planning ?
- 17 Scavi -- Photocopy of ID Sufficient?
- 18 Venice - Verona - Padova - Vienna Trip Report
- 19 When to exchange US dollars to Euros
- 20 Hotel question...first time to Paris!
- 21 Moonliner bus question - can someone help please?
- 22 Hot Air Balloon crash in Cappadocia kills two, injures twenty-three
- 23 Barcelona - eat, drink, dance.
- 24 Apartment Rental Website for Scotland?
- 25 Gatwick Express 5 for 3 -- available at Victoria station or only online?