Honeymoon Hotel in Paris

May 12th, 2004, 03:07 PM
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I have emailed du Lys, de Notre Dame, and Parc St. Severin. If anyone has a strong feeling about a suggestion, let me know. We want to give them a wonderful week in Paris.
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May 13th, 2004, 02:13 AM
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have you thought of hotel des marronniers? it's on rue Jacob... is very romantic - little courtyard in back where you can eat bkfast or sit and enjoy the maronnier/chestnut trees and sparrows. Upper floor rooms, 42 or 53, especially nice - can see the Eglise St Germain, hear the bells, overlook the rooftops. Very quiet & truly Paris, albeit w/ rooms a bit small, the fabric covering on them and the beams above are really nice Those rooms are 165 euros /night; petit dejeuner 10 euors +. It's not all Americans, which is to us a nice touch.
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May 13th, 2004, 07:20 AM
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Years ago I used to love the Marronniers on rue Jacob, but after staying at other places, I think you pay a lot for what you get at Marronniers. One room I stayed in was so small it was hard to open suitcases, and the bathrooms were miniscule. That said, it does have a lot of charm, and the location is super.
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May 13th, 2004, 09:27 AM
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,,Still think you should consider deux iles and lutece (on rue st louis)..
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May 16th, 2004, 05:14 PM
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Airlawgirl, regarding Hotel Bonaparte, Ira and others here have said good things about it only. There was one negativre comment on tripadvisor.com but it was determined to be false.
I'm surprised to read about the dirty rooms and bad attitude from staff. Was this recent or years ago?
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May 16th, 2004, 05:42 PM
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A Parisienne friend of my husband suggested the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles for our next trip to Paris.


It looks incredibly charming and cute, and in the 5th.

Best wishes to your son and his soon to be wife. Our first year of marriage is almost over and it has been incredible!
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May 16th, 2004, 05:53 PM
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Hi Wren,

Without knowing what you are looking for and how much you wish to spend, I don't really know what to recommend.

However, my wife and I have been staying at the Bonaparte since 1984.

>Ira always likes the Bonaparte, but I know it's a 2* hotel, also, but I think that would be better.<

It is not a luxury hotel, but it is a pleasant place in a great location.

>Most hotels in St-Germain are going to be more expensive than that, <

A double room at the Bonaparte starts at 119E.

>..it's a two star, so you get what you pay for, which is a fairly pedestrian accomodation. I say, for a honeymoon in the City of Light, you've got to upgrade to a three star hotel or better,... <

Pish tosh.

From my trip report http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=34497442

Checked into the Hotel Bonaparte. The staff was pleasant, courteous and efficient. Mrs Dumas greeted us warmly. Napoleon, the cat, sniffed all of our luggage before giving approval to use the elevator. We had rooms 18 (double bed, faces the street) and 19 (twin beds, faces the courtyard with a bathroom window on the street).

Room 18 has a marble fireplace, mini-fridge, armoire, AC, a breakfast table and two chairs in front of the French windows. The large bathroom had a tub, European style shower, no shower curtains. Towels were large and fluffy. Bring your own washcloth.

Room 19 has an even larger bathroom with a tub large enough for a gondola race.

Had breakfast served in the room. (D exclaimed that the croissant was worth the trip, and Mom said that the bread was as good as when she was a little girl.)

You might also wish to search this forum for "bonaparte" and www.tripadvisor.com for reviews of this hotel.


Pirre Herme' has a shop directly across the street and Lauduree is located 4 blocks North.

St Sulpice is around the corner, Jardins du Luxembourg is 3 blocks South, Les Deux Magots is 3 blocks away, and the Ecole des Beaux Arts is just down te street.
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May 16th, 2004, 06:51 PM
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Francophile- I maintain, I would not go to the Hotel Bonaparte for a honeymoon, and the choices Wren has looked at so far I think are far better(had forgotten de Notre Dame- a very good choice indeed, if they can get in, and if the tariff is not too high!) As for me, I would not want a cat sniffing my luggage in reception, as I am very allergic to cats, nor would I like any other animal sniffing my luggage in a hotel, for that matter! If the poster who is fond of citing to his trip report is satisfied with Bonaparte, fine. As for the less than satisfied reports, I have had two friends within the last two years stay there, and were distinctly underwhelmed by the service and cleanliness of the rooms. That's enough for me.
May 16th, 2004, 09:06 PM
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Airlawgirl, I, too, am highly allergic to cats! My symtoms act up immediately and it's very very bad. I have not really thought about all the hotels I've contacted whether or not they have house cats. I do know many allow guests to bring pets and if it's cats the allergens may still be around a bit afterwards. In addtion to the Bonaparte, the Hotel St. Paul in St. Germain reportedly has a house cat.
Anyhow, that is good to know about the Bonaparte and your friends' experiences there.
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May 17th, 2004, 02:50 PM
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I was just thinking of the HOtel le Notre Dame today as a possibility, but knew it was a little more (I thought).

Sorry about the bum steer on the Pantheon -- I thought it was around 125 euro, but I guess they've raised rates this year and maybe I was remembering summer rates. It didn't used to be 200 euro, I know (and right now you can get it at around 170 euro if you book on their web site).

I am looking for something different myself this summer and found the Hotel Axial Beaubourg in the Marais which has refurbished a lot. It's 155 euro for a double and a great location. It is going more for the minimalist, chic, modern look than the frou frou flowery thing, though.

I think it's hard to judge sometimes the 2* hotels -- my opinion is that you are never going to find a 2* hotel in Paris that is like a nice 3*-4* hotel, it just is impossible. Those who rave about certain 2* hotels just are satisfied with more limited things or simpler style and amenities. I'm sure the Bonaparte is an okay 2* hotel, but it's not the same as something nicer, and not that many people have raved about it except Ira--in fact, someone else talked on here about how it sounded a lot better than it was, I remember that post. The Muguest is only a 2* hotel, also, and I don't think it's equivalent to a nice 3* hotel, but I see people recommend that when people say they are looking for a 4* hotel up to $250-it just wouldn't be satisfactory for someone looking for that kind of hotel.

Although at around 125 euro, a 2* hotel is more like what is available, so I hope one of these others works out. Being October doesn't help, unfortunately, as it's high hotel rate season. I was going to suggest the Hotel Jardin du Luxembourg near the Pantheon as it had a younger, fun style and was about that rate, but I think it has closed for some reason.
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May 17th, 2004, 04:52 PM
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Good news...I got a superior room at the Hotel de Notre Dame for 135 euro. I got a 15% discount b/c they are staying 6 days. I love the location...does anyone know about this hotel? It looks great!
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May 17th, 2004, 06:49 PM
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I think it an excellent choice, Wren- your honeymooning couple will be able to hear the bells of Notre Dame from their room-which is quite romantic, I think! Rooms are cosy, not fancy, and some rooms I believe have wooden beams (try to reserve one of these-just tell them it is for a couple on their honeymoon-I think most hotels in Paris do something special/make special accomodations for honeymooners) I've heard good things about this hotel, no complaints about service or cleanliness. To me, the great thing is that it is only about a block from the Seine, (Quai de la Tournelle) on a quiet street, in the thick of the Latin Quarter...a very good choice indeed!
May 17th, 2004, 06:57 PM
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Agreed Christina, on your comments about the 2 star and up hotel ratings. It also makes me wonder when someone who stays at the same hotel year after year and posts about how marvelous it is, when no one else feels the same, if they aren't maybe getting a discount from the hotel for the free advertising? Just curious! Can't imagine staying in the same Paris hotel year after year unless I was getting a substantial discount on the room rate for posting positive reviews about it!
May 17th, 2004, 07:02 PM
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And Francophile (sorry to post again on this topic!) I always think about the cat situation at hotels-it seems more 2 star hotels in Europe have animals lounging about reception and the hallways than others-but as I'm sure you know, if a cat has spent time in a room, you can vacuum all you want, the cat dander is still there! For that reason, I DO ask about whether animals have been in the room, or if there are cats on the premises-I mean, who wants to be miserably sneezing while on holiday?
May 17th, 2004, 07:07 PM
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For all you non-believers, I was VERY satisfied with my Hotel Bonaparte experience last month, which I booked almost solely on Ira's recommendation. That said, there's NO WAY I'd recommend it for a honeymoon couple. Sorry, Ira.
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May 17th, 2004, 07:18 PM
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Wren, (and also Francophile and Christina) there is one more hotel that I would want to suggest, not just for a honeymooning couple, of course, but for a great Paris 3 star hotel choice. This hotel actually has what they call "romantic rooms" upon request. It's the Hotel Europe St. Severin, (I couldn't remember until today the exact name of the hotel!) on Rue St. Severin, a block from the Seine, (similarly situated to the Hotel de la Notre Dame), some rooms are very cosy with wooden beams, others are quite large with balconies to look out on the lively street scene below. A former boss of mine RAVES about this hotel (and he's quite picky-like me!) He's stayed there twice and has nothing but good things to say about the location, the rooms and the staff- I tried to get in last May, and couldn't- it was completely sold out. A double here goes for a very reasonable 140 Euros a night-so I believe here is another good choice, if anyone is interested.
May 17th, 2004, 08:22 PM
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My husband and I stayed at the Hotel Europe St. Severin last September and couldn't agree more with your recommendation.
Although our room was REALLY tiny, even by Paris standards, it did have a small balcony and you just can't beat the location. I think we paid 119 euros for a "small double".
We've stayed in 3 different hotels in Paris, and this is by far our favorite now.
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Good to hear a positive reply-since I know my boss would have told me if his room had been tiny, he must have gotten one of the bigger ones-I would like to see what they call their "romantic rooms"- my next trip to Paris, I will attempt to book there (again!)
May 17th, 2004, 08:52 PM
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Oh, and Wren, one more thing (I seem to be quite attached to this post, don't I?) MAKE SURE that your son and daughter-in-law get themselves to the Buddha Bar-the coolest, hippest bar/club/restaurant scene that I've been to in a long time, anywhere in the world! It's located on rue Boissy d'Anglas-on the tiny street between the American Embassy and the Hotel Crillon/Place de la Concorde metro. There is a giant 20-30 foot Buddha that reigns supreme over the place, and as I said on another post, the Buddha Bar mixes its own music, which is a world beat type of genre, and you can buy it at any book/music store-they are up to Buddha Bar 5 or 6 now-it's a must do for the nightlife scene!
May 17th, 2004, 09:02 PM
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Airlawgirl, maybe I should verify if any cats are allowed where I'm going-seriously. It's not so much the dogs, just cats.

In reference to Europe St. Severin I did scope that one out for our family last year. But I noticed it's right in an intersection in the Latin Qtr. which looks really busy (i.e. noisy). But if your picky boss says it's good, then it must be so.

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