"Paris Encore" by Travelnut

May 3rd, 2006, 01:00 PM
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oooh, a blast from the past...
I'm going to catch up on some of those missed sights in a couple weeks!
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May 3rd, 2006, 04:50 PM
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Thanks for the great trip report and wonderful information. Did you think Rouen was worth a day trip?
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May 4th, 2006, 12:02 PM
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Absolutely...we only had about 3-4 hours so we saw no museums and could have wandered about a LOT more.
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May 15th, 2006, 05:09 PM
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I greatly enjoyed your photos and discriptions of your 2005 Paris trip.

My sister and I are taking an eight day Paris trip during the second week in June. I visited Paris once before, 30 years ago, but it will be my sister's first trip there.

We have reservations at the Sophie Germain Hotel where you said that you stayed. One of my former co-workers had recommended the hotel to me and that was why I made reservations there.

Can you tell me more about the hotel? I would like to know what to expect. Can you tell me something about the hotel itself, its amenities and about the neighborhood? Thanks.
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May 16th, 2006, 07:01 AM
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Great report! Thanks
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May 23rd, 2006, 08:07 AM
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Hello, just catching up on Fodors... went to Paris this May and stayed at Hotel Sophie Germain again. I would say this hotel falls under the category of 'value', that is to say, if you are at all particular, you might be disappointed, but if you are accustomed to 'budget' hotels, you'll probably appreciate it after a night or two.

The location is not central to the 'sights' but the transportation is very good, with metro line 4 at the end of the block, as well as 2 bus lines. The neighborhood is nice, not 'run down', with lots of shops, cafes, bakeries, the post office, ATMs, etc. Do be aware that there are a couple of homeless people who bunk down right on the sidewalk of ave du Gen Leclerc, not that you can't find that elsewhere in Paris.

The staff at the hotel are very nice and speak English well (or passably well), except for the housekeepers and the breakfast lady (French only). There is a tiny lobby, the breakfast room holds about 8 small tables, and the lift is the usual 2-person job.

The rooms could use some updating but are basically clean and serviceable. I have seen some rooms with some discoloration on the wallpaper where the radiator operates, maybe a need for fresh grout on some of the bath tiling, a few nicks on the 'bamboo' furniture, that sort of thing. The bed and bath linens are fresh, the bath facilities scrubbed and functional, and sometimes they come and do a 'turn down'. I have a hunch the rooms only get vacuumed between customers, and one day 2 of our drinking glasses had not been replaced. They use the ground floor stairwell for storage, and usually keep the double doors closed off from lobby view. You leave your key with the desk when you leave.

Although there are ashtrays in the rooms, I've never smelled smoke in the hotel and the staff who smoke seem to do so on the front sidewalk outside. There is no air-conditioning or fans in the rooms; I personally think our May visit was about as warm as I'd be willing to stand. The mattresses are very firm (some might say 'hard'). There is a small TV and very small stocked minifridge. The bathroom outlet has a French outlet (2 round holes) and an American outlet (flat holes), which we have used to charge up cell phones and our DVD player. I don't know anything about a laptop connection - I think there is access, but doubt it's high-speed. The personal items provided are tear-packs of shampoo/bath gel and tiny bars of soap. Bring your own wash/face cloths, as only hand and bath towels are provided.

So I guess you could say we like the hotel for its price and 'quirkiness', and we actually prefer staying further out of the center. If you are unsure about the hotel, you might also look at the Best Western Hotel Nouvel Orleans, on the corner at 25 ave du Gen.Leclerc. It is very popular on Tripadvisor, has some air-conditioned rooms, and is in the same price range (breakfast costs more but I think has more variety as well). Or you might should consider staying closer in. We've been to Paris around 11 times now and have no requirement for a convenient location or pretty decor, and don't mind a little trade-off in price versus charm. There are some candid pictures posted on Tripadvisor, so you can check those. I'm not sure I would have the same acceptance of this hotel if it were my first trip to Paris, as many people do have a 'romanticized' mental image of a Parisian hotel and I don't think HSG will live up to that.
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May 23rd, 2006, 11:46 AM
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Thanks for the report on the Sophie Germain hotel Travelnut. It sounds like it will work just fine for us.
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Jun 14th, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Thanks guys for all the input, looks like I will skip Italy this summer.

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Jun 16th, 2006, 01:50 PM
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Travelnut, your report on the Sophie Germain Hotel hit the mark.

I have just returned from an eight night stay at the Sophie Germain and the hotel was just as you described. It suited our needs perfectly.

The only complaint we have, if we were to express any at all, is that with our first floor room (Room 101) the noise from the Pizza Hut delivery motorcycles next door, did keep us awake a little longer than we would have ideally liked.

But all-in-all, the Sophie Germain Hotel was an OK experience and suited our needs.
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Apr 18th, 2007, 03:51 AM
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Travelnut, Thanks for the wonderful Paris trip report. Do you have any info on Chateau de Sceaux open days & times? I emailed thru the website but got no reply. We'll be in Paris 4/26 thru 5/04. Thanks for any help.
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Apr 24th, 2007, 01:44 PM
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