Short review of the Hilton in Paris

Apr 10th, 2007, 04:28 AM
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My fondest memory of the Paris Hilton - I had my first banana split there! Delicious!

Of course, that was 40 years ago...
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Apr 10th, 2007, 05:21 AM
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The hop on/hop off buses, when the weather is favorable, are a wonderful way to see the city, enjoy the architecture, sights, neighborhoods, and get around to all the major sights and attractions. Buses travel in one direction only along the route, so not the best way for "getting around", but just fine.

The Batobus stops are located along the river (of course), most requiring a long walkway to staircase to board and after you get off to get to street level.

Galeries Lafayette is absolutely worth a visit - just for the gorgeous interior. In the nice weather, if the rooftop terrace is open, just keep taking the escalators up until you can't go any farther. Fantastic views, especially of the back of L'Opera Garnier.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 05:24 AM
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That google map you've set up, along with commentary and pictures...is stunning! And modern! And looks time consuming! WOW.
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Apr 10th, 2007, 05:57 AM
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Hi

Thanks for the feedback. The Google maps are quite fun to make and the one of Paris (see http://gardkarlsen.com/paris_france_map.htm ) didn't take that long to make. It is fun because you get to know a place even better when you are looking at maps like this and it provides other future visitors with a visual trip report and an understanding where things are located and that makes it easier to plan a visit

The Galeries Lafayette is worth a visit...I enjoyed the food and wine section but they have a great selection of everything The coffee shop there had some nice coffee and we went back there several times.

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Apr 10th, 2007, 06:45 AM
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I clicked on this thinking it was a review of the Paris Hilton video. Oh well.......
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Apr 10th, 2007, 01:06 PM
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Hi djkbooks:
We are only going to be in Paris for two nites, and one of those nites is going to be in a bit of a jet lagged state. What is one to do with such a short amount of time?

I don't think we will be comfortable with the metro and that is why I thought the hop on hop off bus would be fun. If need be, we can taxi back when necessary. What do you think about doing one of the walking tours with one of the Paris walking tour companies?
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Apr 10th, 2007, 07:53 PM
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Welig12: For a few euros more, you can get a two day pass on L'Opentour. You might want to just ride one or two routes in their entirety day of arrival to help determine which places you would find most appealing for the next day.
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Apr 11th, 2007, 03:22 AM
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That sounds like a plan, djkbooks...thanks.

My other thought was to purchase the Museum Pass to avoid the lines, so that we don't waste time. We may run into a few Museum's that are closed on Monday-Tuesday, the days that we will be there...but, I'm sure there are other places to see on those days??
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Apr 11th, 2007, 05:52 AM
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How did you get such a low rate on Hotwire. Was it offered as the Hilton-Paris or did you name your own price and wind up at the Hilton-Paris.
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Apr 11th, 2007, 05:59 AM
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My television is better! Flat Screen, HD, Plasma. But I guess I wouldn't be watching television if I was in Paris.
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Apr 11th, 2007, 08:57 AM
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I booked the Hilton Paris back in November to extend our apartment stay in September (for night the apartment was not available). Rate was $115 ($124 including taxes and fees)/night.

You can often determine/predict Hotwire hotels from the results posted by others on Biddingfortravel.com (and matching up the area/amenities) or shopping the Hotwire packages. (You don't "name your own price on Hotwire".

Lowest rate (with prepayment) for our dates in September on the Hilton website was €249.
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Apr 13th, 2007, 04:05 AM
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It's me again....
Has anyone been to Chez Clement? What are your thoughts... I am primarily interested in a place for good rotisserie chicken.
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May 20th, 2007, 07:33 AM
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Bumping this thread because we just returned from our stay at this hotel. We were celebrating our 25th anniversary, and the Hilton treated us extremely well. We had an executive room with a fantastic view of the tower. (We are Hilton HHhonors Gold members, but had booked through Hotwire.) I actually cried when I saw the view.

Our room was in good shape, except for the shower drain which my husband had to prop up with a pen. We didn't want to change rooms, so we lived with it. We had no problems with hot water on the eighth floor. The bed was newer but I agree that it was on the hard side. It didn't bother us much though.

We had a desk, a small glass table, and two chairs. The room size was good for Europe.

We had breakfast in the executive lounge every day and then were off to sightsee. We didn't really eat in the area around the hotel, except for Le Petit Troquet in the seventh, which was fantastic.

I saw on other boards that some people felt the area around the hotel was dicey because of the hawkers around the tower, but we never had any problems or felt unsafe. I'd definitely stay there again if we got a similar rate!


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May 21st, 2007, 09:02 AM
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<<But I guess I wouldn't be watching television if I was in Paris.>>

My husband's first time to Paris...he saw an episode of 'Star Trek' on the TV and insisted he see the entire thing before going out. I was so exasperated since he doesn't speak French, but of course he was familiar with the episode so the language didn't really matter. For him, that was a fun part of the trip - he never expected to see one of his favorite show on TV there (although I would have preferred being at a cafe!)
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