|From:||May 20, 2011|
|Itinerary/Activities||I would like to share my opinion about my last, short trip in Paris, France. We have been in hotel Ampere, 4 stars in clean, comfortable, luxurious, contemporary, sophisticated, modern hotel, with intimate piano bar, garden for breakfast, cozy bedrooms, and beautiful bathrooms. It is located on Avenue De Villiers, on the Right Bank, in the fashionable, residential area of the prestigious 17th district if Paris. Close to Arc De Triomphe and Champs Elysees. The price is reasonable – if you book 21 days in advance is 120 Euro for double room. I wrote a separate review for this hotel. |
We were able to visit in 4 days Tour Eiffel, Versailles palaces and gardens, Notre Dame, La Defense. I didn’t expect so many tourists at this time of the year. The lines to arrive to the Tour Eiffel and Versailles were more than 2 hours long. Don’t trust if somebody tells you that there is a way to avoid the lines. You have to wait and that’s it. The same crowd is inside everywhere taking pictures.
Paris has extremely well organized transportation system. Even if you don’t rent a car, there is a metro, trains, buses and you reach every point in minutes. The signs are clear and the people friendly to help you. Crazy, fast traffic but you don’t see scratched cars or accidents.
What else impressed me – all restaurants, bars are with tables outside and all the time they were full. The people sit for hours, talk. The people communicate between them also on the streets, in the stores, everywhere. Something that I have never noticed in the US. You can stay on Champs Elysees for hours and this is the only way to feel the friendly, warm, unique French atmosphere. It is wonderful.
La Defense is a big mall with stores and also the biggest corporate center in the world, hotel Hilton and many corporate offices. It is beautifully designed and arranged.
Another impression – it is a big city – 2, 2 million is the population of Paris and 21 million tourists visit Paris only every year, and how they manage to keep it clean. You don’t believe so many people live there, tourists, and if they litter, the cleaning of the city is organized very well.
Friendly people, beautiful city – capital of the world that deserves to be visited again and again.
Hotel Ampere - Perfect hotel 4 stars! Very clean, quiet, the staff is extremely nice, willing to help and answer all our (unusual sometimes) questions. Beds were comfortable, pillows – soft. Clean, clean, clean. Ideal location - close to all different kind of transportation, 15 minutes walk to l’Arc De Triumph. Restaurants, bars, food stores around. Small rooms but it is usual for all hotels in the center of the European big cities.
We liked it very much and if we have a chance to return to Paris again – we will reserve this hotel without hesitation. C’est magnifique!
|Most memorable part of trip||The friendly, polite people and cleanless of the big city Paris.|