Hotel Le Parnasse

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

79/81 Avenue du Maine, 14th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75014, France
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Value Score Poor Value

Costs 60% more than similarly rated 3 star hotels

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New Year's Eve

by cks12

My husband and I will be in Paris from 12/27 until 1/2 - and we have no idea where we should go for New Year's Eve! Any suggestions will be appreciated! I don't want anything over the top, but we are kind of "foodies." Also we will be staying in the 6th Arrondisement. Thank you for any input.

Re: New Year's Eve

by xymmot

Effiel tower usually have fireworks

Re: New Year's Eve

by von.otter

When we visited Paris for the Millennium Celebrations we got last-minute reservations for six through our hotel's helpful concierge at La Table du Périgord; 13 Rue de Mézières; 014 5483038.

The food is very good, as is the service; the restaurant's atmosphere is very charming, low-key as you want. It is near your hotel in the 6th, just off the lovely Place St-Sulpice.

You cannot go wrong with this restaurant.

Travel Tips for Paris

Apollo by Noel Coypel

by riorich55

I think this is the better place for individual pictures, so from now on this is where Louvre and Musee d' Orsay commentary on art will be.

These 2 pictures done by Noel Coypel represent Apollo being crowned on the left by Victory and on the right by Minerva done in 1667-1668. I couldn't really find out exactly why Apollo was being crowned, but as usual found some interesting facts about Apollo that I will share here.

Apollo has been recognized as a god of many dominions among them: a god of light and the sun; truth and prophecy; archery; medicine and healing; music, poetry, and the arts. He was also seen as a god who could bring ill-health and deadly plague as well as one who had the ability to cure. So maybe he was receiving the victory laurels for just being able to multi-task.

Apollo is the son of Zeus and Leto, and has a twin sister, Artemis. Ah, there's my connection with Apollo, my wife and I have boy, girl twins.

One of Apollo's more important daily tasks was to harness his chariot with four horses and drive the Sun across the sky. And I thought I had a long commute.

One story about Apollo and the Laurel Wreath of Victory goes like this. "Apollo slew the python, competed musically with another god, Pan, and insulted still another god, the god of love (Eros/Amor/Cupid). As a result of the last, Apollo was fated to a disastrous and unrequited love. The object of his love metamorphosed into a laurel tree to avoid him. Leaves from the laurel tree were thereafter used to crown victors at the Pythian games." Wow, modern day psychiatrist would have a field day with that.

You must do a tour of the...

by lorino

You must do a tour of the River Seine! There are so many sites where view from the river is really spectacular. Not to mention the history you will get from the tour operator. I did this in the daylight hours however, the evening tours look worthwhile also as all significant sites are well lit and beautiful at night! Shopping / walking along the Rue Mouffetard! One could spend hours walking one end to the other and still not see everything there is to see! Also, the little cafes sipping coffee along with picnics at the Palace du Louxenbourg. Stop at any little Boulangerie and pick up some beautiful baguettes, cheese, wine...and go for it! You MUST also try the Panini's sold at any sidewalk vendor or shop window. Oh the Salmon Panini is to die for!!!



Be sure to get a 4-digit ATM PIN number long before you leave for Paris.

If you are a Bank of America customer you can use the BNP Paribas ATM's without incurring transaction fees. There are numerous BNP Paribas ATM's all over Paris so you will always find one easily.

As usual be aware of your surroundings while using the ATM machines.

Different culture

by elementerre

parisians rude? the answer would be, yes! but moslty for people who come from a country where the capitalism is embedded in the people behavior.
i'am parisian and i've been living in the US during 2 years. In the US when you get in a restaurant you expect greetings. it's not the case in france. If in a grocery store someone asked a french personn if everything is ok systematicaly, people will found that rude and maybe enslavingly for the employees. I know that because I was shopping at win dixie cause they were not asking me anything during my shopping. opositely i was trying to not go to publix because they were asking me at leat 3 time if "everything was ok".
In the restaurants its different everybody like to have its order take care o but in france we like to make and order and then we don't like to see the waiter coming back at the table to much, its also rude for us if the waiter keep asking if everything is ok. however the waiter don't care so much cause they don't work on tips even thought most of people leave a tip (not 20% but in general 2 or 3 euro per table). so if you folowed me, customer service is not as good in france as it is in the US although the Phone costumer service is better in france than it is in the US.anyway all these little differences makes americans feel that french people are rude. I am not saying that is the only reason, there is also the fact that paris is a huge city with lot of stress for if you experience any rudeness, don't take it personnaly. in fact being an american in paris is not enough to be hated, parisians deal with millions foreign people all year long from the korean forest to the bolivian pampa,so they don't really care if you're from south paris or manchester. they just don't give a s...... so when i heard things like, "say hello" and asked "how are you today". ok for ,"hello" , but asking "how are you today" to a personn that you don't know personnaly, its very rude.I know its not the answer you'd like to heard, its almost ugly but it's just how it is

Parisians sit for hours at...

by debankh

Parisians sit for hours at cafes and restaurants. Your waiter will not bring your bill right away when you finish eating- this is normal and they are not trying to be rude. If you are in a hurry be sure to ask for the bill.

You will be charged different prices for your drink or food depending on where and if you sit. Outdoor tables carry the highest prices. stools at the counter will be cheaper. Taking your food to go will be even cheaper in most cases if they have take-out. Be sure you specify if you want to sit down and where and ask for the menu.

The best meal to order at a restaurant is their 'Menu' usually posted outside. This means you usually get a choice of appetizer, main course and dessert for one fixed price.

Tips are usually included on the bill 'gratuitie compris' or something like that will be mentioned on the bill, but is fine to leave small change at the table if you had good service.

If you are trying out your French at a restaurant do not say 'Je suis fini!' to mean you are finished with your meal. This actually means 'I am done for!' and will get a laugh from your waiter most likely. It is 'J'ai fini.'

There is usually a fee for using the toilet facilities. Be sure to carry small change with you! The one place to find free clean toilets in Paris is at the 'American Consulates'- McDonald's! You should try to buy something when you go in because they will not be happy if you just use their facilities and leave- especially if it is a large group of people.


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 Hotel Le Parnasse

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Address: 79/81 Avenue du Maine, 14th Arr., Paris, Ile-de-France, 75014, France