the hotel d'herouet built in 1584 is an excellent example of renaissance architecture in paris. it's distintive turret is of the late gothic style. the addition of turrets were expensive appendages that was popular with affuent parisians at the time. the hotel d'herouet is one of several fine examples of renaissance architecture in paris. some other notable examples are the hotel de sens, hotel de cluny, and the place de vosges. an excellent book on renaissance architecture in paris is "renaissance paris, architecture and growth 1475-1600" david thompson. pub: university of california press.
Thanks to Julius Caesar's...
Thanks to Julius Caesar's Roman army again for conquering Paris in year 55bc. Paris at that time was just a small fishing village on the Ile de la Cite, inhabited by Parisii tribes. The Roman settled down near the left bank of the river Seine. The Franks later named it Paris. In the middle ages, this city became a religious centre and a place or learning. After the renaissance, Paris changed from religious to a centre of culture, ideas and powerful city under Louis XIV. 1789 the revolution begian. Mr. Napoleon rule and claimed hinself Emperor of France. After 1848, the city change again into Baron Hausmann's grand urban scheme then in year 1920-40s this city became the happiest playground of artist, writers, musicians and film-makers. Photo above is the Arc de Triumph. Because of Mr.Napoleon's greatest fighting vistory of Austerlitz in 1805, he told Parisians something like this 'You shall go home underneath triumphal arches'. This big stone was surrounded by 12 avenues in a ridiation form, anyway a good visit. About Arc de Triumph. They say this is some kind of victorius door arch also how great it was as something like world wonder, but to me it looks like a big bulky rock in Paris, right in the middle of streets, causing traffic jams, strange? lol. The area around the Champs-Élysées was originally marshland and fields, nearly four hundred years ago. The architect Le Nôtre built the predecessor of the current avenue about a hundred years later, and it became Elysian Fields,Champs Élysées in French. Hundreds of tourists came here to see this traffic jam daily with full body sweat squeezing among crowds just for the purpose.
A Romantic retreat-look out for the Valentines Day package!
Charming and stylish this hotel should settle down to be one of
Staff were friendly and warm if a little overworked at times, our room was exquisite with every comfort and was extremely quiet.
Breakfast was not a success on either morning, both the staffing levels and the food need more attention if staying here is to become a truly luxurious experience.
The pool is attractive and a thoughtful addition for both leisure and business travellers alike.
The Concierge service is excellent but with a 100% mark up on each ticket rather expensive and not something I'd met at other hotels.
The limousine service is wonderful but frightfully overpriced-10 times the cost of a taxi to the Gare Du Nord for example!
(It should cost you around 12 euros for 2 with luggage depending on traffic.)
The public rooms are breathtaking, especially the reception area under it's glass pyramid but the library is so small it needs to become non smoking. We booked a package that was very good value, I suggest you do the same. The package didn't quite deliver on the hot chocolate and pastries but all in all we were pleased.
I hope to go back in a year or two to see if the atmosphere has shaped up to that of Palazzo Sasso, my all time favourite. It is in the same group of hotels so I am optimistic that this can be achieved and I wish all the staff every success.
perfect stay in paris
My husband and I spent 7 nights between Christmas and New Year's here and were delighted with the hotel. The staff are wonderful-very friendly and the concierges David and Emmanuele were so helpful, arranging several restaurant reservations/recommendations and even a train trip to Reims, France. My husband was thrilled with the spa and steam room downstairs. Although the rooms are small, they are very well organized and it was easy to find a place to store all our belongings. I would suggest this hotel to anyone traveling to Paris. The location was perfect-close to museums, easy access to the Metro, but actually located on a quieter side street-lots of wonderful restaurants within a 5 minutes walk. Room service was delicious-I can not say enough nice things about this hotel-truly a treasure!
A perfect hotel. The rooms are modern and elegant -- and large for Paris. The pool and sauna are very unusual for Paris and very welcome after hours of walking around the city. The staff is extremely helpful -- almost telepathic in anticipating and responding to requests. This is the only place we'll stay in Paris from now on.
This is the best hotel I've stayed in in Paris
This is a cracking hotel - we'd have no hesitation in going back.
VALUE FOR MONEY
We spent a week at this hotel (2-9 Jan 2005) as part of a Eurostar package and it was superb and excellent value. Excluding the train cost, it worked out at £185 per night (roughly 260 Euro). We were given a complimentary upgrade to Deluxe room for the whole stay.
If you haven't done so, its worth checking the Eurostar site - we tried to put together a package ourselvbes but didn't get near the price we paid through Eurostar.
ROOM AND FACILITIES ETC
The hotel is still very new, and so is clean and modern. The room was pleasingly spacious, which is unusual in Paris. The only small gripe was no tea/coffee facility so it was mini bar, your own drinks or nothing. However, the room was generally excellent.
The bathroom was also good size, modern and clean. The shower screen tended to leak , as someone else has observed, so hopefully they'll pick that up, but it was a minor worry. Good quality free toileries provided (Bulgari).
The hotel has no view to speak of as it is on Rue de Mont Thabor, which is a small road one back from Rue de Rivoli (which runs down the side of the Tuileries). Some rooms face an interior enclosed space, so if you want a view of the street, ask for it.
We realised that it was all too easy to see into some of the non-street facing rooms from the corridor accross the enclosed space, so if you want to be totally private, you should bear that in mind.
The staff were also superb. Rarely for France, all of them were polite and friendly, with the porters opening doors if you wafted near them, and the receptionists calling our good morning every day.
I can't comment on the food as we didnt eat in the hotel.
The location is perfect.
The hotel is 2 minutes walk from Place Vendome, Place de la Concorde, and the Tuileries and the Louvre. This means its a bit further to the Eiffel tower and places like Sacre Coere, but frankly there's no way to be close to all of the sites and my view is being next to the Tuileries is the best you can do to cover most of them.
Close by there are plenty of eateries, especially if you prefer a coffee and criossant locally instead of the hotel breakfast (which wasn't in our rate, and I think tends not to be in Paris rates - add an extra 26 Euros per person). Shops are also close by , though its perhaps 10 mins walk to the major department stores like Galleries LaFayette and Printemps. But you wont be short of shops if that's your thing.
We were initially a bit concerned that there was an Irish pub on the corner of the road opposite the hotel, but there was no noise at all, and it was not a problem.
You're also close to several Metro stations.
We had one bad expereince on the cost of a taxi booked via the hotel. The cost of our taxi from Gare du Nord to the Hotel was under 10 Euros. The return cost nearer 20 Euros, because the taxis clock seemed to run from being called up by the hotel. If you can bear it, try to grab one yoursleves!
Have a great time !
Michael in Manchester, England
Went to this hotel for Valentines weekend, as soon as we arrived we were very impressed as they upgraded us for Free!. The hotel is fantastic and very clean. The staff at the hotel were always very helpful and friendly.
This hotel is in a perfect location, and what better way to enjoy it than to go back for a swim and sauna at the end of a busy day.
While you are in Paris I would definately recommend going for a meal along the River Seine, and also a meal in the Pavillion Elysee restaurant (along the champse elysee).
When I visit Paris again I will stay here again!!!
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Paris is a great destination for any tourist and also a huge museum. Only few cities have been so involved in great events which have changed the history. "About the middle of the 3rd century BC the Parisii, a tribe of Celtic peoples, fortified the Île de la Cité, calling the site Lutetia. In 52 BC the Parisii burned their island fort and abandoned Lutetia to the Romans, who extended the town to the left bank of the Seine, where they built baths, a forum, and laid the grid for many Parisian streets. In Roman Gaul, Lutetia, which became known as Civitas Parisiorum, or Paris, remained a relatively unimportant city. According to a medieval tradition, Christianity was introduced by Saint Denis, the city's first bishop, about the middle of the 3rd century AD. Another legend says that Saint Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris, inspired the city's defense against the Huns in AD 451. Invading Germanic tribes ended Rome's control of Paris, and in 508 the city welcomed the rule of the Frankish king Clovis I.
Clovis's successors did not reside in Paris, but after the Viking raids of the 9th century the Capetian kings made Paris the capital of France and rebuilt the city. Notre Dame (1163), Sainte-Chapelle (1248), and a royal palace (1301) were built on the Cité, making this island the true heart of France. King Philip II Augustus erected a wall around the right bank in 1190 and a rampart enclosing the left bank in 1210. Philip's charter for the University of Paris identified the three parts of medieval Paris: the Cité, the town (ville) on the right bank, and the university on the left bank. A royal provost, ensconced in the Châtelet, ruled Paris for the king; a provost of merchants, residing in the Hôtel de Ville, ruled the markets for the guilds. To protect Paris from the English, Charles V rebuilt the left bank wall and in 1370 built a new wall (now traced by the Grands Boulevards) on the right bank. This wall extended Paris to the west beyond the Louvre and defended its eastern flank with a fortress known as the Bastille. During the turmoil of the Hundred Years' War with England, the Parisians repeatedly rebelled against royal authority, and the English controlled the city from 1422 to 1439. Peace and prosperity were restored in the second half of the 15th century. In the 16th century Francis I ushered in the Renaissance by building the new Hôtel de Ville and erecting the original sections of the present-day Louvre. Religious strife between Roman Catholics and Protestants (Huguenots) halted this urban renaissance. Paris was a Roman Catholic stronghold; thousands of Huguenots were killed in the city during the Saint Bartholomew's Day Massacre (1572). Not until 1594, when the new Bourbon king, Henry IV, entered Paris, did peace return. The Bourbon kings imposed classical architecture and absolutist rule on Paris. Squares such as the Place des Vosges, new bridges such as the Pont Neuf, and the Luxembourg Palace signaled the Bourbon dynasty's commitment to make Paris the new Rome. Louis XIV improved city services by illuminating Paris at night, increasing the water supply, and building the Invalides and Salpêtrière hospitals; his successor, Louis XV, laid out the magnificent Place de la Concorde.
The people of Paris rebelled against Henry III (1588) and Louis XIV (1648). When the French Revolution broke out in 1789, they led the way in overthrowing the monarchy and establishing the first French Republic. During the Revolution and under Napoleon the domination of Paris over the rest of the country increased. The city remained politically turbulent during the 19th century. For defensive purposes a new wall (now the Boulevard Périphérique) was built in 1844. aided by his prefect of the Seine, Georges Eugène Haussmann, radically transformed Paris. New parks at Boulogne and Vincennes graced the western and eastern edges of the city, and wide new boulevards afforded access to central Paris. The Opéra and the École des Beaux-Arts epitomized the style of this period. The Franco-Prussian War (1870-1871) and the revolt of the Paris Commune interrupted this rebuilding of the city. The Prussians inflicted minor damage, but the Communards burned much of central Paris; 20,000 Parisians died in 1871 defending the city against the troops of the Third Republic (see Commune of Paris, 1871). To atone for the Commune's revolt the Church of Sacré Coeur was built on a hill in Montmartre. Between 1871 and 1914 Paris gloried in the belle époque style that is evident today in the Gare de Lyon, the Pont Alexandre III, and a few stations of the Métro subway. World War I (1914-1918) marked the beginning of a period of urban decay for Paris. A burgeoning population depleted city services. Housing never kept pace with demand, and the political strikes of the 1930s weakened the Third Republic's pledge to improve conditions. Under the German occupation of World War II (1939-1945), Paris endured scarcity but little damage. In the postwar period the Fourth and Fifth republics have failed to check Parisian growth or to provide enough housing, despite massive developments around the periphery of the city and in the suburbs. Social tensions have developed in subsidized housing projects that were built in the 1960s. Urban renewal projects in the1980s included the refurbishing of the Louvre and the construction of a modern opera house at the Place de la Bastille."
Which Marriott to stay in while visiting Paris??
I will be in Paris for probably three nights in mid-June. Which Marriott is a good one to stay in? I am not familiar with any of them. I can stay in any of the 5 star Marriotts. If a good one in a good location is not listed below...please let me know.
Maybe the following?
- Renaissance Paris Vendome Hotel - 4, Rue du Mont Thabor
- Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees - 70 Avenue des Champs-Elysees
- Hotel Le Parc - Trocadero Paris - 55-57 Avenue Raymond
Re: Which Marriott to stay in while visiting Paris??
For my purposes, you couldn't get a better location than the Vendôme, close to Place Vendôme, the Louvre, etc.
Re: Which Marriott to stay in while visiting Paris??
We stayed at a Courtyard in Neuilly. It was not as centrally located as the ones in your post but it was in a lovely residential neighborhood, a couple of blocks from the metro. It was very easy to get to the center of things from there, but had the advantage of finding local food stores (to get water, goodies for the train). The staff was outstanding. We were not really "visiting" Paris, we just made a stop on the way to Chur (Switzerland) - it was our first time in Paris. We asked the staff for a very French but not to upscale restaurant and they chose just the right place - and if that was not enough, they took us there and brought us back in the Courtyard bus, just in time for a little tour of Paris after hours that we had booked. We no longer do tours of course - but the main point is the outstanding service.
I have been around the "Vendome" area, this is an upscase neighborhood - near the Opera. Many high fashion stores. If you look at the map, it is also in the heart of Paris near many of the places to see.
I did walk into the Champs-Elysees once - we were quite tired and I needed to find a restroom and was relieved to find a Marriott. They are in a very busy section, what I would call center of the "tourist" area. Very nice Marriott - if you want a location near the main sights, this is the one I would choose, in exchange for a less peace and quiet (not sure how insulated the rooms are).
I would be tempted to choose the one Rennaissance Paris Vendome - seems close to the main sights but perhaps a little quieter than the Chaps-Elysees. Do realize I have not been at the Vendome, I am making an educated assumption from having been at the Champs Elysees, and looking at the map of the Rennaissance Vendome.
Re: Which Marriott to stay in while visiting Paris??
Re: Which Marriott to stay in while visiting Paris??
We have chosen the Paris Marriott Hotel Champs-Elysees