Richmond Opera Hotel

3 out of 5 stars3 Stars

11 Rue Du Helder, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75009, France
Richmond Opera Hotel
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looking for help

by grammiejacques

We have 3 days in Paris and would like to do a bus tour of the city..the underground sewer system and question is where would be a good area to stay with easy access to bus or train as we will not be driving....also can you get a train from cd airport to city centre?? thanks

Re: looking for help

by GrumpyDiver

The commuter train (RER) runs from deGaulle airport into Paris. It stops at Gare du Nord, Chatalet des Halles, etc, so access to the downtown area takes about 45 minutes and costs 8 Euros. Paris has a large subway system (the Metro) and most hotels are within walking distance of a Metro station. I would suggest staying close to the Seine River - between Nortre Dame and the Eiffel Tower - that would put you in range of many of the places in the core of Paris.

We don't do Disney or bus tours, but did the sewers (takes a bit over an hour).

Re: looking for help

by leics

will give you information and links for CDG>Paris.

With only 3 days, I suggest you stay as centrally as possible. The two site I gave in your other post will be equally good for Paris.

The Paris L'Open is the hop-on tour:

For Disneyland Paris you will need to take the RER train to Marne-la-Vallee/Chessy.

Ratp has a useful routeplanner:

Re: looking for help

by tango_jd

The RER line B goes from CDG 2 direct to Paris centre.
With so little time (Disney is at least one whole day) I would stay somewhere near the RER line so that you don't have to haul luggage all over the metro system.
The RER stops at Gare Du Nord, Chatelet Les Halles and Luxumburg stations which are all fairly central. We always stay in the Latin Quarter and get-off at Luxumburg station.
For Disney, I am not sure if there is a direct link with the airport - I think you need to change RER lines at Chatelet and go on RER line A4 to Marne Le Vallee.
See my Paris tips for a nice walk that takes-in a lot of the main sights - plus all the other members pages in here which will tell you everything you need to know!

Re: looking for help

by goodsharon

Hello you may like Le Grand Hotel De Champagne in the 1st Arrondissement. Notre Dame is walking distance as is Le Louvre. While you can walk to Tour de Eiffel it's a bit of a distance so take the Metro. The closest station to the hotel is Chatelet.
In the area: there is a grocery store on the corner where you can buy water, sandwiches, soda etc - all sorts of goods. There are cafe's, and restaurants, and the Latin Quarter is also within walking distance. Quite a great location. and the staff is personable and friendly.

Have you considered doing the Hop-on Hop-off tours? The price is reasonable and you can pick up tickets before you arrive.

Give some thought to taking the Paris Shuttle from CDG to your hotel.

Have fun - it's a wonderful city.

Travel Tips for Paris

What Paris is Really Like!

by Antares321

I just travelled to Paris for the first time. Even though the buildings and monuments are really nice to see let me tell you what my actual experience was like.

I got scammed the minute I got off the Thalys train trying to buy a ticket. The hotel was good, but the service was lousy. There are tourists EVERYWHERE even in the week!!!! I think Paris is one of the the most travelled cities. Tourists are constantly in your face with their annoying buggies with children, and cameras!

Most of the French smoke, and I swear I could not find ONE single non-smoking section anywhere unless it was on the street or by the toilettes/kitchen, and even then the table next to me had a smoker attached to it!

The tourist bits are great, but the awareness of pick pockets, and scam artists spoil it all. There are thugs on the street after dark, and it's not safe to take a stroll.
The metro plays host to Gangs, and make-shift musicians on the train begging for euros after playing you a little ditty that sounds crap even if it's a minute or two long.

Everything is so expensive because it's near all the tourist attractions. You're better off going to a supermarket like G20 and buying a sandwich and coke for a fraction of the price.
Besides all the millions of smokers, I had never seen so much dog Poo in my life!

Hardly anyone speaks English, though you'd think they'd learn the language as 90% of the tourists are English. And let’s face it! We fuel their economy! It's not like croissants and Siggies are the only commodity needed to keep them afloat!

Paris and its surrounding areas are not very clean, and quite dirty. Then of course there is the ever present sewage smell that fills your senses on the Metro underground since the sewage line runs under the city. Oooohh yes.. it's charming!

Most Romantic city in the world... I think not! Go to Belgium if you want romance - you'll be safer and it won't cost you a bomb! Having a cheap sandwhich under a tree whilst the sun set... no smokers near by, or any children wailing about something! Just nice for a minute it was. Din't last though.

Sous le ciel de Paris... (Under Paris skies)...

by jglsongs

Paris is a city of smokers - restaurants, cafes, railroad stations, internet cafes, cinema lobbies, you name it, people will be puffing away.

Yes, your clothes will smell of smoke in some places; yes, people at the next table will light up the minute your food arrives. Some places will have a "zone non-fumeurs" but that's few and far between. I've been a smoker and a non-smoker in Paris, and the cigarette smoke to me is still part of the charm of the city. (Yes, fumer tue...I know the facts, but preach all you want. Paris sizzles....and Paris smokes.) 2007 update, or should I start by saying "the forecast for hell is falling temperatures and probability of significant snowfall." After just returning from Paris, I not only found non-smoking restaurants, but found out the no-smoking laws that NY, California, Ireland now have in place...are coming to France later in 2007.

So give a Gaullic shoulder shrug, roll your eyes, or shake your head and say "incroyable," but I've seen the sign of the times, and it's "Zone Non-Fumeurs."

First metro rides...

by Norali

OK... I said earlier that I hadn't dreamt of anything Parisian. Now, I remember I had dreamt of the metro rides. I imagined it... Imagination triggered by the tales, explanations adults gave.

I was expecting the first metro rides. For Tana, my home and birthcity, not having any metro system, I'd never ridden any metro... By the way, except for the flights, these were the first times in my life I used public transportations. In fact, I've never used public transportations in Madagascar, except planes and two taxi-brousse rides in 1986.

Then, it was with excitement that I took those metro rides... In some stations, there were those machines where to find your way. Passengers just had to push on a button with the station they are heading to... then the whole ride (connection included) was on display on an electronic map... I was very interested in pushing the button, kind of kinetic type of person... :)

I also noticed that the metro was not that young. I liked the sound of the door opening. Like a metallic door opening sound the younger & more modern Brussels metro cannot produce. For who coming from a country without any underground system, this is something to experience.

In fact, I was impressed. How could a kid imagine being able to circulate below pavement surface ? During some of those rides, I was imagining the worst: that soil would fall on the metro trains.. and that passengers would die suffocating.

Since I've never had similar events occuring, it became obvious that I liked this way of travelling. Nowadays [author's notice: in Brussels since this tip was written while still living in Brussels], metro is my best transportation means in Brussels. Quick, underground, no traffic jam... In Paris, I have to say it, metro stations & corridors stink. Don't know why (well, I know, I saw people peeing in the corridors: bums and non-bums alike)... so do some stations in Brussels but you really have to choose them to experience the smell.

Also, I have a memory of Châtelet station, because there is this long "tapis roulant" there. Very long for me... and fun to "ride". Strange enough, I was not the only kid to like this station.

Some other metro scenes kept engramed in my mind: the sight of clandestine vendors in metro stations. They used to sell flowers, some plastic toys. As soon as when cops got close, I saw all of this vanishing in thin air ... that was impressive.

People in glass houses...

by moirholj

Yes, I had a bad experience (read my sports tips) with people some people in Paris. It was pretty crappy, but you know what, that was a few people out of a whole country and I'm not going to condemn the city of Paris because of the actions of two.

People are the same no matter where you go. Some are nice and some are not. Please get over the stereotype that Parisians are rude or snotty. And don't encourage the stereotype by approaching a local with a chip on your shoulder.

Look, before you go to any country where the main language is something other than English you should take it upon yourself to learn 4 or 5 simple phrases. It's not to appease the locals, but to help you along on your trip. Learn to say Hello, Goodbye, Please, Thank You, and for christ's sake, learn how to ask for help. This is for your benefit, but it also makes local people happy to see that you are trying to speak the local language. This will make for helpful and pleasant interactions.

Finally, the only reason I was able to go to Paris at all was because of the generosity of a Parisian. I was introduced to a girl from Paris through a friend and she invited me to come and stay in Paris with her in her apartment. That's some pretty incredible hospitality from someone who only spent a few days with myself and our mutual friend in the states. I stayed with her and she took time off of work and school to show me around her city. It was a huge demonstration of hospitality on her part and that's something I can probably never repay her for.

Batteries cost a ton

by spicypepper21

Bring a jacket....we figured it would be nice so we just brought light jackets or a sweatshirt and ended up freezing...especially at the top of the eiffel tower. Batteries are like 5 euro for 4 so make sure you have some extra..I of course ran out and had to buy some.


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 Richmond Opera Hotel

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Address: 11 Rue Du Helder, Paris, Ile-de-France, 75009, France