The Terrass Hotel in Montmatre is a fantastic hotel - service, food and staff are all superb in this beautiful region of this most romantic city.
Take the lift up to the 7th floor and onto the roof terrace in the evening and watch the Tour Eiffel light up in the evening surrounded by stunning panoramic views of the Parisian skyline.
On a relaxed & warm summers evening, there's nothing better!
Check out a fabulous, chic boutique hotel on the leftbank, called Hotel Quartier Latin.
Slap bang on Rue des Ecoles, and within walking distance of Notre Dame and the wonderful restaurants of the Latin Quarter, it has old-school elegance behind a townhouse facade.
The leafy Place Dauphine concentrates the peace of Paris’s quieter corners half-way across the Pont Neuf on the Île de la Cité.
Turn left for Rive Gauche chic, right for Rive Droite grandeur. It contains the Hôtel Henri IV, squeezed, tall and thin, into a row of cafés and galleries.
Irregular, sometimes retro, but always clean rooms (some sharing showers, others en suite) stretch up a creaky spiral staircase from the friendly breakfast room.
Four can sleep in characterful simplicity for less than €60.
Perfectly placed for a dawn stroll to Notre Dame then breakfast on the Île St Louis.
Le Lys is a unique B&B in a 17th century house in the atmospheric Marais district, a stone’s throw from Notre Dame and the Centre Pompidou.
Stéphane and Jean’s elegant home is stuffed with antiques and paintings, and the generous breakfast is a delight, but it is the warmth of their welcome that impresses the most.
By the time you leave, you will be firm friends, and your experience of Paris will be all the richer for it.
Le Lys is on Rue Quincampoix, w, and the telephone number is +33 (0)6 7741 2913/(0)1 4704 2880
Rue Quincampoix, 75004 Paris. +33 1 4704 2880
Hotels in Strasbourg can be expensive and in short supply when the EU Parliament is sitting.
Try booking a hotel in just over the border in Germany. Make contact with your EU Member of Parliament and arrange a free private tour around the parliament.
Get to know them before you travel and who knows you might get them to take you to lunch or dinner.
Try to visit in August when you should get a fantastic hotel deal in any of the hotels near the European Parliament (usually not sitting then).
You can enjoy the beautiful park nearby with its resident stork colonies or take a leisurely stroll along the river to the historic centre.
Another bonus of a summer visit is that there are free Son et Lumiere shows and street theatre at various riverside locations in the evenings.
For lunch,with the money you have saved on your hotel room,treat yourself to a special meal at one of the seriously good restaurants.
Or if you are like us and fail to read the small print, be embarrassed by only being able to afford starters and a bottle of wine in the evening.
The waiters didn't bat an eyelid and we were treated with exactly the same charm (and complimentary nibbles and aperitifs!) as the other diners.
Maybe we were lucky, but it did seem one of the friendliest, least stuffy 'significant cities' we have been lucky enough to visit.
If you want to enjoy the life and history of the Latin Quarter, but want to stay somewhere quiet and comfortable, the Hotel Parc Saint Severin (22 rue de la Parcheminerie in the 5th arrondissment: tel. + 33 (0) 1 77 15 95 08 ) is perfect.
It's also only five minutes walk from Notre Dame. Good buffet breakfast (12 Euros) and friendly staff.
Rates 150 to 165 Euros for a standard twin/double room, reasonable for ther centre of Paris.
Had to adjust our hotel booking due to changes to flights. The Milford hadn't been our first choice and so a hasty decision was made in booking it.
Do we regret it? Well, yes and no. It's a bit sad and needs updating so if you are after a bit of luxury, it's not the place for you. Other than that, the staff are helpful and efficient and security is very tight. The rooms, although dated, were clean and tidy.
We were out of the hotel 12- 14 hours a day so even if it was all-singing, all-dancing we wouldn't have used such facilities. Cheap and cheerful sums it up. It was very busy with guests and we weren't aware of anyone making any complaints so I guess most people were of the same mindset that it was simply a bed for the night and nothing more. We've paid more for much worse accommodation and service in the UK and other countries.
It's a great location on 8th and 45th, with so much on its doorstep. I would expect if it gets an expensive makeover in the next couple of years then the room rates will go up accordingly. Get it booked while it's still reasonable value.
8th Ave and 45th St, Midtown Manhattan
Mollies is an amazingly affordable (thanks to the fabulous current exchange rate) luxury hotel.
Our suite ($495 per night B&B [£165 approx], doubles same price), had a mezzanine lounge, and whether sitting on the expansive, comfy corner sofa or at the mosaic terrace table, the harbour across to Chelsea Bay and around the North Shore stretches across the vista. It's a sailor's dream.
Alongside period elegance and modern charm, there's unlimited internet access in the guest library, live opera/ musical performances before dinner, and extreme thought, care and attention put into everything.
It's like stepping into someone's comfortable family home, with extra touches. At night, staff come in and turn the bed down for you, put out your nightgown and slippers, leave lights on for you and light the fire if needed, and leave gifts - scented soaps and night moisturisers beautifully wrapped - for your evening comfort. Food is exquisite and the wine cellar world-class.
Mollies, in short, is faultless.
Mollies, 6 Tweed Street, St Mary's Bay, Auckland, 0064 (0)9 376 3489
In Delhi we stayed at the Hotel Kashish which was excellent. This was in the middle of Paharganj within easy reach of the metro, New Delhi train station, a variety of restaurants and all the atmosphere of a bazaar that you could want.
We paid R1000 for a double room, ensuite with air conditioning. I am sure we could have found somewhere similar a little cheaper but it was down a side street and slightly less hectic, which helped with overcoming the culture shock.
Laxmi Narain Street
Near Imperial Cinema
Pahar Ganj, New Delhi – 110055
Only a few minutes from the railway station, bus station and Vaparetto stops, but tucked down a quiet alleyway.
The price is good (85 Euros for a single ensuite, 110 for a double) and the rooms, though small, are comfortable and spotless. Recommended for those on a budget who want a no-frills but pleasant place to stay in Venice.
I booked through www.venere.com but other agencies list the hotel as well.
Cannaregio 219 - Calle Gioacchina, Lista di Spagna, Venezia, Italia 30121. Turn left out of the train station down Lista di Spagna. The hotel is down a small alleyway about 3/4 of the way down.
Stay at the Villa Royal Hotel, Pigalle!
We had a great stay there, at great value. It's an uber-rococo place, that balances chintz with gaudy.
The first (but not the last; we'll be going back) time I've watched a massive flatscreen TV housed in a gold frame, from the comfort of a jacuzzi bath.
And all for £75 per room per night.
The cafe downstairs is great and with Moulin Rouge and Montmartre within 5 minutes walk you can sin and be forgiven in the time it takes to return your free Velib bike!
Forget about spending your time and money in over-touristy, over-priced areas of Paris like the Latin Quarter. Book your hotel and plan your meals within the 10th Arrondissement, as near to Canal St-Martin as possible. This is the real Paris. Head to the Hotel du Nord for a fantastic meal or just a glass of wine on the bank of the canal.
If you want a quiet, characterful but cheap hotel in an atmospheric part of central Paris the Hotel des Batignolles in Rue des Batignolles is hard to beat.
This is a rising chic area west of Montmartre where the poet Verlaine grew up and Mallarmé lived and has lots of lovely neighbourhood foodshops, bars and restaurants.
The hotel is old-fashioned, unhip, but quiet and a double room with breakfast costs only 62 Euros a night. It’s near the Place de Clichy and Rome metro stations and it’s easy to book.
26 Rue des Batignolles, 75017 Paris. + 33 1 4387 7040
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