3 of my girlfriends and I were able to go to Paris for a week! Our dear husbands and some fine babysitting and a lot of juggling got our 9 (nine!) kids all taken care of and we had a ball of a week. Imagine 4 mommies in Paris for a week...it was heaven.
With this hotel as our base, it was fun and safe and we saw just about everything we had on our list.
Our travel agent got us a high floor room with a view. We had asked for the view of the Eiffel Tower, but didn't want to pay for that -- so we go a view down the other side - to beautiful Parisan streets. We also had shallow balconies and spent many evenings sipping wine or champagne once we returned from a museum or sight seeing -- and before heading out to dinner (Europeans eat later than Californians... like at 8 or 9 -- so we enjoyed this time on on balcony).
The concierge was GREAT at recommending restaurants. Every place he sent us to was non-touristy and the food was FABULOUS. Some of our best memories.
Our hotel rate included breakfast - a nice way to start the day and keep within budget. The only challenge was on Sunday, the restaurant was VERY full and we couldn't get in to eat, in time to make church. (We went to the International Service at Nortre Dame, it was amazing to worship in a chapel filled with people from around the world, in a site that has been a place of worship for 1,700 years!) I guess the restaurant was full with locals having brunch or Sunday out or something. Keep that in mind.
A review below gives a good overview of the kind of "shabby chic" atmosphere at the Lutecia - but I find this somewhat common in Europe - they seem to have a different tolerance for shabby carpets and dinged up paint than we Americans. I too find it kind of odd that its deemed acceptable when you are paying that much (especially, as she states, with the current exchange rate).
One treasure we found: there is a local "farmers" market on Wed and Mon (I think? ask front desk) just down the street (by the taxi stand) and it was FABULOUS fun to see all the beautiful breads, meats, fruits, veggies. I bought my best souviniers there - a couple of cashmire shawls and a necklace. Don't miss the fun.
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- Also Known As:
- Hotel Lutecia Paris
- Lutetia Hotel
- Paris Lutetia
- Paris Hotel Lutetia