Note: Sorry for the long post....
My mother and I came into Paris for a few days September, 2012 via the Eurostar from London. Hotel du Quai-Voltaire was recommended by a friend as she teaches here in the summer every year. It is well situated for every thing one would like to do in Paris....even if it is a short stay like ours (3 days) or a longer stay like my friend. (6 weeks.) It is moderately priced but the location is what makes this an excellent bargain. It over looks the Seine river, has beautiful views in all directions, is a short walk to the Louvre across the river, and took about 10 minutes in traffic in a taxi from Gard du Nord.
When we got to the taxi rank, and if you are like mom and I, and could speak very little French, write it down for the driver. I have to apologize to the Parisians as I butchered their language, but I tried, Merci- S'il vous plaît! When we got out at Voltaire, I noted that all the windows faced Voltaire Ave and it was with heavy traffic. I thought for sure that sleeping would be a disaster! We checked in and the front desk spoke English. There is a lift/elevator, but it is very small.... and as typical Americans, we are 'fluffy' people....plus our luggage.... and mom and I wondered if we would make it to the 5th floor! (Obviously, we did.)
The room was smallish, but as with any city in the world, that is almost a norm. Beds felt comfy. Furniture was at a minimum, but your in Paris to see Paris! What surprised us the most and was most pleasing about the room were the windows. First, they were heavy glass with metal frames. I opened one and they feel heavy as they look. They were SOUND PROOF! Hurrah! The bathrooms had the same windows with Frosted glass. They opened wide for a lovely view of the Seine and down either side of the street. Good photo op. Room did not smell like smoke, thank goodness. Sheets and linens were clean. One small issue for us was that the shower was about 12 inches high off the floor, so you had to step in and out with aid of handle. The tile floor is extremely slippery!!!!! so make sure something is under your feet when you descend. Overall, nice hot water and clean towels- good for me. We had to leave the bath door closed all night because another downfall of the view is the river tours. They have huge lights that light up the buildings as they float by. Especially the Voltaire- I thought there was some alien space craft outside shining in the windows it was so bright! (Okay, not really, but the light was eerie from it shining through the trees.) Everything was kept clean and new towels every day, even though we would have used the same for a few days. Front desk was very nice. One night we were just tired and wanted to kick back with some wine. The hotel keep was also the bar keep! He poured us some wine, gentle music in background and we planned our next day. We were alone in the dining room. We never did eat there, we were off and running every morning. Across the hall is a charming reading room, very comfy chairs as we waited for our taxi to the train on more than one occasion.
From here we walked to: Notre dame, St. Chappell, Louvre, picked up a boat ride to Eiffel tower and Champs Elysees. We had a mini bus tour to Versailles, and it was just across the river, and also near Angelique's hot chocolate! More on that later in an additional review. We took a taxi to Gard Montparnasse ( Again, write it out) to the Loire Valley for Château's and wine sampling. Worked out terrific. We were on a high speed train and it took an hour and half to get to Tours. It was a lovely town and I would have stayed there if we had more time.
To sum it up: didn't have enough time in three days to do all that we wanted to do, so we need to go back. The hotel was in a great location and I would stay here again. Clean comfortable rooms for sleeping and showering, but not to stay for the hotel itself. Didn't use the metro, but on my next visit, I may have more French under my belt to communicate better to do that. Louvre is close, could have gone twice...enjoy your trip!
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