Top 5 Hotels

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We often stay in the same places, year after year
so we experience the ebb and flow of hotels
which are either getting better, or getting worse

ONE: Primo (The Best) le meilleur
Hôtel Le Louis, Versailles Château – McGallery By Sofitel
Even though this hotel requires a train ride through the France country-side
This is a mythic location, just down the road from “the Palace” le château
Provides the opportunity for one of our favorite mornings in Paris:
Entering the Gates of Versaillles when it opens at 8:00 and running through this vacant albiet epic space
The Best Breakfast Buffet
The Best Desk Service
The most luxurious rooms (at a reasonable price)

Le Pullman Paris Centre
Another Remote Venue in Bercy
Very accessible to Paris along the Seine by Velib, Running Path or Metro
Spectacular Suite (and wonderful facility)
Impressive Desk Staff (although it is all show and no go)
Very posh and professional, until you have a substantial problem
Great Breakfast Buffet
So Popular that it is a Crowd Scene (Greed and Gluttony on Full Display)
(this is one of our venues which is so good that it is almost a disturbing problem)

Sofitel Paris La Defense Puteaux
We really appreciate the quality of Sofitel
La Defense, is another remote venue, worth the travel
this facility has ebbed and flowed, but is on the rise
We stayed in a remodeled room and love the Sofitel Breakfast Buffet
There are also great running opportunities

Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur, Paris
Our Favorite Neighborhood of Paris
And this is the most solid, respectable and consistent hotel in this arrondisemont
This is the best hotel that we have found in Montmartre
We could easily give you 25 reasons that we love 18e (the eighteenth arrondisement)

Novotel Paris Est, Bagnolet
This is five, because it is “not-as-good-as-last-year” (which happens with every hotel)
I like this place, it is cheap, but good and fun
I liked the very affordable single rooms
When we stayed in a suite, we flipped out
(spaciousness and bathtub big-enough-for-a-whale)
We like the proximity to Père Lachaise Cemetery
But then the bad experience last year
(worn-out and basic furnishings, separate dingy bedroom, with small television)
Disappointed by the “ordinary” Breakfast Buffet
I suspect that most Breakfast Buffets are this way, but we don’t go to Paris for an “ordinary” breakfast buffet
With what appears to be a collection of flight crews – It doesn’t feel special, it just feels crowded


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