HOTEL RICHMOND OPERA
on a Rail Tourist Budget
I was taking the Eurostar from London to Paris and then renting a car for heading out into the French countryside toward Champagne and Alsace. Looking for a Paris hotel that would be easy on the budget in an expensive city and one convenient to the Gare du Nord train station where the Eurostar arrives and the Paris Hertz counter at Louvre Carrousel where I was to pick up my rental car. Okay, I guessed the Louvre Carrousel was close to the famous museum - actually its underneath! (see NOT ALL PARIS ART IS IN MUSEUMS). There are lots and lots of hotels in Paris. Some very expensive and luxurious and some cheap, but dodgy. So picking one is a bit like throwing a dart at a board.
Hotel Richmond Opera is the one I picked after browsing around and my dart aim turned out pretty good. The Richmond Opera Hotel is about 100 years old and presents itself in the stately style you might expect from a trip to Paris. It’s 3 stars, not the George Cinq, of course, but a very reasonable alternative at a mdoest mid class bargain rate. The hotel was last renovated in 1996. The rooms are large for an older building, air-conditioned, and the Louis XV style inlaid furnishings give an old world feel that lets you know you’re in Paris. And the modern bathroom plumbing all worked. The lounge bar off the reception lobby is a very stylish place to have the included breakfast or a drink in the evening. Marble, mirrors and stained glass ceiling marble and directoire furniture give the place a feeling of elegance. The front desk staff were very friendly (in Paris!) and helpful.
The hotel is located on a narrow one-way street Rue du Helder just around the corner from the Paris Opera and the famous Galleries Lafayette shopping mall (see also Three Hotels in Nice), off the Boulevard Haussman. The taxi ride from the Gare du Nord train station was 10 Euro including tip and the Louvre was about a 15 minute walk through the heart of Paris’ exclusive shopping district around the Place Vendome and down the Rue Saint Honore. The Roissy bus stop at the Opéra is 5 minutes walk for easy connection to Charles de Gaulle airport. (See other Paris Opera-Louvre Hotels).
For a little Paris romance or just an aperatif with the locals, grand movie palaces are just at the end of the block among street-side restaurants on the Boulevard des Capucines, and at the Brasserie on the Boulevard Haussman a very Parisian street corner vendor will make you a crepe sandwich, fresh on the griddle in front of you. I probably rather annoyed her with my indecision, but get one, its a gourmet meal wrapped in a paper napkin you can eat while you walk the streets of Paris. Or get an ice cream if you prefer to drip as you stroll. © Bargain Travel Europe
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