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Paris - Park Vendome - REVIEWS - MASTER THREAD - 8/2011 Forwards

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I'm making this thread a wiki since there are issues that keep getting repeated (breakfast and transportation from/to CDG). Feel free to add whatever you feel is important - stick to facts of please and not one off exceptions (eg if you get an upgrade to the Presidential Suite on an award stay without any status - that's definitely a one off that doesn't belong in the WIKI - obviously you can do a regular post on it).

Public transport to the hotel from CDG

The best option is to take the Roissy bus to Opera. From there, the hotel is about a 5 minute walk.

The next best option is to take RER B to Chatelet-Les Halles. All trains from Roissy/CDG head south into Paris so no worries there. Some go express all the way into Paris (Gare du Nord, so Chatelet-Les Halles is the second stop); others are locals, in which case there are a lot of stops; some are half-express, half-local ... but all stop at Chatelet-Les Halles; and there is no point waiting for an express because it is rare if ever that an express will overtake a local. So get on whatever comes first. At Chatelet-Les Halles, transfer to RER A for one stop to Auber (which is joined to Opera station). You will be heading westbound, toward the termini St. Germain-en-Laye/Poissy/Cergny. You have to go up the stairs and back down for the Auber-bound train. Do not race across the platform for the RER B because that will be heading eastbound, to Gare de Lyon, Nation, Vincennes (and, depending on which one you get on, eventually Eurodisney!) The walk from the Auber exit closest to the RER stop takes about 10 minutes.

Public transport to the hotel from Orly

Take the Orlyval train to its end at Antony, then switch to RER B to Chatelet-Les-Halles and continue as above. In this case you can just cross the platform from the RER B to get the RER A headed to Auber.

Breakfast

The breakfast, in the main lounge, at Les Orchidees, is free for Diamond members but is 40-50 euros per person otherwise. A modified but still very good version of this buffet breakfast is also available in the room and is also free for Diamonds. Tips are not covered but then again the theory in France is that the service charge is in the price.

Museum tickets & pass from the concierge

You can buy "skip the line" tickets to the Louvre or Orsay for 18€ each, which is higher than the regular tickets via the Louvre & Orsay websites. But being able to "skip the line" obviously adds some value. They will also sell you the two day Paris Museum Pass for 55€. That is a 7€ markup.

Phone/data recommendations:
Lebara worked really well for me. What you need to do:
• You must unlock your phone (you can do this for free online with ATT through their website if you are out of contract)
• Order free SIM card at Lebara.fr a few weeks before your trip. I don’t think it took more than 2 weeks for my SIM card to arrive
• Activate SIM card at https://www.lebara.fr/activate-sim-detail?isoCode=en_GB or search “activate SIM” at Lebara.fr
• Load your SIM card with what you need. I paid 10 euro for 3G of data, unlimited SMS and local calls for 10 days (this should be plenty for most tourists)
LeFrench Mobile did not work so well for me: I paid 20-30 euro for local and international calls for my sister but was only able to make local calls and SMS

restaurant recommendations:
Nearby:
Le Cap Bourbon- good, inexpensive, our server was nice and attentive (by French standards), great local crowd, menu has English translation
We ate a local Thai restaurant - Yo - its about a 5 minute walk from the hotel and very busy. I had a guinea fowl green curry - a first for me. Very good food and friendly service.

Other:
L'Avant Comptoir is a wine bar with great,relatively cheap eats and a great atmosphere and friendly, English-speaking staff. Standing room only and tight.
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Old Sep 15, 19, 5:02 am
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Originally Posted by Sophoclefr View Post
Not the most important news but the 20% discount voucher at the Bar, Terrace & Cheminee which had disappeared in July is back.
Still no indication at check in if you should mention/show/give it at he Bar or if automatically deducted at check out...?
It’s automatically deducted at checkout.

I just stayed there all last week. Nice property in general. But the first night my room faced an inner courtyard that started construction work at 8am. Having gone to bed at 4am, I was pretty annoyed. So I got that night comped. My shower also flooded the bathroom in the first room and then we had no hot water in the second, requiring more maintenance work. So they gave us free breakfast for the week, too.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 7:55 am
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It’s automatically deducted at checkout.

I just stayed there all last week. Nice property in general. But the first night my room faced an inner courtyard that started construction work at 8am. Having gone to bed at 4am, I was pretty annoyed. So I got that night comped. My shower also flooded the bathroom in the first room and then we had no hot water in the second, requiring more maintenance work. So they gave us free breakfast for the week, too.
Heading there for a friends birthday this weekend. Any idea how long construction is supposed to last?
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Old Sep 16, 19, 8:26 am
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Heading there for a friends birthday this weekend. Any idea how long construction is supposed to last?
No clue. Just ask for a room overlooking the breakfast room. That’s the quietest. The ambassador suites face the construction courtyard.
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Old Sep 16, 19, 9:05 am
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Had twice an Ambassador Suite this year (150 & 550) and was both times facing the Rue des Capucines not a courtyard?
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Old Sep 16, 19, 10:45 am
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Originally Posted by Sophoclefr View Post
Had twice an Ambassador Suite this year (150 & 550) and was both times facing the Rue des Capucines not a courtyard?
Well the master bedroom faces the inner courtyard, doesn't it? At least in 550 and 250...
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Old Sep 17, 19, 9:04 am
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Yes right!
Even though if I remember correctly it was a tiny courtyard used to put some outside air conditioning machines not any of the 2 main ones of the hotel (La Terrasse and the covered Sens restaurant/breakfast room)?
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Old Sep 17, 19, 9:36 am
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Yes right!
Even though if I remember correctly it was a tiny courtyard used to put some outside air conditioning machines not any of the 2 main ones of the hotel (La Terrasse and the covered Sens restaurant/breakfast room)?
Correct. It's very small and not the main courtyards covering the breakfast area and terrace. I just wish they told me there was construction so I could have asked for a different room and slept until noon.
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Correct!
Hotel full today so no Suite but just a large room with 4 windows on this small courtyard and its scafholding...lucky I had no plan to sleep late tomorrow morning...
At least 2nd lift is finally running.
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Rather than scrolling for and searching for the answer, I'd rather just ask it. Was there any clarity on whether or not the 20% discount thing applied to Pur?

Thanks.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 8:34 am
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
Rather than scrolling for and searching for the answer, I'd rather just ask it. Was there any clarity on whether or not the 20% discount thing applied to Pur?

Thanks.
When I asked in June (during the earlier 20% offer), the front desk told me no. However, it does apply to alcohol and you can apparently order bottles from Pur's wine list in the terrace restaurant (whatever it's called now with the nautical "laboratory" theme).
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Old Sep 18, 19, 11:14 am
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Originally Posted by Visconti View Post
Rather than scrolling for and searching for the answer, I'd rather just ask it. Was there any clarity on whether or not the 20% discount thing applied to Pur?

Thanks.
Thanks for the advice.
I’ve asked almost 10 times over May/June/September (there was no offer in July) and answer has always been different...
Pur not part of it but I once ordered a glass of Grand Siècle at the Bar and asked to have it served at my table at Pur and got the discount?
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Originally Posted by Sophoclefr View Post
Thanks for the advice.
I’ve asked almost 10 times over May/June/September (there was no offer in July) and answer has always been different...
Pur not part of it but I once ordered a glass of Grand Siècle at the Bar and asked to have it served at my table at Pur and got the discount?
Oh, by the way, I wasn't offering advice or directing my post to anyone in particular. I felt, at least on this topic, that I'd probably get better results by asking rather than searching for it. Case in point: in two posts, I already know what to expect and where I can reasonably expect the 20% discount.
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Old Sep 18, 19, 1:10 pm
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Oh, by the way, I wasn't offering advice or directing my post to anyone in particular. I felt, at least on this topic, that I'd probably get better results by asking rather than searching for it. Case in point: in two posts, I already know what to expect and where I can reasonably expect the 20% discount.
Enjoy your stay!
I’ll be there again next week and hopefully the 20% voucher will be as well...
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Old Sep 24, 19, 2:27 am
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Here for Paris Fashion Week now, and construction has finished in the Courtyard. Super busy, but in a good way.
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Here now and was given the 20% voucher at check in
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