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Motte Picquet Hotel

Has anyone stayed at this hotel? It's recommended in Rick's Paris book. Is it handy for walking to tourist sights, shopping (I'm going with my 19 yr old daughter),good restaurants etc? We are going in July and have 4 days before getting on the train ( I have lots of questions about that also!) to Nice.

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Debbie -

I have not stayed at the hotel - however the location is great. La Motte Picquet is an area here in Paris that links the 7th and the 15th arrondisment. Lot's of good shopping and close to many sights.

I looked up the hotel - assuming this is the one that you are inquiring about
http://www.paris-hotel-mottepicquet.com/index.htm

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Bonjour Jona
I like to be centrally located in a nice area so it's easy to walk around to quaint shops, restaurants etc.I appreciate any advice you can give me.
Merci, Debbie

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Debbie -

It will really depend upon how much money you are wanting to spend. July is high season here in Paris and it can be quite competitive for prices.

I had some friends just here last week who stayed at the Best Western St. Honore in the 8th - just 3 minutes walk to the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triumphe. There are actually 3 Best Westerns in the area there.

What was nice about this location is the proximity of 5 different Metro lines - shopping, restaurants etc.

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We stayed there in 2006 and were utterly disappointed. The bathroom had a sliding platic curtain, which hwould not close if you were sitting on the toilet. Our room faced the street and it was so noisy. Never again!

The Rue Cler area is great, but find a better hotel. We have had great luck at La BOurdenais which is also in his books.

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We stayed at Hotel Londres Eiffel for our RS Paris City Tour - it's in the 7e arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower and you can walk to the Rue Cler area. The Ecole Militaire metro stop is about a 5 minute walk away and there are great cafes nearby. I highly recommend it - it even has an elevator.

I can also recommend the Hotel Kensington in the same area - price is cheaper, not as nicely decorated but perfectly adequate for sleeping. Once you get on the Metro, you can get to the shops quickly - I suggest Le Bon Marche, Printemps, BHV, Galeries Lafayette are department stores to visit, also in the Place de Vosges area and on Rue Rivoli, there are great little shops. You can even shop in the Metro stations - I bought some beautiful silk scarves and ballet shoes!

Bonne chance!

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Go to: tripadvisor.com Under search place the mane of the hotel. You will find various reviews.

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Hi Debbie!
I would agree with Sue's comments. The room I was given looked out over the Avenue de la Motte Picquet
and was somewhat noisy. My main moan was the lack of horizontal space on which to place things and there was little space in which to walk in the room.
The breakfast room had but three table and it would appear that most guests either eat out or had breakfast brought to their rooms - an option.
I would not stay there again but the location is good with the subway a two minute walk away.

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Thank you to everyone who replied.I had a gut feeling that the Motte Picquet wasn't the right hotel for us, and it sounds like my instinct was right. My first idea was to stay near Place Vendome, it seems like that is more centrally located to many of the things we want to see and can easily walk to. We will definitly take the metro to visit Rue Cler area and the Eiffel Tower. I have cancelled my reservation at M.Pqt. and have made other arrangements and I feel better about it. Price wasn't a huge issue, we just want a nice, safe, well situated hotel for our 1st visit to Paris. Thanks again!