July, the 3rd 2010
Hotel de la Porte Doree is a charming, historic property in Paris’ family-friendly 12th arrondissement. Run by a California native and her French husband, this hotel offers all the comforts of home in a warm yet chic environment. Hotel de la Porte Doree understands it’s the little things that matter the most when you travel with your family. The entire staff goes out of their way to make every guest, no matter what age, feel welcome.
You won’t find a lot of big name hotels in the 12th. That’s because it remains a gorgeous, living neighborhood in the heart of Paris. There are plenty of fantastic restaurants and cafes in the area – plus, you’re in walking distance of great attractions like the Paris Zoo (unfortunately closed for renovations until 2012), the Chateau des Vincennes, the Aquarium and the Bois des Vincennes and Parc Floral parks. You won’t feel too far outside the city center either. A Metro ride of 10 minutes can take you out to the Eiffel Tower of the Louvre – and the station is mere steps away from the hotel’s front door.
A family room can sleep four. But even if you are traveling with a larger brood, the property’s incredible prices mean you can book a couple of rooms for your stay without it hitting the pocketbook too hard. It’s a total win.
Hotel de la Porte Doree has everything a traveling family with small kids might need – they are serious about the little details. The lobby has a small antique writing desk where the young-uns can color and draw. In the family room, you can find toilets with built-in kid seats, books and toys for use during your stay and a very kid-friendly bathtub. But most importantly, Christine, the hotel’s owner, knows the ins and outs of the 12th and is happy to share that inside knowledge with guests. You’ll feel like a true Parisienne walking along the boulevards (at least as close as you can get during a few day visit). And best of all? It’s such an amazing Paris value. With the hotel’s incredible prices, you can spend your extra Euro on all that fantastic food and shopping.
The other thing to love about the hotel is it’s old-world feel. While many small hotels in Paris went the way of the shag carpet and avocado tile in the 70′s, Hotel de la Porte Doree managed to keep its original bones, including some lovely crown moulding and wood floors. You feel like you are staying in a beautiful old home – just with some beautiful updated baths and amenities.
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Don’t be put off by the hotel’s two star rating. I’ll be honest – I was a bit wary myself until I stepped through the front door. The truth of the matter is that Paris is currently going through a rating system evolution and many hotels are in the process of updating their number with required changes. Hotel de la Porte Doree is a beautiful, charming property with well-maintained, modern facilities and a fantastic, helpful service staff. You’d be hard pressed to find comparable style and service in many places that boast 3 or even 4 stars.