It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Paris : Le Meridien Etoile

We spent a fab long weekend in Paris with our friend Daithi last weekend - great company, great weather, great food and great city.

We stayed at the Le Meridien Etoile, which is nicely located in Porte Maillot, an easy 10 minute walk from the Champs Elysees and the Arc de Triomph.

The hotel itself has been upgraded significantly since we stayed there in 2006 and the upgrading will continue through to August this year.  There are over 1,000 guest rooms and suites and we had one of the upgraded rooms on the 6th floor.

We found the signage to the room was either confusing or non-existent, though we got there after a few wrong turns.  Our room was lovely with a king bed, and had an opening window out onto a Parisian street view (I love an opening window in a hotel room).  No real complaints, except the brains trust who designed the bathrooms obviously decided that a soap dish or ledge in the shower would compromise their "vision", so everything has to go on the floor - YUCK.

We didn't dine in the hotel, or have breakfast there (it's easier to walk to the Champs Elysee and do some people watching over breakfast), though we did have some drinks in the bar, which were expensive, but typical hotel prices.  The James Joyce pub is about 100 metres down the street and offers much better value for drinks and atmosphere.

The Porte Maillot Metro station is about 150 metres away and the Air France airport bus stops out the front.  You don't need to be flying Air France to use it and the Concierge sells tickets or you can buy them on the bus - it's great.

We'd definitely stay there again.

Le Meridien Etoile
81 Boulevard Gouvion St Cyr
75848 Paris Cedex 17
Phone:- +33 01 40 68 34 34


  1. I love that you "weekended" in Paris. Great review. The james Joyce. Check. And yes, we stayed somewhere in Melb once with no shower "shelf" I agree....gross.
    Dressology HQ

    1. I know - "Paris for the weekend" - it sounds so bonkers. But it's less than an hour on the plane, and flights in Europe are SO CHEAP. We fly EasyJet and you can get both of us to Paris return for less than half of what it takes to get me a flight from Adelaide to Melbourne return - it's a no-brainer.


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