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Holidays in Paris

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  • Holidays in the Dordogne

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    We are currently developing this section.Please let us know if you have been on a great family holiday in this area.

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  • Hotel Porte Dorée, Paris

    Recommended by Millicent Cutler

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    Hôtel de la Porte Dorée is in the 12 arrondissement right next to the Bois de Vincennes, one of the largest wooded areas of Paris. The building dates before the 19th century and it has taken about 10 years to restore the hotel to the charming boutique hotel it is now. For the last two years greening the hotel has been very important to the owners (who are currently working on getting the Eco Label) as well as making our hotel one of the first boutique hotels in Paris to completely integrate children and families in every aspect of the hotel.

    "The first question we ask ourselves with every new renovation or project is what is the impact on the environment and how can we do this to make it safer and more comfortable for a child. When you see a childs face light up because there is a little table their size at the reception or the sink their size in the toilet it makes you very proud of every extra effort you make" (Owner Christina Greveldinger, Dec 2010)

    273, avenue Daumesnil - 75012 Paris - Tél: 33-1 43 07 56 9

    "I cannot say enough about the Hotel de la Porte Doree. ... this is such a great place. I like the structure and ease of the building. The front desk staff is very helpful and are able to direct you to anywhere you would want to go. The keys all sit behind the desk which I think is very charming and practical. Eating in the breakfast room actually feels like breakfast and not the sweet unhealthy options that are usually offered. Hotel de la Porte Doree has nice hard boiled eggs fruit, fair trade Juice, and fair trade jellies. Of course the coffee is great and the best croissants are offered from the very nice boulangerie across the street that is know for their croissants. Sometime there are even jams and jellies that Christina has made.
    The rooms are very comfortable and nicely furnished. I though the bathroom were unusually nice, that they went a little beyond what they need to offer. Most of the baths are more modern and updated. The beds and tvs seem very new. Bed very comfortable.
    The visit I had with my kids we stayed on the first floor just behind the reception. I had a nanny with me. I had my own room with a nice patio and the room had a shower, the three kids had their own room with on double and a twin also a patio and their bath came with a tub. Across the room from me was the space for the nanny, she had a street side room with a shower and very nice desk she used as a vanity which please her very much.
    I felt very safe and felt my kids were happy to have a bit of outdoor space and loads of French cartoons to watch.
    The restaurants in the vicinity of the hotel are really great and a variety of different options to choose from. Italian, French, Sushi, pizza, and a not to miss lunch spot across the street from the hotel.
    The area provides a place to just unwind with a nice neighborhood park. If you go just a bit further there is the Bois de Vincennes which is a sort of forest area. It has a small lake you can walk around or even jog. There are little row boats to rent if you would like to paddle. And in the center of the lake there is a little cafe bar and ice cream place which is very nice to sit in the summer months when it can be quite hot. The location is so ideal if you actually want to be around any Parisian culture that is of the norm and everyday lifestyle. Getting to the center of the city is 15 minutes from the line that runs directly outside the door of the hotel. I love the decor and all of the choices they have made. I wish I could be there two times a year!!!"
    (MC, Jan 2011)

  • Baby Equipment hire in Paris

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  • Chez Bertrand

    Recommended by Quirky Accom

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    If you are looking for an original apartment or bed and breakfast Chez Bertrand will delight you. Bertrand has created 3 incredible apartments in the authentic Paris flea market neighbourhood, a few minutes away from the subway and from Montmarte. There is a free parking space, broadband wifi internet access, air conditioning, satellite television, and the best and quirky part, surprising decoration.
    Le Loft is a 40 sq m apartment in a former shop. You can sleep in a Citroen 2 CV car converted into a bed or sleep in a circular bed. This accommodation is suitable for up to 5 people.
    Le Studio is 16 sq m accommodation with floors, ceiling and walls in silver. Welcome to the Moon! There is space for up to 3 guests.
    Lappart is a 2 bedroom apartment with a lot of colour and fun design features. It is 33 sq m and sleeps up to 5 people.
    Prices start at around €115 per night for 2 with a minimum 2 night stay, although reduce for longer durations.


    "Fun creative apartments in Paris."

  • Cross-Pollinate

    Recommended by Shane Pickles

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    Cross-Pollinate was founded in Rome, Italy in 2000 by an expatriate American couple, Linda and Steve, who packed up their apartment in Los Angeles and moved to Rome in 1999 to open an upscale hostel/hotel called The Beehive. Following their immediate success, they began Cross-Pollinate as a way to manage the overflow of demand that their small Beehive couldnt accommodate. Devoted to helping people and feeling a sense of responsibility for their recommendations, they sought out small, family run B&Bs, spare rooms, and private apartments as collaborators. What began as a handful of recommendations in Rome has grown to hundreds of private apartments, B&Bs and guestrooms in some of Europes most amazing cities: Rome, Florence, Venice, Paris, Barcelona, London, Lisbon and Istanbul. Cross-Pollinate is a handful of people who travel around and find cool places to stay. They inspect them, review them, and make sure the owners are ok to work with, so they can be accountable for their recommendations.

    "Great web site and quick response from the team a CP, made the whole experience, easy and hassle free, I have already recommended CP to quite of few of my airline industry colleagues and Im sure they will make use of the excellent service provided to its clients" (SP, March 2013)

    "Cross Pollinate was just the best. I had tried a couple of places before coming upon them. As soon as I sent the first email I stopped looking for any more web sights. I just wish they expanded to every city in Europe. Their knowledge, helpfulness etc was second to none" (Caroline Collis, march 2013)