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Left Bank (Rive Gauche), Paris

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Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is the southern bank of the river Seine in Paris. Here, you’ll find the river flows roughly westward, cutting the city in two. The area is widely known for its once famous inhabitants, such as celebrated artist Pablo Picasso, who lived on the Left Bank throughout the war years.

When you visit now, Left Bank (Rive Gauche) is an affluent neighborhood of middle class homes, shopping boutiques, and restaurants, and also encompasses many of the city’s most renowned attractions. You’ll find the iconic Eiffel Tower, the creative hub of Saint-Germain-des-Pres, and the Latin Quarter, which holds some of the most stunning architecture in Paris. Before you head to Paris, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Paris itinerary builder, to make sure you see all that Paris has to offer, including Left Bank (Rive Gauche).
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  • Paris is eternal and the Rive Gauche of the Seine is more famous for its monuments and to never forget in life. Paris is Paris. Beautiful even in its imperfections.
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  • Accommodation in 5 area, so are in left bank here streets Shuttle, this a area to I of sense worth is security Ming 顯 of than 較 good, can free of go in stone Shang big leisure to walking, has Palace of old Bazaar, has experience history of coffee Museum, also has ephedra distachya l registration shop, and all kinds of store, Qi fragrance is big leisure, plus old of built Tsukiji fish market very 濃 thick of Humanities 藝 art Qi card
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  • Some days the area is quite quiet and it's wonderful to browse the streets looking at the wonderful architecture. Lots of shops, cafes, museums and art galleries. Easily accessible as you just cross o...  more »
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  • Front desk manager, Chris, spoke English, and went far out of his way to help us navigate the area, stored our bags, was SO kind and professional, even though we arrived 6 hours too early! Nicely decorated room, though small, but good part of town and close to transportation, and right across from a wonderful bakery for our breakfasts and lunches. Would easily choose this hotel again!
  • beautiful hotel! It was exactly what we imagined a paris hotel to be!!! a lot of people were complaining about the bathrooms being small but we were happy with the size of it. helpful front desk awesomely location. We we're able to walk most places. our second day we had our lunch at the luxembourg garden and it was only about a 7 minute (slow) walk. within 10 minutes of two different metro stations (that we knew of) that will get you where you need to go. our only downside was that our room had flies (90 degree weather) and the bed was a little short for me (6'6) over all we will stay here when we return to paris!!
  • Decent hotel, great location; walking distance to almost anything you would want to visit. Make sure to read into reservation policies, especially before reserving online. Use the Odeón metro station just around the corner to connect to any location in the city. The nearby Luxembourg gardens just south of the hotel is an amazing place for a morning walk or jog.
  • Left bank As we say: Never give a boy a man's job! The management made good things for this hotel: a beautiful location, nice decor etc but a very poor choice of staff! We have understood in this hotel why Paris has a bad reputation of welcoming people. During our stay we had almost no smiles. The gentleman gave us a few smiles but the blonde one seemed too busy to make a simple smile to customers!. We made a big mistake: we asked some information about river cruise! The lady told us there was only one way to get a pass for the cruise and it was buying a ticket for the Le Open bus tour (for sure from the hotel)! So she sold us a ticket but the information given was not true. Therefore all our plans changed and we were almost blocked at the Eiffel tower because of these bad informations. This experience ruined our trip and our mood! To be honest, as soon as we checked-in, we felt a bit of pressure to for taxis, tickets etc.. I think the most important thing for a hotel is satisfying customers for the hotel! That looks like a low-cost aircraft trip: Sell, sell, sell! But we already paid for our stay which was not cheap at all! And the breakfast is expensive and there is no internal laundry service..
  • I liked this side as well. It's not as posh as the roght side, but exactly because of this, you don't need to fight for space as you walk around.

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