Phyllis Stoller is the President
of the Women's Travel Club (firstname.lastname@example.org),
an international, Florida-based company offering trips designed
by and for women. She knows her stuff and was recently interviewed
by Travel and Leisure Magazine on the subject of women's safety
in hotels. We asked this savvy travel expert for her choice of a
women-friendly hotel in Paris. Phyllis writes...
recommend the Left Bank's Hotel Littre. It fits our company's
parameters for the appropriate city hotel for women.
It is clean, comfortable and
some of the rooms even have hairdryers in the wall. It is safe.
The concierge desk is located near the front entrance and doors
are locked after hours. The hotel has less than 100 rooms, only
one set of stairs and one elevator, both visible from the front
Breakfast tables are placed
close enough to each other so that you can meet other travellers.
There are safes in most rooms
and a front desk manager who really cares about his guests and also
speaks excellent English.
The street has traffic with
both stores and restaurants open at night (not noisy but plenty
of street life which is reassuring in the evening). If you prefer
to picnic as I do, there are plenty of places to buy wine, bread,
Hotel Littre is beautifully
located - one half block from public transportation which includes
Montparnasse Train Station, Metro and buses.
There is room service now.
Last year there wasn't any but the manager did bring rolls and tea
to one of our clients who had the flu. Nice people!
For further info including
current rates: Contact Hotel Littre, 9 rue Littre, Paris, 75006.
Tel: 011331- 45443868.
Paris is divided into
a numbered system of twenty districts or arrondisements. The
higher the number alloted to the district, the farther that
neighbourhood is from central Paris. Parisians will always
give directions to a restaurant or a hotel by giving the number
of the arrondisement first. i.e. Hotel Littre is in the 6th.
Paris is cut in two
by the Seine which runs east and west across the city. The
area north of the river is called the Right Bank. Here you'll
find a great many of the tree-lined avenues, monuments,
the very chic shops, hotels and restaurants. To the south
is the Left Bank with its university buildings, cinemas,
small shops, cafes and bookstores.
Know Before You Go Reading
Paris - The Virago Woman's Travel Guide
Frommer's Paris by Night
France - Eyewitness Travel Guides.
Their section on Paris is one of the best we've seen!
While In Paris - Read
Pariscope - a French weekly containing 8 full pages of English
listings. A perfectly up-to-the -minute entertainment guide
of "what's on" in the city.
Best Web Site The Paris Pages
(a fabulous site!)
Best Newsletter About Paris - Paris Notes is a
well researched newsletter published in California. Back
issues are $6.00 (US) and available from P.O. Box 3668,
Manhattan Beach, CA 90266. Tel/Fax: 310-545-2735. (P.S.
Their May 1966 issue contains a very helpful listing of
the cheapest hotels in the city)