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8th ARR: Pytheas Houseboat B&B

Reviewed by: Lisa D from London, review #1805

When: February 2006

My best Valentine's day in Paris ... 4 star accommodation!

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Paul, my husband and I love spending weekends in Paris and each time we have the opportunity, we try to experience different places. (Even if it is sometimes difficult not to book into our favourite hotel in St Germain.)

We decided to take off 4 days off to celebrate St Valentine's day and Paul wanted to organize everything which was very romantic ! He seemed so excited about it that I guessed it was something very special. After staying in so many charming places in Paris, we have both become very demanding.

After I insisted so much he gave me the following clues: He said we would be in the very heart of Paris, with a view from the window of the Place de la Concorde, the Parliament Building and tone of the most beautiful bridges on the seine, the Pont Alexandre III. I guessed what it might be but I did not say anything as I did not want to disappoint him.

In fact, during one of our previous stays, after a long walk we had actually stopped at the Hotel Crillon for a cup of tea and I mentioned that I would love to stay there at least once !

On our arrival’s day via the Eurostar the taxi drove us to the Place de la Concorde where the Crillon is situated but instead of stopping in front of the Palace we continued on towards the quai where he stopped in the middle of nowhere as there were hardly any buildings let alone hotel.

When walked down the steps to the river with our luggage, I suddenly realized that we were not going to stay in a palace but in a peniche which was situated exactly as Paul mentioned : our accommodation would be in between the Alexandre III bridge, the Parliament building and the Place de la Concorde and at my door the quays that I love so much to wonder along.

We had a lovely stay at Alain and Rita’s home who live there all year. We recommend you to experience it just for one day. Rate is € 150per night including breakfast. Lisa / London

******** [NOTE: A Google search on "Pytheas Houseboat B&B" will bring up a link for it on http://www.private-homes.com]

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