We landed in Paris at 8am and had arranged for BT-Transfer to drive us to our hotel. The driver was waiting for us as we exited with our luggage. It was close to an hour drive to the hotel. The car was clean and comfortable and the driver was excellent on the very busy Paris streets. The cost was 55 Euros.
We have visited Paris a few times before and decided to stay out of the tourist areas and chose a hotel in the 15th arr which is where Port de Javel is located. The 15th arr is mainly residential and quiet compared to some of the other arr in Paris. We stayed at the Hotel Home Modern in a comfort double room. When I checked their website there was a special price for 3 night's stay, all taxes and breakfast for 2 for 250 Euros. The room wasn't large (they have larger rooms) but extremely comfortable, clean and bright. The hotel has been recently renovated and everything looked brand new. The rooms have a safe, TV, AC (which worked like a dream and was very quiet), mini fridge, wifi, 24 hours reception, small closet, a big window that opens in the bedroom and a frosted window in the bathroom that opens. The buffet breakfast was excellent, I thought the croissants, pain du chocolate and fresh fruit salad was better than on AMA and there was a nice variety of things to choose from. Lots of restaurants, bakeries, shops and a park are just down the street. The bus stops outside the hotel and 2 metro stations were a 8-10 minute walk.
When our documents arrived, AMA had info about the docking location. They noted that taxi drivers may have difficulty in finding it and include directions in French to show your taxi driver. They also have a free shuttle from the Intercontinental Marceau Hotel at 3 pm. There is no luggage storage there so you have to arrive 15 minutes before the shuttle leaves. The hotel assured us that we would have no problem with a taxi finding the port and when we checked out at noon, it was a 6-8 minute drive (13 euros ) to the port.
Other boats beside the AMALyra were docked there, lots of people were walking around, there was an outdoor bar that was packed. On the free time that we had in Paris at the end of the cruise, we walked in the opposite direction from where the taxi dropped us off and a 10 minute walk (mostly with sidewalks) took us to the Javel metro and a bridge that crossed over the Seine so that you could choose the left or right bank. Lots of tourists, restaurants and shops and a 30 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.
More in the next day or two..