Help with reservation at L'Ambroise
I am attempting to make a reservation at L'Ambroise for the end of Sept.
Have googled every mention of name, but can't find their site, or even a site that gves a fax or e-mail address.
Could contact the Intercontinental Paris to do it for us, but thought someone here might know.
Thanks in advance.
Reservation for dinner is usually one to three months in advances, but I madee most of my meals there on last minute calls, thanks to last minute cancellations. In addition, there seems to be alternative circuits, and hotel concierges are likely to be part of it. Also, I have heard that some regular are considered friends of the House and can more easily get a table -- just a rumour.
Many people forget about the concierge services.
We have had very good luck, when asking them to make the reservations for us.
On the other hand, at many hotels the concierege will direct you to restaurants where they receive kickbacks.
At our favourite hotel in Bangkok, I have literally wanted to follow the guest, and say "don't go there", after hearing the suggestions.
So, unless you are familiar with the hotel, I do suggest researching your restaurant choices, and not requesting options.
You tip the concierge at the end of the trip.
Tip depends upon how much you use his/their services.... and the length of your stay.
In Paris we give about 50E, ( one week stay), but we use the services for many things, including restaurants, directions, cabs on a rainy day when the doorman can't summon one, etc.
For a short stay 20E would be sufficient.
Souphie, I don't call the restaurants myself for the same reason as parisbully.
My French is fragmented, and there is a snobbery within France, and especially Paris if even the accent is incorrect.
I find it far better to speak English, than attempting to speak French.
Thanks, that's helpful. I find speaking a second language on the phone particularly tricky because you don't have the body language to fall back on. And when it's a reservation, you really want to be sure you've communicated the right time, date, etc. I'll definitely take greater use of the concierge in the future.