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Paris hotels - Trocadero Area

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Hi friends,

We are looking for a hotel in Paris that is modern, a bit of luxury, budget 300-400 Euros, for the second week of July. We like a suite (king bed w sofa/sitting area).

There are literally hundreds of hotels in Paris, it is overwelming. I am narrowing it down to two areas, Rue Cler and Trocadero.

What do you all think of the Trocardero area? Are there nice restaurants there? A neighborhood/local feel?

We dont plan to do anything too touristy, as we have been twice before and this time we will have our little boy (age 4) with us, except for the Eiffel Tower and Luxembourg Gardens. We would like easy access to fine restaurants and open air markets.

Hotels we like are like the Pullman, but read somewhere here that the area is not very centralized and nothing else but the ET.

Thanks for all suggestions.

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    Neighbourhood/local in Trocadero? I don't think so. I think the 16th is one of my least favourite areas in Paris. Most parts are practically dead (and yet still overpriced). Rue Cler might achieve that feeling a little more, but...if you say you don't plan anything too touristy, why hone in on two of the most touristy areas in Paris? The 14th/15th arrondissements would, in my view, provide far more of the local feel that you are seeking, without being such tourist traps. The open air market along the rue de la Convention (15th arr.) takes place twice a week and is one of the biggest in Paris. From there you can go directly by bus to the Luxembourg gardens and are not far from line 6 either (for about a 5-minute metro ride to the Eiffel Tower). You could look around the Commerce/La Motte-Picquet Grenelle area in the 15th for the kinds of hotels you mention (e.g. Accor brand); in the Convention area you are looking more at smaller independent establishments.

    Hope that helps a bit.

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    I like the Trocadero area, it is a very good location for transportation with several metro stops in the area and bus lines. Sure, there are good restaurants and cafes. OF course it has a couple interesting museums and the Passy cemetery is interesting, at least to me (Debussy is interred there, as well as Manet and many other famous people).

    The actual Trocadero point where you view the Eiffel Tower and the museums are is probably not a nieghborhood feel, but on the other hand, I was having breakfast in one of the cafes on that place, and there were varius people in there that seems like locals to me from conversation.

    One area I do really like and which would be more neighborhoody is the Passy area which is quite nearby, if you want to consider that. Basically, I'd consider the center point to be place de Passy (which is not where the Passy metro stop is. Several nice hotels around there. It isn't dead, nor are lots of other parts of the 16th, but some parts are more expensive. Of course, so is the 7th arrondisement, not to mention St Germain and the Marais, other favorite locales people menion on here. I'd much rather stay in the Passy area than rue Cler.

    It is certainly wrong that there is nothing but the Eiffel Tower in the Trocadero area, if that's what you meant -- it isn't there at all, anyway, of course, although that area for viewing it is.

    The Passy area does have a covered market and there is a good pedestrian market street fairly nearby (rue de l'Assomption, just south of rue du Ranelagh). Ave MOzart has lots of nice shops of all kinds, and there are beautiful Art Nouveau buildings in the area (Guimard lived on ave Mozart). There aren't really big business hotels like you name in neighborhoody places, that's the problem. I guess if you stayed in the Pullman in MOntparnasse, you could accomplish that as while it's on a main street, the area east of there is neighborhoody and you'd have the great markets on rue Edgar Quinet.

    The hotels I know in Passy are smaller, more modest hotels.

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