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Trip Report Paris report: 10 marvelous nights

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I want to begin by thanking everyone on this board! I'm an avid Fodor's reader and have collected so much wonderful information here it's a joy to give back by sharing our experiences.

My husband and I spent 10 nights in Paris and couldn't have had a better time. The weather was sunny and in the mid-high 70s for the first 8 days and the last 3 were partly cloudy with an occasional shower in the high 60s. Couldn't have been better. This was my second time in Paris and his first.

The flight was Delta operated by Air France out of JFK and was fine. We used Bee Shuttle to get to the hotel and to return to the airport. Pickup at the airport came off without a hitch but they were 40 minutes late to get us on the day we were to leave. Luckily, I had allowed for that kind of thing in the requested pickup time so we made our flight without a problem. We paid 40E for 2 people plus luggage one way and 32E for the return trip.

We stayed at Hotel Jeanne d Arc, 3 rue de Jarente, 75004 in Le Marais
(Tél : 33.(0)148876211.)which turned out to be the deal of the century.

When we booked it last fall the price was 84E for a double. They've since gone up to 89E. They were doing work on the outside of the building as well as re-doing the breakfast room. To compensate for this, they offered us a choice of a free breakfast delivered to our room or we could have the cost of the breakfast deducted from our room rate.

We always go out for our own breakfast, seeking the best bakeries in the area, so of course we took the discount which was 6E per person. So we ended up paying 72E a night for a great room!

The room was decent size, very clean, with a big bathroom with a tub and shower. The bed was comfortable and there was internet wifi available in the lobby for a small fee. The location was fantastic, the staff friendly and helpful but it was a noisy street. We needed to close the windows at night which made the room a bit stuffy (no air conditioning)but it was well worth it to have such a great room in such a fabulous location for that price! Even at 89E, when the work is done it will be lovely and a very good deal. I definitely recommend it, but not in the summer.

Coming up: where we ate and what we did.

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