1st time in Paris - apartment advice

Dec 30th, 2014, 03:41 AM
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Thanks again - I did reach out to Thierry and not surprisingly the forum was correct - in may there is a week minimum.
Looks like the hotel is the way to go in Paris and we'll compensate somewhere else!
Also thanks for the tip on the open - I had that same realization this week which is why I'm in super planning mode now!
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Dec 30th, 2014, 12:23 PM
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Hotel Caron du Beaumarchais is a romantic little hotel in a very convenient location in the Marais - easy to walk to many attractions, and great for transport options, too. Plenty of stuff to do nearby. About a 15 minute stroll across the river to the Latin Quarter, so might be a good choice for you.
www.carondebeaumarchais.com/english
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Dec 30th, 2014, 01:16 PM
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I think Rick Steves likes the rue Cler area because it is a neighborhood with a street market, English-friendly as it is the home of American and British expats, and not the dead center of a tourism area (although it sort of got that way due to his books), plus a bit cheaper than some areas like St Germain. At least it used to be, I think still is but not as much. Given he only recommends a couple places to his readers, I think that choice has its merits given his audience. I think he also recommends some place in the Marais, also (in fact, the Caron du Beachmarchais may be one of his faves there). Personally, I think hotels in the Marais are a bit overpriced (I think the Caron de Beaumarchais has very small rooms, although "cute"). I don't like the location on that busy corner myself.

It is true most of the hotels I know now are a bit higher than that at peak rates (end of May) if they are near the center. I myself stay elsewhere with cheaper hotels (like the 9th or 14th arr) but some folks might not like where I stay. This one has rooms about that price and is a good location on the island
http://www.saintlouisenlisle.com/

The St Jacques is very cute and the superior rooms are also a bit over 200 euro (you can get stds in both these below that) http://www.paris-hotel-stjacques.com/en/

YOu can get a superior at the Dauphine St Germain, that would be a good choice http://www.dauphine-st-germain.com/uk/index.php

The Danube is more like 250 euro http://www.hoteldanube.fr/en/

for example, this is one hotel I often stay at, I love it. YOu can see it's charming and its superior rooms are less than 200 euro in May, but it's not in the center of things, although quite convenient and I like being in a different neighborhood (its near Trinite church) http://www.hotel-langlois.com/

Some of those I mentioned above in St Germain or the island or Latin Qtr probably will suit you better.
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Dec 30th, 2014, 05:57 PM
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Skatterfly the thing is there are quet streets in every arrondissement. I dislike street noise too, live in a quiet suburb myself and find " city noises" super annoying too!

I do agree with you that for a honeymoon it is nice to splurge a bit though.

Plenty of good hotels suggested here OP, and I too would look into making some refundable reservation as a " just in case " , and then continue to look if you want knowing you at least have a " bird in hand" .
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Dec 30th, 2014, 11:00 PM
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I have stayed in the 5th, 6th & 7th. I found the 7th near the Rue Cler & Eiffel Tower too boring at night. I just found myself traveling to other areas at night. Not for clubs but just to have a lively area where I could sit outside and people watch. And to get to a lot of sights you have to make 1 or 2 train changes.

More lively and central, imo, is the 5th & 6th. You can walk to a lot of the sights and usually get places on the train w/o making a change but not always.

You might also look at the Bastille area. It's a young and lively area with lots to do at night. And near the Marais.
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Dec 30th, 2014, 11:06 PM
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Hotel Saint Germain & Hotel Dauphine - good locations!
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Dec 30th, 2014, 11:17 PM
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JRF... fyi, you've linked to Hotel Saint Germain des Pres and then to the reviews for Hotel Dauphine? Both are well located, right smack in the very heart of the 6th. Very close to the Musee D'Orsay, the Louvre, Notre Dame, Musee Cluny, and several metro stations, great restaurants and cafes. Lots of vibrant night life. The Buci market. And very close to the part of the Seine that includes Notre Dame and the Louvre, which are both illuminated at night and make for a striking and romantic walk at night. It would be quite a trek at night to walk from this neighborhood to the Eiffel Tower, but you could always grab a cab.

Of the two you linked to, I'd probably give a slight nod to the Hotel Dauphine if it is available in your price range just because I like the decor a bit more. It's also just a smidge closer to the Seine, too. Then again, it's also potentially in a slightly more congested street because it's right off the Buci Market (Hotel Saint Germain des Pres is a few streets away). I'd read all the reviews of both (if you're considering both) and just check what people say about the rooms themselves. But both are nice choices.

Part of me says that with just 4 nights, I'd probably pick the 6th if I were in your shoes.

Then again... the 2 hotels in the 7th you've listed are both a quick stroll at night to a twinkling Eiffel tower, and a couple of the Christian Constant restaurants are in that neighborhood... if that's your thing. I'm absolutely useless on restaurant recommendations since I no longer (with kids) get to do anything like that when we're in Paris.

The Hotel Duquesne is a bit closer to the Eiffel Tower (and it has views!!!). The Hotel La Tour Maubourg is closer to a metro station, and technically closer also to the Seine/Pont Alexander. But if I had to pick from those two,.. it would be the Hotel Duquesne. The wallpaper alone in the Hotel La Tour Maubourg (combined with what looks like a very tiny room) would make me crazy.

If you're undecided, you can always reserve both locations and make up your mind as your plans firm up. Just be careful to confirm via email that you're requesting the refundable rate before reserving online.

And if all rooms are available in the same daily price, you'll probably just have to pick based on your travel styles This is an oversimplification, but think of it this way: Are you a kind of "quiet in the evenings, in your room after dinner at a restaurant you've already researched and reserved ahead of time kind of person?" Sounds like the 7th would work for you. Are you the kind of person who enjoys vibrant (i.e. crowded and busy) neighborhoods with all manner of restaurants and cafes and night life right outside of your hotel? If yes, then you'd probably like the 6th. While it's true that each neighborhoods can have noisier or quieter quiet streets, the neighborhoods are just different in their overall energy level.
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Dec 31st, 2014, 01:50 AM
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And to get to a lot of sights you have to make 1 or 2 train changes

This statement brings up--use the buses!! They are a lot more fun to see out the windows and sometimes more direct, particularly from the 7th which is well served by a number of lines.
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Jan 1st, 2015, 08:12 AM
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I've stayed at the Duquesne at least 8 times. Rooms on the 5th floor have walk out balconies with Eiffel Tower views. Love this hotel.
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Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:13 AM
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I still find the 7th in the vicinity to the Eiffel Tower too "unlively" for my taste. And I'm middleaged now and not looking for clubbing action But, when I'm in Paris I stay out until at least midnight and like to sit in cafes.
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Jan 2nd, 2015, 11:36 AM
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It isn't swinging but there are a lot of good restaurants and cafes. It's a pleasant part of Paris such that if you round a corner all of a sudden you may have a glimpse/view of the Eiffel Tower.
Each to his own? ;o)
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