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1st trip to Paris...Where should we stay?

1st trip to Paris...Where should we stay?

Jan 24th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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1st trip to Paris...Where should we stay?

My husband and I are going to be traveling to Paris in late Feb. I have absolutely no idea what area we should stay in! We are looking for a budget-to-tourist-class hotel, something that would be easy to get around to all the sights from. We are staying Tues. through Sunday.
Any suggestions?
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Jan 24th, 2006, 08:14 AM
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What sort of budget do you have in mind? Look at the recommendations here for hotels in the Latin Quarter. Hotel Monge seems to be a very popular one.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 08:30 AM
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As I said, I was thinking about a budget to tourist class hotel. Something between $100-$120 per night is acceptable. Not sure what kind of hotel you can get for that price, but we mostly just want a comfortable room in a decent area. We like to walk, and take public transportation, so somewhere near a metro station would be good.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 08:41 AM
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Hi H,

$100-120 is at the low end. If you can change that to Euros, you will have many more choices.

Have you looked up Paris under "Destinations"?

Also see Paris Superthread

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Jan 24th, 2006, 08:43 AM
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Glad you added your price range, budget to tourist class can mean different things to different people - and in different cities.

I've stayed twice at Grand Hotel des Balcons in the 6th and it is in your price range. It is near Luxembourg Gardens, the Luxembourg RER, Odeon Metro and I found it very convenient. If you do a search here for Balcons, you will find comments about it.

It is at 3 rue Casimir Delavigne and they have a website:

I also topped a posting for you about Paris hotels that are $100 - $135. Maybe it will help you.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 08:54 AM
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"..Paris hotels that are $100 - $135.."

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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:04 AM
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I think that for a first timer, the central area is ideal for getting to know the town! 1st through the 8th arrondizements. (Spelling police beware!) You cannot really go to wrong...
In every "area" there are lots of restaurants, bistrot, cafes, and metro ways are always close by throughout the city.
Have fun.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:06 AM
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Thanks, Travelnut for the topper! Have started looking at some of the hotels on the posting. Have to say I am completely overwhelmed by the prospect of choosing a nice hotel in a decent neighborhood. Changing that price to Euros would not be a problem...

I also like the idea I saw on one of the postings about renting an apartment, but not sure if that's possible for A) the price range, and B) The fact that we would be renting it for less than a week.

Thanks, also to WillTravel, Hotel Monge looks like it has strong possibilities. I also found one called Hotel France Albion, Tripadvisor had some good reviews for it. Anyone heard of that one?
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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:19 AM
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We've stayed at both the Hotel du Champ de Mars and the Grand Hotel Leveque, both in the 7th, both around $85 Euro per night. If you can get in (they may be booked), they're both great budget hotels in one of the best locations in Paris -- 10 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower, and close to bus lines and Rue Cler.

Happy travels,

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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:24 AM
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The Hotel de France on the blvd de la Tour Maubourg in the 7th charges about 80 euro for a double. Been staying there for years - great neighborhood, great staff, great hotel.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:35 AM
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Hi H,

>Changing that price to Euros would not be a problem...<

We always stay at the Hotel Bonaparte, 61 Rue Bonaparte in the 6th. About 124E dbl w/bkfst

Tel 33 1 43 26 97 37
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Jan 24th, 2006, 09:58 AM
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My wife and I have visited Paris on 3 occasions and have stayed at the Hotel Pas des Calais. It is in the 6th and right off the blvd St. Germaine near the Metro stop and many restuarants and shops. Check it out. I think it will be a good choice for a first time visitor. It is right near two famous restaurants (Cafe FLore & Deux Magotts) Have a nice time.
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Jan 24th, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Here are a few of my favorite hotels.

Hotel Britannique - This is a gret little hotel and I would say that it is located in the dead center of the city. It near the Seine, Les Halles and Chatelet Metro Station which is at the crossroads of Paris. Its an easy walk to the Marais and Notre Dam. The price may be a bit higher than your budget but it is worth it.


Hotel Relais de Louvre - This hotel is right near the Seine and on the side of the giant Louvre museum. Its a simple little place and you may find a room in your budget range. The staff is friendly and there is a great pastry shop right on the corner where you can have a snack or breakfast. The metro and Les Halles area is also nearby.


Castex Hotel - This hotel is in the edge of the Bastill and Marais districts. There is plenty to see and do around here and lots of cafes and bistros. Its actually a simple little place but the prices are right.


Hotel de la Bretonnerie - This hotel is in the lively center of the Marias on a busy street near the Jewish quarter and Les Halles. It is very quaint.


Hotel Louis II - This is a cute little place in St Germain . I never stayed here but walked by it a million times. Its in a great area right in St Germain with cute shops and lots of bistros nearby. Check their websight they have some affordable specials. 111 euro for a double room with shower. (some rooms have only a bath).


One thing I recommend is sending an email to the hotel and ask for their "best promotional rate". Sometime it will land you a lower price.

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Jan 25th, 2006, 06:46 AM
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Thanks for all the helpful tips. We found a nice hotel called the Hotel Andrea Rivoli, thanks to the link from Travelnut. Seems very nice and in a central location. Now all I have to do is plan the rest of the trip! With only 5 days, are there absolute "must see's" other than the obvious? (Louvre, Eiffel Tower, etc.)
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Jan 25th, 2006, 12:52 PM
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Don't miss Ste. Chappelle, which is just a few blocks from Notre Dame, and going to the top of the Arc de Triomphe at night.

Also, We enjoyed wandering the neighborhood aroun The Pompidou -- the back alleys of the Marais are fun, funky and good shopping.


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Jan 25th, 2006, 01:32 PM
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You can't get anymore central than where your hotel is located. It's not the most scenic area, but it is full of character. You can walk to the Marais, Notre Dam, Ile St Louis, Louvre and Les Halles.

I will say that this area is a restaurant wasteland, full of tourist traps and chain restaurants. A short walk or Metro ride will take you far away from that!

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