5 nights Paris (family, bastille day)

Nov 5th, 2019, 02:44 AM
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I just checked with www.booking.com for lodging around your dates. I see plenty of options that cost less than €300 a niight, including a Novotel family room near the Gare de Lyon, with a good rating, for less than €200 a night. I don't know how much charm it has, butfor €100 a day, you can buy a lot of other charm, in restaurants, canal tours, or what you like.
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Nov 5th, 2019, 07:04 AM
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I agree that the Novotel near Gare de Lyon is one of the better ones for price/value/location.
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Nov 5th, 2019, 08:11 AM
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I meant to add that I have stayed in that Novotel and it is nice-great connections on metro and RER being right next to the gare.
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Nov 5th, 2019, 09:22 AM
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US$300 is more than three times what we typically spend for a nice hotel in Paris or anywhere in France. Fine with me if people want to splurge out on great accommodations, but we're happy to get our special moments in bites of wonderful food, flashes of gorgeous ancient stone architecture, the moon over the Vézère, a dew-dropped cornfield, a fresh market in full swing....I guess it must be nice to hunker down to sleep in a US$300-a-night hotel, but I do just fine without any of those trappings. It's not as though dollars equal minutes of good sleep.

Anyway, for those of you who can afford luxurious hotels, that's great. For those of us who cannot, there are plenty of options.

We're going to Bordeaux tomorrow, staying in the Ibis opposite the train station. The price has gone up since we were last there - it's 68 euros a night now. Perfectly comfortable, very well located (we can hop on a tram to get anywhere in the city). Charm? No. We don't need charm - we have plenty of that right at home. And we can find charm around every corner in Bordeaux (same as you can in Paris).

If you narrow down your hotel spending, you can spend at least twice as much time in France - chew on that.
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Nov 8th, 2019, 05:51 PM
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Hi again !
we have found an appartment on airbnb that seems nice for our family trip to Paris this july. is passage Ramey (in the 18th 3 minutes walk from Marcadet-Poissonier metro, 5 from Jules Jofrin) is a good location to visit Paris ? We know we will have to take the Metro. The price is good (135 euros) and the reviews are very good.

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Nov 9th, 2019, 07:54 AM
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It is probably a bit further north than I would prefer to be and that neighborhood can be quite hilly so bear that in mind for walking. But it is close to Montmartre and Sacré Cœur so that is an advantage and you are close to pretty good metro lines. That area of town also borders on a neighbrohood called Goutte d'Or which traditionally has been a North African and African neighborhood with a fairly well known market called marché Barbès.

To be honest-it would be the hills that would stop me from that location. I would prefer to stay down south away from the river closer to Denfert or Montparnasse because the area is more walkable, close to the Luxembourg gardens which is nice with kids and has equally good if not better metro connections. kerouac can probably give you better information on that location as I believe he lives north of the river if I am not mistaken. I only know the area from visiting and restaurants when I was living in the 3rd neighborhood.
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Nov 9th, 2019, 09:58 AM
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The location is all right, but I would personally prefer something a bit closer to one of the metro stations. I have not checked the local bus lines, but they might be a perfectly suitable substitute if the metro seems too far. In any case, it is a charming residential area with loads of cafés and restaurants, as well as food stores and other things of interest.
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Nov 9th, 2019, 11:47 AM
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Yes I totally agree with distance to the metro stop being more ideal-because even though walking may not be an issue for you-when you come back for playing tourist all day or later at night it is so nice to be a close walk to your place especially if kids are tired.

I see on booking.com a small apartment with one bed and one pull out couch (similar to what you would get at an Adaggio for example) for $730 for 5 so only about $11 more per night, and as opposed to airbnb it has free cancellation and you know the exact address before booking which I prefer. It is 64 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière, 75010 and is practically next door to a metro. So I would encourage you to look at apartments on booking.com before you finalize-the few dollars would be worth it IMO.
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Nov 11th, 2019, 06:37 AM
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Originally Posted by kerouac View Post
The location is all right, but I would personally prefer something a bit closer to one of the metro stations. t.
/ minutes walk from one sation and 5 from another one. Hard to found more near than that no ?
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Nov 11th, 2019, 07:28 AM
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Oh, it's fine. I am just a nitpicker because I live 20 seconds from my own metro station.
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When we were in Paris in September, we commented that we’d like to stay in Montmartre next time. I vote yes as long as it’s near the metro (5 minutes away seems good to me). The neighborhood is lovely, with lots of shops and restaurants. You can get your exercise walking the steps up to Sacre Couer - we saw many people doing that).
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