9th arrondisement

Aug 15th, 2013, 10:17 AM
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9th arrondisement

Hi! (I hope this is an appropriate place to post something like this, I am new to these forums.) I am traveling to Paris with a friend in October and we have reservations at a small hotel on the Rue Notre-Dame de Lorette in the 9th near the Saint-Georges metro stop. Neither of us has ever been to Paris before but judging by the TripAdvisor reviews, it seemed like a good option in our price range. Obviously, as first time visitors, we would have preferred something a little more centrally located but aren't willing to spend $400 a night so this seemed very doable. We enjoy walking and are used to using the metro everyday here in the U.S. so we don't need to be staying right underneath the Eiffel Tower or anything. Anyway, some friends "warned" us that it's not a good place to stay (the area, not the specific hotel.) I don't know how much stock to put into this opinion because they are big spenders who stay at 5 star hotels as a rule. However never having been to the city before, I just wanted some extra reassurance that this is a SAFE area. We could care less about having fluffy bathrobes or a view of the Seine so I just wanted to see if someone could vouch for the area.

Thank you in advance!
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:25 AM
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Your friends are misguided or misinformed or both. Pretty much all of Paris is safe, and certainly the 9ème is. I guess your friends never venture to the big department stores or the Opéra Garnier?

You'll be fine.

And BTW, it's absolutely not necessary to spend $400 a night anywhere in Paris, even in the arrondissements that most people consider pretty posh and upscale.

Have a great trip.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:27 AM
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Nothing wrong with staying in the 9th, particularly since you are close to a Metro stop. It is only a few moments from the center.

How about a link to the hotel?
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:45 AM
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Thank you both for your replies! My thought was that people who consider a place like the George V "standard" are going to think anything outside of that immediate area is a mysterious unknown, but like I said, I've never been there so I didn't want to assume anything.

This is the hotel: http://www.albion-paris-hotel.com/ I figure that if it's gross or in a sketchy area, somebody would have told TripAdvisor...

Thanks again
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:48 AM
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The 9th arrondissement is the arrondissement in Paris with the greatest number of hotels (followed by the 10th arrondissement). This might help you to decide if it is considered to be an appropriate place for tourists.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:53 AM
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I like the 9th, worked there many years ago on Rue Clichy. It's much nicer now than it was then as many places are. I find it a very good location, central for the right bank and easy to get anywhere, of course. One of the reasons I particularly like it is the fact that the ambiance is very local, few tourists. To my way of thinking that's a good thing, in many ways.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:54 AM
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There is a part of the 9th, near the border with the 10th, that is pretty darn seedy but where you are is just fine.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:56 AM
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"...few tourists."

I should have said fewer tourists.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 10:59 AM
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Errr.. it might be me walking all around...but I considered it Right Bank Central area for what I wanted. Always safe. One moring I went the the Magdelene, I ate the the Cafe de La Paix (isn't that outside the Intercontinental), saw the Opera then I walked down some streets where the designers ataliers are...

I'd stay there someday.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 11:08 AM
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Wow, this is all so, so helpful! I tend to always believe the worst thing that I hear about a place but I feel like I can relax now and just look forward to the trip and finally getting to showcase my mediocre high school French skills...
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Aug 15th, 2013, 11:11 AM
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You're likely to have a much more interesting and insightful trip to Paris than most people who stay at the George V do.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 01:04 PM
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I've stayed there several times, in fact, I just got back from a stay at a hotel near that location (the Langlois). The St Georges metro stop isn't near the dept stores or other things people are talking about, like the Madeleine or Opera. That hotel is right near rue des Martyrs which is a market street, there are lots of good restaurants around there, like on rue Pigalle or Bruyere or Blanche. ONe of my favorite Indian restos is at place Toudouze.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 01:25 PM
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We just stayed in the 9th (a departure from our usual 18th) a couple months ago. You already know from the responses that you don't need to worry, but I just wanted to add how much we liked the location.

Enjoy your first trip to Paris!
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Aug 15th, 2013, 02:06 PM
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That's a great neighborhood and probably safer than some of the tourist areas. The Rue des Martyrs is a great food street - check this out:

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/27/tr...tyrs.html?_r=0

Have a great time!
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Aug 15th, 2013, 04:39 PM
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The newcomer's helper in Paris is this guide to the mass transit system: http://www.ratp.fr/en/ It opens up nearly every door in the central city.
Some practice is required to get all its rich information so run some practice trips around your hotel on your home computer. Even if you don't carry portable Internet access with you, your hotel may have free machines in the lobby so you can sketch out each day's travels.
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Aug 15th, 2013, 06:25 PM
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Freebird48, Your hotel looks very nice! I love the video on their website!!

WOW, rialtogrl, I just read the article you posted and that's where I want to be for my first time in Paris! That neighborhood sound terrific! I am definitely going to check out hotels in the 9th. We will be there in May, 2014.
Also, Southam, thanks for the guide to mass transit. I have already downloaded it.
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Aug 16th, 2013, 09:28 AM
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I thought that video was going to turn into a porno movie LOL... but it looks like a good budget hotel, actually (and the NYT mentions it), I note they have AC for a 2*, which is good. I'm sure the rooms are small, but it looks fine. I actually like that location just a bit better than my hotel as it is closer to some restaurants and stuff I like.
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Aug 16th, 2013, 03:23 PM
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Searching for info completely unrelated to this thread (was searching Rouen, not even Paris) I happened upon this thread on slowtalk that points out some of the best places to eat and drink on Rue des Martyrs. I know the woman who posted; she is a foodie, and I trust her completely.

http://slowtalk.com/groupee/forums/a...1#445004786001

TAW, consider an apartment in that neighborhood, not just hotels.

Four weeks until I am back to the 9th - can't wait. I am dreaming about eclairs.
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Aug 16th, 2013, 03:25 PM
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Searching for info completely unrelated to this thread (was searching Rouen, not even Paris) I happened upon this thread on slowtalk that points out some of the best places to eat and drink on Rue des Martyrs. I know the woman who posted; she is a foodie, and I trust her completely.

http://slowtalk.com/groupee/forums/a...1#445004786001

TAW, consider an apartment in that neighborhood, not just hotels.

Four weeks until I am back to the 9th - can't wait. I am dreaming about eclairs.
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Aug 16th, 2013, 03:26 PM
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sorry for the double posting; this board is acting a bit wacky.
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