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Old Mar 28th, 2009, 02:24 PM
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Best Area to Stay in Paris?

My husband and I are going to Paris for 9 nights in June and are wanting to stay in an apartment. I've found many great ones that are for the most part centrally located, but am having a hard time picking which one would be best.

For the most part they are in 1e, 2e, 3e, 5e, 6e, & 7e. Like I said my goal is to be central.

I will list the apts. I like below, but if that's too much to go through I'd really just love your opinion on which location above would be best.

Thanks!

Marais Haven
http://208.86.252.42/index.php/marai.../overview.html, http://picasaweb.google.com/cobblest...illiersMarais#
http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UT...,0.038967&z=15

Louve Palais Royal II
http://www.welcome2france.com/?privateview&apartments=9

De La Chaise
http://www.myparisvisit.com/#/apartments/46/

La Sylphide
http://studio.provaction.com/paris_a..._sylphide.html

Bailleul
http://www.myparisvisit.com/#/apartments/56/

Les Halles
http://www.parisattitude.com/apartme...umProduit=1615

Musee d'Orsay
http://www.parisattitude.com/apartme...umProduit=1989

St. Germain Des Pres
http://www.parisattitude.com/apartme...umProduit=2497

Les Marais
http://www.parisattitude.com/apartme...pictures-fiche

Rue Laplace
http://www.parisianflat.com/rent-a-p...n-quarter.html
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Old Mar 28th, 2009, 03:37 PM
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9 is a big number to ask people to look through. Or me, anyway.

Have you seen the very helpful Paris Apartment Thread here on Fodors?
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Old Mar 28th, 2009, 08:06 PM
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That's why I said "I will list the apts. I like below, but if that's too much to go through I'd really just love your opinion on which location above would be best."

Yes I have seen that forum.
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Old Mar 28th, 2009, 10:24 PM
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Hi twinkle_toes535,
Wow, I looked thru them all and I think they're all wonderful and it's hard to see how you can go wrong with any of them.

I personally like the left bank much more than the right bank and so my favorite areas to stay are the 7th Arr (near Ecole Militare) followed by the 5th Arr (near St. Germain des Pres). I've never stayed in the 1st Arr, I think mainly because I like a little quieter and less busy place to call "home" in Paris. I've also never stayed in the Marais, but I've heard that it's nice and I liked the area when I've walked through it. Just based on locations I took a look on Google Map for the street views around these apartments and based on that, and what I know of these areas I would go with:

1) St. Germain Des Pres - nice area on Rue de Siene close to Rue de Buci, Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Les Deux Magots Cafe
2) Les Marais - off Rue de Temple near Place de la Republique
3) La Sylphide - looks like it's on Rue Rameau
4) Louve Palais Royal II - off Rue Croix de Petit Champs near the Louver and the Palais Royal so it's pretty central
5) Rue Laplace - 5th Arr near the Pantheon
6) Les Halles - off Rue du Pont Neuf
7) Musee d'Orsay - off Rue de Lille
8) Bailleul - Rue Bailleul is a small backstreet behind Rue de Rivoli so it's very central and maybe a little quieter since it's tucked away
9) Marais Haven - off Rude de Gravilliers
10) De La Chaise - I like the 7th Arr, but this is a very small street (almost an alley) should be quiet but doesn't look very appealing

I have to say that I really do like the St. Germain Des Pres apartment more than the others. It looks really nice, and the area cannot be beat. I recommend that you explore the neighborhood around Rue de Siene using Google map, it'll show you what the street looks like.

Have a great time in Paris,
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Old Mar 28th, 2009, 11:26 PM
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Twinkle-

Tell us a bit about you and what you are looking for - that may make it easier for responses. I like the Marais - it is much more colorful - some like St Germaine because it is historical
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Thanks gatorbill for the detailed response. That helps a great deal!

Parisinspring...We are really looking for a central location. I have been to Paris before but my husband hasn't so we'll be going to see a variety of different things. My husband is an artist so other then the normal tourist sites of Paris, my husband will want to spend more time looking at all the art. I personally am looking for something that is in a nice classy area with cute shops/boutiques and restaurants. I think we will have some late nights, but I wouldn't necessarily say that we are into the "nightlife" scene.

Thanks for all your help!
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All of those are central, and there isn't one best area to stay in Paris. There are many good ones, and a lot depends on personal taste. What really makes the difference is your comment that you want a classy area with cute shops/boutiques, so that rules out a lot of your list IMO. You sound like someone who would like staying in St Germain, it has lots of expensive designer shops. Parts of the Marais do also, but I wouldn't even call the area near pl de la Republique and Temple, the Marais, I don't think it is. Landlords like to call it that, so people who have heard about the Marais will think that is it. I'm not surethe third is the kind of area you want--it isn't that residential an area to me, but there are some expensive shops not too far away, such as at Place Vendome and the Palais Royal antique shops. It's near the Bourse and the old National Library.

From what you say, I would suspect you really would most like 1, 7 and 9 (the apts as on gatorbills list, not arrondisements).
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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 08:44 AM
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There isn't really an area of Paris that is "central," because the city wasn't built with tourists in mind. But you say you want cute shops and boutiques, so I should think the 6ème would be best for you, followed by the 7ème and then the 1ère (though the 1ère isn't terribly quiet at night in some parts and is more commercial than residential).
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Hi,

People ask why I prefer the 7th arrondissement on the Left Bank over others, frequently mentioning the Marais as an example. For me, it’s simple. I have spent many years going to Paris and I love the balance of village life in the 7th with easy access to the best that Paris has to offer, from monuments and landmarks to world class shops. I love walking everywhere I can in Paris and I have found that the 7th arrondissement, with its location on the Left Bank, is most central to all. Yes, it’s amazingly beautiful on its own, but it’s also close to everything else I love to visit in Paris. I can never get enough of evenings spent strolling along the Seine river at sunset, walking to nearby museums and landmarks such as the Musee’ d’Orsay, Musee’ Branly, Iinvalides and Rodin Museum. And it’s another beautiful walk to other special neighborhoods and landmarks, restaurants and world class shopping. And I simply haven’t found that unique combination anywhere else in Paris.

Enjoy your planning..

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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 09:10 AM
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As a 'normal' Parisian (rather than an upper class one), I would avoid the 7th arrondissement.
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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 09:23 AM
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Kerouac,

I know so many Parisians who love the 7th, or they would love to be able to find a place in the 7th, if not there now...it is not easy to do!

Joan
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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 09:34 AM
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I like the 6th best because my favourite place in all of Paris is the Luxembourg Gardens and I like to be close by.

The Luxembourg Gardens are a very special place on this earth.

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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 09:41 AM
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Yes, the Luxembourg Gardens are lovely.

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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 10:18 AM
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I tend to agree with Kerouac here about the 7th. I have lived in the 6th, the 3rd and 4th (Marais) and the 7th and found the 7th the least central in many ways. With all the monuments the distances can be long to get to commerce in much of the 7th and the metros aren't as convenient IMO as in either the 6th or 1st, 3rd, or 4th areas around the Marais. Lots of Parisians do love the 7th but mostly for the schools and the calm.

Based on what twinkle toes said:

"central location... My husband is an artist so other then the normal tourist sites of Paris, my husband will want to spend more time looking at all the art. I personally am looking for something that is in a nice classy area with cute shops/boutiques and restaurants."

I would think that the 5th or 6th or the Marais on near the Louvre would fit better. I also agree with Christina that calling pl de la Republique and Temple the Marias is a stretch and I don't think you will find it central enough for what you want. As a VERY general statement, being near the 1 metro line (east west on the right bank) or the 4 metro line running north south, somewhere near the river gives you very good options for getting places.
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jpie,

I have found the bus transportation from "my" part of the 7th..the Bourdonnais/St. Dominique area to be excellent. I do prefer it to the Metro..as I think most do, after giving it a try. I walk across the Seine to the wonderful high end shopping,plus along the Seine, many markets, sights to see and to enjoy.

There are areas for all to enjoy. Paris is so very easy to navigate. Pleasures to be found all over. I venture to them all.

Joan
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Old Mar 29th, 2009, 10:58 AM
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I am a big bus fan if you look around on other threads here. I almost never take the metro unless forced. But given her criteria-my thoughts still stand. I agree there are many great areas in Paris, depends on what is important to you as to where you base.
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jpie,

I agree re buses. I think it takes people awhile before they begin using them. Once they do, that is the way to go.

Yes, areas for all in Paris. We all have our favorites. I prefer to give positive reports. There are aeas that I don't care for, but do not find it productive to give my dislikes...there are always those who like the area. I would rather just give my reasons for liking an area. The newbies can read them all and make decisions for themselves, on what they have read.

I will be there soon..

Joan
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One thing is that the first few times you travel to Paris the metro is the easiest way to get from point A to point B without getting lost. But as you make more trips to Paris you begin to visually learn where everything in the city is and then it's easier to use and tackle the more extensive bus system. One thing is for sure, Paris is a great city and most of us would love to be there regardless of what Arr we're staying at.

twinkle_toes535,
You should read yellowrose477's thread listed below. She is currently in Paris using an apartment off Rue Jacques Callot which is in the St Germain des Pres neighborhood.

http://www.fodors.com/community/euro...m#last-comment

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Refering to yellowrose477's thread there's a nice comment by Guenmai about staying on Rue de Siene referring to the following apartment.

http://www.homeaway.com/vacation-rental/p226061
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Just to clarify-I didn't say I disliked the 7th, I only said that based on twinkle toes criteria of being central, that I felt the other areas would perhaps fit the bill better.
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