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Book smaller room with balcony or standard room without?

Old Jul 9th, 2014, 12:39 PM
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Book smaller room with balcony or standard room without?

I no longer plan very far ahead. I'll be in Paris on Sunday and haven't booked a hotel.

Four nights, traveling solo. I'm in a spacious apartment in Rome right now. I can't decide between a single room with balcony at Hotel du Pantheon (has a new name now) or the standard double "with courtyard view or view or Rue Clotaire."

Earlier on this trip I had a single room in Bologna for three nights and was very comfortable. I don't mind a snug room if it's organized well.

I've never stayed by the Pantheon so thought I might give that area a try, although I generally prefer the Right Bank. In an ideal world I'd find a room near Square du Temple but I think I probably should book soon.

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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 12:45 PM
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Here's a link to reviews for this hotel on Tripadvisor. Scroll to the bottom to see 22 "room tips", which may help: (I love a balcony and will give up extra room for one, but that's just me.)

http://www.tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Rev...e.html#REVIEWS
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 01:53 PM
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I, too, love a balcony....especially in Paris. I'd choose a smaller room with balcony. Have fun!!!
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Me too as long as it is big enough to sit outside and not one of those decorative ones!
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I'd personally care more about hotel location than room size or balcony or not.

Leely2, I think it's very cool you are in Rome right now and I hope you are having a ball!!!
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 03:19 PM
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You'll like the location. Need any dining tips?
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 04:15 PM
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take the balcony!
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 05:23 PM
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Agree to make sure it's a usable balcony - not one that you can just stand on. Also check the exact size of the room - some singles are literally only 2 feet wider than the bed.
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 08:46 PM
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I always book rooms with a courtyard view so I can sleep soundly. No street side views(with or without a balcony) for me.
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Old Jul 9th, 2014, 09:28 PM
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Thanks, everyone. I booked the room with the terrace. They say there is a table and chair on it. Though I also read that the Pantheon is under renovation...? Oh well, I'll find out.

ruedebuci, I like courtyard rooms for the peace and quiet too, but I've been running A/C this whole trip and I now use a white noise app at night, so I've been okay. Generally I'm a light sleeper.

flygirl, I would love restaurant tips.
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Old Jul 10th, 2014, 08:58 AM
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Leely

Here are two off the top of my head. Excellent food and atmosphere and IIRC the three course meal was something like 30E (which could be a different price now as it's been a few years).

Restaurant Perraudin - I've been here at least three times. Short walk.

http://www.restaurant-perraudin.com/

Le Petit Prince de Paris. Ditto above. Short walk.

http://www.lepetitprincedeparis.fr/

Wait, here is a third. I've only been there once (with Judy and her family) and it's quite good. Would go back in a heartbeat. Maybe a 10 minute walk, give or take.

Les Papilles.

http://www.lespapillesparis.fr/
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Just got home last night. The room with the terrace was gorgeous and once I figure out how to get pics from my phone uploaded elsewhere, I'll post a link to photos of the room and terrace.

I did indeed enjoy staying by the Pantheon. Very beautiful, in the thick of things yet quiet, and an easy trip to CDG on RER B yesterday.

Thanks for the votes!
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