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Can anyone recommend a district in Paris to stay ?

Can anyone recommend a district in Paris to stay ?

Dec 13th, 2009, 07:49 PM
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I tend to gravitate towards the right bank.

With that said, I have spent many eves in the area you mentioned and have not been disappointed! So much fun and very classic Paris. However, I cannot comment on the actual hotel... only the area. It was lively, fun, and soooooo Paris. you could do alot worse. If I remember correctly, this is a fave area for most travelers! One could spend many nights here and never see/experience everything.

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Dec 13th, 2009, 11:41 PM
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That address is on a very busy street, a main intersection, in fact. There are many others on that side of the river that are located on quieter streets. Try around St. Sulpice, for example.

While most here seem to prefer the 5th and 6th, my sense is that it is largely a matter of long term habits dying hard. Because of this long-standing (largely American) habit, there are large swaths of the neighborhoods there that have been forever changed to accommodate the throngs of tourists.

There are a great many other neighborhoods where this is not true at all, and many are very central and filled with classic old architecture, great cafes, etc.

I suppose it all depends on what kind of visitor you are. The tourists tend to prefer the places chock full of tourists. The travelers tends to prefer anywhere but. (We Parisians tend to prefer the latter kind of visitor..
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Dec 14th, 2009, 12:15 AM
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ruecharlot can you give a more specific recommendation - i mean which district ?
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Dec 14th, 2009, 03:49 AM
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Tony 8028:
We have been in Paris last september(you can take a look at my report if interested),and we have very much liked the 5º.
(Our previous four visits we stayed at the right bank).
Our hotel was in rue Monge,near a supermarket and also very close to rue Mouffetard.
You can go aniwhere in minutes via the Metro.
Have a nice trip!!!!!
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Dec 15th, 2009, 08:29 AM
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Tony, don't fall for the "tourist/traveler" slam. You will be a tourist no matter where you stay in Paris and there is nothing wrong with that. There are reasons visitors stay in the central neighborhoods, such as limited time and easy access to sights, restaurants and shops. True, Blvd St Michel is a busy street but there are plenty of hotels on quieter streets. Do a search for Paris hotels and you'll get many suggestions.

From an essay by Gabriel Garcia Marquez:
"I don’t know where the shame of being a tourist comes from. I’ve heard many friends in full touristic swing say that they don’t want to mix with tourists, not realizing that even though they don’t mix with them, they are just as much tourists as the others. When I visit a place and haven’t enough time to get it know it more than superficially, I unashamedly assume my role as tourist."
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Dec 15th, 2009, 09:58 AM
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^ What she said. ;-)
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Dec 15th, 2009, 02:14 PM
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Luisah, i dont mind being in the tourist area...i was even thinking of staying close to the tower just to get that overwhelming feeling of being in Paris...but from my short previous visit, that area doesnt seem as vibrant as some of the other neighborhoods around...I think either the 5th or 6th would be perfect for me.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 03:50 PM
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You mentioned in your post about the Cluny Square that it looks like it is on a "lively corner" and that must appeal to you as you are considering staying there. For others "lively" means too loud, too many people. I love lively areas because I like having (nearly) 24/7 activity near my accommodations. I don't like being in a dead quiet residential area but many other visitors love it.

I suggest you read tripadvisor and venere reviews of all potential candidates for your stay to see if they are lively but with the possibility of a quiet room not facing the street.

Here is another hotel to consider although I don't know your budget. http://www.hotel-collegedefrance.com/

On tripadvisor it is rated #101 of 1800+ hotels and 96% of reviewers give it a "Thumbs Up" approval rating. The funny thing is that if you read the most recent tripadvisor review from a few days ago "Quiet" is in the title. However, someone in April '08 complained about the noise. Everyone has their own definitions and preferences.


BTW,Cluny Square is rated #929 of 1800+ hotels with a 77% "Thumbs Up" from former guests. I'd keep looking.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 04:09 PM
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I love google map, streetview. Here is the restaurant across the street from Hotel du Collage.

Uneven reviews on tripadvisor.
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Dec 15th, 2009, 05:47 PM
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On that trip advisor site, i find it very hard to find the button to check rates....you'd think this would be the first thing they'd want to show you! I have found this the whole way through planning this trip.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 02:49 AM
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Rates are becoming more and more variable, and generally they don't want you to discover how low they can get. If I know that a hotel is $150 at certain times of the year but only $60 at other times, it very much affects my travel planning.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 05:35 AM
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I agree. I have a 70-something friend who likes to stay in the 5th because it's "lively."

I've seen good comments of the hotel on Rue Monge and the du Collete is a good location too.

Here's the web site of a hotel I've stayed in and that I liked. Good location, decent rates. Another is Hotel Maitre Albert, but the rates are higher.

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Dec 16th, 2009, 05:45 AM
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Supposed to read du College.
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Dec 16th, 2009, 05:52 AM
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Gabriel Garcia Marquez does a lot of things unashamedly, including 50 years of extolling the virtues of Fidel Castro, despite Cuba's abominable record on human rights.

There is a difference between tourists and travelers, which in no way suggests there is something shameful in being a tourist. No one should be made to feel ashamed of preferring to head to areas of Paris less frequented by tourists. Right, Luisah?
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Dec 16th, 2009, 06:00 AM
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Right. People should stay wherever they want without being labeled "traveler" or "tourist."
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