Family trip to Paris - which area?

Jan 15th, 2015, 08:06 PM
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Sadly, that's likely to be the response you'll get from most of the rentals. That is high season. Have you checked all the listings on VRBO, HomeAway, Holiday Lettings, etc? At least with all those sites, you can sort the listings by price and they will often state a daily rate when they allow shorter stays. The only way to know is to ask. If I were in your shoes I'd start inquiring at anything within my price range in the neighborhoods I'm Interested in, Then choose from the ones that will accept a 5 night stay.

Another option is to find a place for 7 nights within your 5 night budget, and leave early. Or better yet, add a night or two to Paris... but I don't know the details of the rest of your trip.

Did you ever say what your budget is?
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:23 PM
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I've only been looking at apartments that allow 5 night rentals, but it seems that despite what the listings state, the owners as still hold out for week renters. I would like to stay under 500 euros, but will go up to 675 for a nice 3 bedroom. I think our a/c requirement really limits our choices.
Unfortunately we can't extend our stay. We have to be in Italy for 6 nights before heading to Paris.
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:27 PM
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I think you are really going to have a problem finding something this late, that large, with air conditioning. I set the filters for big places with at least six beds on Airbnb, and none of the nicer ones like this: had air conditioning. Most Parisian flats do not, or they have those dinky little things on the wall in some of the bedrooms.

Best of luck!
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:36 PM
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500 euros for five nights.. for three bedrooms.. and with AC.. that's pretty cheap.. about 100 euros a night.

Good luck.
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Jan 15th, 2015, 08:39 PM
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I meant 500-675 euros per night.
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Jan 16th, 2015, 05:17 AM
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years ago i used to take my son with me to Paris when I had a job in the summer months, so there's been a time when we did "Paris as a beach destination" every year. Starting when he was eight, ending when he was 14. We used to stay in the 5th on Rue des Ecoles, which is within walking distance of the Seine, Notre Dame and Ile St Louis and of course Paris Plages. He's still nostalgic for boules, which you can play there, and the evening concerts and the swimming pool. He's into swimming a lot, and in the 5th you have of course lovely Piscine Pontoise. He even took a workshop in Polynesian dance and still can do a fine Haka.

Our days were: mornings: go to the beach, hang out, play some boules, have lunch in the Marais, walk back to hotel, lounge around for a bit, go to Luxembourg in the afternoon, an ice cream, some football (soccer) and general hanging out, back to hotel, shower, go for dinner.

The highlight always was to wander around at night , "late" and go into a bar or tabac to have a coke at the bar.

We didn't do sights so much, because he wasn't interested. But we did wander all over Paris by bus and just took our time.

Looking back we agree that the location was excellent: Rue des Ecoles is actually quite central and good for restaurants, a market on Mutualite, Rue Monge etc. And close to the beach of course.

When we were in Paris last year over summer, we did go for a game of boules. He became all wistful...
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Jan 16th, 2015, 05:52 AM
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Because of your kids' ages, I will put in a vote for the 15th, not far from the Parc André-Citroën. Unlike the Luxembourg Gardens, in the P.A.C. kids there can run around, kick a ball, the family can picnic on the grass and even ride a (tethered) hot air balloon (I've done it myself a few times, lots of fun).

I didn't like staying in the 7th in any place too close to the Champ de Mars only because of those annoying groups of drummers, who also often had semi-aggressive shepherd mix dogs that aren't well trained. A drum circle that plays well for a limited time once in a while is ok, groups of them badly and endlessly banging on their drums are really annoying. I hope they still aren't around all day.
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Jan 16th, 2015, 07:00 AM
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In the 15th you'll still be close enough to the Eiffel tower to include it in your morning or evening stroll, if you stay close to Grenelle.
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