First Time In Paris

Old Jan 28th, 1998, 02:57 PM
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Wendy
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First Time In Paris

I am a female travling to Paris for the first time
in mid February. Has anyone heard anything about
the Grand Hotel Leveque in the 7th e or the Hotel
Marignan in the 5th e? I will be travling alone and
safety is a main issue. Thank You for help.
 
Old Jan 28th, 1998, 06:17 PM
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JOAN DOYLE
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Dear Wendy: Fear not. Though I don't know either of the hotels you mentioned both are in good areas and you should have no problem. I was a single woman traveling alone on MY first trip to Paris. My charter flight arrived more than 12 hours late--which meant 3 AM by the time I reached my VERY modest hotel near Sacre Coeur (a slum compared to either the 5th or the 7th arrondissements). But I never had a problem. Everyone was very kind--and I feel sure you will find the same response. If you can speak a few words of French, they will LOVE you for trying. Bon voyage! Joan
 
Old Jan 29th, 1998, 05:44 AM
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Stayed at the Leveque this summer. It is in a great location, and the area seems very safe. We walked back most nights for several blocks, though there is a metro stop about five minutes away. Late it is a very quiet street. There will be one or two small cafes open until around midnight (people eat very late there). I slept very well because of the quiet neighborhood, and it is very picturesque. I think the metro stops around 1:00 am. You may want to keep that in mind. You can walk there of course. It takes about 15 to 20 minutes from the Champs Elysees by crossing the Alma Bridge. This will take you through some fairly deserted areas so you may want to take the metro when you can. It is a pleasant walk though. The hotel is about a ten minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. There are a lot of great little shops nearby to get food. Just around the corner toward the Ecole Militaire metro stop there is a good place to get bread or other goodies for breakfast. A small post office is on that corner. Just up the street on the same side as the hotel is a nice wine shop. They will give you a box for the plane if you ask. Prices are good. Enjoy.
 
Old Jan 29th, 1998, 10:32 AM
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Wendy: You've gotten some good advice, here, so I just wanted to add an item or so. My wife and I returned from Paris a couple of weeks ago and the weather has been quite mild (mid-50's F). The Metro is safe, but just be careful to not present a target for any pickpockets. Keep your items closed and close to you. Don't forget: Don't drink the tapwater! If you are cost-conscious, don't purchase anything out of the hotel mini-bar. It costs several times more than your local grocery. Buy your bottled water there. Have a good time!
 
Old Jan 29th, 1998, 11:40 AM
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Christina
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Unless there is some unusual public health problem
going on in Paris right now that I have not heard
or read about, the previous post about the tap
water in Paris is not true. Paris is NOT a third
world country and Parisian tap water is perfectly
safe (it's a lot better than where I live in the US)
--they have an extensive system of engineering
and tasting professionals (I think this profession
is called gouteur/gouteusse d'eau)who check and control
the quality of the water. Many people may prefer
to buy bottled water for drinking, and it's very
reasonably priced there (at the supermarket, not at
cafes or restaurants), but nothing will happen
to you if you drink the tap water. I always drink
the tap water when I'm there and always order a
"carafe d'eau du robinet" rather than buying expensive
mineral water at cafes when it's merely meant as
as an accompaniment with a meal. If I'm at a cafe
for a beverage alone, I'll order mineral water.
As far as your hotel, I think you have enough good
advice there, but in case you're not aware of it, the
Grand Hotel Leveque is quite rock-bottom, minimal
accomodations so don't expect a lot (many of
Rick Steves' recommendations are like this), but
the neighborhood is fine and it's perfectly safe.
 
Old Jan 29th, 1998, 11:50 AM
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Christina
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Unless there is some unusual public health problem
going on in Paris right now that I have not heard
or read about, the previous post about the tap
water in Paris is not true. Paris is NOT a third
world country and Parisian tap water is perfectly
safe (it's a lot better than where I live in the US)
--they have an extensive system of engineering
and tasting professionals (I think this profession
is called gouteur/gouteusse d'eau)who check and control
the quality of the water. Many people may prefer
to buy bottled water for drinking, and it's very
reasonably priced there (at the supermarket, not at
cafes or restaurants), but nothing will happen
to you if you drink the tap water. I always drink
the tap water when I'm there and always order a
"carafe d'eau du robinet" rather than buying expensive
mineral water at cafes when it's merely meant as
as an accompaniment with a meal. If I'm at a cafe
for a beverage alone, I'll order mineral water.
As far as your hotel, I think you have enough good
advice there, but in case you're not aware of it, the
Grand Hotel Leveque is quite rock-bottom, minimal
accomodations so don't expect a lot (many of
Rick Steves' recommendations are like this), but
the neighborhood is fine and it's perfectly safe.
 
Old Jan 30th, 1998, 05:20 AM
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dan
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In response to an above posting. Rick Steves does tend to go with no-frills accomodations. However, the Grand Hotel Leveque was actually nicer than expected. It is a very clean place that seems to have gotten a lot of recent work. Our room, which was about $60 a night for two, had a full bathroom with shower and even had a television set. I can't say for sure what the single rooms are like. You will get a price break if you stay on the courtyard side of the hotel. It is slightly more expensive if you stay on the street, but you may prefer that for the view of the daily markets and other goings on down below.
 

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