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First time to Paris, Which Arr to stay in, 9th?

First time to Paris, Which Arr to stay in, 9th?

Old Nov 30th, 2000, 06:41 PM
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First time to Paris, Which Arr to stay in, 9th?

I would like knwo if you people, who are first time visiting Paris, would stay at which Arr? Thanks for the help.
Old Nov 30th, 2000, 10:01 PM
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Karen: You need to state the criteria that you normally use to choose your location. Then folks here will be able to respond to your query re which arrondissement you might most enjoy staying in.
Old Dec 1st, 2000, 04:28 AM
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the single-digit arrondissments
(1-9) are the most-often recommended, with 4,5,6 & 7 being the most popular on this forum. I personally also enjoy staying in the 1st.
Old Dec 1st, 2000, 06:20 AM
Bob Brown
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Last summer we stayed in a hotel on Boulevard Raspail near Boulevard Montparnasse. Technically, we were in the 14th. But the line was only a few feet from the hotel door.
The hotel was fine, air cooled even, and transportation was close by. There were two metro stations and numerous bus lines just a short walk away from the door. We could take in the events and features of the 6th, and 5th Arrs, and one bus took us right to attractions near Hotel Invalides -- like the
Rodin Museum.
My own reaction is that you need to select a hotel that is comfortable and near transportation. Nothing in central Paris is far away time wise because of the excellent bus and metro system.
We found that edge of the 14th to be fairly quiet, but the action along Boulevard Montparnasse was about 250 yards away.
Paris is full of small hotels, so recommendations on the forum tend to be all over the place. I think there are more hotels than opinions! If such is possible.
Old Dec 1st, 2000, 01:17 PM
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Hi Karen,

My hubby and I (mid 30's) have been to Paris many, many times. We love the 5th and the 6th. The fifth is livelier, it's the heart of the Latin Quarter. There are many small affordable hotels in this area. Many of the major sites - Louvre, Notre Dame, Luxumbourg Gardens, Cluny Museum, etc -- are within easy walking distance. YOu're close to the river, and have easy access to the metro, etc. You'll find the 5th is a less expensive than the 6th. Two favorites - Hotel St. Andres des Arts and Hotel Degres de Notre Dame (this is a very romantic, small and QUIET hotel, soem rooms have views of Notre Dame, also has 24 hour bar/rest - but quiet as its a family place).

This area is also close to less explored sites like the Botanical Gardens, and the beautiful Mosque, which has a lovely tea room.

There are also many affordable restaurants in this area, and a daily market along Rue de Buci. We always feel very safe here, and the nightlife is fun!
Old Dec 1st, 2000, 03:16 PM
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My wife and I have just returned from one week in the 9th
I think it is is perfect It is not only the 9th but the 2nd amd the 1ST and the 8th all rolled up in one
You have a choice of any hotel category there and you have the Opera one side and the Madelleine on the other plus a million good restaurants and brasseries all within walking distance
I used to be a left banker but now I am sold forever on this extraordinary area


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