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HELP! First time to Paris, accommodation recommendation please!

HELP! First time to Paris, accommodation recommendation please!

Nov 9th, 2006, 03:07 PM
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I think that beatchick stayed there and liked it. Maybe you can find her trip reports?
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Nov 9th, 2006, 04:39 PM
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Found this:

Author: richardab ([email protected])
Date: 09/07/2004, 08:47 pm
I just got quoted a rate of 95 euro for a twin bedded room at the Hotel Jeanne d'Arc in Paris which sounds like a great deal. I have tried to book here in the past but never got a room. So will I like it?

As a comparison here are the other hotels I stayed in in Paris... The Britannique (loved), The Relais du Louvre (cheap and comfortable but shabby and small), The Castex (not bad but very rustic and cheap) and the Le Grand Intercontinental (what a dump!).

It would be nice to save some money so we can spend it on food and shopping! By staying at the Jeanne d'Arc we can save about $420 or $210 each! Is it worth it?

Here are my options...

Hotel Jeanne d'Arc 95 euro
Axial Beaubourg 155 euro
Relais du Louvre 145 euro
Caron de Beaumarchais 152 euro
Libertel Grand Turenne 109 euro (cheap for a chain hotel!)
Hôtel de la Bretonnerie 145 euro

As you can see I am looking to stay in the Marais/Louvre area.



Author: elle
Date: 09/07/2004, 10:39 pm

We have friends who stay there every time they go to Paris. Their last trip coincided with ours, so we got to see their room and what the inside of the hotel was like.

I thought it was one of the nicer two stars I had seen. I haven't stayed at any of the other hotels you mention, but I suspect it's a step up from the old Castex, which recently renovated and upgraded to three stars, I believe.

I love the location of the Grand Hotel Jeanne d'Arc. I think it's much better than that of the Castex. And while I'm intrigued by the Caron de Beaumarchais and will probably stay there someday, it's location actually seems a little too central--it is really just a few steps off busy rue de Rivoli.

The Jeanne d'Arc, on the other hand, is on a smaller street, just around the corner from the atmospheric Place de Marche St. Catherine.

Our friends' room was much larger than ours was (at a comparably priced Marais hotel), cheerful, clean, with a good-sized armoire and a decent sized bathroom. I'm not sure if there's a lift; we used the stairs. The breakfast room is on the ground floor, not in the basement as it is in so many places, so it had some good natural light.

I'd stay there, especially at that price. More money to spend on food, wine, and all the other lovely things that Paris has to offer.


Author: elle
Date: 09/07/2004, 10:40 pm

ahem--that's supposed to be "its" location, not "it's". Too much muscadet, I think.


Author: Beatchick ([email protected])
Date: 09/08/2004, 01:14 am

I LOVED the Jeanne d'Arc; you are talking about the one on rue Jarente, correct?

Here's some notes I've compiled on it:
Grande Hotel Jeanne d'Arc - 3 r. Jarente, 5 minutes walk to the Place de Vosges

Loved my room, though it was QUITE small but charming with beamed ceiling, French windows, blue/green oriental carpet, coral bedspread/wallpaper, little desk, quaint light fixtures, & 6th floor ROOFTOP view!

At night I'd meander home along the northern street of Notre Dame, cross the bridge to the Île St-Louis, then halfway down the rue St-Louis-en-l'Ile to cross the Pont Marie to eventually reach my little hotel in the Marais. I'd pass many couples & young groups of people along the way. The wonderful thing about this area is that I'd feel completely safe & comfortable as a single woman walking through it late at night. What immense freedom.

Another great thing is that it is 5 minutes from the Metro station St. Paul on the #1 line, so it's very convenient to everything. From that station, I'd easily find my way back to the hotel by walking along rue St-Antoine to the huge St. Louis-St. Paul church, just past it on the left would be rue Caron which would take me right through the middle of Place St-Catherine (a beautiful little square with restaurants lining it and tons of people hanging out - prime location for people watching) then around the corner to the Grand Hotel Jeanne d'Arc. The Place St-Catherine, incidentally, was one of the locations used for the film The Bourne Identity. You see it flash very briefly on the screen but I recognized it. The safe house for the organization in the movie is above one of the restaurants on the square on the east side.

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Nov 9th, 2006, 04:45 PM
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There are tons of reviews for the Jeanne d'Arc on tripadvisor, and lots of "candid traveler photos" (which I love).

Here is a link:


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Nov 9th, 2006, 06:51 PM
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For a useful discussion of budget hotels in Paris, try
It's on a site with posters who love to answer questions like yours. Check it out.
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Nov 10th, 2006, 09:27 AM
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Hotel Jeanne d'Arc does not have non-smoking rooms.........has anybody found this to be a problem?
chmo27, did you decide on a hotel yet?
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Nov 10th, 2006, 10:21 AM
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Bettina, you must be doing something wrong, for sure. I usually just find them by typing the name and the word tripadvisor into Google, actually. You have to know how to search on Google pretty well to do that, though (ie, how to specify exact phrases, etc.).

On tripadvisor, you put the name of the hotel into the search box to get it, how else are you doing it? YOu can't use that reservation thing and put in dates, that isn't relevant. One easy way is just go to the Paris hotels page (eg, when you go to tripadvisor, at the bottom of the page is a list of most popular cities which you can click on). This is the URL for that

Then, you just put a word or two into the search box at the upper left corner, the box labeled "Search". For Lux Picpus, all you have to do is type in "lux" and it is the only one in the "results" list for Paris. Then you click on its name. For the other, just put in "jeanne" and that works (it's the only result for Paris, at the top of the results).

YOu do have to be careful to spell things correctly, and don't add unnecessary words. For example, the correct name is "Grand Hotel Jeanne d'Arc" but in some of the old posts above, people spelled it as Grande, which is wrong. People also spell it as "jean" sometimes, which is also wrong. However, you only need that one word to find it, anyway.
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Nov 10th, 2006, 08:09 PM
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Thank you for your help!
I finally figured out what I was doing wrong! I was able to find reviews for both hotels on Tripadvisor.
Thank you!
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Nov 10th, 2006, 09:03 PM
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Try the Hotel Marignan, a five to 10 minute walk to Notre Dame. We have stayed there -- nothing fancy, but the hosts are friendly, laundry machines are free, and the price fits your guidelines. Search on www.hotelmarignan.com Best wishes in your hotel search.
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Nov 10th, 2006, 11:32 PM
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stumbled into this place on our 1st trip to Paris. Windows actually opened out to the E-tower. Amazing for the price. Hotel Modern'est
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Nov 11th, 2006, 09:17 AM
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It does not seem good value to rent a car, then have to pay to park it for 4 days, not using it!

I would rethink that. Also you can take trains by simply buying a point-to-point ticket at the station. You don't need to use rail passes. They are often not the best value if you are only traveling a couple times.

I would stay in the 4th or the 5th for what you describe.
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Nov 12th, 2006, 08:57 AM
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Eurocheapo.com lists hotels that are all under 150 euros (most under 100). I have a car in Paris that I keep parked at a preferred "residential rate" now, but before it was a nightmare to find a spot to leave it. If you do end up coming with the car, just try and park it anywhere around residential districts where there's more parking places, lke the 13th, 14th, 15th. I'm at Place d'Italie (border of 5th and 13th), walking distance to the Latin Quarter, and fairly easy to park around here (and garages are cheaper than in central Paris). The Port Royal hotel is great, so is the Residence des Gobelins (I write the hotels reviews for Fodor's, so you'll find them here on this site).
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Nov 13th, 2006, 12:13 AM
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I leave in Paris.I think the best place for you to visit is 4ème arrondissement because you can visit best monuments and Galleries walking.no use car.
Ile Saint Louis is between le Marais and
Saint Germain,Notre Dame
You have several parkings near Pont Marie and Hotel de Ville.They are safe because small.
You will use métro if necessary.
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Nov 13th, 2006, 12:30 AM
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We stayed in the Marais area as we had read that it was an up and coming area.
After walking around Paris we would definately not stay there again but chose the Latin district. You are close to everything there and I'm sure there are reasonable hotels.
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As a follow-up, this parking garage is only €55/week: http://www.saemes.fr/parking/Parking...-coubertin.php
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