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Help me choose between these two hotels in Paris

May 30th, 2008, 08:01 PM
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We are also looking for a reasonable hotel room in Paris. I have read about the Grand Hotel Jeanne de Arc located in the Marais and in fact toured it last year. The rooms were simple but fine and the location is terrific. I am considering the Familia or this hotel.
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May 30th, 2008, 08:33 PM
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Kristina - rue de la Cerisaie is near my favorite part of town to stay for a visit. Do you know on which side of Blvd Henri IV the apartment is located? You are close to the Bastille metro with lignes 1,5, and 8. There is also a small supermarket (Franprix, I think) right on the same street. Do you have a link for the apartment?
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May 31st, 2008, 07:33 AM
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Thanks for the reply. I don't know the exact address, but this link has a photo of the street outside:
Perhaps you can tell? Does it matter which side of Blvd Henri IV?

I haven't booked anything yet.
My mother is concerned the apartment is "dark" because it's on a courtyard, not street-side. I'm concerned because when I asked about the bed the owner said it is a "hard foam mattress; very firm. It is not a futon, but also not a traditional innerspring mattress."

Looks like our week in Paris is going to be split with 3 nights in Bordeaux in the middle (no way around this, we have an event to go to). So, 3 nights Paris, 3 Bordeaux, and 2 back in Paris. I'm just not sure how and where I want us to stay. I love staying in apartments, but is it worth it for only 3 nights? Staying in a hotel is somewhat "easier". With this apartment, we'd have to pay in full in advance and if we have to cancel for any reason with less than 3 week's notice, we'd forfeit in full. At least with a hotel, if you don't like your room, there's usually a chance to change it. For stays of a week or more, I'm all for apartments, but 3 nights, now I'm not so sure.

BTW, I appreciate all the comments about staying in the 1st. Now I'm thinking I want to split our stay no matter what right bank/left bank. Perhaps 4th and 5th?
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May 31st, 2008, 08:42 AM
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Kristina - no, it does not make a huge difference which side of Blvd Henri IV, I was just curious. Your mother's concern about light may be due to her unfamiliarity with Paris architecture. Courtyard construction makes for more light while reducing street noise. The location is actually preferable to being on the street. Did you note that there is no elevator and it is on the 2d floor (resume that is European convention, meaning two flights of stairs)? Not necessarily a showstopper. but good to know.
The mattress sounds like a Tempurpedic type - would not worry about it. The point that it is not a futon is probably to differentiate from the many places that do use futons, which many see as inferior to traditional beds.
October is far enough away that you should have some choice, and rates may be lower than peak summer season so it may be very possible to find something suitable within or even a but below your target budget. Have a look at http://tinyurl.com/5hwugx as an example. I recently found a place on that site and have been impressed with the range of mid priced options they list.
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