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I am panicking - Leave for Paris next Wed still no hotels booked

I am panicking - Leave for Paris next Wed still no hotels booked

Sep 21st, 2006, 09:28 AM
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Sep 21st, 2006, 09:40 AM
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Hi folks, really appreciate all the help.

So far, I have tried Hotel Bonaparte, only available on 10/1-10/2, no luck with Residence des Arts, still waiting responses from Hotel Familia and Hotel Minerve. Got US$183/night from Expedia for Lenox Montparnasse Hotel for the entire period, still want to try a bit more before I decide on Lenox, which is in the 14th but very close to 6th.

I am still trying
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Sep 21st, 2006, 09:51 AM
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We recently discovered the Hotel Duo (Formerly Axial Beaubourg) in the Marais, shops, bakeries, everywhere. It was 170 Euros...well worth it...comlete renovation...elegant and minmalistic. Elevator.

Stu T.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 10:32 AM
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We stayed at Hotel Muguet in the 7th near Rue Cler and thought it was good. Also try www.vacationsinparis.com for an apartment. They often have last minute prices that are very good.
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Another strong vote for ** St. Thomas D'Aquin on the border of the 6th and 7th. Two blocks from the Seine, two blocks to Blvd St. Germaine, recently and well renovated, and quiet. We had a double, street-side, for E130. www.hotel-st-thomas-daquin.com/
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Sep 21st, 2006, 10:53 AM
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The Lenox Montparnasse is not the Hotel Lenox I was talking about. Try this website for the one I refered to

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Sep 21st, 2006, 11:42 AM
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I have another idea for you, depending on what you desire out of a hotel room...

charm, character, small, prime location: this is one choice and not a bad one.

How about this: apparthotel with a bedroom area, a lounge with cable tv, and a fully equipped kitchen with hob, microwave, refrig , granite counters etc..

If you want to have a real apartment feel, but in good locations, try the "Citadines" group in Paris.

We recently stayed at their hotel in Place D'Italie to try out a different neighborhood, and it was just perfect! The hotel and area I mean. One can buy beverages, prepared meals (traiteur) and visit local markets about 10 metres away to stock up... and also then eat in local restaurants mixing as one wants without breaking the bank... ie you have some meals at home and some out, tres practique! Et gourmand aussi!

I would check out their site, and also check on tripadvisor.com to get other people's reviews of the different offerings, but you can get into the one-bedroom apartments (normally for 4 people) with less than your budget, have breakfasts and some dinners at home with the kitchen supplied, and then splurge for some really nice meals for the nights/lunches you choose outside.
Here's the main link for Europe, click on Paris for a number of choices...

a vous de decider mais c'est pas mal:


best, Rouss

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Sep 21st, 2006, 12:10 PM
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by the way, I also second Doug Stallings rec on the IBIS chain. Rooms can be small, but they are normally clean, have a good tv choice, and are AIR CONDITIONED!! which is important for any choice in July-Aug-Sept when the temps can be in the high eighties... If we don't go private swap, we go Citadines or Ibis...and are guaranteed to have a comfortable choice. Ibis can seem a little small sometimes, but it has all you need too, but without kitchen.

a +, Rouss
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Sep 21st, 2006, 12:11 PM
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It's difficult to find a reasonable room in a lot of major cities at the last minute in the Fall, because it's just a busy time for cities with business, opening of the performing arts seasons, etc. It's probably the busiest period in Paris. You'd have trouble getting a hotel in New York, also.

So Priceline won't do much good because things are so booked up, in terms of trying to get a deep discount in the name your own price section, but perhaps you weren't aware that if you won a 4* hotel in the Latin Qtr on Priceline, you would be farther out than I think you are saying you don't want right now (eg, the Lenox Montparnasse). I think the only two 4* hotels on there for that area are the Meridiem MOntparnasse and the Sofitel Forum Rive Gauche, because they combine the Latin Qtr with Montparnasse. They do have a 2* in the real Latin Qtr on there, or at least used to, and it was a Libertel. That's a nice French hotel chain. You would never get a 4* hotel on Priceline at peak hotel season for 150 euro.

Priceline seems to have some hotels in your price range in the section where they show you the price and you can tell which hotel it is, even for your dates. In that section, they don't combine the Latin Qtr/St Germain with Montparnasse, and they have more choices. Have you looked at that? You say you want independent hotels but Priceline doesn't usually have independent hotels and you started with them, so I guess you aren't set on that. There is nothing wrong with a hotel in some kind of consortium or chain, many of them are in Paris, and it doesn't mean they are bad hotels. I think most hotels are in some kind of group, you can't rule out the ones that are. My favorite Paris hotel is in the Esprit de France hotel group which has some nice choices.

YOu might call Best Western as they have quite a few Paris hotels and several are in good areas and a couple in or right off St Germain (like the Aramis). At least with one phone call they might be able to give you vacancies. They have a cheaper one in Montparnasse (farther out than the Lenox, though), the BW Bretagne. But you should be able to get something in 4-7 area as you want, if you persist. There are a lot of hotels, after all. You just maybe have to revise your budget.
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You might consider Grand Hotel Mahler in the 4th on a side street near the St. Paul Metro stop. It was redone a few years ago and has a variety of room shapes and sizes. Unlike most web sites, the rooms are nicer and brighter than they appear in the photos. I found the staff helpful, the rooms clean but not especially large, and the location convenient. Good luck.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 12:51 PM
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I agree with the Hotel Muget in the 7th. We paid 100.00 Euro last year and it was lovely and well run (family) with a terrific location.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 03:34 PM
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Recently we stayed at Hotel Henri IV Rive Gauche in the 5th on the border of the 6th. It is across from St. Severin Church, only a block from the Seine, just across from Notre Dame. It has excellent reviews on Trip Advisor.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 03:41 PM
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Sent a girlfriend to Hotel Monge this past summer from recommendations here on Fodor's. Latin Quarter. She liked it.
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Sep 21st, 2006, 04:54 PM
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Hotel le Clement 6,rue Clement 75006
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This is in the 6th district, one block south of Blvd. St.Germain. You'll love the area. Request a room facing the street which is quite quiet since it's on a square. I've stayed in this particular neighborhood almost annually since around 1981. Happy Travels!
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I've also heard good things about the hotel Muguet -- we've stayed at the hotel de champ du mars, and the grand hotel leveque in Rue Cler (7e) and enjoyed both immensely.

I'd look at Kayak.com -- I plugged your dates in and it looks like there are a number of hotels available in the city at your rates. I wouldn't worry too much about the neighborhood if you're close in -- arrondisements 1-7 are all fine and it's a matter of finding a good hotel within the city center I would think at this point.

Happy travels.

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We always enjoy the Hotel Saint Jacques located at 35 Rue des Ecoles. Check out there website at http://www.hotel-saintjacques.com/index.htm. It will fit within your budget and very pleasant and close to transportation and many sites. Good luck. Barb
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Sep 21st, 2006, 06:12 PM
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I had seen one or two very positive reviews here in the past for the Delavigne, it's in the 6th. They might have rooms available because the hotel doesn't usually appear in guidebooks.
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Sep 21st, 2006, 06:42 PM
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We were very happy with Hotel Claude Bernard in the Latin Quarter, 43 Rue des Ecoles. They have a great breakfast.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 06:47 PM
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It has been a really long time since I stayed at the Hotel Ambassador, but I really loved it. I looked in my photo album and it is at 16 Boulevard Haussmann. It was very near the Opera and I think the Gallerie or Galleria.

I did a quick check of Trip Advisor and it got reasonably good reviews, and there are pictures.

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Sep 21st, 2006, 11:49 PM
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Hotel Edouard Vl is a very nice hotel. We stayed there twice over the past year and I will not hesitate to go back. It is close to Gare Montparnasse, opposite a bus stop and more or less on a metro stop! Round the corner is Rue de Rennes. Lots of restaurants and bistros nearby. And the rooms are big! Front desk staff speak fluent English and are very helpful. Can you tell I like this hotel?
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