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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 22nd, 2006, 12:05 AM
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It seems that there is just nothing available! In addition to the ones I already tried, I also tried Hôtel Henri IV Rive Gauche, Hôtel de l'Odeon, Hôtel de Lutèce,Grand Hotel des Balcons, Hotel Saint Thomas d'Aquin, Hotel Familia, Hotel Minerve, Axial Beaubourg Hotel (Hotel Duo),Hotel Lenox Saint Germain, Jardin de L'Odeon, nothing is available. The only one that's available is Observatoire Luxembourg (EUR $155/night through Priceline-Europe).

As a backup, I have used Priceline to get 2 nights at Rive Gauche Saint Jacques Hotel (Former Sofitel now Marriott) for US$115/night. I can use that to average down my cost and will raise my budget to EUR 200 for the remainder of the stay.

Still desperately looking...


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Sep 22nd, 2006, 12:48 AM
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Try Hotel transcontinental, Avenue de Maine, Montparnasse. I was there three weeks ago. Good luck!!
Bus stop and Metro very handy.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 03:45 AM
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jhw0101, I checked on venere.com. Your dates are available at Edouard Vl for 149 Euros a night! I can really recommend this hotel!And it is very safe and easy to book on venere.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 04:26 AM
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In a situation like this,I really think the booking engines like Venere are your best bet.You could spend all day sending e-mails to single hotels to see if they have availability,but why not go to a site that tells you what is available and go from there?
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 04:58 AM
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I agree with massagediva. It will save you a lot of time and frustration. And you will be able to stop panicking and start planning - especially if it is your visit to Paris! Good luck!
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 05:00 AM
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You can always divide your stay between two Paris hotels if that works better for booking. Click on my name and read about our split stay in Paris this past summer. We liked Hotel Bonaparte and Hotel Saint Louis Marais. Hotel Le Grand Leveque (rue Cler area) was a pleasant budget hotel for our trip several years ago.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 06:39 AM
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I used this company last month to find boutique hotel at a decent price.
www.francejourneys.com
 
Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:02 AM
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Have you found a hotel yet?
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:22 AM
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My word I saw where you were up at 4:00 a.m. posting a reply here. Well I am a budget traveller- so all I need is a clean, quiet room with a comfortable bed - although I do prefer to stay at a 3-4 star hotel if the price is right. With this in mind I suggest the Hotel Lux Picpus located in the 12th arrondissement very near the Place du Nation. It is not in a touristy neighborhood,but nor is it inconvenient. The picpus metro station is less than a block away. I also looked into a favorite hotel, Hotel Castex in the Marais (4th), but it is booked. It has been said many times that you don't travel to see the hotel room, but to see the culture or the place. It is also true that by choosing an American type hotel in which to stay your run the risk of experiencing the true culture of the place you came to visit.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:32 AM
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I meant to say that by staying in an American style hotel you run the risk of not experiencing the culture that you came to visit.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 08:13 AM
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Have you tried Priceline for a 3* hotel? Many good hotels in Paris have that classification; the 4*s are the big, expensive places.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 09:45 AM
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People don't experience much culture in a hotel room, regardless, but just because a hotel belongs to some American-based marketing group or francise (eg, Best Western) doesn't mean it is american-styles, when it has nothing to do with the hotel at all and they are completely French-owned and run. Same for HOliday Inns, etc., although some HIs are more standard boring-type mdoern hotels in France, but those are often the cheaper ones on the edges of a city or in the highway, and there are certainly plenty of French chain hotels that are pretty culturally deprived, also.

However, if the reference was to Rive Gauche St Jacques because it is now Marriott instead of Sofitel, I agree that isn't a great choice for location or ambience. But that's not because of Marriott owning it now, but just because it's a large business convention hotel and that's a different ambience than smaller hotels, regardless of whether French or American.

The OP needs a hotel room in a couple weeks during a period of few vacancies and peak prices. The Observatoire Luxumbourg isn't such a bad choice of those available, it's right across from Lux. Gardens on bd St Michel, although not quite as convenient a location as many other hotels. It's a bit south of the Luxembourg RER stop. But, I could certainly live with that location and would prefer it to a lot of other choices, and it's better than the Sofitel in location, I think.

I do agree that emailing hotel after hotel and waiting to hear is going to take a lot of time.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 10:35 AM
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OP--did you have any luck with lastminute-com?
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 11:37 AM
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Let us know what happens?
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 12:08 PM
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Hi

Good hotel list here :
http://www.the-languedoc-page.com/to...n-paris-75.htm

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Sep 22nd, 2006, 12:18 PM
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Hi jh,

Someone else recommended this hotel. It's a bit far out, but very near a metro stop.

www.france-hotel-guide.com/h75012lux.htm

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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:16 PM
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Hi everyone,

I must have called/emailed over 20 hotels and searched all the websites mentioned here. I guess I was naive in thinking that October should not be that busy of a month to find a hotel. Well, I was wrong.

After tons of searching, I have three choices: Hotel Edouard Vl , Observatoire Luxumbourg and HOTEL DU COLLEGE DE FRANCE, which one should I go for?

You guys are simply the greatest bunch! I will post a summary of my experience so that it will help others running into a situation like this in the future. Thanks everyone!!!!!!!
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:30 PM
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I don't know the other two hotels, but I have stayed at the Hotel du College de France and it was great. The location is perfect on a quiet street in the Latin Quarter. It's only a two-star, but it is clean, comfortable, and convenient to everything. It gets great reviews on tripadvisor.com if you want to check it out. I definitely recommend it.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:40 PM
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The Hotel du College de France in the 5th seems to be the closest to the area that you say you prefer. All 3 have good TA reviews. Edouard VI at the edge of the 6th might be the furthest by a bit but a Fodor poster noted personal experience with it that was very positive and should be seriously considered. At this point it might be best to just pick one before they are gone.
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Sep 22nd, 2006, 07:41 PM
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friends of mine just returned from staying at the College de France and they recommend it as a clean, no frills hotel with a fantastic location.
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