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Ideas for Area to Stay in Paris for Special Occasion

Ideas for Area to Stay in Paris for Special Occasion

Oct 20th, 2010, 06:19 AM
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I've stayed at the Deux Iles on Ile St Louis. It is owned by same people as the Lutece. There are 4 (?) hotels on the island.

Ile St Louis is a prime location. Easy walk to sights, good restaurants on island nad nearby. Good main street with cheese, chocolate, wine,etc...shops. Buys during day, but calms down at night.

No Metro on Island but you can cross to either Left bank, Right Bank or Ile de la Cite to catch one of the lines. the RER to the airport is also walking distance.

Most places on Island are old mansions.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 06:21 AM
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Apart from "buys" during the day, it is also busy

To me, a requirement of visits to Paris is to hang out on a bridge over the Seine and watch the world go by. On the Island, you are 1/2 block from the Seine in either direction.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 07:56 AM
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We stayed at Caron de Beaumarchais in 1999, as I recollect. Tastefully decorated, though the rooms were european cramped. Our room looked inward to an enclosed, darkish courtyard. The staff were friendly, sheparding us around a museum and monument workers strike. We never returned for a second stay.

It's a few block north of the Seine [and Notre Dame], within easy walking distance of Picasso Museum, Place des Vosges (a highlight of the Marais), rue des Rosiers, rue de Rivoli (on which sits the Louvre, a longish walk).

I've visited Paris at least a dozen times and still like L'Isle Saint-Louis best as a home base.
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Oct 20th, 2010, 01:51 PM
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Good Morning,

Paris is a great city if you are aware of the negatives side of every major city in the world. Even for a native Frenchman like me this year I have had negative experiences as well positives one. Try not to go in the Tourist traps a nice area is the 2eme Arrondissement near Rue Montorgeuil one of the oldest Food merchant street in Paris pretty centre to everything and if can walk, walk in Paris at your own pace and enjoy the atmosphere of the City. Plenty of Parasian are multilingual make an effort to say of few words in French it will help break the ice.Enjoy, make your trip yours!! read a few blog .Bon voyage and all the best
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Oct 20th, 2010, 02:08 PM
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Leave your baggage here and do it right this time! I love Paris and have never had a negative experience. Expect it to be different...that's why you go! I agree that you should try a little French, at least pleasantries! Rick Steves book on Paris (2011 edition just out) does explain some cultural differences that are helpful, as well as spelling out how to say key phrases that you will want to know. I only know a small amount of French, so you can have a terrific experience without speaking French...I encourage you to smile and try. I was fortunate enough to encounter a waiter at the first cafe I went to, that was patient and encouraging and after my awful butchering of his lovely language, smiled and said "Parfait!" (perfect).

I love the 6th arrondisement...great cafes and shops and close to so many favorite attractions. Great for sipping a cafe creme or a glass of wine and watching the people. I have stayed at Hotel Fleurie mentioned above...nice, clean and a fairly quiet street. Would stay there again...check their website. We are trying out Hotel Louis II this time on rue St Sulpice.

I truly hope you enjoy this trip! I look forward to hearing about your experiences. I go back at Christmas and can't wait.
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Oct 21st, 2010, 03:48 PM
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Flame123: No, unfortunately, the hotels I listed are NOT personal recommendations b/c they are a little out of my price range. They are all very highly rated hotels, both here and on TA - the Fleurie, Luxembourg Parc, Sainte Beuve all get recommended a lot. Louis II is another one that looks very nice at that price point, in a great location.

I've been researching hotels pretty thoroughly for my own upcoming trip next May and the hotels I linked above are the ones I would strongly consider if only I could bring myself to pay that much. This is my 5th trip to Paris so I knew the area I wanted to stay in, but I am probably going with a 2* (Hotel Le Clement), paying 160eur for a jr. suite.

Imho, it's worth paying more to get a larger room in a less fancy hotel because at the 2* and 3* level, the cheapest rooms can often be so tiny that there is no room to move. If you read the TA reviews, you will see the "room was so TINY" complaint ad nauseum for most hotels below 200 euros. But we're two women staying 6 nights, so having room for our stuff matters. It might not matter as much to a long married couple used to sharing small quarters. Or maybe it would. ;p
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Oct 21st, 2010, 04:21 PM
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Hotel de Fleurie is quite nice. We stayed there in 2002 and loved the location and the rooms. Very charming boutique hotel and easy to walk to many things from there. I would echo what jmlegrand18 said that everyone can have good and bad experiences in any large city. Last summer we were touring Montmartre with our friends who live in a suburb of Paris, and our friend, a native of France, had a very negative experience with a vendor just because he was taking snapshots of the general area..it just happens..don't take it personally. And restaurants in Paris do operate differently...it's more a question of getting use to how they work. All the above advice on greetings, asking for the bill, etc. is excellent.
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Dec 10th, 2010, 05:29 AM
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I found this thread while browsing, and if you didnt choose a hotel yet, i can advise you a few. This one : http://www.hostelleriedumarais.com/ is in the Marais. It's a nice area, where you'll be glad to go shopping . Very lively quarter! The prices of this nice are on your budget. The second one is the hotel Delavigne http://www.hoteldelavigne.com/ it's in the 6th (Latin Quarter), a few minutes walking distance from the Luxembourg Garden. This area is more in a charming historical atmosphere. The architechture is beautiful ! This hotel is great, with affordable prices. And the hotel Elysees Union is located near the Arc de Triomphe. This is a luxurious hotel, whith a great service! http://www.elysees-paris-hotel.com/ , hope it helped, and happy birthday to your husband!
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