Inexpensive Hotel in Paris ( August )

Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:08 AM
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Inexpensive Hotel in Paris ( August )

My daughter and her husband are going to Paris for a week in August.
Does anyone know of an affordable Hotel ( or private rental ) ideally around the " Quartier Latin " area ?
The AFFORDABLE PRICE is much more important than the ideal proximity to the Latin Quarter, as the Parisian Metro is so convenient.
Thank you !
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:13 AM
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What do you consider affordable?

In order to be assured of air conditioning, I would likely suggest a 4* Priceline bid, provided they are okay with the limitations of not choosing the location and the nonrefundable booking. See www.betterbidding.com . I suspect they could get a room for what works out to be less than 100 Euros per night (although they would bid in USD).

If they are just looking for the cheapest, and don't care about air conditioning, try these:

www.hotelscombined.com
www.hrs.de
www.fastbooking.com
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:17 AM
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We were satisifed with the Hotel Familia on Rue des Ecoles. The rate includes breakfast and free Wifi. The hotel is well situated for bus and metro transportation and it's walkable to the Seine. The Hotel Minivere next door is also nice and owned by the same people.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:24 AM
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http://www.hotel-collegedefrance.com

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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:47 AM
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Why the Latin Quarter? Are you allergic to the metro? In my neighborhood, the top price for hotels is under 60€ and yet the metro takes the people there to all of the central tourist sites in no more than 20 minutes.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 09:51 AM
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Kerouac... did you not read my last paragraph ?
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 10:02 AM
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I don't know if they are interested in an apartment. My daughter just rented a studio apt in the 10eme for 360 euro for a week in July. It's 32m sq and sleeps three. She found it on Homeilidays.com. Have had good luck with them twice now.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 10:14 AM
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K, no offense, but when I am on holiday in a major European city, I want to be able to walk out of my hotel and be in the thick of things. I don't want to get on the Metro at 10 PM to go for a walk along the Seine. I don't want to get on the Metro and travel 8 stops to look in the shop windows on the Rue Bonaparte.

I also don't want to be those people who walk around London or Paris all day with a giant backpack because they leave their suburban hotel at 7 AM and return at 10 PM.

If I am at a hotel in the Latin Quarter, I can go to the Orsay for a few hours, go shopping afterwards, then stop by my hotel to drop of my packages and freshen up before heading out for a drink or a bite to eat.

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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 10:59 AM
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GypsyMama...I just booked the http://www.hotelagorasaintgermain.com/index.html for 3 nites in August at a pkg rate of 109 euros per nite (about $147.00 per nite). Check out their website. I've never stayed there before so I don't know if its good or not. I'm just going by info on trip advisor.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 11:32 AM
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Soogies,

Thank you for the link to Homelidays.com. It looks interesting. Not to hijack Gypsy Momma's thread, but I'm just starting to look for a two bedroom, two bath, apartment in Paris for a couple of weeks next year, and any suggestions of sites or actual apartments would be appreciated. Affordable for us will be around €1,400/week.
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Agree with WillTravel, I've stayed at two Priceline 4 star hotels and they were both fine. If i were going in August, air conditioning would be top of my list of amenities. I've used betterbidding to check what is available before I purchased. Last hotel was on the Seine, 15 minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. I enjoy riding the metro, tube, U-bahn or whatever mass transit system is available. Being with the people who live there and must use mass transit is a big part of the experience and a lot of fun. I've used Priceline a couple of dozen times and have no real complaints. Personally, 20 minutes of my time on a subway is always worth $100 or more a day.
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I've stayed at an IBIS hotel in the 13th, on Avenue Stephen Pichon.. I recall that the rates have been as low as $69/euros a night.. Check the Ibis hotel website: http://www.ibishotel.com/gb/home/index.shtml

There tend to be ongoing online deals, if you book and prepay your stay..
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 02:29 PM
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Yes I'm allergic to the metro (only partly kidding). It would be one thing if you live in Paris, but for a short stay I would absolutely want to be in one of the central arrondisements to be walking distance to the things I want to see and do.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 05:19 PM
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I agree that with a short stay of a few days being centrally located would be an efficient use of time. Hence, staying at the Agora which is close to many "attractions". If I had more than a week I might do as Kerouac suggested and stay further out in order to experience a "different" Paris.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 05:30 PM
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nukesafe (with apologies to gypsy for hijacking)

I have also used holidaylettings.co.uk (yes, they do France and much of Europe as well) in the past with great results. As well, I like parisperfect.com - lovely apartments but a bit pricey. They may have something in your budget though so it's worth a look.

Good luck!

Gypsy - My kids have stayed at Hotel du College de France, recommended by ThinGorjus. The location was fabulous - the girls had a blast. The room was a little small, but that is a given in Paris.
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Old Apr 10th, 2010, 08:31 PM
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The only way some people can afford to visit Paris (or Europe) is to save as much money as possible. The most convenient location is not an option for them. True, a lot of the Fodor's crowd likes to spend money.
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Kerouac: Amen to liking to spend money...but I'm in if for the FOOD, so I look for the cheapest hotels. Our usual hangout is a one star in the St. Germain area.

Our last spur of the moment trip we booked at a Holiday Inn near the Biblliothèque Nationale because it was near the périphérique and they had one space left in the garage for our car. (literally woke up and decided to drive to Paris and was out the door as soon as we had booked hotel on-line). It was a pleasant change and an interesting neighborhood, so thanks to everyone for any and all suggestions on Hotels, especially those near metro or bus lines...

Near metro stop, that's my big requirement...I don't like to walk 15 minutes to get to the metro since I already do so much walking during the day and we usually return to the hotel once if not more times a day to rest/relax; my old feet just don't hold up like they used to! I don't mind the metro ride because it is a way to people watch.
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I agree with Thin. It's a vacation, not a full-time job. I've stayed at plenty of 0-2 stars, over the decades, and in areas that were convenient to get to sites by foot or by a short bus ride. Happy Travels!
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Old Apr 11th, 2010, 01:21 PM
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Funnily enough, in most of the world, I have moved down the star ladder for hotels over the years. The more comfortable I am in a country or city, the less I need a comfortable refuge (i.e. hotel room) for my down time. I will admit that the least I ever spent was $1.75 a night in Luang Prabang, Laos -- I loved that hotel and would return in a minute.

And I am also more comfortable staying in outlying places when I know a city well. Each area generally has wonderful advantages to offset any inconvenience.
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Different strokes for different folks.

As one who put 300,000 miles on my car, here at home, in less than 15 years and that was basically for just driving to and from work and doing errands within L.A. and Orange County, when I get on vacation, the last thing I want to have to do is spend a lot of time commuting to and from what I'm on vacation to do. That's not MY definition of a vacation. If others want to stay in remote areas and commute, then to each his own. And for me it has absolutely nothing to do with comfort level of an area, but all to do with convenience.

And as for accommodations, if I want creature comforts, then I can stay home for that. It is nice to have something out of the ordinary creature- comfort level when on vacation. And when affordable, like when I'm in Bangkok and other countries in that part of the world, and can do 4 and 5 stars without breaking the bank, I have absolutely no problem with those types of hotels. Why would or should I? When I get home from those trips I'm so relaxed and stress free. Priceless. It's great to experience others doing for me instead of me constantly doing for others, even if it's only for a vacation. I'm exhausted by the time I get on vacation. Happy Travels!
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