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Is this a good locatiuon and hotel for first time Paris tourists?

Is this a good locatiuon and hotel for first time Paris tourists?

Aug 4th, 2015, 04:28 PM
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Is this a good locatiuon and hotel for first time Paris tourists?

For October trip for husband and wife - (mid-50s) booked a room at Atlantic Hotel
44 Rue De Londres, Paris, 75008. Situated in 8th Arrondissement . We got a good deal foe queen sized beds. They advertise that the rooms are "soundproofed".

What do you think of location and hotel if you have stayed there.
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Aug 4th, 2015, 04:55 PM
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The 8th is a good place for tourists as you will be in the heart of many famous Paris sites.
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Aug 4th, 2015, 06:03 PM
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I looked up your hotel and it seems to be quite a distance away from the more lively areas of Paris. I would recommend somewhere in the 5th or 6th. You will be much closer to a lot of the sites, Notre Dame, Luxembourg Garden, Latin quarter, St. Germain, the seine river..... Things might be a bit more noisy in that area so if soundproof is what you are looking for a less busy area might be better. You'll just have to take a cab or metro to where you want to go. But that's pretty much the case no matter where in paris you stay… lol. I love the metro. Every time I go to Paris I end up feeling like a groundhog, always diving underground and reemerging somewhere else in the city. How long will you be there?
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Aug 4th, 2015, 06:04 PM
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If you got a good deal, the hotel seems OK for the money. You mention queen sized beds. Did you actually get a room with more than one queen bed? If so, that would be extremely unusual in Paris, in this price range. Almost in any price range, for that matter.

In any case, reviews are decent for the prices I saw.

I wouldn't pick that street or that area, but there isn't anything wrong with it. IMO, it's not very atmospheric, and there are many more charming areas in central Paris, but maybe not at the same prices.

Did you look here or read any guides when choosing a neighborhood?
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Aug 4th, 2015, 06:39 PM
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I have stayed in that general area and it's not all that bad. The metro gets you around easily and if the deal is good, it will be fine.
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Aug 4th, 2015, 10:48 PM
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I have stayed in the area before, but not at that hotel. After one evening, I found the area rather uninteresting compared with the left bank. For the remainder of the stay, I took metro to 6th and 7th in the evening. The place itself is ok. After that stay, I have stayed at various places in the 6th to be just a short walking distance to a large mass of interesting cafes and restaurants. It is a super place to take a train to Giverny and Normandy.
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Aug 4th, 2015, 11:14 PM
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I would not choose this area for first-time visitors. It's not the atmosphere most people think of when they imagine Paris, and it's an inconvenient location for walking around to see the usual sights, as well as for people who might not be familiar with using public transportation.

Virtually all Parisian hotels are "sound-proofed" - this only means the rooms are fitted with double-glazed windows, which helps a lot with street noise, but doesn't guarantee there won't be other noise coming from within the hotel.

I also recommend looking for a hotel in the Latin Quarter, in the 6th arrondissement - there are many hotels with Queen-sized beds. You'll be able to walk to most of the usual attractions, and transportation will not involve too many transfers. The architecture and general atmosphere is what most people want to experience, and this area is much easier for anyone who does not speak French.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 12:49 AM
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Actually I'm staying 100m or so from there tonight.
It is an area I like - the Batignolles are quite 'village' like (albeit you're closer to St Lazare than batignolles). Some people want to live like a local, you'll get this feeling more there than say in the 6th.

As for distance from sights, nothing is very far in Paris.
You have access to two metro lines close y : 13 and 14 and these lines bring you in the center quite fast.

The reviews look absolutely great, it is the kind of hotels I like to stay in - don't expect big rooms but queen size beds already sounds good.

Can't comment on the level of French in this area compared to elsewhere, I speak French whilst in Paris...
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Aug 5th, 2015, 02:10 AM
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The location is perfectly fine. There is a relatively large shopping mall in Gare Saint Lazare now, which you will probably find very convenient. (There are very few shopping malls inside Paris itself.)
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Aug 5th, 2015, 03:38 AM
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I've also stayed in this area and thought it was fine, it's as typical and convenient an area of Paris as any other, and less obviously full of throngs of tourists than some other arrondissements.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 03:51 AM
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It gets very good reviews on TA.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 04:35 AM
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I glanced at the hotel and don't see any rooms with 2 queen beds. Many rooms seem to have a queen bed and a triple or a queen and a sofa. But for a couple why would you need 2 beds anyway.

Agree the area is kind of quiet. For vacation we usually do the left bank - but we prefer lively to quiet at night.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 04:45 AM
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I happened to have stayed at this hotel twice in last 2 years. You say queen size bedS so 2 beds, correct? The room size was descent both times. Not much view from the window facing Rue de Londres. I didn’t have any particular inconvenience staying there. It had a mini frigi filled with drinks ( mini-bar ) and electric kettle with teabags and soluble coffee. Wi-fi, may not have been quite stable. The bath room was ok size, no frills at all, just plain white, walls and all. It was not an area I was quite familar with but it was booked and especially PAID by my travel partner so I had nothing to complain about. Any central area you stay in Paris, you will get used to it, likely to find sites of interest nearby if not big sites such as le Louvre or La Tour Eiffel. I walked once to Parc Monceau, about 10 minutes walk. If I had not stayed in this area, I don’t know if I ever would have had chance to visit the park. It is also 5 – 10 minutes walk to the shopping area ( Les Galleries Lafayette, Le Printemps.. ) and the Opéra. And from Gare de Lyon station (where I arrive from Geneva ) , Gare St. Lazare is a surprisingly very quick ride of 10 minutes or less by Metro No14, which was personally + point for me. Otherwise I would stay in Gare de Lyon/Bastilles areas. All that said, I can see the point of those who suggest, for the first timers, to stay in more central areas closer to the main sites. Of course that could be more expensive.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 08:19 AM
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For my first time in Paris I wanted something more central and we picked a hotel in the 5th.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 12:48 PM
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We only need one queen sized bed. I also booked at
Rive Gauche, 1 Place De La Sorbonne, Paris 75005. Located in the 5th Arrondissement. This hotel seems more desirable, but it only had a double bed. I suppose we can deal with that for 5 nights if it is in a better location. I need to decide between the two hotels.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 01:05 PM
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The "better location" depends on for what you want to be "better." If you are using Gare St. Lazare often, it is an excellent location. For other reasons not mentioned, there might be "better" location.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 01:06 PM
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I do not know the specific hotels but I would definitely pick the one in the 5th for it's more convenient location to more of what you will likely want to see and do.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 01:31 PM
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The location is fine -- but for a first visit IMO the 5th is MUCH better. After you've been to Paris a time or two staying a bit out in a 'neighborhood' is fun. But first timers want to be at Notre Dame first thing in the AM, or a few blocks from Pont Neuf for an evening ride on the Vedettes, or walking distance to the Musée d'Orsay or Louvre or the Pompidou . . . or Angelina's or Berthillon
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Aug 5th, 2015, 03:00 PM
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Ask for the actual size of the bed in centimeters, i.e. 140/160/180. Easier to compare than whatever word the hotel chooses to use. A double may mean only that they expect it to sleep two people without reference to the US definition of double versus queen.
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Aug 5th, 2015, 03:21 PM
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I stayed at the end of Blvd Raspail in the 14th not far from blvd Edgar Quinet and blvd Montparnasse, my last trip, and just loved it there. Nice neighborhood, convenient to everywhere and I was just happy. I had stayed on Blvd Haussmann very close to the Opera and the Grand Magasines and it was also fine. I could walk to the Madeleine and Passages Joffrey and Panarama.

I think I was in the 6th first trip..not familiar with Paris and on a tour so not totally positive..it was a Sofitel that isn't a Sofitel anymore and I think it was in the 6th. I will say that there was just nothing to do in that area so thankfully there was a metro stop right at the hotel.

I'm just saying that things are so convenient in Paris that there is usually something close by, either a metro stop or things and places of interest, that unless you're really out in the "boonies", it's not critical where you stay.
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