lodging bargain in Paris??

Old Sep 18th, 2007, 07:52 AM
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you might try laterooms.com as well.

but I'd hurry!
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 07:58 AM
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Just for the record, to me "bargain" means getting something for a price well below what it should be or normally is. So if you could get a $2500 a night suite at the Ritz in Paris for $1250 a night that is an incredible BARGAIN.
By the same token if you pay 40 Euro per night for a "dump" that normally goes for 40 Euro per night -- that is NO bargain.

I clicked on Budget Queen's name and looked to see if we ever got a report what she did find since this was three months ago, but I didn't find one. Just curious.
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 08:00 AM
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saint honoré apartment, 1-3 persons is 90 euro a night, its 2 minutes from the louvre. has to be a bargain.
http://www.way2stay.com/Paris-apartm...n-109-1684.htm
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 08:31 AM
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Budget Queen's question on $100 rooms was a long time ago, and I think she is gone.

Now for why8, that is going to be very difficult in peak hotel season, as you found. It's always busy at that time of year, and now that rugby thing -- if you find anything at that rate in the city, you should probably take it, so you could try Priceline for the heck of it, although I kind of doubt you'd get anything for that much money.

Try the Ibis hotel chain in Paris. They have several very large hotels (so better chance of free rooms), and they are pretty cheap -- usually 2*.

Here's another idea, a decent 1* hotel in a very good location that is very cheap http://www.hotelportroyal.fr/

You can also find cheap hotels on www.eurocheapo.com and www.venere.com

Some of the Holiday Inn Express hotels on the peripherique have quite a few rooms and are pretty cheap -- like the one near Porte d'Italie might be okay.
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:05 PM
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Thanks, all you lovely people!

I'm still in the process of finding the room, so I'm just here to report my progress so far...

Firstly, the saint honoré apartment recommended by travelbuzzing is not available for the dates I'm there, and they offered another apartment which is going for 90Euros per per person per night!

2nd, I'm determined to get a room by tonight, and I've shortlisted about 11 hotels and called them up one by one. What I've caught so far: Hotel Andre Latin is offering me to change rooms every night, some crazy system like this:
3rd Oct - Euro 145 for a triple room
4th Oct - Euro 145 for a double room + extra bed
5th Oct - Euro 145 for a triple room + extra bed
6th Oct - two double rooms, prices are Euro 106 and Euro 114 respectively

Looks like I've to bust my budget. I've to e-mail them tomorrow with my credit card details to confirm the room.

Meanwhile...

3rd, I've phoned up several other hotels but they're either fully booked or their room reservations desk are only available in the daytime (not evenings).

4th, I've gone to Hostelworld.com and selected did a search on Budget Hotels. It gave me of about 125 hotels, and I'm slowly combing through it one by one:
- checking availability (directly on Hostelworld.com)
- checking Tripadvisor.com for reviews

... so far my comments is that the hotels there generally don't have great reviews, or aren't even found on Tripadvisor.com.

Thanks to WillTravel, SuzieCII and Christina for their suggestions too!

Christina: Hotel Port Royal is on my list of hotels to phone tomorrow.

I will report back to tell you which hotel I ended up with. My favourite Hotel Tiquetonne is fully booked already, unfortunately!

Thanks, and if you have some more bright ideas, please keep them coming!
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:23 PM
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vacationinparis.com has a studio in your price range in the 2nd bordering the 3rd. They have some others that are a bit more in other locations. With vacation in paris you can pay by credit card in dollars.
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:28 PM
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Hey basingstoke2, great link!

But unfortunately, there's no way to check online for apartment availability. I won't be surprised that they're fully booked but I'll add it to my list of hotels to phone for tomorrow. Thanks!
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:36 PM
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Here is a hotel I keep on my list just in case I might need it. Excellent review in the NY Times (see hotel website). It looks very nice but is a little farther out than my usual favorites. It's in the 5th, outside Jardin des Plantes...Saint-Marcel Metro is very close.

They appear to have availability. I figured up the average for:
2 nights, 1 triple room @125eu
2 nights, 2 double rooms @92eu each

It averages 43eu each per night for those staying 4 nights. For those coming later it came to 46eu each per night.

http://www.hoteldevillas.com/ENG/hotel.htm
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 12:47 PM
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http://www.quaivoltaire.fr/english/index.asp.htm

This 2-star hotel has a great triple room (it is the one on the website with white bedspreads), for appx. 150 Euros; I believe there is a single room just next door, which could give you the four beds you need. This hotel gets mixed reviews on Tripadvisor, but everyone I have taken there has been happy. The view is unbelievable, and the staff is French quirky with good to passable English. With the view, you get street noise; it's on the Seine so there is vehicle traffic and the tour boats at night. I have never had trouble sleeping with the windows either closed or open. It's part of the ambiance....
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 01:16 PM
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Hello JeanneB,

I checked Hotel Devillas website and it's exactly as you said! I've made a reservation online, and I expected to submit my Credit Card details, but there's no request for me to submit it. I expect they will send me an e-mail to ask for it. In any case, I'll phone them tomorrow to give it to them.

To confirm that my reservations has been taken care of by the system, I logged in again to try to reserve same rooms on the same dates, and the system has removed them already.

The reservation system is great!
Many many thanks, JeanneB!

...

Hmm, just saw palette's recommendation for l'esprit Paris. Will consider it if somehow my booking for Hotel Devillas doesn't go through.

Thanks thanks thanks, dear Fodorites!!!
Once again, you've restored my faith in planning my own trips (recently faith highly shaken due to difficulty in hotel hunting)!
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 06:25 PM
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Terrific! I haven't stayed there, so please write it up when you get back. I hope it works out well for you.

You will be relatively close to Place d'Italie...lots of metro and bus options there. If you haven't considered bus lines, it's really the best way to get around. If you search here for "Paris and bus" you will find lots of info. You might also look at the Batobus (river taxi). I'm pretty sure it stops at the Jardin des Plantes.
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 06:38 PM
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Check oout Pauline Frommer's Paris book, p. 22-70 for suggestions.
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Old Sep 18th, 2007, 06:42 PM
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Once you get a name of a hotel, check out reviews at www.tripadvisor.com.
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Old Sep 19th, 2007, 12:27 PM
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JeanneB - will certainly do so, thanks again so much! The hotel is confirmed now. It was really a lifesaver.

I'm so glad that I was thinking about how amazing kindness of strangers is.
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Old Sep 19th, 2007, 01:13 PM
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The Devillas isn't very close to place d'Italie, it's about right across the street from the St Marcel metro stop. There's also a convenient bus that runs right in front, the 91, which I take a lot as it goes from Montparnasse Tower to place de la Bastille.

There are several good ethnic restaurants of various types in a small "restaurant" street , rue des Wallons, which is about right across bd St Marcel, and then around the back of it (it's a small street running parallel to St Marcel). There is one restaurant right on the corner there that has music students who do live music at times -- pianists, but it's only classical, I think. They have music Wed-Sat. It's called L'Olivier and is at 18 rue des Wallons. It's a typical French bistro, reasonable price.
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Old Sep 28th, 2007, 10:58 AM
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Dear Christina,

L'Olivier at 18 rue des Wallons - I've taken down the recommendation, thanks! I'll be there from Wednesday onwards, so I really don't mind some classical piano over a French dinner!

To All: flying off tomorrow to London first, then will be taking the Eurostar to Paris. Thanks you all for all the great help! Excited: will be my 2nd visit to both London and Paris!
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Old Sep 28th, 2007, 01:24 PM
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oh, good, will you post back what it is like? I went there once, but it wasn't open or it was the wrong night for music or something, so I didn't get to hear that. I'd like to know how the food is, and the entertainment. They have several other types of ethnic restaurants around the corner from there and down rue Wallon, you will see them.
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Hi All,

Sorry for the late reply. Had a wonderful Paris trip.

Hotel Devillas was okay, but very noisy if you have a room facing the front -- almost unbearably loud due to the Metro passing by. For this price, I think one can stay better somewhere else, or get a room facing the back. It's about 15 to 20-minutes' walk to the Notre Dame, so it's a convenient place. Staff could be more friendly, even though they were passably polite.

I'd stay elsewhere next time.

Dear Christina,
I didn't make it to L'Olivier at 18 rue des Wallons, so can't tell you how it was, sorry!

Thanks for all your help!
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 03:53 AM
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Well, I guess I can take it off my list then. Sorry it wasn't up to expectations.
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Old Oct 23rd, 2007, 09:06 AM
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Too bad you didn't get to l'Olivier but it was your holiday! Nice of you to post back with a follow-up, anyway.

I think most hotels that are on main streets will have noise problems in Paris, so that is par for the course. That is a very big and busy thoroughfare, bd St Marcel. But what do you mean about being noisy due to metro noise from the metro passing by? The metro is underground around there, isn't it? I know the metro is above ground in some parts of the 14th, but don't remember it being that way at St Marcel. That would make a hotel really noisy, if the metro was going by outside your window (which can happen around La Motte-Piquet, for example). I did stay in a hotel that was a little noisy because it was on top of the metro line, and you could hear it if you were on a lower floor, but you said it was in front.
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