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Hello,

My husband, 6 year old son and I will be in Paris in April. We are considering three hotels somewhat off the beaten path (usually we've stayed somewhere more central): Sofitel La Defense, Pullman Paris Bercy, and the Hotel Concorde Montparnasse. Anyone familiar with these hotels? They all seem to have good reviews, large rooms (we want to be able to get a cot in there for our son), and seem to be about a 10min metro ride to more central areas of Paris. Wondering if any of the three are easier to get to the attractions of downtown Paris and also if any are better in terms of food options within walking distance of the hotel. Any feedback would be appreciated.

Thanks!

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    In terms of ease of getting to what you are calling downtown Paris (I presume you mean around Notre Dame), just go by the distance pretty much. The one in Montparnasse and Bercy are closer than La Defense, you can tell that just by looking at a map. I also think either one of those two would have been food options than a hotel in La Defense. You know that is a business area, so don't expect a neighborhood full of small cafes around there or anything like that. I suspect lots of things may be closed at night and your food options will be limited. I never stayed at there, but I've been there, but I think I've heard people say that also who did stay there.

    As for Bercy, well I think that hotel is right in the middle of a new built-up commercial area of a cinema which I go to sometimes and a restaurant row. So there are plenty of places to eat, but I don't know if that's what you had in mind or what you want. Some chain restaurants, depends what you want. Some other kind of shops, also. Convenient if you'd like the idea of kind of staying in a mall, more or less. that's just off the St Emilion metro stop.

    I stay in MOntparnasse a lot but not really where that hotel is, which is also sort of a new, built-up business area, not old neighborhood. A thought a lot of airline crew stayed there, in any case it's at place de Catalogne, I think. It is sure near the train station if you liek that and a newer park, the mardin Atlantique behind it. So that area isn't really where I stay and know lots of cafes, etc., but I don't think you'll have any problem finding places to eat the3re. It's not as convenient to a metro stop, it seems to me, I like to be within a block or two. I think Gaite is the closest and that's maybe 4-5 blocks away. So if the idea of being in some place in 10 minutes is what you want, I don't think that will happen if you count your actual time on the metro as well as getting there. Besides, you'd have to transfer to another line to get to central Paris, the line running through Gaite goes over to Invalides (and then the Champs-Elysees). You aren't getting anywhere in a total of 10 minutes with all that to consider. 10 min. is kind of stretching it to get anywhere.

    Same if you are at Cour St-=Emilion, you'll have to go to Chatelet and transfer or something, although I do like 14 very much as it is new and snazzy.

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    Be careful in asking for a cot as the English use that word for a baby crib, too small for a six-year old. The French might interpret your request as a crib.

    Better to ask for a single bed.

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