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Paris Latin district or 7th arrondissement

Jan 10th, 2015, 02:14 PM
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Tidy, we've stayed twice at the Hotel College de France
and loved it.

The Cluny would be your neighbor, and the Louvre a short walk over the river.
You're bound to have a wonderful time in Paris.
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Jan 10th, 2015, 02:56 PM
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I have found another hotel, more expensive but has ac and seems to be a good location. Le Petit Chomel @ 15 rue Chomel. It seems to be walking distance to several museums and I think close to metros. Does this seem correct? thoughts???Thank you for all of your help.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 03:32 AM
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Le Petit Chomel looks very cute and comfortable from the pictures--snug, but most are in the area and price range, typical Paris. The area is nice and active as well without being as touristy as the 5th. That said, in spite of our son's chiding that the 5th is tourist central, we like it and have always stayed there on recent trips. There are many hotels near the intersection of Blvd. St. Germain and Blvd. St Michel, also plenty of good restaurants and your choice of 2 metros within a few blocks. I prefer both the 5th and the 6th to the 7th for lodging and activity.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 04:44 AM
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so, any hotel names that you all would recommend in the 6th or 7th????
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Jan 11th, 2015, 04:45 AM
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oops meant the 5th or 6th
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Jan 11th, 2015, 06:43 AM
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tidy, we were very happy here:


it's down a side street about 100m from the st Michel-Notre Dame RER, and there for very convenient for both RER lines B & C, and very quiet.

My only worry would be that at present the website is showing that they are not taking bookings for the time that you will be there; I tried booking.com but got the same response, so i wonder if they re going to refurb or if there is some other reason for the dates from April onwards not being available. However, what is interesting is that booking.com are showing that the rates in Paris are the lowest they have been for 38 years [sic] and therefore you might find a bargain or two.

Have you tried looking at TA or booking.com to see what is available for your dates in your price range? you can select by area [using the map] and by price. There's nothing to stop you booking direct with the hotel if you want to after that, but watch the terms - sometimes the consolidation sites have better cancellation terms, if that is important to you.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 06:50 AM
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I like Stu's advice. When I was staying in hotels I preferred the 7th. And like him, I would much rather take a bus than the metro. I do not like being underground and although I'm sure it's very safe, I always feel rather uncomfortable on the metro. Buses are like mini tours. To be honest, I don't think I've waited for a bus for more than 10 minutes, usually less.

Stu's list of bus routes is very helpful. Also, for taxis, from your hotel Uber works really well in Paris.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 06:51 AM
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In the 6th Hotel Louis II and Hotel de Fleurie are 2 I have stayed at and liked---not sure of cost but may be slightly more than you want to pay There are tons of small hotels in the area. I would google for hotels in the 6 arrondisement. Use the hotel websites to get info on the nearest streets and Metro stations (use the access button on the site.) You can always plug in the address to a google map. to see the area (use street view to see the hotel entrance on what is close by).
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Jan 11th, 2015, 07:37 AM
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For first-timers or nearly first-timers, I always advise staying in the 6th or near the border of the 6th & 7th. We've stayed at the Angleterre 3 times, Bersolys, Odeon, Marronais, and the Danube in that area. I think the 6th is kinda "in between" the "over active" Latin Quarter and the "more sedate" 7th near the ET in terms of "vibe". Plus you can walk to many of the first-timer sites easily from the 6th.

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Jan 11th, 2015, 07:37 AM
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I so appreciate all of your help. So, we have decided to go with a place that has AC per your advice. I will check Hotel Louis and Hotel de Fleurie in a few minutes. I got the same n/a for my dates at hotel Europe. I have a favorable rate at Hotel de l universite. It is walking distance to museums. We would probably take a taxi from the airport and to get to the tennis match it seemed reasonable. The other hotel we looked at was Hotel Le Clos Medicis which was easy to get to from the airport but further walking distance to museums. Thoughts on Hotel de l Universite???
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Jan 11th, 2015, 08:01 AM
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although I'm sure it's very safe, I always feel rather uncomfortable on the metro

According to the statistics, the metro is six times safer than being out on the street. (Because criminals do not feel safe in the metro -- 100% video surveillance and no easy escape routes.)
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Jan 11th, 2015, 08:46 AM
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et voila:


it looks fine.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 09:52 AM
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I take the metro all the time at home, buses are just less work because you don't have to walk up and down the stairs and tunnels. If you don't live in a big city and aren't used to underground systems, I guess I can understand why you don't like the metro. I've waited plenty of times longer than 10 minutes for a bus, I've waited up to 30 minutes once for the 69 bus in the 7th arr, for example (which was quite late--that is the bus closest to that H de l'Universite). And at night or Sundays, their schedules are deliberately longer between stops, that's just a fact, and sometimes they don't run at all on certain lines after 9 pm or so. The 69 bus, for example, has a schedule longer than 10 minutes between stops all day long on Sunday, and it's usually 15-20 minutes after 8 pm. The 68 bus which also runs along rue du Bac is similar.

Hotel de l'Universite is okay, I think it's a bit dull over there and that's farther than I like to be to a metro stop, but I'm picky on that regard as I always stay at hotels within a block or two of one. it's fine. I thought your first two choices were fine, actually, either one. I wouldn't think AC a must have in late May myself, and I've been to Paris a lot. I didn't see a lot of people saying you had to have AC, but I must have missed it.

I think the Petit Chomel is a better location than the l'Universite, much better. It's right near metro and a small park and not far from Bon Marche dept store, and I just think there is more around there, also. But either would be okay.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 10:29 AM
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Christina, when you say my first two choices were fine were you referring to Hotel du Champ de Mars?
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DH and I liked the Hotel St Jacques, which I believe is considered to be in the Latin Quarter. We loved its location, and liked the neighborhood. We didn't think it was touristy, per se, unless you walk down toe hill to the boulevard. Otherwise, we found great little restaurants, walked to the Luxembourg gardens, and the University, Norte Dame, etc.

It's a charming little hotel, cute little street, friendly fromt desk staff, with A/C and free wi-fi.

Our other visit to,Paris, we stayed in the 7th, at Hotel La Bourdonnaise, which has A/C and has been completely renovated. We liked that area, too, when our kids were younger and we appreciated having the Champs de Mars across the street, being able to walk to the Eiffel Tower, and the Seine. There's a complete market next door, an ATM at the bank next door, and it's a couple of blocks to Rue Cler.

We liked both neighborhoods, but the 7th was more isolated from the sites, and there were less things for us to do after dark.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 12:52 PM
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There are wide sawths of the 5th that aren't particularly "touristy"; and some parts I'd classify more as student-y than touristy. As someone who spent a big portion of her life in academia, student-y doesn't bother me in the least. I like it, lots going on. I find the 7th a bit too staid and inconvenient.

Petit Chomel looks cute, and the location is a good compromise between quiet and active.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 01:16 PM
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Hotel de l'Universite is a great location. Eric Kayser is around the corner on rue de Bac, metro within a few blocks and Musee d'Orsay close by.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 03:24 PM
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Yep, I would agree it is a pretty good location. I personally would head a bit more toward Rue Buci to walk to Saint Michel/RER, Odeon and the Ile's. But then I love to use the metro and don't mind a bit more street activity.
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Jan 11th, 2015, 03:50 PM
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Hotel de l' Universite is in a great location. Very good Metro access and Androuet is across the street from the Eric Kayser boulangerie---cheese heaven. Great area to be in!
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