Paris, Left Bank, Hotel under $100/nt

Old Sep 23rd, 1996, 01:28 PM
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Paris, Left Bank, Hotel under $100/nt

Well, that's a toughie. Speaking from personal experience, there's one place that's not in the heat of the action, but is clean and very convenient. It's the Foyer International d'Acceuil Paris (affectionately known as the FIAP), right between the metros Denfert-Rochereau and St-Jacques. The FIAP doesn't really have an American equivalent---it's somewhat like a hostel in that it's cheap, and the rooms are almost all small, narrow, 2 person/2 single bed setups. But here's the upside: the staff is used to an international clientele, so you shouldn't have trouble if your French isn't phenomenal, the rooms are bright and clean, you'll have your own bathroom (painted concrete floor in many cases, but again, very clean and relatively spacious), there's a cafeteria-style restaurant if you want to get some cheap meal tickets, and the ground floor has a huge atrium area with an outdoor patio, and a bar where you can easily meet some fellow wanderers. The location, as I mentioned, isn't exactly on the doorstep of
the Quartier Latin, but it is about 15 minutes' walk from the Jardins du Luxembourg, and about 5 minutes' walk from Denfert-Rochereau, where you can get the metro and also shuttles to the airport. And if you're feeling macabre, you can check out the Catacombs (entry to this underground wonder is on the grass island in the middle of the roundabout).
Have a great trip, and good luck.
Old Oct 1st, 1996, 04:40 PM
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I went to Paris on July/95 and found a great and cheap place to stay just in front of the Notre-Dame.It`s called Hotel Esmeralda and the adress is Rue Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre, 4. phone number (01)43-54-19-20. You`ll spend about $80 and have a perfect time just in the middle of the show.Have a nice trip.
Old Oct 10th, 1996, 12:44 PM
Michael Baldwin
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I've had great success with a book called "Paris Hotels of Charm and Distinction,"check it out in your local bookstore. Of course, many of the hotels are above your price range, but some in the best areas are not.

The one I'm placing my bet on is the Grand Hotel des Balcons -- it right between the Latin Quarter and St. Germain des Pres, rooms are quiet and clean, decor is beautiful art nouveau. Nothing fancy, but a friendly staff and beautiful small hotel. Double rooms are between 440-480 francs. You can call them at 24 34 78 56....They also have a web site you can search for on one of the engines that has several pictures.

FYI -- I found out a lot about this hotel by posting messages on newsgroups like this asking if people have stayed there. I've corresponded with three people who actually stayed in the hotel -- which puts my mind at ease.

I've done a lot of research on this subject myself, so let me know if I can help you any further.
Old Oct 23rd, 1996, 06:49 AM
jan manning
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Hi! I've been researching Paris hotels
around $100 for my February 1997 trip.
Found one on right bank 8th arr.
Hotel Opal 17 rue Tronchet that sounds interesting,
Infact, I decided to risk it and made a reservation
yesterday. Are you by any chance familiar with it?
Hotel Opal, 17 rue Tronchet. Location sounds good,
expect rooms are small, but with bath,
and fully renovated. Located behind Place de la
Madeliene. I've never been to Paris before, any
help will be appreciated.
Old Oct 28th, 1996, 06:26 PM
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2 years ago we stayed at Holiday Inn Garden Court Paris-Tour Eifel at 102 Blvd de Grenelle
el 40 59 90 90 fax 45 75 79 10. You wouldnt think a Holiday Inn would be so quaint. Our room window looked onto Eifel Tour which was about 2 blocks away and the train stopped about 1 block away so we walked EVERYWHERE-very reasonable price at that time but restaurant was poor but that's ok--too many other neat places to be besides in hotel. hope this helps have fun

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