Paris - please suggest hotels to stay

May 19th, 2014, 09:20 PM
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We just came back from a stay at the Hotel Saint Louis en l'Isle (think spelled right). We got a "superior" twin room for 199 euro; a standard room is cheaper. This hotel is on the Isle Saint Louis (the smaller of the two island in the Seine). The hotel was great and you couldn't get a more central location...1 minute walk from Notre Dame cathedral. This ticked all of our boxes! I spent a lot of time trying to find a centrally located hotel for less than 200 euro per night.
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May 20th, 2014, 05:10 AM
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I think you'd be happy with the Port Royal, which is much cheaper than most of the hotels mentioned here, and conveniently located, in a lovely neighborhood.
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May 20th, 2014, 02:06 PM
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please help me with the any reviews of this area - 11 Bis rue Pierre Semard, 9th arr. Opera, 75009 (hotel ibis Styles Paris Cadet Lafayette). is the area safe?
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May 20th, 2014, 02:58 PM
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The Port Royal isn't far out, I almost always stay in the 14th, which is farther than that as it's on the border of the 5th and the 14th. It's only a couple blocks from rue Mouffetard, which is nice, and only about a block from Gobelins metro and lots of bus lines. It's only about 1.5 miles from the Seine. I call the upper edges of Montmartre or the 19th-20th far out. But if you must stay within a few blocks of the Seine, I guess it is. But the neighborhood of the Port Royal is very nice, it's only a few blocks to rue Mouffetard, lots of small food shops and other things, I think it's much nicer as mainly residential than some areas right near the Seine. But to each, his own.

The Hotel Langlois I recommended is in the 9th like the Ibis Styles you named, but the Langlois is a bit better located and more convenient, I think. I find it a little duller over near Cadet metro stop and it gets a little seedy south of there IMO (between Cadet and the FOlies Bergere which is on rue Richer, and then even south of it). That hotel is just to the NW of Poissoniere metro stop, close to the border of the 10th arrondisement. I've only been through there so won't comment a lot on the safety compared to the areas I know. Most of Paris is pretty safe so I wouldn't worry about it, but I don't think that area is as nice as where the Port Royal is, for example, in several ways. It's also farther out from the Seine, if that is your criteria (it's about 3.5 km from Notre Dame where the Port Royal is only about 2.5 km).

It's not near any tourist attractions, which you said was how you were choosing places. I don't think that's the best way to choose a place myself, though. And I don't agree that you should avoid double digit arrondisements, the problem is the locations you are picking -- that one on rue Pere Corentin in the 14th is almost outside Paris (it's near the Porte d'Oreans metro stop), it's on the bottom border of the city. I stay in the 14th all the time, but near the border with the 6th, which is a completely different story.
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May 21st, 2014, 12:00 PM
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We loved the neighborhood of the Port Royal, and we walked from there to the Orsay museum, to Notre Dame, and to many other places in Paris. It's quite near the Luxembourg Gardens, and also to the Jardin des Plantes, which I had never seen before.

And, I repeat, it's definitely within the stipulated budget, whereas most of the others mentioned here are not. It's quite basic, but clean and comfortable, and the staff are very pleasant and helpful.
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May 21st, 2014, 01:48 PM
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What stipulated budget? I don't see that stated.
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May 21st, 2014, 01:58 PM
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Hotel Eden Opera is a better choice in the 9th. Recently renovated, ticks all your boxes. 2 metro stations within blocks. Check the reviews.
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