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SShprints Dec 14th, 2006 05:53 PM

Paris - Where to stay?
Going to Paris in July...I hate staying in overtouristy places. Even though I realize that everywhere in Paris is probably overtouristy, I wonder if some locations are more popular with the locals, rather than American tourist. Maybe Montparnasse? Or St Germain?



brookwood Dec 14th, 2006 06:02 PM

Twice I used a hotel on Boulevard Raspail approximately south of the intersection with Boulevard Montparnasse. I did not feel the area was overly touristy.

Plenty of shops and restaurants along Montparnasse, particularly near the intersection with rue des Rennes.

The hotel was fairly small, typical Paris 3-star boutique type of hotel with a staff during the week who spoke passable to good English, if that is a concern.

Close to a couple of Metro lines.

Good (not great) bakery across the street. Good enough for our needs at any rate.

SShprints Dec 14th, 2006 06:04 PM

As I've never been to Paris, can you tell me how far it (walking) to some of the famous landmarks (Eiffel, Louvre, Invalides, Champs Elysse)?

crefloors Dec 14th, 2006 06:19 PM

I stayed in Montparnasse just a few eeks ago. Stayed at Hotel Royal Montparnasse. It wasn't "perfect" but I really liked the hotel AND the location. 212 Blvd. Raspail. Close to four metro stops: Edgar Quinet, Raspail, Vavins (sp), and Notre Dame des Champs AND the Montparnasse train staion. More like a neighborhood, lots of places to eat, a Franprix, INNO (Monoprix). Very safe neighborhood. I had stayed on Blvd. Haussmann my last trip...I liked that too, but this area was so different and I liked it so much better. I would stay there again.

gracejoan3 Dec 14th, 2006 06:26 PM

Going in July, you will find many tourists...I avoid the summer months for that very reason...........

Dukey Dec 14th, 2006 11:08 PM

Since local folks don't normally reside in hotels in ANY city I suggest you stay in an area which interests you the most.

We just gave up a room at the d'Aubusson for four nights in July..stay there and enjoy being a tourist.

kerouac Dec 15th, 2006 01:55 AM

The most popular hotel area for locals and Europeans is along the Grands Boulevards and the surrounding area -- in other words, the big boulevards that run from Opéra to Place de la République and on to Place de la Bastille. If you want to avoid the largest concentrations of American tourists in July, you will avoid Saint Germain-des-Prés and the Marais.

ira Dec 15th, 2006 02:10 AM

Hi SS,

>can you tell me how far it (walking) to some of the famous landmarks...

Enter your addresses at and change "express" to "pedestrian".

>Going to Paris in July...I hate staying in overtouristy places.....<

You will not be able to avoid tourists if you go during peak tourist season. :)

Enjoy your visit.


nbodyhome Dec 15th, 2006 05:27 AM

We stayed at the Hotel de la Port Doree and loved it! It's a family run hotel, near the Bois de Vincennes. It isn't a touristy area, it has many shops and markets, is a few minute walk to the nearest metro and the Port Doree Aquarium is there, as well as the (as mentioned above) lovely (and HUGE!) park.

MyriamC Dec 15th, 2006 05:40 AM

We really like the 7th, it's not as overtouristy as the 5th or the 6th and this part of Paris gives me a feeling to be in Paris amongst the Parisians.
Check out Hotel Muguet ( We liked it very much, and it gets very good reviews on Trip Advisor.
Two big pro's of this small hotel are:
1) all rooms have A/C (essential in the summer!)
2) it's on a very quiet one-way street, a relief in this very busy city.

SShprints Dec 15th, 2006 06:45 AM

Going in July wasn't a choice, we have 2 occasions to celebrate that week. Besides I read that July/August are low-season as most people prefer March-June and Sept-Dec....not true?
In terms of hotel, I'm looking for something nice under the $200 threshold..preferably something for $150/night...not sure if thats possible for what I'm looking for though.

SShprints Dec 15th, 2006 07:08 AM

So in terms of neighborhood...I am seeing people suggesting Montparnasse a lot, and someone suggested the 7th district.

Travelnut Dec 15th, 2006 07:41 AM

If you want to stay where there are fewer tourists,then consider the outer arrondissements of the 12th-17th or parts of the 19th-20th. The hotels and local shopkeepers will be intriqued as to how you 'found' them.

Travelnut Dec 15th, 2006 07:45 AM

Paris may have a different 'low season' than is traditional elsewhere, due to the trades and conventions at certain times of the year.
I'd say, in terms of crowds, that Nov-Mar is low season, and April-Oct is mid-to-high season. July will be very hot and very crowded.
Prices for hotels are often lowered from July 15-Aug 31, and sometimes for winter but not over any holidays.

SuzieC Dec 15th, 2006 07:54 AM

In October we stayed in the 17th. Nice hotel but it isn' air conditioned.
Hotel Monceau Wagram. Residential-ish sort of neighborhood. I guess I was the only American tourist there that someone would find offensive to be around.
Have you thought about an apartment?

Christina Dec 15th, 2006 09:05 AM

Paris is a large city, and like any other major capital that is popular with tourists, the entire city is certainly not overtouristy. It's real easy not to be in an overtouristy area, just look at a Paris map and stay somewhere around the outer ring of arrondisements.

One should assume that any area right near the Seine with a lot of hotels would be touristy (eg, St Germain, which is a nontouristy area? It's one of the most touristy). Nontouristy areas don't have as many hotels, either. Areas more popular with locals would be those without a lot of hotels, no popular tourist attractions, and not any kitschy souvenir shops or cheap restaurants with touts outside trying to get you to come in (I've only seen those in St Germain and the Latin Qtr right near the Seine, actually).

I find the question rather curious that it singles out wanting areas that aren't popular with "American" tourists, in particular. What's that all about. So do you want to stay in an area popular with a lot of Japanese or Italian tourists? OVer near the Opera Garnier perhaps.

bardo1 Dec 15th, 2006 09:10 AM

I think Montparnasse would fit all your needs. If possible, stay on the north side of Blvd. Montparnasse for maximum convenience. There are ample hotels yet it does not seem at all "touristy" like the neighborhoods much closer to the river.

SShprints Dec 15th, 2006 09:16 AM

Actualy I did not mean to be offensive, as I am from America as well. The reason I say American is because I find most tourists everywhere are American or British.

SShprints Dec 15th, 2006 09:17 AM

Thanks Bardo...that is what I am leaning towards. Hotel Royal looks good, from a previous post..and I will look into some more on tripadvisor and expedia/orbits.

bardo1 Dec 15th, 2006 09:17 AM


Look at the Villa des Artistes. It is in the nicer part on Montparnasse and within your budget.

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