Paris - Where to stay?

Dec 15th, 2006, 09:34 AM
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I'd say that if you stayed in the 1st to 7th you would be in areas that have the most concentration of tourists, since that is the area with the most popular attractions. I've stayed twice in the 16th, once in an appartment, and once (3 weeks ago) at a hotel. I don't think I heard one english voice in all that time, or saw one person with a camera (tourist style). So that would qualify it as a "local" destination.

I enjoyed that aspect, since I could "pretend" I was living as a local, with "my" cafe, newspaper vendor,etc.. The only downside, and what would make me think that you would want to stay more central, is that you could not walk to any of the the things you would want to visit. So it's a Metro ride every day. If you stayed in the 4th or 6th, you could conceivably walk to many of the sites you wanted to see, and be around a lot more restaurants.

As an example, I've stayed on Ile St Louis, which is in the 4th. Easy walk to Notre Dame, Left Bank, Marais,etc..Nice shops, good restaurants, but touristy during the day.

I've stayed near Jardin des Plantes, in the 5th. No tourists, some university students, one block to the Seine, 15 min walk to ND, plenty of good restaurants.

Also stayed at Place St Michel. Busy place, but I could walk across the street and be at ND in 5 mins.

So...stay in 8-20th if you want to avoid most tourists, but be aware that you can stay more central, and still be away from the masses at night.

In the end, I guess it all depends on how you want to spend your days and nights. I'll generalize..ff you want to rent an appt, shop at local markets, go to a cafe, local small restuarants, then consider the outlying areas. If you want to spend your days going to the tourist locations, inner arrondisments, may be better in order to reduce travel times, with the planning done to find a hotel in those areas that may be away from the main streets/attractions.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 09:36 AM
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The lowest season of the year for Paris hotels is August (followed by February).
It is really extremely easy to find a hotel in Paris for less than 100 €.
Just take a look at the hotels by arrondissement on www.pagesjaunes.fr (the Yellow Pages - English version available by clicking on the flag) and follow up the ones that look promising with Trip Advisor. Hotels in Paris are an absolute breeze.
But my own idea would be to look for one of the dozens of hotels around rue du Faubourg Montmartre (which is not in Montmartre!) -- extremely authentic area with a zillion restaurants, since, as I said earlier, it is part of the area preferred by European tourists.

Since I live in Paris, it is difficult for me to recommend a specific hotel.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 09:39 AM
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yes I do believe you are correct..since i only have 3 days, I think its smarter to be in the center of town.
Bardo sent me a good site, so I'm going through all the hotels looking for the perfect one.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 09:56 AM
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Ok, so I'm considering these hotels..has anyone ever heard of any of these? They are all in the Latin Qt except 1.

Residence de Arts
Abbatial Saint Germain
Dacia Luxembourg
California Saint
Moderne Saint Germain
Saint Paul Rive Gauche
Sully Saint Germain
A La Villa de Artistes
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:00 AM
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I just got back from Paris; we rented an apartment through parisperfect.com. It was so much fun coming back every night and seeing the Eiffel tower all lit up right in front of the living room and bedroom windows. The apartment had all of the necessities we needed to enjoy our stay. There was an espresso/coffee maker with coffee, hair dryer, a washer and dryer, CD player with CDís, DVD player, books on Paris, wireless Internet access and much more. We received a nice bottle of champagne, orange juice and milk upon our arrival. The Paris Perfect staff checked in with us throughout our visit to make sure we were comfortable and happy with the apartments. The beds were extremely comfortable and the showers were terrific. The neighborhood was one of the best parts of our vacation, we ate at several local restaurants and we enjoyed the market place on Rue Cler. There were several wonderful Patisseries within steps of our apartment. The metro stop was close by and living among the local Parisians in an affluent French neighborhood was fabulous. You can't go wrong with Paris Perfect, because it is just that, "Paris Perfect"!
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:37 AM
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Debra, which apartment did u book?
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:39 AM
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The rates look far from perfect to me.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:43 AM
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SShprints,

You might want to start a new thread and put the hotel names in the subjuct. If you want to stay in the Latin Quarter then leave off A La Villa de Artistes - I had suggested that because you earlier said you wanted a place away from lots of tourists. Also check the rates on the actual hotel websites to see if they are in your budget before you re-post a new thread. I have heard good things about the Residence des Arts and like the location but it starts at $248 (190 Euro) per night.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:45 AM
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SShprints,

parisperfect is a LUXURY apartment rental service and as a result cost more than most other Paris apartment rental agencies. They are probably also over your budget.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:48 AM
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Yikes! Sorry. I saw the the views of the Eiffel and forgot to check the price although the very last one is 142 euro.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 10:51 AM
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Residence de Arts is on a sale for the days I'm going, its 165 euro..just a tad above my budget.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 11:25 AM
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You can't beat the loation of the Residence des Arts and the rooms look lovely. You might want to go ahead and book - you have plenty of time between now and July to change if you find something better in the future.

I assume you are talking about this place?:

http://www.hotelresidencedesartsparis.com
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Dec 15th, 2006, 12:40 PM
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yes your right so I booked it...but will continue looking for something cheaper, since I'd rather find something in the $150 range.
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Dec 15th, 2006, 02:49 PM
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Sergey, I'll be staying at the Residence with my family in July as well. I chose it because of the convenient location. Close to plenty of busses, the metro station also very close (weI'll be walking mostly, but with the kids, busses are easier to get when going from point A to B). And they offer apartments with kitchinettes, which was the main reason why I booked it.

However, the location is extremely touristy-- Saint Germain, at the border of the Latin Quarter.

I'd suggest you to have a look at:

Jardin de l'Odeon, and Hotel Sainte Beuve. The Sainte Beuve is nearly at the border Sant-Germain/Montparnasse, but still in Saint Germain, and is an excellent 3 stars. The Jardin de l 'Odeon is close to the Northern section of Jardin de Luxambourg.

http://www.hotelsaintebeuveparis.com/index.html

http://www.hoteljardinodeonparis.com/

Beware, as some rooms at Jardin de l'Odeon are not air conditioned, although most of the rooms are.

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Dec 16th, 2006, 04:37 AM
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thanks for the great suggestion, but the reason I changed my mind about staying in a more touristy area is because it's my firt time in Paris and I ony have 3 days, therefore I want to be as close to all the attractions as possible.
I am also considering Abbastial Saint Germain because it's cheaper. I am not too picky with hotels: it needs to be clean, good location and in JULY-MUST have AC.
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Dec 16th, 2006, 05:03 AM
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the Abbatial looks like a good choice... there are some 'candid' photos on Tripadvisor - one looks like a single room...
Their internet rate for a single is 115-119€.
http://www.abbatial-paris-hotel.com/

Depending on your dates, there are some July prices for a single at 93-108€ on this site: (it's just a go-between w/ the hotel)
http://www.france-hotel-guide.com/h75005abbatial.htm

The summer promos usually start at/after July 15.
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Dec 16th, 2006, 05:21 AM
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In your price range---and now that you've changed your mind about location---I would definitely include Hotel Bonaparte. Plenty of reviews here and on TripAdvisor.com.

The location couldn't be more perfect, right in the heart of Saint-Germain, about a 10 min walk to the river, and 3 metro lines nearby. (We use the bus and there's a major hub at Saint Sulpice right around the corner.) They have a/c and, one of my favorites, they bring your breakfast tray to the room. It's nice to have coffee as soon as you wake up. The staff is always friendly and helpful with bus/metro schedules and restaurant recs.

We've stayed there several times and love the place. A double runs about 140 euros.
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Dec 16th, 2006, 05:55 AM
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urgh..so many choices
I am not traveling alone, so I'm looking for a double.
Thanks,
Sergey
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Dec 16th, 2006, 06:13 AM
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Hi S.

I stay at different hotels every trip to Paris and have stayed at both the Residence and the Abbatial and liked both. If price is not significant I'd go with the Residence. They have kitchenettes and you could make coffee, sandwiches, etc. It's on a small, quiet street steps from the Seine and the bridge to Notre Dame. We could look out our window and see the spires of Ste Chapelle. There is a very good, and reasonable restaurant Cafe Latin adjoining the building and an Irish Pub across the street. (At least they were theer a few years ago) Most of the other buildings on the street are residential with studios on the ground floor. I think it's on the edge of St. Germain, not in the midst of it.

The Abbatial is on Blvd. St. Germain, which is fine, but if you book there ask for a room at the back to avoid the street noise.

Of the two, I prefer the location of the Residence but the Abbatial is a close second. You'll be fine with either.
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Dec 16th, 2006, 06:34 AM
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The last post reminded me: if you inquire at the Bonaparte ask for a higher-up room on the street. Noise won't be a problem. There is a small elevator.
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