Picking between Arrondissements

Oct 25th, 2007, 07:00 AM
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I didn't know the western tip of the island was in the 1st -- not that it matters as that is a park and there are no hotels there, anyway.

I don't like the Marais that well, either, so I am a real oddball (don't like the Marais or St Germain). But Hypatia, I was wondering why you said you couldn't stay in the 7th because you want to be near a church. There are lots of churches in the 7th, you could be near one if you want to stay there. I do agree that the part of St Germain I would like best is not the part most of the folks who like it prefer, which is the area around bd St Germain. I like the area south of that a bit, more around the gardens, but south of that you get into an area I don't think is called St Germain. I went to school there one summer on rue d'Assas at L'Institut Catholique and lived near Notre-Dame-des-Champs metro, and I like that area but don't think it's exactly St Germain. Maybe it is, I walked by the home of Toklas and Stein on the way to school and that is always called St Germain.

I really think for this trip it doesn't matter too much and both would be fine.
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Oct 25th, 2007, 09:10 AM
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Thanks, everyone. We decided on the First--after much conversation--largely because it's a nicer place and with it being cold in January and there being four of us, we figured that would be best. We are still a walk from everything. We are all between our thirties and forties, to answer the one question. We are renting the apartment through www.welcometoparis.com. But if you have any more suggestions, I've enjoyed reading your responses.
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Oct 25th, 2007, 09:13 AM
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I have made a pact that no matter how much I loved the last hotel I will try a new one in different Arr. each time I go to Paris.Then it's like you're a first timer.

Yes, I plan on staying in the 7th(at some point) but I love being able to walk by Notre Dame and see what happening there.Sometimes there are concerts etc.

I totally agree I love the vibe up the hill by the garden.But walking uphill to go home?

I dont really care that much for the fashion area.The problem is finding a suitable place in my budget,a couple of blocks from a goog metro stop, in the 4-7,that I haven't stayed in before...
yes, that one thing about the St Germaine area ...there seems to be a lot of kids out late night

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Oct 25th, 2007, 09:15 AM
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Also, Suz, there are places with a view of Notre Dame on the island at www.vrbo.com. They look nice--and that fascinates me as well.
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Oct 27th, 2007, 12:39 AM
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We rented our apartment on the Rue Croix des Petits Champs from Welcome 2 Paris as well. They were wonderful to work with. Sophie is a gem!

You need to be aware that the final payment will include an "agency fee". I was not aware of this until I booked.

Also, the full amount is due when you arrive (deposit before then). You have to have this in euros, as the company does not accept credit cards. So you'll be travelling with a fair amount of cash until you can hand over the amount due.

Several of the agencies with websites that we contacted said that they had to "check with the owner" on availability. This now leads me to believe that some of these owners also rent the units out themselves (perhaps on vrbo.com), so you might check to see if this same apartment is also available directly from the owner WITHOUT an agency fee.

You have to weigh whether it is worth a little more money to be dealing with an agency. I can tell you that Sophie and her crew were extremely responsive from beginning to end, and were also very accessible by mobile phone. Sophie was also very flexible regarding occupancy, time of departure, and collection of the balance (the gals in my party came in on different days. She allowed us to pro-rate the payment as each person arrived!) The deposit was returned promptly.

E-mail me if you have questions: [email protected].
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 10:59 AM
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Marci, I think you made a good choice about staying in the 1st arr. and my reasoning is that it will be so cold out, but you wont have far to the tourist buses and the louvre. If it were warmer weather I would say definitely stay in the 6th as near to Luxembourg Gardens as you can. No one minds walking around in lovely mild weather...and I think in the 6th there is a lot more walking ,

On my first visit to Paris I stayed in the 2nd arr. close to the Louvre,about two blocks to it and the buses - it was April and still quite cold out. In the area there was a grocery store, a corner "diner" type affair that served wonderful mussels, a chinese restaurant, and it was fairly centralized.

This year in May (and it was warmer) I stayed at an apartment in the 6th. Restaurants and buses weren't as close but being a block from Luxembourg Gardens made up for it

I think you made a good choice, but I would also follow the suggestion made above and check out if the same apartment is listed in VRBO -rentals listed by and dealing directly with the owner. Many of them are apartments owned by Americans with phone numbers in the states.

Hope you'll let us know how Paris in January was.
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 02:56 PM
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A lot of agencies do have to check with an owner about availability, but that doesn't lead directly to the reason is that the owner is renting it themself on VRBO. Agencies often do not have exclusive rights to one that is always vacant, so almost all agencies have to check with an owner to see if it is free on the requested date. The main reason is because many owners allow several agencies to rent their apartment, not because the owner is renting it themself. Other reasons are that the owner may want to be there on those dates, or other things. I have seen a couple that were on an agency's website and on VRBO, and I think in that case, the price was actually the same. It surprised me, too, but I've seen that.
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:10 PM
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My choice is the 14th. I love staying in Montparnasse.
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Nov 3rd, 2007, 04:36 PM
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Since coming to love the Aventine in Rome, I'm ready for anything next time in Paris ... the 16th would be similar, I think: quiet, residential, home-like. But still Paris.

That said, I've stayed in the 1st at Hotel Britannique and loved the location: dead center in Paris, about a block off the Seine, 3 minutes to Ile de la Cite, close to the Louvre, Place des Voges, the Marais ... really a manageable walk to anywhere in the center. And yet Avenue Victoria is relatively quiet and doesn't see much vehicle traffic. For shopping, you're still close to BHV (a treat for us hardware and housewares hounds), boutiques of the Marais, Rue de Rivoli etc. Easy to reach Beaubourg, the Picasso ...

I think you'll like the 1st just fine!
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