Planning First Trip to Paris Questions

Aug 6th, 2007, 10:03 AM
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My husband and I traveled to Paris in April (school vacation week!).
We stayed at the Hotel St. Christophe in the 5th arr. and loved the area.
There were two metro stops close by and we did a lot of walking.
The weather was warm and sunny every day.
We stayed for 8 nights and did one full day trip to Normandy
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Aug 6th, 2007, 10:24 AM
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I second sjj's suggestion of the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles in the 5th. Your teen should enjoy the 5th for its atmosphere, and you'll like the proximity to some of the bigger sights. Plus the hotel is really lovely (it's in that book of Parisian hotels of charm).

Either way, I like the 1st, 3rd, 4th or 5th.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 10:44 AM
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February is a great time to go because flights are cheaper and hotels have more availability. It will be much warmer than in New Hampshire and much less crowded. True, the gardens won't be in bloom but there is a lot to do.

Check the guidebooks in your library until you find one that seems like a good fit.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 11:44 AM
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Hi GM,

>hotels 150-200 dollars/day range.

That's a bit low for a triple in the 4 - 7 districts.

This hotel is not central, but it is close to metro and bus.

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Aug 6th, 2007, 12:45 PM
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More replies! Thanks. I love the info.
Ira, what would you say the avg price might be for those areas?
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Aug 6th, 2007, 01:31 PM
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We bought our tickets in early December '06 for Februaray '07. They were about 655 USD, PIT <> CDG. There was a big problem with an East Coast snow storm, but we made it about 4 hours late. However, my brother, flying from NYC, had his flight on Delta cancelled, and was given no decent rebooking option.

The three of us stayed in apartment #10 at We loved it and loved the location. The sleeping arrangements were especially good for three people.

We have been twice in April, and once with our daughter. We shared a triple at Hotel Palais Bourbon in the 7th.

It's a little hard to give an average price for a hotel in the central arrondisements, because they can range all over the place. 150 euro to 1000 or more.
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Aug 6th, 2007, 06:45 PM
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Hello, I have been to paris many times. I stayed at Hotel des Mines on Blvd St. Michele in a triple twice. The room was a good size, beds not cramed together and big bathroom. the staff very nice. Location is very good in Latin Quarter and very near St. Germain. RER stop from CDG close. The rate is 100 to 135 euros for a triple. I recommended it to my friend who went with family last fall and they were very pleased also. It is 125 blvd st. michele
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Aug 6th, 2007, 07:25 PM
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If you can consider a Thanksgiving week trip, keep an eye out for fares then. Obviuosly most Americans travel inside the US that week, and even business travel to Paris is slow then. Weather can be quite decent, not cold yet but with that nice nip in the air (and AC in apt is not needed). You may find some good fares at that time - and you also find a bit of a Christmas feel.

As far as neighborhoods, the previous posters have covered it. My friends and I liked the Britannique in the 1st (between the Louvre and Hotel de Ville (City Hall), a great location. Not as cheap as it once was, but still mid-range. The Marais has lots of choices. And many swear by the Best Western hotels in Paris for price - they are not "chain" hotels, but former unique properties bought/managed by BW.

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Aug 7th, 2007, 12:22 AM
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If you go in feb, there's a small, but modern apartement in the 1st for 90 Euro p/night (with discount for over 7 nights). This apartment is in the 1st, and a street from the louvre/jardins tuileries on to the champs elysees. for a first time to paris trip, the location (and price) are amazing.
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Aug 7th, 2007, 12:14 PM
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That is a good looking apartment - and a good price. Will put it on my (growing) list.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 01:50 PM
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We just got back yesterday, and we stayed at a lovely Hotel in the 5th Arrondisement (Latin Quarter) called Hotel Saint Jacques. Very clean, great service, charming and very inexpensive by Paris standards. We paid 100 euros per night. We were able to walk pretty much everywhere we needed to go, and it is a short walk to the Metro and Batobus station (riverboat) on the Seine.

Also the Latin Quarter has wonderful restaurants.

Have a wonderful time.
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Aug 10th, 2007, 06:44 PM
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travel_buzzing, have you actually stayed in this apartmnt? Seems like a great deal/location! I'd love to hear particulars about how it was to deal with these folks as well as the apartment itself. They want a 300E damage deposit up front, which seems high. Any first hand info?
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Hey, no haven't stayed in this apartment, it crossed my mind as a good option for OP. I'm considering it for next trip (but not in Feb anyway; last time it was far too cold!)- hopefully someone else can comment first hand. The damage deposit probably based on the fact that its a new refurb- trying to encourage guests to be mindful of the nice fittings. way2stay are fine to work with.
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