Rome or Paris on a budget?

Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:00 PM
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Rome or Paris on a budget?


My boyfriend and I are trying to pick a weeklong vacation for the end of March. We are on a very tight budget (a step above a hostel, but clean, safe, and a decent bed, because we are both over 5' 11"), and neither of us have been to Europe before. We are both very active, and are looking to see everything we can in our week. If anyone has had any advice or suggestions, please, please, share! I've always dreamed of going to Europe, and I any imput will be greatly appreciated
Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:12 PM
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I can help with Paris. I stayed at the Grand Hotel Leveque.
It is about $65/night for a double room. Great neighborhood, close to the eiffel tower, friendly staff that speak English. They recommended a great restaurant for us one evening. If you have any questions, please email me. Also, take advantage of the museum pass.
Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:17 PM
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Do you mean over Easter? That will make budget hotels a bit tougher at this late date as the good ones usually get booked fast. I can recommend the Hotel des Artistes in Rome. Post where you decide then you'll get more advice on specifics what to do. In a week you could see a lot in Rome, daytrips to Florence, Pompeii, etc. Also you may want to consider getting one of the private rooms at a hostel as many times they are just as nice as a budget hotel.
Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:19 PM
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Hi Hallie. On a trip to Paris in 1998, I stayed at the charming and well-located (in the 6th, just a few blocks from the Seine) Hotel de Nesle and I think this would definitely fit your criteria of "a step above a hostel, but clean, safe, and a decent bed."

Back then they didn't, but now they have a great website, at:

The only *possible* caveat is that, back in 1998 anyway, they did not take reservations. Rooms were first-come, first-served beginning around 10:00 in the morning. (I arrived in Paris early, hustled over to it, and managed to score a great little room with a private bath, decorated with old art nouveau posters from the Côte d'Azur.) I say possible because, now that they have a website, they may have changed this policy. I didn't see any mention of it on the website.

Another possibility, also in the 6th, is the Hotel Petit Trianon. See website at:

The caveat here is that, although is has a great location, near the Rue de Buci street market, the particular room I stayed in (also on my 1998 trip) was one of the worst I've ever stayed in in Europe. *However*, I saw other rooms in passing and they looked better, and the woman who runs it is very nice and it may be that even the room I had has been improved in the intervening three years.

Good luck!

Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:28 PM
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For Paris, I'd also suggest the one-star Hotel Delhy's. It is exactly what you want and in a good, central area in St-Germain, only about 250-300F. I'm not sure if rooms have private bath, I think not, that's why it is cheap, but this hotel is always cited as one of the best at that level in Paris in reputable guidebooks. It's not on very many booking sites (hotels at that level usually aren't), but this one looks ok:
Old Jan 17th, 2002, 12:48 PM
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This article tells the story of a California woman who married a French man and is running a hotel in Paris. I haven't been there but it does sound like a good deal and the website looks like it's nice. You might want to take a look.

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