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Same cost a week in Paris or New York City, which is better in mid winter?

Same cost a week in Paris or New York City, which is better in mid winter?

Nov 4th, 2003, 11:46 AM
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New York!! The exchange rate is not very good and Paris is more costly these days.

Don't forget JETLAG. You won't have that if you visit New York.

While I love Paris, I live in New York City and often choose to spend a few days in a hotel...theater, shopping, dining and very, very friendly and welcoming people.

Last Valentines Day we spent a few days at the Parker Meridien Hotel and it was great. The winter rates were excellent. Location is perfect. Breakfast in the hotel at Norma's is a New York treat.

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Nov 4th, 2003, 12:52 PM
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We visit my daughter in NYC several times a year (from the DC area). The drive can be HORRIBLE -- other times it is just OK. The flight to Paris is long...but you can watch movies or knock yourself out with sleeping pills. Even with special hotel deals (remember, a $125/night special for a hotel in NYC doesn't include about 20% tax and fees, OR $25-50 night PARKING. We find that going out for a terrific meal (with wine, drinks, dessert) is going to cost about $200 if not more in NYC. We've been to Paris three times since 1998, and it is far easier to have just as fantastic a meal for $100 in Paris. The most expensive hotel we've stayed in there (Grand Hotel del Balcons) cost us $800 for 7 nights -- and that was after the euro -- and included a full breakfast with "endless" coffee. (I think we got one night free, having stayed 6) Unlike DC, museums in either Paris or NYC are not free...but the inexpensive Carte Musee will give you access to just about everything you want to visit in Paris. Generally, winter in Paris is not as cold or icy as it can be in NYC...the climate is very much like it is here in DC. (Of course last winter wasn't typical on either continent.) I vote for Paris.
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Nov 4th, 2003, 01:49 PM
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Given the additional information you gave above (going in March, figuring on $600 per person) I still say Paris but I wouldn't use go-today. Right now you can get fares from most east coast cities for low $300 range including taxes (try orbitz, etc). There are many, many 2 star hotels in central Paris for about $80 a night. That adds up to just under your $600 per person fee for 6 nights.

I used go-today last March for London and would use the company again, they were very reliable. But as Christina pointed out, their choice of hotels in Paris is not very good. I conisdered their specials and then put my own together - flight on Continential from Newark for $345 (including tax) and staying at Hotel St Jacques in the 5th. I think you could do just as well.

Especially given that you want to go in March I'd choose Paris. By then it will be light out till 6:30-7:00pm, grass will be green, flowering bushes in Bloom. I love Paris in March. March in NY just doesn't look as "spring like" as Paris in March. And I still say you can go to NYC any time.
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Nov 4th, 2003, 02:04 PM
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Willtravel: You can use the following website to look up locations in Paris, using the address provided by go-today. http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/pj.cgi
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Nov 4th, 2003, 03:21 PM
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Thanks KristinaE.
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Nov 4th, 2003, 05:25 PM
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Odds are pretty good you will be able to go to NYC anytime. But are the odds the same that you can go to Paris anytime...likely, no. Do not miss an opportunity to visit Paris. Warning though, you may find yourself addicted to low cost trips to Europe and like many of us, you will be planning your next trip to the continent immediately upon your return. I grew up in NYC and now live in Boston. In the last 5 years I have been to NYC 2 times and Europe 9......just a warning
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Nov 4th, 2003, 06:02 PM
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If you want the answer to be Paris, then why did you ask the question? Really, I would choose neither and would go to Japan or Rome or somewhere else.

So, if price was my main interest, I suppose I would go to NY, given the choice. But I'd stay at a place like the Holiday Inn, 49 West 32nd Street, for $99 minus a 10% AAA discount. That's a savings of $150 or 25% of the $600 budget.
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Nov 4th, 2003, 10:07 PM
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Between Paris and New York in winter, my choice would be.... Ixtapa.
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Nov 5th, 2003, 06:50 AM
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Paris, we typically travel there in the Jan. - Mar. timeframe because that's when we typically find the best deals. Paris will be warmer & still a tremendous amount of fun. NY is just too cold & miserable, save NY for fall.
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