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Old Sep 11th, 2008, 09:06 PM
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Can any one please advice which is a good neigbourhood to find a hotel in Paris? We are going to be in paris for the first time in Oct 2008. We would like to do all the touristy stuff and also like to be in an area with bars, good night life etc... I have heard latin quarter, L'opera, arc the triomphe, louvre is all good areas to stay in. Any advice will be appreciated.
Thanks so much
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 02:09 AM
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From this site, most people will tell you the Latin Quarter.
 
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You can do a search on Paris hotels and get lots of information here.
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This might help with some general orientation:

http://www.parisnet.com/parismap.html
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 03:04 AM
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I would suggest the 6th, which is very central to much of the sightseeing that you'll want to do.
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Any of the arrondisements 1-8 are easy to see the tourist sites/sights. I'd suggest you get at it--October can be very crowded with the fashion shows in Paris.
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 03:49 AM
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I have stayed many times in the Bastille area. It's less touristy than the Latin Quarter but has a vibrant night life, lots of good restaurants and better prices on hotels. On the metro it's easy to get to the centre ville.
You can more easily pretend you're a local.
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 04:20 AM
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I would NOT suggest the Latin Quarter; rather, the 6th or 7th or 4th or 1st for a first-time visitor.
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Old Sep 12th, 2008, 06:18 AM
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I would suggest the 1st ,4th or 6th district. Any of these are great for first timer to Paris. Have a great trip.
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I suggest the 4th , 5th, 6th ( my fave) or 8th.
There are good pockets in most arrondissmonts to stay in,, when in the 5th ( Latin Quarter ) I like to stay nearer to Luxembourg park, closer to Pantheon. I love the area closer to river , but it is so busy and filled with noisey cheap cafes that staying there would annoy me.
I also have stayed in the 1st, but I found it too dead at night( except for a row of ( mostly) souvenir shops that line Rue Du Rivoli.
the 8th is fine, but doesn't have quite the "charm" I like. I do stay there though when relatives are in town as its free( always a good price
I also just stayed in the 14 this last trip, and liked it well enough, but I am not a first timer and I use the metro comfortably , so it is not quite so important to me to be within walking distance of the river .
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Having been many times, I enjoy staying outside the touristy areas (15th, 12th, 11th), but for first timers I highly recommend the 4th (Marais) area.

Get a map that shows the arrondisements, look at the Hotel de Ville/Pompidou Center/Bastille area, make a circle between the Pompidou and the Bastille and consider something within that area. Very interesting "old" Paris area with great bistros and an easy walk to so many places.
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