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Suggestion for Paris hotel for first timers

Aug 21st, 2008, 06:44 AM
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We recently stayed at Hotel De Grandes Ecoles for 128 euros per night. Room 134 was very nice and overlooked the beautiful garden--huge Beech tree right outside the window. Lots of restaurants nearby as well as Metro.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 06:58 AM
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http://www.hotel-desmines-paris.com/

Triples for 144 euro....
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Aug 21st, 2008, 07:02 AM
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Jandee,

October is a popular time to visit Paris--we love it that time of year. I can recommend the Hotel Muguet, Londres Eiffel and Relais Bosquet. All are in the 7th and have some view rooms if you are lucky. The Muguet is on a quiet residential street while the others have many shops and restaurants nearby. These are a bit more upscale than the Valadon but the family who own the Valadon are very nice (I met them at the hotel they owned some years ago). The staff at the Relais Bosquet were outstanding last fall and it's such a comfy place. Good luck in your search.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 07:36 AM
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Hi jandee, I can't guarantee prices or quality because it has been a few years but

1. Hotel Ceramic on Wagram (very near Etoile)

2. Hotel Ferrandi on Rue du Cherche Midi (very near Montparnasse/St. Germain de Pres)

both worked for hub and me who only wanted a good shower and a comfortable bed for sleep.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 07:43 AM
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My husband and I have stayed at hotel Leveque (www.hotel-leveque.com) many times (close to the Tower). The rooms are clean (and en suite) and it's located on Rue Cler which is a residental street with lots of markets, some restaurants and very close to the metro (like a block). Also, my sister, mom and I stayed at the hotel St. Jacques
(www.hotel-saintjacques.com) last summer and it was a nice area, not too far from the metro (3 blocks maybe) but had restaurants nearby and is close to Notre Dame, Sorbonne, etc.

Good luck.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 07:58 AM
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Here are a few places I like: Hotel Familia, Hotel du Mont Blanc (great location), Trianon Rive Gauche. All very good locations. Here are a few web-sites: www.france-hotel-guide.com and www.trianon-rive-gauche.com

The hotel guide will give you some budget hotels (as budget as you can get in Paris) and you can get on the hotel's web-site and contact them directly, some hotels will tell you instantly if they're booked. Also, there's Le Meridien in Montparnesse, good value on a weekend with an American breakfast included. Good luck with finding a hotel and have a great trip!
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Aug 21st, 2008, 08:13 AM
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Rosebud, Is the Meridien near a hospital? If so, it has an awesome upscale restaurant.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 08:15 AM
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For first timers, I can't think of a better location than the Hotel Bonaparte. Close to 3 or 4 metro stops, reasonably priced, and in the center of tons of day life and nightlife (for all ages!)
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Aug 21st, 2008, 08:32 AM
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Hi,
We stayed twice at the Hotel Buci Latin on Rue de Buci in the Left Bank. It's a small, lovely, service-oriented hotel with a wonderful location. Good luck!
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Aug 21st, 2008, 08:38 AM
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jandee,

Did you try Ira's Hotel Bonaparte?

I agree the location can't be beat.

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Aug 21st, 2008, 09:08 AM
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We took Ira's suggestion and stayed at the Hotel Bonaparte. It was great. Reasonably priced and easy to Metro. The staff were very helpful.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 11:46 AM
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Jandee,

Here's another group of listings where the locations and prices seem right for a first timer. the first time I went to Paris a couple of years ago I stayed 1/2 block from the Louvre on rue St Honore in the second arrondissment on the right bank. close to the hop on hop off tourist buses an in walking distance to a lot.

If you use the Hotel France Guide as a Fodorite suggested above, you can book directly with the hotels,know immediately if they are booked, and you might instad of asking for a triple, ask for a double and if they will supply a cot for a child.

Here's another group of hotels where the prices seem right. I think your best bets are probably the 2nd , 5th and 6 th arrondissments as a first timer.

http://www.parisnet.com/hotels/Paris/

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Aug 21st, 2008, 12:20 PM
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A number of years ago we stayed at the Hotel Sully St. Germaine on the Left Bank. It was perfectly charming. Loved it.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 02:10 PM
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My friend and I are going to Paris in October as well. We are staying at the Hotel Sevigne on Rue Mahler in the Marais. It's right across the street from the St. Paul Metro stop and for the two of us we are paying 86 euro a night. We did tons of research and this one came up a winner. They don't book online - by email only directly to the hotel. If anyone has stayed here - I'd love to hear your feedback.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 04:14 PM
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Thanks everybody! I finally made the reservation at Hotel de l'Avre for 125 Euros. I am so relieved!

Now I can start researching all the other stuff.
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Aug 21st, 2008, 04:34 PM
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jandee

I admit to quickly reading the recs here, but I missed the one you chose. Although I would not have picked that location for first timers, it does look pretty good, good access to the Metro, and very good reviews on TripAdvisor.com. May I ask how you found it?

I apologize if it was recommended here and I missed it.
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Aug 22nd, 2008, 06:25 AM
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I found it through Trip Advisor (recommended here). I just entered my price range and it gave a list of top ranked hotels and I just whittled down from there. I would have loved to stay at The Hotel Bonaparte which was recommended here but that was 177 Euros for triple. So I decided to sacrifice location for price. All the recommendations here helped me to get an idea of the price and locations.
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Aug 22nd, 2008, 08:45 AM
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Jandee, it is great that the process worked so well for you. Since it looks like the two metro stops are just a block in either direction from the hotel, I don't think location should be a problem at all.

I'm so glad you found what you needed at the right price. You will have a wonderful trip.
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Aug 22nd, 2008, 08:28 PM
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The hotel looks very nice. Please let us know how your stay is and tell us a little about the area when you return. At that price it might really be a find.

Bon voyage!
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Aug 23rd, 2008, 07:23 AM
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You'll enjoy the street market underneath the metro tracks along blvd Grenelle (a couple days a week), and there's a Monoprix at the corner of Grenelle/Commerce.
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