What Neighborhood to Stay in Paris?

Aug 14th, 2001, 10:22 AM
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What Neighborhood to Stay in Paris?

My husband and I are going to go to Paris and Amsterdam for our anniversary this year. I need some suggestions of where to stay in Paris. We do have a limited budget, and would like to keep our hotel cost to a minimum.........I am thinking $75.00 a night. I am an artist (graphic designer) and an avid art historian and antique collector, and my main purpose to going to Paris this time is to go to some great flea markets. I am interested in finding vintage travel posters, and luggage labels.......Any suggestions on where to stay.......what neighborhoods, would I want access to? I have been to Paris before and done the typical tourist thing. Now I want something different.........If you are so inclined..please suggest the most romantic place to have dinner for our anniversary. It's our 1 year...so I want it to be very special. Thanks so much! Carey
Aug 15th, 2001, 06:09 AM
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I can't believe no one has a comment regarding this question..........surely there are tons of people who have been to Paris!! (including myself, but a long time ago.)
Aug 15th, 2001, 06:18 AM
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Carey, this is a weekly, even daily question, so people get tired of typing the same thing. Do a search for lots of ideas. We found the 6th a good area for our first trip in June.
Aug 15th, 2001, 06:50 AM
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You can make a search on:


and see what is available in your price range.

Also Quartier latin, Marais, and Montmartre would be convenient.

Aug 15th, 2001, 07:35 AM
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Hotel with good location and budget prices: http://www.franceway.com/hotels/delhys/

For posters and such, the bouquinistes have some offerings.

Flea Markets: http://www.paris-anglo.com/guide/ent...a_markets.html

Also look for posters and banners for "brocante"; these are flea markets set up in neighborhoods, on streets, in schoolyards, etc., and are rarely attended by tourists, so you can find some cool stuff at bargain prices.

Romantic restaurant: Tour d'Argent, Jules Verne for views, and you'll pay for it. In the 11eme/12eme, two small neighborhood restaurants with very French atmosphere: Savoir Aimer, Les Amognes
Aug 15th, 2001, 07:41 AM
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It's not critical at all where you stay as long as you're in the central area. The various areas are right next to each other, across the street from each other. There's no great demarcation line. Everyone has their own favorite area they will argue for. You'll be out and about the whole city anyway, and the city is so easy to get around you can go to most areas quickly and easily for sites, restaurants, etc. The 1st, 4th, parts of the 5th, the 6th, parts of the 7th, 8th - all fine. For more Paris information e-mail me [email protected]
Aug 15th, 2001, 08:32 AM
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Hi Carey
I have a file on Paris; if you'd like to see it, email me. It is oriented toward the first-time visitor, but you may find some helpful suggestions.
Aug 15th, 2001, 10:18 AM
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I do second Surlok's suggestion for the 14th - Montparnasse which is south of Saint-Germain and close to the Luxembourg Gardens. It's my very favourite area in Paris. Great for restaurants, public transportation, shopping around (Rue Vavin, Rue Notre-Dame-des-Champs, etc.), not as touristy as the 5th and the 6th. Beautiful houses full of history (old ateliers of painters, etc.).
Most romantic dinner: Well, a small non touristy bistrot just anywhere. One of my favs is "Chez Diane", at 25, Rue Servandoni, 6th, opposite Luxembourg Gardens, close to the Saint-Sulpice church, next door to the Hotel "Luxembourg Parc". Don't book before 8 p.m., people (mostly French) come in by 9. p.m.
Enjoy Paris!
Aug 15th, 2001, 01:45 PM
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I don't know many nice hotels I'd suggest in that price range, that's the problem. If you don't mind minuscule rooms, some budget hotels thought of as romantic might be Hotel du Globe or Hotel du Lys in the 6th arr (St-Germain), there is a hotel up on Montmartre that might be romantic, the Ermitage. Probably Hotel des Grandes Ecoles could be called romantic, but I think it's more than that although a bargain. I don't like flea markets that much and haven't seen luggage labels so can't suggest one for that; there are special shops for antique posters, you could look in the phone book when there. In general, I like browsing St Germain for antique books and papers (ie, autographs). I think some romantic restaurants are Le Coupe Chou in the Latin Qtr and one on Ile St-Louis called L'Orangerie at 28 rue St-Louis-en-Ile (I've seen it called the most romantic restaurant in Paris, prices are moderate). I know Coupe Chou has a web site, you can find out more on these by a search on google or something.
Aug 15th, 2001, 02:20 PM
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An inexpensive hotel with a "drop dead" romantic view of Paris is Regyn's Montmartre on Place des Abbesses. Look in the rants and raves section for a review from Thyra. I think that would be a neat neighborhood for you and you could splurge on an anniversary dinner at Beauvilliers, 52 rue Lamark 01 42 54 54 42.
Aug 15th, 2001, 08:04 PM
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Thank you everyone for the wonderful responses. You have all given me a great basis to start doing my homework. I know, I see this posted quite frequently, but the interest in luggage labels...I thought, might spawn someone into giving me an added insight. Thank you for all your suggestions, for those who have offered info via email, I will definitely take you up on the offer. I ALWAYS post my email address for those reasons. Sometimes it's a lot easier to email a person directly....and a great way to meet new people. thanks so much! Carey
Feb 9th, 2002, 02:12 AM
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