Where did you stay in Paris

Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 11:50 AM
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Where did you stay in Paris

I am trying a new approach on getting information on hotels / apartments

If anyone is willing, would you post where you stayed in Paris

how you liked it / would you stay there again
Did it have air conditioning, we are going in the summer months
What area was it in

Trying to get a list together to go through and narrow it down to 5 to choose from

I know that most times I should post my budget, requirements etc. but I am trying to do this differently and see what people thought of where they stayed

Here is hoping that many will particpate
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:09 PM
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I'd be glad to post if you let us know the price range you're interested in--otherwise there will be far too many in all price ranges, a real waste of valuable time for you.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:14 PM
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I am not too interested in the price at this time but more in what people enjoyed and why so that we can decide if something is in our budget or worth a splurge.

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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:17 PM
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OK, I'll bite...

We really like RELAIS CHRISTINE, which is a charming hotel in the 6th, converted from a monastery.

The hotel is located on a tiny lane off rue Dauphine ( great for July-August sales!) and only about two blocks in back of Blvd. St. Germaine.

Rooms can vary from very small with no balcony to compact duplexes overlooking the garden or interior courtyard.

The rooms are simply decorated, but have comfortable beds, WONDERFUL AC, and tiny bathrooms stocked with Molton Brown soaps and very plush bathrobes.

We love the very helpful staff, and the location which is within easy walking distance to the Latin Quarter ( about 10 min.) and Notre Dame. It's only a little further to the Louvre and Musee D'Orsay. And of course, the hotel is perfect for exploring the boutiques and galleries around St. Germaine.

Rates can be expensive- this is a 4-star hotel-, but in the past we've received a discounted August rate, so be sure to ask if you decide you're interested.

Two other hotels to mention are: Hotel D'Aubusson, which is on rue Dauphine, and Villa D'Estrees, which is, I think, near Notre Dame. Both of these look very nice and might be worth investigating!

Have a great time in Paris!

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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:26 PM
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Last April my sister and I stayed at Hotel Jeanne D'Arc in Le Marais (3, rue de Jarente - very important as there are two hotels with the same name!!) and were very pleased with it, especially for only 80 euros a night. The location was great and the hotel itself was very cute. I would recommend getting one of the superior rooms for around 90 euros a night if your budget allows, we saw one (w/two beds, I don't remember what #) and it was much cuter and brighter than the one we had. I think the hotel had air conditioning but am not 100% sure since it was cool when we were there - ask them to confirm. The website is www.hoteljeannedarc.com.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:37 PM
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Thank you Weadles and Audrey

Just the type of info I am looking for. The reason I didn't list price is because some of the higher priced hotels sometimes offer wonderful deals depending on the time of year you travel. Other times not. I like to contact each individual hotel to ask what their best price is for a certain date and go from there. We are still working out the dates we will travel to Paris

This will be our first time in France but not the first time in Europe

Thanks again and looking forward to many more replies
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:39 PM
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We almost always stay in the Hotel D'Angleterre on rue Jacob on the Left Bank. ( http://tinyurl.com/qanw7 )
Last March we rented an apt in the 7th and really enjoyed that too. ( www.parisperfect.com)
We never go in the summer, but the heating is always good where we stay
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:39 PM
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Last June I stayed at Hotel Des Grandes Ecoles, In Rue Cardinal Lemoine,in the Latin Quarter..The location is super,the hotel is very charming and is so quiet at night that you forget that you are actually in Paris.
This hotel is very popular and you can make the reservations only in certains dates..
No AC, only a large portable fan..the price is just right.

www.hotel-grandes-ecoles.com
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:45 PM
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Hi ga,

If you enter <Paris and Hotel> in the "search this forum" box you will find that your question has been answered many times over.

Prices often included.

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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:49 PM
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I love the Hotel L'Abbaye but it is no longer in my budget. In Frebruary I stayed at the Caron de Beaumarchais in the Marais. Would stay there ago because of the location.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 12:59 PM
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I stayed at Hotel du Pantheon http://www.hoteldupantheon.com/ and enjoyed it very much. The room was not huge, but well decorated and clean. It was ac'd but we didn't use it. The room was very quiet although it faces a busy street. The bathroom was very nicely done. The breakfast buffet was excellent! The location could not have been better.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 01:40 PM
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Stayed at a relatively small, but excellent hotel across the street from Louvre. It's the Hotel Regina. If you get a corner room (not on the front) you can have a beautiful view over the Tuilleries Gardens, and the Musee D'Orsay on the opposite side of the Seine. It's a fabulous location! It is a high end hotel, so it does have air, elevators, and a lovely room for breakfast.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 03:05 PM
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First, one in the 16th: the Regent Garden (now a BW affiliate), built by one of the Napoleons for his physician. Large, pretty rooms--especially those on the first floor--and a pleasant garden. The street the hotel is on has a mini-mart and a any number of good restaurants.

In St-Germain, our all-time favorite: the Madison. Small, beautifully decorated, good-sized rooms (those overlooking the Blvd St-Germain), lots of storage space, reliable a/c and soundproofing. Ideal location. Excellent buffet breakfast.

Hôtel Mansart, just off the Place Vendôme. A nicely old-fashioned place with very helpful staff, rooms (mostly of a good size) with antique furnishings, nice continental breakfast with all the seconds you can eat. Very convenient for the Louvre area; two good restaurants, L'Ardoise and Le Soufflé, on the nearby rue Mont-Thabor.

What we didn't like: the Regina. Overpriced, small rooms for the most part, stuffy staff. Good location, though.

One we loathed: St. James et Albany, on the rue de Rivoli. Ghastly decoration in our room, inadequate cleaning, unpleasant staff. I hear the rooms have been renovated, which is a good thing: they were truly hideous, in the worst of 50's style.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 07:52 PM
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We've stayed at the L'Astor about 6-7 times. They sometimes run very good specials on their website:

http://www.hotel-astorsainthonore.com/uk/navigation.htm

There are a few rooms which had small balconies and views of Sacre Coeur. The suite on the top of the hotel has a 360 degree view of Paris including not only Sacre Coeur, but La Tour d'Eiffel as well. The rooms are bright, up-to-date, and stylish; and the staff is usually very helpful.

The location, for us, is perfect. A few blocks from La Place de la Madeleine.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:17 PM
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We were in Paris at Thanksgiving and we stayed at the lovely Victoria Palace Hotel in the 7th. Our Jr. Suite was enormous and very comfortable. The hotel is on a quiet street of Rue de Rennes. We walked everywhere -- to Notre Dame, to the Musee D'Orsay, to the Louvre. We went by bus to Montmartre. The 95 bus is just a block away. Wonderful restaurants in the vicinity, too.
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 08:41 PM
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THANK YOU IRA!!!!
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Old Apr 23rd, 2006, 09:58 PM
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Hi

On our last trip we stayed at Timhotel Tour Eiffel in the 15th (see http://www.timhotel.com/hotels/us/eiffel.html). The hotel was OK but only some of the rooms have air-con. I will post some pictures on my webpage eventually but here is a review: http://www.epinions.com/content_227495022212

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Old Apr 24th, 2006, 08:42 AM
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We rented an apartment, through nyhabitat.com for 8 nights, which was on Quai de la Tournelle, right across from Isle St. Louis in the 5th arrondisement. Renting was an absolutely spectacular experience. 8 nights cost us less than 1000 Euro's (and you can rent for as little as 3 nights), gave us a spot in the middle of the sites we wanted to see, not to mention a kitchen and laundry facilities (which allowed us to pack light). It was small and nothing glamourous, but the apartment was exactly as described on the website with no surprises whatsoever. We are planning to stay there again when we visit Paris next year. NY Habitat offers apartments in a range of prices in every arrondisement in Paris.
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Old Apr 24th, 2006, 10:52 AM
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I rented a studio apartment on the rue Mouffetard from www.private-paris.com. It is also www.vrbo.com/31087 I believe.

Nice little ground floor courtyard apt. that is very quiet but close to the sights and sounds of the Mouffetard just outside the courtyard. When one opens the "big blue door" into the street there is a crepe stand on either side. Yummy and cheap. The neighborhood bustles and is safe day and night and is loaded with inexpensive ethnic restaurants and is mostly a pedestrian walking street.

Henri, the apt. owner,is very easy to work with when making arrangements.

No airconditiong but it has a washer/dryer combo and a bath tub.
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Old Apr 24th, 2006, 11:50 AM
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Here's another vote for Relais Christine; I've written about it before, so you could type it into the search and find out more about it. I like it for a number of reasons, but it is not the most practical of high-end hotels in terms of layout.
Just steps away is LeRegent, which would offer you the same neighborhood at considerably less the price. Still nice--not luxurious, but comfortable. The rooms are quite small, but if you plan mostly on sleeping in your hotel and being out and about the remaining hours, it's a good choice in a wonderful location.

Another place that I would like to try--in a different part of Paris, nearer to the Arc de Triomphe--is the Hotel St. James. It's affiliated with Relais Christine, and is more like an English men's club. Had drinks there one evening and enjoyed its atmosphere.
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