Which hotel would you choose in Paris?

Feb 23rd, 2008, 07:40 PM
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Thank you for all of your responses.
Bloom, no apologizes needed. I appreciated your information as to where you stayed My response was to kerouac. I did not know what his/her comment of ew was directed at. My choice of hotel or neighborhood?
Thanks again. I guess I will just have to decide if I want to spend more euros for the HotelD'Aubusson which has gotten great reviews.
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Feb 23rd, 2008, 07:42 PM
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Kerouac has posted before that he lives very close to the metro stop, Marx Dormoy. And he's given a good synopsis of the surrounding areas in a thread a couple months ago (also on Fodors, but I can't find it).
http://tinyurl.com/3dckj4
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Feb 24th, 2008, 02:00 AM
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Hi Will
This is the Fodors link for the same itinerary
http://www.fodors.com/forums/threadselect.jsp?fid=2
It is very interesting.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 03:30 AM
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I've stayed on Ile de St Louis and loved it, but it's funny how I have no desire to stay there again. So I understand (I think) your "itch" to be talked into another hotel.

I've often looked at the Hotel D'Aubusson website and its reviews. I like its location--it's in the middle of things but it's still "tucked" away.

It's always been out of my price range (sigh), so perhaps I can talk you into staying there so I can live vicariously.

Having stayed at the Hotel Regent on Rue de Buci and Hotel Colbert (pre renovation) on Rue Colbert, I still bet you'll be walking over to Ile de St. Louis a lot, and probably dining there too. But after our stay on the Ile, my daughter came to the conclusion that it seemed more fun to walk to the Ile rather than stay on it. And we still don't know why!
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Feb 24th, 2008, 07:46 AM
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I do not at all consider myself to live in Montmartre, since my neighborhood is called "La Chapelle." Montmartre covers two other administrative neighborhoods of the 18th arrondissement: "Grandes-Carrières" and "Clignancourt." (Each Paris arrondissement is divided into 4 neighborhoods, and often this is how Parisians will refer to where they live.)

To reply to the question concerning non-tourist neighborhoods that I would recommend, I must say that there are tourists everywhere in Paris, but the big difference is that North American tourists seem to be the ones that have ghetto-ized themselves the most into just a few neighborhoods (Saint Germain-des-Prés, the Marais, the Champs-Elysées, the Eiffel Tower area...). When you consider the fact that there are 76 other neighborhoods in Paris, it appears to be a very limited view of the city.

A few places that I would recommended to North Americans who want to stay in a "safe", not-too-shabby area with lots of nice shops and restaurants would be in the area of the following metro stations: Villiers (17th), Jules Joffrin (18th), Gambetta (20th), Voltaire (11th), Convention (15th) or Alésia (14th). But there are lots and lots of others.

As I have pointed out in the past, the two arrondissements with the most hotels and the greatest number of tourists are the 9th and the 10th, but this seems to be completely off the tourist maps of most North Americans. Go figure.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:00 AM
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Yes, that still strikes me, it seems arrondisements divide not only Paris but also tourists
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:15 AM
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So this talk has shifted to North Americans...
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:17 AM
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What would you say is the percentage of North Americans asking Paris hotel questions here, francophile?
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:19 AM
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Gee, kerouac, if you don't like questions from No. Americans then you ought not to post here and start arguments. Get a life.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:20 AM
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I loved the atmosphere of the Ille St. Louis, and the Lutece looked so appealing that I'd stay there myself. The restaurant we liked nearby is Le Caveau de L'Ille (sp?).
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Feb 24th, 2008, 08:36 AM
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I think kerouac's suggestions, while I understand them, are not really what first-time or even most tourists to Paris want, espec. American tourists. I have stayed in a couple of those areas, or close enough, but I've been to Paris a lot, and sometimes not for tourism activities but longer term study, but I really don't think a lot of tourists would like them. I'll admit I am a little surprised why so many American tourists like St Germain so much, at least from reading on Fodors. I just don't get it what appeals to them so much about this area. I was more appealing about 20 years ago, but I avoid the area now myself. Most tourists, regardless of where they are coming from, really do not expend large amounts of money in order to spend their limited vacations in lower middle-class typical everyday neighborhoods when they travel. (by large amounts of money, I mean the airfare, vacation time itself, etc). That just isn't the goal of your vacation. I don't do that myself when I go to a city on vacation that I don't know that well (which is almost any place but Paris).

However, that is beside the question of the OP, and I'm not positive, but think the Aubusson is a nicer hotel than the Lutece from what I've read. Obviously there is some price that makes them totally different, according to the OP, so I suspect that explains which one is nicer.

I personally don't care for either location, but I'll admit the idea of staying on Ile St Louis has never appealed to me, and I never have. There are too many tourists on the island that view it like a theme park and consider visiting some Paris ice cream shop to be some one-in-a-lifetime event that they must put on their itinerary and wait in line for. It's just ice cream, for heaven's sake. I have stayed in St Germain before, although in a little quieter area than where the Aubusson is located. But I don't agree with the idea of the Aubusson being the only hotel area in Paris that will give you restaurants and shops nearby. They both have that, so if that is felt to be the distinguishing characteristic, it isn't. There are plenty of shops and restaurants near the other one, also.

I think you are saying the Aubusson is a lot more expensive, and are asking if the justification of being near shops and restaurants is worth that expense. If so, no. But the main question also says which would you stay at if money were not a factor. For me, the Aubusson, as I don't have any desire to stay on that island, and it's a nicer hotel, so why wouldn't you stay in the nicer one if money were not a factor.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 09:40 AM
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We also will be traveling to Paris for our first time in the Fall? I have driven myself nuts online looking for the perfect hotel. I'm thinking of Hotel Britannique. I've heard nothing but good things about it. I'm also thinking of staying on the islands. We prefer to stay in a historic quiet area. Room with a balcony, and be able to walk or bicycle around Paris. I've heard that you need to travel off the island for stores, etc., so I'm not sure if that would be a problem or not. If you find beautiful small hotel with lots of charm, let me know. Thanks.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 09:51 AM
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Gee, kerouac, if you don't like questions from No. Americans then you ought not to post here and start arguments. Get a life.

Francophile, are you really dense or just pretending? I was addressing myself specifically to North American tourists, who in my opinion represent more than 80% of the posters asking about Paris hotels on this branch.

Your own post, which I quote: So this talk has shifted to North Americans...

appeared to imply that you are the one who did not like the idea of addressing North American concerns directly. If I misunderstood, I am most certainly not sorry, because I feel that your post was totally unclear.





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Feb 24th, 2008, 09:57 AM
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sticker--We stayed at the Britannique last summer. Loved it! Beautiful hotel, fantastic location...really just a joy. It took us maybe 5 minutes, if that, to get to the isles. If you decide on the Britannique, then go to www.bonjourparis.com and join their premium membership. It is about $35 for a year, but it gives you 10% off at the hotel. We had two rooms for 5 nights, so that membership fee saved us quite a bit. We are headed back in a year and will definitely stay there again.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 10:30 AM
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Getting back to the original question, one of the reasons we've primarily stayed in the 6th over the last several years is the walkability factor. There are many areas of Paris and major sites that you can get to within about 20 minutes, no metro needed. We've enjoyed strolling to Le Marais, Le Louvre, walking along the Seine, and window shopping along St. Germaine, although shopping is hardly our main reason for visiting Paris!

Anyway, Hotel D'Aubusson fits our needs perfectly, and for the quality of room and price, I think it's a solid choice in the 6th.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:03 AM
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"A few places that I would recommended to North Americans who want to stay in a "safe", not-too-shabby area with lots of nice shops and restaurants would be in the area of the following metro stations: Villiers (17th), Jules Joffrin (18th), Gambetta (20th), Voltaire (11th), Convention (15th) or Alésia (14th). But there are lots and lots of others."

Thanks kerouac, that helps. Since I'm not a first-time visitor, I do want to widen my horizons. By the way, your post on ethnic Paris is excellent and refreshing.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:43 AM
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I would like to point out, however, that all of those areas I mentioned are quite bourgeois, even though somebody seemed to think they were "lower middle class."

If anybody is interested in real middle class or lower middle class areas, I can give a list of those as well.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:52 AM
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We LOVED staying by Villiers and also by Convention, the first was 1999 (our 4th year, two visits) and the latter was 1997 (our 2nd year).

Sorry if I mischaracterized your neighborhood as 'Montmartre' - just a loose term for quick 'recognition'.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 11:55 AM
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THANKS MMS. Are there certain rooms at the Britannique that are more preferred than others? With a balcony... thanks.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 12:11 PM
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sticker--We had rooms that face the front. It is a quiet street, and was nice to look out at. We did not have balconies really, but did have large windows that opened up, and had nice planters boxes on the black railing, about 3 feet high. Even though we faced the street, noise was not an issue at all. The windows were like french doors sort of, and had built in darkening shades for at night. One of our rooms had a queen bed, the other two twins next to each other, rooms 11 and 15. The two twin room had a lot more space than the other, but both were very nice.
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