Which hotel would you choose in Paris?

Feb 24th, 2008, 12:33 PM
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Hotel Britannique website apparently doesn't open up any rooms after about September 10 and they refuse to answer emails (tried twice). Avenue Victoria is one way and quiet but the rooms are typical and a noisy German couple next door can keep you up late. That's true of nearly all hotel rooms and given the price and location, I like this hotel. The elevator won't hold a medium size sumo wrestler...take turns if you have much luggage.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 12:40 PM
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Well, has anyone stayed on the islands? Any suggestions for hotels on Louis or Cite?
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Feb 24th, 2008, 01:33 PM
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Travelbouy--The hotel has added soundproofing. When we were there we did not hear a thing from other rooms or the street. The soundproofing is fairly new, I believe. And the elevator is small, but it did hold two of us and our two suitcases just fine.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 01:36 PM
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sticker, yes, there are three very good 3* hotels on the Ile St. Louis: Hotel Saint Louis, Hotel de Lutece, and Hotel des Deux Iles. None is luxurious just simply furnished but clean and the location, of course, is one of the best as it's pretty much in the middle between the Marais on one side and the Latin Quarter and St. Germain.
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Feb 24th, 2008, 02:17 PM
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The Aubusson is a fabulous hotel, friendly for americans, and in a good position. Rooms there are also decent size - unlike on Ile St Louis. Another good site for Paris hotels is http://www.thehotelguru.com/best-hot...aris-Character

However, Ile St Louis is quaint - you just have to remember the buildings are real old and medieval over there
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Feb 24th, 2008, 10:06 PM
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I've never booked at room at the d'Aubusson but I have enjoyed the jazz bar a number of times. If you are not taking a "budget" trip you certainly can't go wrong with this hotel. I have stayed at several 3* within the vicinity.

As a side note, 8/10 trips I've stayed in St Germain. Being within an easy stroll to the Louvre and the Seine are top priorities of mine when I visit Paris. The metro lines/connections are also very good.

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Feb 25th, 2008, 01:49 AM
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Sorry I dont think that other link for Kerouacs walk worked so I will try again

http://www.fodors.com/forums/threads...2&tid=35110999
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Feb 25th, 2008, 11:34 AM
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Hotel Britannique admitted today that they are now getting comments that their email at "info" doesn't work. Plenty of "double" rooms available in September, that is also a website issue apparently. The rooms have little to no street noise but that German couple 20 months ago was audible through the walls. That's a problem in nearly all hotels. They have soundproofed since 2006? Did reserve, I like the hotel and location.
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Feb 25th, 2008, 12:35 PM
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I'll add my 2 centimes to this and mention that the 16th is also a nice area to stay in. I've stayed near metro Mirabeau and metro Michelange/Auteil. It is an upscale neighbourhood with very few tourists. Good restaurants, cafes, shopping. If you want to spend time away from a heavily touristed area, this would classify as such. There are a few things to see, such as the Musee Marmottan, some buildings designed by Guimard,etc. The Eiffel tower would be close by to see, longer walk to visit.

So if I wanted to rent a place (price might be $$) and just hang out at a cafe, eat well, this would fit. One of the reasons I picked my hotel there last time was to get a more "away from the masses" feel of Paris. I've also been to Paris 9/10 times.

I'd agree with Kerouac in that some areas have become almost the "only" places that tourists should stay in a hotel, mostly the 5/6 and 7th (especially Rue Cler) and possibly the 4th, and these get recommended regularly. I've myself have stayed on Ile St Louis, Marais, 5th and 6th.

I see as something like going to NYC and deciding you should stay around Times Square, since it is close to everything. Maybe. But when you look at a Metro plan for Paris (or bus routes as Robespierre will add), you can stay out of the above arrondissements, and yet be close enough to take the Metro to the most central locations. For example, last trip I left "my" morning cafe at 9:30 in the 16th and was at St Paul metro (for a walking tour) just after 10.

In Paris, I walk a lot. I've also come to realize that you cannot walk everywhere, you will need to use public transit, Thus some of the many questions here about travel passes. So...based on the fact that no matter where you stay you will probably need the Metro, the circumference of the zone that you can stay in without feeling that you are "commuting everywhere" does get wider.

Sure I like being on Ile St Louis (Hotel Deux-Iles) and just walking over to Notre Dame and the Right Bank. And yes, it does seem, from my experience, that there are more restaurants in the 5/6th than elsewhere. And maybe a bit more lively than say the 7th at night

Maybe on a first trip the central areas are fine. Realize that you may pay more and you are getting one perception of what Paris is like, as would staying near Times Square be for NYC. But if you ask a native New Yorker where to stay, you might get a different answer. People get a impression of where they must stay (from guide books, previous visitors), and if you suggest other areas like Brooklyn or Jersey, it seems counter to the idea of staying right at the center of the city, when in fact you could stay further out, save some money, see another side of the city to combine with the tourist side.

16th: Hotel Auteuil - Tour Eiffel
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Feb 25th, 2008, 01:39 PM
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After many trips to Paris, in Sept.'07 we rented an apartment on Ile St. Louis through FranceforRent.com.

It was by far the best location we stayed in, convenient to everything.
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Feb 25th, 2008, 04:59 PM
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You all have help me out greatly - I think with all he input I've received I can may a qualified decision. No matter what, we plan to enjoy ourselves. But, I still think I better learn alittle French. we we
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Feb 25th, 2008, 05:19 PM
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Ok, Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais one more question. How about Hôtel Caron de Beaumarchais - anyone have a review on this hotel?
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