A.L. asks from Cedar Park, TX on February 22, 2008
Hotel in Paris
Hi Ladies, another question for all of you experienced travelers. My husband and I are going to Paris for a week and I am in charge of accommodations. It always makes me nervous because I've never been there and although the internet has great information I always like to hear personal experiences from other people. What hotels have you been to in Paris? something to look for? something to avoid? Of course I want to be close to the museums and the river but do not want to spend my whole vacation budget on the hotel. Thank you so much for your help.
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Thank you so much to all of you for your advice. The trip was wonderful and I could not ask for more. We booked a great hotel in the 1rst Arrondisement (tiny and precious) and the metro system did the rest. Thanks a lot for all your help!
J.B. answers from Dallas on February 25, 2008
We stayed at Hotel Ferrandi back in 2002. It was on a quieter street, and it was small, but nice! Great croissants!
E. answers from Dallas on February 23, 2008
Go to tripadvisor.com and it will list the favorite hotels in order along with travelers comments. I never go anywhere unless I go to this website. I always find the best hotels for my budget, meals and things to do and when to do them.
Good luck and no matter where you choose, it will be a fatastic trip. Paris is wonderful. I would like to go there and live for a while. It would take that long to see everything.
M.B. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
I would recommend you buy the Rick Steve's book on Paris and read the reviews and find something that suits your needs. I stayed at the Hotel Muguet when I was there the summer of 2005 and it was perfect for my needs, which are very basic:
It is just minutes from the Eiffel tower and is convenient to the subway as well as a charming area with sidewalk cafes, shops, etc. The hotel is relatively inexpensive (under 100 Euros 3 years ago, but looks to be higher now), but extremely clean and well run.
As a caution, Paris subways and trains (especially the one from the airport) are notorious for pickpockets, so I highly recommend your hubby wear a money belt and I recommend to take one of the shuttle buses that can take you to and from the airport. You can book the return one at the hotel. Also, sidewalk cafes are also wonderful targets for the pickpockets, so if you carry a purse, guard it well. That all said, I was traveling alone and had absolutely no problems other than someone getting too friendly when I was waiting for the subway early on a Saturday morning. These stories are all based on a colleague who lives just outside Paris and had his laptop stolen on a train and other colleagues on the same business trip whose wives lost their purses. You just need to be aware as in any large city.
Enjoy! It is one my absolute favorite cities.
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L.M. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
Hi...I'm jealous...I really want to go back soon!
We stayed at the Hotel Napoleon. We actually had a top floor room that walked out onto the roof. We were a block from the Arc D'Triumphe...which was an amazing view and then if you looked straight out from the room/roof you saw the Eiffel Tower. Also, it was one block over from the Champs Elysee which is fantastic to walk and look and eat!!! Have a great time. I found this hotel on www.luxurylink.com and had a great deal on the price. have fun!
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D.L. answers from Dallas on February 23, 2008
Everything is really high over there now because of the difference between the Euro and the dollar.
We have stayed there several times. It is very old, only has about 8 rooms,on the left bank,near subway and bus stops. It is within a few minutes of musems and Catherdals.
I was pick pocketed on our last trip.(crowded musems and trains are favorite places for pick pockets) Fortunately all she got was my passport and Drivers liscense. We had to file Police report, go to the US Embassy. This happens so often there they have great system in place, only took about an hour to get passport replaced once we got to Embassy. Just FYI we got my "stuff" back a couple months later. It was found in a trash can (just wanted money or credit cards I guess)and turned in to police. My hubby picked it up the next time he was there on a business trip.
Hope you have a great trip.
H.P. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
My husband and I went to Paris and LOVED it. I left part of my heart there :(
I am not familiar with the hotels... we stayed in the Latin Quarter in an apartment. It was tiny and uncomfortable (very small shower, single bed, no air, etc.), but it was famous (Hemingway once lived in it). If you find some good reasonable hotels to stay in, let me know, as we want to go back.
The advice about pickpockets is good-- it happened to me at a museum. Food isn't what we are used to here, so I was hungry a lot. We found that buying a baguette & some cheese & fruit and then heading to the park was the best lunch! There are parks everywhere throughout the city. I highly recommend the boat ride down the Sienne in the evening. The bookstores are great too. The plane ride is awful-- it is so long-- so prepare to need to recover once you get there!
The D'Orsay and Louvre are obviously amazing-- prepare a whole day for each. However, everything in Paris is "close", so don't worry about the area when you choose a hotel. Everything is scattered throughout the city in the different areas, but it is all accessible.
Anything you need is just a short Metro ride a way... and the metro isn't bad at all.
I relive my trip there often in my dreams. I hope you love it as much as I did.
E.R. answers from Dallas on February 23, 2008
This is the hotel I stayed at in Paris about 6 years ago and it was perfect! We walked everywhere - never a need for a cab from this hotel. If your looking for a nice hotel with a nice room with a bed and bath that feels nice and safe in a good location- then this is it. The room in the courtyard that I was in wasn't huge..just a bed and bath basically. But I never spend a lot of time in my room. When we rest or take a break; we would go across the street and sit at a cafe with a glass of wine and watch Paris happen!! Also I had a Rick Steves book and he had a 3 day walking tour of Paris. It was great - you might can find it on his website - I'm not sure...if not I'll see if I can find my book for you. I actually found this hotel in his book. (Not sure if I'm spelling his last name right) I did Amsterdam , Paris, Riveria and Italy with his information from books and all was great. If you have any particular questions let me know ...I'll try to help! Have a wonderful time!
M.F. answers from Dallas on February 22, 2008
It's been a while, but I used the Let's Go guide to find a hotel and stayed in this little place near the river, in sight of Notre Dame, called Hotel Esmeralda. The location really was awesome, and the price was great. Here are some recent reviews
A.I. answers from Dallas on February 23, 2008
My husband and I went to Paris in September and it was an amazing trip! We stayed at this hotel and liked it. It is not cheap but it is not the most expensive either. It is a great location too. When you go, the first day you should do one of the double decker bus tours. You can get on and off the bus at various sites and see the city at your own pace without having to pay taxi prices. It also has an audio tour to explain what you are seeing. It gives you a really good sense of where everything is in the city. There is so much to see in that city that if it is your first time (like it was mine), be prepared to be exhausted at the end of each day. Paris is by far the most beautiful city in the world. I cannot wait to go back.
C.V. answers from Dallas on February 24, 2008
Hello A., my husband and I used Rick Steves travel books. He has many recommendations anywhere from 2 - 4 star places. He concentrates on places that are behind the scenes. We went almost 3 years ago and stayed at a 3 star. I don't recall the name. When we go again, I plan to look into rooms at convents, they are much less expensive and will be worth our stay even if they have curfews. We enjoyed our stay in Paris, me more than my husband since we went there to visit my mom's childhome house in Brittany.
Use Rick Steves books for sightseeing as well. His books are well worth it. Check the library, they do carry his books.