The waiters are really rude to costumers who don't speak french, the heater in the room doesn't always work, the bathrooms and showers outside the room are often uncleaned. If you really have to go there, avoid the breakfast since for the 4 euros you pay you could eat much better outside.
We've got the rail passes sorted out now (i think)..thanks.
But can anyone help out with hotels? we're thinking of using the formule 1's, as they'll be cheaper, are they any good?
I think there is 4 around paris, which one would be best to stay in and how would we get to paris centre?
1 Formule hotels seem to be ok (I've heard) if you only sleep there.
There are several around Paris and are best suited for car drivers as they are always along the motorways. The price is about €35 per night.
then type "Paris" in the box saying "Votre destination".
You then go to the Accor hotel site and you'll find a list of the 1 Formule hotels in Paris and a map where they are located.
In another discussion on this forum there is info about the excellent metro system in Paris.
If I look at the location of the hotels, then
FORMULE 1 PARIS PORTE DE ST OUEN
FORMULE 1 PARIS PORTE DE CHATILLON
seem to be closest to the center but they are still very much on the peripherique (ringway around Paris).
FORMULE 1 PARIS PORTE DE CHATILLON is 10 minutes walk to the metro.
I'm not sure how long it is by metro to center Paris.
If you read French then http://www.citefutee.com/
is useful to plan your public transport.
Formule 1 Chatillon is probably easiest. It's a 10 min walk to Porte d'Orleans Metro. From there it's only 15-20 mins to the city centre.
A room in a hotel Formule 1 worths 35 € tax include with a breakfast. But there is no private bath, only a washbasin.
These hotels are in the suburbs just behind the beltway.
You need to take the metro for long rides and if it is at night it can be unsafe.
My advice is to search an accomodation more centraly located.
For example :
Hotel de Rouen : 42 rue Croix des Petits Champs 1st arrt- 331 42 61 38 21. Well located in front of Banque de France head office (so no concern of safety), at 5 mn walk from Louvre Museum. 1 single room with a washbasin at 30 €.
Hotel Rivoli : 44 rue de Rivoli 4e arrt - 331 42 72 08 41
Near the city hall
Single : 35 € tax include without a private bath- 42 € with a shower
Hotel du Loiret : 8 rue des Mauvais Garcons 4° arrt - 331 48 87 77 00 - Fax : 331 48 04 96 56. Near the city hall
Single room with a washbasin for 35 €.
I just make this survey by phone for a friend and the prices are current.
It is a false idea to think the prices are necessarily cheaper in the outskirts or suburbs. It is still possible to find a budget hotel in the center.
Can you please tell me if any of these hotels are conveniently located. We are interested in going to major tourist attractions in Paris. Are they located in zones 1-3?( The location is mentioned when you click on the "information" button but are in French)
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I went to the Formula 1 web site and searched Paris. I put them in order by nearness to the center of town. Formula 1 Paris Porte de Chatillon is nearest and it's way out by the Peripherique. I tried Pages Jaunes and couldn't see a Metro stop nearby. It is probably within the first three zones but you'd have to check a map. The RER D seems to run in that area but I don't know how close.
The second one out was Formula 1 Paris Porte de St. Ouen and it is up by the Peripherique north of central Paris. It is much closer to CDG if you are flying in there. There is also a Metro station fairly nearby. I couldn't pull it up on Pages Jaunes so don't have any other information.
I would prefer to stay in a bit nearer to the center of the city, but the prices look great! One suggestion: Go back to your web page and put your mouse over the web page. Hold down the RIGHT mouse button. Scroll down to "Translate Page" on the mouse menu and see if you can get a translation that will help you.
You can also get a map of Paris Metro zones at http://www.ratp.fr/
Hopefully, someone from Paris will weigh in on this. The web site I used for Formula 1 had many hotels, not just three so I really don't know which three you are asking about.
The Formule 1 hotels are mainly located at the exits of motorways. The bedrooms are piled up containers. Lots of these hotels are unmanned, however not all of them. Payment at a terminal.
These hotels are clean and cheap, but I am not sure I'd like to take back home this kind of memory of Paris...
Thankyou so much for taking the time to answer my question. I appreciate it.
I am renting a car at the airport, and I need help with driving directions from CDG to a hotel at 55 rue de Plaisance, Paris, near the Montparnasse TGV.
Thanks very much!
Do you really need a car for this trip? Driving those roads is no fun for a tourist.
I agree with Zuriga, driving in Paris is not a very good idea...
Nevertheless, if you HAVE to drive to Paris, I suggest you check yor itinerary on www.viamichelin.com
You can also try : www.mappy.fr
Thanks for the suggestions - I do need a car to follow the Tour de France for three weeks!
To reach your hotel :
- take the motorway A1. direction Paris ( you cannot miss it)
- reach the "peripherique" (beltway) at Porte de la Chapelle (you will see several signs with this direction)
- at Porte de la Chapelle, on the beltway, choose the direction PARIS OUEST or "peripherique extérieur".
- the next "porte" (door) you normaly will see is "porte de Clignancourt". If you are in the wrong direction, don't worry, your exit is almost on the opposite point of your access on the beltway. So the distance is almost the same.
- take the exit Porte de Vanves (just after Porte de Brancion if you are on the "peripherique extérieur" or after Porte de Chatillon if you have taken the peripherique interieur) and then the av G Lafenestre which becomes rue Didot.
- drive 2 km straight
- rue de Plaisance is on the left, just after the Cite Bauer.
This intinerary takes into consideration the one way streets.
Duration of the journey : 1 hour. More if there is a heavy traffic. The (shorter) alternative is to cross Paris from North to South but we risk to be lost.
To get a printable map of the area, see the following page :
Try this page to get a picture of your hotel :
The nearest public parking is at the Station Maine Montparnasse 12 mn walk).
Have a nice stay.
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