It is a great location. It is right up the street from the Ritz but with much cheaper prices. It is in walking distance to the Champs D'Lycees (sp) and the Louvre. Almost every room has a park view or an Eiffel Tour view.
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Within the Périphérique, which is the beltway that encircles Paris, any point in the city is within a thousand meters of a Métro station. Thus, in theory, you could stay in any district and get around easily. We have stayed in various geographic areas in Paris and can share these thoughts.
The Meridien Porte Maillot, which I would recommend, is a very large hotel near the Palais de Congres and the Arc de Triomphe. It is near the edge of the city, which makes it a very long walk from most places, but it is an easy departure point for the airport. It is also just steps away from Ballon des Ternes, one of our favorite restaurants. The bus for CDG airport leaves from in front of the Meridien, which is a wonderful convenience and Hertz car rental was right next door.
The Mercure chain is reasonably priced, very dependable in comfort and amenities and easy to book. Whenever we have been touring away from Paris and have returned without a reservation, the Mercure has always found us a room. There are Mercure hotels in various locations in Paris.
Our favorite locations are the Ile St. Louis and Latour -Maubourg, which we call the American Sector (The American University is there). There are many small hotels in this area near the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides (which houses the tomb of Napoleon I) and it is quiet. This is a prime consideration since a good night’s sleep is my primary requirement of a Paris hotel. There are also many nice quiet restaurants nearby.
The guidebooks and the experts advise against the expense of breakfast at your hotel but I disagree. This is a convenience and a luxury that adds to the trip and starts the day right. Most small Parisian hotels take extreme pride in serving the morning café au lait.
I lived in home-stay when I visited Paris. The host is an Korean, and the room is in a apartment locating a littile bit far away from center. 100F a day, including breakfast and dinner. Since he's Korean, almost all stayers are Korean students :). An Chinese lady cooks there, providing Chinese and Korean foods.
It's a really cheap and good place.
(I will post the contact address if I can find ^^)
One of my friend lived in the Youth Hotel of Paris. 160F a day. She said it's also very nice there, especially the building itself, very attractive :).
The two hotels, I have stayed in Paris, were good and comfortable. On my first visit, in June of 1985, me and friend stayed at the hotel 'Les Trois Couronnes', the second time in April of 1992, I stayed by myself on a single room at the 'Hotel Molay'.
We paid, at that time, less than $60.00 a night for a room with two twin beds, at 'Les Trois Couronnes' hotel, (mind you, this was fifteen years ago!) it may cost around just over $100.00 for two people today, which still isn't bad. Hotel Molay, I paid around $82.00 a night for myself. It is a great little hotel, and I think a very good price for Paris. This a picture of my room at Hotel Molay, with a nice window, to look at the outside, it was on the 4th floor, and it did have an elevator.
Both of these hotels were three stars hotels, with cable color TV, private bathroom, (no swimming pool or restaurant). Very nice, clean and comfortable.
At Disneyland we stayed in the Hotel Cheyenne. It's one of the cheaper hotels, but very authentic. It was a small Western village. Our house name was Bufallo Bill. Dark wood everywhere, Indian artifacts, a corral. The room itself was of medium size. 1 double bed, 1 set of bunk beds - all authentic Western-style (with a cowboy boot lamp!!) Made you feel that you should have your hat, boots and spurs on!
Each themed compound has it's own themed restaraunt, bar and shops.
While in France, I stayed in a town just outside of Paris and north of Versailles. It's called Louveciennes, a very very nice place.
Hotel de la Esperance was wonderful! The staff is very helpful and multi-lingual. There were visitors from every country as far as I could tell when there. Approx $82US for a double ensuite. Very close to Rue Mouffetard (a must see)and walking distance to most significant sites in Paris. Very close to Metro and RER on all sides. And if you're looking for the picture-perfect French hotel with personality, this is the place!
Lovely building, courtyard, food/drink available. Lovely wine shop across the street - indulge it's Paris!!!
Also, the rooms offer a lovely jacuzzi style tub which was HEAVEN after walking miles all day, everyday!
PARIS HOSTEL Cite des Sciences
(see HI Europe)
about 130FF inc breakfast for shared acc.
The hostel has excellent facilities inc. social areas, kitchen & communal fridge, laundry, lockers, web access not to mention an excellent and friendly staff who know how to party.
Open 24 hours
It also has an underground garage (suitable for bikes only) which is completely secure.
It is always nice if you know somebody in a city like this ;-) I had this good luck - and I was able to stay there!!! A nice parisien appartement, 5th floor and pritty need. It was in the 4th Arrondiement one street away from Rue saint denise (a street were a lot of women with 'a few' make up are standing in line).
A friends place is always a place with unique Qualities!!! Because a friend is there!
My son and I stayed at the Best Western La Opera for four dys before joining our tour, the hotel was located very centrally and accessible by bus, taxi and the metro.
We paid $89.00 for every night which is reasonable, since it was by the time that the World Football championships were being held in Paris, and hotels were not available. A close friend working in American Airlines obtained the hotel and the price.
Employees were great we had spanish speaking employees and all services at the restaurant were excellent.
Most recently we stayed in Hotel Residence Monge. It is, not surprisingly, on rue Monge. It is a 2 star hotel but is one of the nicest I have stayed in.
Around 650 francs per room per night. Breakfast is not included.
The hotel staff are very friendly and helpful. They are always cleaning and the place is spotless. The view out the back is of the Arene du Lutece, an ancient Roman amphitheatre. You can watch the locals play petanque or the schoolchildren stop for a quick game of footie on their way to class. It is very quiet but expect to pay a little more for these rooms.
Lux Hotel Picpus or Agate Hotel
Lux Hotel Picpus FF 270-330 for 2 persons, also triples and quads
Agate Hotel FF350-430 for 2 persons
Near trendy new neighborhood and great price since off the beaten track (FF415!) for a quad. Agate Hotel nearby also looks great. Near Metro with many lines. Picpus is across from garden and Agate has its own garden.
A good Hotel, preferable a 6 star one like the one i stayed in.
Price was quite reasonable.
There were a number of facilities such as the pool which i visited and gyms and spas. They were great.
And the view...... well it was superb.
Most of the times we have had a hotel in the 5th district. Cheap and no dangers whatsoever.
Once we stayed at the campground, but in summer it is very crowdy there and little space. But it's in the center, so you can easily walk or take the metro.
Prices have gone up, but with some searching, you can find a nice hotel with a small room and a breakfast for EUR30 per person per night.
For charm and very tiny rooms (!) choose the Hotel Saint Louis. This 17th (or is it 16th?) century building is on the little island in the Seine, the Ile Saint Louis. I don't know if Denis still works there, but he was simply wonderful. The breakfast room, way down the stairs, is great. Stone arches overhead, with lovely croissants and baguettes on the tables. Ah....
On my second trip, I stayed in the much more ordinary Hotel Magendie, which is in the 13th arondissment. Still, it's Paris...and the breakfast room, though ordinary, had delectable croissants and pain au chocolat!
The Hotel Saint Louis is a bit pricey although not as bad as the other two hotels I know of on the Ile Saint Louis. The location makes it expensive.
The Hotel Magendie is cheaper...less charm, and not right in the heart of Paris. Still, it wasn't a long walk to the Glaciere metro stop. From there, I got around quite nicely.
The Hotel Saint Louis is a hop, skip, and a jump from Notre Dame cathedral and the rest of the Ile de la Cite sites.
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