France - Paris hotel recommendation
Nov 4, 11, 10:37 am
We will be visiting Paris in mid-December and are looking for a nice hotel in a central district. We're thinking of a mid-range, contemporary place, up to 200 euros for a double (if less, better of course) either in the Marais, Latin Quarter or Saint Germain. Hotel suggestions in other location are welcome: the important thing is we want to be in the center and in a lively, charming area close to
sights, cafés, restaurants, shopping.
Nov 4, 11, 1:18 pm
Well below your 200 euro limit. ^
Nov 6, 11, 9:53 pm
The Marais, Latin Quarter and Saint Germain are indeed great places, very central, charming and popular, but hotel rates tend to reflect this fact. You might get something cheaper than 200 euros, but more or less this is the realistic price. Here are a few concrete suggestions, in different parts of central Paris.
Hotel De Neuve, in the Marais: http://hoteldeneuveparis.com/
Hotel Moderne Saint Germain - the name tells it all: http://www.hotel-paris-stgermain.com/
Hotel D'Albe, in the heart of the Latin Quarter: http://www.albe-paris-hotel.com/
The Five Hotel, in the 5th bit closer to Montparnasse: http://thefivehotel.com/
Hotel Choiseul at the Opera: http://hotelchoiseuloperaparis.com/
Le Wo, at Saint-Lazare, department stores: http://hotelwo.com/
These are all beautiful contemporary places in your budget in excellent locations.
Nov 7, 11, 12:49 pm
We just got back from a few nights at the Clarion Collection Opera Pavillon (http://www.clarionhotel.com/hotel-paris-france-FR402?sid=xFc2Lg.pp5BOgbAUg.24) and it was quite nice. Nice rooms and free breakfast. My review of the place is here (http://www.flyertalk.com/forum/17338654-post92.html). According to the Choice website, rooms are much less than 200 euros/night. but I admit I didn't check your exact dates.
It's in the 9th arr. Opera district, but Place de Clichy is just a short walk away and there's plenty to see and do there, and the Metro will take you anywhere you want to go.
Worth a look.
Nov 9, 11, 6:45 pm
If the dates suit, you can try for the Hôtel Du Lion. Very popular it seems on booking.com (http://www.booking.com).
I stayed there with a friend back in September, and was pleasantly surprised. It's not a real posh sort of place, but then neither is it a little crummy one-star joint and is quite comfortable. We were on the 7th floor and had a small balcony, on which we stood admiring the Parisian skyline and chitchatted. You can see the Eiffel Tower from there too.
Breakfast, if I remember rightly, was about €9 extra per person, per night (or should I say per morning!) But there's a supermarket across the road, if you prefer.
Located in Montparnasse, in the South of Paris, right opposite Denfert-Rochereau metro station and the Catacombs and several nice restaurants. It may seem slightly non-central, but the metro is good or you can stroll up to the Latin Quartier within 30 minutes. And what better way to explore Paris than by foot? ;)
Good reviews, and free wifi too! I'd stay there again, and would recommend it.
I would book on Hotwire in the Louvre/Marais area for a four star. According to betterbidding, there are only two hotels, the Novotel and the Westin that are 4* in that area. This is not a guarantee, but a very good educated guess. Current Hotwire pricing is US$209, and it is likely the Westin, because the amenities listed include a fitness center.
Nov 14, 11, 12:18 pm
Paris Hotel des Grands Hommes (http://www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com/). Located right next to the Pantheon, walking distance to several metro stops, including the Luxembourg stop, which is on the RER B line from CDG.
My wife and I stayed three nights in July. Very friendly staff, lots of stuff nearby, but I wouldn't consider it "contemporary." Our room had a narrow balcony, mini-fridge, safe, and TV. One thing we liked is that the front desk is monitored 24 hours a day and they keep your room key for you so no worries about losing it while out and about.