Make solo traveler. I desire a hotel close to sites and nighttime activity. The Citadines Les Halles Paris has been recommended as convenient and close to atmosphere. Any comments are welcome. Thanks in advance
An acquaintance who has been told about the hotel. I have been researching it. Thanks for the answer.Edited: 31 July 2017, 04:10
I have booked Citadines Les Halles too as I like the idea of small apartment. Am I getting vibes here that it’s not a great choice? I have free cancellation for another 2 weeks so would welcome any other recommendations.
Thanks for recommendation. I checked your Airbnb link but it’s booked solid for my dates. If anyone could recommend a small apartment close to metro in a nice area, I would be grateful. Also as we are staying for 3 days, what type of metro ticket is the best to get. We arrive at 14:00 to Porte Maillot on a Monday and leave at 9am on Thurs. We would like to find a nice shopping centre one evening so would welcome name and address of affordable one worth visiting. I presume the Christmas markets will be on while there last week of November but while we intend visiting them, they are not our priority as have been to markets in other European cities. Any other useful info will be appreciated.
LisaBeth, your visit is very short and not worth getting an apartment. Usually, the nicer ones rent by the week, anyway. Choose a hotel in a central area. What is your budget per night? We can recommend some in all price ranges--and probably good to start your own post.
Hi LisaBeth, there is absolutely nothing wrong with using an ApartHotel for a short stay. The rooms are often bigger than a hotel and you have the convenience of a kitchenette if you want to prepare any meal. Citadines are also a legal apartment option and have a large number of locations, they will not cancel on you at the last minute.
I have used them extensively around Europe and elsewhere, we have stayed happily up to a month, multiple times in a Citadines in Paris (our last stay was early Sept). While I have not been at the Les Halles property it scores over 8 on booking.com from nearly 1500 reviews and over 9 for 'location' on their site. These reviews are genuine as only people who stay at a property can post a review.
Where to stay is an important question but there are probably 4 to 5 new posts every week on this subject and probably thousands overall. It really does not make a lot of difference as long as you stay in Paris, within one of the 20 arrondissements, and not outside of Paris.
There are 3 main areas in which tourists seem to stay: le Marais (4th arrondissement), St Germain des Prés (6th arrondissement), and the Latin Quarter (5th and 6th arrondissements). For someone´s first trip to Paris, these areas are a good choice. For subsequent trips to Paris, staying anywhere else would be a good choice as these 3 areas are crowded, noisy at night, have a lot of bad restaurants, and are not really representative of life in the bulk of the city.
A few areas I might suggest which are probably more interesting overall and with far fewer tourists:
1. near rue de Sevres in the 6th/7th arrondissements.
2. along rue Delambre in the 14th.
3. anywhere near rue de Commerce in the 15th.
4. around rue Notre Dame de Lorette in the 9th.
Public transportation in Paris is cheap and available from anywhere to anywhere within the city.
I wouldn´t be afraid to branch out a bit and explore other areas of Paris. There are some wonderful neighborhoods that are rarely mentioned on TA.