I'm in the initial planning stages for a mid-May trip to Paris - my first! I've done several searches of the forums for hotel suggestions and info about each neighborhood, and am beginning to narrow things down. I know there are a thousand posts out there already from first timers wondering where to stay, but I'd love to get specific input.
I am 38 yr old and traveling with my Mom shortly before her 60th birthday. We don't need luxury, but cleanliness and patience with my feeble attempts at French are a must. I'd much rather stay at a smaller family-run hotel with character than in a standardized chain hotel. Proximity of metro stations is a definite plus.
We're more likely to spend our evenings soaking up the atmosphere strolling through the streets than hanging out in a bar or club. I would love to be part of bustling neighborhood with street markets, cafes, boutiques, etc. We're not really fancy 4 course meal kind of people, either - just good food in interesting surroundings.
So far, I like the sound of the Rue de Cler neighborhood and the central location of St Germain. If we stay around Rue de Cler, would we need to take the metro to the museum and historic districts? Or is it walkable?
Our budget is under $250 USD per night.