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I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

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I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

I am traveling to Paris at the end of the month with my mom and I am having a hard time selecting a hotel. We are flying from the US to London and staying in London for 4-5 days then planning to take the train to Paris (still figuring out how this works). We will be in Paris from 29th until April 2nd. I would like to be at $250 USD per night or less if I could. I am really looking to provide my mom with a good experience so I would like to stay in a good location that is central to the tourist sites and is in an enjoyable area. We would be two women traveling alone so safety and easy access to major tourist sites is important ro me. Something with wifi access would be helpful as well.

I am not familiar with Paris so any suggestions would be welcomed and appreciated. Many thanks!

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1. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

So you are looking for a twin room under 190 € a night. That is very easy since it's quite a comfortable budget. You can get rooms in central and safe areas for 120 € a night.

Anywhere in Paris is convenient in that the city is very compact and the transportation network so dense that you are never more than 5 or 6-minute walk to a métro stop. There are also buses. But really if you stay in a central enough location you can walk to most sites. Notre Dame cathedral is considered the center of Paris but it is also very tourist central and staying a few blocks away can be a little quieter while still close to many attractions. Don't worry about safety either in any of the areas that tourists go to.

As long as you are aware that rooms in Paris tend to be much smaller than in the US, you'll have no problem, unless you have special requirements. Since it's a little last minute, why don't you start with booking.com and venere.com to get a list of hotels available for your dates. You can narrow down your search by price and district too. It comes with reviews too. And if you don't find anything you like, know that not all hotels are listed on these two sites and I'm sure people can make recommendations.

Here is a quick selection of 3-star hotels in the 100 - 150 € a night range, by district from booking.com (you can do the same with venere.com):

http://tinyurl.com/6n7lwds

http://tinyurl.com/7x3lk4b

http://tinyurl.com/7ek79pg

http://tinyurl.com/7yd6qnm

http://tinyurl.com/6ndxssw

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2. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

These are actually listings in the 100-149 € range but feel free to change to 150 € - 199 € to have more choice. You can then sort them by price rather than review score. It won't let you select price by twin room so choose double instead but make sure the hotel has twins available.

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3. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

Thanks for the reply! Can you suggest the districts I could/should use to narrow the results? There are 19 options on bookings.com but each travel site seems to have a slightly different neighborhood grouping so I am having a hard time targeting the right areas since I don't know the city at all. For example, my earlier research seemed to indicate that the Latin Quarter would be a fun place to stay but it isn't one of the 19 options on bookings.com so I am not sure what district this would equate to on the site. If I could narrow the options down to a few districts that would help me limit the results.

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4. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

This is an example of a hotel with a reasonable room price and great location.

tripadvisor.com/Hotel_Review-g187147-d197966…

I stayed here once with my wife for a weekend break. It was easy to reach many key locations on foot and by metro (Madeleine station nearby). The location is quiet. There are rooms with a view to Eiffel tower. The rooms are small.

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5. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

Look at Centre Pompidou, Pantheon and Saint Germain. You really need to get a good guide book, have a look in your local library, they should have a good selection.

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6. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

I went Booking.com and typed in your dates and price range and checked 5 as the area and found availability at the Grand Hotel St. Michel in the 5th.

It's a convenient location, close to Metro stops, restaurants, etc.

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7. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

Districts (arrondissements) and neighbourhoods often don't match as many of the main hubs are shared by several districts. So, for example, the Marais can be 3d or 4th, the Saint-Germain 6th or 7th, the Opera the 2nd or 8th and so on.

However, with a budget of 190 € a night you won't have problems finding a good hotel in any good location. Here are a few of my recommendations:

Hotel Saint Vincent and Hotel Clement in Saint-Germain

http://hotelsaintvincentparis.com/

http://hotelclementparis.com

Hotel Bellechasse near the Orsay museum http://lebellechasse.com/

Hotel Aston neer the Grands Boulevards http://www.aston-hotel-paris.com

Hotel Massena near Opera http://www.paris-hotel-massena.com/

As for the train, you need to book ahead to get the best prices. Check the Eurostar website for details.

http://www.eurostar.com/

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8. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

I can also recommend the Grand Hotel St Michel. We spent a week in June 2009 and would gladly return.

You mentioned not knowing about the train from London... it's called the Eurostar and you'll find all the info you need here: http://www.eurostar.com The only other thing you need to know is buy your tickets as early as possible for the lowest fares.

If your air tickets are not yet bought... try and fly into London but out of Paris. Likely cheaper but will also save you money and time by not backtracking.

Rob

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9. Re: I really need help selecting a hotel. Much appreciated!

In my previous post I had already selected areas for you. Each link is in a different area. You can check them out to see where they are and you'll find a close equivalent on venere.com. Most people's favorites are:

- Latin Quarter

- Saint-Germain-des-Prés

- Marais

- Notre Dame

- Opéra Garnier

- Châtelet - Louvre

- Bastille

- Republique

Different sites will list/name the districts differently. All these are different but all are safe and relatively central (some less than others but still not on the outskirts). You need to read a little about Paris to get an idea though: http://www.parisnet.com/parismap.html

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