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Best Place to Stay in Paris

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Best Place to Stay in Paris

Hi, I am taking my parents from Australia to Paris for 5 nights from 9th to 14th Sept and this is our first time there. We are looking for an area to stay where it is convenient to the main tourist areas, shops, restaurants, café and somewhere safe and quite.

We are looking for accommodation in one of the three locations listed below and would like some comments:

1) Champs Elysees area

2) Les Halles area

3) Le Marais area



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1. Re: Best Place to Stay in Paris

The third option has way more character than the two others (unless you go for the nearby Montorgueil area in the second case), and fits the bill on the various requirements.

You should get going for your booking quite fast, since you are coming to Paris during by far the busiest period of the year, so a quite a few options will already be fully booked.

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If you stay in the Marais (or near Les Halles) or in the Latin Quarter on the other side of the river you can easily walk to many of the most famous places you will want to see. There are many hotels (and restaurants and cafes) in both areas. Use Trip Advisor's list of hotels or get a good guide book to help you decide exactly where you want to stay. You will still need to use a bus or the metro to get to some other places like the Opera, Montmartre, Eiffel Tower.

Some people don't like to stay very close to Les Halles since the place is undergoing construction right now and the find the area (especially just to the immediate north and to the east) to be a bit sleazy. On our last stay to Paris (this June) we stayed just north of Les Halles in a rental flat just off Montorgueil which is a street that is about four blocks long and only devoted to food (restaurants, cafes, food shops, Boulangerie, and even a couple of small grocery stores) and we loved the neighborhood. And it was close enough to walk to the Louvre, Ile de la Cite (for Notre Dame and Ste-Chapelle), Pompidou, Hotel de Ville, and across the river to the Latin Qtr.

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Personally, I'd choose the Marais area first. Les Halles is certainly centrally located, but the metro station is huge and can be unwieldy, and the Les Halles area is noisy and charmless in places.

I wouldn't stay on or near the Champs-Elysees, either. The name has a lot of panache to it, but in reality it's a not-very-charming avenue full of big box chain stores. Mind you, there are always a lot of tourists there, so obviously someone enjoys it, but if you're looking for quiet or old world charm, the Champs-Elysees isn't it. (Although it's considerably quieter a few streets over from the Champs.)

Cafes and restaurants are easy to find throughout Paris, and safety isn't much of a concern in most of Paris.

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I agree that the Les Halles metro/RER station is huge and confusing but there are other metro stations that are close enough so that you can avoid the Les Halles stop unless you need the RER. We stayed just north of Les Halles and had a three block walk to two other metro stops or one and a half blocks to the confusing (primarily to first time visitors) stop at Les Halles.

I also agree that the Arc de Triomphe is not the best since it means that except for the Arc and walking down the Champs Elysees you will probably use public transport for going to see everything else. Plus it is a posh area where many prices tend to be high.

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Of the three you propose, the only one I would consider would be the Marais. There are, of course, lots of other choices.

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6. Re: Best Place to Stay in Paris

Ditto. Of those 3, the marais.

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7. Re: Best Place to Stay in Paris

Just a note to add that the term "Marais" covers a whole lot of territory, so to say that one is going to be in "the Marais" is very vague.

i would concentrate on your budget and the type of accommodation you require before I would really worry about area. For example, are you looking for a triple room? A double and a single? And what is your budget in euros per night? Those factors will determine a lot.

I agree that you may not want to base yourself in the Les halles area right now (with the construction going on) and the multi-level metro station (being a first-timer). I agree that the Champs isn't a good choice for the type of area you are looking for. parts of the (vast) Marais could be good choices, but so could parts of the 5th, 6th, 12th, 14th, and 9th.

If you indicate your budget and type of room/s required, I think you could get some good specific suggestions for lodging.

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My choice would be the Le Marais area in the 4e. Alternatives would be the Latin Quarter in the 5e and 6e. Advantages are ease of access to the main tourist sights on foot - Louvre, Notre Dame etc., good choice of bars, cafés and restaurants and atmosphere/ambience.

Les Halles is busy by day but somewhat seedy at night.

The Champs Elysées area is somewhat commercialised.


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