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Best "neighborhood" to stay in

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Best "neighborhood" to stay in

We know nothing about Paris. We will be there for 3 days in September. With two college students, what areas of town would be best to try to find a hotel in that will make most sight seeing walkable? We're talking all the general touristy sites, plus would like to find local cafe's and restaurants as well. Our hotel budget needs to try to be under the $160 a night. FLying in to CDG and out of Orly.

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1. Re: Best "neighborhood" to stay in

Your budget is for a room for how many people?

Close to the Seine, in 1st to 6th arrondissements is the most central and walkable to many famous sights. In the 5th you are more likely to find better pricing.

To learn about sites to see and so on, here is a link to a guidebook to Paris:


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2. Re: Best "neighborhood" to stay in

If you know "nothing about Paris" then start with a couple of good guidebooks and decide which area in Paris you would like to stay. Most locations will be next to local cafes and restaurants because they will be 'local' to the hotel.

No area of Paris is walkable to all sights so you'll have to use the Metro and other transport at some point.

And another thing to learn is that the currency used in Paris is the Euro. Dollars, whether Canadian, Australian, US or Hong Kong are useless.

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You should really get a guidebook, or at least do a little bit of research before you go.

Will you be there a full 3 days, or do you arrive one day and leave three days later? Ex: Arrive Monday leave Friday = 3 full days.

As suggested the 1st-6th arrondissements (think neighborhood zipcodes) are generally close to everything. You say "we" a couple of times, then say "with two college students". Does "we" mean a family of 4, or just two college students? $160 a night is roughly €120, and you'll be very hard pressed to find a room for 4 people in Paris.

Also, there are very many sites in Paris, so you might want to try and make a list of what are must see's and what isn't.

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Where to stay may end up being where you can find a hotel room. September is a very busy time in Paris and there have been multiple reports from people having difficulty finding a hotel with available rooms.

You really should get a guidebook. I used to pick up several at the library. If you are going to purchase one I'd suggest the DK Eyewitness Top 10 Paris. This should be fine for a first time visit. For more detailed practical information you might like one of Rick Steves' books.

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5. Re: Best "neighborhood" to stay in

Is it for September 2013, which is next week? I'd start hustling for my accommodations PRONTO! With 3 to 4 people in your party and a rather low budget ( if that is for all of you per night), you need to move fast. September is a very busy month.

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