My wife and I are planning a quick trip to Paris (probably 4 or 5 days) in early November. My wife previously visited Paris for a day or so, but I have never been. We're not touristy people and have no delusions that we will be able to see all of this great city in a few days. We wouldn't even want to if we could! I'm trying to find a place for us to stay (non hotel) that would give us a great taste of Paris.
In my research, it seems like St Germain is a great area to stay in. Le Marais looks interesting as well. As far as the "sights" we know that we can stay anywhere and see the landmarks using the metro/taxi/bus/our feet, etc... I expect our days will be spent mostly sittigng at cafes and wandering around. We want to see The Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and the Musee d'orsay mostly. With those and a few great meals, I think we'll be very content.
We don't have a huge budget and I don't like staying in hotels (as I worked in one for years, I often find myself feeling like I am going to work when I get in a hotel). We liek the lcoal flavor that we get when we stay in apartments or rental properties. I'm scouring VRBO and Air BnB at the moment. St Germain and Le Marais seem to be areas with a lot of history and character.
Do you have any recommendations based on this information? Thanks for any help you can give!