Bonjour! I am in the very beginning stages of planning a one week solo trip next summer to Paris and would be 30 at the time of the trip. Thinking of going early July because of work schedule and since it's summer it will be light longer since it is common sense to not do a lot of walking around in the dark by myself. I know Paris is a safe city and I visited Rome (not by myself) last year and am familiar with protecting against pick pockets and the hoards of people trying to sell you things/scam you.
So my first question in this planning journey is in regards to lodging. Has anyone rented a room from a Parisian from Airbnb? I know lots of people have rented the whole apartment from this site and others, but I was considering renting a room so the owner/host would be there, too. I kind of like the idea of getting a bit of an insider view into the city and also since I will be alone, having someone be aware if (heaven forbid) I wouldn't come home one night instead of a hotel where they wouldn't know one way or the other. If you have stayed in someone's home, did you enjoy it? Any huge downsides? I'm assuming they wouldn't have a safe like a hotel, so what did you do with your passport, just carry in money belt always? Would you suggest a B&B instead? I'm ok with and actually looking for some interaction since I'll be by myself. But probably not so much interaction as to share a room at a hostel :)
Again, just throwing it out there as a possibility, if you think a hotel or B&B are a better option I'm eager to hear all input! :) Also, I'm thinking an initial budget of $1,000 total or less for 8 nights. A lot of the rooms I've seen for rent would bring me in below that. If I decide to go in a B&B or Hotel direction, I'll need to do some further research. Looking for clean and safe as main priorities and close proximity to metro station.
I love Tripadvisor as a rule and the community on the Paris board is amazing from what I've seen so thank you in advance :)