Thanks for reading my message.
I have spent a good deal of time in Paris over the years and lived there for 4 months when I was 25. The last time I went was for 11 days about 4 years ago (with my parents, however).
I am going for 5 days with my brother (35) in Feb. I was going to wait to post until I had selected a hotel but then I realized I may want to select my hotel based on your suggestions.
Like most veteran paris visitors, I like to spend the days strolling around vaious neighborhoods, grabbing a bite here, a drink there, maybe stop in at a museum for an hour or two, etc. I am covered with the day planning.
I need your help for restaurants/cafes/bistors, hotel and arrondissement selection. On my last trip, I stayed at the Victoires Opera on rue Montorgueil in the 2nd. The place had a nice location but was kind of dead at night.
I am not looking for Bain Douche by any means, but I would like to be situated near some frequented pubs, lounges, bistros where we might find some other late 20's to 30-something people to enjoy a few cokctails, attend to the latest political conversation, etc.
I really liked the vibe at Le Fumoir just behind the louvre. Similar places (or others) would be welcomed if you could suggest a few. Also, I remember there being a wine bar on/near st.honore just east of the vendome area. Any wine bars of choice (casual preferred).
I am thinking 5th/6th. Am I on the right track? We would like to come in around $180-$220/night for a room with two twins or two doubles (preferred). I saw Hotel Walt which seemed nice but is a bit further away than what we would like. We prefer the more modern looking clean hotels than the older "charming" variety. The hotel doesn't have to be great, but it would not hurt if it could be both centrally located and nice.
Thanks again for reading.