Hi. I was hoping someone could help to find a place to stay in Paris. Arriving on the 11th of July with a friend.
What are the main street in Paris called, are there any really good hostels there like the Flying Pig in Amsterdam. Are there any places we shouldn't stay.
I've never stayed at the Flying Pig, but a good hostel (ie: cheap and good location) is the BVJ Paris Louvre Hostel. It's cheap and in a good location. Now if you're looking for more of a party atmosphere and something close to bars, I did a little search on the Accomodation section of Traveller's Point here, and based on the areas, I found the Hotel Richard (although there are some gay bars in that area, so if you're not into that, make sure to keep an eye out for the rainbow flag)and the Young and Happy Hostel. The Woodstock Hostel claims it has a party atmosphere, but the location is pretty sketchy.
Watch out for lockouts and curfews, a lot of Paris hostels have that (the BVJ doesn't). It can get really frustrating if you forgot something in your room during the day and yuo can't get back in until night...also, it sucks having to cut your night short because you have to be in your room by 1 am. Don't worry about the how far off from the centre of town yuo are, the Paris Metro system is great! But keep in mind it closes around 12:30am on most nights, and a little later on weekends.
Try to stay away from the area around Blvd Clinchy and St-Denis street (north of Rue Rambuteau)...those are the Red Light Districts and have some shady characters at night. The area around Gare de l'Est and Nord also isn't the best place to stay, but should be ok if you're in groups. Just take the normal percautions and you should be fine.
As for the main roads, the Champs-Elysées and St-Honoré/du Faubourg are big ones, but the areas around them are very pricey Hostel/Hotel-wise. Rivoli is also a main road, as well as the roads on both sides od the Seine (the Quais change names every few blocks). Some more notables.... Blvd de Sebastopol, Blvd St-Michel, BlvdRapail, Blvd Montparnesse, Blvd St-Germain, Blvd Haussman all major streets.
Hope that helps!
[quote=mtlchica]Some more notables.... Blvd de Sebastopol, Blvd St-Michel, Blvd Raspail, Blvd Montparnesse, Blvd St-Germain, Blvd Haussman all major streets.
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thanks a lot, I'll check those out. :D I'll keep an eye out for the colored flag. :D
Look at Hostells here>>http://www.fuaj.org/eng/index.php
When I went to Paris a few months ago I stayed at MIJE Fourcy. The location was great. Close to the metro and in walking distance from almost all sights. Breakfast incl. in price..
Are there anyone that will be around Paris when we get there?