G'day people..I'm going to paris for a long weekend in a couple of weeks and i was wondering if anybody had any recommendations. Any cheap but good hostels in the middle of the city? what's musts to do in paris during a short stay?(except the most famous attractions of course)
I hope someone could be of any help.
I like staying in the Latin Quarter which puts you pretty close to everything without the price of the Right Bank. Lots of great pedestrian streets, small restaurants, parks, etc. There is a hostel in the area which I've not stayed at but has received good reviews. www.youngandhappy.fr Rates are 26 Euros including breakfast. This will put you close to the Ile de la Cite to see the artist at Notre Dame. I actually prefer Sainte Chappelle which is very near and one of the most beautiful churches in the world.
You may also walk along the Quay on the Left Bank to the Musee 'de Orsay which has great Impressionists artwork then stroll on down to the Eiffel Tower if you so desire. I would also highly suggest taking one of the bateaux boats at pont neuf. The boating tour is only about 10 euros and and at dusk, floating under the bridges, the lit monuments, it is completely worth the money.
(Of course, I don't live in Paris. Just one of my many favorite destinations. So don't know if you've tried contacting a Parisian through the travel help on this site.
And just for fun. Two of my favorite French websites.
www.artday.com (The woman takes a shot of the Eiffel Tower EVERY DAY as she walks her daughter to school and post them daily.) She actually took one shot the evening of my birthday while dining in the restaurant of the Eiffel Tower and e-mailed it to me. How cool was that?
And...the French Yellow Pages...I LOVE them. Put in an address and they'll show you pictures of the building, street views, etc.
http://www.pagesjaunes.fr/ It's like a virtual walking tour of Paris.
you could stay at the woodstock hostel http://www.woodstock.fr/
-- it is a really close walk to the sacre coeur and the red light district where the moulin rouge is.... and it is cheap and good.
dont stay at the three ducks - if anyone suggess it - wwhen i was staying there a lot of stuff got stolen from rooms and out of the hostels safe so one guy got stuck in the country!!
also when in paris i would go to the picasso museum and the centres georges pompidou (even just to look at the architecture from the outside - it is a building that looks like they have built it inside out - and has some free modern art exhibitions inside - and some you have to pay for)
I stayed at the Hotel Innova in Montparnasse when I was in Paris in January. It was clean and the staff were nice (very very cheap too).
It's also right next to the Pasteur Metro stop (lines 6/14). The only downside was that it is a good 30-40 mins by subway to Gare du Nord/Montmartre.
I stayed on the last August at the HOTEL CARLTON'S, a beautiful 3 star hotel near the Moulin Rouge and I spent 120 euros for two nights. The hotel was central located and near two metro stations. I suggest you to see http://www.web-paris-hotels.com ,because I think that there are a lot of great deals for Paris.
Good luck for your holiday!
Thanks for all your advice. I think I'll check out young and happy. And stay away from the 3 Ducks. I wouldnt get stuck in the country tho, since i'm an european citizen, but still..I hate it when that happen. I don't understand why people feel the need to steal from their fellow travellers. Anyway, thanks guys and have fun travelling..
I stayed at Le Fourcy which is in Le Marais, almost next to Seigne and Notre Dame. It wasn't exactly the best hostel I've been to, but the location is amazing.