I am going to Paris for the first time this October for 3 nights flying in to Charles De Gaulle airport, I would like to stay somewhere at least reasonably central and near to public transport, at least reasonably safe and a bit of character also.
I am considering staying in the Montparnasse quarter of the city but know very little about it, is this a wise choice? if so I'd like to know why and if not what are the alternatives.
Thanks in advance for any help.
I can recommend the Chatelet area in the centre of the city. Lots of bars/restaurants for eating, shops etc., and it's 2 mins walk from the Louvre, so is very central. 2 mins the other way is Notre Dame and the Ile de la cite.
If you're looking to stay close to Montmarte and want to be near public transport, I could reccomend a little place called the Hotel Camelia. It's not glamourous by any means but it's affordable and has character, plus it's near some great little markets. I stayed there for three nights and didn't have any complaints. Good luck.
Hi, I have decided to stay near the Gare Du Nord, not quite the most glamorous part of Paris by all accounts but found what looks like a fun cheap hostel so since I'm going there with my mate and not my girlfriend have decided on slumming it a bit more than I usually do and hopefully the fun we 'll have will compensate.
Anyway will let you know how I get on in Paris.
I wish I had seen this post sooner! I'm what you would call one of the Paris-obsessed in this world, and I've been dreaming to go back ever since I left it last year!
If you haven't made reservations yet, I recommend the BVJ: Paris Louvre....like a five minute walk from the Louvre and from Les Halles, it's located in the centre of the city and in between two metro stops. About 25 Euros a night if I remember correctly. LOL, I've plugged this place so much I should get free accomodation or, even better, a free plane ticket to Paris. Hint. hint. Anyone? LOL, oh well, it was worth a shot.
Just before you book make sure the place you go to doesn't have a lockout or curfew...a lot of places in Paris do. My friend stayed at the 3 Ducks Hostel a couple years back and had an awful time because of this. She said it was like living at home. Never a good thing when you're on a trip.
If you need any more info on Paris, I'm here, feel free to ask me anything!
Thanks Katie, have already booked a place called The Peace and Love Hostel near the Gare Du Nord, it doesn't have any curfew - made sure of this and it has a bar, hopefully it will be ok, got good reviews on hostelworld.com.
There is a chain of 2 start hotels called Tim Hotel.
They are good, clean, and quiet.