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1. Posted by baztravel (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

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Hi All,
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.

2. Posted by stevieh (Respected Member 611 posts) 12y

Hi,
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.:)

3. Posted by saraeg (Full Member 39 posts) 12y

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.

4. Posted by baztravel (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

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.

5. Posted by mtlchica (Respected Member 922 posts) 12y

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!

Cheers,
Katie ;)

6. Posted by baztravel (Budding Member 12 posts) 12y

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.

7. Posted by james (Travel Guru 4136 posts) 12y

There is a chain of 2 start hotels called Tim Hotel.

They are good, clean, and quiet.