My wife and I are visiting Paris in April 2005 for the first time.
Can anyone advise the most suitable arrondisement for a couple who like a quite, clean, safe area and with easy access to the sights of Paris
Any accommodation recomendations would also be appreciated.
I stayed in the 15th arrondissement - a small but clean hotel called "Home Moderne." It was 44 Euro a night, or 40 Euro a night if you stay a week. Certainly not comparible to hostel prices, but very reasonable nonetheless. The room was small and simple, and the people at front desk a little curt, but all-in-all it was clean and the staff were helpful - no complaints.
I walked about 10 minutes every morning to the Metro (the hotel is out near the Peripherique), but that gave me a chance to stop for a pastry and a coffee and watch everyone rush off to work!
If you like to go back to your hotel a lot during the day, it may be out of the way. But if not, I'd recommend it...
Hi Tiger & missus! I would suggest 8 or 9 eme. Safe & perhaps not as expensive as the 2eme. Naturally most neighbourhoods are covered by the clean , efficient metro
Obviously you don't visit Paris too often living in Australia so I really would urge you to buy the Timeout book of Paris Walks. Then you can both find & see the usual sights yourself - that's half the fun. Then the book will take you to the parts of Paris that are not known to the majority of tourists and give you details of the great & infamous who lived in this house/that street in the past & up to date. The walks ( some written by famous people) vary from 2 miles to nearly seven. I think you would get some really good memories to take back
The area of Montparnasse is a great area for all the criteria you give...maybe except for quite..but it depends there are some hotels that are in quite streets...So if I were you, I would think about this area!
I remembered an hotel not far away from the Montparnasse station...I never go there but a friend of mine was going there...it was called the Résidence Montparnasse, a 3 star hotel but they have the price of a 2 star and defintely, you can consider that it is more a 2 star than a 3 star..If my memory is good it was in a quite street!!!
I just have a look at the hotel website so if you want to look at it: www.residence-montparnasse.com !
Have a great trip in this so beautiful city!!!!
We actually found a great deal in the 1st Arrondissement. We were a five minute walk from the Louvre. Very close to Les Halles as well. It's a great area, and right near the Seine (which is beautiful day or night). Now, we stayed at a hostel (BVJ: Paris Louvre), but there were also a few two-star hotels in the area. I'm not sure if the hostel has private rooms, but most do (or are nice enough to give a four-bed room to two or three people if it's not busy)
The Montparnesse area is quite clean, but it isn't as central as you may like. But then again, if you'll be taking the metro everywhere it doesn't matter much.
If you have any questions about Paris, I'm your girl! (I don't live there, but I'm slightly obsessed, which anyone here can attest to )