I will be travelling to Paris in August with my boyfriend. We need something quite cheap but ideally we would like it to be a little romantic and 'typically Paris'.
Any district is fine as long as it is close to the Metro and has some ammenities like cafes near by.
I think our budget will about 50-70 euros so I don't know if this is a remotly realistic budget for accomodation in Paris. We don't mind if it has to be a clean Youth Hostel with private rooms.
All recommendations welcome!
Personally, I would recommend the Chatelet area just north of the river and very central to most attractions. We stayed in a nice 3 star hotel, which was reasonably priced, but perhaps above your budget a little.
The Chatelet area is just a couple of minutes walk from the Louvre and the Isle de la Cite and Notre Dame, plus Pont neuf, the Mint and the bridge that Carrie and Mr Big stood on in the last episode of Sex and the City! We stood there on New Years Eve - before we'd seen that program!
Chatelet has a metro station but we walked past the Louvre, through the gardens, Place de la Concorde onto the Champs Elysees and round to the Eiffel Tower. WATCH FOR PICKPOCKETS. They are here in abundance. And do not do anybody any 'favours'! A Japanese asked us to buy them a bag from the Vuiton shop. I don't know what they were up to - they may well have been genuine - but you can't risk anything.
We then got a Bateau Mouche back down the Seine. Fabulous.
The Musee d'Orsay isn't far away either, as well as the Pompidou, and there were plenty of restaurants and supermarkets and department stores.
Having said all that, you may want to try Montmartre further north. It's easy to get in and out on the Metro, but not really walkable from the city centre. You may find cheaper accommodation here (it's the arty end of town) too.
Paris is the most beautiful city in the world in my opinion. Enjoy!
I stayed in Montparnasse (15eme arrondissement), at a little hotel called Home Moderne http://www.paris-hotel-homemoderne.com/.
It cost about 40 Euro a day, if you stay for a week or more. The place is simple and clean - no complaints.
Montparnasse is a little out of the way - out near the Periferique and about a 10-minute walk to the Metro. But it was a nice area, and the walk was beautiful. I'd stop to get a coffee (standing up at the counter, of course!) and then again at the Patisserie for a chocolate-thingy that was to die for. If you're looking to be in the heart of the action, or if you're only there a few days, it might not be the ideal place, though.
A tip: If you're going to use the Metro a lot, get the Passe Orange from one of the Metro wickets. You need a passport-like photo for the card (the pass is sold with the card; they're only supposed to be sold to Parisians, but no one ever checked). If I remember right, it was 12 Euro for a week's worth of unlimited Metro rides. The savings were enormous! Especially when you're hopping on and off 4 or 5 times a day...
In terms of hostels, Friends Hostel, Aloha Hostel and Peace and Love Hostel and are all three popular amongst bookers here on TP....
I stayed at a place a couple of years ago in the Quartier Latin but can't for the life of me think of it's name; sorry.
stevieh can you remember the name of the hotel you stayed in? And was it an easy walk from the station? My daughter and I will probably be travelling from Amsterdam by train...using the Eurail pass...and from Paris we want to get the train to London.
tway..similar question for you. I checked out your recommendation, it looks just fine.....and seems OK.... is it 40 Euro p/p p/n.... I probably need to email them....
I am looking for a reasonable place to stay that is an easy walk to and from the station....
I'd guess that it's 40 Euro per night for the room, although I was alone so I can't be 100% sure. Keep in mind that's for stays of a week or more; otherwise it was about 44 Euro a night.
If by "the station" you mean the Metro, it's about a 10-minute walk to Convention. If you mean the train station, I'm not too sure... but in Paris everything is connected to the Metro, so it shouldn't be too difficult to get around.
I guess I'm talking Metro Tina.... if that's what we come into from Amsterdam, and then leave from to go to London....
We had hoped to stay with friends who live in Paris but they are going to be heading off to Portugal the day we arrive... so we'll miss 'em. Thanks
The hotel's web site has a map that indicates nearby Metro stations, as well as detailed directions about how to get there from wherever you arrive.
I don't think you'll come from Amsterdam on the Metro, but rather on the TGV. There are three levels of "train-like" transport in Paris:
- TGV ("train a grande vitesse" to/from other cities/countries)
- RER (to/from outlying areas, such as Versailles)
- Metro (within Paris itself)
They all interconnect, though, so getting around should be relatively simple.
The BVJ: Paris Louvre is a pretty good hostel. It's in the 1st arrondissment and you're close to the metro, as well as the Louvre, St Germain, Les Halles, Notre-Dame and a few other notable sites. It says that it has private rooms, but I was in a dorm when I stayed there. You get breakfast, sheets and an ID card to get in (so you know that it's safe).
Here's the website: http://bvjhotel.com/
Just a little note about the Passe Orange. It was a good deal but will not get you into the airport. We were running late and had to jump the turnstyle just so we wouldn't miss our flight. I would hate for anyone else to go thru that stress. although you could just not party the night before... oh well. live and learn.