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#21
Atlanta
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Hotel Tourville in the 7th.......easy walk to Invalid, Champs de Mar, Eiffel Tour. Quiet very upscale neighborhood, plenty of bakeries, restaurants on Rue Cler. Between two metro stops that connect to the rest of Paris. 10 minutes to St. Germaine and shopping......very Parisienne.


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#22
Erfurt, Thuringen Germany
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Originally posted by love to cruz
This will be our first trip to Paris. Planning on spending 3 days prior to getting ship at LeHavre.
What is the best area to book a hotel? Is Paris walkable or quite spread out?
Any suggestions will be greatly appreciated.
I would highly recommend you to check Paris Marriott Champs Elysees Hotel
#23
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Joined Dec 2005
I LOVE Paris. I leave next Friday for my 7th trip in 4 years.
I like the 6th near the Luxembourg Gardens.

If I am going to Montmartre or Canal Saint Martin I take the metro there.
Canal Saint Martin if I'm heading to the very far end I take the metro there and back.
Montmartre it depends how exhausted I am. I might take the metro up there and back.
Other than that I mostly walk. My average is 10 miles a day.
A few times in a trip I'll do 13 miles.

Lots of people have a fear of the metro but it is easy to use and very efficient.

Do yourself a favor and book your hotel as far out as possible. Hotels and apartments book up and they normally get more expensive.

Have a great time!!!
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#24
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We will be staying in Paris for several days before a British Isles cruise next August. My 85 year old mother in law will be traveling with us. We would like a convenient location so that we wouldn't have to do a whole lot of walking. Plus, having a HOHO stop near our hotel would be perfect. Any suggestions?
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#25
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We have stayed in three different areas. First time was in Marais, the 5th/6hth (or even just inside the 13th), twice in Montparnasse, and once in Port Mailot. Most times it was based on Priceline winning bids. We preferred the 5th and Montparnasse because of proximity to RER and the metro. We typically take the RER to and from Paris because we only have carry on.

We enjoyed Montparnasse and area. We stayed once near the rail station (very handy for the train to Versaille) and the second time close to Eiffel. It was also good for HOHO access, as was Marais.

The Paris Metro is so good and so easy to use/get around. As is the RER and their rail system. I think your best bet is to narrow down the areas/hotels and then select the hotel that appeals to you most for whatever reason. Lots of fine places. We are members of the Accor Hotel chain. They sometimes have very good specials-especially for higher end business hotels during we weekends when business people are not travelling. You generally have to book, pay in advance w/no cancellation to get these rates. Having said that Priceline bidding has been very good for us in Paris and at the CDG area for those nights prior to an early flight.
#26
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Originally posted by CruzinNoony
We will be staying in Paris for several days before a British Isles cruise next August. My 85 year old mother in law will be traveling with us. We would like a convenient location so that we wouldn't have to do a whole lot of walking. Plus, having a HOHO stop near our hotel would be perfect. Any suggestions?
If you want to visit sites within easy reach of the River Seine, then tickets for the Bateau Bus river taxis are really good. It's a hop on, hop off service across 9 stops - Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame etc.
#27
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The Paris Metro is our all time favourite subway system. Add the RER to that and you have a first class public transportation system that is easy to use.

IF you decide to take RER from CDG to Paris try and have some coins available. Sometimes there is a line up to buy RER tickets at the CDG stop but there is seldom a line at the self serve machines. These machines only take coins. Or at least this was the case when we last used the RER at CDG.

We made a mistake last time and just hopped on the Air France bus to Montparnasse. Problem was that Putin or someone was in town and traffic was a zoo. That is a huge benefit to using RER over bus or taxi. It can be much faster during rush hour or during special events.
#29
Cambs. U.K
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Originally posted by CruzinNoony
We will be staying in Paris for several days before a British Isles cruise next August. My 85 year old mother in law will be traveling with us. We would like a convenient location so that we wouldn't have to do a whole lot of walking. Plus, having a HOHO stop near our hotel would be perfect. Any suggestions?
Have a look at hotels in the 1st Arondissement- you can't get more central & walkable than this. Look at hotels near rue de Faubourg St Honore and the Rue Rivoli if you want to be near the Louvre and some nice restaurants. The Hotel Castiglione is pleasant and worth a Google.
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#30
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Loved the Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel. Right next to Eiffel tower. Very clean. Rooms smallish but that's normal in Europe. Prices reasonable.
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#31
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I'm so glad I found this thread. I've been looking at hotels in Paris for weeks now and finally made a decision to stay in Saint Germain De Pres, I booked La Villa Saint Germain on Rue Jacob (near Cafe De Flore). I was debating between Saint Germain and the 1st Arrondisment and finally made my decision. This will be my 2nd time in Paris, I was there over 40 years ago, so it's pretty much like my first time again.

Hubby and I will be there for 4 nights next May and I'm open to any and all suggestions of places to eat, the best way to get to Versailles. We aren't big museum people, of course we'd like to see Mona at the Louve but we don't want to spend the entire day there. I'm thinking of buying the Paris pass for the museums, has anyone done that? We also would love to take a boat ride on the Seine in the evening.
#32
New Cumberland,PA, USA
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Originally posted by cruisinrg
I'm so glad I found this thread. I've been looking at hotels in Paris for weeks now and finally made a decision to stay in Saint Germain De Pres, I booked La Villa Saint Germain on Rue Jacob (near Cafe De Flore). I was debating between Saint Germain and the 1st Arrondisment and finally made my decision. This will be my 2nd time in Paris, I was there over 40 years ago, so it's pretty much like my first time again.

Hubby and I will be there for 4 nights next May and I'm open to any and all suggestions of places to eat, the best way to get to Versailles. We aren't big museum people, of course we'd like to see Mona at the Louve but we don't want to spend the entire day there. I'm thinking of buying the Paris pass for the museums, has anyone done that? We also would love to take a boat ride on the Seine in the evening.
We do not know your hotel (there are thousands of hotels throughout Paris) but we do know St Germain des Pres, Rue Jacob and the 6th. You have chosen our favorite neighborhood and you are going to find all kinds of interesting cafes, restaurants and shops in your neck of the woods. Not sure about the Paris pass as you need to look at the cost/benefit against what you plan on doing during the stay. Hope you love the Left Bank as much as we do .

Hank
#33
Shanghai, PRC / Sete, France
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Nee Paris????
What are you trying to say?

You might want to look up the meaning of the word "Nee" in French.
#34
Scotland and France
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Originally posted by BruceMuzz
Nee Paris????
What are you trying to say?

You might want to look up the meaning of the word "Nee" in French.
It's a bit of Franglais - you know the last letter in French is rarely, if ever, pronounced - so why bother typing it when we all know the real word is 'Need' ...

BTW, I looked up the meaning of 'Nee' in French - but it was no help because it's my hips that are giving me problems ...

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#35
San Mateo, California
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Joined Feb 2007
This is an interesting thread, read through it, we have been to Paris many times maybe 12+ over past 30 years. Early on we walked all day for hours... now we are much older we can't do that any more. We have never used the subway... either walked or took a taxis. We also have always stayed out at ORLY or Charles De Guall airports at either the Hilton or Hyatt hotels. Did so because saved a lot of money. We have always taken the airport bus in and out of the city... spend the day and then head back to our hotel for the evening. We always picnic in the city... love shopping at the street markets in the city. My dh is originally from Paris, so speaks French and understand the culture. On our last visit I discovered now days when giving direction to taxi driver one needs to give them a street address vs cross streets, since they all use GPS. We do like being out at CDG Airport for checking our flight back to the states, morning traffic can be a night mare if there are accidents, if you are trying to get to the airport to catch a flight. We have gotten off ships in La Harve, taken the tour bus from the ship into Paris and then a taxi to our hotel. We always travel with a lot of luggage as we visit family in Europe along the way, so taxi works best for us.
#36
New Cumberland,PA, USA
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Joined May 2000
Pris, I found your post most interesting. There are plenty of reasonable cost hotels and short-term apartment rentals in Paris (cheaper than the Hilton by CDG) and I cannot imagine being being out near the airport at dinner time (we have spent our share of time at airport hotels near CDG). Personally, we avoid US Chains like Hilton when in Europe as we prefer something more European in style. Like you, we sometimes stay near the airport if we have an early morning flight. Otherwise, no way would we miss the charm of Paris in the evening. After all, strolling and having dinner at a cute place in St Germain des Pres....is much different then the places near CDG.

Hank