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So You Want to Go to Paris?

Places to stay

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#The Tim Hotel we stayed in was right across from the Jardin des Plantes - a wonderful place. The hotel itself is not fancy but adequate. It has everything you need - clean, quiet, safe and affordable for Paris. We spent five days there and found it to be close to everything we wanted - museums and restaurants etc. The breakfast provide was very good. We ate there in the morning and weren't hungry until late afternoon. I think there are maybe three of these hotels in Paris.
Zoe, Keewatin, Canada

#As a single I have stayed at the Saint Pierre Hotel in the Latin Quarter which is conveniently 2 blocks from the RER, off of Saint German Blvd where one can catch a bus up to the Right Bank to the Opera, Galleries Lafayette etc. Also it is 2 blocks from the Odeon Metro and near the Cluny La Sorbonne Metro. They have single rates. Also there are 2 Monoprix stores (budget shopping) around the corner on St. Germaine; and a short walk to the Luxembourg Gardens. LOVED this location.
Rhea, Amityville, USA.

#I recommend Hotel Bonaparte, St. Germaine District. The hotel is charming in a somewhat funky old Parisian kind of way. I had a small fridge in my room which came in handy for a quick yogurt in the morning to get me going out the door to find a cafe for a cappuccino. This hotel is close to St. Suplice church, the Luxembourg Gardens, and the subway (which I only used once as I walked almost everywhere).
Vivian, Seattle, USA

#There is an inexpensive hotel on Rue Lepic called Hotel LePic, which is just up the street from Pigalle. I was with a friend and she had stayed there before and suggested it. It's a modest hotel in a good location. The first night our single beds were made up as a double bed but the next morning they separated them. I believe breakfast was included. There is wi-fi at the hotel. I didn't have the right kind of plug and the receptionist found one for me. Right next door there is a really cheap souvenir store. Good restaurants (where it was OK to go as a single woman) right around the corner. Accomodating staff.
Sue Rosenfeld, Niamey, Niger

#Grand Hotel De Champaigne is my favorite hotel in Paris. Just off Rue de Rivoli and near the Seine. In the first. It is just steps away from 3 metro stops. An easy walk to the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Left Bank. There is everything you would need to meet your needs within minutes. This hotel is not easily found, but it is worth seeking it out. It is hidden behind the major avenues. I prefer a balcony room where I can sit and look out on the rooftops of Paris. Their breakfast is a little pricey. Within steps are much less expensive options.
Lorraine, Belleair, USA

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#We stayed at the Hotel Esmeralda at 4, Rue Saint-Julien Le Pauvre and it was fantastic. Right across from Notre Dame, and down the block from a central Metro Station (with direct line to Versailles). The staff is great, the price was fantastic, the view was spectacular. Nice restaurants nearby. A pretty little park right across the street. If I go to Paris again, I will stay there again.
Gigi, Cleveland, USA

#The Hotel Muguet is our home away from home when we live in Paris. It's on the Left Bank in the 7th arr. Here we feel so safe and comfortable in this smart, stylish two-star hotel. The spotless rooms are air-conditioned, a rarity indeed in two-star hotels. Each room has its own bathroom. A two minute walk down the street brings you to the rue Cler with its shops and bistros and everything you could require to make your stay perfect: cleaners, wine shop, cheese shop, bakery. It is a perfect stop for a woman on her own, situated in an upscale residential neighbourhood close to two metro stops, Latour-Maubourg and Ecole-Militaire. 11, rue Chevert, 75007.
Kathi, Toronto, Canada

#Rent an apartment. Gloria Moskowitz at gam1@comcast.net has helped me on several occasions. It is so much more interesting to immerse yourself in a neighborhood. St Germaine is my favorite.
Julie, LaBelle,USA

#If you want to experience Paris like a Parisian, stay in a vacation apartment. I personally recommend www.haveninparis.com. You can cook your own meals (or invite friends over to share a meal or a bottle of wine). With all of the wonderful street markets (rue Cler and rue Mouffetard) and epicuries (like my favorite at Le Bon Marche), you'll enjoy the most wonderfully fresh food you've likely ever prepared.

#If you want to meet people and perhaps find sightseeing companions, stay in a small hotel. During my visits to the Hotel Valadon (a 12-room hotel in the 7th), I would strike up the most wonderful conversations with fellow travelers as well as the owners at breakfast in the small dining room lounge. I still take annual walks with a woman I met there years ago.
Linda, Paris France

#One of my favorite things about Paris is the hotel I stayed at on my last visit: The Hotel Michelet Odeon. It's a clean, reasonably priced small hotel in the 6th arrondisement at 6 place de l'Odeon, right next to the Odeon Theatre but also within walking distance to the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and Notre Dame. It's a short walk to the Odeon metro stop. As I would walk down to that metro stop every morning and then back in the evening, I passed a bunch of cute little shops as well as a terrific creperie and some other restaurants. This hotel isn't right in a touristy spot. When I would walk around the area, I passed students going to class, women walking back from the bakery with a bag full of baguettes - in other words, I felt like one of the locals. I loved it.
Chris, Long Beach, USA

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#Paris is certainly home to many luxury hotels, but if you shop around, you can find some basic bargain sleeps. One of the oldest hotels, with a lovely and quiet prime central Paris location is the Hotel Henri IV on the Place Dauphine, which offers rooms from 60€ per night and includes breakfast. And if you don't mind attending mass or spending some time in adoration, some churches offer affordable, albeit bare-bones, guest housing. Try Maison Eymard, just two blocks from the Arc du Triomphe, which offers singles, doubles and even triples from 32€ per night with breakfast! The Maison d'accueil Ephrem, the guesthouse of famed Sacre-Coeur Basilica in the charming Montmartre district offers basic rooms from 13€ per person, per night. Three meals per day are available at an extra cost.
Robin, USA

EDITOR'S NOTE: Robin is an expert on Paris. Click here to read her Best Tips on Paris. You won't be disappointed.

#My favorite square in Paris is Place Dauphine on the Ile de la Cite. It's almost an enclosed triangle, peaceful, and best of all, there are a few nice cafs/restaurants there like La Rose de France, with outdoor seating, and a nice affordable hotel, the Henry IV. Since it is quite secluded, you reach it when walking across the Pont Neuf towards the Rive Gauche, turning left on rue Robert. I think you will enjoy it.
Rosa in Montevideo, Paraguay

 

Shopping tips

#If you are looking for a reasonably priced store, besides Monoprix, there is the BHV department store, which has some of everything. In the 14th, Alesia area, there are also discount designer stores for you to browse and maybe buy.
Rose, San Francisco, USA

#My favorite food market is the Marché Richard-Lenoir, near the place de la Bastille, the most lively and animated market in Paris. If you love mushrooms, they have the widest array in the city including wild cepes and chanterelles. They also have a little United Nations of takeout food, including specialities from North and West Africa. Yum!
Rachel, Paris, France.

#MERCI, Paris' newest concept store, offers a breathtaking space where you can shop with a conscience. Merci donates all of its profits to a co-op for young women in Madagascar. They stock everything from clothes to flowers and garden accessories, to perfumes, custom furniture, home goods and second-hand books. Much of the clothing on sale (from brands like Bonpoint, A.P.C., Isabel Marent, YSL and Chloe) has been created and priced exclusively for Merci. Address: 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais - 3rd. Tel : 00 33 1 42 77 00 33. Open daily Monday to Saturday 10am-8pm Metro Saint Sébastien Froissard.
Linda, Paris France

EDITOR'S NOTE: Linda has so many other wonderful tips about Paris from a woman's point of view. Just click here.

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#I spent Thanksgiving in Paris and found a tiny charming shop that is a real gem. It is Les Metamorphoses and it is on the Left Bank in the 5th arr. at 45 rue de Petit Pont. The owner, a small elderly woman and her daughter repair and sell vintage and antique jewelry. You won't need to speak French; they speak English very well. The décor, with deer heads on the wall is eclectic (to say the least). They showcase lovely older jewelry - most never worn. I could have bought so many things, but I did buy a pair of cameo earrings with pearl dangles circa 1930 that I love and the prices were not unreasonable. Recommended!

#There is a small shop selling women's bags in the 5th Arrondissement on the corner of rue Monge and rue Cardinal Lemoine â M: Cardinal Lemoine. Its name is Miss Bolsos and until recently, all very nice bags costed 30-40 Euros. You should check out if it's still there and the prices, but looking for it is worth the while since the spot is close to the market of Rue Muffetard and Hemingway's dwelling, 74 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine.
Rosa, Montevideo, Paraguay

#For high fashion at a bargain price, shop where the savvy Parisians do: at a Monoprix store (their version of the old Woolworths or Zellers department stores). For a store locater or online shopping: www.monoprix.fr. Also, Soldes means On Sale (not sold!), and there are two sales periods in France, one in summer starting in June, and one in January. They both last for at least a month -- and sometimes longer.
Kate, Toronto, Canada

EDITOR'S NOTE: Here's some great ideas for gift shopping in Paris. Click here

 

Housewares...

French design and style are admired throughout the world, and this applies to housewares, as well. A great store for houseware gifts is Résonances. There are several stores throughout Paris, but my favorite is located in a very special pedestrian shopping street, very "in" among trendy young French, called Bercy Village (Metro Cour Saint Emilion). It was created on the site of wine warehouses built in the 19th century, and you can still see the train tracks that used to take the wine to the warehouses. The word "charming" does not do it justice!

In Résonances, French design is expressed in such everyday items as butter dishes, stainless steel fruit presses and sets of multi-colored enamel espresso cups, one each in bright red, yellow, blue and green. And, if you're looking for a gift for that man (or men) in your life, Résonances carries beautiful pocketknives from about 10 to 30 euros each.

 

 

 

 


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