We know that Journeywomen
are always on the lookout for great deals--especially in the
costlier cities. So we asked Margo Classé, a member of the Journeywoman
Network and our hotel expert in that part of the world, to suggest
some unique and inexpensive accommodations. Margo writes...
loves to save...
on accommodations means you can spend your money on
the other important things such as sightseeing, food,
shopping, and then even more delicious French food!
for selecting hotels are that they must be very clean,
safe, inexpensive, centrally-located and, above all,
have a private toilet and shower in the room. Of course,
I try to include charming and quaint as criteria as
well. All the hotels listed in this book are family-run
unless otherwise indicated and have at least one room
with a toilet. For me, the sole purpose of a hotel room
is to provide a safe and comfortable place to sleep
after an enjoyable day.
hotels listed cost between $50 and $99 U.S. for two.
For your convenience, prices are listed in Francs and
Euro dollars, but we've included a cash converter to
make things a little easier for you to figure out.
Paris, the City
of Lights and every serious traveller's dream, is
divided by the River Seine (east to west). The Right
Bank is elegant, commercial, and more expensive than
the Left, which is more of an artistic, university-type
area. For each hotel, we've provided the closest Metro
station to help you find your way.
Your Francs, Mesdames
artistic Left Bank...
Hotel College de France
is the perfect example of a Left Bank hotel. Expect
nicely furnished, carpeted, sunny rooms in its six charming
stories. Don't miss the lovely, large attic rooms with
gorgeous French windows. This place has lots of character,
great views, and a few balconies, always a plus in Paris!
Every room features a toilet and a bath or shower, and
the invaluable hair drier.
| Check out #62, a particularly
pretty and very large attic room. It has wood-beamed
ceilings, a balcony, and two French windows. Very nice!
Métro: Maubert Mutualité (5th Arondissement)
Rates: 510F/78EUR single; 575F/88EUR double;
690F/105EUR triple; 1150/175EUR quad
Visa, MC, DC, AX. English spoken (Marc), cable TV w/CNN
Address: 7, rue Thénard
0143267836. Fax: 0146345829. E-mail: email@example.com
a night in a romantic canopy bed? Check out room #35
in this quaint 17th-century hotel. Dragon features lots
of ambiance and simply- to nicely-furnished, carpeted
rooms. There's a lovely interior patio and stone-cased
stairs. A little tip--rooms that face the front are
brightest. Most have bathrooms but remember that rooms
with no showers or toilets are cheaper.
|Métro: St. Germain des Prés (6th
Rates: 430F/66EUR single;
565F/86EUR double; 740F/113EUR triple; 900F/137EUR quad;
Misc.: Visa, MC,
AX. English spoken (Genevieve), cable TV w/CNN
36, rue Dragon.
Contact: Tel: 0145485105.
Fax: 0142225162. Web site: www.france-resa.com E-mail:
on the Right Bank...
Hotel Londres Saint Honoré
Saint Honoré is a wonderful, charming, five-storey 18th-century
hotel. Rooms are large, nicely furnished, and carpeted.
Some even have air-conditioning, and all are soundproofed
and feature minibars and hair driers. There are laundry
services and non-smoking rooms as well. Don't let this hotel
fool you: you'll find reception one flight up.
Tuileries (Near the Louvre in the 1st Arondissement)
Rates: 405-525F/62-80EUR single; 550-615F/78-94EUR
double; 705F/107EUR triple; 790F/120EUR quad; 1300-1400F/198-213EUR
Misc.: Visa, MC, DC, AX. English spoken (ask for
Lamine), cable TV w/CNN
Address: 13, rue Saint-Roch
Contact: Tel: 0142601562. Fax: 0142601600
This is a fabulous,
grand, old-style hotel with old-fashioned rooms. They're
carpeted and nice-sized, with lovely high ceilings (and
most have bathrooms, but remember to check!). Be warned--this
hotel is in a noisy location. But this shouldn't be a worry,
the rooms are soundproofed. Breakfast is included
in the rates and can be served in the room. P.S. Check to
see if you're lucky enough to have one of the rooms with
Métro: Miromesnil (8th Arrondissement)
Rates: 340-430F/52-66EUR (bath) single; 420-480F/64-73EUR
(double or 2 twin beds/bath) double; 570-605F/87-92EUR triple
Misc: Visa, MC. English spoken (Martine, Katia &
Address: 15, rue d'Argenson
Contact: Tel. 0142651687. Fax: 0147420206. Web site:www.france-hotel-guide.com