Discussion in 'France' started by Molly Q, Aug 11, 2006.
I've only stayed in hostels the two times I've been to paris, and both experiences left something to be desired, so i endorse your decision to avoid them. A couple friends of mine stayed at the Hotel Britannique and LOVED it. Here's their site:
They said it was pretty much right smack dab in the middle of the city but that it was also surprisingly quiet. Granted they only stayed 2 or 3 nights. 10 days is a long time to stay in one hotel, but hopefully this is a start!
Great! Thanks for the suggestion. I'll def check it out!
Well hostels aren't so bad. But you should go to the recommended places listed in the travel guides like Fodors.
Also there is another economical option that a lot of backpackers are getting into more and more. It's called "couchsurfing".
This is a community linking backpackers with hosts, people that will share their home to travelers, and in most cases also guide their guests through the local sites and flavors of the city.
The trust system for these exchanges is very successful, as on the site, they list feedback from other travelers, and allow you to view profiles of each host or traveler.
In my experience, I have hosted and had been hosted by several people. The experience is worthwhile, because you DO get the insight of the places via the eyes of the people who live there. And these communities do encourage friendships to grow out of these exchanges.
Feel free to check out these two popular sites. I'm sure you will be impressed by how many people are doing it:
This site seems to be very popular for Americans traveling abroad. Consider this like friendster for the traveler... but friendlier
This one is very very popular for European travelers. The interface is not as fun as couchsurfing, but if you are looking to making connections with more foreign travelers, this is the site to register with. I believe the membership is much higher than couchsurfing.
Well good luck in your travels.
Melissa in Paris
There's some good help right there, semiartist. I can definitely see the appeal in something like "couch surfing," as long as the trust issue is intact. Sounds like a great way to really experience a destination rather than running around blindly with a travel guide and a map (though that can be fun in its own way).
I love to stay in the Latin Quarter -- very french, small, narrow, pedestrian streets, near many sights and metro.
I heard that the HI hostels are good but i cant remember which quarter it is in
I stayed Oct/Nov in a great place in the Marais area, 4e district I think. It is really close to the metro St paul, has great cheap eating and tratteries nearby a real neighbourhood and feels quite safe, as much as any city, at night too.
2, rue Malher
Ph 01 42 72 76 17
they have a web site too but as a newbie I can't post the link just search the hotel name and you will find it.
Montmartre - beautiful, walking distance from the centre and buzzing squares full of artistes, near the Sacre Coeur - the place to view Paris from at night (unless you're on the Eiffel Tower, that is).
Hi, my wife and I work as humanitarian aid workers in Afghanistan. We just bought an apartment in the Latin quarter (rue de la Huchette) and a designer beautifuly redone part of the apartment. It is gorgeous. An agency manages the rental for tourists but if you want, we can discuss directly. Have a look at our mini website where you'll see the flat and have lots of details.
Hey there! Paris is the only place in Europe I have visited so far and I stayed at the HÃ´tel Fouquet's BarriÃ¨re, it a few feet away from Champ Elysees and since Paris is a walkable place, the small cafes will give you that feeling of closeness.
I agree, HÃ´tel Fouquet's BarriÃ¨re is a great place.
I love the Latin Quarter - you are right in the shadow of Notre Dame and alongside the Seine. Lots of cheap but good hotels and fantastic eateries
Separate names with a comma.