Where to Stay (2013)

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This holiday season we will stay at four hotels situated about Paris:

  • Montmartre – Sacre Coeur (18 arr.)
  • Bastille – Republique (11 arr.)
  • Gare de Lyon – Bercy (12 arr.)
  • Eiffel Tower – Orsay Museum (7 arr.)

Some of our accomodations are in luxury hotels removed priciest inner arrondisements with larger rooms. Similar rooms along the Seine would be exorbitant, and everything in the neighborhood is cheaper. A friend stayed at a unit secured through

Airbnb. Her three nights there cost less than the fourth night spent in a hotel. Furthermore, she missed the little things and personal touches of staying in the residence of a local.

It’s safe to recommend the hotel chains (Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman, etc) which are clean, safe, predictable and a good value – especially those located some distance from the center of Paris. This year we are also staying at an apartment unit with kitchen facilities and an independent, directly on the Seine.

We struggled to tear-ourselves-away from favorite venues, but always benefit at seeing Paris from a different angle, in another arrondissement (arr.)

Visit the Where to Stay page for our comments on hotels where we have spent a couple evenings over the years:

Latin Quarter – Pantheon (5 arr.) http://www.villa-pantheon.com/
Opera – Department Stores (9 arr.) http://www.opera-hotel-paris.com/
Montmartre – Sacre Coeur (18 arr.) http://www.mercure.com/gb/hotel-0373-mercure-paris-montmartre-sacre-coeur/index.shtml
Lachaise – Menilmontant (20 arr.) http://www.novotel.com/gb/hotel-0380-novotel-paris-est/index.shtml
La Defense http://www.sofitel.com/gb/hotel-0912-sofitel-paris-la-defense/index.shtml
Palace of Versailles http://www.pullmanhotels.com/gb/hotel-1300-pullman-versailles-chateau/location.shtml

Interesting, Design-Priented Places to Stay
Close-Up, Emily Brennan (New York Times)

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