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We will stay in Four Hotels (Quatre Hôtels) during our time in Paris

Montmartre
Thursday, December 24th -Check-In (12:00)
Saturday, December 26th -Check-Out (12:00)
Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur, Paris
1-3 Rue Caulaincourt, Paris, 75018 France
Expedia Ranking: **** (we rate it 3½, although we love this place)
Last year we entered our room, and it had not been cleaned
They remedied this quickly at the front desk with a free upgrade to a superior room. It’s about the same size as a regular room, but has a refrigerator with several free beverages that they refilled occasionally. Most importantly, the superior rooms were on the upper floors, overlooking the city, with the tiny Eiffel Tower in the distance. Much too small to capture a photo, but we could monitor its periodic light shows through the evening. We felt that the incremental room charge was worth this nicer room, maybe $30 per night (although that is $60 over our 2 night stay and these decisions add-up over the trip
Rue Lepic, Sacre Coeur, Montmartre Cemetery, Moulin Rouge, Pathe! Cinema
We paid $142.88 per night

Le Halles
Saturday, December 26th -Check-In (2:00)
Monday, December 28th -Check-Out (12:00)
Hotel Des Ducs D’Anjou, Paris
1 Rue Sainte-Opportune, 75001 Paris, 75001 France
Expedia Rating: **** (we haven’t stayed here, yet)
We usually avoid the cramped hotel rooms of downtown Paris, but it’s an occasional and interesting change. We will be able to walk or bike among the museums and churches, with occasional trips on the Metro. On the weekend nearby Centre Georges Pompidou is open during the evening.
This is a boutique hotel and we anticipate additional charges
It was the only hotel to charge us an exchange fee
They may also ask us to pay the City Tax which other hotels include in their the quoted rate
Even so, we are open to fall-in-love with Ducs D’Anjou and return to it regularly
We paid $160 per night (plus exchange fees)

Versailles
Monday, December 28th -Check In (2:00)
Wednesday, December 30th -Check-Out (12:00)
Pullman Versalles Chateau, Versailles
2 Bix Avenue De Paris, Versailles, Yvelines, 78000 France
Expedia Rating: **** (we rate it 4½)
On our third visit to Pullman Versailles Chateau, we were disappointed last year. Our room looked out onto the back alley, instead of the ice rink toward the train station. We should have asked for an alternate room – the carpet was stretched and worn, a work tarp and room service dishes loitered in the hallway – the elevator buttons were grimy and smudged. To our surprise, a delightful free breakfast was included with the room. It was spectacular. And we love the location on the drive leading down to the Chateau. Now we know to avoid the crowded weekends in Versailles.
We paid $173.49 per night

La Defense
Wednesday, December 30th -Check In (2:00)
Friday, January 1st -Check Out (we will leave mid-morning to airport)
Sofitel Paris La Defense Puteaux
33 Voie des Sculpteurs, Puteaux, Hauts-de-Seine, 92060 France
Expedia Rating: ***** (we also rate it a 5!)
We frequently spend our last evenings in La Defense at the exquisite Sofitel. The staff is the best and the rooms luxurious – for a price much less than premium hotels anywhere-else in Paris. A ride on the metro transports us to evening hours at La Louvre, a New Years Eve performance or a meal at Chartier.
Located in an Exclusively Business District (with very little consumer commerce, except for the train station)
Clean Modern Plaza of Sculptures and La Grande Arche, Overlooking Paris
We paid $217.72 per night

Average per night: $167.20
The eight night total is: $1,337.60
(if you find that agreeable person to share a room in Paris, it could be less than $700.00 for 8 nights) Not Bad

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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

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Where will we stay?

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Sacre-Coeur
We will stay at four hotels situated around Paris:

  • Montmartre – Sacre Coeur (18 arr.)
  • Lourve – Les Halles (1 arr.)
  • Versailles
  • La Defense

We usually stay at established hotel chains (Mercure, Novotel, Sofitel, Pullman, etc) which are comfortable, clean and safe. In the neighborhoods outside of historic Paris, we have the opportunity to discover some areas a-little-removed-from the central core of tourism. They are a good value and we may actually see some local Parisians.

You will make your own hotel reservations, and may choose to stay elsewhere

Les Quatre Hôtels provides further information on the Four Hotels where we stay

Over the years we have also spent nights in:
Latin Quarter – Pantheon (5 arr.)
Invalides (7 arr.)
Opera – Department Stores (9 arr.)
Bastille (11 arr.)
Bercy (12 arr.)

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