Hoping someone can help...I am very allergic to cats. Is anyone aware of a hotel in Paris recommended by Rick Steves (or another that you would recommend) that is pet-free? The French do love their pets! Thanks!
You might get more responses by posting in the regular "France" forum. This section is for reports on places people have already stayed and most likely doesn't get as many views.
I am not sure if the OP is worrying about cats that are “residents” of the hotel or cats travelling with their owners. We used to stay in a small hotel at Pl. de la Nation which had a resident cat, which enjoyed following the room cleaning lady around to each room as she worked. That would definitely cause a problem for cat-allergic guests. I suppose there are people who take their cats to Paris but they must be few and far between and maybe a tad eccentric.
Oh, Norma, I would love to stay at that hotel. But I'd probably not get much sightseeing accomplished, because I would kidnap the cat.
araven, I think that cat has long since gone to Pussy Cat Heaven. The hotel itself has new owners who have tarted it all up and it is not fun to stay there anymore. But no matter what the new owners, with terrible taste, do, they cannot get around the fact that there is no elevator.and there is no resident pussy cat. Hotel Camelia Prestige is the name. The “Prestige” was added by the new owners. No surprise there.
Thank you for your responses. It's been several decades since I was in France. I do recall the dog-loving Parisians. I would just prefer not to take the chance of staying in a room with cat dander from visitors or resident-cats. Thanks for the advice!
I did see a cat sitting at an indoor restaurant table in the Pyrenees several years ago. I like cats, but I definitely did a double take!
Rachel, you reminded me of a cat in a restaurant in Lyon, who joined us at our table, sitting on his chair ever so neatly, and graciously accepting bits from our plates. My friend and I are both nuts about cats so it was fun for us, but maybe not for everyone.
This won’t help the OP but there is a restaurant on the Isle that has a resident kitty. During the day the kitty lives downstairs in the kitchen but has free roam during the night. 😀. Good news we had two great meals there and not one kitty hair.
You could try a short let apartment. Sites like AirBnB tend to list if the owner has pets, or what the pet policy is.
In North America, hotels limit pets to specific rooms. You should be able to email for verification....or stick to an international chain that should be less likely to have a resident cat.
I empathize. Take plenty of antihistamines. You may have chance encounters on planes, airports, restaurants, book stores seem to love resident cats, the list goes on.