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please recommend a budget hotel room in the heart of Paris

I am going to Paris in mid Oct for only 2 nights(first timer) so I would like to be able to stay close to the action, the cafes, shops, bars etc. since we dont have alot of time. I dont care about the size of the room but of course want clean and cozy. I would like a private bath. I really want to keep the price under $200/night. Thanks in advance and I am looking forward to all recommendations. Cant wait to visit Paris for our first time. Also, if anyone has any recommendations for restaurants that would be great too.

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Try these hotels for costs & good safe locations. Use Venere,, to compare pricing; then check the actual hotel website. Try to book directly with the hotel.

6th: Hotel Bonoparte (off blvd St.Germain); Hotel des Saints-Pierre (near Odeon Metro);
5th: Hotel des 3 Colleges (off rue Cajus, near Sorbonne University), Hotel des Grand Hommes,
1st: Hotel Le Crayon ( two blocks from Louvre); Hotel Paris Rivoli (near Metro)

Consider a walking tour by one of the many companies, cost 15-30 euros. They are a great introduction to the city at a budget cost. Some are just by your tip to the guide, average around 12 euros.

Consider what sights you will visit over the two days and add up the total cost. Compare that cost to a Musuem Pass to see if you'll save money for two people.

To get around I suggest walking most places & hopping on the bus which is scenic and gives nice views of the city. If it's a long haul use the Metro. Single tickets are 1.70 euros/2.34 USD.
Buy a Carnet of 10 tickets to get started. Cost is 13.30 euros/18.29 USD.

Try to start thinking in euros and your budget will start to take shape for you.

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You might also want to look in RS Paris Guide Book for the types of information you are looking for. You might find a copy in your local library or book store. Or, you could purchase one elsewhere on this web site. I get one every year that we will be spending any time in Paris to get updated since we do not go there every year.

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I have stayed at this budget hotel.. its location is absolutely perfect.. so central.. close to many sites.. just off the busy Boulevard St Michel on a quiet side street..near metro, buses etc.. and the RER station St Michel which brings you in from CDG.
Rooms ARE small.. but air conditioned.. total bonus in summer, but not so important in October. I am actually booked for a night there this july again as our apartment rental won't be ready day we arrive. Its a good basic hotel.

Hotel St Pierre on Rue Ecole du Medicine.. I specify this as there are THREE Hotel St Pierres in Paris that I know of.. and the one in Monmarte does not get great reviews. They are not affiliated with each other, its just a common name ( surprise surprise,, lol )

I have not stayed at Hotel College de France but I have seen it recommended highly too...

Good luck.

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A great hotel in the Latin Quarter near Rue Moufetard is L'Esperance, a small business hotel for under 100 euros. Near two Metro stops and multiple bus lines and actually within walking distance of Notre Dame.

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We recommend the St Pierre also for great location. Restaurant Polidor and handy laundromat just blocks away plus nearby Monoprix.