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1st arrondissement or 7th?

I had a previous topic about a hotel located in the 15th arrondissement, I will be canceling that hotel reservation. Now I have a choice of making a reservation for a hotel in the 1st arrondissement, or in the 7th. Which one is better and does Anyone has experience with Saint Roch Hotel or Hôtel de la Tour Eiffel? ( I read not so many good reviews about this last one).

Thanks for all your help!

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12172 posts

If you have a choice the 1st is wonderful. The prices are generally higher than I'm willing to pay but I think you will find the 1st charming and amazingly convenient. The 7th to me is a little far out to be convenient walking to the center.

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73 posts

In general I'd suggest the 1st over the 7th, so if you're also hearing better reviews about the more central hotel, I think it makes for a no-brainer to book that one. Staying in the 7th is fine, and there are people that prefer it, but it wouldn't be my personal preference. It's still relatively "far" from other tourist destinations and lacks some of the charm of the older/more central arrondissements. That being said, it depends on what other sites you intend to visit on your trip, and personal preferences. The 7th contains many sites that might interest you specifically, particularly if you're into Napoleon or military history, and will be calmer and more residential than the 1st. I think you'll be fine in either, so the choice really comes down to what you plan to do during your trip. Maybe map out your must-sees on google maps and then decide which hotel makes more sense based on those.

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43 posts

I agree with Brad. We stayed in an apartment in the 1st in October and were able to walk everywhere. Including to Eiffel Tower. The 7th is lovely, but you'll find that it's a distance to most sites you'll want to visit. Whereas the first is Right. There. for 80%.

Posted by
2466 posts

How about the 14th arrondissement?
There are several hotels in the area that feature good rates.
Use Google Maps for the rates and go to the website.

Posted by
34 posts

Well, I had a reservation for the 15th arrondissement, and most of the people said that my location was not central. That's why I switched to more central ( I guess)

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308 posts

I'm one of the minority who prefers staying in the 7th over the 1st. I really enjoy the proximity to the Eiffel Tower, and my husband and I really enjoy taking the Metro. The 7th seems a little more relaxed and quiet to us. Having said that, last time we left Paris my husband said, "we should try staying in the 1st next time we come to Paris".

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9429 posts

I’ve stayed in many hotels in central Paris, none were overpriced, noisy and smelly.
Hotels on Ile St Louis are exceptionally quiet.
I stayed at a nice, but average, hotel in the 15th for 6 wks in 2001 b/c it was less expensive than central Paris, but since at least 2009 it is now more expensive than many hotels in central Paris. Don’t know why, they’ve done no renovation, it’s exactly the same.

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11507 posts

I had to laugh at one posters suggestion that most centrally located hotels were "noisey and smelly ...." .. Ive stayed in more than a dozen centrally located hotels in Paris.. and none were that expensive ( I look for budget to moderate , under 150 a night usually with one or two just under 200 euros a night ) .

I would choose the 1st over the 7 th myself.. although just saying the 1st is a bit vague. Its not my favorite area ( but I have stayed in it a few times and been happy enough ) .

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The 1st. Love all the restaurants and central to everything. I love Paris and stay in this area almost every time I visit. I think people want to stay by the Eiffel tour because they love the idea of waking up and looking at the Eiffel tour but there is so much more to Paris. Where ever you stay you will probably have a great time.

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1321 posts

We love the 7th but really it really is all pretty awesome and easy to get around. I'd say find a hotel you really like in either and you will be happy you did!

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1983 posts

First time in Paris we stayed in the 1st-a street over from the Louvre. From the park we could watch the Eiffel Tower light-show every night. As a museum lover, I enjoyed being able to use our museum pass to visit the Louvre late and until closing. No crowds. And can walk almost everywhere(within reason).

So my bet would be the 1st.

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The 1st is the heart of the oldest part of Paris. The old center, and adjacent arrondissements, are beautiful, well cared for and welcoming... a big smile and a sincere 'Bonjour' will open doors and French hearts. Ile Ste. Louis is my favorite. Don't overlook a small apartment there with the Seine practically at your doorstep. Our apartment there last trip was next door to Mme Currie's home on the island...fantastic. No smelly apartments in my experience. Don't forget a warm Merci on your exit.
Nothing compares...

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2466 posts

Don't forget to look for the 13-digit reservation number, if you want an apartment.
It may be buried in the copy somewhere.
I'd book a room in the 14th arrondissement, myself. Lots of them if you use Google Maps.

Posted by
2466 posts

Don't forget to look for the 13-digit reservation number, if you want an apartment.
It may be buried in the copy somewhere.
I'd book a room in the 14th arrondissement, myself. Lots of them if you use Google Maps.
Lots of good transportation, too.

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Thanks.. I made the reservation in the 1st arrondissement already. Hope to enjoy it.

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In 2009, my husband and I stayed for four nights in the 7th at the Hotel de Muguet. We loved Rue Clere and the surrounding neighborhood, but when we go in September, we are staying in Marais (Hotel Jeanne de Arc) to see what that is like. We visited the Marais on our first trip and loved all the shops, cafes, etc. There is a wonderful restaurant in the 7th right at the end of Rue Chevert, which is where Hotel de Muguet is located - Pasco. I believe it is still in operation and we highly recommend it! Enjoy your trip!