We're going to Paris in January. My husband has a mobility problem.Can anyone recommend a ***hotel within a block or two of a bus stop?
There must be hundreds of them. My suggestions to narrow the field:
Pick a neighborhood based on what you want to see and how much time you'll have in the city. Generally closer to the river costs more but saves time and gives you more transportation choices.
Use booking.com to find some hotels in your chosen area(s) that have elevators. It's one of the few search sites that will let you filter for elevators. Having one will add cost and detract from charm but may be worth it with the mobility issue. Consider some of the chains for convenience.
Use a bus map to locate the lines. It won't show individual stops, but they're every couple of blocks or so. You could use Google Earth "street view" to look for stops in relation to your candidate hotels. Generally stops are conspicuous, with shelters next to the curb.
Read hotel reviews on Trip Advisor. When you have a first choice, contact it directly on its own website rather than Trip Advisor's or booking.com. You'll probably get just as good a rate and may have more choices about rooms, plus you may want to confirm access issues, bus proximity, etc. with the hotel. If your first choice doesn't work, repeat with your second choice, etc. You shouldn't have too hard a time with January reservations.
Hope that helps.
Check out Hotel Henri IV Rive Gauche on Rue St. Jacques in the 5th. It has an elevator. It is a block and a half from the Seine near Notre Dame. There is a stop for L'Open Tour Hop on Hop off bus across the street. Stops for public buses are also close by.
Be careful,,, even three stars with elevators can have stairs. I just stayed in one this summer.. it stopped on landings between floors and it was either 5 or 6 stairs down or up to level. The reason many hotels have oddities like this is because many had elevators retro fitted..and structurally the buildings are so old that often you get very weird set ups.
After you narrow down search ( and there are hundreds that would do ) be sure to email hotel directly and clarify that there are no stairs to landings to get to room.
There are bus stops everywhere.
Hotel Albe is right on a busy street in a super popular and busy area( shops and cafes galore) .. apparently its quite decent ( although like many hotels rooms are small) and there are buses that run right in front of it.
Have you considered renting a small apartment, rather than a hotel? There are apartments that have elevators from the ground floor right up to the floor you are on. Good luck!
We stayed at the Hotel Relais Bosquet last summer. This was a great hotel and location. We were given the ground floor room designed for people with mobility issues. It was a short 30 foot walk from the lobby, no stairs, and looked out upon a small courtyard. If you "like" their facebook page, you get a delicious breakfast buffet included in your daily rate.
Buses at corner and Metro not far away.
Turenne le Marais is just off of rue St. Antoine. Several buses within a block. The St. Paul metro stop is within 2 blocks, and has an escalator going up to street level, but stairs only down to metro. There are a number of restaurants and cafes nearby.
The hotel itself had either no steps into it from street, or just one. An elevator, with no steps up or down to the floors. We had a room with a walk in shower. The room would not be accessible for wheelchairs, but would be fine for someone who can walk but wants to minimize walking.
You can find plenty of hotels that are fine for someone who can't do many stairs, or has breathing problems, etc. But if you need a completely accessible room like you find in the states, I think you'll need to go to one of the larger chain hotels.
Hotel Europe Saint Severin,http://www.hoteleuropesaintseverin.com, has an elevator. Literally right around the corner from St. Michel Metro/RER Stop (Metro 4, RER-C & RER-B) as well as bus stops.
Thanks to all. I'm really hoping for the names of SPECIFIC hotels known to those who've been there. I know about booking and Travelocity, etc.
We've been to Paris several times, rented flats or stayed in a favorite hotel south of rue Mouffetard, Hotel L'Esperance. I recommend that one to all readers. But this time we need to cut down on the walking, so want a place near a bus stop. No metro for us this time, buses or taxis only. And I'm looking forward to staying somewhere other than the Latin Quarter. So, please keep the suggestions coming. Many thanks.