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4 night in Paris-First Time

Hi
My wife and I will be in Paris for 4 nights in early May. It will be our first trip to Paris. The only thing we have planned is a hockey game at AccorHotel Arena. We would like to stay somewhere central to the popular sights for a reasonable price. Any suggestions?

Chad

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Chad,

My daughter & I enjoyed our stay at Hotel Diana in the Latin Quarter, right by La Sorbonne & the Cluny Museum.
The hotel is family owned, the staff are friendly, helpful & available 24/7. The hotel has A/C, an elevator, free Wi-Fi, & it serves breakfast for an extra fee.
We did not eat breakfast at the hotel, so can't comment on it.

Enjoy Paris!

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2333 posts

We enjoyed this hotel near the Rue Cler this past summer: http://hotel-paris-bosquet.com. Walking distance to most attractions, good restaurants in the neighborhood. Breakfast at the hotel was very good.

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Thank you for the suggestion. We are on a moderate budget. I was wondering if anyone has ever stayed at Hotel 34B? Seems to be a good location for the Louvre, Notre Dame and the Accor Arena for our hockey game.

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4214 posts

I don't know that hotel, but checking on Google Earth I see that it's a few blocks north of the Grands Boulevards metro station, served by two lines, in what looks like a busy neighborhood with a lot of restaurants and cafes. Probably fairly quiet at night, which would be a plus for us. It's not especially close to the Louvre or Notre Dame but not too far either. You'll want to use the metro or a bus for most of your sightseeing, but they're easy to use. The hotel website says it's five minutes from Gare du Nord, but it looks like that would be by taxi not foot.

There are hundreds of hotels in Paris which would meet your criteria. Other posters will have recommendations, so I'll recommend the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles in the Latin Quarter, but you'll have many choices. Generally speaking, the closer to the river you are the more you'll pay. And a fairly central location helps if you get tired during the day and want to go back for a nap or a sit-down before hitting the sights again or dinner or hockey or whatever. But if 34B (part of the Astotel chain) appeals to you, go for it.

The best hotels (i.e. best values) fill up fast, so it's not too soon to start making choices and reservations for May.

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If you haven't yet read the RS guide, take time to buy & read. It will be very much worth the investment, enabling you to choose the places and experiences you'll enjoy the most in your short visit.

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IT seems to get good reviews. However there are a multitude of hotels in Paris in that same price range (or cheaper) that are in much nicer and interesting neighborhoods for instance in the Latin Quarter. Look at Hotel du College de France for a great low budget choice. Much more interesting of a location.

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Hi
I would like to thank everyone for their comments. We have booked the Hotel College de France. Looking forward to our trip.

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7124 posts

Good location. Right round the corner from Hotel Marignan where I stayed on my first visit to Paris in 1989. Very close to the Metro at Maubert Mutualite, and not far to RER B at St Michel. Short walk to Notre Dame, plus all the student atmosphere and restaurants of the Latin Quarter right at your door.

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We have stayed at the College de France twice and are returning again this spring. I'm sure you'll be pleased. You can walk to many sights or access several metro stops. Restaurants are all around and minutes from the door. Rooms are comfortable and well maintained, breakfast is optional, add it or not daily, and they offered coffee only which we liked. The staff are excellent...patient, helpful and friendly. You are ready to have a fantastic time in Paris. Safe travels! If you are considering the museum pass, you can walk 10 minutes to the Cluny and purchase it quickly and easily. Or visit it anyway for the Lady and the Unicorn tapestries and other medieval treasures.

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Agreeing with other comments: 1) buy the RS guide book to Paris to narrow your hotel selection 2) the closer you are to the river (up to the Bastille on the east and Eiffel Tower on the west), the more expensive, but closer and quicker to the action.