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Bed & Breakfast Recommendations in Paris

My fiancé and I will be spending 5 nights in Paris next August at the end of a three-week European honeymoon. I'm about to tackle the beast of finding an accommodation. I have Rick's Paris 2017 guide that I'm starting to go through and of course will use TripAdvisor as well, but I wanted to get some real time recommendations from you all, if you have them.

We prefer to stay in B&Bs over hotels so that's what I'd be looking for in Paris. We prefer charming and unique over modern and fancy, as long as things are clean and comfortable. My budget goal would be 150 Euro/night but I understand I may need to be flexible with that in Paris. We don't mind walking and/or using the metro and in fact would probably prefer to be a bit removed from the tourist sites.

All that being said, does anyone have any recommendations for us?

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We stayed in an Airbnb room in Paris for a week and it was wonderful. It was in a historic Hausmann apartment that has been beautifully restored. It had a large private room with a balcony, triple pane windows, a private shower and sink. The toilet was private but across the hall. Breakfast was delicious, but more importantly, the hostess, Catherine, was great. She speaks wonderful English and is full of information. It was near Gare St. Lazare station with wonderful transportation options. The room is listed under the private room option.

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The reviews on booking.com may be useful to you, even if you use different web sites for your initial search.

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It sounds like you're confusing a rental apartment with a traditional Bed & Breakfast, which aren't the same at all.
The majority of short-term rental apartments in Paris are illegal. If it's your first time trying to book one, you really have to do some serious digging to find out if the owner is reliable. The main gripes are that you cannot drop your luggage if you arrive before the apartment is ready - so will have to drag your belongings around with you - and if something breaks, the owner/manager might not be able to have it fixed during your stay. There is always a chance that someone will offer to stay 7 nights, rather than 5 nights, and the owner might cancel your reservation to make more money.

If it's your first time in Paris, you might feel more comfortable staying in a legal apart'hotel like these, where you'll have front desk staff on duty 24/7 to help with whatever you might need. These have kitchens and a bit more space, are in good neighborhoods and convenient to transportation and everything else:
http://www.residencehenri4.com/en/
http://www.leroidesicile-paris.com/

If you're looking for a legal, family-owned Bed & Breakfast, here's the list of members approved by the City of Paris:
http://hotesqualiteparis.fr/fr/index.php

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I don't sense any confusion, sounds to me like you want a room in a private home with a nice breakfast. In looking at what I believe is Becky's recommendation, I have to say it looks great-I will PM you the link. This host specifically offers to take luggage when it's convenient for you even if before check-in, collects occupancy tax, and is within your budget. Nearby Parc Monceau, lovely neighborhood.

Have a great trip.

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Thank you, Dave and Becky! I'm not sure where the sensed confusion is coming from but no, I'm not confused about the difference between a B&B and an apartment rental. :) Thank you!

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Not sure where the confusion came from in this thread because rachaeljdunn was quite clear that she is looking for a B&B, but there was a recent thread on this forum in which the OP seemed to think that AirBnB advertised B&Bs. Every thread is not an opportunity to bring up illegal vacation apartment rentals in Paris but it can seem like that sometimes. B&Bs are not that common in Paris as compared to the number of hotels, but that being said, I just got back from lunch with a friend from Paris who suggested a place called La Villa Paris in the 13th near the Buttes aux Cailles area and the cite universitaire. Good luck.

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JHK, ironically I was actually just looking at that place and it looks nice. The only thing is that it seems like it might be a bit far out from some of the main sights, any thoughts about that? Like I said we don't mind taking the metro but a 10-15 minute ride back and forth each day would be more ideal than 30.

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Every thread is an occasion to bring up illegal rentals because there are posters who job it is to do this and whose obsession it is to do this. 'I've got mine, but let's make sure you don't enjoy the same experience.'

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^^^ Indeed. Mostly I hate the idea that someone would be frightened away from a great travel possibility. Private room in someones home, this is not a controversy.

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@rachaeljdunn, Are you asking about La Villa? If so, I love that general area in the 13th. When I was apartment hunting in Paris, Butte aux Cailles was one of my preferred areas. There was very little available on the Butte but while it is a great area for a home in Paris, it might not be ideal for a first time visitor who wants to be in the dead center of tourist buzz but you said that you want to be a bit removed from that. The Butte aux Cailles area is a bit of a hidden village part of Paris IMO so if you want a charming "not overwhelmed by tourists" area, it is great. If you do not mind using the metro, La Villa looks like it is about 15 minutes from the either of two metro stations on line 7 and on the outskirts of the Butte. It will take you about 20 minutes on line 7 to get to central Paris. I have heard of some B&Bs that are very central but they are around double (or more) of your budget so I did not suggest them.

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La Butte aux Cailles is indeed a VERY charming neighborhood, so if there are good options there, it would definitely be worth looking into. You said in your original post that you would prefer to be a bit removed from the tourist sites -- La Butte aux Cailles is that, but goodness it is still in Paris on a regular metro line! To me staying in an area like that would really give you a chance to experience the charm of Paris. (no it's not my neighborhood, but there is a tea shop that I love to go to there!)

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Thanks, everyone! We decided to book a little place called La Chambre Parisienne in Montmartre. It's a B&B with just one guest room, affordable and with fantastic reviews.

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Glad to hear! I'm sure that will be a fine experience, please post back with how it goes.

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That looks charming, enjoy your honeymoon!

(And thank you to the folks who posted about the need to discuss illegally rented apartments in Paris!...)

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That does look nice! And good that it's at the bottom of Montmartre -- that way when you want to go up into Montmartre, you're right there to go up, but yet being at the bottom makes it easier to get into the rest of town.

Enjoy!