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Early arrival, 3:00 check in

My flight arrives in Paris at 9:00 am and I can't check in to my airbnb until 3:00. What do I do during those hours that I have my luggage (I'll try to pack light but I always seem to end up with a large and heavy bag) and am exhausted and jet laggy?

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I assume it will take a couple hours between landing and getting into Paris? If so and you get into Paris between 11-12, I'd take my time walking from the RER/mêtro to my apt, find a café, sit outside with my favorite food/drink, people-watching and elated to be there... 😊

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23411 posts

One of the drawbacks to AirB&B. I would take the train in and park the luggage at the train station. Use the time to explore the area around and near the train station, have a nice lunch, recover the luggage and head to the B&B. You probably don't have that much time since you probably will not get into the city until closer to 11. Don't try to pack light - do it. Trying doesn't count. Get down to one rolling carry-on size bag and you will appreciate it.

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Depending on where your airbnb is, perhaps you can leave your luggage at a train stn locker and then I would find somewhere to have a bite, perhaps go for a walk in a park...look into which train stations you can leave your bag at, then get out and get some (hopefully) sunshine...it would probably be a good 90 min - 2 hrs before you get into the city (depending on what transportation you use and where the bnb is located).

Would your airbnb allow you to at least drop your bags? I have found when we are arriving before check in time, generally they will make concessions for you (but of course if it's an apartment and other people are there, then prob not a good idea...we tend to stay in rooms with owner present). We are staying at an airbnb in Paris (our 2nd stay with the same one) and she is going to be at work until 8pm. We are arriving on train mid-afternoon. She offered to leave the key at a business by her home, but we've decided we will drop our bags at Gare Montparnasse then take a walk up to the d'Orsay...but of course, we won't have been dealing with an overnight flight and jet lag.

Edit - Frank and I must have been typing at the same time...lol).

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2768 posts

Quite a few airbnbs I've been in either allow an early drop off of bags or have some sort of arrangement where you can leave your bag. Can't hurt to ask - even if the airbnb can't hold your bag the host may know of lockers or baggage storage stores nearby.

I'd look into train station lockers, or private business that provide this service. I saw several in Rome - storefronts with lockers where you pay to leave your stuff.

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3766 posts

Where is the apartment? To me that makes all the difference in deciding where to store the luggage. Bear in mind that by the time you get to where you store the luggage, you will probably end up leaving it there for 2 to 2.5 hours. If you are planning to take a taxi and can't drop the luggage off, you could look and see one if the SNCF stations that accepts luggage, or Blue Marble or City Locker, both of which offer luggage storage, is convenient to the apartment and leave luggage there. There is a service called Eelway that offers mobile luggage storage maybe you could have them meet you at CDG and then drop the luggage off at the apartment at 4 so the luggage would arrive after you checked in and you would be luggage free as you passed your first 6 hours in Paris. It should cost around 30€ and they deliver to apartments (including those on the upper floors of buildings that lack elevators).

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11348 posts

This is always the problem with renting any apartment from any agency the day you land. Find a hotel near the AirBnB and ask the bellman to check your luggage for you. Sometimes you are allowed to place luggage inside apartments while they are being cleaned. Enjoy Paris.

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2466 posts

It's highly doubtful that a hotel will offer to srore your luggage if you haven't hooked a room there. This is for insurance purposes.
If you are planning to take the train into Paris it will be very difficult to manage heavy luggage.
Most people haul their stuff to a nice café but if lunch time rolls around, you'll have to order something other than a drink

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14580 posts

Hi,

In your case, first, great to arrive at 0900, I would just spend the money to put the luggage at a train station locker where you have to check in the luggage, ie, like at the airport. . No coin lockers in Paris, used to be. I used them then. Since you check in after 3 pm, I'd do something else, but, first get that luggage off you hands by leaving it at the train station, the problem is that it's an unnecessary expense but it frees you up for 6-7 hrs. I've been in small hotels in Paris where they allowed me to leave the luggage for an hour, come back at check-in when it opened.

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8156 posts

If you find a hotel that will take the luggage of a stranger who isn't checked in let us know what it is so we can avoid staying there.

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3766 posts

Near Pere Lachaise -- maybe take Le Bus Direct to Gare de Lyon and store the luggage there. Then head to Le Marais and walk around and have lunch.

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14580 posts

I had a reservation, only had to wait for the official check in time in Paris. So, I left my luggage with them. If you don't stay there, someone else will.

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11507 posts

Fred I doubt any Hotel in Paris will store luggage of a non guest , ESPECIALLY now ! Every Hotel I have ever stayed in does of course store luggage of guests pre check in .

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11507 posts

Merna , this is the one downfall of apartment Rentals etc ( well there are a few more for me but I digress) . Once we were not even able to store luggage till noon ( and arrived at 830 am ) and couldn't check in till 4 !! It's sucks .

I would look into luggage storage and try and enjoy the day . I am sorry other than fare du Nord and hate du Lyon I am not familiar with which other ones do , and right now with the situation I wouldn't be surprised if some storage places refuse to take bags now . Awkward times

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14580 posts

@ Pat...That hotel was at Gare du Nord. When I arrived there, I did have a reservation, which the staff member was informed of. The only thing was I couldn't check in yet. So, I left the luggage with them, which the guy said I could do. and came back 1.5 hours later. This was last May of 2016. Bottom line I left the luggage with them but had not checked in. In London at Kings Cross I know of one B&B where that is standard practice. I've seen it, done it myself. I get there at ca noon, tell them about my reservation. They say, "check-in opens at 3 pm, leave your luggage here in the waiting area (where I see everyone else has done just that), come back after 3 pm to check in." So, I do likewise, return at 4 or 5 pm to check in.

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11507 posts

Fred.. I am not saying you have to formally check in.. but you have "introduced " yourself as a guest at the hotel.. not just walked up to some random hotel that you are NOT staying in and asking them to store your bags. They aren't storage places , its a FREE service provided to guests.. not non guests.
Merna is not staying at a hotel. she is renting an apartment.. I sincerely doubt any hotel would ever take her bags. Why would one expect a free service .

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7485 posts

Well, you're right Pat! That's why Silicon Valley entrepreneurs proudly call themselves "disruptors". The rules don't apply to them (and the Terms of Service excuse them and, disingenuously, place the onus on the service providers.) I don't use AirBnB, and I don't use Uber. Maybe I pay more, but I prefer the rule of law.

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14580 posts

In this case, I share Tim's view, I avoid Uber and Airbnb to be sure, never had an experience with either, certainly don't want to. .