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Lodging suggestions for Senior citizens in Paris in June

Hello,
My 80 year old mother is going to Paris for the first time in June with her childhood best friend! They are both very spirited ladies who still think they are teenagers.

Mother has mobility challenges due to arthritis in her feet. I want to find a place for her to stay that is accessible (she may be renting a moblity scooter), safe (of course) and near the Metro.

I know it's short notice - they are coming post-Viking cruise, which was postponed twice because of COVID. The Paris leg of the trip was originally included but was somehow left off when they rescheduled, and we just found out last week.

Any suggestions? This is probably her last overseas trip from the US so I want it to be magical!

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The only really important element in suggesting accommodations is the budget window in euros. Are you looking for two single rooms or one double? Virtually everywhere in Paris is safe, and metro stations are never far from anywhere. However, if your mother has problems walking, she will likely want to familiarize herself with the bus network.

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We stayed in a handicap accessible room at the hotel Relais Bosquet. It was at ground level and involved no stairs. One could bring a scooter into the room. This hotel is not as near a Metro station as you would probably like. However, I question whether the Metro is the correct choice in this circumstance.

What are the “must sees, must dos” for your travelers? They won’t be going too many places in just a few days and I think a taxi would be the best choice in this case.

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What a wonderful trip and how lovely that you can help with the planning!

We started to be aware of travel options a few years ago with an eye to bringing my mother to Europe. We quickly noticed that things we took for granted in the US could become an issue - primarily restaurant bathrooms, in France they are often down a steep spiral staircase. Hotel bathrooms could also be challenging, reading descriptions and looking at tripadvisor photos to see that showers really were accessible is important.

Agree that the Metro might not be best for their touring, if you could put together a list of sights they would like to see it might be more efficient to use taxis or even hire a driver for a day. I would also note how wonderful spending a day people watching from a cafe is, it sounds like a minor thing, but really is part of the magic of paris.

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How exciting for your mom and her friend! And you're a wonderful daughter for helping her plan and iron out any kinks. I second the other posters' comments re: the metro vs. bus. Most metro stations have a great many steps to walk down, and then up. The buses (and trams) are wonderful and easy to use -- does she use apps, or could you perhaps help her determine in advance, by using the RATP app,, what buses to catch and where? Uber and taxis are other alternatives. I don't have any specific knowledge of "accessible" accommodations, but others may.
I'm going to be in Paris June 8-13, staying in the Latin Quarter, before flying back to U.S. If I can be of any assistance, please feel free to DM me. And let us know where they end up staying (June is already highly booked, so definitely try to find something soon), as I'm sure many of us on here can then offer suggestions for nearby sights, restaurants, bakeries, etc.

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I live in Paris and have had surgeries that put me on crutches several times. So I echo what everyone says: metro not good. Buses good.

Teach your mom and her friend how to use the CityMapper app for Paris, it has the most detailed and up-to-date info. It's what I use to get around normally.

Also, encourage your mom to not hesitate to ask or gesture for a seat on bus. Many will offer, but if no one does, they will jump up if asked by an older lady. (And if they're under 40 in central Paris, they will likely speak English - but again, a questioning look will likely be enough!)

Also echo what someone else said about restaurant bathrooms!!! 9/10 they will be down narrow winding stairs. Big museums will be better. Although I'm noticing since covid and all the renovations that restaurants did while closed, there are now more accessible bathrooms than before.

I would google sites for mobility access to get a better assessment of what it will be like. Or maybe find a mobility app. What makes Paris (and much of Europe) charming can be rather hellish if mobility-challenged, like cobblestones, uneven and narrow sidewalks, high curbs etc...

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Also taxis better than uber if rushed or it is rush hour. Taxis can use dedicated taxi/bus lanes, ubers cannot.

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Another vote for the Relais Bosquet. It is just around the corner from loads of restaurants and shops at Rue Cler which is a pedestrian street, and the bus 69 covers the area. They also have decent breakfasts and believe even offer room service. Lovely place.