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Looking for Airb&b in Courbevoie , Paris

Is it too far? It's more reasonable than staying in one of the Arrondissements.
We will have a transportation pass anyways.
Staying for 8 nights in Paris.

Hi,
Is there a particular reason that you like to stay in Courbevoie? How many are you? what are you looking for in an Airbnb? Do you need it just for a place to sleep or you like luxury?
If you are not really bounded to Courbevoie, I would try to find something a little closer. We stayed in a basic Airbnb in the 18th Arr. close to a Metro and a supermarket. It was not expensive at all.

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IMO, it's too far. The apartment may cost less but it may not be more reasonable when you consider commuting time and the fact that you will not be in Paris. How far from metro Line 1 is the apartment? I stayed about 30 minutes away by local from Washington DC when I went there when I was a teenager (decades ago) and that was all I could afford but would I do that now? Probably not because I do not want to spend 30 minutes every day to get to the city that I am ostensibly visiting. Ultimately, it depends on what you see yourself doing on the vacation. I like walking around before and after dinner and having night time options. If that does not matter to you, then that suburb may be fine.

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I think line 1 was being used as a measure of how long to get to the center or anywhere along that east-west diameter.

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I feel that Courbevoie is safe.
I agree that it's far. Just wanted someone else's input.
I am not looking for luxury at all.
Just clean and safe.
So how long will it take me to get to Paris from Courbevoie?
We were supposed to stay with an aunt for free. We can't do that now. So anything we pay now seems expensive!

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Have you tried Booking.com in your search? You can adjust filters to fit your situation. Within Paris close to a metro you should be able to find inexpensive in the outer arrondissements.

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Thanks for your help.
Which Arrondissements are safe?
I don't want to stay in Montmartre or the 19th.
Any other ones I should avoid?

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Try Montparnasse in the 16th. That is where I am staying next trip two weeks from now, for economical reasons

And I like Saint Mande which has a metro stop Line 1 that runs to the center.

Line 1 will get you to some major sites but that could get really crowded.

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Agree to check commute times on Google Maps or Citymapper - but, remember, if you’re in the US, factor in the time difference. Check a Paris time that you’ll be using the métro / bus, otherwise it won’t be accurate.

What are you able to pay per night?

All of Paris is safe. Have you tried Booking.com? Check out Hotel Dorée.
Also Hotel Marignan, a clean, very budget hotel in a prime location near Notre Dame and the river. Cheapest rooms are shared bathroom in hall.

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I can see that your concerns are, in part, about safety.

Paris is a safe, walkable city. With a location so far out on the fringes, your travel times really aren't desirable for touring the city. I have never felt unsafe in Paris, even at night, but exercising good judgment will keep you feeling more confident. I wouldn't hang around Pigalle, not because it is unsafe, but because it feels seedy.

I have encountered pickpockets and scammers on the Metro, along the Champs Elysees, in the Luxembourg Gardens, on the Rue Ecole, and many other places. They weren't a problem because I had familiarized myself with their tactics (although, back in the day, my wallet was cleanly lifted on the Metro without me feeling a thing.) and avoided giving them an opportunity.

One of the most captivating aspects of Paris is that it is a vibrant, living city, one that beckons you to sample it in all its iterations. Restaurants are open late, bars even later. Fishmarkets open at the crack of dawn and a caffe and croissant will taste great at 6:30 in the morning. Wear your money belt, try not to follow weird people into subterranean passages, don't ride with strangers, and you will have a grand time.

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"I can tell you that the Line 1 metro runs nowhere near Courbevoie . . ."
Line 1's stop, Esplanade La Défense, is on the southern border of Courbevoie. So, if you are within walking distance of that stop within Courbevoie, you could take the metro into Paris quite easily. Hence my question.

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Courbevoie won't give you anything like a Paris experience. It is quite a charmless suburb, and the train to Paris isn't that convenient - you don't want to stay in the area close to the metro line 1.
For a convenient stay in a charming area near Paris, look at Vincennes (really great), Levallois-Perret, Neuilly (Close to metro 1).

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Understood, sorry for the error. Thanks for the correction.

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hey hey jshenouda
i agree with the others that say it is too far out to enjoy sites of the city. what are you issues with montemarte, too far (further than courbevoie) and not safe?
what are your dates for this trip, how many people, budget in euros? is a hotel/apartment/b&b okay to stay?
aloha

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I found an Airbnb
Close to metro 3, 5 and 9 near St Ambrose Metro in the 11th Arrondissements.
Does that sound good?

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I am taking your advice and looking for something in the city. Thank you all for your input!

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jshnenouda, that sounds good and i think you’ll be happy in the 11th.

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the idea that Montmartre is 'not safe' is ludicrous. It has some very high priced real estate and is perfectly safe.

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hey hey
im glad you're coming further into the city. check out cross-pollinate.com amd alcove&agapes.com for other choices. they do not charge fees, make sure the airbnb has a license number 13 digits, if not dont use it, could be illegal. the posters here will help you out, give you the good bad and ugly. only trying to give best info so you have a great vacation without stress.
aloha

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The airbnb I want to book does not have 13 digit license number
but plenty of great reviews. So what can happen if I book this airbnb?

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Well, the city could catch on to the owner — that they are renting a space illegally — and make them take the apartment off of AirBnB, leaving you without any place to stay.

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Wondering how much the Airb&bs you are considering cost? I find people over estimate the savings over some budget hotels.

I second the suggestion of the Hotel Marignan. You can't get any more central than that and it was a great hotel, I've stayed there a couple of times. Many of the rooms have a sink and some have a shower also. The toilets are all in the hall I think but I never had to wait for one and they were always clean. They also have breakfast included which most hotels don't and that saves money as well.

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Hotel Marignan has a majority of rooms with private bathrooms - shower, sink and toilet.
As i said above, the cheapest rooms share a toilet and a shower - which are separate from each other.
I shared and it wasn’t an issue for me.

It is a very budget hotel and not to everyone’s taste. It has no elevator and no AC. It does have a fairly new washer/dryer which is free for guests, and a community kitchen where you can prepare your own meals.

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Hotel Marignan sound ok. I emailed them already. I just want to make sure it's clean!
Is it clean?

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I was just there, checking it out, and talking to the owner in Oct. It is clean. The carpet is old and could use replacing, the walls along the stairs and the outside of the bedroom doors could use some fresh paint, but the two rooms and the two bathrooms i saw were clean. The bathroom tiles, grout, showers, floors, were clean. Bedding looked clean.

Did you get my PM in response to yours?

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Thank you all for your help!
Susan, I made a reservation in the Latin quarter.
Perfect location! Thank you.
My next question, since it's 3 of us should we take a cab from the airport to the hotel?
Or UBER? Or public transportation?
I have never taken a cab before from the airport but since we are splitting the bill, it may sound like a good solution.
Any advice?

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I would take a taxi. Be sure it’s from the official taxi rank. You’ll pay a flat fee of €55 to the Left Bank. Write the name of your hotel, the address and €55 on an index card and hand it to the driver even if you speak some French.