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Paris adventure with 2 little grandsons: lodging Location? Location? Location?

We thought we were all set in the lovely RS recommended Hotel du Champs de Mars, but in that they would require 3 rooms for the 6 of us (2 families: 2 adults plus 2 adults with 2 little boys ages 2&5), we have to move on.
We wish to be close enough to parks and sites and especially the river for evening strolls. My daughter is an artist and teacher, her husband is an educator who’s special interests are history and politics. My grandmother, a pianist, accompanied the Wiere Brothers, stage performers who opened for the likes of Judy Garland and Johnny Mathis to name a few at the Moulin Rouge in the 50s and 60s. My husband and I, celebrating a life dedicated to coaching baseball and teaching literature.
We hope to find lodging where we do not have to spend lots on time “getting there” even knowing Paris has a very efficient public transportation system. After a morning outing, we will need a convenient nap time before the next adventure. Clean, safe and convinient along with a bit of Parisian charm are our priorities for a good rest between explorations and celebrations.
We are in contact with a manager of apartment B&Bs, recommended by RS, who suggests a place in the Latin district, by the Sorbonne. Might this meet our needs? It’s €265/night including breakfast.

We also found some apartments/flats near Sacre Coeur in Montmartre, a wonderful view, but might be too remote. Or, should we continue to pursue Rue Clare where we found to magic of Hotel du Champs de Mars?
Thank you for taking time to offer recommendations and guidance.

Posted by
1700 posts

I like the Latin Quarter area the best, think it checks your boxes better than anything else (better than Rue Cler area where the Hotel Champs Du Mars is)
PLUS
for you staying near the Luxembourg Gardens would be a huge added bonus. That park has plenty for the little boys.
Stay anywhere between the park and the river and you will be pleased with your location choice.

Posted by
5718 posts

I'd avoid Montmartre; the location is terrible for your needs. I would also avoid Rue Cler which is also IMHO terrible for your needs. It is out of the way and you have to travel at length to get most places you will want to be in Paris. With small kids and naps and such, you really ought IMHO to get an apartment near the Luxembourg Gardens with two bedrooms at least, so the kids can be put to bed and the adults still have the evening to socialize with each other or take turns staying with the kids and be out and about.

The Gardens are terrific for kids as are the Tuilleries -- both have lots of playground and other activities for kids including pony rides and little boats you can sail on the fountain pool.

Posted by
2514 posts

I agree with both the PPs. But then the Latin Quarter us my favourite place to stay in Paris.

Posted by
206 posts

Our last visit and an upcoming one, we stayed in the Latin Quarter as well. Anywhere between Luxembourg to Jardin des Plantes and the River are great accommodations. Some great little inexpensive places to eat as well and accessibility to Metro is wonderful. We booked through Airbnb both trips. Good luck.