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Recommendation request for a nice hotel in central Paris

We ( couple) are planning a 10 day trip to Paris in the June/ July time frame. Looking for recommendations for a nice, classic, hotel in the center of Paris. Love rooms with walk in showers.

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Hotel Muget in the 7th.

5 minute walk from Ecole Militaire.

15 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower.

Have stayed there twice.

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Yes, nightly budget in euros.

No point in making a recommendation that does not fit what you are willing to pay.

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Central Paris to me is the 6th arrondissement, but that is just me. For a 10 day stay have you considered an apartment? I find having a couch, fridge for snacks and a small kitchen and a separate bedroom has been beneficial as my husband likes to go to bed early and I like to hang out at night, clean out my purse and get our bearing for the next day packing any needed tickets, cash, instructions etc. and journal for a bit. It is also more cost efficient for us. Stand out memory is after a long day of sightseeing, grabbing a chicken dinner off a street vendor, stopping at the bakery for some bread and dessert, which was all in the neighborhood we stayed in, taking it back to the apartment and having a wonderful night in.

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Most short term apartment rentals in Paris are illegal and the city is really clamping down. You could end up with a short to no notice cancellation if you do not choose apartments very carefully. Then there is always the unappreciative neighbors who really do not like strangers coming and going in their buildings.

A 250€ to 300€ budget should give one a very comfortable room. What makes it difficult to suggest right now is that many hotels are closed due to the pandemic and a good number might not reopen. in the 6th, I really like Relais Christine, Hotel Madison, and maybe Villa Madame.

On the Right Bank, consider the newly redecorated Hotel du Louvre, the Hôtel Malte - Astotel, or maybe Hotel Molière.

There are no shortage of options but you might want to wait a bit just to see what remains open.

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We live in France (Bourgogne) and take the train up to Paris periodically. We usually stay at the Hotel de Lille in Saint Germain. Another favorite is Hotel Caron in the Marais. Both are very good, have air conditioning and are central to many of the city's sights.

If both were available, I probably would take Hotel de Lille, but either would do.

I should add that both are well under your budget.

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Mayfair near Place de la Concorde. Have stayed there twice. Very nice.

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I highly recommend the Hotel Saint Petersbourg on rue Caumartin. It is right near the Galeries Lafayette and around the corner from the Opera. It is a small family run hotel that feels as French as French can be with a great breakfast and the prices area rather reasonable for being smack-dab in the center of Paris. It is named after the dancers who used to say there that performed at the Opera Garnier, It recently underwent many renovations (earning a 4th star included). The breakfast room is lovely as well. I'm taking my parents for the first time in June and planning to stay there. Not to mention their balcony rooms are as close to perfect as can be for a Paris experience. It's also a short walk from my favorite cafe, Grand Cafe Capucines,

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The Hotel des Deux-Iles is as centrally located as can be on Ile St. Louis There are also a couple of other hotels on the same street. Cross the river and you will be in the Marais -- cross it the other way and you'll be in The Latin Quarter. Walk to the end of the island, cross the bridge, and you'll be at the back of Notre Dame -- such as it is now as some of the immediate area is closed off. The Metro is near enough that getting anywhere is not a problem.

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We usually stay at the Hotel de Lille

Sammy I think that the Hotel de Lille is a wonderful choice. The area Carré Rive Gauche with its fascinating antique shops is just sufficiently far away from the American tourist hordes of St Germain des Prés to offer a completely different atmosphere, one of old world charm and quiet sophisticated surroundings. In addition to Hotel de Lille, there is also Hotel Verneuil just a couple blocks to the east on rue de Verneuil.

Either of these hotels would be an inspired choice as Carré Rive Gauche is relatively unknown to many tourists and that is not a bad thing.

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We have been renting in Paris for 30 years. All of the agencies we routinely used are now out of business or no longer renting short term vacation rentals. AirBNB and its abuses have essentially destroyed this option.

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hey hey kirkwil
like others here have mentioned, maybe an apartment. as letizia says having some extra room and kitchen facility is great to either have a meal or relax a bit. we also found one with a balcony/terrace to have morning coffee or happy hour glass of wine.
we were in paris last sept/oct 2019 in an apartment but was in the 14th arr, too far away for us. it was hard to find something between the cost and what was left since it is a busy/crowded time. did a lot of research, making sure 13 digit license number, A/C, reading fine print, what floor if many steps/stairs to climb with bags (mobility issues), a lift (elevator), cancellation policies, luggage storage if arriving early, look closely at pictures and descriptions, read reviews, lots of people lost money with non-refundable reservations, some got vouchers, some got nothing, i'm sure you've read and heard about this year. plus what tocard says, are hotels open or have they shut down for good.
june/july is busy with crowds, many people hoping they can travel by then
booking.com they have apartments, put your wants on left side and see what's available
cross-pollinate.com
tripadvisor.com/vacation rentals
agapes&alcoves.com
hope this helps out with other options, is this your first trip to paris and will you be spending all 10 days in paris? if you find something come back and ask questions and these posters here will give you good bad and ugly. enjoy
aloha

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I've read this and read this and read this, but has anyone actually experienced it?

Due to the pandemic, Paris has had almost zero tourism this year and the number of Airbnb offerings has dropped significantly. If you are reading the French press, there has been a good amount of discussion about how to control Airbnb and illegal short-term apartment rentals in general. Subscriptions are needed to review articles about short term rentals in le Figaro, le Parisian, or le Monde but here is a short list of what is readily available on this subject (in French only):

Mayor Hidalgo is ready to prohibit Airbnb in certain parts of the city.

Hidalgo warns Olympic Game organizers about illegal short term rentals, specifically Airbnb´s sponsorship offer.

Airbnb and similar platforms are not illegal as long as they operate within the law; meaning specifically they collect the appropriate taxes, list government required apartment registration numbers, and limit rentals to those listed by apartment owner/occupants.

Right now there is obviously little activity and articles are not in the international press. Expect that to change once tourism rebounds as it eventually will.

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I can't recall if the dauphine St Germain Hotel has a walk in shower, but I do remember our room had air conditioning and an extremely large bathroom-by Paris standards.

https://dauphine-st-germain.com/

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Depending on your definition of 'center of Paris' - we really enjoyed the Hotel Jeu de Paume - which is on Ile St. Louis. You're not terribly far from a metro stop and Ile St. Louis is fairly quiet in the evening.

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Hotel Residence des Artes. Ideal location on a quiet street half a block from the Seine, directly across from Notre Dame. Metro and RER half a block away. Tons of cafes all around. Oldest part of Paris, tons of charming streets to explore. We had a junior suite with a shower and separate tub. The shower did require a step up, maybe 6 inches. The bathroom was HUGE. The suite has a separate sitting room with sofa, desk and kitchenette. The bedroom has a huge king size bed, desk and tons of storage. The room felt palatial compared to other Parisian hotels we’ve stayed in.

Our kids were in the double room next door and their shower also had a step up about 6 inches. That room did not have a separate tub, only a shower.

They’re sister hotel is across the street: Hotel Ville d’estrees.

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If you want to rent an apartment, just be sure that they have a registration number from the city. If they do, you can be relatively sure there will be no late-notice cancellations. Most of the "illegal" apartments were pulled from the major platforms like AirB&B. The apartment we rented in the 7th in 2017 is no longer available because of this (tant pis).

Having an apartment with wifi, laundry facility, and kitchen makes all the difference for us because we don't have to eat out for every meal, can do laundry without losing time on our travels hanging out in laundromats, and have a "home" to go to at night.

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Notre Dame is the heart and center of Paris, the island next to it, Ile St Louis (as Dave mentioned) is my favorite neighborhood in all of Paris and you can’t get more central than that. Any of the 4 hotels there would be my choice as they’re all excellent... Hotel de Lutèce, Hotel des Deux Iles, Hotel St Louis en l’Isle and Hotel du Jeu de Paume (as Dave mentioned).

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"Dry, 30 minutes, leave, come back."

I have yet to meet a dryer or washer in France that takes that short of a time. Laundry takes FOREVER.

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You’re so right Alexander! It’s crazy. One pair of jeans takes like 3 hrs. 😂

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hey hey all
guess hkirkwil found a hotel with his/her requirements since he has left the "forum"
aloha

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I don't think so, Princess - Harold & Marly (the OP) has been on and off the Forums (and previously Helpline) since 2016, and they/he only sometimes reply after a question has been answered.

I think the answer to his/their question must have been given to their/his satisfaction.

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So I know this might make the thread take a turn. But, while not in Paris, I have had some wonderful experiences doing laundry at small-town French laundromats. Meeting people, hanging out in an area that I wouldn't otherwise, etc. It's all part of the travel vibe