My wife and I, both in 70s, will be in Paris for 3 days in May after a Seine River cruise. Because of hip/spine issues, I use a cane and walk relatively slowly. In big cities, like London, Amsterdam, I found myself always looking over my shoulder to be sure I wasn't holding up traffic, and/or dodging the onrush. Same in subways.
We need a hotel with an elevator, a room with shower, coffee maker, and some horizontal surfaces to put some of my extra paraphernalia. In the old days, we used to stay in charming walk-ups, with tiny rooms. Not possible any more. I have read Rick's glowing comments about public transit in Paris, but am concerned about stairs in Metro stations, and the crowds.
Our budget is up to 300 Euro/day, preferably in an area where we could walk a mile to a couple sights (Louvre, Orsay, Eiffel Tower, Luxembourg Garden, etc.), wander some open air markets, indulge in patisseries. I'm thinking of Rue Cler, Luxembourg Garden, Marais?
- Should we plan on taxis vs. public transit because of my "troubles"?
- Any recommendations for hotels from Rick's Paris Guidebook, or should I just look for a "big box" hotel, with an elevator and larger rooms?