I have a few days for a short trip next month to Paris.
I've usually stayed much closer to the Seine but for the days I have I'm finding it hard to find a place I'd like at the price I want to pay - under €100 a night including either breakfast or allowing for alternative breakfast, for a double in a room I can move around in and a shower I can fit into, in a neighborhood I'd enjoy, preferably in street with typical Parisian buildings of mid range height.
I'm really surprised at how much more expensive Paris is in mid February than I would have paid for much nicer places in Rome. Is there something special going on in Paris at that time?
Well, I broadened my arr. choices and found a (hold on to your hat, followers of the Blue Book) Holiday Inn Express in the 19th overlooking the Bassin and canal de la Villette near the Crimée bridge.
Looking at Google Earth shows me a lot of high rises and not particularly "Parisian" architecture, but the place gets pretty good reviews, it is under €100 a night including big breakfast buffet, 20 sqM rooms and big showers, and a view over the canal to boot. It is just a couple of minutes' walk to the Metro 7, 5, and 2 lines.
So... tell me why I shouldn't stay there. Is it a particularly bad neighborhood for crime or other problems? Is there a gem hiding under a rock in the inner 7 arrondissements with similar pricing? I've turned over many rocks unsuccessfully looking for one....
Or should I go for it this time?