1 night in Paris - Hard to find in May

My husband and I will be staying 6 nights in Paris but we could only secure 5 nights at the hotel we wanted. Our 1st night in Paris is still open but I am getting one turn down after another. The date is May 31st, and I can see why hotels would not want to offer just one night when they can get longer term guests during that popular time.
Do any of you have any tricks that might work or is it just a matter of trying one after another until I get lucky? We are looking for either a 2 star or 3 star in the 5th or 6th. When I fill out the request forms I decline breakfast - maybe I should take the option so the hotel might be more agreeable to a 1 night stay?

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3063 posts

I see on May 31, 2008 there are approximately 680 available hotels for 1 night via www.booking.com and www.venere.com has 26 pages of hotels in Paris available for that 1 night. I don't think you will have any problem finding a hotel :-)

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3063 posts

I've run into the same problem with Venice hotels for 1 night. Most want at least a 2 night minimum. To get around this problem I've found that you can use www.booking.com to book those "1 night stands". You can also try www.venere.com

Posted by Norma
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
3403 posts

Have you thought of an airport hotel? They have no objections to one night only bookings. You could rest up after arrival, then take the RER into Paris, walk about a bit, have dinner, go back to the Ibis, or whichever, and in the morning go to your Paris hotel.

Posted by Kelly
Columbus, Ohio, USA
258 posts

I think the above suggestions are great ones. Another option may be to book a private room at a hostel. You can book those online too through hostelbookers.com, hostels.com, etc. Booking online will probably be your best bet instead of contacting the location directly.

Posted by BG
Albany, CA, USA
1409 posts

A friend of mine had to get a last-minute hotel in Paris and found one at the Hotel de la Louisane, in the 6th. It's basic, but I visited him there and it was OK, staff was friendly, and it's in the middle of a lively neighborhood with a grocery store right across the street and cafes and shops around. While I'm a bit more fussy about my hotels, I'd stay there in a pinch, with no problem.

Posted by Teri
Newport Beach, CA, USA
54 posts

Thanks everyone for your help. I guess it is just the hotels I have selected have turned out to be unavailable for just 1 night stays. Looks like I won't have to worry about finding a place eventually but I am going to continue to try for something decent. Our first and ever time to Paris 10 years ago we had a horrible hotel stay and we wanted to try for something nicer and closer to the action.
I have been on both websites mentioned and I will keep working on it - I am waiting for several email responses.

While the airport hotel suggestion was a good one, we will keep it as a possibility should we have problems finding a hotel in town.
Thanks again.

Posted by Tim
Knoxville, TN, USA
3063 posts

Staying in a horrible hotel should slowly become a thing of the past. With the existence of forums like this and especially www.tripadvisor.com no one should really have to blindly choose a hotel. Read reviews and make informed decisions.

Posted by Teri
Newport Beach, CA, USA
54 posts

The hotel we are staying at the other nights now has an opening for the 1st night we needed. We are all set so no more hunting.

By the way Tim, I do make informed decisions but 10 years ago I was living overseas with no internet and no computer and no knowledge of RS. Now, I research everything in detail but still it is sometimes the luck of the draw getting what one wants and it is really cool to hear what others do in the same situation. Thanks for your input!

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
2855 posts

Try Hotel Republique. I was able to find a one-night reservation there a couple of years ago.