We are visiting Paris in May. Last time we stayed in the Hotel Champ du Mars and enjoyed it. This time the hotel is already full for the 3 mights we requested. I like the look of Hotel de l'Avre in the 15th. I'm wondering if it is too far out? We are happy to walk--but don't want to be in an inconvenient area. The Hotel Kensington is equal in price--but difficult to see pictures. We don't spend much time in the room as we are out and about...but it is three nights! Can anyone let me know? Thanks Terri
We stayed at Hotel de l'Avre for 6 wks and liked it very much. It's not in the heart of Paris though. It's 3 long blocks south of rue Cler. It's 1/2 block from a great Metro station - great b/c it's the hub for 3 main lines and easy to get directly to many places you'll want to go w/o having to change trains. It's 1/2 block from a great Monoprix that has a really good grocery store. Also, at that metro stop (La Motte Picquet-Grenelle) there's a fun, twice a week outdoor market. The rooms are nice, nice size & clean. Bathrooms are nice size & clean. Typical French breakfast of baguette, croissant, coffee, tea or hot chocolate. There is a very nice garden where you can sit and relax, or eat breakfast. The owner, Bernard, and his staff are wonderful. The price is very good, very budget. I've had friends stay here as well and they liked it very much. I highly recommend this hotel. Re: the grocery store... I went there before breakfast and got us yogurt each day to eat with our hotel breakfast. It's great for snacks and... a good place to get fun gifts to bring home.
I have stayed in the 15th at a hotel on rue Emile-Zola and like the area very much. Bus No. 42 will take you to the centre of Paris, passing the Tour Eiffel on the way, and Metro Line 10 is very useful, too. I looked at the website for the Hotel de l'Avre and like the looks of the place very much. You will not be in an area over run with other tourists, if you kind of like that idea. I know I do.
Thanks Susan! Can you recommend any bakeries or restaurants you especially enjoyed in the area? Terri
Terri - I echo Susan's comments. In fact, I stayed there on her recommendation. It was not too far out in my opinion, almost on the edge of the 7th arrondissement, and I would stay there again. There is a bakery right across the street, same block.