I am staying in the 5th district in Paris with my daughter but cannot find a clean & safe place to stay for the first and last nights (long story). I have e-mailed over 50 places in different areas of paris with no luck. Apparently we are arriving the last day of fashion week and the the first day of the automobile show. Any ideas?
Are you flying in and out of CDG? If you have a rental car then look into staying in Senlis your last night. I stayed there and enjoyed my last day. I can't find the hotel listed that I stayed in, but I liked the town too.
Thanks for the tip. However, I do not want to rent or drive a car in France. I am open to going to another destination near Paris that might be interesting, such as Normandy, if I can easily find a clean and safe place to stay and a train bus to Paris.
Hello, may we have your dates ?
Arriving and homeless on the night of September 25, 2008 and for our final night of October 4, 2008.
The town of Chartres might be a possibility. It's an easy one hour train ride outside of Paris. Look at this website: www.chartres-tourisme.com/pages/en/page At the top of this page, click on "prepare your stay" On the next page click on "accommodations" This town is a quaint town with the famous, beautiful cathedral. It seems to have a lot of different accommodations including an Ibis hotel. Good luck
Why not stay near the CDG airport both nights?
Denise, I will defintely look into Chatres. Does anyone know of a clean and resonably priced hotel or B & B near the sights?
Christine, A hotel near the airport sounds like a good idea. I was told of an inexpensive and clean hotel by the airport that airline personnel stayed in but never got the name. If anyone knows of this place or a similar one, please let me know.
marianne, the ibis hotel chain has a few hotel near the cdg airport, look at www.ibishotel.com/fr/home/index.shtml
the cdg airport is in the roissy area, that chain offer nice and clean rooms, also, for a cheaper hotel try the www.etaphotel.com/fr/home/index.shtml, we have stayed with them a few time before, and it is usually clean, and just fine for us! hope this help!
Marianne: Try this hotel, but if I were you I would telephone this very minute. English is spoken.
Hotel Ideal, 95 Emile Zola, 75015
Tel. +33 1 457 90970
PM me if you want more info about the hotel. Good Luck.
Rather than wasting time shifting about from place to place, I'd ditch the 5eme (if necessary) and find a room for the thole time.
Paris has many charming neighborhoods and the metro means you can stay just about anywhere.
Of course if you'd like to see another part of France, it's worth the moving about. And Chartres is a good choice.
A bird in the hand is worth two in the bush, don't ditch what you have till you are sure you have something else!
I had no trouble finding you two rooms, three if you count one expensive one.
Hotel Des Grande Hommes, rate at 230 euros, which is alot as I paid 120 this summer, but as you note you are staying during high season. Nice hotel excellant location in the 5th right across from Pantheon.
Hotel Claude Bernard, also in 5th, but a 5 minute walk from Cluny,, 218 . euros. Also more then I have paid, but, then again you are going in September, which I have always found most expensive month in Paris other then June.
An expensive but wonderful room can be had at the Hotel Brighton, 340 euros, for the "prestige view room" . I have also stayed here, in a "regular" view room , and the view is stunning.
I have only checked for your first date , Sept. 25, and I only spent 5 mintutes,, I bet if you keep trying you will find something. I do not email hotel, I found their offical site by googling, and then I just click on the "book now" feature( which is how I always book anyways) .
Good luck and don't give up..
PS I always use the tripadvisor.com site to find hotels, you should pop over there, and click on France forums, then Paris forums , then on "Hotels and accomadations" on left hand side of page, you can then narrow search by date and area and budget. Do not use booking agencies , just write down hotel names, google for their own sites, and away you go. Don't even bother with RS hotels as they will all be filled, they are small hotels and it is peak season.
Of course, it would be better not to have to change hotels, but Marianne has already said that Paris is chock-a-block due to fashion week & the auto show, so better to hang on to what she already has.
I hope your quest is going well.
Might I suggest looking for hotels slightly outside such as - Boulogne - this is a neighborhood that borders the 16th on the west end of Paris. Metro line #9 comes to Porte de Saint Cloud (actually the 16th) and there are several hotels that may have a possible opening.
Mercure Hotels have many that are just along the outer edges - there is one called Mercure Porte de Saint Cloud.
online - www.mercure.com
Holiday Inn has a location in Auteuil (16th) which is also at Porte de Saint Cloud.
The location maybe just a little further than you would prefer but quite possibly available.
Another area - Puteaux - you can get to the line one from here - also a Mercure etc.
I have stayed at the Ibis by the airport and will again. Free shuttle to the airport. We have also stayed at the Mercure and it was great. They are both listed under the Accor.com website. Also, try expedia or priceline. I am planning a trip to Athens and Crete for next April. Several have posted getting 5 star hotels in Athens for $100. I found those postings on tripadvisor. I like to go there as I can get the price in dollars.
PS I found out about the Ibis chain in Rick Steves book long ago. We use them in all airport cities. They are consistant and clean an meet all our needs.