Oh, no! I've made a booking error in Paris ....

...and I'd appreciate some suggestions. Ah, I sound so calm....but what I really mean is...HELP! It seems I need a place to stay for one additional night for our visit to Paris later this month. I have an email with the correct dates, but our reservation confirmation is incorrect and I just now noticed it. We are staying at the Hotel du Quai Voltaire and they are totally booked...no matter whether I made the error or they did...we need a place to stay for one night. Our plan was to visit Versaille on our last day, prior to departing from Gare de Lyon on an 8 am train the next morning, Sunday, Sept 29. Would it make sense to check out of the Hotel du Quai Voltaire, head for Versaille with our bags (yes, we are one-bagging it) and store the bags while we tour? Then have dinner and go back to another hotel near the train station, if there is such a thing and we can get a reservation? We are trying to keep our lodging as close to 100 Euros per night as possible.

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
2858 posts

Your plan sounds good to me. There are lots of hotels near Gare de Lyon; some are inexpensive.

Posted by Tom
Chicago
2876 posts

Why drag your bags back and forth to Versailles? Check out of the Quai Voltaire, take a taxi or metro over to hotel #2, leave your bags there, and go to Versailles unimpeded. Even if you arrive at hotel #2 prior to their normal check-in time, I'm sure they'll take care of your bags if they know you're checking in later in the day. Booking.com shows 2 budget hotels close to the Gare de Lyon: the Hotel de France Gare de Lyon Bastille, and the Alexandrie. I'm sure there are others as well.

Posted by pat
victoria, Canada
7822 posts

Absolutely would do what Tom suggests, I have never had a hotel refuse to store bags for me.

Posted by Dick
Olympia, WA, USA
669 posts

We've stayed at the Hotel Corail, on Rue de Lyon a few minutes from Gare de Lyon, see http://www.corailparishotel.com/. It wasn't luxurious, but friendly, clean, and comfortable, and should be within your budget. There are others in the area. Use Google Earth to locate them and their websites. I agree that you might find it easier to take your bags to the second hotel before heading for Versailles. They will take care of them for you until you check in.

Posted by Beth
Boulder, Colorado, USA
74 posts

I stayed at Hotel Du Quai Voltair a few weeks ago. I hope this glitch does not spoil your stay. We had a room with a little balcony on the forth floor - it has an amazing view of the Louvre, the river and boats going by, bridges, the carousel at night really grand morning and night. The windows really seal off the street noise, amazingly well. The mornings are quiet as Paris stirs slowly and the balcony is really nice to just sit and watch the day begin. If you haven' t already asked for a room with a view, you should send an email now and ask! They may also store your bags during the day - then you could get an early start to Versailles. Enjoy Paris!

Posted by Paula
Montrose, CO, USA
21 posts

Swan, it is across the Seine from the Louvre, not far from Musee d'Orsay. I'm sure the hotel will direct me...I just thought someone might know. And no, we won't have to drag our bags anywhere except from the airport and to the train! lol. Maybe you didn't catch my post...even though the confirmation had the wrong dates, the hotel actually had us down for the correct dates. So all's well on that point. I'm sure we'll run into quite a few more "bugs" and problems since this is our first trip to Europe and I've planned it all myself...well, with the help of several Rick Steves books, this forum, and Trip Advisor! I'll probably be back with lots more questions as I get down to planning the daily itineraries.

Posted by Paula
Montrose, CO, USA
21 posts

Good news! I just heard back again from the hotel, and they do have the correct dates in their records. Not sure why my confirmation shows incorrect dates, but it looks like we have the room for the whole time after all. Whew! Thanks to all who responded with suggestions and advice. Now that we'll still be at the Hotel du Quai Voltaire, does anyone have advice for the best way to get to Gare de Lyon on Sunday?

Posted by Swan
Napa, CA
2858 posts

Where is your hotel located? I have a Paris Metro map; I may be able to figure it out. From the name I guess the hotel is on the river. There are several Metro lines and an RER line that connect to Gare de Lyon.

Posted by Frank
Tresana, Highlands Ranch, CO, USA
10870 posts

Don't drag you bags. If that is your worst problem, it will be an easy trip.