Paris before Christmas (sometime Dec 1-17-ish)

I plan on going to Paris from London in Dec, to see some of the Paris Christmas decor. Im interested in inexpensive (but safe etc) hotel that has very easy access to the Metro. I can travel on the Metro no problem; just can't walk significant distances from the Metro. Stairs fine. WC down the hall fine. I usually stay in the Rue Cler area - 70ish Euros for a single. Any ideas I may not have considered? Also, if there are things not to be missed during Dec, I'd be interested. I've been to Paris before, but not during the holidays. I will not be there prior to Christmas (not the week before or after). Cheers!

Posted by Conor
Marlborough, MA, USA
144 posts

I stayed at mart's last year in the spring, and this past Christmas i used an apartment off of vrbo. here is the link to Mary's. sometimes you can get a good deal. the oberkampf metro stop is 20 ft away and 2 stops from republique which can then get you to almost ever other metro line. Mary's is certainly not in a touristy area so it is quiet and safe with a nice cafe right there and on the walk to republique you go by chocolate shops and bakeries and pharmacies. All you need is in the area. As for things to see and do. the markets are always great to see (champs Elysees and la defense are my favorite, and trocadero is nice as well). The montparnasse was ok I only saw it because I went atop the tower that day. Ice skating at the hotel de ville is fun if not busy. A walk during the day at the market on rue Mouffetard is great, plus i think it is a better market than rue cler. If you go on the Paris city website you will can look into any advent concerts or museum events going on. I have done all the museums so besides a few touristy Christmas things i did, i mainly just spent time with my friends from Paris and being a local for the week. You will find plenty to do though. Conor

Posted by Sarah
Stuttgart, Germany
2029 posts

I don't have specific hotels I think are worth recommending, but the area around the Luxembourg Palais and Montparnasse have a wealth of hotels that are cheap by Paris standards and have great Metro access. Whenever I look for a hotel in Paris I map it immediately to see how close it is to a Metro and what line it's on. (Being on a line that isn't going to go anywhere you want to go can be a bigger PITA than expected, as those connecting Metro stations can seem like miles of underground walking) I stayed on Blvd Pasteur before and while I didn't love my hotel specifically, there was great Metro access straight to the Eiffel tour, and it was a nice neighborhood with inexpensive restaurants, near Montparnasse, but more charming than the area immediately surrounding it.

Posted by John
Pantego, NC, USA
754 posts

We have stayed in the studio for the past 5 years. Price is very reasonable. The bus stop is 5 minutes from the door, either way. Once on the bus, it takes you to the Louvre area. There is a metro stop, Anviers, which is a 10 minute walk. On the bus, coming back, you will have to get off and walk a few blocks home. Rue Rodier is one way going down the hill. If you need better directions, message me and I will help more. Laundry is 10 min. walk, as is grocery store and bread shop is 5 minutes. Nadine Giblin Studio 30 sqm Paris 9e near Montmartre E-mail :
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