Hello - I am looking for a hotel in Paris that is close to metro but in an interesting area. I liked the Notre Dame and St. Germaine Des Pres areas when I visited briefly before, but sometimes they are so "touristy" it is off putting. I found a hotel that looks quite nice, but it is in the 10th and says it is close to the main opera houses and theaters: Hotel Des Comedies. I am concerned about neighborhood safety as a female alone. If you have any other recommendations, I am arriving at CDG. My budget is 200-225 $ per night and I am a solo traveler going at the end of May. I will be Paris for 7 days as I am taking the TGV trains on a number of day trips and then will return to Paris for the night. I will leave Paris for Bayeux and the Churchill Hotel as Rick recommends. Thanks, Kelly
Kelly, at your price for a single, you can find all kinds of places that fit your needs. It's really not so much that the 10th is unsafe, it's that there is not much of interest close to it. Most people here will tell you to stay in the 4th, 5th, or 6th, which is great advice, but please, don't feel obligated to limit yourself to those areas. I stayed in the 9th, close to Gare St. Lazare, and loved, loved, loved the area. There were plenty of places to eat and shop nearby and LOTS of people around. I actually liked that area more than the others because it seemed like there were many residents around; shop owners, schoolkids, and moms with strollers filled the area. Wherever you decide, book soon, as places fill up quickly!
I know that area well, and you're fine. We stayed nearby for six months and walked everywhere, never even bothered with a navigo metro pass: Louvre, Pompidou, Les Halles, Montmartre, Bastille, Opera, etc. Furthermore, you're on some very convenient metro lines for getting to Concord, D'Orsay, Rodin Museun, ET.
As a side note, the street where the hotel is located separates the 10th from the 9th. The east side of the street is the 10th, while the west side of the street is the 9th.
Having just returned from 7 nights in Paris... I highly recommend the Holiday Inn - Notre Dame. We were able to book a great deal here through a travel website. Check out the reviews on trip advisor. If you PM me I can send you a couple of pictures I took of the room and the street the room is on. It was about half a block (or less) from the metro station (we took the train directly from the airport, with our luggage), about 5 minute walk to Notre Dame, And about 15 minute walk from the Louvre & Luxembourg Gardens. Also they have a roof top terrace with great views of the City!