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need opinions- Paris Hotels
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Ugh!! I’m so tired of researching… I hope you guys can help me decide betw. the hotels listed below. This is our first trip to Paris (WEEE! FINALLY!). We’re thinking Dec. 17-ish to 27-ish.

Our criteria: under 60 Euros; private room with private shower & toilet; walking distance (within 30 min.) to mj. sights; and helpful English-speaking mgrs because the only French we know will be what I hope to learn by the time we leave. Oh, and very clean, not too dark/dingy, but the decor doesn’t matter. A fun and diverse neighborhood with great eats would be swell but not necessary. Here they are, the lucky finalists:

Hotel Bellevue et du Chariot d’Or
Hotel Commines
The Esmeralda
Hotel Picard
Hotel de Rouen
Hotel Sainte Marie
Hotel de Sejour
Hotel Tiquetonne

Other suggestions welcomed. Thank you (very much) in advance!

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There are 15 Etap Hotels in the area for under 50 Euros per night—if you don’t mind a chain hotel. The cheapest is 35 Euros per nigh. www.etaphotel.com

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Hi Jooy!!!

I’ve heard a lot of good things from Hotel Sainte Marie…I guess it is a good compromise for an hotel in Paris not too expensive and not too bad located. It looks really clean…Have you looked at its website: www.hotelsaintemarie…? You may have a better view of what it is…!!!Good luck in your final research!

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Hi there!

I am staying at the Hotel Sainte Marie next weekend 27/08-30/08, I managed to get a double room (2 people) with washbasin for 40 Euro per night!! Cheaper than 2 dorm beds in the hostels I checked.
Sounds too good to be true to me! However, I will post upon my return and I hope that it will help.

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Hi there!

I am staying at the Hotel Sainte Marie next weekend 27/08-30/08, I managed to get a double room (2 people) with washbasin for 40 Euro per night!! Cheaper than 2 dorm beds in the hostels I checked.
Sounds too good to be true to me! However, I will post upon my return and I hope that it will help.

Please do post your impressions. I booked my parents to this hotel for 4-8 September and would like to have an idea for them on what to expect. Thank you

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I arrived home from Paris about half an hour ago! Wonderful time, but lashing rain….nevermind!

The hotel Sainte Marie, is a cosy small hotel, with something like 20beds, the staff are so friendly and really helpful, the rooms were ok, we paid 40euro, this was for a small room with washbasin, there is a shower downstairs by reception that you can use. Brekkie is an extra 4 euro per person, wonderful fresh bread and jam with steaming coffee…mmmm..!!

You get what you pay for, its small, clean, friendly,well located, on a side street from Boulevard Bonne Nouvelle, so its in a very central safe area, just across from the metro station, approx walk to the Louvre was 20mins, but there is so much to see along the way that you will get sidetracked and it will take longer.
The "negative" thing that I can say about my stay here was that the carpet in our room, had stains on it, like water stains! Not wet or damp or anything, just made the room look a little grotty in the daylight, but like I said it was clean!

For the price we paid it was a bargain! I will def stay again, the rooms with private shower were 56 euro, this is still fab for such a central location in Paris.

Hope this helps!

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It certainly does… THanks a bunch! This certainly makes me feel better about putting up my parents there….

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Thank you all for your input!
I will make a decision about where to stay and then post a review upon return (which won’t be until end of the year)…

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Hi,
I’m still trying to decide between these two hotels, both of which got pretty good reviews and seem to be near each other. But, I can’t tell whether it’s worth the extra 11 Euros to have bkfast included and be slightly more central in a livelier location (so it seems on line anyway):
(1) Hotel Sainte Marie, 6 Rue de la Ville Neuve, 75002 (near Bonne Nouvelle Metro stn.). 54 Euros for a double w/ priv. shower/toilet;
(2) Hotel de Roubaix, 6 Rue Greneta,75003 (between Sébastopol and Arts et Métiers stns.). 65.56 Euros for the same room but includes bkfast. This seems closer to a lively part of Marais and is closer to the Chatelet stn.

Also, if we take the RER "B" from CDG to Chatelet, how long is the walk to one or both of these hotels? About how much would a Chatelet<—>hotel taxi cost?

By the way, there’s a very good interactive map at:
hotelsearch-in-paris.com (from any hotel’s page, click "see map" to, uh, see map.)

I’d be very grateful for any input… Thanks a bunch!

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Lol….I think I already answered in another forum!! Lol

But, Yes I still recc Hotel Sainte Marie, you can get brekkie there for 4 euro….still cheaper than the other hotel….the location was fine, safe, friendly staff and very central.

You can always get brekkie while you are on the go…pick up a crepe or crossiant and a coffee as you go along, I sure diddnt find anywhere that it cost 11 euro.

Happy Travels!

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Hey, yeah, Kentishgirl, thanks a lot for the review (at BOTH forums… heehee).

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My friend and I stayed at Hotel Baudelaire Bastille this summer ( http://www.paris-hot… ) in, not surprisingly, the Bastille area, with lots of shops and restaurants around. We had our own (very clean) toilet & shower, and the room was fine. I think we paid 62 euros a night. Breakfast was an extra 6 euros.

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Thank you Lian. I’ve decided to stay at the Sainte Marie, but your suggestion sounds very good too… maybe for next trip. Thanks!

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I spent 1 night at the Hotel Picard and it was terrible. i spent the nsxt day trying to find an alternative.
The staff were lovely but the room was very bad. Mould growing on the fury wallpaper, fleas in the carpet,(and bites to prove it), the bathroom and room were very dirty and as there were renovations going on, there were workmen outside my window at all hours and the curtains wouldn’t close.

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I second the sentiment expressed by SW, above.

Two of us were in Europe this summer and chose Hotel Picard for the first 3 nights of our trip, based on online reviews at various sites, including EuroCheapo (which has since removed their listing due to my – and other – complaints).

To make a long story shorter, when we arrived, the hotel was under construction. When we were brought up to our room, there were other people’s suitcases and clothes in it. A hotel worker hurriedly cleared out the stuff, leaving us to wonder if our things would be secure when left in the room.

The room itself was passable at best in terms of cleanliness and comfort (SWs comments about the mould – oh yeah!), but our 9.5 hour flight and subsequent harrowing subway ride had left us drained, and we settled in to nap. Within the hour we were startled awake by a construction worker jack hammering on the wall of our room. LITERALLY. When I opened the drapes he was standing directly outside our window on scaffolding. When we complained to the front desk, we were told there was nothing they could do for us.

Exhausted, we left and found another hotel to stay at. When we checked out the following morning, the desk person overcharged us by 11 euros (which is approximately $15 CDN), and could not find the manager who had quoted our rate.

Upon returning home, I followed up with the hotel via email and fax to try and get a partial refund (at least for the 11 euros) but never heard back.

Hotel Picard was the most expensive of our entire five week trip. It was also the absolute worst in terms of quality, comfort, and service. I would wholeheartedly recommend any another hotel.

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Hi there!
I do recc The Esmeralda. It is cheap, you can get a room with your toillet, and a wonderfull view of the Notre Dame !!! It is located on the middle of cartier latin – more or less 2 blocks from the metro.
The bad things about this one is that the hotel has many years (you can notice by the colors of the wallpapers and the stairs)- it has no stars!! For me, it wasn’t a problem at all – tha location is it’s greatest point.

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Hi Everyone,
Im in the same situation as Jooy..Im planning a trip to Paris in january, and had finally decided Hotel picard sounded ok but luckily i happened to see the comments of SW and skelly! Thanks for warning me! I have today just found what seems to be a perfect little hotel in the latin quartier called Hotel du College de France. It is a bit more expensive than hotel picard or Sainte Marie, but all the reviews i can find are excellent, the location is great, all the reviews mention how friendly and helpful the staff are, and how clean the rooms are. Has anyone stayed there before? Im beginning to think it would be worth the 80Euro (compared to 70E) as all the other hotels seem to be a bit hit and miss.Also ill be travelling alone, so i like to be in a not too dodgy street, and close to metro if possible. Any comments about this hotel or other good budget hotels in paris would be good (50-80 Euro price range). Thank you Smile

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Im still trying to decide between Hotel du College de France (very good sounding but 80Euro) and Hotel Sainte Marie (48 Euro). Maybe some of you who have stayed at Hotel Sainte Marie could help me…i wanted to know if the hotel was heated as i will be there in january (some hotel’s i asked didnt have heating in winter which i thought was a bit of a worry)? Also was there either a minibar in the rooms or a fridge in the kitchen/reception of the hotel where guests were allowed to put some food or drinks? I guess for $48 euro it’s unlikely, but i thought i’d ask just incase Smile Your reviews for the hotel sound quite good, specially for that price, and it’s not like i will be in the hotel room much except to sleep! Any help is welcome Smile thanks.

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As I stayed at the Sainte Marie in August there was no need for heating, but I am almost certain that there was a radiator in our room.
No, there was no minibar and I am not sure if they would let you use a fridge in the kitchen, the kitchen was where they prepared breakfast…it was completley out of bounds for guests…but at the same time they were really helpful….so you could always ask.

Located just off Grand Boulevards…there are tons of cafes/bars/restaurants nearby where you can grab cheap food and drink.

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Thank you Kentish girl Smile

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I am travelling to PAris in April.

Booked a room at Hotel KEnsington, near the Eiffel tower.
Double room with shower is 75 Euro.

Heard it is very very good though.
http://www.paris.org…

But reading about Saint MArie hotel, am wondering if I should book that instead. They have rooms for 56E …

Whatsay people?

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you don’t want to live near the eiffel tower or the bastille
try to live in the Quartier Latin

save your money for food as opposed to a fancier pillow

i’d go with the etap hotels

happy travels

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London, Paris, Tours, Caen, La Rochelle, Annecy, Genoa, Venice, Florence, Rome
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Shankee, i’ll be staying in Hotel Sainte-Marie in late January for 9 days. Once i get back home to Sydney from my trip i will post again and let you know how i found the hotel. Maybe that will help you with your decision if you want to check back here. Ill try to post by the 2nd week of feb. but from what everyone else has said it should be a good cheap but clean hotel to stay in, and as long as it’s clean and friendly-feeling then that’s all that’s really important to me, after all you are only really there to sleep Smile

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Well I sure found the right web site to get the low down on this hotel. I just booked the hotel for feb19-21 and it seemed to good to be true for the price-40 euro a night! It said with "washbasin"….now at some sites/books it says all the rooms have bathrooms but some of u said no shower…what exactly does it have? where do i pee dammit!? =)Also I have never been to Europe in the winter…does anyone know what I can expect form Paris in Feb? Does it snow?Rain? Is heat an option at hotel sainte-marie? Thanks so much…also any advice on which room might be the best (i.e. which sid eof bldg…thought i would request it if possible…) THANK YOU!!!

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The Sainte Marie rooms with washbasin have just that! A washbasin, toilet was just down the hall, there are showers downstairs near reception….NOT all of the rooms have bathrooms.
The hotel is quite small, and on a small quiet sidestreet…so I cant really think of any specific requests that you should put in.

Paris will be Very cold in Feb…It may rain, I doubt snow, definatly cold though so wrap up warm! As I said before I "think" that my room had a radiator in it.

Hope this Helps!

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Hi. I just got back from Europe, and i stayed at hotel sainte marie for 9 nights. Heating was not an issue, there is internal heating and because the rooms are small they get very toasty hot. The outside temp while i was in paris in january was -3 to 9 degrees C, but didnt rain much, although i saw a few snow flakes fall. My advice for staying at hotel sainte marie is definately request NOT to have room #7, which is where i stayed, which was awful. Although it did have bathroom (with toilet and shower and wash basin) the door didnt shut, the shower didnt drain (u had water up to your ankles and had to turn the shower off every 30 seconds or so to allow the water to drain rather than overflow into the bedroom carpet). Of the 2 lights in the room, one had no light bulb. The buttons on the tv were broken and didnt work, but in the end the staff did manage to find me a remote control so i could watch local tv. the staff were friendly (the upside to this hotel), and would help with directions, information and always smiling and happy etc. however one of the guys who worked there was too friendly and started ringing me on my hotel room phone at like 10pm at night to see if i would go out with him which wasnt my idea of a good situation. Basically, if all you want is a bed and very basic bathroom facilities then hotel sainte marie is cheap and central (like 1 min walk from metro station, 3 mins from a monoprix supermarket, 5 mins from rue monterguell -lots of yummy cheese, wine and bakery shops) etc. However i will not be going back there or recomending it to friends unless finding the cheapest hotel is their only real option. I may have had bad luck with my room 7, (another lady i met at the hotel said she had initially been given room 7 and had instantly refused it and said she’d find another hotel unless they gave her a better room. so maybe other rooms there are nicer. And i dont know how much of a habit the staff members make of ringing their guests in the night to ask for dates is either, i could have just been unlucky. overall i would say the hotel was the only downside to my entire holiday, so if you can afford somewhere slightly better i would think it would be worth it. But if you do decide to stay there, the 4Euro breakfast is just a slice of baguette with strawberry jam and choice of coffee or orange juice in a plastic cup. You would be better getting something nicer down the road or buying a whole baguette and nice cheeses and packing a picnic breaky. Hope this helps! Smile