I know this has been a topic in the past, but am looking for more recent thoughts on choosing a hotel in Paris. We're going in October and our choices using points are the Arc de Triomphe (which we were leaning towards until reading more about other hotels), the Trocadero, or Vendome. It's our first time in Paris, and we'll be staying 5 nights. Any input would be greatly appreciate
For you first trip to Paris here would be my recommendations:
Marriott C-E, no place like it, and everything is splendid from there. Use the double decker bus to tour Paris from out front and walk to many great places.
Next would be Ren. AdT, a wonderful place within walking distance of the C-E, but not quite as exciting as the Marriott for first timers.
If you have enough points you will not be disappointed in either of these two places.
Have a wonderful trip at a great time of the year in Paris.
First, it has been 3 years since last in Paris. We stayed at the Renaissance and went into the C-E Marriott. Both are very nice, but frankly we prefer the "boutique" type hotels so the Renaissance worked out extremely well. One block off the Rue de Rivoli and the Metro. Short walk to the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Tuileries Gardens, L'Orangerie, Musee d'Orsay and many other attractions. You can use the metro to get to Versailles for a day trip or even to Chartres and Reims for the cathedrals. They have packages of 10 metro trips and the fare works out to about $1.50 per person per trip. Suggestion is to get the Museum Pass BEFORE you go. Worth it on entry fees to museums and you get a special entry which can be a big bonus if they are crowded. This is of course if the museums are on your adgenda.
Food will be expensive, even more than some of the restaurants here in the US in major cities. The restaurant in the Eifel Tower is reportedly in the $400-500 per person range.
Good luck and enjoy! I think you will.
It's been 5 years since I was last in Paris, but I would recommend staying in St. Germaine on the Rive Gauche (Left Bank). There is a wonderful French owned hotel the "Hotel D'Aubusson" on the Rue Dauphine about 2 blocks from the Pont Neuf. It's a 4 star property and really a delightful small hotel. I have recommended it to a number of folks over the years since I was last there and all have loved it. You can't get a better location in Paris if you are interested in the arts and sightseeing. We walked to the Louvre, very close, and Ile St. Louis is very close as well and just beautiful, a wonderful place for dinner. The hotel concierges are fantastic. It doesn't have room service and the elevator was on the fritz part of the time so I had to walk up 2 flights to our room. But it was genuine French! Great soaking tub, Hermes toiletries, robes and little chasseurs (house shoes) for you to use while you are there. And it's in a 400 year old building. We were 1 of only 3 American couples staying there. All the other guests (from Christmas to New Years) were French or German. I loved this!
If I were there on business or just wanted to shop I would probably try to stay in a Marriott property near the shopping streets or Arc De Triomphe but be aware that those areas will be noisy. Especially anything looking out onto the Arc de Triomphe is going to be on that 4 lane street which is busy all the time. Where you stay totally depends on what you are looking for. Do you want complete authenticity and an opportunity to practice your French? Then try a French owned 4 or 5 star hotel like the D'Aubusson. If you want all the comforts of home I'd go with a Marriott property. It's all in what kind of experience you are seeking. I am the kind of traveler who looks for authenticity. I will go out of my way to avoid restaurants with other Americans there. I do my best to speak the local language, and even though a few French folks laughed at my efforts they were very kind, told me the proper way to way what I was trying to say and went out of their way to be nice to us. I'd advise taking some time with a map, figuring out exactly what you want to do and finding a hotel most centrally located for your activities. Also, remember that the Metro is safe (in the daytime as long as you stay in the city arrondissements) and cabs really aren't that expensive in Paris considering how tired you will get if you try to walk too much.
Another good central area is around the Eiffel Tower. You would be near some lovely museums and also not far from the shopping area. Try the Jules Verne restaurant atop the Eiffel Tower. Enjoy!
Since the metro is so convient and goes everywhere, as long as you are located near a metro stop its very easy to get around.
With that being said, I like La Defense. Its conveniently located at a transporation hub, so is very easy to get around. One of large Paris shopping malls, Les Quatre Temps, is also there. I find it interesting to see the day-to-day life as well as the historical sites.
The hotel itself is comfortable, with a great concierge lounge, and great to get away from the hustle and bustle of the city.
I believe at least one MI expressed displeasure at the noise in some of the other hotels.
Just got back from 10 days in Paris. Stayed at the Courtyard in Neuilly. Used a Lot less points than staying in the city. It's a 10 minute walk to the metro and then just 10 minutes to the arc d'triomph. The metro comes every 3-4 minutes. Neuilly also gives you a feel for a non tourist area. The Les Sablons metro stop is in an area of small shops (bakery/market/cafes) and an open air market. It's a very well to-do safe area and we enjoyed the nice quiet stroll each evening back to the hotel. So if points are an issue, I would highly recommend this hotel. We had a nice view of the Eiffel tower, though I'm sure not as nice as being in the city.
Other Paris threads to check
http://www.rewards-insiders.marriott.com/photoAlbums/1101 La Défense, Paris, France
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