best value arrondissment in Paris for a month-long stay
Replies: 5 - Last Post: Jul 31, 2012 5:34 PM Last Post By: holly_sparrow
Jul 28, 2012 11:50 PM
best value arrondissment in Paris for a month-long stayI will be travelling to Paris in November and would like to stay in Paris for a month if I can find a studio flat for a reasonable price (750 Euros? +/-). I don't mind longish walks into the centre as long as the arrondissement I'm in has the basics, you know, WIFI cafes, decent resto/bistros, a supermarket. Any advice on which neighbourhood you think is best value for a stay at that time of year?
Edited by: mickdevine
Jul 29, 2012 12:46 AM
1Every arrondissment will have the basics you describe.
For that low price, I was surprised to find anything available, but there is, perhaps because of the season. Still, I hope you're not claustrophobic: the couple apartments I found for 750 euro/month ranged in size from 15 to 17 square meters. I think you'll just have to scour as many apartment rental websites as possible and not be too terribly fussy about the exact location.
Once you've narrowed your already limited choices, come back to ask the resident Paris experts about the neighborhoods. Frankly, after price, apartment size and proximity to a metro stop would be my main criteria. Though I can't imagine anywhere within the ring road that isn't walking distance to a metro stop.
Jul 29, 2012 12:59 AM
2Paris is gorgeous in November, but it may be a little difficult for you to find an apartment for that price. I love the 5th arrondisment. It's close to many of the sights in Paris, such as the Notre Dame, the Patheon and the river Seine. The 5th arrondisment (or the Latin Quater as some call it) has a variety of lovely shops, and nice cafes. The Latin Quater is VERY busy though, and is a huge tourist place. Some of the streets are very busy, even in the slower seasons of the year.
If you head down past the Patheon, in a nice area called Montparnasse (in the 14th arrondisment) you can find a few cheaper hotels and apartments, although they are a little further away from all of the "tourist sights." Being in Paris for a month though, I assume you intend to experience the "real" Paris rather than the Paris many tourists experience when they stay there for three days. Montparnasse has a few good metro stations which are essential to get you into the city as quickly as possible. Some of the stations include Edgar Quinet, Raspail, Vavin and Saint Jacques. Montarnasse is very well known for the Cemetery Montparnasse, so I don't know whether you would mind staying near a cemetery. The food all over Paris is nice, so there will be no problems there. Montparnasse does have a few good cinemas, theatres and resturants, so you won't be bored.
Jul 29, 2012 4:33 AM
3Thanks for the advice--quite helpful. Having done some preliminary site-shopping I realise 900-1000 Euros is more realistic. I don't need much in the way of size. The context on 5 and 14 was really helpful--it's been years since I was in Paris. As you intuited, I'm not an Eiffel Tower type of traveller, so 14 sounds a better bet for me. Thanks again!
Jul 29, 2012 11:29 PM
4Your welcome! I think you will love Paris. So many people don't enjoy the city, but I have found it to be one of the most incredible places on Earth. have a great time in Paris.
Jul 31, 2012 5:34 PM
5I loved the montmarte area cos of its small village feel. We didnt stay there though we had an apartment near to the metro colonel fabien i think it was cheaper but had less "lfe" though we were only there 5 days. Next time i o i would try to say in montemarte. We rened through wimdu.com, chek them out.
Pretty sure our apartment was advertised as 20 sq metres. I thought it would be tiny but actually was just fine and with a little kitchen too.
(3 star Hotel)
From US$214.90 per night
(3 star Hotel)
From US$153.24 per night
(0 star Hotel)
From US$35.35 per night