Best place to stay in Paris...
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Jan 11, 2013 12:17 AM Last Post By: Quailia
Dec 11, 2012 2:18 PM
Best place to stay in Paris...We will be travelling to Paris next June, and would like some advice before booking our accommodation...Presently, we have a choice of a pretty, well priced room near MontMarte...Would this position in Paris allow us to easily access the major sights of the city???? It is a few minutes walk from Guy Môquet metro station...
The second option is a markedly more expensive option, in a far larger room in the Ménilmontant area...
Then there is a bohemian option near Place de la Bastille, in Boulevard Beaumarchais...
Any guidance will be gratefully received...
Dec 11, 2012 3:49 PM
1The thing about Paris is that the "major sights" of the city are not tightly compact within the city, so you will do a lot of walking and likely rely on the excellent Metro system. I am far from the most seasoned Paris expert, but my impression is that if you are near a Metro station, you're good to go. I stayed somewhat on the outskirts of town in a mostly residential neighborhood but near a Metro stop, which meant we were 5-10 minutes from most of the major sites in the "center."
Dec 11, 2012 4:02 PM
Dec 12, 2012 12:48 AM
3Agree with dave......you will have to take public transport to see the 'sights' anyway...there is no part of Paris where you can walk everywhere from.
Look at the quality of the hotel plus the distance from the nearest metro station......
Dec 12, 2012 1:11 AM
4Boulevard Beaumarchais is noisy (lots of traffic), so find out if the room is on the street or in the back, over a courtyard for example. Indeed, Bastille area is fine and lively and easy walking to lots of places. It's particularly pleasant to walk along the river towards central Paris.
Ménilmontant is more "ethnic" and a bit less touristy. And it's further from the centre.
But as the others say, public transport is very good and you are never far from a metro station. On the other hand, it's even more pleasant to take a bus. Any bus stop will have a map of the various bus lines so you can see where they go. At least you get to look at the scenery, unlike in the subway.
I don't really agree with lucapal -- you can indeed walk across Paris to see the sights, but it depends on how much you like to walk.
Dec 12, 2012 4:13 AM
5If you like to walk 20 kilometres a day or more,you can do it...of course.
But it is not a small city,and many of the popular sights are not in the same place or even near to each other....
I wouldn't walk from the Bastille to the Eiffel Tower or Montmartre..never mind to Versailles ;-)
Dec 12, 2012 4:45 AM
6From the Eiffel Tower to the Place Bastille is actually one of the best walks you can have in Paris. In one morning or afternoon you have passed all the major sights in the centre of the city, from the Arc de Triomphe via the Place de la Concorde and the Louvre, to the Notre Dame and the symbolical start of the Revolution. The perfect way for a first reconnaissance.
Dec 12, 2012 5:05 AM
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Dec 20, 2012 11:09 AM
9We are going to Paris in Sept. for the second time. Rented an apt in the 6th first time around and loved it. It was near pont neuf and very central. This time we are staying in the Marais, but on what appears to be a quiet street, rue Charlemagne. It is near the St. Paul Metro, many bus lines and also a taxi stand. Walking is a problem for some people, but you can still enjoy Paris and I wish some posters would not be so judgmental about other people's needs or preferences.
Jan 6, 2013 1:48 AM
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Jan 11, 2013 12:17 AM
12Anywhere in the Bastille/Marais area would be my preference.
On my last trip I stayed at a hotel on Blvd Beaumarchais, which is a busy street as someone mentioned. The room I had was on the top floor and the street noise wasn't enough to disturb my sleep, but if I'd been on the first floor I think it would have been annoying.
As others have said the metro works well, making it very easy to get around. And - at least for the sites near the river - it's fairly walkable. I've often taken the metro to a site, and then wandered back. If you do this and end up tired it's pretty easy to find a metro station.... or a cafe and take a break.
I've visited Paris a lot over the years and it remains one of my favourite cities. I hope you enjoy it.
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