Hotels are usually a nice choice for couples or small families. Your hotel choices will generally be cleaner, provide maid service, and be closer to the center of things. Most of your meals will be eaten out which gets pricey but also enables you to enjoy that part of the culture as well.
Apartments are generally not to the same cleanliness standards as hotels and don’t come with a maid, but they give you a quick glimpse ofthe Parisian lifestyle, allow for larger families or groups of friends traveling together for a fraction of a multiple-room hotel price, and they have kitchens which give you the option of cooking in instead of eating every meal out.
We’ve done both and both were great experiences; however, for a large family, the apartment was definitely a better deal and saved a lot of money.
A quick web search for Paris hotel and you could be looking through listings for weeks. There is
I like these sites: http://www.vacationrentals.comand http://www.vrbo.com/vacation-rentals/europe/france/ile-de-france/paris for apartments.
Paris is divided into “arrondissements” or districts/neighborhoods. Most websites will tell you the general location of the hotel or apartment based on which arrondissements it’s in. Some will mark that with the number and a tiny letter e printed by it like an exponent. For lodging and trip planning, it is important to know a little about those districts, where things are, and what the general feel of the area is. There are higher crime areas, so, of course, you want to avoid these.
Wikitravel has a great article listing the arrondissements and giving links for more detailed information. When you book a place, check out this article and get a good idea where you are going.
Whether you stay at an apartment or a hotel, you can save money and eat well by grocery shopping for breakfast. There are Monoprix and other grocery store and patisseries everywhere. Locate your nearest Monoprix and your nearest bakery and you’ll be set.
For 10-20 Euros a person, we got average room service at the hotel we stayed. For about 15 Euros, 6 of us were absolutely stuffed when I shopped in the morning. Fresh breads and pastries from the local bakery (patisserie) and fruit, juices, and delicious French cheeses from the Monoprix. French also make delicious jams if you’d rather that on your baguette, so you won’t go hungry.
- An extra towel or two if you are traveling with your family.
- A corkscrew if you drink wine.
- In a hotel, a small cutting board and paring knife are invaluable.
- Paper towels.
8, place Saint Augustin – 75008 PARIS
Fax : 01 45 22 17 75
This is a French military officer’s hotel, so it is available for military officers only and, as of this posting, the officer must be present to stay (i.e. A spouse can’t stay there unless the military member is also staying there at that time.)
Wow. This place is like a palace. Finished in 1928 along side the beautiful church of St. Augustin next door, it is a beautiful example of Art Deco architecture. The inside is beautiful and the service is great. Not all staff members speak English, but there are several that do and can assist you.
Breakfast (room service) is good, but you’ll enjoy a bakery/Monoprix breakfast better for less money. The Monoprix is on the corner of the large intersection just opposite the hotel to the left.The grocery department is to the left when you enter the store. The Patisserie is right around the corner from the hotel on the way to the Monoprix.
Dinner is another story. We didn’t eat at the Grand Carte, but Petit Carte still has served us our best meal in Paris and for the least amount of money. Shop at Monoprix for breakfast and then eat there exclusively and you will have saved a lot of money for souvenirs. The meals are in courses, the staff is very friendly, and it’s all delicious.
Parking is not a problem. There is an underground parking lot right next door (less than a block) where you can leave your car as long as you’d like. The rate in 2006 was 23 Euros/day.
Photographs:1) The Eglise Saint Augustine that is directly next to our hotel
Review: This apartment suited our needs perfectly and we would definitely go back. The building is quite old and charming with two balconies in the apartment looking out to the street where they hold markets every Wednesday and Saturday. It’s a quite residential neighborhood yet there is an excellent bakery right across the street and a Monoprix (grocer) just a block away. Walk 10 minutes in one direction and you’ll be at a huge park with a lake, jogging/walking trails, a Chinese restaurant, and a playground. 10 minutes in the other direction will lead you past 3 boucheries (meat markets), a produce stand, and a florist before you get to the Metro line #6 stop, Glaciere. By Metro, you’re about 15 minutes away from most of the tourist areas of Paris and the line will take you directly to the Trocadero – an excellent place to get a view of the Eiffel tower.