September 15, 2010

Paris Hotels - My Pick

I've been crazily researching every aspect of my upcoming trip to Paris. I've checked out over 45 hotels through travel guides, Tripadvisor and websites. Google Maps is a big help determining the suitability of neighbourhoods and route-planning.

My criteria for choosing a hotel was:

1. That my hotel be small, less than 50 rooms. I don't do North-American-style hotels when I travel. Well, I guess I do when I'm in North America. Anyway - a pension-style hotel with a breakfast room is all I need.

2. That it be within easy walking distance of  the Île de la Cité. Although I've got a wheelie-bag and good walking shoes I wanted to be less than a mile from Notre Dame. For easier figuring I took a reading from Saint-Michel RER stop. 1 mile = 1.6 km

3. That it be less than $250 Canadian per night. Today $250 CA = 187 Euros.

4. That it received good reviews on Tripadvisor.

5. That the bedroom consist of  non-IKEA-style furniture.

Regarding Tripadvisor,  it's a good tool. I don't hold too much with other people's reviews because everyone's got their own set of criteria. But every picture's worth a thousand words. I know right away by checking out reviewer's hotel pictures if it's the right place for me.

On a general note, the hotel had to look like it would make me feel secure and comfortable returning to it after a long day.

The hotel I did pick did not meet one of my criteria. More about that when I get home.

I pared my list of 45 down to a final 8. Here are the finalists.

1. Hotel des Grandes Ecole

115-140 Euro
1.3 km from Saint-Michel RER stop.
51 rooms
No TV
This lovely pink and toile hotel is set in its own sizeable garden off the Rue Cardinal Lemoine. Charm at reasonable prices. I've wanted to stay there since 1992. Now I can afford it, they didn't return my email. It's so popular that they tell you when to attempt a reservation, (4 months in advance). I'm not staying here. http://www.france-hotel-guide.com/h75005ecoles.htm

2. Hotel des  Grand Hommes

100-270 Euro
1.1 km from Saint-Michel RER stop
31 rooms
Amazing location overlooking the Paris Pantheon. Beautifully decorated and larger bathrooms than most hotels.  Would not accept a reservation request through personal email. They wanted me to use the automated booking which frankly I don't trust. http://www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com/

3. Hotel du Pantheon

100-270 Euro
1.1 km from St. Michel RER stop
36 rooms
Located next door to its sister hotel, the Hotel des Grand Hommes. It's gorgeous too. http://www.hoteldupantheon.com/


4. Hotel Britannique

129-167 Euros
600 m from Saint-Michel RER stop
39 rooms
So close to the Louvre and the Seine, the Hotel Brittanique, located at 20 Avenue Victoria, originally appealed to me because of its history of being run by English-speakers. http://www.hotel-britannique.fr/index.html

5. Hotel Beaubourg

95--> Euro
1.2 km from Saint-Michel RER stop
28 rooms
The Beaubourg appealed to me because of its funky furnishings and its claim of a garden. It's on a small side street that empties out at the Centre Pompidou. http://www.beaubourg-paris-hotel.com/index.html

6. Hotel Henri IV Rive Gauche

159-185 Euro
.3km from Saint-Michel RER stop
23 rooms
The side-street rooms at the Hotel Henri IV Rive Gauche have amazing views of the Église Saint-Séverin. http://www.henri-paris-hotel.com/

7. Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais

145-185 Euro
1.3 km from Saint-Michel RER stop
19 rooms
The small rooms at this equally small hotel, located in the Marais, look absolutely charming. http://www.carondebeaumarchais.com/

8. Hotel de Lutece

155-195 Euro
1.3 km from Saint-Michel RER stop
23 rooms
Located on the Ile Saint.-Louis, (to quote Liz Lemon "I want to go to there"), the Hotel de Lutuce is a one minute walk to Berthillon, where I intend on having an ice cream.  http://www.paris-hotel-lutece.com/

For safety sake I'm not going to reveal where I'll be. I'll tell all when I get back. I did almost as much research in 2003 when I went with my family and the Hotel du College de France put us in a small "courtyard" room on the 1st floor overlooking the kitchen and the laundry room. Who knows what's in store for me.

I can't believe I'm actually doing this. Sometimes I feel like I've lost my mind completely. 3 weeks to go. Panic Attack!

9 comments:

Jacqueline said...

Sounds like a Paris Attack!
I'll trade yours for mine.

secret, fragile skies said...

Too exciting!!! We stayed at The Left Bank St-Germaine on 9, rue de l'Ancienne Comedie.

Beautiful location, perfect and charming hotel.

http://www.parishotelleftbank.com/

Looking forward to your posts!!

Laurie Grassi said...

Berthillon ice cream! Yum, yum, yum, yum, yum!!! Let me know what flavour(s) you had when you get back!!

:) L

Diane said...

I'm betting it's one of these:

4. Hotel Britannique

129-167 Euros
600 m from Saint-Michel RER stop
39 rooms
So close to the Louvre and the Seine, the Hotel Brittanique, located at 20 Avenue Victoria, originally appealed to me because of its history of being run by English-speakers. http://www.hotel-britannique.fr/index.html

5. Hotel Beaubourg

95--> Euro
1.2 km from Saint-Michel RER stop
28 rooms
The Beaubourg appealed to me because of its funky furnishings and its claim of a garden. It's on a small side street that empties out at the Centre Pompidou. http://www.beaubourg-paris-hotel.com/index.html

Giulia said...

Panic. I'm trying to understand this panic. Je ne le comprends pas. (This from a coward, c'est moi)

The rooms are beautiful everywhere. Will look at them again...xo

willow said...

I'll be looking forward with much anticipation to your recommendations on your return! Fun-fun-fun!!

T. Clear said...

I highly recommend Hotel St. Jacques:

http://www.paris-hotel-stjacques.com/

Fits your requirements, and many of the walls are painted with glorious murals!

The Clever Pup said...

Therese, Thank you. I have considered it and I do believe that it,or at least its facade, is the hotel used in Charade.

Giulia, panic mainly because I'll be out of my comfort zone as in "what the hell do I think I'm doing" - that usually hits me on the airplane. And the fact that I'll have no one to dilute the experience with, again, example. "We're lost on the subway, Senior Pup. What shall we do now?" But then I think - I have flown to Munich via Frankfurt with the Junior Pup and found my way to the hotel. I know I can do it. I'm just freaking out.

Polly said...

I can't comment on hotels in Paris because I always stay with family but 7 and 8 are best choices for me. I love Marais and always wanted to stay at Ile St Louis.

I had Berthillon ice cream last Monday. Cherry-vanilla. Sitting on the river bank overlooking Notre Dame. It was gorgeous...

Enjoy your trip to Auvers, it's a great place to visit.