Post # 1
I am going to Paris this year, and I am so excited!
I need some suggestions, and opionins to chew on.
I booked a nice appartment on Airbnb, but it is my first time, and at the time of booking I was feeling the pressure – as all the hotel prices were going up daily, and I wanted a nice place…that looked professional (like a hotel). My husband had concerns for Airbnb…specifically the towels and such…but I convinced him it was fine.
So becuase of my rush I already booked a place, but I purposefully chose a place that was flexible in cancellation….now I found another place (2 actually) and want to know your opinions
The first one is near Arc de triomphe. Looks very clean…but the most expensive ($approx $50 more then option 2). Its almost right on champs elysse . Its a bachelor style..very professionally decirated. Bathroom looks clean …haha. perks is it is flexible cancellation (actually we have this one booked…already..just found other places). Walkable to eiffle tower..i would say 20min…so 15 for me cuz i walk fast hahaha. Cons…expensive area to eat. Touristic area. The service fee is not refunded…although it is flexible cancelation…so i would be out approx $120. may be noisy…since it is litterally 100 m away from Champs elysees (10 m walk to arc de triomphe)
5 of 5 starts – 70 reviews
elevator in building
Ootion 2 is in marais..and i was told that is the place to be. This one is one bedroom clean…bright. perks..open and airy. Lots of food options. I was told by many this area is the best. Cons…strict cancellation…so in case of emergency..we are screwed.. (i dont forsee any). With the service fee in option one not refunded, this is approx $50 more expensve then option 1 at the end of it . Pros…look at the space and the light!!!!
5 of 5 stars – 58 reviews
washer (no dryer)
elevator in building
according to comments quiet street (i am not a light sleeper..)
Option 3 also i marais – cheapest. $217 cheaper from option 1. So even with the service fee not ebing refunded I still save just about $100. Perks…cheapest…even with cancellations/service fee…in Marais…looks so clean as well. Cons…bathroom looks more cramped..and less “updated”
washer (no dryer)
Post # 2
note – dryer i s afactor..cuz we will bring our own towel (one each + one for my hair)….
Post # 3
Tbh I hate airbnb, been burnt the 2 times I’ve used it. I would recommend looking on booking.com, every single time I have found places with 0 cancellation fees and payment upon arrival. I got my apartment for Paris there (also Iceland, Rome, Florence, Brussels, Prague… everywhere), it was near the folies bergere, fantastic location, we walked everywhere.
Fyi this was my second time in Paris and I skipped l’arc (I was very meh about it the first time). It’s far from everything else that is interesting, imo, same wih the tower, and right now trocadero is boarded up. Better to stay around the deuxieme arrondisement as you describe, much better restaurants and and just much more to see.
Apparently little known parisian thing that I loved and did EVERY single day: get a bottle of wine, bread and cheese and have a picnic in any of the gardens. You’ll never see any tourists doing this, only the locals. True Paris right there.
Post # 4
We booked a fantastic 1 bedroom apartment in Le Marais! I can’t remember exact details but PM me if you want and I’ll look it up on airbnb. Super easy and loved the location. We’d go there again for sure 🙂
Post # 5
I’m not a big fan of either location. I love the central area of Paris and would stay in the 4th, 5th, or 6th. That way you can walk to the louvre, notre dame, Luxembourg gardens, have great shopping, great restaurants, and awesome pastry shops. The area around the Eiffel Tower is mostly businesses and homes and is not as charming with lots of traffic. We usually use athomeinfrance.com or vrbo and have never had a problem.
Post # 6
Sure, Marais is more charming than the Champs Elysees and has all that great Jewish food. It is also super practical, because you can walk almost anywhere from there, including all the locations whitums mentioned. But honestly, it doesn’t matter. You won’t spend much time in the apartment anyway. You can get anywhere by metro with 1/2 hour most and you don’t need to dine close to your apartment either. Paris is safe at night and public transportation is good. Wherever you are, there will certainly be a nice bakery around the corner, so you will be able to pick up breakfast each morning. Paris is loud in general, so bring earplugs.
Post # 7
Hey, Parisian bee here. I guess it depends what you are looking to do. If you are more a walking around, grabbing a cheap meal while strolling around little boutiques type of tourists, I would do the Marais hands down. If you’re looking for the touristy crowds, the shopping and the fine restaurants I would say Les Champs. Knowing that you can literally walk everywhere, it really depends on what you plan to do. I would go with the cheapest because ultimately (unless you plan on cooking in the apartment most of the time) you’ll spend minimal time in the apartment.
Post # 8
Thanks everyone for advice, it really does seem like Marais is a better option. Now I have to see if saving just approx $60 is worth the switch….
Post # 9
I stayed near your first, already booked apartment. I thought it was fine, lots of walking though which is ok with us. It’s so much better to see cities by walking than by spending it underneath the city on a subway. And at night we would just get taxis back.
Post # 10
I think it depends on what you want. If you’re there to do and see tourist attractions, the first location is probably better (though I really recommend the Left Bank, rather than the Right). If you’re there for more of the “feel,” to relax, dine, etc. the Marais options are probably better.
I studied abroad in Paris, and I lived in the 7th, right on the border of the 6th in the St. Germain des Pres neighborhood, and it’s without a doubt, my favorite area. It’s super central to everything, but feels a little less touristy than being right on the Champs Elysees. Montmartre is another neighborhood I love, though a little more out of the way. Paris is such an awesome city, though, I don’t feel like you can really go wrong if you stay relatively central!
Post # 11
so not trying to complicate things even more, but thought you might be interested in a real-life recommendation 🙂 We went to Paris on our honeymoon last year and used Vacationinparis.com, a site another bee recommend on here and it was PERFECT!
This is the exact unit we stayed in: http://www.vacationinparis.com/listing/338/heavenly-rue-cler-market-one-bedroom
It was on the most fantastic market street and was a close walk to the eiffel tower and tons of stuff to do. I can’t recommend it enough. it was clean, well-kept and extremely convenient!