Anybody been to paris?

    looking for cheap but nice accommodation in Paris, also looking on advice where to stay (which bit of Paris) and where to go when im there. also how would i get from CDG airport to the city centre? booking a surprise trip for my girlfriend so shh! don't tell her!

    looking for cheap accommodation in the opera area of paris


    I stayed in Paris last year at the Mercure Paris Porte de versailles Expo. I got it very cheaply, less than half the hotel normal price by going through Priceline. I thought it looked far out and was worried till I got there. It was in a great place. There is a metro station on the corner and loads of restaurants around. A lot of things are quite walkable although we used metro a lot as I'd a twisted knee at the time. It was easy to get to from the airport by train and metro. I've stayed in all areas of Paris over the years but this is the first time I've actually really enjoyed it and even enjoyed the metro rides into the very centre as they were a little less busy coming from the direction our hotel was in.

    First time I've ever visited the catacombs and loved it.

    I should have said some of the things worth seeing or doing are
    1 The Catacombs
    2 Arc de Trimphe
    3 Eiffel Tower
    4 Notre Dame
    5 Eat a crepe
    6 Have a boat trip
    7 Visit Pompidou square even if you don't visit the centre
    8 Visit one of the huge flea markets
    9 Visit the louvre even if it's just to see the setting of the da vinci code!
    10 Duck into some of the smaller churches - we found an imprompu piano recital in one and we were the only people there, very romantic

    Original Poster

    some nice suggestions there, thanks very much, just hoping that when we go they dont have another transport strike.

    O, it's worth printing our the metro map at home and marking on it where somethings are before you go so that you can just hop on and off when you spot a location you want to visit and you always know where you are in relation to everything else as sometimes it is just as quick walking between things

    Make sure whilst you are there that you take the open top bus, when we were there last year you got the second day free. It was the best way to see Paris and great for taking photographs, as you high up above the traffic and get great shots plus it delivers you all over the city. Make sure that wherever you are, you are close to a Metro station, as the earlier poster said you can hop on and hop off either the open top bus or the metro to get about.

    I lived in Paris for a year- quite simply the best city in the world and I've been to a fair few.

    Personally Id recommend that you stay in the 1st arrondissement and probably around Opera area. its central, easy to get to and from and direct on a bus from the airport. This is cheaper than the RER (high speed metro type train).

    There is more to do than you can shake a stick at but get to the Latin Quarter on a night- metro hotel de ville or the marais area for its diversity.

    PM me if you want anymore info, but id say the Opera or the montmartre area is best altho the latter is a bit riskier than the classier opera

    Monmartre was lovely but had to watch your feet as it is absolutely covered in dog mess!

    I'd hate to walk about it in the dark, yuck!

    Original Poster

    still looking for some cheap accommodation in the opera area of paris any help is much appreciated

    This isn't in the Opera area, but I thought might be helpful.... A friend and I stayed at a place called the Hotel Dieu which is actually above a hospital right next to Notre Dame. It's quite an interesting place to stay, once you go through the doors, A&E is to your left and the hotel lifts to the right! Despite this, the rooms are clean and quiet, perfect if you just want to use it as a base for sightseeing.

    Rooms are 120 Euros for two people but the fab location is the main thing to consider, you are literally right in the centre of Paris and there is also an RER station within 100 metres which takes you directly to and from Charles de Gaulle (for about 8 euros I seem to remember). We hardly used the metro as most of the main tourist sights are within walkable distance and there are loads of funky shops and bars/restaurants to be found in Le Marais. Very much recommended!

    Do any of these places have car-parking ?
    Hope you don't mind my asking Guerilla ?

    I don't know... have a look at their website to contact them directly…htm
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