Ah, Paris, the romantic French city that evokes images of ancient Gothic churches, haute cuisine, the epitome of fashion, dream vistas on the Seine…and sometimes the realization that Paris can only be a dream. Actually, there are very many options that can make a visit to Paris a reality, with money to spare to enjoy the finer things the great city has to offer. There happen to be a great deal of cheap hotels in Paris that by no means appear dull, with attractive amenities, wonderful views and proximity to popular Paris destinations, the following hotels make Paris a must-do, not a wish.
City Residence, at 80 Avenue George Clémenceau in Bry Sur Marne, a suburb of Paris, is located 7.8 miles from the center of Paris. The hotel offers studios or apartments up to four rooms that can accommodate up to 7 people. All are fully furnished and equipped with kitchen or kitchenette, microwave, stove, washing machine/dryer, satellite TV and Wi-Fi. It also offers breakfast, daily cleaning, parking and laundry for an additional fee.
For those who want to venture out for a nice meal, a wonderful choice is La Grapille, at 3 Avenue du Gen. Leclerc F. The restaurant is managed by a French-Japanese husband and wife, who have made the modern restaurant a favourite destination spot. Specials include soufflés, échalote noix et parmesan, and marinade de foie gras. This hotel is a perfect sample of Paris, allowing easy access to all popular venues without the crowds and high prices of staying in the heart of the city.
The Hotel Parc Saint Charles, at 243 Rue Saint Charles, is in the 15th arrondisement of Paris. The street where the hotel is located is a smorgasbord of patisseries, bistros, brassieres, and boulangeries and fashion boutiques. Next to the Balard metro station, the hotel offers 15 budget rooms, and is very close to the Parc des Expositions and Porte de Versailles. It is also not far from the Champs Elysées and Eiffel Tower. The hotel offers air conditioning, laundry service, and room service from its in-house restaurant, “La Dînée.” All rooms have a mini bar, telephone, Canal+ cosmetic products and Wi-Fi. Breakfast is available for an extra charge.
Hotel Régence is located at 33 Rue de Saint-Petersbourg, close to Champs-Elysées, le Opéra, Montmartre, and Galerie Lafayette. The nearest station is Saint-Lazare. The hotel features include room service, hair dryer, Wi-Fi, alarm clock, fax, mini bar, TV and telephone, A/C, bicycle rental, baby cots, and a room safe. Breakfast is available for an extra charge. One place to try in the neighbourhood is Le Percolateur at 20 Rue de Turin. Formerly a French-style greasy spoon, it is now an upscale bistro. Menu items that are popular include chicken satay, the house terrine and macaroni with olives.
Hotel Faubourg, at 216-224 Rue du Faubourg, has 56 renovated, modern rooms and is in the heart of Paris in the 10th arrondisement. It is less than half a mile from Gare du Nord train station. Featuring a 24-hour desk, it also has a ticket service and tour desk. An easy walk away is the restaurant Marguerite at 50 Rue de Clignancourt. A perfect place to dine after making a trek to the Sacre Coeur, the restaurant serves traditional French cuisine such as rumpsteak, fish baked in salt, carpaccio of St. Jacques, roasted asparagus with prawns, knuckle of pork with dried fruit, and fois gras simmered in porto. This hotel is the ultimate getaway for those who want to be right in the middle of all the Paris action. Affordable, amenable and well-decorated, it is a hotel to write home about.
The Hotel Garden, 1 Rue de Géneral Blaise, is a two-star hotel between Republique and the Bastille, right by a park near the Marais district and Place des Vosges in the 11th arrondisement.
There are 43 rooms available, some with a terrace. Included are Wi-Fi, air conditioning, TV, telephone, elevator and a continental breakfast for an extra charge. A laundromat, boulangerie, supermarket, Wi-Fi cafe and more are located less than 10 minutes away by foot. Also nearby is Qui Plume la Lune, at 50 Rue Amelot. French and Japanese cuisine fuse together to bring very unique and surprising tastes. Jacky Ribault, owner/chef, was one of the pioneers of Japanese-French fusion. His menu uses all French produce and includes beefsteak with sardine tartar, scallops with artichokes in vanilla sauce, salmon tataki and fois gras sushi. A bit rich and exotic, but the hotel is nearby and a brisk after-dinner walk does wonders.