Monday, April 13, 2009

Perfect Parisian Pied a Terre

My friend Rona Gindin, an Orlando-based travel writer, just returned from a quick trip to Paris with her husband and kids. She found a great cheap hotel, the Caron de Beaumarchais, and was happy to share the info. 

As we were unloading our bags from the cab, a gentleman scurried out of the Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais and asked, “Are you the Gindin family?” The service was that personal at this quaint 19-room inn, a great inexpensive spot to lodge in Paris. The three-star hotel has everything a budget traveler with standards would want: clean rooms, modern bathrooms, good mattresses and helpful service. Add on a charming antique-filled lobby, individually decorated guest rooms and an excellent location--at the tip of the Marais district, near Notre Dame--and you have the whole picture. The only downside: rooms are very small. But the value is terrific: rates begin at 130€ per night, with better prices off season and for longer stays. The hotel's website is here.

*Note from Julie: I recommended this hotel to my friend Michael Foley, a Chicago-based chef and food consultant, who stayed there in November, 2011. I asked him recently if it offered good value for money and if he would stay there again. He says: "Yes, yes and yes. It has a location that offers surrounding cafes, bars and restaurants, easy access to the Metro, well situated for walking tours and interesting true Paris living, not as touristy as many more-populated areas.  Plus, it's very comfortable. I have been thinking over and over of traveling back to that specific hotel the first time chance I get." 

*Update from Julie: Huffington Post has published a list of "16 Affordable Paris Hotels." You can read it here

*Update October 2012: A new list of boutique hotels in Paris under 200€ appears in Conde Nast Traveller here.

*Update December 2013: Friends just emailed from Paris, where they're staying at the Novotel Gare de Lyon and recommend it highly for the price and the location very near the Metro.

*Update Jan 2013: For a cheap hotel near CDG Airport, friends recommend the Only Suites Hotel. Book online for cheapest rates.

*Update April 2013: My Paris based friend Ellise Pierce recommends the Hotel de Fleurie. She says "It's a good one for cheap Paris hotels….it's not fancy but it's right off the Blvd St. Germain and the staff speaks english and is really nice."  

*Another update April 2013: My Paris based friend Carol Gillott recommends the "very cheap" two-star Hotel Dupleix. Very old style Paris for 55€ with wifi and TV..."

*And while we're on the subject of Paris on a budget, you might check out this Feb 5, 2014 story: Top Ten Ten Budget Restaurants and Bistros in Paris.

*In August 2014 my well-traveled friend Melanie Young wrote me from the Regents Garden Hotel: "This hotel has a beautiful private garden which I have all to myself this morning. Not bad for $300 for 2 nights. Room is very nice with everything you need. It's in the 17th so further than I usually stay but a short walk to the Arc de Triomphe metro..."

2 comments:

  1. This place sounds great. I always have friends coming to town looking for a great, inexpensive place to stay. There's also the new Philippe Starck-designed Mama Shelter (www.mamashelter.com) in the up-and-coming 20th arrondisement -- not nearly as centrally located as the one in your post, but it's definitely the new "in" place to be, among some crowds, that is...

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  2. Wow, that sounds awesome. And it's so adorable! I'll make sure to keep it in mind :)

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