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recommend hotels in London and Paris

Old 02-18-08, 10:44 PM
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recommend hotels in London and Paris

Planning a family trip this upcoming summer.

Would like to stay about 3-4 days each city. Looking for a moderately priced nice hotel close to the tourist spots (or at least close to the subway system). Not interested in "older" hotels, need something relatively new and very, very clean. Nothing extravagant, but certainly not bargain basement either.

Any recommendations would be much appreciated!
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Old 02-18-08, 11:04 PM
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I went to both cities in 2006. Used Bidding for Travel to determine some pricing strategies on Priceline.

We stayed in High Street Kensington in London. Pretty decent location ... for about $70 a night. This was about half of the listed rates on the website. The hotel seemed to be popular with tour groups, but it was no problem for us. Very close to the tube station and easy access from Heathrow.

In Paris, I kind of sucked the big one. Got a hotel near the Effiel Tower, and there isn't a whole lot around there. Had a long walk (probably somewhere between .50 and .75 mile) each way to Metro station. The hotel staff also kind of "forgets" how to speak english, and that kind of sucked. In retrospect, I should have never chosen the Effiel Tower area as a location I would like to stay. I would have picked other areas over that one.

All in all ... I would recommend spending some time over at Bidding for Travel, then gauging a strategy, and then bidding on Priceline.

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Old 02-18-08, 11:50 PM
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check out this chain of hotels:
we stayed there twice in Paris, once in London and once in Barcelona-i've always been happy with their service and accomodations.
They're appartments with kitchens, etc-pretty convenient if you want to make breakfast, snacks, etc-or just pick up fresh produce from a local market for lunch.
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Old 02-19-08, 12:49 AM
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Stayed here in Paris.


Quite close to the Jardins du Luxembourg so you can get your bearings.
Easy walk to the D'orsay, Notre Dame and Metro stops.
We walked from there to the Arc as well, but that was a good long walk, i.e. we were ready for food by the time we got there.
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Old 02-19-08, 07:16 AM
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Went to both Paris and London on my honeymoon back in November.

Stayed here in Paris:

Right across the street from the Louvre museum and with a Metro (subway) station right behind the hotel. It's an older, pricier hotel though - so I'm not sure it's what you're looking for. But considering it's location, it's a quiet, comfy hotel.

Stayed here in London:

It's a modern hotel right in the heart of London's theater district (right around the corner from Covent Garden). It's not exactly cheap, either (few hotels in London are) - and the rooms are REALLY small, and the hotel is quite noisy at times. Great location, though.
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We stayed here. It was ridiculously cheap, very clean, and a very convenient location (steps away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Metro).

It was cozy, but not tiny, and very charming.

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I stayed at the London Heathrow Marriott in March 1999, when it was brand new. It was fabulous.
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Old 02-19-08, 09:06 AM
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Staying near Heathrow would require a lot of extra travel, though. I wouldn't want to spend that much time each day getting to and from the hotel.

It's kind of hard to say without a budget. "Moderately priced," clean and central location are hard to find as a package. It seems to be one of those "pick two" situations. I know the name makes it sound like a tacky tourist trap, but I've stayed at the Sherlock Holmes on Baker Street before and liked it. I don't think it's a particularly new building, but it was very clean and a nice location - between Regent's Park and Hyde Park and near the Baker St. tube stop.
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London: Marriott Hyde Park
Paris: Day trip
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We stayed at the hotel Relais Bosquet (website here:http://www.relaisbosquet.com/) last summer in Paris. This was reasonably priced, a great location near the Eiffel Tower and a metro station within 5 mins. It is in a really nice area, with lots of cafes, etc. Also the staff was happy to speak English there! Most importantly, the room had A/C which can be tough to find in Paris!

As for London, I can recommend two places we like there.
1) B+B Belgravia (website: http://www.bb-belgravia.com/) This a very nice, but simple hotel near Victoria Station. The rooms feel like a living IKEA catalog. They make a nice breakfast. No A/C there, so might not be a good choice for the summmer. But reasonable by London standards.
2) The Sumner (website: http://www.sumnerplace.com/). This is the place we like to stay, if we want to spoil ourselves. Very nice rooms, in a very nice part of London near Marble Arch. A little pricey, but well worth it! All of the amenities you could hope for (A/C, LCD tvs, free internet, etc.)

I hope this helps!
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