Paris the city of love
I have been lucky to have visited Paris for pleasure and work. It has given me the opportunity to explore this beautiful city and all it has to offer. The food, culture and its many attractions from the Eiffel Tower to the iconic Notre Dame Cathedral. The Eurostar makes getting to Paris from London a breeze. Paris is an expensive city and over the years I have discovered finding a hotel to stay in Paris does not need you to take a second mortgage.
Finding a hotel to stay in Paris
There is a lot of accommodation in Paris for the budget, Airbnb to the luxury traveller. I have found the best places to stay to be the middle of the range hotels. Luxury hotels are nice but I always seems to get the tiniest of rooms and everything is overpriced from the breakfast to a nightcap at the bar. I am a fan of Best Western hotels as you get a good standard compared to other brand names. I have stayed comfortably several times at different Best Western hotels in Paris, aside from the occasional tiny bathroom. However, tiny bathrooms seems to be a Parisian prerequisite for all hotel rooms.
I have stayed several times at the Best Western De Weha. I love the location near Place d’Italie. I found the hotel ideal when arriving from London on the Eurostar. There is a direct Metro Line from Gare du Nord (M5). The rooms are basic, but everything you need is there and it fits the bill for Parisian standards and a 3 star hotel.
Service is excellent and during one stay I changed rooms when my TV didn’t work with no problems at all. I suggest asking for a room not facing the street or on a higher floor as there is a bit of minor road noise.
There are plenty of restaurants nearby but they can be a bit hit and miss. There is a lovely Japanese restaurant beside the hotel. Nearby is park you can reach in a few minutes. The park offers an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and a place to enjoy some green space. The metro is a few minutes walk from the hotel and you can be quickly in central Paris.
If you like shopping behind the hotel is a large shopping centre with the famous Parisian department store ‘Le Printemps‘.
The Best Western Tour Eiffel Invalides is ideally located for sightseeing. It is a five-minute walk to Napoleon’s Tomb and the Army Museum. The Eiffel tower is a 15-20 minute walk and there are a multitude of good restaurants nearby in the Rue de Cler area. If you are arriving on Eurostar at Gare du Nord, take Metro line 4 in the direction of Porte d’Orleans and get off at Strasbourg-St Denis. From here take Metro line 8 in the direction of Balard and get off at La Tour Maubourg. The hotel is literally a few minutes walk in the direction of the Seine river and if all goes well it will take just over half an hour from Gare du Nord.
I stayed in room 61, perfectly adequate, very comfortable bed and slept very well, safe in the room and there was even coffee and tea making facilities.
My only bugbear was the shower head was awful, although there was a bath option.
The Staff are courteous and helpful in giving directions to the sights.
An alternative to a Best Western is Logis Jardin De Villiers located near the Villiers metro stop on the Number 2 metro line. The hotel is around a 10 minute walk. from the metro. I loved the neighbourhood and the restaurants around it. However, my room was a bit noisy as it was beside the road. The walls of the room were also thin and lets just say my neighbours proved Paris is truly the city of love. I stayed only one night and had an adequate breakfast. If you want to stay in a residential neighbourhood then this hotel is ideal. The hotel is also in walking distance of the Arc de Triomph. I, also, have read that the hotel has recently been renovated and has free wi-fi.
There you have it, 3 suggestions for middle of the range hotels in Paris which will not break the bank.
Have you ever stayed in Paris and found a good hotel to stay? Let’s us know below.