Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Freaking Out: Paris

Korkudan 3 Buçuk: Paris
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I have a business trip to Paris in October. It will be my first time and I'm super excited, so I extended the trip for a few more days! However I'm totally freaking out as I have no idea what hotel to stay in. It has to be cheap, it has to be safe, and it has to be somewhat near the major attractions. I'm not after luxuries but bedbugs and rusty tubs are just not ok. I know which sites to pick hotels from but there are hundreds, so I'd rather trust the taste of my beloved readers and pick a tried-and-tested hotel. So help, anyone?
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Ekim'de Paris'e bir iş seyahatim var. İlk gidişim olacak, çok heyecanlıyım. O yüzden de geziyi birkaç gün uzattım. Amma velakin şu an korkudan üç buçuk atmaktayım çünkü bir otel bulamadım. Nispeten ucuz olmalı, merkezi olmalı ve güvenli olmalı. Lüks beklemiyorum ama tahta kuruları ve paslı küvetler de olmamalı yani. Hangi sitelerden otel aranır biliyorum ama yüzlerce otel arasından kısıtlı zamanda seçemiyorum, o yüzden blog arkadaşlarımın zevk ve deneyimlerine güvenmeyi tercih ediyorum. Denenmiş önerileriniz var mı?

Picture from /Resim Design*Sponge Paris city guide.

Update: Thank you everyone, you guys made great suggestions and have been tremendous help. I narrowed it down to 2 hotels and finally made a decision. I'll let you know how it was when I return. If I ever go back to Paris I will definitely try to book ahead though, during my search I came across such beautiful B&B's with such low prices, of course fully booked. They are SO beautiful that I'd put their pictures on my blog! If you're interested, drop me an e-mail and I'll send you a couple of links. Another option would be to take a vacation rental; you get a whole nicely decorated apartment and it's ridiculously cheap if you're a small group. So that's my advice to anyone who wants to go to Paris.

Ekleme: Hepinize teşekkürler, harika öneriler yaptınız ve bana çok yardımcı oldunuz. Otelleri 2 seçeneğe indirdim ve sonunda tercihimi yaptım. Doğru seçim yapıp yapmadığımı döndüğümde birlikte göreceğiz :) Bir daha Paris'e gidersem çok önceden kalacak yer ayarlamalarımı yapardım çünkü arayışım sırasında inanılmaz güzellikte ve çok uygun fiyatlara B&B'lere rastgeldim. O kadar güzeller ki resimleri blog'da yayınlamaya değer! İlginizi çekiyorsa bir e-mail atın, size 1-2 link göndereyim. Bir diğer iyi seçenek de "vacation rental" denilen kısa dönem kiralanabilen evler. Ucuz bir otelle aynı fiyata güzel döşenmiş kocaman bir daireniz olabilir, hele ki birkaç kişilik bir grupsanız yaşadınız. Şu noktada Paris'e gideceklere bu seçenekleri tavsiye ederim.

26 comments:

malla said...

ooo inşallah bulursun muck muck...

The Sice Family said...

Can't help, but sounds great! Lucky thing. Wendy xxx

KIRMIZI said...

ibis accor lara bakabilirsin... parisin cesitli yerlerinde sanirim 40tane falan var... tum yurtdisi tatillerinde benim ilk tercihimdir... hep de memnun kaldim simdiye kadar... fiyatlari da iki kisi gecelik 60euro civarindaydi.. kahvaltiyi iptal edip, fiyattan dusurebiliyorsun... otelde kahve kruasan yemektense cikip disarida daha iyi kahve ve kruasan yemek avantajli oluyor.. zira kahvalti icin 8-9 euro ekstra aliyorlar cunku.. biz 17. bolgedekinde kalmistik, chilicy bolgesi... opera bolgesine falan yuruyebiliyorduk, gerci metro da muhtesem zaten... sevgiler... iyi tatiller...

bokbocesii said...

easyhotel.com Hic kalmadim ama soyleyenlerin yalancisiyim , gayet iyiymis.
İyi eglenceler bu arada :)

felice said...

I travel a lot, for work and pleasure, and the easiest and best way to find a good place to stay anywhere is on Trip Advisor (www.tripadvisor.com)

It operates a bit like ebay or etsy in that it's a community - people rate places when they stay there. I just search for hotels in the city I'm going to on Trip Advisor and they come up in order of their ratings. It's very easy to use and it's always been spot-on for me. Another great option if you can stay for more than five days is an apartment. If you search on google for "apartments in Paris" you will get hundreds to choose from (and it's so much fun looking through them). Have a ball! Paris is easily the most spectacular city in the world.

sunday mornings said...

hmm. it depends. what is your idea of cheap? like under $200? generally hotels near the major attractions are not cheap...central paris is pretty expensive so it would help if you gave more specifics regarding your budget.

alis said...

Thank you everyone who took time to post a comment:)

Yorum yazan herkese teşekkürler:)

Kırmızı- Ibis otelleri duymuştum ama unutmuşum, onları da Mercure'leri de detaylı araştıracağım. İngiltere'de bir Mercure'da kalmıştım, harikuladeydi.

bokböcesii- Teşekkürler, ben ucuz otelin zincir olanını severim!

felice- I love tripadvisor, that's how I had my eyes opened to the concept of bedbugs in a hotel. God bless whoever came up with making such a site. Maybe I'm so frustrated because I keep reading the "terrible" comments and am highly affected by them.

sunday mornings- I think if the hotel is really trustworthy and presentable, I would be willing to pay up to 120 euros a night. But I'd rather pay around 100. I'd rather pay 120 for a nice hotel than pay 100 for a crappy one. I stayed at a Holiday Inn express hotel before and found it to suit my needs perfectly; clean, not an eyesore, simple, safe. I read that at Paris it's safer to stay at single digit arrondisements. For my first 3 days there my company put me at {www.mamashelter.com} which looks cool but the area is a bit shady, so I thought I'd switch to a more central hotel for my following 3 days for which I'll be alone.

Bilgi said...

Sevgili Alis,
tavsiyem Residence les Gobelins...
http://www.hotelgobelins.com/

Fiyatları makul mu hala bilmiyorum.
Hangi otel olursa olsun, tavsiyem St.Germain-des-pres mahallesinde veya yakınında olsun. Tahminim, senin bu mahalleyi çok seveceğin.

Gobelins de bu mahalle civarında...

Dönüşte Paris izlenimlerini yazacağına eminim...

sevgiyle, Bilgi

Bilgi said...

Residence les Gobelins'i tercih edersen, web sayfalarındaki "please note" kısmını okumadan geçme... özellikle adresle ilgili olarak, rue de Gobelins üzerinde olduklarına dikkat etmek gerekiyor (avenue de Gobelins değil; yani sokaktalar, cadde üzerinde değil)... Metro çok yakın.
Ayrıca dediğim gibi, öğrencilerin ve mekanlarının bolca olduğu St. Germain-des-pres ve Quartier Latin'de civarda..
Ah, orda olmak vardı şimdi.. Bon Voyage

Lex said...

Dear Alis! I love your blog and all the amazing pictures you put on it! You really inspired me to start my blog! so here it is:
http://brentwoodgirl.blogspot.com/

Thank you so much for being so inspiring!
Lex

chiaroscuro said...

here is where I stayed in:

http://www.eurocheapo.com/paris/hotel/hotel-tiquetonne.html

it is really cheap, beautiful and in the city center. You can go to the most attractions by foot and there are a lot of beautiful shops and restaurants in this area :-)
Enjoy your stay!

alis said...

Sevgili Bilgi- Önerin için çok teşekkür ederim. Benim seçtiğim otel 3. bölgede ama St-Germains bölgesine gitme fırsatını umarım bulabilirim.

Lex-That is such a sweet comment, thank you very much! :) Checking out your blog right away!

chiaroscuro- I made a different choice but thank you very much for your suggestion :)

Alison said...

super late to this party, but i've stayed at la semaritaine on the left bank near the sorbonne and right down the road from luxembourg gardens. it was about 8 years ago (yikes!) but i remember it being a great location, reasonable and pretty nice. bon chance!

Billy said...

hi!

It might be to late but try mama shelter, it's in a rising trendy district very cool and you can find some cheap hotels on: http://www.guideparispascher.com/guide/htel_et_voyage_pas_chers/
Well i did not try them as i live in paris so i cannot guaranty, but the guide "paris pas cher" which means "paris cheap" is a good one which suggests good and cheap places in paris...

Hope it will help you!

http://billyswalk.blogspot.com/

Billy said...

And don't hesitate if you need some help in any areas...

bonne journée!

xx billy

http://billyswalk.blogspot.com/

alis said...

Hey Billy, thanks for the advice, it's funny you mentioned mama shelter because that's where I booked for the half of my trip! The hotel itself looks awesome but I've read that the area wasn't too great, I'm so relieved that a stylish Parisien as yourself thinks its cool :)

Billy said...

hi alis,

well the area is not like a famous one you will hear like le marais, saint paul (which you have to go to of course) but, its a very cool area where you can find all sorts of people, artists (from all over the world), poor people, trendy people, families, actually there are few tourists in these streets so you cannot be trapped by a tourist trap haha!, i go out often there. You have many little concert places just a few strrets away from mama shelter like La Bellevilloise (very nice place i love it), just in the same street which is rue Boyer you have la maroquinnerie, in front of mama shelter there used to be "la flêche d'or" but they closed, it was one of the coolest places to go last year. Just to tell you that its a nice typical parisian area.

have fun!

xx billy

PS: love your blog

Down Pillow said...

Oh, I wanna go too! Have a wonderful trip :)

MansTouch said...

There are so many great places to see in France like Notre Dame and Eiffel Tower. Just to walk around is already an experience. Sipping a cup of coffee while cruising the Seine is one of the few things you can do to savor your trip. Of course no one should ever miss to visit the art galleries of world renowned painters.
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NEW YORK MUHTARI said...

Hi Alis,

I am so glad I stopped by your website as I was getting for my trip to Europe.

I was looking to see some of your cool findings but then I heard "Paris" could not stop reading the comments and I guess I will check out some of the hotels mentioned here. wink wink ..

alis said...

NY Muhtarı; you should definitely check out Mama Shelter, it was amazing. They make a wicked "duck confit" at the restaurant, and the rooms were great.

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Oh, I wonder if you fell in love with Paris just like I did. This city is full of magic and it's really charming.

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