When are you planning to go to Paris? I'll be there over Easter in March, staying at the Hotel Bel Ami in St Germain (a steal at 211/night in March 2008 (normal rate 400).
If you don't mind a smaller and slightly less luxurious boutique hotel and want to stay on the Left Bank, I'd take a look at the Hotel des Grands Hommes, Residence Henri IV and their sister hotels. Some people on TripAdvisor have found some very good deals at around 100 per day.
My top pick for value for money on the Right Bank is probably Hotel Therese -- with their location they could charge a lot more and get away with it. Nice rooms too, a decent size (for Paris) especially if you go with a deluxe or club. The only problem with them is that they get booked up months in advance by all the people who want to stay in the Golden Triangle and save their money for the shops.
BTW the bloody Land Rover adverts are really being a pain today...it's hard to post when there is something covering half of the window while you type!
Hello Jashermd Thank you for the additional suggestions - We will be traveling in May and June I prefer to book way in advance during high season such as we are traveling. We enjoy smaller hotels so I will definitely check out these you've mentioned. By the golden triangle - do you mean by the Eiffel Tower, Musee Dorsay and Louvre??? That is our prefered location. Thanks much for the help One more question - while in London I understand that changing of the guard is every other day Does anyone know about this? does changing of the guard happen several times a day? Is it free? Silly novice travel questions I'm certain to get help on LL Thanks in advance ...Funtimes
The Golden Triangle is the posh shopping area on the Right Bank, where most of the palace hotels are found (the Ritz, the George V, the Meurice etc. It's also close to the Louvre. Hotel Therese is the best bet if you want to be in that area and want great value for money -- definitely book in advance as it's very popular.
The schedule for the Changing of the Guard changes (sorry) throughout the year -- it's daily from December - August but during other times of year it happens on either odd-numbered or even-numbered days, and sometimes it changes again if the Queen is in residence. There is an online schedule available. The ceremony takes about 45 minutes.
I must have walked through the Golden Triangle on the Right Bank in Paris a number of times on my visits there without knowing it. Not being a shopper, it's not surprising that tour reference to it in the post below is the first time I've heard or read about its existence.My understanding is that it's an up-scale shopping district that has many of the top clothing stores in the world. These include Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Rochas, Dior, Celine, Chanel, Donna Karan...you name it, and it's here. When my wife and I visit Paris again in May 2008, I'll try to steer her away from this part of the City of Light, for if we end up there we'll likely blow our travel budget in a very short time. Thanks for the heads-up!
No need to steer your wife away from the Louis Vuitton, Givenchy, Rochas, Dior and Chanel stores (just hold on to her purse string...), on the contrary, just walk into one of these stores and browse around. It is quite an experience to see how the other half lives... We walked into the Louis Vuitton store on the Champs Elysees this past spring after it reopened after a several million euro renovation. It was an eye-opener, but most of all it was fun to mingle and do some very high end people watching...
That's a good one! If myn wife gets into one of those high-end stores in the Golden Triangle, she'll want to buy at least one thingt (just to say she had) and by the sound of things, even a key chain or some other little trinket's likely to set us back quite a bit. Browsing is great, but it usually leads to buying...It'd be wonderful to go into the Dior store in Paris
and just mingle and people-watch and pretend to be a movie star like Sharon Stone or Elodie Bouchez and filthy rich! Will power is all that's required, right.
Yes, even a key chain at Louis Vuitton will set you back quite a bit.... but who needs a key chain anyway.... For me, the prices are so ridiculously high, especially when you do the math on the conversion, that it takes no will power at all to say, no thank you.... but it is still fun to go in there and pretend and mingle.... Some of the customers in there give you the impression that they are from a different planet....
Now for me going to a 3-star restaurant is a whole different story, there I don't mind paying the price, especially if it is outstanding...
That;s the spirit! You walk into these chic, high-end designer boutiques acting as if you belong there. Maybe check out the ultra-expensive Louis Vuitton key chain and some of the other super-pricey merchandise as if you're about to buy a half a dozen of each. Nonchalantly wamder around looking at stuff with a critical eye, then shake your head and walk out. Yes, a first class restaurant is a whole another story, as long as the food served is superb. If the sky-high menu price is mainly due to the flamboyant decor instead of the food, then I say to stay away. With your extensive gastronomic experience in Paris, what do you recommend in the way of fabulous restaurants with outstanding food?