5.06.2012

Hotel d'Hallwyl + other Fantastic Lodging Options in Paris



Tonight my husband arrived home from a 10-day trip to France (if you hear any "hallelujahs, they're comin' from my house!).  He and a friend split to Beynac to check up on La Maisonnette and prep her for the busy season ahead.  This same friend helped Ben with most of the laborious gutting of the cottage at the beginning of the renovation and showing him the finished product just needed to happen.  What a rewarding experience to see the fruits of one's labor!  It was so fun to watch my husband unpack and hear about his trip--new places he and his friend discovered, projects they accomplished at the house, villagers they met up with, castles and caves they discovered, etc.  But, oh my am I glad that he is home...on so many levels :)  It's a true blessing.

So, a few weeks ago, when he was trying to figure out where he and his buddy would stay in Paris on their way back from the Dordogne, we tossed several options back and forth.  Really what it came down to was this:

1. Paris hotels are super expensive (especially if you're used to Holiday-Express-prices like us).  It's just reality in a big, beautiful, popular city like the City of Light.  There have been several occasions where our family has tried to save money on lodging and we stayed in cheap hotels in sketchy neighborhoods.  I will spare you the details, but suffice it to say our experiences were dismal at best.   So accept the reality of the Parisian hotel scene...plan for it in your budget...and then enjoy it.  

2.  The good hotels--the ones that nicely balance price, location and style--book quickly (one such hotel is Hotel de Petit Moulin).  So do not wait to make your Parisian hotel reservations two weeks prior to your trip.  Try to book your hotel as soon as your airline tickets are booked--ideally 4-6 months ahead.  If you'd like additional recommendations, read this post on affordable hotels in Paris.


3.  If you plan on staying in one location for at least 3 nights, utilize Air BnB (this is a great site for anywhere in the world, not just Paris).  You'll enjoy a more local experience and save a few euros too.  

4.  If your trip is hovering around 7 days, then renting a nice apartment is an excellent choice for lodging.  You'll spend the same or less on your Parisian apartment rental as you would at a hotel, and you'll enjoy far more space.  You can find a vacational rental on VRBO, a reputable site with many options in Paris (this is also where we list La Maisonnette).  Also, a few blog readers have recommended a couple choice apartments that I just had to share with you.  Tara recommends this studio apartment in Montmartre and Emily recommends the apartment at the Hotel d'Hallwyl.  The images within this post are of the latter--are they gorgeous or what?  These two are definitely going on my Paris Wish List and promptly to one of my pinterest boards :)

Safe travels!  Or in my case, sweet dreams :)


all images by Emily McCall

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8 comments:

onesilentwinter said...

Oh stephanie you have such a wonderful gift for writing, how i do wish you would one day write a book on traveling in France, how great would it be.

These are wonderful options and i have had great experience with Airb&b and VBRO.

Anonymous said...

Great post. :) We have had some really great experiences in Paris with hotels.

For stays lasting a few nights, try the Hotel des Bains in Montparnasse. Charming hotel, great service, decent prices! It's about 1/2 block off the Metro and just down the street from famed Le Dome restaurant. http://www.hotel-des-bains-montparnasse.com/hotel-montparnasse.php?lg=en

Last time we visited we intended to rent an apartment in Montmarte for a week through Paris Vacation Apartments. About 4 days before our scheduled visit, we got an urgent email from them that the apartment building we reserved was going to have the stucco cleaned -- city ordered. I asked if they had anything else available (they have multiple apartments in Paris) -- and it was our good fortune. For the same price they let us stay in a 3-bedroom / $5000 a week / multilevel apartment at the Palais Royale!

I'm sure the Montmarte apartment would have been lovely, but the Palais Royale was supreme experience. :)

http://www.parisvacationapartments.com/index.php/en/our-apartments-pva-paris/all-apartments-pva-paris.html

Stephanie said...

Nadia thank you! I would love to write a book...

Anon, these are great tips. Looked up Hotel Les Bains--great value. I'd love to know who you are so I can thank you properly! And you are one lucky duck re: your apartment fiasco. Wow.

elissa said...

those stairs are lovely lovely. what a beautiful photo.

kimberly said...

Sorry Stephanie! My name is Kim (aka Anonymous when I'm too lazy to input my info). :) I don't comment often, but I do read your blog daily.

Stephanie said...

Elissa, I know, right? Dying over how gorgeous they are. They don't make 'em like they used to, that's for sure.

Kim, thanks for the note!

Davian said...

This post couldn't have been more helpful! My husband and I are spending the summer in Europe with our two tiny children and have been wasting our time looking for places on HomeAway. Your recommendations were so much better! Thank you.

Stephanie said...

Davian, i am so happy to hear that! Have a GREAT trip!

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