If you were anywhere near the Champs Elysées this weekend, you know first hand that Paris tourist pre-season has officially begun. If there’s one thing that Paris isn’t short on, it’s hotel rooms. Whether it’s for your wedding, your honeymoon- or just a much-needed family vacation, when you’re looking for a hotel in Paris, it’s important to be knowledgeable AND realistic. Here are some excerpts from a post from the parisian party way-back machine which may give you a little insight into choosing a hotel in Paris (*Prices listed have been updated to current 2012 rates):
Paris Honeymoon Hotels vs. American Honeymoon Hotels
By now, who hasn’t fantasized about being Carrie Bradshaw in her fabulous Versace gown, languishing in that gigantic suite at the Plaza Athénée. But with a rate of 4,500.00€ per night for the Prestige Suite, the Plaza Athénée is a bit hors budget for the average soon-to-be newlywed couple. But you still want to splash-out for your wedding night, right? $500 - $600 seems to be about the average price that many of my clients have allotted towards their honeymoon suite per night (which is roughly between 375€ - 450€). But where $599 will get you a 35 - 38 sq meter Superior Room on the 27th floor with a lake view at the Four Seasons Luxury Hotel in Chicago, 450€ will only get you a 18 - 25 sq meter Superior Room with a street view at the Westin Vendome in Paris. The Westin Vendome is a gorgeous luxury hotel, right off the Place Vendôme, but it’s not the Four Season’s- that’s all I’m saying…
You can’t be too informed when you’re looking for a hotel in Paris. It IS possible to find functional, clean, discounted hotel rooms in Paris for $125 (roughly 95€) a night, but they probably won’t have a view of the Eiffel Tower, and you probably won’t be greeted with fresh, fluffy towels every night once you get back to your room. One of the best areas on Tripadvisor is the section where guests can upload candid photos of their hotel, so you can see what the property really looks like (without the wide angle lens and lomo filter).
Lastly, it’s important to keep in mind that size isn’t everything. I visited an adorable hotel recently called the Duquesne Eiffel Hotel, which was tiny, tiny, tiny. I can’t even tell you how tiny this place was, BUT it was so pretty, so clean, the staff were SO friendly, AND some of the rooms have a view right on the Eiffel Tower! And for Paris standards, it was pretty cheap- rooms start at 210€ (around $278) a night. I know that that’s not “budget-bride” prices, but show me another triple threat at that price! Actually, that’s a good idea- if you know of a cute, affordable, room-with-a-view in Paris, drop me a line! I’m curious to know what else is out there.