Housing

Housing

The Paris Café Writing workshops meet in the Marais, so for easy walking distance we recommend that you select a hotel or apartment in the 3rd of 4th arrondissement.

(Yes, yes, if you always stay in the 5th or 6th where the concierge knows you or if you’re ready to explore the edge of the 10th or 18th, that can work. Hop the Metro or the 96 bus.)

Hotel du Vieux Saule, Paris

Tip: To find the arrondissement, look at the address zip code. All zip codes for Paris start with 75. The last two numbers are the arrondissement. So for the Marais, you are looking for 75003 or 75004.

Tip: You do not need the Internet for your week at Paris Café Writing. However, if you are bringing a laptop and want to use the internet, check with your apartment or hotel. More modest hotels may not provide internet, so you could write in your room off-line, then use a nearby internet cafe to check email. Some hotels have internet only in the lobby. In hotels that have internet in all rooms, the lower floors often have better reception.

Tip: Rooms are small. Very small. In both apartments and hotels. This is very typical for the center of Paris.

Tip: We live quite comfortably without air conditioning in summer in Paris – it’s less humid than Chicago – but if you need it, be sure to inquire.

Tip: The price for the hotels and some apartments are in euros, not dollars. (See FAQ for exchange rates.)

Apartments

For a full immersion into Paris life – plus a little more space to pace and to store that cheese you couldn’t resist – we suggest that you rent an apartment.

Expect to pay about what you would for a hotel room, or a little more.

Check the apartment location on a map so that you know how far you would be walking to the morning Paris Café Writing workshops. The closest Metro stops are Filles du Calvaire or Saint Sébastien Froissant.

Book early to reserve your apartment.

Geraniums bloom in the Marais.

Vacation Rentals by Owner

The last time we checked, the Vacation Rentals by Owner web site had a whopping 350 apartments for rent in the 3rd and 4th arrondissement alone! Each property is individually owned or managed.

Check the location on a map so that you know how far you would be walking to the morning Paris Café Writing workshops. The closest Metro stops for us are Filles du Calvaire or Saint Sébastien Froissant.

Hotels

Paris is filled with lovely hotels. The suggestions below include both budget and designer hotels and are arranged by walking time to the Paris Cafe Writing morning workshops. Usually you will get better prices online. Prices below are for summer high season and, of course, will change like the weather. If the online site is in French, look on the home page for a British flag or the language choice EN for English.

Returning Paris Cafe Writing travelers tend to favor the Hôtel du Vieux Saule, Hôtel Americain, and Hôtel au Petit Moulin.

Walk to Paris Cafe Writing cafes: 2–5 minutes

Hôtel du Vieux Saule (3-star)
A sentimental favorite because we stayed here while looking for our own apartment. Location is ideal. Small hotel. Warm, attractive lobby.

6, rue Picardie
75003 Paris, France
Metro: Filles du Calvaire or Saint Sébastien Froissant
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.72.01.14
Fax from the U.S.: 011.33.1.40.27.88.21
www.hotelvieuxsaule.com

For English, click on the small British flag near the top. A double room starts at about 155 euros (often 100 euros on the Internet).

Hôtel Américain (2-star)
We discovered this hotel one day when we booked too late for our other favorites. (The name was off-putting. In Paris, who wants to stay at an “American” hotel?) We were pleasantly surprised by the clean, functional rooms and the friendly front-desk staff. Try for the two rooms on the rez-de-chaussée (ground floor), which open onto a small courtyard.

72, rue Charlot
75003 Paris, France
Metro: Filles du Calvaire or République
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.48.87.58.92
Fax from the U.S.: 011.33.1.48.87.48.03
www.hotelamericain.com

A double room starts at about 120 euros (non-refundable = 103 euros).

My Hotel in France Le Marais (3-star)
It lacks charm, but it’s close. We stayed here while we renovated our apartment and we slept well enough.

2 bis, rue Commines
75003 Paris, France
Metro: Filles du Calvaire or Saint Sébastien Froissant
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.40.29.01.33
Fax from the U.S.: 011.33.1.40.29.06.69
http://www.hotel-paris-marais.fr

For English, click on the FR letters near the top and select EN. A double room 100 to 170 euros.

Hôtel Jacques de Molay (3-star)
The location is superb: at the intersection of rue de Bretagne, across from the mayor’s office in the 3rd. Designed with a purple circle motif, the just-renovated rooms have a little more space than normal in Paris, modern downlights, a better-quality hair dryer, little shampoo bottles. A plus: your stay includes a nicely equipped gym—which any walk-in can also use for 20 euros a session. Negatives: Unsmiling, paper-pushing desk clerks who give minimum conversation or help with luggage. Bathroom has only downlights, which is bad for applying makeup. Skip the masseuse: nice person but she uses more “feel good” methods than professional sports massage technique.

94, rue des Archives
75003 Paris, France
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.72.68.22
http://www.hotelmolay.fr

For English, from the home page scroll down to the bottom right and click on langues to select English.
A double room starts at about 211 euros (non-refundable = 200 euros).

Hôtel Paris France (2-star)
The consistently warm and friendly welcome is super. For some reason we scored a 30-euro discount, and we had a balcony with a view overlooking Turbigo and a row of geranium-laden balconies. For this we gladly overlooked the tired carpeting, somber-colored walls, cheap little hair dryer, plastic (not glass) shower curtain, and those dumb, permanently attached clothes hangers. For this good price, I would stay again and just buy some fresh flowers to brighten the room.

72, rue de Turbigo
75003 Paris, France
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.78.00.04
Fax from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.71.99.43
http://www.paris-france-hotel.com/hotel

A double room starts at about 138 euros (non-refundable = 128 euros).

Walk to Paris Cafe Writing cafes: 5–10 minutes

Hôtel du Petit Moulin (4-star)
This Christian Lacroix boutique hotel became the “it” hotel as soon as it opened. You will get a luggage handler, room service, a massage upon request, one of only 17 rooms behind black lacquered doors, draped in damask or toile de Jouy—and you will pay for it. The private bar is charming.

29/31, rue de Poitou
75003 Paris, France
Metro: Filles du Calvaire or Saint Sébastien Froissant
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.74.10.10
Fax from the U.S.: 011.33.1.42.74.10.97
www.hoteldupetitmoulin.com

For English, click on the small French flag near the top nd choose the British flag. A double room starts at about 190 euros.

Hôtel Beaumarchais (3-star)
Just across the street from the Marais, this simple hotel seems more like a two-star than 3-star, but is “good enough, for the price” according to Paris Cafe Writing participants.

3, rue Oberkampf
75011 Paris
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.53.36.86.86
http://www.hotelbeaumarchais.com

A double room starts at about 108 euros (non-refundable = 120 euros).

Mary’s Hôtel (2-star)
Spartan but clean, no-frills hotel. If you can afford to do better, do.

15, rue de Malte
75011 Paris
Tel from the U.S.: 011.33.1.47.00.81.70
http://www.maryshotel.com

Scroll way down on the home page to “change language.” A single room starts at 45 euros; double rooms start at about 81 euros (non-refundable = 120 euro).

photo: Hotel Jacques de Molay, Paris
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