Insta-Q&A: Rooms in Paris for La Famille
Today's Insta-Q&A question comes from a reader who's trying to find a reasonably priced hotel in Paris that can comfortably house a family. If you have some advice for Allison from Millersville, by all means post a comment. And if you have a question yourself, e-mail us at email@example.com.
She writes: "We want to stay 3 nights in Paris but I am having trouble finding an affordable room for a family of 5 (three elementary school kids). Most places, you pay for two rooms. Do you know any affordable hotels with family rooms?"
Just finding an affordable hotel room in the French capital is a tall enough order these days, but finding one for a family of five? We turned to our pal in the French tourism office, Marion Fourestier, who had some ideas that bargain hotel hunters should keep in mind, regardless of their party size.
One resource, of course, is the Paris Tourist Office Web site, though if you're interested in finding out which hotels have triple, quadruple rooms or suites, you'll need to request a hard copy of the hotel guide at firstname.lastname@example.org. (The Web site doesn't currently allow you to search using room size parameters.)
Another small group of affordable hotels you might consider is one called Les Relais de Paris, which has properties all over town, some with rooms just over 100 euros per night.
To really save money, you'll need to stay a week, in which case you can rent apartments and other residences (most don't allow less than a week's stay). Further information is available at the Aparthotels section of the tourist office Web site. This is really the cheapest way to go, unless of course you participate in an apartment exchange, whereby you trade your place here for one there. It's "very popular and usually works out all right," says Fourestier, although "some people probably don't like the thought of strangers in their home."
Anyone else know of any reasonably priced hotels in Paris that can accommodate a family? Or any reasonably priced hotels, for that matter?!
By Scott Vogel |
March 19, 2008; 7:16 AM ET
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