This is no 2 star hotel, that's for sure. What a charming, comfortable absolutely wonderful place it is! And what a bargain. Sparkling clean rooms, the location can't be beat; and the kindly, attentive staff made us feel like friends. In a residential area that is peaceful and quiet at night, yet right near the metro, we had a sweet courtyard view and a stay full of memories we will always treasure. This fabulous find is proof that you can save money, not just without compromise, but with a far superior experience than if you'd arranged a stay at a sad, plastic tourist trap.
There are many ways to save on your trip to France, if you are creative. First, don't pay extra to your bank at home for Euros (around 8%), when you can use the ubiquitous ATM's or even the currency exchange centers in France itself. Traveler's cheques are surprisingly not widely accepted. On your flight out to Paris, instead of paying a fortune to park in the airport lot and have heaven-only-knows what happen to your car, I've let anyone who will stand still long enough know how fantastic park and fly packages are , and that my favorite site for them is Stay123. Your tickets will cost 3x less at the beginning of the year than at the height of the season, and you'll avoid the tourist throng. If you don't mind a little inconvenience, a non-direct flight will also save you a few hundred dollars.
Make sure to drink the tap water - Parisians do, and you can observe them ordering a carafe of it at the finest restaurants. Bottled water costs about twice as much as a superb house Bordeaux (really?), so that's another option. If you want to eat at one of those fine French restaurants, but feel a little vertigo when you see the cost, don't despair! Paris restaurants have fantastic fixed price luncheon menus. At one Michelin starred restaurant, the prix fixe luncheon option was little more than half of the cost of their dinner, for the same unforgettable food. Look for the "wifi gratuit" sign in cafes, also available in public parks and libraries, and avoid the exorbitant hotel charges for telephone usage altogether by arranging an economy plan with your cellphone carrier for usage in France before you leave the U.S.
But, most of all, be good to yourself and arrange to stay at the truly wonderful New Orient Hotel.
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