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5th or 6th arrondissemont?

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olympiad
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5th or 6th arrondissemont?

My family will be going to Paris for the first time in late March. I am in a quandry after reading so many wonderful things about where to stay! I have almost decided on either the 5th or 6th arrondissemont. Any preferences? We have teenagers, 15 & 17 so we will have to have 2 hotel rooms. Tentatively I am thinking about the Hotel Louis II in the 6th but there isn't alot on the WWW about it. Help!

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1. Re: 5th or 6th arrondissemont?

The Hotel Louis II is near the church Saint Sulpice in one of our favorite areas of central Paris. It's well located with great restaurants and cafes nearby. You're also close to the Luxembourg Gardens and about 15 minutes from Notre Dame.

I'm not familiar with the property itself, but it appears to be decorated in the style of Louis II; antique furniture, floral wallpaper and fabrics, and wooden beams. And the price seems fair

Metro stop: Odeon, Saint-Michel

Here are some of the recent comments I found on the Paris Pages site:

I thoroughly enjoyed by stay at the Louis II. The room itself, though small and oddly angled, was clean and well kept, the front office staff was always helpful, and the hotel is ideally located in the St. Germain-des-Pres area. There were some stree noises at the cinema across the street, but overall the hotel was lovely, as is Paris, of course.

For my very first trip to Paris ever, I had a lovely time at the Louis II. The room was clean, the bathroom immaculate, and the service was especially commodious. The hotel is well located, very close to the Metro station, and surrounded by terrific restaurant possibilities. I look forward to returning to the Louis II soon.

I stayed for 2 weeks at hotel Louis II on my honeymoon. The hotel was ideally located and the staff was incredible. I enjoyed being 1 block from the Metro, numerous cinemas and great restaurant

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2. Re: 5th or 6th arrondissemont?

Thank you so much for the response! I was getting worried because there seems to be so little I could find other than on the hotel's site and of course the limited reviews here on the hotel section. I believe we will go ahead and book there! Appreciate your feedback! Now, any suggestions as to particular places to be sure and eat in that area?

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3. Re: 5th or 6th arrondissemont?

HOTEL LOUIS II (3-star) 2 rue Saint Sulpice, 75006, Metro: Odeon--

http://paris-hotel-louisdeux.com/

www.france-hotel-guide.com/h75006louis.htm

Sorry I don't know much about this little hotel. I know that we stopped into it once to check it out several years ago (6 or 7) but my notes on it would probably be well out-of-date. One thing that strikes me as odd,is that my recollection of this hotel and the photos on it's web site do not quite match up...so I suspect that the hotel has been largely renovated and redecorated since then--for the better if recollection serves. In looking at the hotel's direct web site, they are offering a great promotional rate (102 Euro Standard Double/115 Euro Superior Double)--but the offer is only good through March 15th. If you're seriously considering this hotel, it might be worth your while to e-mail them and ask if they will extend this promotion for your lat March arrival. In any event, this place appears to be a bit of a bargain for a 3-star in this general neighborhood.

Though there isn't a lot written about this hotel, that's NOT necessarily bad. There are well over 2,500 hotels in and around Paris and not every one can be 'written up'. The good news is that what little there is written about this establishment appears to be at least very satisfactory. The location, rue Saint Sulpice at rue de Conde--between the Blvd. Saint Germain and Jardin de Luxembourg will be very convenient--with a great many sights, attractions (Eglise Saint Sulpice is just down the block), restaurants, cafes, shopping within easy strolling/walking distances and excellent Metro/bus connections (about equidistant from Odeon & Mabillon w/several bus routes running along or near Blvd Saint Germain) to anywhere else in Paris you don't feel like walking to or from.

Past Guest Reviews & Comments--

tripadvisor.com/ShowUserReviews-g187147-d219…

www.paris.org/Hotels/hotel.cgi…

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>>>Now, any suggestions as to particular places to be sure and eat in that area?<<<

Just on the Carrefour de l'Odeon is CAFE Les EDITEURS-- 4 Carrefour de l'Odeon-- http://www.lesediteurs.fr/ --for coffee or a drink, lunch or a light supper.

Up on the Blvd Saint Germain is CAFE La MONDRIAN--148 Blvd. Saint Germain & rue de Seine for lunch or a light supper.

Just down the block is RESTAURANT VEGENENDE--142 Blvd. Saint Germain (at rue Gregoire de Tours)

Since you're in the neighborhood, you really must stop at the CAFE DEUX MAGOTS on Blvd. Saint Germain (across from Eglise Saint Germain des Pres) for coffee or drinks (skip dinner). It's a Parisian '..institution..'.

La MEDITERRANEE--2 Place de l'Odeon--wonderful seafood.

Just across/north of the Blvd Saint Germain:

RESTAURANT ALLARD--41 rue Saint Andre des Arts (at rue de l'Eperon)

RESTAURANT La CHRISTINE-- 2 rue Christine (at rue des Grands Augustines)

ROTISSERIE d'EN FACE-- 1 rue Christine (at rue des Grands Augustines)

La PROCOPE--13 rue de l'Ancienne Comedies

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5. Re: 5th or 6th arrondissemont?

We took our 18 yr-old daughter and her best friend to Paris last spring and stayed in the St. Germain area, but in a much quieter area than right smack in the middle of all the activities. St. Germain is great for kids--lots of people, lots of shopping, lots of great little restaurants. If you want a nice inexpensive Parisian hotel (110E/night/room) check out Hotel St. Thomas d'Aquine. We loved it. We could walk to everything (and we did--went through 3 packages of moleskin!!!)--D'Orsay just down the street, Louvre just across the river, etc.

Restaurants: Allard is wonderful, but quite pricey and definately French gourmet. Doesn't seem the teenager type of place. Rotisserie d'enface is great, more casual. Paul's has a great breakfast (sometimes comfort food is what they need) and bakery and is a happening place in the St. Germain area.

Crepe stands are a must. Ice cream on Ile St. Louis. A creperie is fun. Steak frites is a safe bet for teens. But our favorite, was our special last night out at Cafe de la Paix--very spectacular and very busy with all kinds of people--some dressed fairly casually, to those dressed to the nines. Eating at a Pizza place on the Champs-Elysees was the girls' favorite and they kept wanting to go back. My impression is that it's hard to find a bad meal in Paris--exploring and discovering for yourself is half the fun. In addition, every restaurant our hotel staff recommended turned out to be quite good. Enjoy!!!

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Yum! Thank you both for all the suggestions. My husband and I love good food (who doesn't?) and my teenagers aren't picky, and enjoy a variety of ethnic foods already. We are sooooo excited just to be going. Definitely a trip of a lifetime for us. It sounds like we can let our kids go out and about the hotel on their own and feel relatively safe , during the days anyway. Is that the case?

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7. Re: 5th or 6th arrondissemont?

Ok. It's done. I have 2 rooms at the Louis II, thought the rates were quite reasonable after reading about this area. Let's hope the hotel is as nice as the pictures look!