Recommendations for Paris B&B, hostel or hotel? no, not for me

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 A nephew is going to Europe on business, on his own he is going to stay in France for a few days and is totally overwhelmed finding a place. 

 Does anyone on forum own a place in Paris by any chance?  Or have you been there and can recommend something?

 He's fit, hopes to walk a lot and use whatever public transportation there is ... wants to see the sites ... just needs a bed and the use of a bathroom. Would happily stay in a hostel. 

 I figured I'd ask here. 

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We stayed at the #1 B&B in Paris this DEC. It was great but not budget friendly. From past experience (long past) the hostels are the way to go. The thing is if you hit on a bad one, which isn't that likely, you can move the next day. The buses are often better than the tube for everyday going and combining with walking.

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 great, arks. thanks

 

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About 5 years ago we stayed at the Castex Hotel. It's a Rick Steves recommendation. Small, quaint hotel within walking distance of a lot of great things. A short walk to Notre Dame, just 3 blocks to the Bastille metro station, a little farther to other metro stations and the Gare de Lyon train station.

We had been in Lyon, took the high speed train to Paris, walked to the Castex Hotel, spent 3 days there and never even needed a taxi. Just walked short distances to see and do and eat eat eat!

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 thank you. he will stay anywhere if someone recommends it ... 

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Well, this is one of these "budget" buster types of things. We stayed at small hotels and B&Bs in France when we could, but sometimes it was just too difficult to book. For Paris we wanted some place convenient, nice and where they made the room (not self-catered). Also, we wanted to be close to the Marais if possible. We chose the Best Western Marais Bastille, it was just inside of Bastille, but walking distance to Notre-Dame and the such, close to the metro and right next to the Marais. 

Funny story, we had a guest from Paris who owned a hotel. They told us, we looked it up... number 17xx out of 18xx hotels in Paris. When they were here, they told us that it was all the employees fault, etc. The hotel was sold (they told us it was for sale) and the new owners refurbished it... I checked today, number 191 out of 18xx hotels in Paris.

In Paris, there are so many hotels that even a 1/3rd of the way down the list you find fantastic hotel deals. But if budget is a major concern, he might want to look at some of the upscale hostels, like FIAP. There are a few companies that run high end hostels, try OOPS and St-Christophe

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