Continuing on with our 2010 visit to Paris…
Having found some affordable tickets, I now had to decide where to stay…kind of an important detail!
Of course as many travelers know, rooms in European cities will tend toward the smaller side, compared to North America, and rooms for more than two people can be harder to find.
After much research (I’m a research junkie – half the fun of traveling is in the planning, I think!) I settled on Hotel du College de France. It has a nice location in the 5th just down the street from its namesake college, close to Maubert-Mutualite metro stop and the Cluny. They made a rollaway bed available at no extra charge for children under 14. The room total was 104 Euros per night, all-inclusive (again, this was in March 2010).
We were very pleased with our choice and, assuming its standards have kept up, would consider it again. As you can see the room was nothing fancy, but clean and comfortable. We had little concern with noise from neighboring rooms. For 10 Euros the continental breakfast was quite tasty and had enough selection that we didn’t really tire of it over 7 nights. The breakfast attendants were friendly and efficient.
The hotel had a laptop for guest use and plenty of luggage space for early arrival and late departures. The rooms aren’t air-conditioned, which was fine for our March visit. Plenty of hot water for showers.
As far as location, it was fantastic. In addition to the Metro stops, Notre Dame, the Cluny, and other sights were within walkable distance. We found plenty of dining choices from street food on up, as well as the various markets one would expect. Since our daughter was 12 at the time an even pickier than today, it helped to have lots of possibilities!
For transport to and from CDG, we booked a minivan service in advance. Unfortunately memory fails me as to the company’s name, but I chose one that had good reviews on Trip Advisor. While the RER would have been cheaper, this was certainly more convenient and worth the price, in my opinion.