Paris Planning Challenge DAY 2 – BOOKING YOUR ACCOMMODATION IN PARIS
Welcome to Day 2!
Today we are going to find where to stay in Paris! It does not matter if your trip is in one week or in 4 months, you should book your bed as soon as possible: the best accommodation in Paris is sold out very fast!
Don’t procrastinate this task.
Before going through today’s task, we assume that you have bought your tickets to Paris (= you know the dates of your trip) and you have shortlisted 2-3 Paris Districts during Day 1.
Accommodation in Paris could be grouped into 4 main groups:
» Hostels, perfect for low budgets or for people willing to meet other travelers. However, hostels do not necessarily mean “solo travelers”, there are many hostels in Paris also proposing rooms for couples. You can check the best hostels in Paris with dorms and private rooms here.
» Furnished Apartments in Paris are the best way to get a feel for the local atmosphere. Short term rentals are perfect for couples, families, group of friends and in general for longer stays but this is not a service that we recommend for a weekend getaway.
» Serviced Apartments (also called Condo-Hotels), are furnished apartments which additionally provide hotel-like amenities such as room service, housekeeping, a fitness center, a laundry room, and a recreation room. We love this concept because it means that you are getting the best of both worlds!
When we travel we use (and we recommend) Booking.com. The website is easy to navigate and it is available in any language and currency and it offers all kinds of properties. Through its filters, you can search your Paris accommodation by different criteria like property type, Paris District, budget or facilities. For each property, you have a short description, its location on Google Maps, some basic data, photos and the feedback from previous guests.
» Do a list of your top criteria for choosing accommodation in Paris. If you need some help, you can download our Accommodation in Paris checklist.
» Open booking.com (or a similar website). Introduce your dates, language, and currency. Use your top criteria as filters for your research.
» Shortlist 2-3 hotels. Compare their location, facilities, and guest reviews.
» Book your hotel! On booking.com some hotels propose a free cancellation option. However, if you choose the non-refundable option, prices are usually cheaper.
PRO TIP: in some websites, properties located in the Parisian Region are advertised as “located in Paris”. Usually, these properties are cheaper but transportation times to the city center can be long. To be sure you are booking in Paris city, check the property’s address and specifically the postal code. All properties located in Paris have a postal code starting with 75 (ie. 75001 is for Paris 1, 75018 is for Paris 18, etc).
That’s ALL for today! Look out for Day 3 of the challenge at the same time tomorrow.
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