Paris is an amazing city any time of year, but it can also be an extremely expensive one if you don't know some tricks.
by MKtravel on December 15, 2004
Hotels in Europe are usually hit-or-miss. This one is in the middle. We booked on Expedia and got a fairly low price, so I think they purposely put us in one of their older rooms; it was very small. We walked by some other rooms that were much larger and nicer. Despite the quality of our room, it was still clean and had a comfortable double bed, TV, and its own bathroom. The housekeeping staff was very thorough, and overall, the hotel is maintained well, but it does not look or feel modern at all. The location is great, near Montparnase Tower and the Metro stop. This makes it very easy to find when walking or taking the subway. There are lots of great shops on the same block and even more within a five-minute walk. If you can afford better, then go for it. But if you just want a clean, safe place to stay in a good location, then this is perfect.
This small Mediterranean restaurant is located on one of the alley-like streets in the hip Latin Quarter. They have a prix-fixe menu that is very reasonable, at 9 euros for appetizer, entree, and dessert. And if you stall a little before you enter, their doorman will lure you in with an added apertif and dessert tea! The food is excellent and plentiful. Their non-prix-fixe entrees are huge and come with all-you-can-eat couscous! This is an excellent place if you're looking for a nice meal at below-Parisian prices.
Starbucks is a must for the economic traveler in Paris. If you want a tea or coffee and don't want to pay over $5 for a cup the size of a shot glass, then go to Starbucks, where they actually have Venti-sized cups, and the prices are lower than anywhere else in Paris. Don't waste your money on the snacks; there should be a little stand somewhere nearby that sells croissants and pastries for $1-$2 US. Plus, the Starbucks we visited were NON-SMOKING, so you can breathe while you enjoy your tea!
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