Subject: Re: Paris hotel for Family
Elizabeth - We have stayed, for the past 2 December's, on the left bank - 1/2 block from the Odeon Metro stop -- It's a great family hotel as we were there with our kids about 10 yrs ago and we had rooms across from eachother. The hotel is a 3-star and is perfect for alot of activity and movement. We walk everywhere from there - There is a tiny store across the street where you can get sodas, sandwiches, etc for the kids at any hour and the Procope restaurant (if you like historical restaurants) is next door. I've added a part from the Paris travelogue that I did for our December 2001 trip. If you're interested -- that as well as one I did for Dec 2002 can be found going to the Travelzine website and clicking on files, travelogues, and Paris...

Hotel: We chose our hotel because of it's location on the left bank, 1/2block from the Odeon metro station; next to the Procope restaurant (famousfor Voltaire and colleagues hangout in the 1800's - but a very touristybistro - Never ate there, but it was always busy when we've walked by)Our Hotel: Left Bank Saint-Germain (*** Fr. rating) 9, rue de l'AncienneComedie (6th)tel: 01 43 54 01 60 -- web: http://www.paris-hotels-charm.com - This is a BestWestern property (there are 3 in Paris) and you can make reservations in theUS by calling 800-528-1234 and ask for the international desk. When wecalled, they only had one double-bedded room left -- It was very small, but fine with an extremely comfortable bed that faced the courtyard (although we were on the 3rd fl so we saw only the well of the courtyard. It was a quiet room and the bathroom was well-equipped with a tub and shower and had plenty of amenities. Breakfasts here come w/ the room and they are huge - buffet style and my husband was in heaven as this is is favorite meal to savour as he cannot do so in real life! The hotel is small - about 30 rooms or soand there is no concierge - We would return as we love the Odeon, St Germain, St Sulpice area where everything is hopping day and night! We saw larger rooms and could have moved a few days after we arrived, but we didn't as we'd already unpacked and we spend so little time in our room. We would go back, but we would ask for one of the larger doubles.This is a very safe area in which to walk. We saw young girls walking alone or with one another very late at night. As with all cities, caution is a good thing, though, It just seemed very safe to us. (NOTE: This year we took a larger double and it was wonderful - with an alcove and an extra single. The bath had a double sink and was larger also.--- I would recommend this size for comfort. -- We got a manager's special for a rate. If you're interested, I'd ask what they have... )

One thing though -- The lobby is tiny and we have seen people talking to one another, but I wouldn't call it a meeting place. Good luck and if you have other questions, please feel free to ask., Susie Newton, MA