After booking our London hotel last weekend, Jaime and I were now focusing on Paris. We both spent a lot of time, checking various websites (who knew prices for hotels can vary so widely depending on the site?!?!), and finally came up with a winner!
We decided on the Mercure Paris Place d’Italie. It is located in the Montparnasse neighborhood, which borders the Latin Quarter on the Left Bank. We had been looking at the Latin Quarter, as we would be in walking distance to many of the sights. But Jaime found this gem, just a little further out.
The various websites list this hotel at $539/night and $327/night, for example. We booked it for $139/night!! Yes, we are great bargain hunters. The qualms over the location were outweighed by the price (duh), the fact that it is not in a “touristy” neighborhood, and there is a farmer’s market that people raved about online just outside the hotel on Sunday mornings. We felt we would experience a more authentic Paris here than in other neighborhoods we were looking at.
Now if only the prices of those pesky flights would come down!!