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French Friday – Hôtel Elysées Flaubert

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French-Friday- on-Misadventures-with-AndiTraveling to Paris is a big dream for a lot of people. I acknowledge the fact that I am very lucky to be able to go as often as I do. I have one reader that went to Paris on her honeymoon 20 years ago, and now with kids and a mortgage she is not sure if she will get there again, but she keeps the flame going nonetheless. I have a couple of other readers that have never been but are savings up to get there and have big plans when they get there as it may be there one and only trip.

There are also different philosophies when it comes to hotels. Some who believe it is an essential part of the entire travel experience while others view it as a place to drop their suitcases and their head at night, as what is outside of the hotel is what makes the trip.

There is a Paris for everyone and a hotel for everyone too. If you are coming to Paris on a budget – and believe me with the continually high exchange rate between the dollar and the Euro who isn’t – there is a wonderfully situated hotel called the Hôtel Elysées Flaubert that is the perfect solution. You can get a perfectly adequate no-frills, clean room with wifi/internet access, and continental breakfast. There is a helpful and friendly staff (trust me, not always a given in Paris) that can assist you with your needs.

It is walking distance to the Arc de Triomphe , Champs Elysées, Place de Ternes, public transport (metro, RER), restaurants and everything else in Paris.

Arc de Triomphe near the Hotel Elysées Flaubert

Arc de Triomphe near the Hôtel Elysées Flaubert

Speaking of restaurants, food-wise there are great restaurant options for you to enjoy close to Hôtel Elysées Flaubert. I personally like the brasserie Le Congrès Maillot, especially there strawberry millefeuille!

strawberry-millefeuille

Strawberry millefeuille – utterly divine!

Two other options suggested by Paris by Mouth (17th arrondissement at a €24-30 for dinner price range) are Zinc Caïus and Le Bouchon et L’Assiette.

If you are going to splurge on dinner, how about a picnic lunch? Check out one of the two market streets open Tuesday through Sunday in the 17th where the Hôtel Elysées Flaubert is located: Rue Lévis – (Metro stop: Villiers) and Ternes-Rue Lemercier – (Metro stop: Brochant). In addition here are 5 farmer’s markets (marchés) suggested by Chlotilde of Chocolate and Zucchini. Buy lunch supplies and head to the beautiful Square des Batignolles park or Parc Monceau which is one of Paris’s best kept secrets..sssh, and have a lovely picnic.

For shopping you can wander through the luxury stores on the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, but for a more budget friendly store that is a real treat to walk through, check out the Monoprix located at Avenue de Villiers. Wander in and out of smaller clothing stores such as Promod or Camaieu and definitely take a peek into one of the pharmacies they are so much fun to explore!

And when you have exhausted yourself of sights (and sites) and sounds, filled your belly with amazing food, then head back to your affordable room at the Hôtel Elysées Flaubert and lay your head on that nice clean pillow with a smile knowing that you are enjoying Paris and sticking to a budget! It can be done!

Hotel-Elysees-Flaubert

Hôtel Elysées Flaubert

Practical details:
Hôtel Elysées Flaubert
19 rue Rennequin
75017 PARIS
Tel : +33 (0)1 46 22 44 35
email: [email protected]

Insider tip: ask for a room overlooking an inner courtyard with a small garden, you will feel like you are in a whole other world.

How about you? Do you have a Paris-on-a-budget tip?

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Wednesday 24th of August 2011

Oh my god - that strawberry dessert looks like HEAVEN on a plate. My mouth is literally watering right now!!

Sara

Andi

Wednesday 24th of August 2011

@Sara, it is quite yummy!

Lindsey

Saturday 20th of August 2011

So many wonderful hotels in Paris, it's really useful to have a list of places people trust! Bookmarking for future guests =)

Andi

Saturday 20th of August 2011

@Lindsey, hope it helps!

Andi of My Beautiful Adventures

Friday 19th of August 2011

I'm printing this when I return to Paris!

Lydie Thomas

Friday 19th of August 2011

I will email you mid-september and will send you the book at that time, and one to raffle away!!!

Andi

Friday 19th of August 2011

@Lydie, how wonderful, thanks!

Lydie Thomas

Friday 19th of August 2011

Hi Andi, I actually just published a book full of activites, attractions, and areas to visit for free: 'Your Guide to Visit Paris for Free'. I actually mention your French Fridays in the book and wanted to ask you to review it!!! My tip would be to use the Paris Greeters "Parisien d un Jour', http://www.parisiendunjour.fr/ they offer free tailored visits for small groups. I did one last year in the 15th arrondissement and I love it. I learned so much and met a lovely couple of Canadians along the way! Our visit was supposed to last 1 hour 1/2. More than 2 hours later, we were still going strong! I recommended it to a family who visited the Parc Monceau, and went on to have lunch with their guide and visit another museum with her. Lydie

Andi

Friday 19th of August 2011

@Lydie, how exciting! I would love to review the book. And what a FANTASTIC tip I have not heard of the Parisien Greeters - that is a great idea.