Help with trip to Paris

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    Mar 23, 2014 5:28 PM GMT
    Hi all,

    I figured this would be way better seen here as opposed to the travel forum. I was in Paris for a long weekend back in late February, early March. My friends and I stayed in Montmartre in a hostel and we loved it. Fantastic neighborhood.

    I'm returning in late May to meet my family there, and we will be staying for six days (five nights). We will be using airbnb to find a place. Problem is, I'm having difficulty narrowing down which neighborhood I want to stay in. Montmartre was lovely but I want to branch out and explore more of the city. I really like the looks of the Quartier Latin and Saint-Germain, but the price tag on these areas is high. Bastille is also in the mix.

    Anyone who's more familiar with the city and can give me some advice on good neighborhoods, and why you like them, give me a shout!

    Thanks RJ.
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    Mar 23, 2014 8:08 PM GMT
    If you liked Montmartre, try La Butte Aux Cailles area. It's a cute neighborhood as Montmartre but with no tourists, so the hotels must be cheaper. You have nearby the Place d'Italie metro station that can get you basically everywhere in Paris
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    Mar 26, 2014 7:13 PM GMT
    The Marais (4th arrondissement) is my fav but it's a little pricey. Try the 18th arrondissement near Parc Butte Chaumont, or south of Montparnasse in the 15th. The key is to be close to a Metro station on a main line so that you can get around easily. Wish I were going back too!
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    Mar 27, 2014 8:20 PM GMT
    One of the "hippest", newer trendy neighborhoods is Ménilmontant (20th). OTOH, since it is now the most expensive neighborhood for buying apartments, apartment rentals at Airbnb might be high as well.

    I usually stay in the 16th, and have found what I think are reasonable apartments on Airbnb. I like it because it is quiet, safe, not many tourists, and there are lots of fine boulangeries, charcuteries, and other small shops.

    You should really pose a question on the Paris Forum of tripadvisor.com (and read the 1,000's of posts on where to stay in Paris). People are always asking where is the best place to stay for particular price range, and one can often get a review of particular apartments that are for rent.
    http://www.tripadvisor.com/ShowForum-g187147-i14-Paris_Ile_de_France.html


    Another possible source to start searching:
    http://goparis.about.com/od/sightsattractions/tp/Top3secretareas.htm