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Going to Paris in a month and I need some recommendations for hotels that are kid friendly with food and stay. Close to sight seeings without having to depend on lot of walking or transportation would be ideal.

Would you recommend taking the train to London or Switzerland for few days? I am going for 7 days so I really do not think we would want to stay in Paris the entire time.

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Honestly...I would stay in Paris (and surrounding area) for the week. There is so much to do in Paris and it's such a fun city - you won't run out of things to do.

The last few times we went to Paris, we rented apts...so definitely check out VRBO (and like sites) if that's something that appeals to you. Paris is very easy to navigate with the Metro system.

Just depends on the person, but for me, esp with small kids, if you don't have THAT much time, spending time traveling to different countries in a rushed manner, often just isn't worth it - but that's been my experience. As I said, depends on the person/family.
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Going to Paris in a month and I need some recommendations for hotels that are kid friendly with food and stay. Close to sight seeings without having to depend on lot of walking or transportation would be ideal.

Would you recommend taking the train to London or Switzerland for few days? I am going for 7 days so I really do not think we would want to stay in Paris the entire time.

With the price of hotels in Paris and the fact you are traveling with family, might I recommend AirBnB. We travel with 2 children and have never looked back at hotels once we started using them.

You do have to do your research, but having added space and private bedrooms makes traveling much less stressful as everyone can stretch out. Especially with your kids' ages, once it's "lights out" time, if you're all in a single hotel room, the parents are very limited in what they can do. Having separate bedrooms is invaluable for this reason.

Throw in having a kitchen (having prepared foods/drinks ready for kids instead of eating out), possibly a laundry machine, Wi-Fi, etc and it helps family traveling a lot.

I don't work for AirBnB - just a very satisfied user with family like yours


Feel free to respond to this thread or PM me if you have other questions, including which arrondisement to look at.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will check out VRBO and AirBnB. I think knowing a good central location that is friendly to transportation, things to do and food would be best.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will check out VRBO and AirBnB. I think knowing a good central location that is friendly to transportation, things to do and food would be best.
Things to do? Really? We're talking about Paris, France...right? LOL

All kidding aside, you might want to just get some travel books from the library or go online to TripAdvisor and see what interests you and your family. Everyone is different - you'll know what you'll want to do, see, what would work for your particular family. What was super fun for me...might be a total snore-fest to you. Kwim?

I'm sure someone will come along and post an itinerary of their trip. I'm more of a "do some research on my own and figure out what I'd like to do myself" kind of person. To each their own. Enjoy planning!
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Yeah I would be lucky if I can get them to tour museums every day.
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Thanks for the suggestions, I will check out VRBO and AirBnB. I think knowing a good central location that is friendly to transportation, things to do and food would be best.

Might I recommend looking at the 16th and (southern) 17th arrondissement? They both border the 8e where the Arc de Triomphe and the west end of Champs Elysees are; still very central and east access to Metro but far enough out to have more afforable options. They are in more residential areas and the 17th has the Parc Monceau, great for letting little ones run around and burn off steam.
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Yeah I would be lucky if I can get them to tour museums every day.
I'd suggest a trip out to Versailles for the day. They get to ride on a train for a little bit and then it's a relatively short walk from the train station to it. The palace and especially the grounds are amazing. It's actually one of my favorite things to do when I'm there.

That said I don't envy you taking a 7 yr old and a baby to Paris!
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Yeah I would be lucky if I can get them to tour museums every day.
Yeah...you probably already know what will work and what won't. When we traveled to Paris and other museum heavy cities when my kids were small - we tried to have a very fluid relaxed schedule. Because - sometimes things just don't work out. LOL!

Ask your 7 year old...what does he/she really want to see/do?

In terms of Versailles - many folks love it - you can definitely spend a LOT of time there. We've been there - with and without kids - and it is gorgeous. It's huge. One thing that we did when we took the kids to Versailles was to rent a car, because one of my older sons at the time really wanted to see this Medieval castle that was being built (being done so with the materials and methods from the middle ages) - so we did both in two days - Versailles and Gu?delon. Gu?delon is not THAT close to Versaille, but since we had the car, it just worked out. We also visited the Gardens at Giverny (inspiration for the artist Monet)...the little village is lovely as well.

http://www.guedelon.fr/en/visitin...on_64.html

Definitely get on Trip Advisor and just start searching - tons of good info there when trying to decide where to go outside of the city.

But as I said before, there is so much to do in the city of Paris, don't feel compelled to leave - you can definitely find plenty to do. We just learned that scrambling around, esp w/small children, to take busses or trains to go outside a city (not necessarily Paris, but any city) to see one thing, often ended up not being worth it and it sucked up too much time. Again, just us though and our experience.

My kids were always extremely travel friendly - we really lucked out in that department - so they would be fine walking around a museum for five hours. Not all kids are like that obviously. And if your kids aren't like that - you just have to plan for it. So perhaps the person that wants to see the Mona Lisa goes and does that on their own or early in the morning before the kids get up...or you take the kids and know that you'll just see five things at the Louvre and bail outta there.

We've been to Paris many times over the years, it's one of my favorite cities. We've stayed in many different parts of the city, but we do like the Montmartre area (# 18 arrondissement). We have family in that area, so that's part of it, but we also just really like the vibe in that part of the city - being close/walking to the Basilica of Sacre-Coeur etc Now some folks might find it a little too much in terms of tourists - and it is a heavy tourist area - it's never bothered us.

The city in general is extremely walkable with many Metro stops to get you where you want to go...so it probably won't matter much where you decide to stay.

http://www.thesestolendays.com/wh...-in-paris/

http://mylittlenomads.com/paris-for-kids

http://www.timeout.com/paris/en/k...o-in-paris

http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/04....html?_r=0

http://www.scarymommy.com/article...JymAz0mI2t
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I agree with VRBO, AirBnB -- also Homeaway and TripAdvisor have vacation rentals. Food in Paris is expensive compared to a lot of other places in Europe -- so having a kitchen is a real money saver. If you enjoy eating out, having an apartment will at least give you room to spread out -- even if you never use the kitchen.
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I think the Hotel Tourisme Avenue is a good choice for your family. It is close to the subway. If you don't want to take the subway. It only spends 10 Euros to Louvre by taking a bus. And it is also very close to Eiffel Tower. The location is also good to go shopping.
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I went to Paris in June and stayed here. http://www.vacationinparis.com/li...io-charmer It was small but we loved the location. It was close to cheap restaurants, Notre Dame, metro. They mail you the keys so you don't have to worry about meeting someone.
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Going to Paris in a month and I need some recommendations for hotels that are kid friendly with food and stay. Close to sight seeings without having to depend on lot of walking or transportation would be ideal.

Would you recommend taking the train to London or Switzerland for few days? I am going for 7 days so I really do not think we would want to stay in Paris the entire time.

Hi OP - not sure if you've left yet or not, but thought I'd check to see if you have any last minute questions, etc.


If you have left, hope your trip was a great one! Feel free to share any experiences/tips with us as well
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