Can anyone recommend a specific apartment in a lower arrondisement near the Seine, for less than 100 euros a night? At the moment, I have a 2 star hotel booked in the Rue Cler area for 135 euros a night. I expect to stay four nights, and 135 euros a night is a bit of a budget buster.
I've been told renting a small studio apartment / efficiency (e.g. like a hotel room but with a small kitchen) would be a much better value than a 135 euro a night hotel room. I realize hotel rooms in Paris are small, and apartments are probably similarly small. Fine by me as I'm used to tiny cruise ship cabins as well as college dorm rooms. Not a problem.
My main requirements are:
-- Preferably on a quiet side street (me and my wife are light sleepers)
-- In a safe, non-dodgy area
-- Able to pick up the key late (flight does not arrive at CDG until ~ 19:30 (7:30 pm).
-- Fairly close to a Metro (e.g. no more than a few blocks)
-- Short walking distance ( < 20 mins) to major attractions.
Don't care if it's up many flights of stairs (I'm a hiker).
If you can't recommend a specific apartment, can you recommend a good apartment rental site? I've heard vrbo.com is good, as well as vacations in paris. There are so many apartment rental sites, in fact, that I don't know how to differentiate them. Are certain ones better than others in terms of customer service, cancellation policies, etc? Seems none of them offer traveler-provided reviews. None that I know of anyway.
Any studio apartments you've rented to steer clear of?
Finally, how do I tell the dodgy and seedy streets from the non-dodgy and non-seedy streets? In places like Brooklyn, NY--so I've heard--very nice streets are adjacent to scary, very un-nice streets. Is the same true of Paris? This is why I'm hoping for specific recommendations; or at the very least, for specific streets.
Thanks very much.