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When a visit to Paris includes staying overnight, the location of the hotel is almost inconsequential mainly because of the outstanding Paris Metro mass transit system. However, if walking from one point of interest to another is planned, a central location is very desirable.
Paris is divided into a number of districts, called arrondissements. To find a hotel that satisfies specific requirements, such as proximity to the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Garnier Opera or the Flea Markets; it helps to know the district to focus on hotels in that particular area.
Hotel rooms are expensive anywhere in Paris. Some of the more bargain-priced hotels are on the Left Bank south of the Seine River where third story walk-ups, shared bathrooms, and small rooms are common. This option is not as bad as it sounds, many quaint sites and open air markets, all contribute to the charm of Paris, without the tawdry and tacky trappings at the more popular tourist locations.
One of the best areas on the Right Bank is in the Saint-Ouen, directly north of Montmarche, the site of Sacre-Coeur and Moulin Rouge. This is the location of the world's largest flea market, covering nearly 7 hectares of land. Whether treasure hunting or simply looking for the Old World atmosphere, this is the place to be. Even the most seasoned Paris visitor will find something of interest. There are six quality hotels easily accessible from the Metro Garibaldi or the Mairie de Saint-Ouen stations, both on Line 13 (Pale Blue) or the Clignancourt station on Line 4 (Purple) in the 18th arrondissement. It is about 4km from Notre Dame. The markets are open Saturday, Sunday, and Mondays. Thursday and Friday are reserved for professionals in the trade.
At the heart of the city on Ile de la Cite is one of the best-kept secret hotels: l'Hτtel-Dieu de Paris. This is the site of the oldest hospital in Paris and one of the oldest in continuous operation since the 12th century. On the 6th floor, there is a 14 room hotel. If the thought of staying overnight in a hospital isn't a concern, the rooms are spacious with wireless Internet and continental breakfast. This 3-star hotel is a bit on the expensive side, but it is a value at the price. If possible, reserve at least two weeks in advance and request an even-numbered room. These rooms have a stunning view of Notre Dame. Being centrally located the Kilometre Zero marker for France is in the Notre Dame courtyard it is a very short walk to the Cite Station of Metro Line 4 (Purple).