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Hotels vs. Apartments in Paris Part 1

While planning a Paris vacation, there are a lot of things to consider and figuring out where to stay can sometimes be difficult.   Paris has one of the widest arrays of choices in the world with over 75,000 rooms in some 2,000 hotels, private apartments and other Paris vacation rentals.   One could argue that the most important part of the decision comes when choosing between a traditional hotel and a privately owned Paris apartment rental.  There are definite pros and cons to both choices and ultimately the best choice depends on the mentality of the traveler.   In other words, while standard hotels may be the best choice for some, a Paris vacation apartment rental might allow a traveler to have an experience they could never find with the latter.  To figure out what might best suit you there are a few things to consider.  

When it comes to freedoms versus conveniences, Paris apartment rentals tend to offer more freedom to spend money and time as you choose, while hotels will typically offer more conveniences and a more “all-inclusive” experience.  Always keep in mind that whether its hotels or apartments, when talking about something that is “included,” it is always worked into the price somehow.  For example, with a Paris apartment rental, you could keep and cook breakfast and other meals in a full kitchen, while a hotel might include it with the price of the room.  

Another convenience offered by hotels is full maid service.  Again, it is important to remember that this is also worked into the price.  Some Paris vacation apartment rentals, like, will offer a one or two time maid service during your stay and may charge a small premium, but once again it is your choice whether to take it or not.   One convenience that is sometimes offered in a Paris vacation rental and rarely in a hotel is the existence of washers and dryers.  Depending on the length of your stay, the luxury of being able to do a few loads of laundry can be very important to some travelers and may also help make your choice easier, but apartments with this feature may cost a little more.  Do you see the trend?

The honest truth is that to be competitive with potentially 75,000 different options for places to stay in Paris, hotels and other short term Paris rentals have to be relatively consistent in their pricing of various amenities.  It is therefore up to you, the traveler, to figure out what you think is worth paying for what is not.  Figuring this out can truly allow you to get the most for your money and get the maximum enjoyment during your stay in the city of Paris.  For more pros and cons see “Hotels vs. Apartments in Paris Part 2.”