Booking your Paris Hotel Room
If you’re a light sleeper, remember to request a room facing the courtyard rather than the street. Some of Paris’s higher end hotels have double glazed windows or hermetically-sealed windows, but if you’re staying at a budget hotel on a busy avenue, you’ll definitely hear the traffic.
Another surprising sound is the Metro! Believe it or not, we had to change our room at the Hotel Crillon (one of Paris’s top four-star hotels) because of Metro vibrations. The Crillon is located at the Place de la Concorde which is a major Metro stop.
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Having a courtyard-facing room is not a definite guarantee for quiet. Some hotels use their courtyards for cafe/bars, so you’ll want to inquire or take note when you first check in. The rule of thumb here is to take a good look at your room BEFORE you get settled in. If the room doesn’t meet your expectations, be sure to make your concerns known at the front desk as soon as possible.
This allows the reception clerk an opportunity to find a room another room for you either immediately or for the following night.
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