FAQS - Frequently Asked Questions
How do I book and confirm a Petite B&B or apartment?
You may select from one of two methods:
- Book instantly online by entering your dates, selecting a home, reading our T&CS and following the prompts to send a small booking fee using Credit/Debit Card or PayPal and receive instant email confirmation.
- Email us for personalized one-on-one assistance in finding/selecting the right home. We are online 24hrs.
How are Payments made?The booking fee is paid online by PayPal or Credit/Debit card. We DO NOT see or keep your credit card or PayPal details.
On arrival the balance is paid to your apartment owner. Owners accept Euro Cash and/or Credit cards only.
For private apartments only:
- Some private apartment owner’s request an additional deposit amount of 50% of the balance within 48hours of the the booking payment. All our private apartments specify in the details such terms should they apply.
- Some private apartment owners request final balance paid 30 days prior to arrival. All our private homes specify in the details such terms before booking, should they apply.
- For Last Minute Bookings (within 14-30 days) 100% of payment is due. All our private apartments specify such terms, before booking, should they apply.
How much is the booking fee?
Booking fee varies between 10-30% of the total cost of your stay. The amount depends on the home chosen and that individual home owners request. The amount is shown at the time of booking before check out with the balance due on arrival.
Do I have to pay a security deposit? How much is it? How do I pay?
Not for classic B&Bs.
Security deposits apply to private apartment rentals and only if the owners request it. All our private apartments specify such terms, before booking, should they apply.
The amount of security deposit varies from 250euro to 1000euro depending on the apartment owners request. The amount will be specified on the apartments general description.Security deposit is paid on arrival in addition to the balance payment due. It must be paid in euro cash or with a credit card, which will not be charged but scanned for authorization in case of any damage to the apartment.
Security deposit paid in cash will be refunded on check-out if there has been no damage to the apartment.Note: we reserve the right to charge for any missing items from the B&B or apartment.
What are the Check-in/Check-out times? What happens if I arrive early/late?
Check in is generally 2pm – 5pm
Check out is generally by 10am
In any case, should guests wish to check-in earlier than stated they may request this prior to arrival. Earlier check in will be possible if there are no prior guests and cleaning has been conducted but can in no way be assured and often can only be confirmed 24-48hours prior to arrival. Luggage can be dropped off early if needed
Note: For some private apartments the check-in and check-out times vary, particularly if apartment owners employ a Property Manager to handle the check-in and check-out procedures on their behalf. Please read your homes specific check-in details available to view prior to booking.
Note: Some Private apartments who employ a Property Manager may charge additional late check-in or check-out fees – please read your homes check in details available to view prior to booking.
How much are your homes? How do you set your rates? Why is one apartment more expensive than another?Petite B&B's aims to offer prices that are attractive to our clients, and prices which are appropriate for the high quality of our B&B's, apartments and service. Our rates are not the highest and they are not the lowest, though they begin as low as 99euro per night (for 2) and reach 275euro per night. They are fair for the high quality of our service, authenticity, comfort of the apartments, style - some being glorious historic mansion, and central locations. We offer the best service, handpicking all our homes in person for our very specific clientele and this means you will not have to wonder if you will have a pleasant experience. You do not want to rent from a company simply because they have the lowest prices and especially one that allows any one from the public to list their room or home without any inspection or quality control. It is wise to carefully study a company before booking to ensure that they have the experience and reviews to ensure that you will have a positive experience. It is important to choose the right company because customer service is not commonly respected or managed in the same way that you might expect at home.
Many factors may influence the price of our individual homes. Size, Location, Amenities, Quality of Renovation, Quality of Furnishings, No. of bedrooms, Floor, View, the extend of services provided within the home by the hosts, and more.
Do you price match?
Most homes on the Petite B&B website are exclusive to Petite and cannot be found elsewhere as we generally do not work with homes listed on multiple websites; though there are some exceptions for select homes. For any home advertised on other websites the answer is generally NO we do not price match. Our costs reflect the extra time and work we put into creating and running a more personalized service than one of the other automated website services. The only correct price is the one seen on the Petite B&B website, at the time of booking.
What is your cancellation policy?
Booking payments made to Petite B&B's are non-refundable at any time for any reason.
For cancellations less than 14 days before arrival: full balance is charged.
For cancellations at least 30 days before arrival: booking payment remains a credit to go towards another booking with Petite B&B's that must be made within 12 months of the date of cancellation.
RESTRICTIONS: the new booking must be the SAME or GREATER value of the previous booking/home that was cancelled as no refund or any difference in pricing is offered.
Please Note: Please refer to your private apartments cancellation policy for any variations to these general terms, as some private homes specify individual terms and policies.
Partial Cancellation: What happens if I want to reduce the number of nights?
Partial cancellations will be treated as full cancellations.
What if I want to change my dates?
If you have made a booking and later wish to change your dates there will be an admin fee of 60euro and the change will only be possible if:
- You give notice at least 30 days prior to arrival otherwise it will be considered a cancellation.
- If the home is available for the new dates, otherwise it will be considered a cancellation.
- The stay must be for the same or greater number of nights. Shortening your stay will be considered a cancellation.
What if I want to change my B&B or apartment?
If you have made a booking and later wish to change your B&B or apartment there will be an admin fee of 60euro and the change will only be possible if:
- You make your change at least 60 days prior to arrival.
- If the new apartment has a different price you will pay the extra difference in rent which may include extra booking fee to Petite B&B's and host as well as additional balance on arrival.
- No refund of any payment already made to Petite B&Bs or any deposit paid to the apartment owner. If the new home is lower in price an payment already paid is non refundable, though the balance on arrival may be reduced.
Can my reservation be cancelled by the B&B/host/apartment owner?
Petite classic B&B's are regular family homes, not run by businesses’ but by regular local residencies; for this reason on very (VERY) rare occasions personal matters mean they may not be able to keep your booking in their home i.e family and medical emergencies. Also the very unlikely case of fire or plumbing accident, lack of basic utilities, or any other cause which may render the B&B apartment uninhabitable means the owner and Petite B&B's may terminate the reservation entirely or in part. Guest will be informed at the earliest possible time will be offered other similar accommodations. The B&B host or apartment owner will refund any amounts paid, but at no time and under no circumstances will the owner be responsible for any cost of re-accommodation at any apartment or hotel. The booking paid to Petite B&B's still remains non refundable but will be used/transferred to the booking and price of the new apartment.
Can my stay be terminated?
We reserve the right to terminate without notice any individuals stay where deemed necessary through unacceptable behaviour or as a result of actions which are likely to endanger or offend others (please note that non compliance of our non smoking B&Bs policy may constitute termination. In such cases any outstanding amounts must be settled, no refunds will be made
Do you refund?
There is no refund at any time for any reason for booking fee payments.
Petite B&B homes do not offer refunds once you have checked in.
There is no refund for:NOISE: Management is unable to control any factor outside the apartment. This includes but is not limited to: loud neighbors, schools and children, traffic and street noises, construction etc. Please be aware you are renting an apartment in the heart of a vibrant city, and there is no way to control any outside factors Petite B&Bs can not offer refunds once you have checked in.
APARTMENTS: Petite B&B's has attempted to accurately portray and describe each B&B and apartment in as much detail as possible based on our personal experiences. Before booking, the guest is encouraged to read any reviews and to request any additional information or details they may need not already provided on the website and Petite will provide full accurate honest details. No Refund will be made if the guest is not satisfied with any element of our apartments or services.
Pets – can bring pets to my B&B or apartment?
Generally no pets are allowed in any Petite B&B. Some homes and homeowners will accept small pets if it is requested prior to arrival – please select our ‘pet-friendly’ filter on our search page to find these homes/hosts.
Smoking – can I smoke in a Petite B&B?
Generally there is NO smoking in any Petite B&B or apartment. If your host/homeowners allows it, it will be specified in the homes description and it will be limited to outdoor spaces only. Please select our ‘non-smoking’ filter on the search page to see any smoking friendly homes.
Is there Wifi Internet in Petite B&B homes?
Yes all our B&Bs and apartments are Wifi equipped and the cost is included in your rate.
Remember to bring a EURO Adaptor for your electronic items.
Important: Petite B&Bs is not responsible for any electrical damage to your equipment and does not provide converters or adapters.
Is there parking in the B&B or apartment?
Most Petite B&B's or apartments do not, few do.
You can also search by filters and select 'parking' to see which homes offer this.
Note: Our hosts are happy to direct guests to the nearest public parking station.
Is there air-conditioning in my B&B apartment?
Petite B&B owners and hosts provide fans for each B&B and apartment, and some offer air conditioning. Please refer to the homes description or utilize our Air-con filter to see which homes offer it.
For Paris specifically, fans are generally all that is needed. Air Conditioning may be a common feature of homes in the US, Canada, and Australia, but this is not the same in France. It is hard to find apartments with AC in Paris, because apartments are too small to fit AC ducts, buildings are very old and difficult to modify and very high temperatures are extremely rare. Paris is known more for clouds and rain than scorching heat and uncomfortable weather. Most Parisians have never felt it necessary
Walls are also thick, windows are small, and buildings maintain a steady temperature inside. Further, electricity is expensive, and for these reasons Parisians have never installed them as a matter of course. For unexpected heatwaves in the summer homes do provide fans and most guests will find this to be adequate.
What happens after booking? What do I have to do?
- You will receive the booking confirmation via email with your B&B host/apartment owners full contact details (phone and email), and the address of your home, maps and directions and the arrival/entry instructions for your home.
- Guests must confirm their arrival details with Petite B&B's (arrival airport/train station name, flight/train number and excepted time of arrival at the airport/station). If you have booked an apartment that requests an additional host deposit to be paid, you will be prompted to send this within 48hrs of initial booking.
- 1-2 weeks prior to arrival, contact your B&B host or apartment owner direct to confirm or advise of any changes. Any extra special instructions about arrival will be provided at this time by your host.
- On your arrival day when you leave the airport/train station, give a phone call or text to your B&B host or apartment owner to reconfirm your arrival.
Service and Discount Questions
Does Petite B&B's provide airport shuttle?
No. However some B&B hosts and apartment owners DO offer a shuttle service. If this is the case it will be written on the homes description page and also offered for you to select it you wish, at the time of booking.
Do you offer last minute discounts?
The Petite B&Bs website is programmed to automatically offer any special rates that may apply for the dates you search.Last minute rates, if they apply, are only offered during low season periods (November – March) excluding Christmas and New Years -20th December to 5th January. Bookings are considered last minute if within 14 days of arrival.
Do you offer sales and discounts for low season or long stays?
Some homes offer discounted rates for low season (Winter months) some do not.
Some homes offer discounted rates for stays over 5 nights, 7 nights, 10 nights, monthly and so on. Some do not.The Petite B&B's website is programmed to automatically offer any special rates that may apply for the B&B and/or dates you search.
What is included in my B&B or apartment booking?
In general included with all Petite B&B homes are:
- Service and Admin Fees, Wifi, Towels and Linens, Heating
Specific to Classic B&Bs only, the following are also included:
- Breakfast service daily, City Tourist Taxes and Daily Cleaning
Some classic B&Bs also include the following: (be sure read each B&B's for details)
- Afternoon tea/coffee, Laundry Service, Fans, Free local calls, TV and cable, Guests private entry. Guiests private suite. Guests private kitchenette and a range of cultural services such as: guided walks, art lessons, language lessons, cooking lessons, home-cooked meals and snacks, welcome champagne and cheese platter for special occasions and more.
- Fully equipped kitchens with all the basic provisions and essentials such as tea, sugar, salt, pepper, paper towels, tissues, etc and all cutlery and cooking tools; lounge rooms with TC/cable , 1, 2 or 3 bedrooms with sufficient storage and hanging space, fans and/or air conditioning, bath with tub and/or shower, basic toiletries such as soap, toilet paper, shampoo, hairdryer.
Some Private Apartments include:
- Free local and international phone calls, Dishwasher, Clothes washer and dryer.
Is Electricity included in the rates?
Electricity, gas, water/hot water are always included for all classic B&B’s.
Electricity, gas, water/hot water are included for private apartments for stays under 3 weeks.
Electricity, gas, water/hot water are NOT included for private apartments for stays over 3 weeks and will be charged at the end of your stay according to usage.
Note: Please check each homes specific details for any slight variations to this.
Can I visit the apartment before booking?Generally NO. For short stays we cannot disturb the clients who are staying in the apartment or B&B at that moment. For longer term stays please contact Petite B&Bs and we will attempt a viewing, though this can in no way be guaranteed.
What is the exact address of the B&B/apartment?
To protect the privacy and the security of our local homeowners and clients, we do not publish the street number of any apartment – only the street name is provided before booking. The full address will be communicated once you have already booked with us.
CHECK IN Questions
How do I get keys to my home? Who will greet me at arrival?
Your B&B host or apartment owner will greet you on arrival ans offer you the keys to your home or suite during the check-in process.
Can I drop off bags early?
All Petite B&Bs and apartments offer early bag drop before check-in time upon request. If there are guests still in the apartment or the apartment has not yet been cleaned guests can drop bags and will need to return at the normal check-in time.Please check your home description for any special details about bag drop off.
What happens if I am late for check-in?
We ask all our guests to ensure they notify their apartment owner or B&B host if they are going to be delayed by phone or text. If possible, also send an email too. If there is no answer, leave a clear message with your name and apartment and state the time that you will arrive. Your host will normally wait up to 1 hour after your original scheduled time but beyond this they may need to leave the home for personal reasons. Or in some cases charge a fee for late check-in. In this case guests will need to renegotiate check-in time with their host – this is not ideal as it may leave you waiting (perhaps with luggage) until your host is able to get back to the apartment/home. Therefore we strongly advise guests contact hosts if it appears they will be late. Providing flight or train numbers to your hosts in advance means they can also keep an eye on any delays.
CHECK OUT Questions
When is check-out? Can I depart later?
Checkout is generally 10am. Please refer to your homes specific details for any slight variation to this.If you would like to stay longer, please email your request at least 48hHours in advance. This request will be considered but may not be possible due to staff scheduling or arrival plans for the next guest.
Be Advised: Late check outs are never guaranteed. In most cases another guest will be arriving shortly after you, so please schedule your departure before 10:00 am. We kindly ask that you respect our check out time.
If you would like to GUARANTEE late check out or departure, it is best to book an extra night to ensure no other guests will arrive and you can depart at the time of your choosing.
Where do I leave the keys at check-out?
In a classic B&B you would simply leave them with your host or on the dining table if your host is not there.
In a private apartment, usually you either leave the keys on the dining table or read your apartments description and details for other instruction.
Note: Never leave the keys in the BACK of the door lock, this will permanently lock the door and you will be responsible for the cost of replacement.Can I store my luggage if my flight leaves later?
CHECK-OUT IS GENERALLY BY 10am (please refer to your homes specific details). In most cases, there will be a new guest arriving on the day of your departure. For this reason, it is very important that the cleaning begin at 10am. We do not want to slow the arrival of the next guest, and we ask for your cooperation. If you want to request a late departure, please contact your host 2-3 weeks in advance of your arrival. If scheduling allows, your host will tell you how long you can stay. We apologize in advance if this is not possible.
In B&B homes, hosts will be happy to hold your luggage for you until you return later to collect.
In private apartments we generally cannot hold luggage – see above.
Luggage Storage Facilities are available in each city. Please contact us for information.
Are there any Cleaning Fees?
Cleaning is included in all classic B&B homes.
Cleaning is NOT always included in private apartments – please refer to the apartments specific details.
Private apartments that do not charge for cleaning ask you to leave the apartment as you found it otherwise a cleaning fee of 50euro will be charged.
To avoid extra cleaning fees, we ask that you do the following:
- Dishes, counters, sinks, showers, toilets and floors should be clean of food, crumbs, garbage, and other debris. Please do not leave dirty dishes.
- Garbage should be bagged and removed from the apartment.
- Linens and towels DO NOT need to be cleaned
- Please remove sheets from beds, and place used towels and linens in a pile on the floor to be washed.
- If additional cleaning beyond our normal requirement is necessary after your departure, there will be a minimum charge of 40 Euros to your credit card.
I have left an item in the B&B or apartment what do I do?
Your host or apartment owner will be happy to post guest forgotten item them at the guests expense for the postage cost +40euro for service – to be paid in advance.If your item is replaceable, it may be better to replace it at home. If the item is valuable, sending the item by normal French poste is not advised. Delays may be considerable and the risk of loss is significant. We will recommend using a more secure method such as DHL. The cost will be greater, as well as the security. In either case, Petite B&Bs cannot accept any liability if your item is delayed, broken, or lost during shipping.
Who do I contact for help during my stay?
Your B&B host or apartment owner is available if you have any trouble during your stay. However guests may contact Petite B&B's also and in particular if they need to depart early for any reason GUESTS MUST CONTACT PETITE B&B'S BEFORE LEAVING. Departing without notifying Petite B&B's is considered a cancellation on the guest’s behalf and full payment is due and nonrefundable. See our full T&Cs
What happens if something stops working?
Although a rare occurrence, all appliances/equipment are subject to breakdown and wear and tear. If any appliance or equipment malfunctions during your stay, your B&B host or apartment owner will try to arrange the repair promptly however it is not guaranteed to be repaired during your stay.
If hot water, electricity, or any other essential services fail during your stay, repairs will be attempted as quickly as possible. If the repair is not successful, you will be given the options to switch to another Petite B&B home – subject to its own individual rates.
Note: Only Essential Utilities will justify movement to another B&B or apartment. For Example: Water, Electricity, and Heating. The Failure of elevators, internet, telephone, television, or kitchen appliances, will not result in re-accommodation.
What happens if I lose my keys?
Guests will be responsible for the replacement and cost of getting new keys cut by the B&B or apartment owner.
What protection do I need in case of Loss, Theft or Injury?
The responsibility of the owner of the B&B apartment, and of Petite B&Bs, cannot be implied in any case such as: cancellation, accident, loss, robbery or other. To protect yourself, it is advised that you acquire your own travel insurance policy and seek compensation from your insurance provider in the case of cancellation, break in and theft, or any other potential source of loss or injury.
B&B's and ApartmentsWhat types of homes do you offer?
Petite B&Bs offers classic homestay B&Bs run by lovely and experienced local owners and hosts, and unique private apartments. To date in Paris, Lisbon and Porto as well as country homes, villas and chateaux in the Sth of France.
Our homes are real authentic cozy and intimate family homes. B&Bs are shared homes living with your local homeowner/host in a specially renovated and furnished guestroom or entire suit (designed specifically for a charming and refined B&B experience, and some even with private entries). We also offer private apartments that are characterful family homes, not self-contained 'ikea-furnished' generic rentals, that are temporarily vacated specifically for the guest so they can experience a real family home complete with antique style, family heirlooms and/or modern character depending on your hosts style. All of which are utterly warm, welcoming homes that will feel just like your own.
Homes types that are offered are:
- Historic apartments
- Modern apartments
- Rooftop suites
- Artists workshops
- Converted factories
- Entire family homes and more...
Some of the home offer:
- Rooftop and or city views
- Have a garden or terrace; private or shared
- Have a private entry (in the case of B&BB's)
- Are independent furnished apartments for your sole use.
How do you select your homes?
As B&B professionals with over 20 years in the B&B industry we professionally handpick all our homes in person, through-word of mouth we hunt from on the streets of Paris and Portugal, the most unique, special, beautiful and accommodating homes and only with the most dedicated hosts who thrive on giving and who love meeting travelers, sharing their home and city secrets and who WANT to ensure you have the most memorable experience staying in their home. Only qualified committed and interesting hosts are selected too. We actively and passionately 'sniff out' unique Paris home with that certain je ne sais quoi!
Searching on a very personal level in this manner means we tightly manage and control the types and quality of our homes to ensure quality experiences are always guaranteed. Bi-annual inspections take place at all Petite B&Bs and this includes 'mystery shoppers' our hosts do not expect.
Having started as a Paris only service, we work (and are registered with) the Paris' Tourism Bureau and abide by their B&B 'Quality of Charter' which requires all homeowners who want to run a B&B to register officially with their city councils and their homes much meet the crucial criteria for authenticity, space, style, safety, ventilation, breakfast requirements, cleanliness and services including cultural exchange opportunities. We select all our homes to meet this standard of quality. These are not the homes of residents who are looking purely to make some extra cash with little care for the presentation of their homes. Instead they are well-off Parisians who do not need the cash but offer the service predominately as a labor of love, and for the wonderful experience they too receive by having you in their home.
What is a B&B?
An authentic classic B&B is a regular family home occupied by the owner who offers one or more guestrooms or suites to travelling guests. A B&B can offer private or shared bathrooms and assure guests a traditional hospitable and cultural experience living with local residents who promise to provide quality traditional breakfasts, opportunities to connect and interact and act as local guides towards experiencing their city. Standard services include daily cleaning of your room, providing basic toiletries, towels and linens, tea/coffee facilities.Modern B&B are family homes that have been renovated or adapted to provide a more private experience for guests to suit todays independent travellers i.e. private entry suites and quarters within the home; whilst still offering the traditional breakfast and hospitality services as above.
What is a B&B apartment?
A B&B apartment is an entire private and full equipped home offered to guests for longer stays who wish to cook and live in privately and like a local. Owners of such aparments live either next door or on the same street or neighbourhood and arrive each morning to serve breakfasts and interact/communicate with their guests.
What is a Private apartment?
An entire unoccupied self-contained home left entirely for guests to live independently and privately like a local.
How are you different from other B&B services?
- See above – How we select our homes.
- We still offer the much-needed personal one-on-one tailored email service and human contact that is missing in todays automated world. This means that we can match you to the perfect home and offer you all the information right down to the smallest detail of each home and we have selected, tested and stay in every single one of our B&B homes so our experience and honesty is assured.
- Hosts or apartment owners CANNOT list their homes automatically without going through Petite B&Bs first and only if they meet the quality checks and tests.
Read our blog Post about the Petite B&B beginnings HERE
Are there any special guidelines, rules or restrictions for staying in a petite B&B?
It is each guest’s responsibility to respect the B&B or apartment and treat it as their own. To be mindful of guests next door and noise and to ensure they leave the apartment as tidy and clean and intact as they found it. Our apartments are the private property of individuals who care very deeply for their B&Bs and apartments and wish for the guest to treat it kindly. Once you check-in, you should consider yourself a guest and act responsibly to avoid damage to walls, sheets, couches, appliances, towels, etc. You will be charged if you do not maintain the apartment in good order and appearance, with full respect to the property and belongings of the owner. If any damages occur, you will be charged.
Guests may be charged or removed from the property for any of the following reasons.
Guests who are found using drugs, or allows others to use illegal substances on the premises will be immediately denied continued occupancy of the premises with no refund.
No parties or loud disturbances. Do not disturb, endanger, or inconvenience neighbors nor use the premises for any immoral or unlawful proposes, nor violate any law or ordinance, nor commit waste or nuisance on or about the premises. If any disturbances or violations are reported, guest will be asked to leave with no refund.
Keep the premises clean and free of trash, garbage, and other waste. Any additional trash left inside the apartment could attract pests and the guest will be charged an additional cleaning fee.Read our blog post 'B&B Rulz' – for the B&B CODE OF CONDUCT and what to expect when you stay in someone else's home.
Are there any other special features I need to know about the B&Bs and apartments before booking?
Typically Parisian and Portuguese apartments are known to be on the smaller side with thinner inner walls. Guests must not choose a shared B&B or apartment if they feel they will experience lack of space or privacy in any way. Petite Paris will help advise of the specific layouts in shared scenarios if guests request, I.e where the guest room is positioned in the home (next to other ooms or the lounge etc) about private or shared areas and entires, about sound within the apartment etc.
Not all apartment buildings have lifts. In Paris in particular many do not as the buildings are very old and cannot cope with the addition or amendments, or simply do not have space, while others are historic listed and restricts have been applied by the Parisian government. We have indicated if our homes have a lift or if they are on the ground floor.
If any specific feature or amenity is not explicitly written on the homes description (i.e dishwasher, air-con) then it does not exist in that home.
Practical Paris City Questions
WHEN is the best time to go to Paris?’
The truth is ANY time is a good time! Paris is beautiful in all seasons, under all weather conditions (even rain and snow are romantic in Paris) at any holiday, high or low season! You can have so much fun frolicking in the summer months to all the outdoor terraces, festivals, parks, sitting Seine-side soaking the sun, but you can also rug up in cosy winter gear and frequent the cafes for coffee avalanches, high tea treats, roving from restaurant to restaurant, meandering museums, bustling bars, lingering the libraries and more,in true romantic Parisian fashion.With that in mind August is high tourist month andalso holiday time for Parisian; locals tend to flock to their holiday destinations in Provence and other fabulous places, leaving the city predominantly tourist filled. If you want to go in the summer months and mix more with locals go in June, July or September.
How long should I stay in Paris?
In any city, long enough to be able to walk, not sprint to your must-see attractions; long enough to be able to sleep well and even sleep-in a few mornings and not getup at the crack of dawn to join any qeues; long enough to meander around and discover new places and/or return to favourite places on your last day and long enough to spend an adequate amount of time café sitting, watching, reading and/or writing...having the time to slow down and absorb life. Overall, I recommend minimum 5 nights!
Pack according to the season but always with a few pieces for the opposite – Europe is moody and can surprise you - a summer day can turn chilly if not cold and rainy. No matter what ALWAYS take an umbrella, a shawl or simple cardigan and a stylish tee or blouse, in case a winter day turns warm you don’t have to wear a ‘washing - machine stained accident’ usually worn for layering for warmth
Where do I stay in Paris if I want to be central - near cafes/shops etc.
In Paris - Think of every neighborhood or arrondissements of Paris as a little Paris within Paris. You will never be without the quintessential classic cafes, brasseries, traditional wood and red leather bars, zinc bars, boulangeries, patisseries, fresh vibrant street markets, secret hidden gardens and Parks, even museums. So no matter where you stay you will have the full Parisian life experience at your door. Though indeed each neighborhood has a distinct feel and history and it's is still important to decide which 'feels like home' to you – READ our Blog post: 'Where to Stay in Paris'
Which is the left and right bank?
Figuring out which side of the river you are standing on is very simple though the river's curvy nature often does make orientation difficult. The trick is to remember when you face DOWNRIVER (i.e. the river flows downward) the left bank is on your left and the right bank is on your right. If you can't figure out which way the water is flowing (don't look at the boats, they go upstream as well as down!) drop a potato chip or look for some debris and see which way it's floating. Then you will be able to make it to the Café Les Deux Magots on time, and not end up at La Defense.
How do I get to my apartment or B&B from the airport?
The most comfortable mode of transportation from the airport is a SHARED or PRIVATE VAN. We recommend you reserve a shuttle to arrive at your B&B or apartment in the easiest manner possible. The shuttle is a FIXED FEE and you will not pay more if there is traffic or other delays. Some transfer services available are:http://www.prestigeprivatetransfer.com/
TAXI: The price of taxis can vary widely because of unpredictable car traffic and serious highway congestion. From Charles De Gaulle Airport or ORLY, the price can be anywhere from 25euro to 85euro, with the average around 50euro.
By Train: The train station is very practical, inexpensive and easy to find at CDG Airport or ORLY.
From CDG Airport: simply follow the signs to the level below (Warning: No lifts you must walk down with luggage 1 flight); and take the RER-B train which takes approx. 35mins to reach Paris Gare Du Nord Central Paris train station.
The ticket is 10euro per person and allows you to change to the metro train system once you reach the main central station of Paris. This means you can use the same ticket purchased from the airport to catch the next local metro line to your apartment or B&B (so long as you do not exist the train station through the turnstile). Tickets can be purchased over the counter at the Airport or at one of the ticket machines.
Click HERE for more helpful information.From ORLY Airport: you are catching the RER-B line from the other direction- from Antony train station and you need to reach Antony station via the Orly Val shuttle train.
OR take the ORLYBUS that takes you to Denfert-Rochereau metro station and from there you switch to the metro lines.
Click HERE for more helpful information about Paris Trains.
Click HERE for more information about transport from the Airports of Paris.
How easy is it to use the Metro in Paris? Are they safe?
Very! And yes! But do take the proper normal precaution and keep an eye on your belongings as you would in any city. There are always pick-pockets, again like all cities.
There is a metro train station within 5 minutes' walk of all Petite Paris B&B homes.
We recommend getting acquainted with the metro system in Paris before arriving to understand the lines, to recognize which station is closest to your accommodation and which line number (and color coded). It will also help you to see how you may need to navigate a few line changes to reach various attractions and attractions in Paris.
TIP: It is cheaper to buy a booklet of 10 subway tickets (approximately 13.30 euros) rather than to buy individual tickets (1.70 euro each). Or it may be worthwhile to get weekly, monthly or 3-5 day passes. If you stay at least 4 nights in Paris and cannot walk get a weekly ticket (15.40euro approx from Monday to Sunday). Be careful, certain counter employees, certainly commissioned for each sale, will try to dissuade you and try to sell a 5 day tourist card to you. They can tell you that the orange card is only for Parisians or working people. This is incorrect.* You can pick up pocket size metro maps at each Metro station to keep handy
Where are the best places to eat, drink and sight-see in Paris?
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Practical LisbonWhen is the best time to go to Lisbon?
Lisbon is beautiful in all seasons, but best experienced in the Summer, holiday and festivals season. Summer months are June – August with June being the ultimate time as it is also the Festival Popular Saints (peak festival season) with festivities almost every night throughout the month with live street festivals, music, food, wine down those gorgeous medieval streets. The city is also best enjoyed when you can make use of all the miradouros (viewpoints) on so many hilly rooftops where terrace cafes and bars beckon. Spring (March – May) and Autumn (September to November) are also very picturesque and very comfortable and less crowded - it is a small city.
How long do I stay in Lisbon?
Long enough to be able to walk, not sprint to your must-see attractions; long enough to be able to sleep well and even sleep-in a few mornings and not getup at the crack of dawn to join any qeues; long enough to meander around and discover new places and/or return to favourite places on your last day and long enough to spend an adequate amount of time doing nothing but café sitting, watching, reading and/or writing...having the time to slow down and absorb life. Overall, we recommend minimum 5 nights.Where do I stay in Lisbon? Which Neighborhood's are best?
READ our Blog post: 'Where to Stay in Lisbon'
How to get to my B&B or apartment from the airport?Perhaps one of the easiest and shortest airport to city rides, only 9KM and 10min from Lisbon Portela to the city, you can take advantage of this and take a TAXI for 12 – 25 euro. OR the cheapest options is taking the train which is immediately outside the arrival doors and down the escalators where signs cannot be missed. Tickets are only 1.45euro and you take the red line to Alameda or Saldanha and change lines for the correct metro cloest to your B&B or apartment.
Click HERE for a Lisbon Metro map
Is it easy and safe to use the metro system?
Very! And yes! But do take the proper normal precaution and keep an eye on your belongings as you would in any city.
There is a metro train station within 5 minutes' walk of all Petite Paris B&B homes.
We recommend getting acquainted with the metro system in Lisbon before arriving to understand the lines, to recognize which station is closest to your home as well as which line number (and color coded). It will also help you to see how you may need to navigate a few line changes to reach various attractions and attractions in Paris.
A single fare is 1.45euro and this covers all buses, trains and trams.
A 24hr pass is 6.15euro.
Click HERE for a Lisbon Metro map
Where are the best places to eat, drink and sightsee in Lisbon?
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