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Lodging and accomodation information for participants to CITCON Paris 2009

Map: [1].

Paris has a good number of hotels, but they are not known to be budget-friendly. Here a few options that can help. Also, note that it seems that Paris is actually lacking hotel rooms (I heard there were around 5000 -- Eric) so don't wait too long before making a reservation. September is still a busy month for tourists in Paris.

  • I checked the hotel rates a month after the initial creation of this page; some had seriously increased. Don't wait too long before you book one. -- Eric


The conference is taking place at Institut Supérieur d'Electronique de Paris (ISEP): [2]. ISEP is a college specializing in Electronics & Information Systems. They host the Paris Java User Group [3] every month.

ISEP is based in the 6th arrondissement of Paris, a very central location within easy reach by metro and suburban train. See the Google Map for a better view [4].


A selection of hotels, more or less sorted by price. Also, check out the Google Map of all these hotels here: [5].

  • Campings in Paris: [6]
    • expect a good hour to get from the camping in the Bois de Boulogne to ISEP; also, while the area is well-known to families that want a walk in the woods, it can get quite dodgy at night, though I expect the camping to be just fine (Eric)
  • Formule 1, Porte de Châtillon: [7]. At 40-45€, probably the cheapest hotel you can get in the vicinity, a view on the highway included. 10-15 mins to get to metro station Porte d'Orléans, then 15 mins by metro.
    • not the ugliest part of Paris, but not great either; still, for the price, it has a reasonable good location. -- Eric
  • Hôtel des voyageurs: [8]. Rooms are 55€. Excellent location (the nearby rue Daguerre is one of the most Parisian streets in Paris) and ~15 mins by public transportation to ISEP (pointed by Zouheir Cadi).
    • this would probably be my choice -- Eric
  • FIAP Jean Monnet [9] is another cheap option, especially for those willing to share rooms. From 57€ for a single room to 26€ in a room with 6 beds. ~20 mins by public transportation to ISEP.
    • Looks like a youth hostel, though not sure they officially qualify as one. Lots of groups of foreign youngsters there. Very professional -- Eric
  • Accor Hotels [10] has an excellent selection of hotels at medium prices in Paris
    • the best might be Ibis Alesia-Montparnasse [11] ~115 € -- you'll need to take the metro to get to ISEP
    • also, check out the Mercure Montparnasse [12] (~180€) and Mercure Raspail [13] (~100€), the latter is possibly the closest to ISEP you can get, less than 5 mins walk
  • in a similar category are the Comfort Hotels
    • Comfort Hotel Montparnasse [14] ~90€, 5 mins walk to ISEP
    • Comfort Hotel Mouffetard/Latin Quarter [15] ~140€, in one of the most Parisian area of Paris
  • those Marriott-inclined will have to go to the Marriott Rive Gauche [16], very close to FIAP Jean Monnet. Starts at 160€.
  • Holiday Inn Gare Montparnasse [17]. ~250€

Getting around

Plan your travels with the Paris public transportation system here: [18]. A good system, but it fails to tell you the price of the tickets (or the travel zones you are crossing).


A rather excellent bike rental system has been put in place a couple of years ago, called Velib [19].

The idea:

  • cheap, nominal fee (1€ for one day), then free usage up to 30 mins, as many times as desired.
    • after 30 mins of continual usage, the price increases exponentially: 1€ for the following 30 mins, then 2€ for another 30 mins, then 4€
  • bikes can be used 24/7
  • bikes are available at various stations, locked into stands a bit like shopping carts
  • there is a *huge* number of those stations in Paris, enough to make the system a credible alternative to traditional public transportation

The problems:

  • many bikes have been vandalized, so always double-check tires, chains, etc. *before* retrieving the bike
  • it requires a bankcard with a chip, which would work for most European cards, and few US ones
  • some stations are more popular at particular times, which can make it difficult to find a free slot for your bike (for example, many go to train stations using Velib and leave their bike near it) -- you can end up paying the usage fee
  • if you take the day or week pass, you get a pin code that you'll need to use on the terminals to select a bike. This can be slow and not very convenient. Plus, those with yearly subscription have a touchcard that takes only seconds to use and they won't need the terminal. So they can even take the last available bike while you are still fumbling with the terminal.