As I begin to plan for my solo trip to Paris, one of my first tasks is to choose and book lodging. I am leaning towards the left bank neighborhood in the 7th we’ve stayed in three times – Rue Cler. We found this almost too Parisian to be for real neighborhood in 2001 like many other travellers did — with the help of Rick Steves. We loved it though, with its street markets, small dogs and abundance of frommageries, patisseries and bistros. We’ve only stayed elsewhere on one trip, and that was because we had tens of thousands of Marriott point to blow over on the Champs Elysees.
So when I go on my own, I want to stay in the neighborhood I know and love. I know my way around, know the nearby metro lines, and will feel like I’m in my Parisian home away from home. And I figure I’ll stay in the Grand Hôtel Lévêque where we’ve stayed twice.
Here comes a challenge of travelling solo. Were it both of us, we’d have the double room by default, which comes with a ensuite facilities — toilet, sink and shower in our own bathroom. But on my own, I can’t see how I should spend the additional 30 euros a night to bump up from a toilet-less single to a double. One week at 30 euros difference rings in at $297. That’s a pricey private toilet.
Travel is all about compromises — deciding what’s worth paying for, and which costs will just delay our return. As much I would prefer not to toddle down the hall in the morning for my shower and, umm, other needs, that $300 could well be my sightseeing and entertainment budget for the week, or a couple copper pans from La Bovida that will last a lot longer than my memories of discomfort at queuing up for the bath.
What would you be willing to pay for an in-room toilet?