I read an article in Atlantic saying you can't get a hotel room in Paris for under 500 euros. That is insane. You can get a nice room around 100 euros in good central areas. You have to do your research but it is possible. Booking early is a help because these places are popular.
Remember that summer is low season in Paris so rates are actually lower in August. Always check for specials and Internet rates because those will be the best ones. See if you can negotiate breakfast with your room rate. Staying 3 days or longer can save you money. There are often 3-day packages. If rates seem to spike on a certain date, there may be a convention in town. See if you can change your dates or move to a different area of the city.
Here's a list of hotels that I put together doing research for our many visits to Paris, all under 100 euros for a double room. We've stayed in several and others have been recommended on Virtual Tourist or Trip Advisor. They are arranged with the least expensive first. Be sure to check reviews on a separate web site before booking. Click on the link to go to the hotel web site.
Hotel du Commerce Latin Quarter (watch for shared baths; many do not have private toilets)
Double room with sink EUR 49; Double room with shower EUR 59; Twin room with shower and toilets 69 euros
Hotel Moulin Vert in the 14eme (Metro Pernety, Plaissance or Alésia)
Double room - starting at 53 euros
Hotel de la Porte Dorée (12eme Porte Dorée Metro, lovely but pretty far out)
Double room (3 night special)- Classic (2 people) Starting from EUR59
Double room (3 night special) - Superior (2 people) Starting from EUR68
Double room - Classic (2 people) Starting from EUR62
Double room - Superior (2 people) Starting from EUR72
Hotel Croix de Malte (11eme)
Double room - starting at 62 euros
Hotel du Printemps in the 12eme (Metro Nation or Picpus)
Double room - starting at 75 euros (64 euros with 21 day prebooking)
Hotel Plaza Opera 9eme
some Eiffel Tower view rooms; some balconies
Double room (3-night special starting at 93 euros
Familia Hotel in the Latin Quarter and very attractive (Metro Cardinal Lemoine)
Double rooms - starting at 95 euros
Verlain Hotel in the 11eme (Metro St. Maur)
Double room - starting at 81 to 85 euros with summer specials at 70 euros
Hotel Beaugency in the 7eme (Metro Ecole Militaire)
Double room - starting at 99 euros
Hotel California St. Germain (at 32 rue des Ecoles in the Latin Quarter)
Double from 90 euros; Deluxe from 94 euros, Triple and Quadruple rooms available
Hotel Taylor 10eme near Republique Metro
Double room - 90 euros (look for specials)
Europe Hotel Paris Tour Eiffel in the 15eme (Metro La Motte Picquet above ground here)
Double room starting at 99 euros
Tourisme Hotel (recommended by a friend) near Eiffel Tower in the 15eme on La Motte Picquet
Double room - starting at 88 euros (have triples and quadruples)
Hotel Moderne St. Germain in the 5eme (Metro Saint Michel or Maubert-Mutualité)
Twin room - starting from 89 euros; Double room - starting from 98 euros
Hotel de la Place de la Vosges 4eme by Place des Vosges (We love this place!)
Double or single, bath shower, large bed from 95 euros
Hotel de l’Alma in the 7eme (Metro Ecole Militaire or Tour Maubourg)
Double room - starting at 101 euros, singles starting at 82 euros
Hotel des Gobelins in the 13eme (Metro Les Gobelins)
Double room - starting at 98 euros
Grande Hotel Leveque on rue Cler in the 7eme (Metro Ecole Militaire)
Double rooms - starting at 99 euros, but check for specials
Hotel St. Andre des Arts 6eme (Metro Odeon)
Double room - start at 98 euros WITH BREAKFAST
Here are a few slightly over 100 euros but still bargains:
Hôtel Elysées Union in the 16eme at Boissiere Metro
Double room - from 131 euros
Hostellerie du Marais 30, rue de Turenne (3eme near Place des Vosges)
Double room - starting at 116 euros but check for their 3-night special
Hotel des Grandes Ecoles in the Latin Quarter (gorgeous rooms and garden)
Double rooms - starting at 120 euros
Formerly the budget Hotel Lyon-Mulhouse, now renovated and opened as Hotel Original with much higher prices.
Hotel Original (near Bastille Metro, great location)
Double room - starting at 155 euros (triple and quad rooms are available)
Another one has been bitten by the "boutique" bug. Prices reflect the changes.
Hotel Trocadero la Tour in the 16eme (Metro Passy or La Muette; both a hike)
Double room - starting at 123 euros
Prices have gone over 100 euros for this one but the location is great.
Hotel Ascot Opera in the 2eme (Metro Quatre Septembre or Opera)
Double room - starting at 113 euros, singles at 94 euros
I removed Hotel Champ du Mars in the 7eme from the list because it downloaded a virus onto my computer. They may or may not have fixed it, but I do not recommend using their web site. If you are interested, use a trusted web site like http://www.booking.com or http://www.venere.com
On my 6th night, I finally settled in a place which I later on called ... HOME!
Stayed there for almost 2 weeks under the loving care of Momma Micheline. If there's an instant mami noodles .... she's that Instant Mom!
It's here where I experience that local Parissiene feeling, accompanying momma (as I call her) for a weekend tour of the flea market. I hope she already had sold that antique mirror she has been eager to sell, just to buy other flea market stuff that she will later on dead-stock in her basement rooms (right, Carol dear?). Imagine stealing the nearby supermarket's grocery cart to transport that huge & heavy mirror? Cool mom! She even took me to Disneyland and forced me to ride a carousel and all those kiddie rides.
Carol, my newfound sister, likewise is a sweet thing. If tounge has the strongest muscle in our muscular system, well, her's more to offer .... talks a lot and never get tired of it, giving directions to tourists getting lost with elaborate info that is into the minutest detail. If you still don't get it...get lost forever!
How about breakfast in the garden with freshly picked cherry tomatoes, yes, from their own backyard... and fresh mint leaves for your english tea .... and yes momma.... am allergic to flowers but I love that big pink rose that you put in my bedroom.
(SIGH!) I miss Momma Mich & Carol's tandem, the way ...no!... more than I miss Batman & Robin or Tracy Thorn & Ben Wat, or Stanley & Iris, or.....
HOME SWEET HOME!
Directions by METRO:
Take the Metro #13 (Asnieres-Gennevilliers Saint-Denis / Chatillon-Montrouge), get down to Plaisance station, take the street fronting you when you got up the escalator, approx. 3 min. turn left to Rue Pierre Larouse, walk straight about 6min. and at the end of the street is Rue Didot, turn right, you will pass by Citadines apartelle, Grandprix supermart, in about 2min. you reach Hopitale Brousses fronting it is Indien Suraj resto, at the side of this resto is that small street called Villa Colet.... Apartment No. 4. You're there!
Directions by BUS:
Bus # 58 from Chatelet.
But I prefer the metro, I got lost when I took the bus the first time!
As we were a group of five friends we have decided that the best option for our 7 days stay in Paris will be to rent an apartment.
This possibility was not only more convenient from the cost point of view but gave us also a certain liberty to manage our time according to our wishes.
Before choosing we have made a long and detailed research regarding especially the areas where the flats were located as we've been warned by some friends that in Paris are some arrondissements that is better to avoid, especially at late hours in the night (e.g. Montmartre).
Our flat was located in the 10th Arrondissement and, although the street was full of fancy names hair style shops for afro people (e.g. Top Chic, Afro King), we had no problem at all.
The nearest metro station, Chateau d'Eau, was located at 100m and a supermarket at 15m.
The flat was very nice, fully equipped and from the livingroom window we had a very nice view of Basilique du Sacre-Coeur.
This hotel has nothing outstanding but its is close the Gare de Lyon, in a small street, which means that it is much quieter than those that are just in front of the station. There are certainly lots of other hotels with the same quality in the area. BTW, if you plan to dine at the "Biche au Bois", it is a hundred meters away !
If you are staying a week or longer, consider an apartment. You have a lot more room, cooking facilities, often laundry facilities and you feel like you are really living in Paris for your week (or more).
We've used Paris Attitude Apartments and had a wonderful experience. Normally in Paris I prefer a hotel for the staff, but we had our two adult daughters with us so wanted more room and paying for 3 rooms was more than we wanted to do. We did a little searching and found a 3-bedroom apartment near the rue Cler market and Eiffel Tower and moved our family in for the week. When we split the cost, it came out to 32 euros a night. That's impossible to find in a hotel as nice as the apartment.
We didn't do any cooking, but we did have a picnic on our terrace every night. We had breakfast at a cute little tea room nearby or at Paul's Boulangerie on rue de Buci; had lunch wherever we were sightseeing for the day and then stopped at the market on the way "home" to get our picnic supplies.
When looking at apartments, remember the ground floor is the "ground" floor and the next floor up is the first floor. Check for an elevator if you don't want to climb stairs. It's useful to have a local contact in case of a problem. I managed to blow a fuse the first night and I'm sure other crazy things can go wrong.
Living room, dining room, kitchen, bathroom with separate WC, 3 bedrooms, computer and wifi, tv, great neighborhood, fun local street market, nearby Metro stations.
I'm not recommending a particular apartment, just the idea of thinking about renting one. I can recommend Paris Attitude Apartments but there are other reputable agencies and VRBO (vacation rental by owner) you will find with minimal searching.
Following a trip to Bavaria, we were returning our leased car and leaving from CDG early in the morning and wanted a quiet place for the night. We certainly found it. The tiny town of Plailly is just north of CDG Airport about a 12 minute drive.
We arrived, left our things and were off to visit the abbey at Chaalis. You could also easily visit the abbey of Royaumont or the chateau of Chantilly. If you want a crazy time, Parc Asterix is a few kilometers from Plailly. That's for you folks with children! . . . or the young at heart.
Pleasant, clean hotel with a very nice restaurant. It is not fancy but it is very French and the staff are helpful and thoughtful.
It was so nice to check out in the morning, drive 12 minutes through the countryside and arrive at the airport with no traffic to speak of. That was why we chose it and it worked beautifully.
There is also a very nice inexpensive breakfast.
Our arrival was greeted warmly and we were checked in very quickly , our request for the internet code and 2 extra pillows was dealt with immediately and politely, our room (27) had its own bathroom which was clean enough and quite large and both the bathroom window and the room window were double glazed which meant we did not have any noise problems...both of these windows did not have a view as such as they both looked out into courtyard areas which we found odd...but not a problem at all.
The bed linnen and the towels had been freshly launderd and the carpet and curtains were clean and stain free.
The room itself was a reasonable size with a desk and 2 chairs as well as the bed and a hanging space for clothes and a TV and air conditioning unit and a safe.(many different channels available on the TV and of course pay per view naughtyness as well)
There are vending machines with drinks and snacks (basic) in reception and also the possibilty to order take aways and have champagne delivered to your room by the 1/2 or full bottle
The hotel is DIRECTLY accross the road from the Gare du Nord but we did not experience any problems from this and even if you return to your hotel late at night ot get up especailly early to see the sights there is always something nearby open to get food and drink.
If you want to be super picky then yes the carpet in the stairs was a bit worn and the skirting boards could do with a lick of paint ...but otherwise this is a perfectly reasonable hotel in a good position in what is probably one of the top 5 most expensive cities in the world...accept it for what it is and enjoy your stay.
When you are booking be aware that the cheaper rooms do not have thier own bathrooms!
Directly opposite the Gare du Nord... Perfect for Thalys users
Free wifi in the hotel
Breakfast buffet available
Special requests such as champagne and flowers in the room are catered for
This hotel holds a special Parisian memory for me. It was the hotel I stayed at during my first Parisian vacation.
While I love this hotel I haven't stayed there again as the location is too far away from where I really wish to be-in the 5th & 6th districts-necessitating taking the metro each time.
First of all the hotel is located in the 16th arrt. When you walk out of the hotel you can see the Eiffel Tower in front of you. In fact, the whole tower is visible from top to bottom so if you wanted, you can take unlimited beautiful photos of the tower from the hotel's street. Some rooms on the hotel's top floor do have Eiffel Tower views also.
Most of all the hotel is old-world styled. When I stayed there the maids still wore the traditional black and white uniforms that you always associate Parisian maids with.
And the elevator was the bird cage type with this nice ironwork -totally Parisian. You could use the stairs instead and would not be sorry as it was beautiful-a bit winding but not so narrow.
If you know the famous chef, Joel Robuchon, his signature restaurant, Jamin, is located near the hotel at 32, rue de Longchamp.
Also another famous chef, Alain Ducasse, presides at another restaurant nearby. That one is called 59 Poincare, the name representing the street address. The restaurant is in the Hotel Sofitel Le Parc.
Designer shopping is found about a block or so from the hotel at Ave. Victor Hugo.
The second time I stayed here the drain in the tub did not work and there were dust bunnies under the bed. I heard from a later renter that things had only gotten worse. So I no longer recommend this apartment. Which is too bad, because properly maintained this apartment would be a gem.
A friend invited me to share this apartment with her and her mother last October . It was bit tight for 3, but it worked out just fine. The apartment is in a secured building on Ave de la Bourdonnais. There is both a numeric pad as well as several keys to use on the way in. I did feel very safe here. The apartment was spotlessly clean and very light.
It was my first time in an apartment and I'm still weighing the pluses and minuses. On the plus side you can have your coffee and breakfast without having to face the world. And cheaper than at a hotel or cafe. Also on the plus side is the sense of privacy. On the minus side you make the bed and clean up!
The price was excellent for the quality of the apartment and the neighborhood.
Since I was staying longer this last trip
I did what I've always wanted to do:
rent an apartment.
In one of my favorite outlying neighborhoods but still close to most of my fave hangouts, this was a one-bedroom with kitchen, living room, bedroom, terrace, courtyard, bath/bidet & separate wc and a lift leased to me by a warm and kind french-tunisian widow who alternates between her apartment in Paris and country house further south of the city.
It is also less expensive than a 3-star hotel, ( I was averaging a cost of approx. 71-Euros/night) yet a better & more rich experience.
Having my own place on a quiet neighborhood street in Paris is an experience I will never forget.
Unless I feel like treating myself to a "luxury night" in a hotel for some special reason, I will likely never stay in a hotel in Paris again.
It seems there are more listings available in the summer & early fall, but there are lots of availabilities all the time.
So much better than a hotel, it is not just about more room or privacy.
It is about a real Paris neighborhood experience, including shopping for good things to eat & drink, chatting with the merchants and shopkeepers, and having somewhere to keep the baguette and all the other goodies you bring home; about meeting your neighbors & concierge and sharing time & conversation in their home; strolling your home neighborhood, watching and enjoying children and their parents play in the many small squares & parks after school and on weekends, not to mention the free concerts that just seem to "happen" in kiosks/bandshells all over the neighborhood.
Finding out the history of the building you live in and the squares on my street was for me an eye-opening and fulfilling experience that I am still enjoying as I research it at home.
Just my opinion, but I think if you try it you'll really like it.
All pix shown will be from around the neighborhood to respect the privacy of the lady who let me stay in her home.
Both are very nice two star hotels just off rue Grenelle on rue de l'Avre . I dropped by both hotels this past October and was very impressed, particularly with Hotel De L'Avre.
I have read good things about De L'Avre and it is now on my short list for a future visit.
The nearby metro stop is a very useful one for getting around Paris, both left and right bank. There is a Sunday market under the elevated tracks. It is a normal Parisian neighborhood with small cafes and a Monoprix.
Since the Euro is killing the dollar making Paris even more expensive, I cracked up when I read someone has found a cheap solution to rooms in the center Ille of Paris:
on a special hotel floor atop the historic Hôtel-Dieu Hospital, the oldest hospital in Paris.
I am not kidding. I just read about this in travel section of the April 10, 2005 NY TImes, and I think it is an extremely clever way to go cheap in Paris for lodging.
The location is right next to Notre Dame on Ile de la Cite.
The punchline is, when you're out partying all night, if you get back too late, you have to enter via the emergency room entrance.
So the bottom line is, you're staying right next door to Notre Dame for about $110 (91 Euros) / day. Since I never sleep in Paris anyway, I say, why not? Note: I no sooner posted this (after the NY Times article) than they raised their rates from 79 to 91 Euros /night..... gouge....!!! )
Read this article Paris Hospital Rooms
and see what you think.
Here is another link about it:
Hôtel Dieu Hospital
aside from E91/day, maybe excellent medical care?
and of course, location right next to the first arrondisemont.
Supposedly they take Visa but I cannot confirm this yet.
HOTEL RIVOLI is on 44 Rue de Rivoli, corner 2 Rue des Mauvais Garcons - with a view on Hotel de Ville and Tour Saint Jaques. And that is the biggest advantage of this place to stay: right in the heart of old Paris, just 100 hundred meters from the Seine and Ile de la Cite with Notre Dame and so on. Additionally the Metro station Hotel de Ville makes it a convinient getting around connection to everywhere else.
The rooms themselves are not that special and maybe a little bit run down - but in this location for this price it is a great bargain. A double with bathroom was 55 EUR. And again, you cant get much closer with your bed to the highlights of Paris - maybe Hotel Henry IV right ON Ile de la Cite - 25 Place Dauphine, 01 43544453 - would be another great place to stay, but they were already booked out when I prepared the Paris trip.
When looking at hotels and apartments in France, if you're from the USA, keep in mind that in France the first floor is called the ground floor; the second floor is called the first floor in France because it's the first floor above the ground floor.
A lot of folks find a first floor apartment and think there will be no steps only to discover a flight of stairs when they arrive. Fine for most folks, but not if you have a handicapped person with you.
So remember, the floor at ground level is the "ground floor" (rez-de-chaussée). The floor above that is called the first (premier) floor but you have to walk up a flight of stairs to get there. Their 2nd floor is our 3rd floor. The French 3rd floor is our 4th floor.
In other words, when it says 4th floor walkup apartment, you are walking up 5 flights of stairs. These stairs can be winding and narrow too so check before you arrive and are disappointed.
After many search i stayed in Picarddi Hotel .
it,s good , clean and cheap hotel and it have a beautyfull look balcon on Gare De Nord station but the hotel didn,t give breakfast , the price was 50 euro for 2 person per night , i like it because it,s near from the shops and close from the Gare De Nore Metro station ,It deserve test .
Only room with TV, path and shower . the hotel also clean and you can watch Gare De Nord Station from it,s windows
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