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The “City of Light” is famous for its charming streets, fabulous food and world-renowned attractions such as the Louvre Museum, Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe and Notre Dame Cathedral. Getting around the city is fast and efficient, allowing travelers to easily experience different districts (numbered one through 18) and neighborhoods such as the Left Bank, Latin Quarter or Batignolles. Those who love boutique hotels without the high price tags will truly love staying in Paris.
There are a number of centrally located, intimate properties with fabulous décor at affordable rates – however be aware that rooms in Paris tend to be much smaller than the average, and typically charge extra for breakfast. Here are the 10 best budget hotels in Paris.
Best Location: Hotel des Nations St. Germain
Situated on the Left Bank near the Latin Quarter, the Hotel des Nations St. Germaine has an unbeatable location surrounded by public transportation (bike rentals, two metro lines, several buses, and a train station are nearby). The hotel is located on a lively street filled with shops and restaurants and is within walking distance to Notre Dame cathedral. After 2 p.m. there's an honesty bar package available with hot and cold drinks, as well as petits fours. Rooms are sophisticated and modern, with trendy wallpaper and upholsteries, a welcome tray, free Wi-Fi and private baths. Breakfast is included with your stay, and it can be delivered to your room at no extra charge.
Best for Families: Hotel de la Porte Doree
The 43-room, Hotel de La Porte Doree features elegant designs, beautiful woodwork, floral décor and is extremely family-friendly. They’ve thought of everything for families: cots, monitors, play baskets, booster seats, outlet covers, bottles, changing tables, babysitters and more. The concierge offers coloring paper and crayons upon arrival for little ones, and although breakfast is available for an additional charge, kids eat for free with paying adults. Standard Double Rooms have Henri II-style antiques, fireplaces (in some), wood flooring and furnishings, comfortable beds with custom headboards and plush bedding, as well as amenities like soundproofing, oversized windows and private baths with organic shampoos. For more space, there are also adjoining family rooms with private terraces. The hotel is located near the Parc Zoologique de Paris, and is a two-minute walk from a metro station.
Best for Romance: Atelier Montparnasse
There are few places more romantic than Paris, and the 40-room, Atelier Montparnasse (located in a quiet neighborhood on the Left Bank) fits the bill if you're looking a sentimental stay. The concierge offers chocolate and flower arrangements for special occasions and can even help with obtaining with theater tickets for a night out on the town with your SO. Each room has a different style, ranging from modern minimalist to Parisian romance, with oversized windows and modern baths with glass-enclosed showers and high-end bath products. The reception area has a cozy fireplace, wood floors and a stunning chandelier, while the breakfast area and lounge has exposed brick walls and offers easy access to a peaceful outdoor patio.
Best Design: Hotel Apollon Montparnasse
If you prefer a hotel that pays close attention to the finer details when it comes to design, then the 33-room Hotel Apollon Montparnasse won't disappoint. Family owned and operated, the hotel is designed to match the artistic neighborhood of the Left Bank. The breakfast room feels like a secret tunnel, with brick walls and arched ceilings, yet furniture is bright and colorful (breakfast is additional). Various room options are available for every type of traveler (connecting family rooms, single beds, triple beds or standard doubles), and have soundproof windows, free Wi-Fi and private baths. Other touches include unique wallpapers, designer beds, French bath products, desks with antique rotary phones and silent air conditioning. Guests can relax in the sleek, lobby lounge or explore the local area; the Pernety metro station is right next door.
Best Value: Max Hotel
Set in a beautiful residential area, the 19-room, Hotel Max is a three-minute walk from Alésia metro station. TripAdvisor members appreciated the authentic feel of the Alesia neighborhood, and commented that they felt more like locals than tourists. Rooms are on the small side, but feature fresh décor with wood floors and artistic wall murals, plus modern comforts like free Wi-Fi, Nespresso coffee makers and premium bedding. Guests can relax in the small outdoor garden or enjoy an herbal tea or glass of wine next to the fireplace in the lounge bar. A buffet breakfast is available for an additional charge. The hotel is located near many shops and restaurants (including a fabulous Italian trattoria across the street), and is about 30 minutes (by underground) to the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral and other attractions along the Seine River.
Best for Singles: Hotel Saint Marcel
This charming, 24-room hotel may be cozy and compact, but it has just the right size and amenities for solo travelers. Curl up with a good book in the tea room or meet like-minded travelers in the wine bar, which also serves cheese and snacks. Single rooms are extremely small (like a pod), with comfy beds, futuristic décor, air conditioning, writing desks and free Wi-Fi. A basic fitness center is on the property to sneak in a quick workout, and breakfast (or room service) is available for an additional charge. The hotel is centrally located just south of the Seine River and is a short distance from most attractions. Guests can also tour the nearby Manufacture des Gobelins (a traditional tapestry manufacturing facility) or the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens – both are within a healthy walking distance.
Best in a Quiet Area: Hotel Home Moderne
If you're the type who wants to stay away from the hustle and bustle of the city center, Hotel Home Moderne has got you covered. Located in a peaceful area in the south of Paris, the hotel was completely renovated in 2016 and offers dazzling accommodations near Parc des Expositions at Porte de Versailles and the beautiful Parc Georges Brassens. There are 63 air-conditioned rooms showcase modern, stylish décor and offer free Wi-Fi. A breakfast buffet is available for a surcharge and is served in the dining area and lovely outdoor terrace, or there are several delightful restaurants within walking distance. TripAdvisor members appreciated the abundance of free parking in the area, and the fact that the Eiffel Tower is about a 30-minute stroll from the hotel.
Best New Hotel: Hotel Scarlett
If you're looking for something new and noteworthy (and still budget-friendly), check out the Hotel Scarlett. Located in the family-friendly neighborhood of Belleville, the property opened in 2016 and is off-the-beaten path, but close to two metro stations (so visiting the tourist attractions will be a breeze). The hotel has 30 rooms in different categories, and with 150 square feet, Classic Rooms are tight, but adequate and have cheerful, modern décor with comfortable bedding. TripAdvisor members noted that the staff was very helpful when it came to restaurant recommendations within walking distance or any other requests. The beautiful Parc de Belleville is steps from the hotel, and offers panoramic views of the city.
Best Boutique: Hotel Trema
If you prefer to stay at smaller boutique properties with personalized service, then the 19-room Hotel Trema might just be what you're looking for (even if it's a little out of the way). Housed in a 19th-century building on the north side of Paris, interiors have been thoroughly modernized and feature geometric checkered floors and furniture that nods to the Art Deco design period. The lower level restaurant serves fresh French cuisine and is popular among the locals, but a bar and café are also available. Rooms have black-and-white patterned walls and curtains, free Wi-Fi newly remodeled bathrooms. The hotel is located in a residential area in the middle of the 19th district, not far from Parc de la Villette (a sprawling urban park) and is steps from the Crimée metro station.
Runner-Up, Best in a Quiet Area: Hotel le Mireille
Located in the gorgeous Batignolles neighborhood near the peaceful Square des Epinettes, the Hotel le Mireille is a quaint – but elegant – option on a quieter side of the city. A beautiful winding stairwell or glass-enclosed elevator leads to the 31 rooms that are bright and modern, with hardwood floors, unique light fixtures and artistic touches that are a throwback to the 19th century. Amenities include private bathrooms with glass-enclosed rainfall showers, premium bath products, free Wi-Fi and adjustable air conditioning. There’s a small, walled outdoor courtyard next to the breakfast room where guests can enjoy coffee, artisan cheese, pastries, and other breakfast items daily (a fee applies).