Uncovering Europe's best budget hotels since 2001.
I love Paris’ super cheap sleeps. Well, not all of them, of course. The city has plenty of uninspiring cheapo options that, having visited hundreds of them, I’d rather not discuss. But it also has a handful of budget hotels that offer something special.
The best of these have a few things in common. For the most part, they’re small, independent affairs that have been run by the same proprietor or family for decades. Indeed, in the 12 years I’ve been visiting these hotels, I am often received in the reception by the same friendly faces, year after year.
Many of these hotels offer simple and clean rooms, while limiting the number of extra gizmos that other hotels add to inflate the price (and star rating). As you look through the list below, you’ll note that many don’t offer a TV, although almost all of them now offer free Wi-Fi. (This also keeps things quieter.)
Finally, many of these hotels have a little something special happening. Perhaps it’s a feminine touch (Tiquetonne), or the impossibly central location (Henri IV), or the trendy shabby-chic design (Eldorado). What makes these hotels different is that they don’t just offer a really cheap bed, but they offer an experience that I find interesting and particular Parisian.
Here are my eight favorite hotels in Paris with doubles for under €80. To read many more reviews (including fabulous sleeps that are a tad more expensive), check out our Paris guide.
Sleeping at the Hotel Rivoli, situated across the rue de Rivoli from the Hotel de Ville, is about as central (and basic) as it gets. Unrenovated doubles with shared bath go for an incredible €47 (indeed, cheaper than a hostel), while renovated rooms with private bath go for €70-80. There’s no elevator, no TV, and basically no charming extras, but it’s clean, conveniently placed, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout.
Doubles with private bath from €65
The Hotel Tiquetonne is one of our favorite hotels on the site, and certainly one of the most popular with readers. Situated a couple of blocks north of Les Halles on the boutique-lined rue Tiquetonne, the creaky and old fashioned hotel provides 45 simple, clean and very cheap rooms with a feminine touch (I mean, look at that wallpaper!). While the don’t have TVs, the hotel does provide free Wi-Fi. (And hey, as most of their doubles with private bath go for €65, you could go buy yourself a TV with the money you’ll be saving.)
Booking tips: Call or email the hotel as early as possible, especially during high season, as it fills up. We prefer the rooms on the higher floors that face the street, as they have great views. State your preference when reserving.
Studious types will dig the Hotel Cluny Sorbonne, an old fashioned hotel located across a tiny street from the Université de la Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter. And students, take note: Famed French poet Rimbaud lived here in 1872 and penned poems by candlelight in room 62. A recent renovation made the 23 rooms slightly more expensive, but also freshened things up quite a bit. All rooms with TV, free Wi-Fi and private bath.
Booking tips: Rates are slightly cheaper when you book more than three nights. We also preferred the street-side rooms on the higher floors here, as there are some gorgeous views over the Sorbonne (ask when booking).
It’s all about location and history at the Hotel Henri IV, a zero-star Cheapo situated on the Place Dauphine at the tip of the Ile de la Cité. You are quite literally staying in the bulls-eye center of town. The building once served as the printing office for King Henri IV, but now provides 15 simple rooms (with neither TV nor Wi-Fi) with great views of the Place and rock-bottom rates.
Booking tips: The hotel doesn’t have an elevator, so ask for a lower floor if this is an issue, although you’ll still have to climb to the reception. Book well in advance, especially during the high season. Note that the hotel doesn’t have Wi-Fi (and, in fact, I wrote another post specifically about that!).
Completely renovated in 2011, the Audran is a solid deal, offering two-star rooms in Montmartre’s photogenic Abbesses neighborhood. Rooms are painted pretty blues and creams, and furnishings are simple, and all are equipped with a TV and free Wi-Fi.
Situated in the artsy Batignolles neighborhood near Montmartre, the Hotel Eldorado is a funky gem, offering 33 quirky rooms with shabby-chic style. Rooms mix up original paintings, flea market furnishings, and lovely antiques… but no TV. Wi-Fi is free throughout, and a plant-filled garden makes a welcome retreat in the warmer months.
Booking tips: Like the others on this list, the Eldorado is very popular, so book well in advance. Note that all doubles have a private bath, even those for €65. Also, the hotel does not have an elevator.
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Although the hotel’s location near Pigalle and Montmartre is close to a lot of action (and some of it seedy), the family-run Hotel André Gill is surprisingly quiet. Much of this is due to the hotel’s dead-end street, which prevents cars from buzzing past your windows. Its 33 rooms are simply furnished (again, no TV or telephone), but there is free Wi-Fi, and quite notably, the hotel offers free breakfast.
The one-star Hotel Stella is old, cheap and charming, and boasts a Left Bank location right around the corner from the Jardin de Luxembourg. Although it might be too basic for some (no Wi-Fi or TV in the rooms), others will revel in its quirkiness and romantic ambiance, and the general spaciousness of its 20 rooms (including one with an old upright piano in it).
Booking tips: The hotel doesn’t accept credit cards, and late arrivals should note the limited hours of the reception. There isn’t any elevator.
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