When looking for your home away from home in Paris, there are a few things to consider: location, comfort, ambiance, and, of course, price. But just because you’d rather save on accommodation and spend your cash on the many other fine things Paris has to offer doesn’t mean you have to settle for a shabby, dull or conventional place to rest your head.
Many of the French capital’s cheapo-friendly hotels have upped the style stakes recently, refurbishing their lobbies and rooms and adopting a decidedly dapper feel. Here are just a few polished picks from our Paris listings.
109, rue de Bagnolet
Neighborhood: Père Lachaise-Belleville
Doubles: €89 to €199
Want real style bang for your buck? Then look no further than this award-winning hotel designed by Philippe Starck. Slick rooms decked out in Starck’s signature tongue-in-cheek style feature iMacs, free Wi-Fi and microwaves, making Mama Shelter a no-brainer for those looking for a complete boutique hotel experience.
While it’s definitely not central, this neighborhood exudes hipster cool and is near the Père Lachaise cemetery and many of the city’s hottest new-wave bistros. Besides, with its swank restaurant menu created by Michelin-starred chef Alain Senderens, a laid-back little pizzeria, a hip cocktail bar featuring international DJs and a roof-top lounge, not to mention the free in-room movies and video games, you may never get back out the door.
53, rue Richer
Neighborhood: Grand Boulevards
Doubles: €70 to €110
It’s tough to beat this small 2-star hotel for its prime location near l’Opéra Garnier. Most of the rooms have been remodeled in pleasing shades of warm gray, dusty purple and muted putty. Hardwood floors, flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi and sleek baths give these rooms, some with spectacular views, an attractive, modern feel.
20 bis, rue Dugommier
Neighborhood: Gare de Lyon
Doubles: €69 to €389
Recently renovated, this small boutique hotel offers 15 modern, clean rooms with flat-screen TVs, free Wi-Fi, toiletries in the bathrooms and yes, tasteful pink accents throughout. A large elevator, air conditioning and a breakfast room round out the amenities you’ll find at this friendly spot a stone’s throw from the Bastille and Gare de Lyon train station.
Note: Although the Pink Hotel’s rates fluctuate wildly, it’s often possible to book a room for under €100
11, rue Moreau
Doubles: €84 to €135
Another pick not far from the Bastille area is this gem of a hotel offering guests the convenience of in-room kitchenettes and the trendiness of a boutique-style atmosphere. Rooms, or “studios” as they’re called, are decorated in fun, vibrant colors, with modern furnishings and views on the elevated Viaduc des Arts garden. The bright breakfast room, with its outdoor patio in summer months, also has a view of this pretty, tree-studded park. The location, while not central when looking at a map, is actually very convenient, with access to three different Métro lines.
29, rue Cler
Neighborhood: Near the Eiffel Tower
Doubles: €95 to €170
This solid value-for-money sleep is undergoing a floor-by-floor facelift. For a stylish stay, opt for the “Superior” rooms, with their voguish wallpaper and luxe furnishings. Bathrooms feel spa-like with complimentary toiletries and a pleasant, modern aesthetic. The reception and breakfast room are equally sleek. For a left-bank base close to the Eiffel Tower, this place, on a charming market street, is a bargain-seeker’s winner.
Check out our guide to cheap hotels in Paris for clean, quality, cheapo-friendly hotels and hostels reviewed by our experts. If you’ve got questions, or even your own recommendations, feel free to leave a comment below.