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A few weeks ago I wrote about some favorite budget hotels in Paris’ less-touristic 19th and 20th arrondissements. These are great small hotels that I believe are too often dismissed by travelers as not central enough for their trips. However, as I pointed out, Paris’ northeast quarter is buzzing these days, and travelers seeking out accommodation here are often rewarded with an experience that puts them in closer proximity to the city and its residents than most tourists in central neighborhoods will ever experience.
Today let’s move a bit southwest and examine five hotels in the 10th and 11th arrondissments, neighborhoods which are actually closer to the center of the city. I believe that each of these hotels represents a fine value and should be considered by EuroCheapo’s editors for possible inclusion as “editor’s picks” in the future.
Renovations in the 10th
Two hotels in the 10th have undergone recent refurbishment and are luring guests in with their fine qualities and affordable rates. These include:
The Hotel Garden Saint Martin, situated in the proximity of the Canal Saint-Martin gets very high marks for cleanliness and location, and offers singles at €100 and doubles at €110. (35 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010)
Located a few blocks away from the Garden Saint Martin, the Belta Hotel has also received glowing reviews for its friendly staff, its good continental breakfast and its overall value, with rooms starting at €115. (46 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010)
Meanwhile in the 11th…
Housed in a vintage Parisian building, the charming Grand Hotel de l’Avenue, described as a “petit hotel familial,” offers 40 rooms with fully equipped bathrooms, direct phone, TV, and double glass-windows. Its low prices (€72 for a single, €85-88 for a double/twin) attract an eclectic clientele, which has grown more and more enthusiastic over the years. (14 rue Rampon, 75011)
The Hotel Beaumarchais, located about half way between République and Bastille and near the Eastern edge of the Marais, introduces itself as “The cheapest 3-star funky hotel in the Marais district.” With singles starting at €92 and doubles at €120, the Beaumarchais’ rates are not precisely “cheapo” but are a convenient deal, considering the strategic location, the well-equipped, air-conditioned rooms, the comfortable bathrooms and the presence of an elevator at the premises. The staff has been justly celebrated for its friendliness and helpfulness. (3 Rue Oberkampf, 75011)
(Editor’s note: The Beaumarchais was an “editor’s pick” for several years, but was recently demoted as rates sometimes climb into not-so-cheapo territory. But we’ll reconsider, Ernesto!)
Printania Temple: A Cheapo that deserves a review
A small hotel near the Cirque d’Hiver (11th) has recently been going up in the ratings, given its excellent quality/price ratio and, in the process, baffling the connoisseurs. The Printania Temple, unknown to many, is an example of an extreme “offline” hotel. Without a website or email address, or any possibility of booking through the online methods, the Printania’s popularity is passed by word-of-mouth among its hardcore fans.
This circle of friends—they actually sound like an extended family—consistently praise the owners (especially Raymonde, the patronne), the welcoming staff, the cleanness and comfort of the premises and the low prices. These rates, only mentioned in passing in some reviews, appear to lie in the zone of €55-60 per night.
Whether it’s a concealed candidate for a well-deserved EuroCheapo accolade or it’s just the spinster aunt of other properties near the Place de la République, this intriguing hotel deserves better attention. (16 Boulevard du Temple, 75011. Phone: +33 1 47 00 33 46)
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