Northeast Paris is witnessing an interesting phenomenon. In this multicultural collage of gritty historic neighborhoods, bohemian quarters and more recently, piecemeal gentrification, several independently-run, quality budget hotels are enjoying increased popularity with travelers, thanks mostly to word-of-mouth.
While these properties may be too far away from the traditional touristic routes for some tourists, other travelers (mainly practical and independent souls) do purposely seek out a sojourn in a quiet and safe neighborhood, and a sleep undisturbed by the droves of tourists and night owls that literally take over some prime downtown locations.
Staying in the 19th or the 20th means, in other words, being as far away as possible from the rue Cler and the crowds that overflow these and other quarters!
As you may have read, I enjoy keeping my eye on Paris’ budget hotel scene. Below are six hotels in less touristic neighborhoods not yet chosen by EuroCheapo’s editors as “picks” that I think deserve consideration.
8 Rue de la Bidassoa
One of the most notable up-and-coming hotels in the 20th arrondissement is the Hotel Nadaud. Seasoned travelers rave about the exceptionally welcoming staff, pristine rooms, convenient location and affordable prices. After her sojourn in this hospitable and ultra-serviceable hotel one patron wrote: “I had not been to Paris since many years and this visit even changed my opinion of the Parisians.” A laudable feat for the Nadaud! Doubles from €65.
Hotel Paris Villette
56 Rue Curial
Located in the 19th, the Hotel Paris Villette has seen its popularity skyrocket, with its clientele routinely praising the friendly and multilingual staff, the neatness of the rooms, the quiet neighborhood and the excellent quality/price ratio. With singles starting at €58, doubles at €65 and triples at €70, this property would be a worthwhile candidate for EuroCheapo’s “Classic Cheapo” category.
15 Rue Lally Tollendal
A group of convenient and unpretentious budget hotels dot the northeast of the city. The Abricotel, also located in the 19th, has recently been renovated and offers rooms all equipped with a salle de bain, as well as a 24-hour front desk, direct telephone and Wi-Fi at prices starting as low as €55.
Hotel de la Perdrix Rouge
5 Rue Lassus
Currently riding a wave of popularity, the Hotel de la Perdrix Rouge (“Hotel of the Red Partridge”), another 19th arrondissement sleep, lies in the vicinity of the Parc des Buttes Chaumont and the Parc de Belleville. Guests commend the quietness of the quarter, the hotel’s cleanliness, value for money, proximity to the Metro and the decent breakfast. The reasonable rates (€86 for a single and €93- €103 for a double) have earned it quite a bit of attention.
188 Rue De Crimée
The Hotel Crimée was refurbished not long ago and, as a result, earned a third star. However, it didn’t let it go to its head. Indeed, with nightly rates starting at €85 (singles) and €95 (doubles), the property has amassed a well-merited reputation among budget-savvy travelers. It offers free Wi-Fi, an Internet station in the lobby and air-conditioned rooms. The Crimée is located in the 19th arrondissement not far from the Parc de la Villette and about 50 yards from a Metro station. Guests praise the clean and functional rooms, the comfortable bedding, the friendly staff and especially the excellent quality/price ratio.
Hotel du Moulin
3 Rue Aristide Bruant
Finally, in the 18th, the Hotel du Moulin is quite popular among fans of the Montmartre area, who praise its spotless rooms, good location and convenient rates (singles from €100, doubles from €110).
Stay tuned for more hotel suggestions that should be up for consideration by EuroCheapo’s editors. Next week I’ll jump down to the 10th and 11th arrondissements. Of course, for many more hotel recommendations, visit EuroCheapo’s guide to cheap hotels in Paris.
Your favorite hotels in Paris
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