Cheap hotels in 13th: Place d’Italie / Chinatown / Butte-aux-Cailles, Paris
Main attractions: The area’s main crossroads is Place d'Italie, surrounded by brutalist tower blocks that can make you forget you are in Paris.
Neighborhood atmosphere: Despite the uncharming high rises, the neighborhood does have one charming secret: the saving grace that is the Butte-aux-Cailles, a hilltop pocket that has both a French village vibe and an artsy hipster aesthetic in its many cafés and bars along the rue de la Butte aux Cailles and rue des Cinq Diamants.
Affordability: Home to Europe’s largest Chinatown (which nevertheless pales in comparison to the Chinatowns of London, San Francisco or New York), the 13th offers lots of inexpensive dining options for those who wallets (and palates) are tired of classic French bistro food (the Tang Frères supermarket is a giant Asian food emporium that’s worth a stop).
Stay Here If: You aren’t picky about location or want to experience the untouristy, off-the-beaten path residential feel of the Butte aux Cailles with its cobblestone streets and untouristy vibe.
Stay Elsewhere If: You are more comfortable being in a more central, well trodden neighborhood, or your idea of Paris does not include ugly highrise buildings.
Address 24, rue Cels (13th: Place d’Italie / Chinatown / Butte-aux-Cailles)
With an extra-quiet location one block from the Cimetière du Montparnasse, the Hôtel Mistral is a lovely boutique hotel that offers a romantic history and modern pizzazz. Unfortunately for Cheapos, its budget hotel days are (mostly) history.
Address 8, Boulevard de Port-Royal (13th: Place d’Italie / Chinatown / Butte-aux-Cailles)
Located in the bottom of the 5th arrondissement, the Port-Royal Hotel is a family-run hotel, offering affordable rooms with an old-fashioned touch.
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Address 15 rue Pascal (13th: Place d’Italie / Chinatown / Butte-aux-Cailles)
This two-star hotel near the Gobelins Metro offers renovated rooms with some splashy, regal touches.
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