Cheap hotels in Place d’Italie / Chinatown (13th), 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.

Editor's Pick
Hotel de la Place des Alpes, Paris

Address 2 Place Des Alpes (Place d’Italie / Chinatown (13th))

EuroCheapo Review: Offering no-nonsense rooms with private baths and free Wi-Fi near the Place d'Italie, the hotel is a practical option for budget travelers.... read review

7.5 Guest Rating

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Hotel de l'Espérance, Paris

Address 15 rue Pascal (Place d’Italie / Chinatown (13th))

EuroCheapo Review: This two-star hotel near the Gobelins Metro offers renovated rooms with some splashy, regal touches.... read review

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Hôtel Les Gobelins, Paris

Address 9 rue des Gobelins (Place d’Italie / Chinatown (13th))

EuroCheapo Review: The Residence les Gobelins offers two-star rooms that are cheery and basic located on a small side street one-minute from the "Gobelins" Metro stop.... read review

7.9 Guest Rating

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Hôtel Mistral, Paris

Address 24, rue Cels (Place d’Italie / Chinatown (13th))

EuroCheapo Review: 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.... read review

8.8 Guest Rating

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