Cheap hotels near Pont des Arts in Paris, France
A pedestrian bridge, the Pont des Arts crosses the Seine, linking the main square of the Louvre on the Right Bank with the Académie Francaise on the Left.
The arched bridge is made of steel and was originally constructed under Napoleon I’s reign as Emperor, between 1802-1804. In the 1980s, the bridge was reconstructed, as it had suffered significant damage in both World War I and II.
The Pont des Arts is a popular crossing point today, practical for locals and tourists alike. However, it’s practicality is overshadowed by its photogenic and "hip" qualities. These draw tourists in swarms to hang out, propose, enjoy picnics, listen to music, and just “chill.”
For years, romantic types have demonstrated their affections by locking padlocks to the bridge. Controversy has recently ensued over the city’s decision to remove the locks. (A similar trend--and recent controversy--has occurred at the Ponte Vecchio in Florence).
Hotels near Pont des Arts: Budget-friendly hotels can be found on both sides of the Pont des Arts. To the north, on the Right Bank just past the Louvre, you’ll find plenty of hotel options in our “Near the Louvre” neighborhood. South of the pont, on the Left Bank, there are plenty of cheap sleeps to be found in both the Latin Quarter and St. German des Prés.
One of the closest hotels to the “pont” is the long-time EuroCheapo favorite, Hotel de Nesle, situated on a tiny street in St. Germain des Prés.
Address 25, place Dauphine (Near the Louvre)
Location is everything for the Hotel Henri IV. Located on the Place Dauphine toward the tip of the Ile de la Cite, this "island" Cheapo is ideal for romantic types looking for a simple, historic, and super-central hotel.
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Address 7 Rue de Nesle (St. Germain des Pres)
Tucked away among the back streets of Saint-Germain des Prés and steps from the Seine, this one-star offers rooms that are painted with a sense of humor and history.
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Address 19 Quai Voltaire (St. Germain des Pres)
The two-star Hotel du Quai Voltaire, located along the Seine near many art galleries and rare bookstores, is quintessentially Parisian, complete with a rich cultural history and views of the Seine and Louvre.
Address 13 Rue Des Deux Boules (Chatelet)
The two-star hotel impresses with its super-central location, just off the rue de Rivoli and five blocks east of the Louvre. And given the Flor Rivoli's reasonable rates, you'll forget all about the dated, tight rooms.
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