Where to stay in Paris

Paris hotels, B&Bs, apartment rentals, and other places to spend the night

Paris has more than 78,000 hotel rooms, so you're sure to find something.

Finding a quality room in a desirable location and in your price bracket—now that's the tricky part.

This city is full of overblown, over-priced hotels and flea-bag dives even the scruffiest backpackers would turn up a nose at.

Stick with me, though, and I'll help you find something that meets your needs, including some great budget hideaways.

Good luck, and don't worry. I've had some of my best stays in Paris in small, fourth-floor walk-ups with unforgettable views across the rooftops.

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The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★☆
This room enjoys an Eiffel Tower view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hotel Montalembert
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A modern, stylish hotel near the Musée d'Orsay

 
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A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Du Quai Voltaire
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A cheap hotel with a view of the Seine

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A moderately-priced, utterly French hotel in the Marais district

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
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Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)
£

An apartment in the heart of the Marais

 
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A room at the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc
Paris: Marais

A moderate hotel in the Marais

 
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A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Résidence Charles Floquet
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A condo hotel right uyp against eh Eiffel Tower

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
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A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
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A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Camping de Paris/Camping Indigo
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A campground by the Seine in the heart of Paris

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel de Lutèce
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 
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A bedroom at La Maison Gobert B&B (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
La Maison Gobert B&B
Paris: Bastille

A classy bed and breakfast in the 11eme of Paris

 
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The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££

A deluxe apartment right on the Champs Elysées

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
A deluxe bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Aigle Noir Hôtel
Paris: Île-de-France

A four-star hotel in a 500-year-old building near the gardens of Fontainebleau

 
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A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Camping de Paris/Camping Indigo
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A campground by the Seine in the heart of Paris

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
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Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)
£

An apartment in the heart of the Marais

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
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A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A moderately-priced, utterly French hotel in the Marais district

 
★★☆
The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel de Lutèce
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom at La Maison Gobert B&B (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
La Maison Gobert B&B
Paris: Bastille

A classy bed and breakfast in the 11eme of Paris

 
★★☆
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Résidence Charles Floquet
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A condo hotel right uyp against eh Eiffel Tower

 
★★☆
A deluxe bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Aigle Noir Hôtel
Paris: Île-de-France

A four-star hotel in a 500-year-old building near the gardens of Fontainebleau

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Du Quai Voltaire
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A cheap hotel with a view of the Seine

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc
Paris: Marais

A moderate hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★☆
This room enjoys an Eiffel Tower view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hotel Montalembert
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A modern, stylish hotel near the Musée d'Orsay

 
★★☆
The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££

A deluxe apartment right on the Champs Elysées

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
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A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
★★★
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
Hotels
Paris

The classic lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&Bs
Paris

Paris chambres d'hôte (B&Bs) range from knockabout pensions to classy modern mini-hotels to the classic Victorian-looking inn

 
Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)

Appartements (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Paris can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
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 (Photo courtesy of the property)

A résidence hôtelière (serviced flat) combines the space and freedom (and kitchenette) of an apartment with some hotel-like serviced (front desk, housekeeping, etc.)

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Auberges de jeunesse (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Paris from €19 per person

 
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)

Camping and campgrounds (terrains de camping) are a cheap way to spend the night in Paris

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
Hotels
Paris

The classic lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&Bs
Paris

Paris chambres d'hôte (B&Bs) range from knockabout pensions to classy modern mini-hotels to the classic Victorian-looking inn

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
★★★
A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
★★☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)

A résidence hôtelière (serviced flat) combines the space and freedom (and kitchenette) of an apartment with some hotel-like serviced (front desk, housekeeping, etc.)

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A moderately-priced, utterly French hotel in the Marais district

 
★★☆
The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel de Lutèce
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom at La Maison Gobert B&B (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
La Maison Gobert B&B
Paris: Bastille

A classy bed and breakfast in the 11eme of Paris

 
★★☆
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Résidence Charles Floquet
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A condo hotel right uyp against eh Eiffel Tower

 
★★☆
A deluxe bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Aigle Noir Hôtel
Paris: Île-de-France

A four-star hotel in a 500-year-old building near the gardens of Fontainebleau

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★☆
This room enjoys an Eiffel Tower view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hotel Montalembert
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A modern, stylish hotel near the Musée d'Orsay

 
★★☆
The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££

A deluxe apartment right on the Champs Elysées

 
★☆☆
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Camping de Paris/Camping Indigo
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A campground by the Seine in the heart of Paris

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)
£

An apartment in the heart of the Marais

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Du Quai Voltaire
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A cheap hotel with a view of the Seine

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc
Paris: Marais

A moderate hotel in the Marais

 
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)

Appartements (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Paris can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Auberges de jeunesse (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Paris from €19 per person

 
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)

Camping and campgrounds (terrains de camping) are a cheap way to spend the night in Paris

 
★★★
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
Hotels
Paris

The classic lodging option—generally reliable and familiar, but not always the best bargain

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A moderately-priced, utterly French hotel in the Marais district

 
★★☆
The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel de Lutèce
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A deluxe bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Aigle Noir Hôtel
Paris: Île-de-France

A four-star hotel in a 500-year-old building near the gardens of Fontainebleau

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★☆
This room enjoys an Eiffel Tower view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hotel Montalembert
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A modern, stylish hotel near the Musée d'Orsay

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
★★★
A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Du Quai Voltaire
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A cheap hotel with a view of the Seine

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc
Paris: Marais

A moderate hotel in the Marais

 
The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)

Appartements (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Paris can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
★★☆
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££

A deluxe apartment right on the Champs Elysées

 
★☆☆
Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)
£

An apartment in the heart of the Marais

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)

A résidence hôtelière (serviced flat) combines the space and freedom (and kitchenette) of an apartment with some hotel-like serviced (front desk, housekeeping, etc.)

 
★★☆
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Résidence Charles Floquet
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A condo hotel right uyp against eh Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
B&Bs
Paris

Paris chambres d'hôte (B&Bs) range from knockabout pensions to classy modern mini-hotels to the classic Victorian-looking inn

 
★★☆
A bedroom at La Maison Gobert B&B (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
La Maison Gobert B&B
Paris: Bastille

A classy bed and breakfast in the 11eme of Paris

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)

Camping and campgrounds (terrains de camping) are a cheap way to spend the night in Paris

 
★☆☆
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Camping de Paris/Camping Indigo
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A campground by the Seine in the heart of Paris

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Auberges de jeunesse (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Paris from €19 per person

 
★★☆
A room at the Résidence Montebello (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Résidence Montebello
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A residence hotel of serviced apartments between the Champs de Mars and the Luxembourg Gardens

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★★☆
Eiffel Tower views from the bedrooms in the self-catering apartments of Residence Charles Floquet (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Résidence Charles Floquet
Paris: Eiffel Tower

A condo hotel right uyp against eh Eiffel Tower

 
★★☆
This room enjoys an Eiffel Tower view (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hotel Montalembert
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A modern, stylish hotel near the Musée d'Orsay

 
★★☆
The master bedroom in the Apartment Avenue des Champs-Élysées (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££

A deluxe apartment right on the Champs Elysées

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc Le Marais (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc
Paris: Marais

A moderate hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A moderately-priced, utterly French hotel in the Marais district

 
★★☆
The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel de Lutèce
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A moderate hotel on the Île St-Louis

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom at La Maison Gobert B&B (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
La Maison Gobert B&B
Paris: Bastille

A classy bed and breakfast in the 11eme of Paris

 
★★☆
A deluxe bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Aigle Noir Hôtel
Paris: Île-de-France

A four-star hotel in a 500-year-old building near the gardens of Fontainebleau

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
★☆☆
A room at the Hotel Du Quai Voltaire (Photo courtesy of the property)
££
Hotel Du Quai Voltaire
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A cheap hotel with a view of the Seine

 
An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Auberges de jeunesse (hostels) and other fun, cheap shared dorm lodgings in Paris from €19 per person

 
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)

Camping and campgrounds (terrains de camping) are a cheap way to spend the night in Paris

 
★☆☆
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Camping de Paris/Camping Indigo
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A campground by the Seine in the heart of Paris

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£

A bed and breakfast with the promised view of the Eiffel Tower

 
★☆☆
Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)
£

An apartment in the heart of the Marais

 
★☆☆
 (Photo courtesy of the property)
£
Résidence Champ de Mars
Paris: Eiffel Tower

Efficiency studios just a few hundred meters from the Eiffel Tower

 
★★☆
The St-Germain Suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Hôtel d'Angleterre
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A Breton-style inn in the Saint-Germain district

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
★★★
A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££

An elegant luxury hotel like a country castle in the city in the Marais district

 
★★★
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel du Jeu de Paume
Paris: Hôtel de Ville

A contemporary luxury hotel on the Île Saint-Louis in central Paris

 
★★★
A room at the Relais Christine (Photo courtesy of the property)
£££
Relais Christine
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A refined manor-house hotel in the St-Germain district

 
★★★
A suite (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
Hôtel Raphael
Paris: Bois de Boulogne

A luxury hotel—perhaps the luxury hotel—in Paris near the Étoile

 
★★☆
A bedroom on the facade side of the hotel (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££

A retro-chic little moderately-priced hotel in the Marais

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
£££
L'Hôtel
Paris: St-Germain-des-Prés

A quirkily chic hotel in the St-Germain district

 
Apartment Petit Marais (Photo courtesy of the property)

Appartements (rental flats and short-term tourist lets of apartments) in Paris can offer substantial savings, especially for four or more

 
A tent site by the Seine at Camping Indigo de Paris int eh Bois de Bolougne (Photo courtesy of the property)

Camping and campgrounds (terrains de camping) are a cheap way to spend the night in Paris

 
★★☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the property)
££

Chic modern serviced apartments a block behind Sacre-Coeur in Montmartre

 
★☆☆
A bedroom (Photo courtesy of the hotel)
££
Timhôtel Le Louvre
Paris: Louvre

A serviceable hotel with great rates and a five-star location 2 blocks from the Louvre

 

General Paris Lodgings tips

An 8-bed dorm room at the Hiphophostel Le Village Montmartre hostel (Photo courtesy of the property)

Go beyond hotels to B&Bs, rental apartments, farm stays—even ways to sleep for free

 
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Where to find inexpensive hotels in Paris

 

General France Lodgings tips

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From hotel savings to better booking engines, alternative accommodations to lodging rip-offs, here is the best lodging advice around

 
There are loads of lodging options and alternative accommodations in France (Photo photos courtesy of the properties)

There are dozens of hotel alternatives, from PAris apartments to country villas, farmhouse B&Bs to residences, and campgrounds to castles. Here's how to find the lot of them.

 
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All about how I select hotels and other lodgings for this site

 
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Apartments links
Residence hotels links
Cottages & villas links

Tips

Where to look for a room in Paris

The general assumption, still holding true (but tenuously) these days, is that the Right Bank has more upscale hotels, while the bohemian Left Bank boasts more inexpensive options.

On your first visit, you'll probably want to stay pretty close to the center of town, but don't fret if the only room you can find is out in les boondocks.

The Paris Métro shortens distances dramatically; it will only take you a few minutes longer to get to the Louvre from the 16eme than from the Latin Quarter.

Besides, most repeat visitors to the city find themselves increasingly drawn away from the tourist center in favor of a more authentic Parisian neighborhood.

Of course, you can also find that authenticity as close in as the Marais or St-Germain-des-Prés, but usually at a price.

Money-saving hotel tips

There is an entire page devoted to money-saving hotel tips, but in brief they are:

  • Know where the cheap hotels are in Paris (Montmartre; near train stations; etc.) » more
  • Know your travel seasons
  • Shop around
  • Look into lodging alternatives
  • Learn to share the bathroom
  • Avoid paying for breakfast
  • Get a quad rather than two doubles
  • Double beds sometimescost less than two singles
  • Be sure you get price quotes with taxes included
  • Ask for the least expensive room
  • Bargain
  • Offer to pay cash
About the lodging star ratings (☆☆☆ to ★★★)

You will notice that all hotels, B&Bs, and other lodgingds (as well as sights and restaurants) on this site have a ReidsFrance.com star designation from ☆☆☆ to ★★★.

This merely indicates that I feel these accommodations offer a little something that makes them special (or extra-special, or extra-extra special, etc.).

These star ratings are entirely based on personal opinion, and have nothing to do with the official French hotel ratings—which have more to do with quantifiable amenities such as minibars, and not the intangibles that make a hotel truly stand out, like a combination of great location, friendly owners, nice style, and low prices.

In general, a pricier place to stay has to impress me that it is worth the added expense.

This is why I give ★★★ to some (official) "two-star" hotels or B&Bs that happen to provide amazing value for the money—and similarly have ranked a few (official) "four-star" properties just (★★☆).

About the lodging price brackets (€–€€€)

Accommodations rates vary wildly—even at the same hotel or B&B—depending on type of room, number of people in it, and the season.

That's why here at ReidsFrance.com we simply provde a general price range indicating the rough rate you should expect to pay for a standard double room in mid-season.

There are three price ranges, giving you a sense of which lodgings are budget, which are moderate, and which are splurges:

under €100
€€ €100–€200
€€€ over €200
Useful French phrases

Useful French for lodging

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
Where is? Où est? ou EH
...a hotel un hôtel ehn OH-tel
...a B&B une chambre d'hôte ooun SHAHM-bruh DOH-t
...a rental room une chambre de location ooun SHAHM-bruh de lo-kah-SION
...an apartment for rent un appartement ehn ah-part-teh-MOHN
...a farm stay un agrotourisme
or
un gîte

ehn ah-grow-tour-EES-muh
or
ehn ZHEET

...a hostel une auberge de jeunesse ooun oh-BEAR-dzh de szou-NESS
     
How much is...? Combien coute? coam-bee-YEHN koot
a single room une chambre pour une personne
or
une chambre simple
ooun SHAUM-bra pour oou-n pair-SOHN
or
ooun SHAUM-bra SAHM-pluh
double room for single use [will often be offered if singles are unavailable] une chambre double ooun SHAUM-bra DOO-bluh
a double room with two beds une chambre twin
or
une chambre double avec un duex lits    
ooun SHAUM-bra TWEEN
or
ooun SHAUM-bra DOO-bluh ah-VEHK ehn grahn lee
a double room with one big bed une chambre double ooun SHAUM-bra DOO-bluh
triple room une chambre triple ooun SHAUM-bra TREE-pluh
with private bathroom avec salle de bain ah-VEHK sal de bah
without private bathroom sans salle de bain SAHN sal de bah
for one night pour un soir pour ehn swa
for two nights pour deux soirs pour douh swa
for three nights pour trois soirs pour twa swa
Is breakfast included? C'est compris le petit déjeuner? say coam-PREE luh p'TEE day-zhuh-NAY
Is there WiFi? Y'a t'il du WiFi? yah-teel doo WHY-fy?
May I see the room? Puis-je voir la chambre? PWEE-zhuh vwah lah SHAWM-bra
That's too much C'est trop  say troh
Is there a cheaper one? Avez-vous une chambre bon marché? ah-veh VOO ooun SHAWM-bra bone mar-SHAY


 

Basic phrases in French

English (anglais) French (français) pro-nun-see-YAY-shun
thank you merci mair-SEE
please s'il vous plaît seel-vou-PLAY
yes oui wee
no non no
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais? par-lay-VOU on-GLAY
I don't understand Je ne comprende pas zhuh nuh COHM-prohnd pah
I'm sorry Je suis desolée zhuh swee day-zoh-LAY
How much does it cost? Combien coute? coam-bee-YEHN koot
That's too much C'est trop say troh
     
Good day Bonjour bohn-SZOURH
Good evening Bon soir bohn SWAH
Good night Bon nuit  bohn NWEE
Goodbye Au revoir oh-ruh-VWAH
Excuse me (to get attention) Excusez-moi eh-skooze-ay-MWA
Excuse me (to get past someone) Pardon pah-rRDOHN
Where is? Où est? ou eh
...the bathroom la toilette lah twah-LET
...train station la gare lah gahr

Days, months, and other calendar items in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
When is it open? Quand est-il ouvert? coan eh-TEEL oo-VAIR
When does it close? Quand est l'heure de fermeture?   coan eh lure duh fair-mah-TOUR
At what time... à quelle heure... ah kell uhre
     
Yesterday hier ee-AIR
Today aujoud'hui ow-zhuhr-DWEE
Tomorrow demain duh-MEHN
Day after tomorrow après demain ah-PRAY duh-MEHN
     
a day un jour ooun zhuhr
Monday Lundí luhn-DEE
Tuesday Maredí mar-DEE
Wednesday Mercredi mair-cray-DEE
Thursday Jeudi zhuh-DEE
Friday Vendredi vawn-druh-DEE
Saturday Samedi saam-DEE
Sunday Dimanche DEE-maansh
     
a month un mois ooun mwa
January janvier zhan-vee-YAIR
February février feh-vree-YAIR
March mars mahr
April avril ah-VREEL
May mai may
June juin zhuh-WAH
July juillet zhuh-LYAY
August août ah-WOOT
September septembre sep-TUHM-bruh
October octobre ok-TOE-bruh
November novembre noh-VAUM-bruh
December décembre day-SAHM-bruh

Numbers in French

English (anglais) French (français) Pro-nun-cee-YAY-shun
1 un ehn
2 deux douh
3 trois twa
4 quatre KAH-truh
5 cinq sank
6 six sees
7 sept sehp
8 huit hwhee
9 neuf nuhf
10 dix dees
11 onze ownz
12 douze dooz
13 treize trehz
14 quatorze kah-TOHRZ
15 quinze cans
16 seize sez
17 dix-sept dee-SEP
18 dix-huit dee-SWEE
19 dix-neuf dee-SNEUHF
20 vingt vahn
21* vingt et un * vahnt eh UHN
22* vingt deux * vahn douh
23* vingt trois * vahn twa
30 trente truhnt
40 quarante kah-RAHNT
50 cinquante sahn-KAHNT
60 soixante swaa-SAHNT
70 soixante-dix swa-sahnt-DEES
80 quatre-vents  kat-tra-VAHN
90 quatre-vents-dix  kat-tra-vanht-DEES
100 cent sant
1,000 mille meel
5,000 cinq mille sank meel
10,000 dix mille dees meel


* You can form any number between 20 and 99 just like the examples for 21, 22, and 23. For x2–x9, just say the tens-place number (trente for 30, quarante for 40, etc.), then the ones-place number (35 is trente cinq; 66 is soixsante six). The only excpetion is for 21, 31, 41, etc. For x1, say the tens-place number followed by "...et un" (trente et un, quarante et un, etc.).

‡ Yes, the French count very strangely once they get past 69. Rather than some version of "seventy,' they instead say "sixy-ten" (followed by "sixty-eleven," "sixty-twelve,' etc. up to "sixty-nineteen.") And then, just to keep things interesting, they chenge it up again and, for 80, say 'four twenties"—which always make me thinks of blackbirds baked in a pie for some reason. Ninety becomes "four-twenties-ten" and so on up to "four-nineties-ninteen" for 99, which is quite a mouthful: quartre-vingts-dix-neuf.