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Looking for a good hotel in Paris? It shouldn’t be too hard to find one, given the number of rooms (around 81,000 in 2012) and the diversity of styles on offer. As one of the world’s most visited cities, the choice ranges from chain groups to highly individual addresses. In keeping with its reputation as a refined, elegant and extravagant city, the accommodation offer includes a high number of luxury establishments and hip design hotels, but those on a lower budget and business travellers who require a convenient place to stay are also well provided for.

Every neighbourhood has its style

Paris is split into twenty districts called arrondissements that spiral out clockwise in a snail shape from the Louvre, which is in the 1st arrondissement. Each neighbourhood has its distinct personality, and nearly every arrondissement is worth a visit: the 13th for its Chinatown, the 16th for the Champs-Elysées, the 18th for Montmartre, and so on.

Certain areas are of course more lively than others. Those looking for a peaceful place to stay may consider the 15th, 16th and 17th arrondissements, which are calmer residential areas. On the contrary, if it’s the bustle of Parisian life you’re after then Saint-Germain (6th), Bastille (11th) or the Marais (3rd and 4th) should provide all that you desire with their countless shops, cafés, restaurants, bars and clubs.

Professionals in Paris on business tend to opt for hotels in the west of the city for their proximity to the major business hubs of La Défense, the Parc des Expositions and the Palais des Congrès.

Mid-range and cheap hotels

There are over 1,500 hotels in Paris, the majority of which are 2- and 3-star establishments, including a high number of chain hotels. In this category, rooms are often relatively compact providing basic but functional facilities.

As for low-cost hotels, accommodation offering straightforward facilities in proximity to the main tourist attractions – or at least close to a metro station – can be found with a little research. Those on a tight budget may want to concentrate their search around the portes (main entrances) located on the outskirts of the city. Another way to save money is to compromise on features such as a private bathroom or a lift.

Summer deals

Paris attracts tourists from far and wide, which can explain the generally high hotel rates. Nevertheless, travellers will find that many hotels propose good deals in the month of August as this is when most French people go on holiday, vacating the capital and leaving more rooms for foreign tourists. This is your chance to take advantage of the promotional rates and stay in one of Paris’s prestigious hotels such as the Plaza Athénée, the Georges V, or the Lutétia or arty concept hotels that are cropping up all over the capital.

Paris’s historical and must-see sites such as the Eiffel Tower, the Opéra Garnier, the Louvre, Notre Dame and Montmartre are accessible to all ages, making the city a popular holiday destination for families. Many hotels across various categories offer special rates, triple or quadruple rooms and child-friendly facilities in order to welcome families visiting Paris.

Worth keeping in mind: public transport

Public transport in Paris is efficient and easy to use, and everything in the city is accessible by metro or bus. Before deciding on which hotel to book, it’s well worth checking how close it is to a metro stop, which is by far the easiest way of getting around the city. As with most capitals, finding a parking place in Paris is difficult and costly. If you are driving to the city, it is highly recommended that you find a hotel with its own car park and leave your vehicle there for the duration of your Parisian escapade!

A high concentration of hotels can be found around Paris’s main stations. This can be a convenient solution for those arriving by Eurostar (Gare du Nord/Gare de l’Est) or by plane (RER B for Charles de Gaulle and Orly airports). The major stations also offer the advantage of good metro links for exploring the city. If you’re planning on travelling to another region of France, perhaps on one of the famous high-speed TGVs, staying in a hotel near the station may also save you hassle.

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