No-frills, basic accommodation in the centre
Many of Paris’s 1- and 2-star hotels are not air-conditioned, so it would be advisable to opt for a quite side-street location or a room facing a courtyard if you’re visiting during the summer months and want to be able to open the windows without suffering from the noise. Most hotels in this category do not possess lifts either.
If you’re looking to save money, some of the cheapest hotels offer shared toilets and bathrooms, as is the case at the Appi Hôtel, located in the very central neighbourhood of Montorgeuil, which proposes rooms with and without en-suite bathrooms for an unbeatable price (between €50 and €60). The same goes for the Royal Mad (from €55), close to Bastille, where the rooms are equipped with a microwave and a fridge. Both of these hotels have received favourable reviews for their value for money and their handy locations.
The République Hôtel (doubles from €77), located in a hip and bustling neighbourhood between the Canal Saint Martin and the Marais, has gone for a quirky pop theme, with pictures and graffiti portraits of famous pop stars decorating the walls – some find it funky, but some find it a little over the top.
5 good-value hotels on the outskirts
The Porte Dorée hotel deserves a place in this list for its location in the east of the city next to the leafy Bois de Vincennes (just six metro stops from Bastille) and the general standard of the facilities, which are worthy of the establishment’s 3-star rating according to guests. At around €70 a double room, travellers have been happy with the clean, classic decoration and the helpful staff.
Located 200 metres from metro Gaîté in the 14th arrondissement (south Paris, near Montparnasse), the Hôtel Mistral is also well-placed. Its claim to fame is that Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone de Beauvoir figure among its past guests, but it can also be proud of its low prices, which start at around €70. Another bonus is the dining room which puts a fridge, microwave and crockery at guests’ disposal.
Up in the north-west of the city, the Hôtel des Batignolles lies in a sought-after residential district not far away from the quaint cobbled streets of Montmartre and the lively Pigalle nightlife. This hotel has the added bonus of a small private garden where guests can eat breakfast, all for a very reasonable rate (from €60).
Another good option for those on a tight budget is the Hotel Paris Villette, which proposes rooms for the bargain price of around €55. Located in the north of the city, the area is a little out of the way, but it has the advantage of being close to the fabulous Parc de la Villette – a vast, futuristic green space with a canal that is home to several cafés and concert venues, and the Cité des Sciences.
Lastly, the Terminus Orléans (from €72) in the south of the city near Porte d’Orléans, is located right next to a metro station. Its cleanliness and the efficiency of the staff have both been complimented by visitors.
Business hotels with competitive rates
Business travellers also have their share of affordable accommodation. The hotel Home Moderne at the Parc des Expositions trade centre, Porte de Versailles, is well connected by both bus (lines 62, 88, 89, 98) and metro (lines 12 and 13). For a double room, expect to pay around €75. Nearby at Convention – a lively residential area with a good choice of cafés, restaurants and shops – the Studio Hôtel is also offers highly competitive rates starting from €60.
Up in the 17th arrondissement, towards Porte Maillot and the Palais des Congrès, Le Royal Wagram is a ten-minute walk away from Pereire metro and RER station (metro line 3 and RER C). Recently renovated, it proposes clean, modern, double rooms from €68.