There are more than 2,000 hotels in Paris and the number rises every year. There’s an incredible range of options, everything from a hostel with four beds in a room to charming boutique hotels to five-star luxury hotels, where grand suites can cost as much as $36,000 a night. The category with the most hotels is three-star hotels, which are usually small or privately owned hotels or small chains. We have gathered a list of eight budget hotels in various areas in close proximity to the major tourist attractions that are in the 75 euro- ($90 USD) to 150 euro ($180 USD) price range, nightly, more or less.
Pro Tip: Unlike the U.S. chain hotel rooms that usually have two queen beds or a king-size bed, budget hotel rooms in Paris tend to be small, about 150 square feet, and have a double or queen-size bed. What they lack in size, they make up in charm and decor. If you are coming in the summer, double-check that the hotel has air conditioning. Also, some hotels don’t have elevators, and a few have only winding stairways. Check the details or ask in advance to ensure your needs can be met.
1. Hotel Des Grandes Ecole
Situated down a long pathway that leads to a bucolic garden, Hotel Des Grandes Ecole is a lovely, serene oasis in the middle of Paris in the Latin Quarter. The hotel resembles more of a country hotel in Provence, and the rooms are decorated with flowered wallpaper, carpeting, wood floors, and paintings. A number of the rooms are on the ground level of the garden. In the warmer months, you can have breakfast or bring your own food to the outdoor tables with umbrellas in the garden area. Underground parking is available.
Hotel Des Grandes Ecole is walking distance to many Left Bank attractions including the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and Notre Dame and is close to two metro stops.
Pro Tip: The hotel has free Wi-Fi but no televisions in the rooms.
2. Generator Paris
If you want a hipper and happening vibe, Generator Paris is like a high-end or designer hostel. Generator Paris is located next to the Canal Saint-Martin quarter, which has a diverse selection of reasonably priced restaurants, cafes, and bars and lively street life around the canal. Besides shared rooms with other guests, Generator Paris offers private, contemporary designed rooms with air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and showers, and a few rooms have private terraces. There’s a front desk operating 24 hours a day, plus a laundry room, cafe, and bar.
3. Hotel Jeanne D’Arc
This gem has been a long-time favorite for its inexpensive and well-sized rooms.
Hotel Jeanne D’Arc is situated on a quiet side street in the historic Marais district. The rooms at Hotel Jeanne D’Arc have recently been refurbished in a modern style with wallpaper and padded headboards. Rooms are available in numerous sizes, from a single room with a full bed to a family room that has two rooms with one double bed and another with two single beds, great if you are traveling with your grandchildren.
The pleasant breakfast room has exposed windows, letting in plenty of natural daylight, and serves a continental breakfast.
Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, the Bastille food market, Rue de Rosiers, the famous falafel stand and Jewish deli street, and the Carnavalet Museum, which focuses on the history of Paris, are a stone’s throw away.
4. Hotel Ibis Paris Bastille Opera
Ibis is a reliable chain of budget hotels throughout France that provides clean, modern rooms. Hotel Ibis Paris Bastille Opera is located on a quiet side street within minutes of the Place de la Bastille and the Marais district. Rooms include bathrooms with bathtubs, air conditioning, free Wi-Fi, and full-size beds. Pets are allowed in the hotel. For a nominal fee, the hotel offers check-in as early as 9 a.m. and checkout until 4 p.m. The hotel chain is part of the international Accor Hotels, which has many hotel brands and has a points and rewards program. The nearby Bastille metro stop has three metro lines that can take you almost anywhere in Paris.
5. Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour
Since Paris is the romantic capital of the world and nicknamed the City of Love, the Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour is the perfect hotel to celebrate your love. Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour puts you in the mood with stylish rooms that have touches of red in the decor and photo wall murals from the 1950s. Other amenities include a buffet breakfast serving heart-shaped waffles, fresh-baked pastries and breads, fresh fruit and juices, coffee and tea and French cheeses, complimentary concierge services, and room service.
The hotel is close to the iconic Montmartre quarter, which is perched 425 feet above Paris and has incredible views of the city. Montmartre quarter is also home to the Sacre Coeur Church and Place du Tertre, a square where artists paint before your eyes.
6. Hotel Ekta
Hotel Ekta has the location and features of a four-star hotel, but with prices starting at under $100 a night. The ’70s style rooms are decorated in fun black and white graphics accented with sunshine yellow and include a universal charger, flat-screen TV, bathrobes and slippers, Nespresso machine, electric tea kettle, and in-room safe. Other hotel services include a 24-hour concierge, laundry service, a bar, breakfast served in room or in the dining room, a luggage room, and newspapers and magazines in English.
Nearby attractions include the Champs Elysees, where you can shop at Louis Vuitton, Galeries Lafayette department store, Christian Dior, Petit Bateau for children’s apparel, and Cartier, and the Arc de Triomphe.
7. Hotel Passy Eiffel
The Hotel Passy Eiffel is situated in a quiet, upscale residential neighborhood in the 16th arrondissement/district with impressive 19th- and 20th-century apartment buildings in the Belle Epoque and Art Nouveau architectural style.
Each room has its own design and is comfortably appointed with palatable colors, wall-to-wall carpeting, desk/computer tables, soundproof windows, air conditioning, mini-bar, safe, free Wi-Fi, and TV with premium channels. A number of rooms have close-up views of the Eiffel Tower. There’s a calm garden with breakfast tables, a comfortable lounge, and a breakfast area and other amenities including an honesty bar, free newspapers, a business center, and laundry service. The hotel offers a discounted rate for stays longer than three nights.
The Rue de Passy and surrounding streets have some of the chicest fashion, home, and accessory boutiques in Paris, plus high-end restaurants and cool cafes. It’s also close to Palais de Chaillot, an Art Deco cultural center containing two museums, a theater, and a killer view of the Eiffel Tower.
8. Hotel Louvre Richelieu
If you are planning to spend time at the Louvre Museum, Hotel Louvre Richelieu is the ideal location, just a five-minute walk away.
The brightly appointed rooms are simple but comfortable and include queen-size beds in the Double Comfort rooms and king-size beds in the Deluxe rooms, electric tea kettles, espresso machines, soundproof windows, and flat-screen TVs. Other services include a breakfast bag delivered to your room, free luggage storage before you check in or after you check out, and free games such as checkers, chess, cards, and backgammon sets.
Hotel Louvre Richelieu is in close proximity to the Tuileries, the Palais Royal, the luxury designer boutiques on rue Saint Honore, and the Opera Garnier.
Rates can vary substantially depending on the season, as much as 40 percent. The highest rates are usually in the summer months -- June through September -- and during the Christmas and Easter holidays. The best rates are usually found directly on the hotel site, and even if you find a better rate on a larger site like booking.com or hotels.com, you have a better chance of an upgrade if you book your room on the hotel’s own site. Also, many of the listed hotels offer single rooms that are less expensive than double rooms and are convenient for single travelers.