It can be a challenge to find a budget-compatible Paris hotel that doesn't skimp on the services and amenities you'd expect from a 2 or 3- star hotel. The Paris star system can be deceptive, and even hotels with three solid stars are sometimes known to disappoint unsuspecting visitors. If you are traveling to Paris on a moderate budget and are looking for a reasonably-priced hotel close to top Paris sights and attractions
, use this guide to ten of Paris' best mid-range hotels to help narrow down your choices-- and avoid unpleasant surprises.
1. Hôtel St.-Jacques
Located in the very heart of the Latin Quarter
, just a stone's throw from attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral
, the Panthéon
, and the Luxemburg Gardens
, the Hôtel St-Jacques offers quiet, comfortably-sized rooms with sculptured ceilings and complementary wireless Internet access. Prices are moderate and the location is unbeatable-- from here you can easily access most major spots around the city. Some rooms are equipped with balconies that provide memorable views.
This newly-renovated 3-star hotel is centrally located in the Marais
, near the Centre Georges Pompidou
, putting visitors enviably in the midst of one of the city's most dynamic and exciting neighborhoods. The hotel boasts 28 cozy, quaint rooms which past users have generally rated as clean, spacious, and comfortable. Some rooms look out onto a quiet courtyard. Major metro and bus hubs are right around the corner. This is a definite deal for those who are looking for essential comforts on a limited budget.
3. Grand Hôtel des Balcons
Known for its friendly, efficient staff and its simple, charming rooms, this hotel is nestled in the chic Saint-Germain-des Près district, making it easy to explore Paris' classic left bank
. Upstairs rooms have small balconies, while those downstairs are decorated in a turn-of-the-century style sure to please architecture fans. Breakfast is a copious buffet. This hotel offers good value for an area whose rates have progressively risen over the past years. The Musee d'Orsay
is in easy reach by bus. Pets are allowed.
4. Lindbergh Hotel
Conveniently situated between the Latin Quarter and the Trocadero/Eiffel Tower district, the Lindbergh hotel is housed in a building circa 1900. The two-star hotel is well-known for its warm service, clean rooms, and for its reasonable rates-- particularly for this upscale district. With the money saved, shopping enthusiasts might consider a stop at the Bon Marché department store
right around the corner. Pets are allowed here.
The New Orient Hotel is located in a quiet, residential of the generally-touristy 8th arrondissement, providing easy access to places like the Champs-Elysées, but also a walk away from the quaint, arty Montmartre neighborhood
or the gritty, lesser-known Place de Clichy district. There is also an authentic Paris street market on the nearby Rue de Levi. The hotel's classic decor is all warm wood and antique-style furniture. The rooms are reputed as cozy, charming, and clean, and the staff is known to give excellent restaurant and sightseeing recommendations. Pets are allowed here.
This elegant-yet-affordable right-bank hotel near the Opera Garnier and the Haussmann shopping district
boasts large rooms with bathrooms that are usually generously-sized, and some of the better rooms feature Art-Nouveau style furnishing. If you're a fan of ultramodern accommodations, though, the Langlois may not be for you-- some visitors have reported an old-fashioned setting that some may find inconvenient. Still, this hotel has gotten rave reviews for charm, cleanliness, and helpful staff. For a budget dinner in a stunning 1900 dining room, try eating at Chartier
down the street.
7. Hôtel Favart
This quaint, classically-Parisian hotel in the central Opera Garnier district is recommended if you're looking for authentic Paris ambiance-- and if shopping is on your agenda. Many of Paris' best shopping areas
are just a walk or a short metro stop away, as are some of the city's best historical theaters and concert halls.
The two-star Favart features rooms that visitors have described as roomy and comfortable, with a nostalgic feel to them. Some of the rooms have vaulted wood ceilings, creating a rustic atmosphere. Pets are allowed, and room service is available.
8. Le Quartier Bercy SquareThis no-frills two-star hotel near the Gare de Lyon train station in East Paris is perfect for visitors looking for quiet, clean accommodations at a slim rate. The rooms and bathrooms are on the small side, but most look out onto a quiet courtyard. The staff is reputed as affable and helpful, and the hotel is situated on a lively market street, close to two metro stops. This is a good choice when you're keeping to a relatively tight budget and are willing to forego frills.
9. Hôtel DelambreThis historic hotel in the verdant, lively Montparnasse district on the left bank combines classic Paris ambiance with modern decoration and comfort that will appeal to those who prefer the eclectic in accommodations. Rooms at this three-star establishment are bright, clean, and contemporary, and wireless Internet access is available. Pets are allowed, and a fitness room is also open to guests. This is a great choice if you appreciate a slightly quieter atmosphere. While Montparnasse draws plenty of tourists, the area is more residential and tucked away than districts closer to the center. A good value.
10. Hôtel des Arts
This hotel nestled in the winding streets of Montmartre
is an excellent and budget-compatible choice for those searching for a slice of "Amelie's Paris"-- the romantic, slightly surreal Montmartre ambiance portrayed (and of course embellished) in Jean-Pierre Jeunet's 2000 film, Amelie
. The hotel's recently-renovated rooms are in bright, cheerful hues, and the staff is reputedly helpful. Local artists' paintings and prints of classic Montmartre scenes add charm. Some travelers have reported that the bathrooms are too small, so if you look forward to that hotel shower or bath, you may want to look elsewhere.