I love the super cheap hotels in Paris. Well, not all of them, of course. The city has plenty of uninspiring cheapo options that, having visited hundreds of them, I’d rather not discuss. But it also has a handful of budget hotels that offer something special, and these I happily include in our list of Paris hotels.
The best of these have a few things in common. For the most part, they’re small, independent affairs that have been run by the same proprietor or family for decades. Indeed, in the 20+ years I’ve been visiting these hotels, I am often received in the reception by the same friendly faces, year after year.
Many of these hotels offer simple and clean rooms, while limiting the number of extra gizmos that other hotels add to inflate the price (and star rating). As you look through the list below, you’ll note that many don’t offer a TV, although almost all of them now offer free Wi-Fi. (This also keeps things quieter.)
Finally, many of these hotels have a little something special happening. Perhaps it’s interesting decor, or an impossibly central location. What makes these hotels different is that they don’t just offer a really cheap bed, but they offer an experience that I find interesting and particulary Parisian.
If you’re looking for somewhere simple and affordable to stay during your trip to Paris, read on for some of my favorite cheapo spots.
Top Super Cheap Hotels in Paris
Here are my seven favorite hotels in Paris with doubles for under €125 a night. To read many more reviews (including fabulous sleeps that are a tad more expensive), check out our Paris guide and our favorite budget hotels in Paris.
First up: Hotel Stella. This hotel is the cheapest of all hotels we’ve reviewed, yet it doesn’t skimp on a great experience. The one-star Hotel Stella is old, cheap and charming, and boasts a Left Bank location right around the corner from the Jardin de Luxembourg. Although it might be too basic for some (no Wi-Fi or TV in the rooms), others will revel in its quirkiness and romantic ambiance, and the general spaciousness of its 20 rooms (including one with an old upright piano in it).
Booking tips: The hotel doesn’t accept credit cards, and late arrivals should note the limited hours of the reception. There isn’t any elevator.
Hotel de la Place des Alpes may not offer much by way of style, but clean (and cheap!) rooms, kind staff, and a convenient location make it a good value. The hotel is near the Metro, but it also has an interesting location in a less touristy part of Paris, meaning you can get to experience the city more like the locals do. There are also an impressive amount of amenities for super cheap hotels in Paris; this hotel offers free Wi-Fi, breakfast (for a fee), and private bathrooms. Rooms also have flat-screen TVs, phones, and safes. There’s even an elevator (even if it doesn’t service all floors of the hotel).
The Hotel Tiquetonne is one of our favorite hotels on the site, and certainly one of the most popular with readers. Situated a couple of blocks north of Les Halles on the boutique-lined rue Tiquetonne, the creaky and old fashioned hotel provides 45 simple, clean and very cheap rooms with a feminine touch (I mean, look at that wallpaper!). While they don’t have TVs, the hotel does provide free Wi-Fi.
Booking tips: Call or email the hotel as early as possible, especially during high season, as it fills up. We prefer the rooms on the higher floors that face the street, as they have great views. State your preference when reserving.
Sleeping at the Hotel Rivoli, situated across the rue de Rivoli from the Hotel de Ville, is about as central (and basic) as it gets. Doubles hover around €107 per night, even during the peak travel season. There’s no elevator, no TV, and basically no charming extras, but it’s clean, conveniently placed, and there’s free Wi-Fi throughout.
Studious types will dig the Hotel Cluny Sorbonne, an old fashioned hotel located across a tiny street from the Université de la Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter. And students, take note: Famed French poet Rimbaud lived here in 1872 and penned poems by candlelight in room 62. A recent renovation made the 23 rooms slightly more expensive, but also freshened things up quite a bit. All rooms with TV, free Wi-Fi and private bath.
Booking tips: Rates are slightly cheaper when you book more than three nights. We also preferred the street-side rooms on the higher floors here, as there are some gorgeous views over the Sorbonne (ask when booking).
While Hotel La Louisiane is considered an unrated hotel, it offers a similar experience to staying at an excellent two-star hotel. Rooms are a little aged, but clean and comfy in a great location in St. Germain des Pres. Like many super cheap hotels in Paris, there are no TVs here, but you can still access the Wi-Fi for free. As a bonus, rooms have mini-fridges to store all the fresh goodies you can find at the nearby outdoor market. But the best part is the charming views from the hotel rooms (see photo above).
The one-star Hotel de Nesle (pronounced Nell) has been a EuroCheapo favorite for years. Rooms feature original painted murals by the family that owns the place, and unique furnishings complement the eclectic style of this hotel. The lobby is equally quirky, while the lush courtyard offers a place of respite in the city. You’ll get a room either facing the street or the courtyard; both options are refreshingly quiet.
Booking tip: Reception closes at 2 a.m. here. After you’ve checked in, you’ll have your own key to get back in the building. But if your flight into Paris doesn’t land until the wee hours of the morning, you’ll need to wait for reception to reopen to get to your room.
More suggestions for budget hotels in Paris
But wait, I’m just getting started! For many more budget hotel picks in Paris, visit our Paris guide. And no matter where you decide to sleep, make sure to check out our tips on saving on hotels in France to get the best deals in Paris and beyond.
Source: Euro Cheapo