Paris is the dream destination for almost every one who loves fashion, art and the french cuisine besides the standard tourist who just wants a selfie with the Eiffel Tower. It is not easy to seek accommodation in this sprawling city more so if you do not know French.
But then the City doesn’t disappoint; it has something for every one – the backpacker to the ultra rich; everyone has a place to stay. Having said that it is not really cheap to stay in Paris, at the same time it is not exorbitantly expensive.
A little bit of research will help you land the right deal to suit your budget. Paris has one of the best transport systems in the world. The City is well connected by a very affordable metro, trams, trains and buses. A few minutes in the metro is definitely worth the huge chunk you save from your accommodation budget( you do have one right?)
Primarily accommodation in Paris can be split into
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Whether you are considering Hotels in Manhattan or hotels in Paris, you always have the choice to choose between the most expensive to the most budget friendly hotels in the place. But if you want to avoid the beaten track and in the process save some money then you need to know where to go and which hotels to choose.
Paris has some of the finest five star hotels in the world; at the same time there are several budget friendly and decent three star and four start hotels that are equally good and worth every penny.
Five star accommodations
Opulent interiors, palatial style, gastronomical delight rejuvenating comfort comprise the Parisian five star hotels like anywhere else in the world.
Champs Elysees, the Louvre, the Opera Garnier and the L’arc de Triomphe are the tourist hubs and hence most of the luxury hotels are located around that area in the 16th and 8th arrondissement. The St. Germain-des-Pres area is another location on the Left Bank for premium hotels.
The five best hotels according to the Telegraph are ( I never dared stay in these places because I feel cut off from the rest of the world; all five stars all over the world are the same till you switch on the TV according to me!)
- Four Seasons Hotel George V
- Le Bristol
- Mandarin Oriental
- Hotel Lancaster
- Le Royal Monceua Raffles Paris.
Mid Range accommodations
With an excellent transport system, it is more prudent to stay a little away from the action; not only will you save money but you will get the feel of the city when you travel in the public transport of the place. To get the pulse of the place travel in their trains, the metro, the bus and get to know the city intimately because Paris is magical.
The hotel districts of Grand Boulevards and Bastille near the Marais District are famous with tourists for their decent mid range accommodation. You can also consider Le Defense and Bercy districts especially during weekend for excellent deals.
A few of the hotels that I can vouch are:
- Mercure: Any of the Mercure is good to stay; be it the one near Eiffel tower or the Montmartre Sacre Couer, though the Sacre Couer is a good deal cheaper because of its location.
- Hotel du Champ Mars: Located just a kilometer from the Eiffel tower, this lovely hotel has decent sized rooms, is clean and well maintained. It is close to the Rue Cler which is home for several up market shops and pavement cafes.
The hotel is within walking distance of museums and serves continental breakfast. Wi Fi is free. Sadly it is not a family friendly hotel.
- Hotel de la Mare: It is Located 200 meters from Parc de Belleville, and has studios and suites. All the rooms are provided with an LCD television and Wi-Fi access is at no extra cost. The hotel is just a kilometer away from Père Lachaise Cemetery.
The rooms are spacious and come with a kitchenette, refrigerator, microwave, electric kettle and kitchenware. They have a private bathroom too. The ground floor rooms share bathroom.
The hotel is close to the Menilmntant Metro Station and has direct buses to Notre Dame Cathedral.
There are several others mid range decent hotels that you can browse the internet and discover. I can only talk about places that I have been to.
Paris has a long list of hostels that are frequented by travelers. These hostels are spread over the entire city but there are a few areas that have greater concentration than others.
For Backpackers and single travelers hostels are ideal; they provide an opportunity to socialize with other travelers and most importantly they are cheap. A few that I have stayed in are:
- St Christopher’s Inn Paris Canal: Located close to Montmartre, this former warehouse now has nice clean dorms and private rooms. It overlooks the Bassin de la villette – an artificial lake in the middle of the city. You can choose female only dorms too here. Free Wi Fi, breakfast and a free walking tour of Paris is included. There is a night club in the basement for the party goers.
- Oops! Hostel: No you won’t say “Oops” once you step into this very interesting and unique décor comprising of bold colors and prints. Located in the Latin Quarter you can enjoy Bohemian Paris and also enjoy live entertainment close by. Both dorms and private rooms are available. The rooms come with attached bathrooms making this place a great value for money. Free Wi Fi is available.
World over Airbnb has caught up like wild fire. This is a unique way of understanding a nation’s culture and way of life. It is budget friendly and safe for most part.
But sadly there has been a crackdown by the French Government on errant landlords who have been breaking the rules and renting out their property for longer than the stipulated period of 120 days.
Therefore check the property reviews before you book in any Airbnb.
Whatever be your budget, don’t miss the magic the city weaves around the millions of people that come here every year.