Renting your own furnished apartment in Paris (called a meublé in French) will likely be as cheap—if not cheaper than—a hotel, plus will get you a kitchen and the other amenities of everyday life that will help you feel more like a Parisian and less like a tourist.
Of course, you are still a tourist. But you're one who can cook a few meals at home to save on restaurant costs, who probably gets a code for free access to WiFi, and who can just toss the laundry in the apartment's midget washing machine at night rather than having to waste valuable vacation time at a laundromat.
And did I mention apartment are usually cheaper than a hotel?
As a very rough estimate, for a centrally-located apartment in Paris sleeping two you can typically expect to pay around €80 to €140 per night ($105 to $180), or €500 to €900 per week ($640 to $1,150).
Those are average rates. Apartment prices for two can actually range as low as €50 ($65) per night or €310 ($400) per week, and as high as €225 ($290) per night or €1,600 ($2,050) per week. And that's all covering one-bedroom flats.
There are, obivously, many variables that affect the cost of short-term apartment rentals in Paris:
Apartments for rent—often referred to using the British terminology "flats to let"—are widely advertised in U.S. and British newspaper trvel sections and magazines, though that is usually the priciest way to go.
Apartments are often easiest to arrange through a rental agency or consortium, but you'll usually find the best deals by contacting people privately in Paris via one of the "virtual classifieds" self-listing sites.
There are a ton of agencies and listings sites for Paris. To make things easier, here are those with the most options at the best prices.
OK, these each rep fewer than 100, but the're good ones.
Coach House Paris (www.rentals.chsparis.com) - Only about 17 apartments, but all carefully hand-selected and reasonably priced, starting at around $150 a night.
Here are some tips to help during the booking, paying, and arrival process: