Paris has more than 78,000 hotel rooms, so you're sure to find something.
Finding a quality room in a desirable location and in your price bracket—now that's the tricky part.
This city is full of overblown, over-priced hotels and flea-bag dives even the scruffiest backpackers would turn up a nose at.
Stick with me, though, and I'll help you find something that meets your needs, including some great budget hideaways.
Good luck, and don't worry. I've had some of my best stays in Paris in small, fourth-floor walk-ups with unforgettable views across the rooftops.
★★★ Hôtel du Jeu de Paume [€€€€€]
★★★ Pavillon de la Reine [€€€€€]
★★★ Le Relais Christine [€€€€€]
★★★ Hotel Raphael [€€€€€]
★★ Hotel de la Bretonnerie [€€€–€€€€]
★★ Hôtel d'Angleterre [€€€€]
★★ Hôtel de Lutèce [€€€–€€€€]
★★ L'Hôtel [€€€€]
★★ Montalembert [€€€€€]
★★ Caron de Beaumarchais [€€€]
★ Timhôtel Le Louvre [€€€]
★ Hotel Du Quai Voltaire [€€€–€€€€]
★ Camping Bois de Boulogne [€]
Hotel Jeanne d'Arc [€€–€€€]
Port-Royal Hotel [€€]
More excellent Paris hotels
Hotel 29 Lepic [€€€]
Le Relais Montmartre [€€€–€€€€]
Résidence Blanche [€€]
Hôtel Lumières [€€]
Le Regent Hostel Montmartre [€–€€]
Hôtel des Grands Hommes Panthéon [€€€]
Hôtel Palais De Chaillot [€€€]
Louis II [€€€–€€€€]
Hotel d'Orsay [€€€]
Hôtel Du Prince Eugène [€€€]
Vintage Hostel [€–€€]
Paris hotels can charge whatever the market will bear, so rates will vary wildly.
The official star rating system has more to do with how many amenities a hotel offers (minibar, satellite TV, a fitness room) than the more esoteric qualities of "charming" or "friendly—or even "central."
Very, very broadly speaking, here's what you should expect to pay for a hotel in Paris based on the official star-rating category:
You'll notice those rate ranges don't follow clearly defined price bands, but rather overlap and leave gaps. That's because the closer to the center of town you are, the more a hotel will cost within its cateogry.
That just means that the price goes up along with the number of stars within a given geographic area, but a two-star hotel with a killer location in a popular, central neighborhood might in fact charge nearly as much as a four-star hotel in a peripheral district.
The general assumption, still holding true (but tenuously) these days, is that the Right Bank has more upscale hotels, while the bohemian Left Bank boasts more inexpensive options.
On your first visit, you'll probably want to stay pretty close to the center of town, but don't fret if the only room you can find is out in les boondocks.
Besides, most repeat visitors to the city find themselves increasingly drawn away from the tourist center in favor of a more authentic Parisian neighborhood.
Of course, you can also find that authenticity as close in as the Marais or St-Germain-des-Prés, but usually at a price.
There is an entire page devoted to money-saving hotel tips, but in brief they are:
Amazingly, the best booking engines often offer rooms for 5% to 15% less than the hotels themselves are charging, thanks to bulk discounting.
You need to use a true independent hotel specialist booking engine:
or a budget specialist:
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