It seems like everyone who visits Paris has a story about the extraordinarily high prices they encounter: “It was lovely,” a friend exclaimed to me recently after a weekend away, “but the beer was €10!”
High prices are indeed typical of a trip to Paris, but there still are some bargains to be found. Here are three boutique-style cheap hotels in Paris with room rates that might just surprise you…
Hotel Lautrec Opera
Why: The former residence of post-impressionist painter Toulouse-Lautrec, sweet boutique hotel Lautrec Opera conjures up the magic of old Paris in its exposed beam ceilings, tile floors and interior brickwork. Modern perks include free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and mini-bars in rooms. This is a great-value stay: the hotel has a bang-on central location and a lovely sense of history.
Where: In Paris’s Opera district. You’re within walking distance of Garnier Opera House, Madeleine Church and department stores Galleries Lafayette and Printemps.
How much? €65pppn
Why: Spacious and beautifully-decorated with a mix of modern and colonial-style pastel décor, rooms at Hotel Taylor are perfect for romantic weekends. Flat-screen satellite TVs, Wi-Fi and plenty of plump pillows complete the package, and there’s also the option for breakfast in bed. If you want to whisk your sweetheart away to Paris, this is the place for doing it on a budget.
Where: Hotel Taylor sits in a quiet side-street just off Place de la Republique. It’s a short walk from shopping ‘n’ nightlife area the Marais, as well as the Canal St Martin.
How much? €75pppn
Hotel de Rocroy
Why: A good one for fans of fresh and funky modern design, Hotel de Rocroy‘s rooms come in an array of colour styles. You can choose from rooms in sensual reds and purples to rooms featuring pops of acid-bright colour. All however, are clean-lined and just right for a smart break or business travel (there’s Wi-Fi in the lounge and the hotel is next door to the Eurostar and Thalys terminals at the Gare du Nord).
Where: In the north of Paris neighbouring the aforementioned Gare du Nord station, the hotel is also a short walk for the Montmartre neighbourhood, home to the butte Montmartre (highest point in Paris, with incredible views) and the Moulin Rouge.
How much? €32.50pppn