As a followup to my popular 7 of the best budget places to stay in London, I thought I’d turn the spotlight on Paris after receiving a number of requests for tips of budget places to stay here. As one of the most expensive cities in the world Paris may appear to be out of reach to many but the city does boast an array of budget friendly accommodation options to choose from, from hostels to cheaper hotels costing as little as €23 per night. Also have a peek at my Paris section for further inspiration.
Here are my 7 best places to stay in Paris: agree or disagree? Please leave your comments below.
1. St Christopher’s Inn Canal Hostel
From the popular European hostel group St. Christopher’s The Canal in Paris is a custom built hostel in a great location with nice clean dorms and private rooms plus the Belushi’s Bar and Nightclub in the basement.
St Christopher’s Canal is in a peaceful location overlooking the Bassin de la Villette – the city’s largest artificial lake where scenes of the movie Amelie were filmed. A short metro trip taking you to the main sights of Paris.
The hostel site was formerly a warehouse back in the 19th Century having been rebuilt in 2008 , holds onto its history whilst offering a modern take with cool furnishings such as the pod beds.
Starting at prices of just €28 per night via Hostelworld.com you have the option to choose from female only dorms and private rooms and take advantage of a bunch of cool facilities such as free Wi-Fi, breakfast, 24 hour access and a free walking tour of Paris.
St Christopher’s Inn have opened a brand new hostel St Christopher’s Gare Du Nord which is a short walk away from the Gare du Nord station.
2. Les Piaules Hostel Paris
Situated in a 1930’s renovated ‘Art Deco’ building in the upcoming district of Belleville, Les Piaules is a fab new design hostel with a very cool bar, custom made bunk beds and a rooftop terrace that offers you great views of the Paris skyline. The hostel is located on the boulevard of Belleville, which is packed with great bars, coffee shops and some great eateries. The owners travelled for more than a year across the best and worst hostels and used that experience to design some really cool rooms. On the rooftop they have 4 rooms overlooking the Sacré Coeur and the Eiffel Tower. The hostel has the coolest bar in town with a carefully curated selection of local beer, coffee and French specialty drinks. Guests can choose from a range of breakfasts (£2.50 to £8) to kickstart your day – hand roasted coffee sourced from the Belleville Brûlerie (500m down the road), croissants, eggs and bacon, creamy 24 month-aged Comté, French cheeses from local producers, or muesli and organic yoghurt. Hostels in Paris are pretty average so Les Piaules is a welcome addition to the hostelling scene in Europe.
Booking via Hostelworld doubles start at €90 room, Dorm beds from €25 per person. Note that breakfast is excluded.
59 Boulevard de Belleville, 75011 Paris, France.
3. Hotel du Champ Mars
The Hotel du Champ Mars is the typical traditional boutique style accommodation that you would expect from Paris.
The surprise lies in the cost, especially considering the location, starting at just €100 per night.
It is difficult to beat the Hotel du Champ Mars location, only 1km away from the Eiffel Tower with some rooms benefitting from views of the tower.
Other benefits of the location include the Rue Cler, a famous street hosting a market which is a must visit if you want to see the authentic side of Paris with speciality services and products such as cheese and chocolate available, and of course being in walking distance from museums and sights such as Musee du Quai Branly.
Continental breakfast at Hotel du Champ Mars is available at an additional €5 and Wi-Fi or computer access both available free of charge!
With only 25 rooms you can expect a quiet stay and personal service but rooms do book well in advance so make sure you book early.
4. Oops! Hostel
Bold and design centric aptly sums up the Oops! Hostel in Paris, the first of its kind in the city when it opened in 2007. Each of the rooms and communal areas all have vastly different innovative interiors combining bold colours and prints which have led Oops! to be featured in the likes of ‘Real Design’ magazine. Free Wi-Fi is available, as is a continental breakfast of cereal, a croissant and bread roll and if you’re staying on Wednesday, Friday or Saturday you even get free crepes.
Beyond the design and facilities, Oops! also benefits from the pretty amazing location in the Latin Quarter which consists of a myriad of streets with buildings, statues, live entertainment and artwork which will take you back to true bohemian Paris whilst still providing lots of opportunities for fun and things to do.
You can choose from a bed in the shared dorms, prices start at €23 per night via Hostelworld or a private room from €60, the added bonus of en-suite bathrooms in each of the rooms makes these rates exceptionally great value.
5. Hotel de la Mare
This traditional Parisian guest house which has recently been refurbished and now offers a variety of accommodation options starting from €100 per night. Rooms are relatively spacious, sleeping between 1 and 2 all of which have a kitchen though some do share a bathroom so if you want your own private bathroom check this when you book.
The kitchenette particularly appeals to backpackers and will help you stick to your budget.
Instead of eating out you can prepare your own meals from the authentic French food shops.
If you do want to head out for dinner popular areas such as La Bellevilloise are just a short walk away.
The Hotel de la Mare’s recent refurbishment has resulted in a monochrome base with bright accents which will appeal to everyone and all the rooms have all the modern facilities which you would expect from a small hotel.
6. Mama’s Shelter
Mama’s Shelter Paris Hotel is a change from the tiny, stuffy overpriced hotel rooms of Paris and has been appreciated by backpackers and the press alike.
Mama’s Shelter is located to the west of the city so there will be some travelling involved if you are planning on spending a lot of time in the centre . The Alexandre Dumas Metro Station is 750 metres away, providing easy access to the Montmartre district and the Sacré-Coeur Basilica.
In addition to the restaurant other facilities here include free Wi-Fi, free movies, laundry, an iMac and televisions all starting from a budget friendly €79 ( check Booking.com for the best prices ) with an option of upgrading to Luxe, Deluxe and Terrace rooms which all offer additional space.
7. Or…why not try an Airbnb Room in the Centre of Paris?
Airbnb should be part of every budgettraveller’s arsenal with some of the most affordable places to stay in Paris featured on their site. In addition to the budget friendly accommodation you get the opportunity to stay with a local Parisian host which can often be the best way to find out about the must visit spots off the beaten path. You may find yourself spoiled for choice with hundreds of properties to choose from but check out property reviews to make it easier for you to narrow down the options.
Vincenzo’s property (in picture ) for instance offers a private spare room with access to kitchen and living area facilities such as Wi-Fi and television for just €60 per night is great value for Paris.
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