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Charlemagne May 2nd, 2003 05:34 AM

Can anyone recommend a good budget hotel in Paris?
Hi all

Off to Paris shortly, seeking reasonably priced hotel in central Paris (i.e. inner arrondissments). Can anyone recommend a good hotel?

Many thanks

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ira May 2nd, 2003 05:58 AM

What is your price range?

elaine May 2nd, 2003 06:16 AM

sorry, but budget and reasonable vary.
Someone here the other day pointed out that what is "budget" on this message board would be "luxury" on another one such as lonelyplanet, for example.

Do you want an elevator? Air conditioning?
If you do a search here on Paris hotel you will find many suggestions, many in the "moderate" or "budget "range.
Look especially for comments on hotels like the Familia, Minerve, Bonaparte,
Jardins du Luxembourg, Lyon Mulhouse,
de Lys (rue Serpente), Le Home Latin,
Grandes Ecoles,Leveque,des Balcons,
Dragon, Delhys, etc.

Charlemagne May 2nd, 2003 06:43 AM

Hi Ira and Elaine,

Thanks ofr replying so quickly.

Price wise I would not wish to go over US 120/night for a room (for two). I often do web searches but always value personal recommendations from other travellers.

So any such recommendations are most welcome!

Thanks again,


ira May 2nd, 2003 06:57 AM

I always stay at the Hotel Bonaparte in the 6th.

Their Fax no is (0)1

Rates are about 100E dbl w/bkfst.

They do not have a website. You can read my comments at;tid=34415371

grandmere May 2nd, 2003 08:24 AM

My favorite is the Hotel du Lys in the 6th- ~ 110 euro for a double, inc. a nice continental breakfast. No elevator.

JimSmith May 2nd, 2003 08:49 AM

How about Hotel de Nevers. Expect to pay 30 ?46 Euro for a single or double Web:

This place is located at #53 rue de Malte (in the 4th Arrondissement near the Centre Culture Georges-Pompidou).

Another idea is a cheap (non-hostel) called the Stella hotel in the Latin quarter at #41 rue Monsieur le Prince (about 40 Euro includes shower & toilet in a single room. To get to this hotel, take the Metro to Odeon - Line # 4

In general all hotels in Europe are on the star system. One and two star hotels offer much less and are always cheaper than 3-5 star hotels.

When you do some research and decide what level of star you want, then repost your question specifying something like, "what is the best 3 star hotel in the 6th Arrondissement?"

elaine May 2nd, 2003 09:50 AM

I am one who doesn't think much about the star system when I book a hotel.
I know a one-star is not likely to be what I want, buy beyond that, I choose hotels based on price, location, and amenities. Each country has a different star system--Italy's goes to five, France to four, I believe.
The stars indicate government standards for such things as elevators, food served on the premises, size of the lobby, number of private bathrooms, etc but indicate nothing about location, ambience, decor, etc.

So, my alternative suggestion would be to investigate some of the hotels listed above. Some will have websites, all will have fax machines. Check the prices, and then come back here and ask for comments on the ones you are most interested in.
good luck

joy May 2nd, 2003 10:03 AM

I stayed at Hotel Grand Leveque on rue Clair last Spring and thought it was great. I believe it was about 84 euros a night for a double (small room but clean)

Lesli May 2nd, 2003 10:14 AM

Charlemagne -

In case you were uncelar, the type of search Elaine is suggesting you do is a text search here for prior personal recommendations on this board.

For example, type "hotel bonaparte AND paris" into the text box at the top of this page, to find all threads mentioning that hotel (there will be many.) "budget AND hotel AND paris" will get you all threads with that combination of words, etc.

You can also do general web searches to find photos on booking sites or hotel's own sites, obviously. Two other places where you may find feedback from guests are and (in the hotel section, obviously.)

Bonne chance!

gkemper May 2nd, 2003 10:36 AM

We have stayed twice at the DEUX ACACIAS at 28, rue de l'Arc de Triomphe. It is 1 block from the Arc so the location CANNOT be beat. And its on a quiet side street so you don't get much street noise.

We paid about $75 US with a private bath for a double room. Its nothing very fancy, but there is an elevator, its clean and it has some faded charm.

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