Inexpensive Paris hotel

Feb 21st, 2007, 01:02 PM
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I've always booked directly with hotels. Let's face it, I'm a coward. I'm afraid of getting stuck with something I don't really want. And, frankly, don't really know how to use them. But I may not have any choice if everything I try directly is booked.

I'm now thinking I'm going to hold off on buying the tickets until I know for sure that we can get a hotel.
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Feb 21st, 2007, 01:06 PM
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You can definitely get an acceptable hotel. You could always book an acceptable Ibis as a backup (usually these have a 24-hour cancellation policy) today, buy your tickets, and then look for a hotel that you prefer.
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Feb 21st, 2007, 01:20 PM
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You will be able to get a hotel. There are plenty of them that are not as 'known' or frequently recommended but they are fine.

80Euro/twin is a bit of a low budget for a centrally located hotel but here are some to look into:

Hotel de l'Avre (upper 15th)

Hotel de Turenne (7th)

Hotel Tourisme Tour Eiffel (lower 7th)

Hotel Central Montparnasse (14th)

Hotel Cujas Pantheon (5th)
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Feb 21st, 2007, 01:45 PM
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oh, I'm sure you can get a hotel there are hundreds in Paris. Here are a few that are in pretty decent locations and I think around your range:

The Arenes is right near the Monge, but the rooms are only 80-90 euro, I think. YOu can email them directly
[email protected] That website shows a special rate of 80 euro until 3/15, but you might get it at end of March.

here's a place with a 45% discount plus free breakfast because they are doing renovations, you'd have to ask what that might consist of. I've stayed in hotels with renovations going on and it didn't bother me at all if it were far enough away:

Here's another in the 15th (I'm looking for cheaper area, but close and pleasant)

That Beaugrennelle is their 2* hotel and on rue St Charles, a nice street. They have an internet booking discount for 91 euro for a twin. I stayed right near there once and liked the area. Their 3* hotel is nearby and only a few euro more for a twin. They'd both be fine, you can see if you like either. They actually showed a special rate of 88 euro for a twin at the end of March when I checked, as an internet special.

There are lots of 2* hotels around at that rate.
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Feb 21st, 2007, 02:28 PM
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Thank you so much WillTravel, Travelnut and Christina. You've all been very, very helpful.

Of all of these, the one that looks the best in terms of location and price is Hotel de Turenne. Has anyone had any personal experience with it? I think I'll check to see if they have rooms available for our dates.
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We like the Hotel Andrea-Rivoli, a little 2* on the edge of the Maris (sp?). Rooms are small but tolerable, just off Rue du Rivoli (far enough to cut down the noise) on Rue Bon.

A double the last time we were there a couple of years ago was 82 euros. It is 4 blocks from Notre Dame, 1 block from the Pompideu, @6 blocks from the Louvre.
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Hotel de la Sorbonne is my favorite inexpensive hotel. It is in the Latin Quarter, across the street from the Sorbonne University. Friendly, English speaking staff; clean and quiet rooms (but small); and really convenient to everything: Rue Saint-Michel, Bld Saint-Germaine, walking distance to the Seine, Notre Dame, and the Metro. If you are looking for something with that "Paris feel" to it, this is the place.

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Feb 21st, 2007, 04:26 PM
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You can stay centrally and still inexpensively. I stayed at Hotel Loiret in the 4th (Marais), just steps from Hotel de Ville (and a metro stop).

We easily walked to Notre Dame, Ilse St. Louis and Place des Vosges. We spent a lot of time just exploring our neighborhood. The Marais is was a great area to stay in.

A room with double bed and bathroom started at 60€. Some rooms were different sizes, so you may be able to get an even bigger one and still stay under the 80€ mark. It was a budget hotel, but it was clean and quaint.
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I don't know if it's been recommended yet but we're booked into the Hotel Jeanne D'Arc for a few days in May, at a cost of 84 Euros a night for a double. It's gotten fantastic reviews on this forum as well as TripAdvisor....
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My neighbors like Hotel Utrillo; I think it's in the 8th arr. With bath, in your price range.
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We leave on Tuesday for our 3rd trip to Paris. We always stay at the Etap Porte de Vincennes ( It's 50E per night, only a couple of blocks from the Metro and it feels like our own neighborhood. The hotel isn't much for atmosphere, but that's not what I look for in a hotel. The atmosphere for me is on the streets of Paris. It's certainly worth it to me to stay out by the Peripherique and save the money for food etc. I can hardly wait to get on the plane!
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Feb 21st, 2007, 08:47 PM
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Thanks again, everyone! I feel much less nervous now that I'm beginning to realize just how many choices there are!

It looks like the Hotel Utrillo has a great deal for staying three or more nights. I notice it's very close to the Moulin Rouge. Is that a safe area?
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Feb 21st, 2007, 09:07 PM
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I believe the location is fine, but I'm not sure about at night for you and your daughter. The areas around the metros Blanch and Abbesses; as well as Pigalle and Anvers, feels a little icky at times, maybe even more icky at night. However, once you walk away from Clichy blvd, it is much the charateristic village we hear Montmartre is. You will be taking the metro all the time from that location to see the sights; where if you try to stay within 1-6 arrondessments, you'll be in walking distance to many sights. Just keep that in mind.
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We stayed at Turenne in 2001, before they did more recent 'refreshing' of the rooms. You can find my comments (2001) by searching "Turenne", I imagine. Also -for any of these- go read reviews on
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 04:47 AM
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Definitely go ahead and get the airfare. Finding a hotel will be no problem.

If you want to feel better about how many hotel possibilities there are go to and type in your dates. Venere is very user-friendly as you can indicate which arrondisment you want to see, how many stars, location maps, and many reviews from former guests.

I would reserve directly through the hotel rather than venere but it is a great tool to get you started much like orbitz or travelocity.

I was also going to suggest Hotel Jeanne d'Arc but checked your dates and they are booked.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 05:02 AM
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Thanks, Imlweb, Travelnut and amwosu. You've all been a great help!

I think I'll take a pass on Hotel Utrillo, Imlweb. I really appreciate your info on the area.

I'm going to look for your earlier posting on Turenne, Travelnut.

And thanks for that link, amwosu. I will definitely check that out!

And I will definitely buy our tickets today.
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The Picpus has been recommended by others as well as St. Cirq.

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IF you are staying in Paris on a Friday,Saturday and Sunday AND don't mind being out of the action a bit on the periphique (but only a metro ride away)you might consider looking at Accor Suitehotels. We booked a weekend for those 3 nights for a total of 159 euros (this is for 3 or 4 people for the whole weekend)at the one in Montreuil. It has good reviews at TA and is about 2 blocks from the Porte de Montreuil metro stop on line 9.

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Last summer, my husband and Dad stayed at the Hotel Hospitel on Ile de la Cité. Yes, it's in a hospital, so you may pass the occasional nurse or gurney. But that also means QUIET. It's cheap, clean and extremely pleasant. You walk out the door in the morning (through the gorgeous gardens) and voila! Notre Dame right in front of you. It's not a problem to come and go as you please.
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Feb 22nd, 2007, 09:01 AM
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I've stayed in the Hotel de la Sorbonne and like it, also, if it's in your price range and available.

The Hotel Dieu (hotel hospital above) is not that cheap and nowhere near this price, unfortunately (it is about 40 pct higher, or 110 euro, I think).

Here are a few more in the area near Gobelins metro, which I like a lot:
They have doubles for only 86 euro.

This hotel has twins for 90 euro, it is more near Port Royal/Luxumbourg

This one is right next to the H de la Sorbonne and a great location, and also 90 euro for a twin, I thought it looked nice enough when I stayed there, but haven't seen the rooms. It has pretty good reviews on Tripadvisor

This one is back on bd St Michel towards Notre Dame, and whle that's a busy street, folks seem to like it a lot. I'd be less worried at the end of March about that, as open windows won't be as necessary. Their twins are also around 90 euro:
That's only a 1* hotel, but decent and a good location. Their twins are 79 euro.
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