Paris — just say the word and thoughts turn to everything beautiful, timeless, delicious, and very expensive. Especially hotels. No doubt that 400-euro-per-night auberge you’ve chosen to hang your hat in is worth every precious cent, but believe it or not you can stay in Paris for a song. There are plenty of fine places, from Hôtel St. Jacques to one of our all-time favorites, Hôtel de Nesle. Here are a few more gems.
Hôtel Prima Lepic
150-200 euros per night
An impressive value, the Prima Lepic stands out among dozens of mediocre traps in this tourist zone. Elements from the original 19th-century building remain, such as vintage tiling in the entry and white iron furniture in the breakfast area. The bright rooms are full of spring colors and florals; the so-called Baldaquin rooms have reproduction canopy beds. Larger rooms are suitable for families but have little natural light. Arrondissement 18. (photo, right)
120-140 euros per night
After starring in The Truth About Charlie (a remake of Charade), this darling hotel gained a reputation as one of the most atmospheric budget sleeps in the city. Rates have crept up, but the former circa-1870 bank retains its beautiful wood-paneled reception area and wrought-iron elevator. The individually decorated and spacious rooms are decked out with original glazed-tile fireplaces and period art. Arrondissement 9.
Hôtel des Bains
80-155 euros per night
A charming neighborhood, tastefully decorated rooms, a friendly staff: can anyone explain why this hotel has only one government-ranked star? The price can’t be beat, especially for the family-friendly two-room suites (EUR91-EUR137), one with a terrace, in a separate building off the courtyard garden. Arrondissement 14. (photo, right)
75 to 100 euros per night
The decor is a bit schizoid; some guest rooms have chandeliers, others have fuzzy brown rugs and busy bedspreads, yet another is fashionably minimalist, and rooms 39, 40, and 41 are blessed with large rooftop balconies. But the overall spruceness, the location near the Opera Garnier and Grands Boulevards department stores, and free Internet station in the lobby make this a strong bet in this price range. 45 rooms, 35 with bath. Arrondissement 2.
150-175 euros per night
The spotless rooms and extra-helpful staff at the Port-Royal are above average for this price range. Just below the rue Mouffetard market at the edge of the 13th arrondissement, it may be somewhat removed from the action, but the snug antiques-furnished lounge areas, garden courtyard, and rooms with wrought-iron beds, mirrors, and armoires make it worth the trip. Arrondissement 5.
Hôtel Eiffel Rive Gauche
75-125 euros per night
On a quiet street near the Tour Eiffel, this bright and welcoming hotel, family-owned and run, is a great budget find at the bottom of this price category. The 30 charming rooms have modern wood furnishings with red bedspreads and orange and gold walls. Many of them open directly onto a stunning, Tuscan-style patio with ocher-color walls, verdigris railings, and terra-cotta tiles. There’s no a/c, but fans are available in the summer. Arrondissement 7. (photo, right)
Prices listed are advertised rates for a standard double room in late August.
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“A jewel of a hotel for under 200 euros is the Hotel Residence Henri IV in the 5th Arr, of rue des Ecoles. It’s at the end of a little dead-end street and faces a park, so it’s very quiet. Most rooms have little balconies and the bathrooms are a nice size and also have a window in most rooms. The hotel has 2 rooms per floor and the staff always gets to know me well enough to tell my husband what time I went out when he calls.” – Aleta
“We stayed at the Hotel des Grandes Ecoles in the Latin Quarter– 115 euro/night for a double room. The hotel is in a great location, on a quiet street between Rue Mouffetard and the Seine. It’s actually three buildings set around a private cobblestone a courtyard and garden… kind of a private and very peaceful oasis in Paris. We’ll definitely stay here again.” – Kathy Wood
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