Haven’t booked your lodging for the 2024 Paris Olympics? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
On July 26, 2024, Paris will launch the biggest citywide party the capitol has ever seen, when 600,000 ticketed spectators and countless others will witness the first Olympic Games opening ceremony to be held outdoors. And not just anywhere, but on the romantic banks of the Seine River, where barges loaded with Olympians will barrel down the river to the roar of cheering crowds.
But the party won’t stop there. The 2024 Paris Olympics (July 26-Aug 11) and Paralympics (Aug 28-Sept 8) are shaping up to be the events of the century in Paris, and hotels and homestays are at a premium–and going fast.
If you have your tickets but haven’t yet decided on where to stay, there’s still time—and options. If you haven’t booked tickets, the Paris Olympics official site still has seats for the opening ceremony—at a whopping €2,700 ($2,954) apiece—along with basketball and boxing, with tickets for other events coming available at unspecified intervals (the official site advises frequent visits to the ticketing page to check for availability).
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If your heart is set on specific sporting events—and money’s no object—you’ve still got options, with lodging included. On Location, the Paris Games’ official hospitality partner is offering all-inclusive packages that include tickets to the event(s) of your choice, accommodation in a three-, four-, or five-star hotel for up to 10 nights, a guided tour according to your interests, and transport to and from the events. Package options include airport transfers ($125), and three categories of tickets to the opening ceremony, running €5,250 to €10,000 per person (for panoramic views from a Paris bridge) that also get you access to a nearby “hospitality space,” cocktails and/or dining, live music, and an official Olympics souvenir. Plus, staff to guide you to and from your seating. Is it worth it? The tips below will help you do the math.
Paris Olympics Go-It-Alone Lodging
For ticket-holders who prefer to scout their own lodging, there are still rooms available at all price points and in every corner of the city and beyond. But where to begin? If you know Paris and have zeroed in on a neighborhood you like, great. If not, you can narrow your search according to where the event you’re attending will be held using this handy map.
If you enjoy discovering the city on foot—hands down the best way to see Paris—or are comfortable with public transport, which is fast, economical, reliable, and easy to navigate, you can choose by district (called arrondissements, Paris has 20) or by price point. Lodging in the city center is at a premium, especially those with views, but as you get farther out, prices are gentler.
Be aware that many events are being held outside Paris city limits where lodging will be cheaper. You can find the estimated time between the lodging you’re considering and an Olympic event here, or you can go to the RATP website in English.
Hotel or Airbnb?
Many travelers prefer the ease, amenities, and security of a hotel, especially in the summer months when air conditioning is reliable and you may even snag a balcony, terrace dining, a spa, or a swimming pool. In-hotel dining, especially at breakfast, is also a big draw, as is a concierge to help you get your bearings. Though many Paris hotels have been fully booked for well over a year for VIPs and sponsor companies, there are still rooms to be had. Keep in mind when booking that rooms are at a premium during the Olympics, so once booked they are typically non-refundable.
Homestays on Airbnb, Vrbo, and other home-rental sites are going for anywhere from double to quadruple average prices, with scores of Parisians vacating their homes for the month to cash in. Available apartments run the gamut–for example, you can snag a no-frills single room with a view of Sacré Coeur in the fashionable Marais for €150 a night; a lovely 2,100-square-foot apartment in the heart of Paris near the Seine and the Eiffel Tower that sleeps six for $1,500 a night. Or you might opt for a one-bedroom, two-person apartment on the banks of the Seine River with eye-popping views of the Eiffel Tower for €16,000 a night for a grand total of €320,590 for the duration of the games.
Most homestays are averaging just over double their standard going rate, and some have held back listing, so don’t rush into anything without looking around and comparing with hotels. Many hotels and homestays have minimum stays of three days, and some even require longer minimums.
For those interested in a hotel stay, here’s a selection of some of our favorites that still have availability. But don’t procrastinate, rooms are going quickly. If you can’t manage to book online, be sure to call the hotel. Some hotels are reserving rooms and reservations are best done in person. Hotel booking staff always speak English.
If you’re flush and looking for a discrete, incomparably elegant hotel, this family-owned “maison” set on a quiet street just steps from the Champs-Élysées and the Seine, is the quintessential black book address. Rooms are cozy and beautiful, many with stellar views. Expect to pay €7,500 a night for a classic double; €13,080 for two in a prestige suite.
In the heart of the city, just steps from the Louvre museum, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Palais Royal, this Grand Dame hotel was the hotel of Paris when it opened in 1887, attracting a who’s who list of distinguished guests (Sir Arthus Conan Doyle even featured it in his Sherlock Holmes novels). Now beautifully renovated, its luxe rooms offer stellar views. Doubles with a view are still available at €1,700
The beautiful, tranquil 19-room boutique hotel, one of our favorites in Paris, has a plum location on a quiet side street just steps from the Tuileries Gardens near the Louvre, Orangerie, Place de la Concord and Place de la Madeleine. The hotel still has cozy classic doubles available available for the full 15-days of the Olympic Games starting at €11,250. Though the hotel has no restaurant, breakfast is served in an elegant lounge and the friendly staff goes the extra mile for guests.
This charming hotel in the 13th arrondissement, near restaurants, shopping, and transportation, is going all out for the games, with extra staff and perks for guests to ensure an extra special experience. Rooms range from €493 (€502 with breakfast) for a classic double to €533 (€542 with breakfast) for a superior double with an Eiffel Tower view. Bookings for these dates are not taken online, so you must call. There are still rooms open for the full duration of the Games and discounts are available for longer stays.
Bloom House Hôtel & Spa (minimum five nights)
This luminous new hotel is conveniently set in the chic 10th arrondissement near the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est train stations and the leafy Canal Saint-Martin. A pool, stylish restaurant, and great views from your private balcony make summer in the city a pleasure. Classic rooms start at €900 a night and rooms with a balcony go for €1,034 (they’re €193 and €238 in June), but a flash sale gives you a 15% discount for a total of €4,598 or €5,104 for a five-night stay.
One of our favorite mid-range hotels, Terrasse Montmartre is set in a picturesque residential neighborhood perched up high in historic Montmartre, close to sights (Sacré Coeur and the wonderful Musée Montmartre), the metro, chic cafés, and shopping. The hotel also offers a top-notch restaurant and bar, both with panoramic views of Paris. Availability from July 27-August 12 for a classic room (170-200 square feet) at $585 a night.
Hôtel Pilgrim (minimum six nights)
With a plum location at the heart of the city just two blocks from the Seine in the quiet 5th arrondissement (think the Sorbonne, Notre Dame, Jardin des Plantes), this brand new hotel (it opened in November) is close to the top sights and many of the games venues. The hotel also has superb views from some rooms and the roof. You’ll need to move fast, classic doubles at €568 per night with a minimum of six nights in July and August.
Edgar Suites (three-night minimum, sleeps seven)
A new concept in urban hotels, these chic contemporary suites—some in the most sought-after neighborhoods of Paris—are close to public transport and offer self-service amenities you won’t find in a hotel. Most of the suites are also fully accessible to people with reduced mobility. Suites sleep up to seven people a night and range from €324 a night for a suite in Chatillon, just outside Paris, €923 in the chic 10th arrondissement near the Canal Saint-Martin, and €1,790 a night for a stylish loft-like suite in a plum spot in the 1st arrondissement in the heart of Les Halles.
Before ruling out this spanking new budget chain hotel as too far afield, take note that their location in the 19th arrondissement is an easy metro ride to the Stade de France and a stone’s throw to the sprawling Parc de la Villette, both venues for the Olympic Games. It’s also near two major train stations, the Paris Philharmonie, and many other cultural sites, where there will be tons of parties and spectacles this summer. Doubles are still available starting at €379 a night
Once for backpackers roughing it, youth hostels have gone upscale, with the People at the forefront. People’s Marais, Bercy, and Nation are sold out, but there are still rooms for one to six people (with shared or communal baths, €125-€785 per night) available at People’s Belleville, between the Parc de Belleville, one of the loveliest parks in Paris with stupendous views, and historic Père Lachaise cemetery, this contemporary hostel gets rave reviews for its sleek functional rooms, onsite bar and entertainment, and fabulous views from the rooftop lounge.
There’s still availability at Yooma Urban Lodge, a bright, contemporary space with a chic restaurant, cocktail bar, and rooftop garden, though prices jump from €239 to €773 per night for two people between July 24 and August 12. Twins and a few doubles with showers remain for a six-night stay at €4,638, or a standard with a shower for €8,640, with a minimum stay of three nights.