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You need a hotel room in Paris but you’re not ready to sift through a few thousand Paris hotel recommendations on Trip Advisor? Let us help you cut to the chase with the list of hotels Annie and Elyse use and like both personally and for our tours.
On this page you will find boutique hotels in all the central arrondissements of Paris. We also list hotels that can accommodate families AND budget hotels that are centrally located, safe and convenient.
How much do you have to pay to get a good hotel room in central Paris? In April, May, September and October 130€ per night is an amazing deal, 190€ is a good deal. If you think that’s really high, please take a look at prices in nearby London where 130€ per night gets you, hum, let’s see… nothing? Yes, nothing. Crazy cheap in London starts at 180£, Paris hotels are VERY cheap compared to London hotels.
We Look for Value, Location and Comfort
Elyse and I are actually very picky when it comes to hotels. We’re not spring chickens and need comfortable, safe, and good location where we can get a good night sleep.
Unlike most travel bloggers who only write in exchange for free services, we actually pay for our rooms. In other words, we’re not recommending these hotels because they give us freebies, we’re recommending them because we think they are great.
So what is our criteria for recommending these Paris hotels?
- Good location with easy access to major sites and public transportation.
- Safe areas, you can come and go all day and all night without fearing for your life.
- Comfortable rooms at various price points. Some of the people who tour with us won’t bat an eye at 1,000€ a night, other need to keep it closer to 100€-150€ per night. That’s OK with us: there is great value at every price point if you know where to look, and we know where to look!
- More about our hotel selection criteria.
Many of the hotels on our recommended list are located within walking distance to Notre Dame. Why is that? Because we find ideal for visiting all the major Paris sites we enjoy. You will find hotels at different price points and amenities in this list, value is the name of the game.
Favorite Boutique Hotels in Paris
We recommend you stay in central Paris in the Arrondissements numbered 1 through 8.
Hôtel Le Relais des Halles–Quiet hotel, centrally located, air conditioning, close to a metro stop, good breakfast, great staff, very clean has been updated recently.
9Confidentiel–In the Marais, comfortable bed, lovely décor.
Hôtel De Neuve by HappyCulture–This hotel is on a quiet street close to the Saint Paul metro station in the Marais. I’ve stayed there and it was all good. This is not a fancy hotel. Rooms and bathrooms are small, there is an elevator but it’s also small. I don’t recommend you have breakfast there (they have a couple of tables in the lobby). On the other hand the bed was really comfortable, there was plenty of hot water, and the heat worked great. I would stay there again without hesitation.
Serotel Lutèce–I have stayed there and really enjoyed it. This hotel is in a nice location in the Latin Quarter, not far from Rue Mouffetard. The nearest metros are Place Monge and Censier-Daubenton. Really comfortable bed, nice bathroom, great breakfast buffet, friendly professional staff. Rooms are about 200€ per night but they run nice specials once in a while.
Hôtel du Levant–Fridge in the room, comfortable to get back to after a long day in Paris.
Hôtel le Lapin Blanc–Near the Cluny Museum. This hotel has AC which is good because you couldn’t sleep with the windows open. This area can be noisy.
Hôtel Design Sorbonne–Near the Sorbonne and Luxembourg Garden. You can request two rooms next to each other for families with teenagers. On a quiet street.
Le Littré–Great location for shoppers because it’s not far from Rue de Renne. Some rooms have an Eiffel Tower view.
Hôtel d’Angleterre–Quiet rooms, classic Parisian décor, great location in Saint Germain des Prés.
Hôtel da Vinci–This hotel has a small indoor pool where you can reserve a time slot. Very comfortable beds.
Hôtel d’Aubusson–Not far from the Odeon metro station. This hotel has an indoor pool and an inner courtyard. Jazz music every night. Quiet rooms. Not a palace, but great service.
Hôtel Saint-Paul Rive-Gauche–Between Sorbonne and the Luxembourg Gardens.
Hôtel Muguet–Near Les Invalides featuring some rooms with view to the Eiffel Tower. You can book two connecting rooms for up to 5 people at this hotel.
Hôtel Le Walt–Not far from the Eiffel Tower, some rooms feature a view of the tower. You can also book two adjacent rooms for 4 people.
Chambige Elysées–A short walk to the Champs Elysées. This hotel features beautiful rooms, helpful staff, a a suite for 4.
Hotels with Family Rooms
La Maison Favart–Near the Opera Garnier. This hotel has a small indoor pool, queen beds and has a family suite, a duplex suite for 4 adults and a room for 6.
Hôtel Brighton–On Rue de Rivoli not far from the Louvre and the Tuilleries Garden. They offer a junior suite and a family suite as well as a charming decor for couples.
Millésime Hôtel–Lovely hotel in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. They have a suite with one queen and two twins for families with young children.
Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Près–Great location near Notre Dame, Annie has stayed at this hotel and can recommend it personally. They won’t make your room every day (it’s more of a long-stay hotel) but they have a lobby that offers lots of services.
Hotel Excelsior Latin–Near the Luxembourg Gardens. This hotel has a family suite, a comfort suite, triple and quadruple rooms. More affordable than some of our other suggestions.
Budget / Hostels in Paris
Hotel Marignan is a hybrid hotel/hostel. What makes it stand out is the location and services. It is located on a quiet street within a 5 minutes walk to Notre Dame. Breakfast included (plentiful baguette and café-au-lait French breakfast). This hotel has full shared kitchen plus a washer and dryer. These are the services you only find at hotels 3 times that expensive usually!
But, being cheap, there is a down side as well. There is no elevator and some of the rooms don’t have a private bathroom. But some of the rooms do have their own bathroom! Annie stayed there for 10 days (with her own bathroom, she has her limits!) and would go back with no hesitation. The hotel is clean but the furnishings are eclectic. I’m pretty sure they didn’t hire an interior designer, but if you don’t care about that, you’ll be comfortable and safe.
Grand Hôtel des Balcons–Elyse’s favorite, great location and staff, but no AC. Very good for a budget hotel, central quiet location (6th arrondissement).
Petit Belloy in the 6e arrondissement–Annie has stayed there 4 times for a total of 20 nights. The rooms are small, but if you can get one of the rooms on the 6th floor, you will love the view of the Eiffel Tower! There was a kettle in the room, free coffee any time, the AC works great, a tiny elevator, and the beds are comfortable. This hotel does not have a lobby, but they will hang on to your luggage if needed. I will definitely go back to this hotel. Right across from the Belloy, area is very busy and can be loud due to sirens during the day. It is quiet at night.
Hôtel de Neuve by Happyculture–An excellent location in the Marais near the Saint Paul metro station and a comfortable bed. This budget hotel has an elevator. Annie has stayed there and it’s both affordable and pretty good. Don’t have breakfast there, the breakfast area is pretty much the lobby!
Budget Hotel with View of the Eiffel Tower
This hotel is in Saint-Germain-des-Prés but its penthouse rooftop has a great view of the Eiffel Tower. The hotel also has a great breakfast and the Saint-Germain-des-Prés location can’t be beat!
At a much cheaper price (because the rooms are small) if you can reserve room 602 or 603 you’ll have a lovely view to the Eiffel Tower! I’ve stayed there several times, please note that this hotel is in a busy area during the day-time, but it calms right down at night. I’m a light sleeper and I never had any trouble getting a good night sleep there. Friendly staff too!
Budget hotels away from the city center
Sometimes you can save a few dollars by staying a little further away from the city center. This is not something we recommend
Ibis in Charenton-le-Pont: you’ll be within 20 minutes of Paris city center with a 20 minute bus ride. I’ve stayed there, it’s a classic Ibis. Clean, not super plush, but comfortable none the less. There is a mall underneath the hotel as well as covered parking. The area is safe.
Another hotel Annie has tested because an airline sent her there when her flight was cancelled is the Lodge In in the 13th Arrondissement. It is clean, safe, and where getting to city center only took 20 minutes by metro This is a hotel where large tour groups go. It’s not plush at all, but basic needs will be met.
Hotel Near Charles-de-Gaulle CDG Airport
Mercure Roissy Charles-de-Gaulle: A good choice if you are looking for a hotel close to the airport that doesn’t cost a fortune. There is a free shuttle between the terminals and the hotel that runs about every 20 minutes. Then it’s a 20 minute drive in the shuttle. So, you need to plan on an hour to get between the hotel and the airport, but the accommodations are comfortable and the rooms are bigger than what you’ll find in Paris city center. We’ve used it and think it’s a good option!
On this page and in the podcast we’ve shared many first-hand trusted recommendations for boutique hotels, family hotels, hotels near the airport and budget hotels.
Whatever you do, don’t stay in the northeast corner of Paris. Listen to episode 194 for more details on why we recommend you avoid that part of the city.
And, of course, carefully review hotel amenities and refund policy carefully before making your choice.