Perhaps the most romantic city in the world, Paris is like no other. In fact, residents of France are known to say that Paris is nothing like France! While France has plenty to offer other than Paris, the truth is that this beautiful city has an iconic presence and has put the country on the tourist map of the world. Lined with beautiful architecture, magnificent cathedrals, and popular cultural attractions, Paris is also known as an expensive city. The city boasts of some of the most sensational luxury hotels of the world, but this does not mean that there are no bargains to be found in Paris. In fact, a smart tourist is likely to find dozens of hidden gems that offer wonderful deals. And if you think you will have to compromise on location if you want to stay at budget Paris hotels, think again! Here are a few great options with even better price tags – all under $200!
With doubles rates starting at $170, the Hôtel de l’Abbaye at St. Germain-des-Pres offers great value for money. Guests can choose from 44 small rooms and four two-story suites that overlook the enchanting St. Sulpice, a medieval church. The French windows offer unfettered views from all rooms. A beautiful hotel for couples, this one includes a leafy bower, floral lobby, and a conservatory garden.
Didier Gomez’s Libertel Quartier Latin is a trend-setting hotel. Today, you will find hotels all over the globe boasting slipcovered headboards, but in 1997, this cozy 29-room hotel was the first one to start this trend. Located near the Sorbonne in the Latin Quarter, the lobby of this hotel boasts floor-to-ceiling bookcases, picture rails, and stenciled walls that only add to its eclectic literary appeal. Doubles start at $168.
The chosen hotel for designers and photographers, the Buci Latin at St. Germain-des-Pres is an eclectic choice complete with zebra striped walls, graffiti murals, and artworks by Pierre Leloup. The façade of the hotel resembles a flying saucer hacked into two halves. If you want to give other tourists a miss and enjoy the joie de vivre of Paris, pick one of the 27 rooms at the Buci Latin. Doubles are available from $165, and breakfast is included.
If you want to stay in the heart of Montmartre, you will find plenty of budget Paris hotels in the vicinity. Hôtel Regyn’s Montmartre offers an unpretentious Parisian welcome with small yet beautiful rooms, Montmartre-themed murals, classic French toile de jouy print fabric walls, and clean white bathrooms. Doubles start from $100, excluding breakfast.
Favored by writers and journalists, the Hôtel des Saints-Pères is where foreign correspondent for Vanity Fair, Edna St. Vincent Millay, stayed in 1921. Once the private residence of Louis XIV’s architect Daniel Gittard, this hotel offers a number of modern amenities like high-speed Internet and stocked mini bars. However, the old-world charm and beauty that St. Vincent Millay raved about has been retained. Enjoy your afternoon tea in the splendid winter garden or just stay in bed and have the attentive staff cater to you. If you are looking for budget Paris hotels in the Left Bank, it doesn’t get better than Hôtel des Saints-Pères with doubles starting at $122. Make sure to see the Chambre à la Fresque with its 17th Century fresco in the guest room.
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