How to Find a Cheap Hotel in Paris (Seriously, It’s Possible)

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Paris by BeersandBeans Copyright Bethany Salvon 2012

By Randy Kalp

Believe it or not, it is possible. You can find a cheap hotel in Paris. While “The City of Light” can be expensive, there are hotel deals to be had, you just have to know how to locate them. By following these three Paris hotel tips, you’ll be able to save on your next trip to the city, giving you more money to spend on sightseeing and other Parisian delights.

Think like a European

While you can certainly find American hotel chains in Paris, you’ll likely find the best bargains from European chains. Forget about Best Western and Hilton, and think Accor, Premiere Classe and Campanile instead. For example, Accor—a hotel chain based in France—has several brands under its umbrella, including Ibis and Novotel. Currently, the hotel group offers more than 20 properties in central Paris, providing travelers with some of the best options for budget stays.

The Shoulder Season Rules

Not only is Paris extremely crowded in the summer, it is also extremely expensive. Visiting the city during its shoulder season—May to June and September through October—will increase your chances of finding a cheap hotel in Paris, while allowing you to enjoy the city and its attractions on a more local level. If, however, you have to visit during the summer months, your best bet is to book as far in advance as possible. Inexpensive rooms, especially those near the city’s top attractions, are already limited during the peak tourist season and will likely be the first to go.

Ride the Rails

The Paris Métro is incredibly efficient and the most inexpensive way to get into and around the city. If you are having difficulty finding a cheap hotel room that fits your comfort level, try searching for hotels that are a few miles outside of Paris and take the metro in. For example, in Bagnolet, which is a 15-20 minute train ride into central Paris, you can usually find rooms with higher star ratings for less. However, when looking at hotels in the suburbs, it is important to make sure that the cheaper room cost is not offset by the cost of traveling to and from the city. Also keep in mind that staying outside of the city will give you less time to enjoy Paris by night.

As you can see staying in Paris doesn’t have to drain your bank account. With these simple tips and a little planning, there is no reason why you shouldn’t be able to find an accommodation that fits your budget.

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