Types of Accommodation
From: Where to Stay in Paris
Most travelers stay in hotels for good reasons: It's easy to check into and out of a hotel, somebody else does the housekeeping, and--in most, but not all, cases--the traveler can cancel a reservation without penalty in an emergency or if travel plans change.
Like other big European cities, Paris has vast numbers of hotels that range from tiny one- or two-star pensions to luxury palaces and modern chain properties. We recommend checking the listings at our booking partners, Venere and Booking.com, which tend to have lower rates than the hotels' own Web sites.
Hostels have come a long way since the days when most "youth hostels" consisted of large dormitories with bunk beds, communal bathrooms, and strict rules (including a requirement that hostelers leave the premises during the day).
Many of today's hostels have double or quad rooms, modern conveniences, and friendly service at competitive rates. What's more, a growing number of hostels welcome families or grey-haired travelers who enjoy a social atmosphere and the company of fellow foreigners. See our Hostel Web links for more information.
If you're staying for a week or more, or if you're traveling with children, a furnished holiday rental can be a good value and a great experience. Rates for a one-bedroom apartment are comparable to what you'd pay for a double room at a midrange hotel, you can eat in at breakfast or when you're too tired to spend the evening at a restaurant, and you can enjoy the illusion that you're living (however briefly) in Paris.
For more information about renting apartments in Paris, including links to articles about our own experiences, see our Paris Apartment Rentals page and the Accommodations section of our Paris Articles Index.
Private studios and rooms (bed and breakfast)
The city of Paris and the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau have an "Authentic B&B" program that makes it easy for tourists to rent studios or rooms in private homes. For more information, including listings, see the Paris CVB's Bed & Breakfast (chambres d'hôtes) page.
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