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Types of Accommodation

From: Where to Stay in Paris

Hotel Regina photo

ABOVE: A 4-star hotel on the Place des Pyramides.

Hotels

TIMHotel MontmartreMost 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 Paris hotel listings at Booking.com, Europe's leading reservations service.

Notes:

Hostels

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.

For hostel listings, see Booking.com: Paris Hostels.

Apartments

Apartment rue SteinkerqueIf 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.

When booking apartments, we've had good luck with HomeAway, VRBO, Rentals in Paris, and Paris Rental Connections.

Also see Booking.com: Central Paris Apartment Rentals, which listed hundreds of properties the last time we checked and has a secure reservations system.

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Next page: Left Bank: Latin Quarter, St-Germain


In this article:
Introduction
Types of accommodation
Left Bank: Latin Quarter, St-Germain
Left Bank: Eiffel Tower, Invalides
Right Bank: Champs-Élysées to Louvre
Right Bank: Ópera
Right Bank: Marais
Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis
Montmartre
Charles de Gaulle, Orly, and Beauvais Airports
Other areas of Paris and its suburbs

Related articles:
Hotels in the Marais
Hotels in Montmartre
Hotels near the Eiffel Tower


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