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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 our affiliate partner, Booking.com, which is Europe's leading reservations service.


  • Quoted hotel rates normally include taxes and service charges, but breakfast is often extra these days. If the hotel offers only a buffet breakfast and you want something simpler, or if the hotel's breakfast price seems excessive, you can buy a simple petit déjeuner with French bread, a croissant, a hot drink (and sometimes a glass of orange juice) at any café.

  • Rooms in Paris hotels are often small, especially at the lower end of the price scale. Also, some cheaper hotels don't have elevators. If you're short on cash but insist on elbow room and a lift, research carefully before booking.

  • If you're traveling with a family, it may not be practical to cram rollaway beds into a double room. You might be better off reserving two rooms in a cheaper hotel, staying in a hostel, or renting a holiday apartment. (See below.)


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.

Vacation apartments

Apartment rue SteinkerqueIf you're staying in Paris 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 hundreds of detailed listings with photos and reviews by paying guests, see:

Airbnb and Booking.com are our affiliate partners, and we receive a small percentage of the rental fees.


  • Some Airbnb properties offer big discounts for stays of a month or longer. (Booking.com is limited to visits of up to one month.)

  • You'll find more individual or family-owned rentals on Airbnb, while Booking.com is your best choice for apartment hotels and other serviced apartments.

  • When comparing Airbnb and Booking.com rates, be sure to compare the total rates including any service and cleaning fees.

Other things to know about short-term rentals:

  • Renting an apartment can be more complicated than booking a hotel room. Procedures vary, but normally you have to pay a non-refundable deposit when you book, and you'll need to pay the rest of the rent upon arrival (or sometimes before).

    A security and/or damage deposit may also be required. Some agencies and landlords don't accept credit cards, which means you may need to send the deposit by international wire transfer and bring the balance in cash when you arrive. (The latter can be a problem if you're coming straight from the airport and your bank has has a daily limit on ATM withdrawals.)

    Fortunately, use of PayPal is becoming more common, though you may be required to pay the PayPal handling fee.

  • Check-in is often less convenient than at a hotel, since you'll need to meet the agent or landlord at a certain time or (in some cases) go to the agent's office first. Check-out is easier--usually, you can just leave your keys in the apartment--but you may be required to do (or pay for) a final cleaning.

  • Often, you'll receive only one set of keys, which makes it harder for couples or families to split up for sightseeing, shopping, etc.

  • Amenities vary: We've rented flats that offered guidebooks, maps, and washing machines for clothes and dishes, but our last apartment didn't have a TV  (though it was equipped with a Macintosh computer and high-speed Internet, and the view of Sacré-Coeur from the living-room windows was better than any sitcom or game show).

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In this article:
Types of accommodation
Left Bank: Latin Quarter, St-Germain
Left Bank: Eiffel Tower, Invalides
Right Bank: Champs-Élysées to Louvre
Right Bank: Opéra
Right Bank: Marais
Île de la Cité, Île Saint-Louis
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
Left Bank Hotels (5th, 6th, 7th East)

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