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Cheap hotels in Paris are relative in what can be an expensive city. There is no single best strategy to find budget hotels in Paris.
Follow some basic rules though and you should be able to locate the cheap Paris hotels suitable for your needs.
A great way to set a benchmark price to beat for hotel accommodation in Paris is to get prices and options from the Accor hotels.
The HotelF1 and ibis Budget chains are the lowest price on offer.
The reason for this is largely down to their location, mostly very close to the inner orbital road around Paris.
You'll normally have the inconvenience of a 10-minute walk to the nearest Metro plus a 20-minute ride into the centre as the price to pay for the low charges.
Hotel F1 is cheaper than ibis Budget, by virtue of most rooms not being en suite, however F1 have recently brought in a few rooms with private bathrooms for around €7 extra.
ibis and ibis Styles, are found throughout Paris. ibis Styles normally have large family rooms available and breakfast is included in the room rate. All Accor budget chains offer free Wi-Fi.
Room rates reflect demand and in this computer age room rates are not fixed, what you pay reflects how hard the hotel finds it to get customers.
In districts sought out by leisure visitors there tends to be a premium for rates at the weekend. Conversely business districts struggle at the weekends as their core market disappears.
At the weekend probably the best two districts for value for money are the La Defense and Bercy districts. Neither is central but both have fast Metro and RER links that will get you to the centre in 20 minutes and save you a bundle.
August is the quietest month of year as most Parisians flee the city and business grinds to a stop. Again the business districts are cheap in August.
If any of these are your arrival gateways in Paris, they are probably your benchmark district to check out. For those flying into Paris, all of the stations have very good links to the airports.
These railway stations are also public transport hubs with multiple Metro lines that will get you to wherever you want to go in Paris quickly and cheaply.
Other major budget districts are Montmartre and around Bastille/Republique, just east of the Marais district.
Although you may associate Paris hostels with shared dormitory accommodation that maybe you would not consider, most hostels also have private rooms with en suite bathrooms.
Many such rooms can accommodate groups of 4 or 6 too. You really need to be under 35 to use these as an option.
Located a 10-min walk from Porte de la Chapelle Metro, near Montmartre just north of the city centre; there is a convenient Monoprix supermarket in same building. All rooms are equipped with a wash basin and satellite television. Most rooms have shared toilets and showers closeby, but you can upgrade to a private bathroom. Free Wi-Fi and all you can eat buffet breakfast available.
Rooms: Double, triple rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Porte de St Ouen 500m (Line 12)
To the east of Paris at the end of Line 3 of the Metro at Gallieni; the main Paris coach station used by Eurolines is nearby. Everything is the hand with a shopping centre next door, while the hotel features 24-hr reception, free Wi-Fi and private parking. The air-conditioned rooms are equipped with an LCD TV, a desk and a private bathroom. 351 bus direct to CDG Airport.
Rooms: Double/Twin, triple rooms (large bed and a bunk bed) and rooms for 4
Location/ Nearest Metro: Gallieni 100m (Line 3)
North of the city centre but within easy walking distance of the Metro. All the air-conditioned rooms have lift access and include free Wi-Fi, TV with satellite channels. Each room has a private bathroom with a shower, hairdryer and free toiletries. A buffet breakfast is available daily, restaurant and bar. Cheapest rates at weekend.
Rooms: Double & Triple Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Porte de Clichy 500m (Line 13)
Centrally located near Gare de l'Est and Gare du Nord train stations offering affordable accommodation and friendly service. Rooms are equipped with satellite TV and en suite facilities. Free Wi-Fi in all areas. Walking distance to the Centre Pompidou and the popular Marais district. Breakfast available, and can be served in room. 24-hr front desk.
Rooms: Single, double/twin & triple rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Gare de l'Est 300m (Line 4, 5, 7)
The hotel features a conservatory and outdoor terrace with bar. Daumesnil Metro Station is 230m away. The air-conditioned, contemporary rooms feature free Wi-Fi and TV with satellite channels. Each room includes tea and coffee making facilities, and some rooms have a seating area. Breakfast buffet, bar. 24-hour reception.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Daumesnil 230m (Line 6, 8)
Relax on the terrace with a drink from the bar at Campanile Paris 14 Maine Montparnasse. Located a 15-min walk from Montparnasse Tower and Train Station, this hotel offers a 24-hr reception. Pernety Metro Station is just a 4-min walk away. The air-conditioned guest rooms are equipped with satellite TV, tea and coffee maker and free Wi-Fi. A buffet breakfast is available for a supplement.
Rooms: Double/twin Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Pernety 350m (Line 13)
Mercure Paris Gare du Nord is just 450m from Gare du Nord train station. Guests have free Wi-Fi and are invited to relax on the terrace or the bar. Each air-conditioned, soundproofed room includes a minibar and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Rooms have a private bathroom with a hairdryer, as well as tea and coffee facilities.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Gare du Nord 400m (Line 4, 5, 7) & RER Line B, D
Situated very close to Gare de l’Est train station and 5-10 minutes' walk to Gare du Nord station with fast direct trains to CDG Airport. All rooms are air-conditioned and equipped with clean, private bathrooms, free Wi-Fi and satellite TV. Buffet breakfast available in breakfast in dining room with vaulted ceilings and exposed brick walls. Bar.
Rooms: Double / twin rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Gare de l'Est 100m (Line 4, 5, 7)
The hotel is opposite the Gare de l'Est train station and 5-min from Gare du Nord train station, with direct access to the Louvre Museum. Fully renovated air-conditioned rooms feature free Wi-Fi, satellite TV, a wardrobe, desk and telephone. A buffet breakfast is available each morning and a bar offers snacks 24-hrs a day.
Rooms: Double & triple rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Gare de l'Est 200m (Line 4, 5, 7)
A 2-min walk from Opera Garnier and Galeries Lafayette, this hotel offers simple rooms with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. You can choose your room with either en-suite or a shared bathroom. A continental breakfast is served each morning (included). 24-hr front desk and free newspapers available each day in the lobby area. Drinks vending machine.
Rooms: Single, Double/Twin & Triple Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Havre-Caumartin 150m (Line 9)
Large 200+ bedroom hotel next to the River Seine, not far from the Champs-Elysées and the Arc de Triomphe. Pedestrian walkway to Esplanade La Defense metro with easy links to the centre. Air conditioned rooms, free Wi-Fi. Bistro restaurant offering good value. This hotel is much cheaper at weekends and holiday periods, especially August, than the working week.
Rooms: Double & Triple Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Esplanade La Defense 200m (Line 1)
This designer hotel offers individually decorated rooms and an interior courtyard, just a 10-min walk from Montparnasse train station. You can enjoy a daily buffet breakfast with a fine tea selection and home-made cakes (supplement).The rooms are equipped with free Wi-Fi, satellite TV and a private bathroom. 24-hr front desk with laundry service. Library.
Rooms: Single, Double & Family Rooms
Location/ Nearest Metro: Pernety 200m (Line 13)