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Budget hotel in Paris, centrally located?

Hi! I’m looking for a reasonably priced (under $150 per night) hotel for my husband and myself for 5 nights at the end of October that’s close to the major tourist attractions. Any suggestions?

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My daughter and I enjoyed our stay at Hotel Diana near La Sorbonne.
Our room was clean, comfortable, and it had a strong Wi-Fi signal.
The staff are friendly and helpful.
There’s a Metro and a couple of bus stops, nearby.

Enjoy your time in beautiful PAris!

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Another vote for Hotel Diana. The lobby is unattractive but the rooms are nice and the location is excellent. I hope you’re not too late in booking though, they are very popular because of their low price, nice rooms, great location. October is a popular time in Paris and it’s less than 3 mos away.

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Unfortunately I’m too late and it appears to be all booked. One that I’ve found that seems to get good reviews, is very close to metro, and seems relatively reasonably priced is Hotel Tourisme Avenue (15th arr., I think?). Would you suggest that or one in St. Germain?

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I’d pick the nicest hotel in your budget, as close to Notre Dame (the heart of Paris) as possible. Although the 15th isn’t central, it’s a perfectly fine area. If you can reserve it and cancel for free, i’d reserve it and keep looking. If you don’t find anything you like as well, you can keep that reservation.

Meanwhile, you may get more, helpful recommendations on this thread.

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We have stayed several times at Hotel du Jardin des Plantes, which is near the Institut Arabe and across the street from Jardin des Plantes. Clean rooms, good optional breakfast, good A/C, about €120 per night without breakfast. Not listed in tour books.

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Hotel Tourisme Avenue is in a nice location, walking distance to the Eiffel tower and next to a super-convenient metro stop (La Motte-Picquet) and a good bus line (80, to Champs Elysées), so it's less than 30 mins away from basically any major sight in Paris (except Montmartre area, which is further).
Some good cafés / restaurants nearby too, with a broader choice in the 7th across the Champ de Mars.
If you have a good deal there, I'd recommend it.

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We stayed at the Beaugency on our recent visit to Paris. I don't remember what we paid, but it's pretty close to your price. It's a block or two from a Metro stop, and easy walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and Seine river cruises.

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Hotel Familia, It's modest and clean with helpful staff and in a very convenient location in the Latin Quarter. It's close to the metro but an easy walk to many places. It is also in a cute, Parisian style building. Some rooms have balconies. http://www.familiahotel.com/

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Thank you all for the suggestions! Would any of you recommend the Latin Quarter ahead of the area where Hotel Tourisme Ave is? Or St. Germain?

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I've often stayed at the Grand Hotel des Balcons in the 6th. Close to the Odeon Metro stop. About half way between the Seine and the Luxembourg Gardens. Very nice staff. Good buffet breakfast.

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I’ve stayed in both areas and i prefer the Latin Quarter (in the 5th arrondissement).
I like being as close as possible to Notre Dame and the river, which is the center of Paris. It’s a more fun area, imo, and much easier to walk to lots of places you’ll want to go. Yes, you can take the Mêtro or bus from anywhere in Paris, but i’d rather already be in the center and only use public transportation for farther out places. Paris is a very walkable city and it’s a joy to walk and explore. You miss a lot when you’re on a bus or the Mêtro.
I recommend getting a good map of Paris and see where everything is. I like the Michelin laminated street maps best.

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I walk through St. Germaine a fair amount since its right by Latin Quarter. I like it but like the vibe of the Latin Quarter more. I agree with Susan's thoughts.

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I like staying in the 5th when in a hotel.
I liked the Hotel Diana but as you found, it's full, and seems to be so every time I look.
Hotel Famillia is a good option as is it's sister next door, Hotel Minerve.
A bit farther out, but still in the 5th and a block away from Rue Moufftard (one of my favorite streets) is the Hotel des Nations St Germain. I stayed there last year for a week and was very comfortable. I also liked that the room had a little fridge so I could keep take away salads and cheese and chilled wine. It was just a block away from 2 Metro lines and there were buses that stopped on the street or around the corner as well.
It isn't "close" to the attractions but it's reasonably central and I like staying in areas where local people actually live.

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I stayed at the Hotel Le Vignon in 2017 was able able to walk to all the attractions (but I like to walk so it may not be for you if you don't). The rooms were nicely decorated and smallish but comfortable.
Breakfast was extra (and expensive) and after eating there 2 mornings we decided to just go to a café several of which were nearby.
We got a good rate in April and you may in October.

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Last week I stayed at an Ibis Styles hotel near Place de la Republique for under $100 US single. Republique is a lively, sometimes raucous, main square served by 5 Metro lines, allowing very efficient movement around the city. The popular Canal Saint-Martin flows past, for strolling with lots of pubs and restaurants. There are several Ibis locations in the neighbourhood. Not elegant, but smootlyly run, with no surprises and a decent cold breakfast. Note that prices will be at least one-third higher at the end of October compared to late July.

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A boutique hotel in the 5th arr (Latin Quarter) around the corner from Luxembourg Gardens called Hotel Le Clos Médicis. I stayed there at the end of October last year and loved it.

It meets your budget with advanced booking. My budget was even tighter than yours.

https://closmedicis.com/en/offers-01.html

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You all are so amazing with all of the help and suggestions! I’ve looked up every one-some are too much, some aren’t available, and a few are on my short list.

I started down a rabbit hole of checking out Hotwire today, and I seem to have found an express deal on Villa Pantheon. Reviews are fantastic, and the price is incredible (we’d save $200 from our next cheapest options). Thoughts?

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Hotel college du France - excellent location !

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Stay at the Villa Pantheon at that price - good deal and excellent location !

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I decided to jump on the deal at Villa Pantheon! It ended up being $86 per night plus taxes, which was just too good to pass up for what seems to be a great location. Hopefully the reviews are accurate!

I really appreciate all of the help steering me in the right direction!! Thanks again!

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I don’t know the Villa Pantheon but it looks like a great hotel and you cannot beat that price! What a great score jana!

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Jana Ive never used Hotwire before.. but just looking at whats being offered for last week in october in Paris I am pretty impressed with some of the deals offered ... I think you did very well.. And Ill check Hotwire myself next time.

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I know the OP already got a good deal, but thought I would add my recommendation for anyone else interested. We love the Lenox Hotel Montparnasse. It is near the Montparnasse tower. Close to two diff metro lines (one is at the Vavin Metro station, the other is at Edgar Quinet Metro station). Beautiful residential neighborhood, walkable to many attractions. Usually get a full and wonderful breakfast included if you book on the hotel’s website (not Expedia, Hotwire, etc.). This hotel has been recently renovated inside and out, rates are still very reasonable.

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We like the Hotel Home Latin in the Latin Quarter. It is well located, easy walks to Notre Dame, the Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, Metro etc. The rooms are nice, the staff has always been very pleasant. The location is between Blvd. St Germain and Rue de Ecoles so it is in the heart of things but still quiet.

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I just checked the Villa Pantheon for September 2020 and it was 407 euros per night! Am I doing something wrong? I went to their direct website. $86 sounds like a good deal. I am new at this and a bit computer illiterate. Help required,
Ted

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Ted & Reesa

Welcome to the forum!
It's best to start your own thread instead of tacking on to a similar thread.

It might just be too early to book that hotel.

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Ted and Reesa, you're probably too far out from your trip dates. I've noticed that if you try to book more than 6 months or so ahead, many hotel websites cannot handle that, and default to unrealistic prices. Try emailing the hotel directly. They'll either give you a more rational price, or tell you when to try back.

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It was absolutely perfect!! Great location-we walked to pretty much everything except Montmartre and Arc de Triomphe. Lots of restaurants and stores nearby. Our room was small, but totally functional. A fun surprise was that our reservation through Hotwire apparently included their breakfast buffet, which we still don’t think is right but we weren’t going to quibble! And it was a fantastic breakfast! We’d highly recommend Villa Pantheon!