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Affordable Paris accommodation Arrondissement

I am taking my family of four (including two nearly-grown teens) to France this summer, spending most of our time in Provence and in the Alps, but at the end of our time in France we have a very brief (barely 1 1/2 days, 2 nights) in Paris. We've chosen Musée d'Orsay and a night time boat on the Seine (along with gelato on Ile St. Louis) as our destinations, but we are finding all the accommodations close by to be out of our price range.

Last time I was in Paris was 40 years ago (which included that gelato), so not surprisingly, I neither remember the neighborhoods nor are those memories probably particularly relevant.

I'd love ideas for which arrondissement(s) people might suggest for more affordable accommodation with reasonably straightforward ways to get to where we are going. We don't mind some walking, and we are game for the Métro and other forms of transport (haven't yet researched whether there is a Parisian version of Uber or Lyft).

  • We would love €200 or less per night but don't know if that's doable.
  • We would gladly consider apartments, apart-hotels as well as hotels, etc.
  • We want an area we feel safe coming back to at night, post-tour boat.
  • We value connection and cultural experience over fanciness or luxury (helpful when trying to save bucks).

Any suggestions of areas or specific lodging would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

Posted by
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My favorite area to stay in Paris is Latin/St. Germaine. I like to stay at Hotel Familia, a budget property in a traditional Parisian building. More upscale is their sister property, Minerve, next door.

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You'll be spending most of that day and a half in the 5th and 6th arr., so it makes sense to stay on one of these. Have you checked Airbnb? We stay in apartments bc of affordability. so I cant recommend a hotel. But you could check airbnb (making sure to check that the rental has a registration number at the bottom of the listing). Or you could google search hotels in that area. I have stayed in both these areas and felt very safe. They are popular and crowded an there are people out and about late

Posted by
4522 posts

We enjoyed our stay at Hotel Diana on the 5th Arrondissement near La Sorbonne.

If you decide to go up the Eiffel Tower do book your tickets ASAP before they sell out.

Enjoy your trip!

Posted by
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A very budget hotel in the heart of Paris, on a very nice street very close to Notre Dame, is Hotel Marignan at 13 rue du Sommerard. It’s old school, clean, family owned and run. Free washer/dryer, free breakfast, community kitchen. You can get rooms with a bathroom, or for less money, a room with shower/toilet down the hall. I stayed there for 2 mos years ago, and a good friend (solo female) stayed there in 2017 & 2018 and liked it.

https://www.hotel-marignan.com

Posted by
3283 posts

@Susan, looks like quite a find for my kind of property! Very close to where I typically stay. Bookmarking this! Thanks.

Posted by
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When in summer will you be there? Regardless, you've waited too long to probably get the best/best value/best location places.
I second the recommendation of Hotel Diana -- awesome locale, but likely booked.
Given the lateness of your booking, you might check out the 14th/Montparnasse area that's still close to the 6th. I like Hotel Raspail, Hotel Odessa, and a couple on rue Delamere.
If you're going in early June, A/C may not be as crucial as if you're going in July/August.

Posted by
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jules, i do think you would like it. Not fancy, but clean with a lot going for it. I’d happily stay there again.

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These are great suggestions. Thank you! (And I welcome more, of course.) We know we're running a bit late on some of our plans, but it's what we have been able to manage, so we'll just keep plugging away.

Really appreciate everyone's kindness.

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We stayed in "George Astotel" one of the Astotel family on the 9th and we were very happy with our choice. You could check it out (and their prices for summer. I was there in spring) and see if it would work out for your family!

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The Citadines "apart'hotel" chain has a lot of locations in Paris, some with units sleeping four people. I haven't stayed in one, and I'm sure they totally lack atmosphere, but others have recommended them in this forum and the price may work for you. My other suggestion would be to look on booking.com, which has good filters and reviews by actual former guests (but book on the hotel's own website if possible).

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When in the summer will you be there? June and July can be very different price-wise from August. Are you looking for two rooms per night for that price or a quad room? Given your plans, I'd look somewhere in the 13th, 14th and 15th arrondissement for two rooms. The transportation options are usually pretty good. One budget hotel where you could get two rooms for around 200€ per night is Hotel du Lion in the 14th: https://paris-hotel-lion.com/en/. Some of their rooms have AC and some do not.
And yes, Uber is in Paris and it works exactly the same way as it does in the US. As of late 2017, Lyft did not operate in Paris and I think that is still the same in 2019.

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Thank you all so much! @susan, you are my hero: I got a reservation for a quad at Hôtel Marignan for our little stay in early July and I feel incredibly fortunate. This looks like our kind of place, and the location and price can't be beat.

I so appreciate that this forum exists. This has made my week - this particular part of trip planning was making me crazy, and now it's back to being fun.