Where to Stay in Paris – Hotels, Hostels, Airbnbs and More!

Where to stay in Paris

Since I’ve moved to Paris, I’m constantly contacted about recommendations in Paris. I offer itinerary planning and travel consultation services, but I understand that some people may want just basic tips. To remedy that (and cut down on the number of “where do I stay in Paris emails”), I’ve started a “Paris Guide” series and here’s the first one!

Here are my recommendations for where to stay in Paris. This is NOT a catch-all list. The places on this list have been viewed in person by me in all cases except 1 – and that recommendation comes from a trusted and vetted source. I have also stayed at most of the places on this list.  I’ll update the list as my time in Paris marches on and I see/stay in more hotels and apartments here.

For more lodging recommendations and to have the accommodations you’ve already booked from afar looked at in person, feel free to contact me about consultations/itinerary planning!

Where to Stay in Paris

Low Budget

Generator Hostel

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Hostel Exterior

Location: 10th Arrondissement

Good For: Groups, Youth Travel, Independent Travelers, Solo Travelers

The Generator Hostel is a large, clean hostel located in the 10th arrondissement of Paris. Because of its size, it appears more like a hotel than a hostel. Generator is a chain of hostels, with locations throughout Europe.

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Rooftop terrace

I haven’t stayed here myself, but I have a friend who did and loved it. The hotel is secure, as you  need a key to enter beyond the lobby and common areas. The hostel has an 8.6 on HostelBookers  and is only walking distance from Canal Saint Martin.

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lobby

The hostel offers female only dorms, so you don’t have to worry about co-ed sharing. Shared rooms are as low as 17 euros/day and private rooms go as low as 78 euros/day. Wi-fi is included. The hostel has breakfast as well.

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Shared rooms

Hotel Idol

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Hotel Idol Lobby

Location: 8th arrondissement

Good For: Couples, Independent Travelers

Hotel Idol is a small boutique hotel with reasonable comforts. It’s near Gare Saint-Lazare, which puts you close to many train lines – the 9, 12, 3, 13 and 14 are all available there. It’s great for independent travelers because the surrounding neighborhood is not as sanitized as the 7th or the 6th, but easy to walk around and explore. The hotel has a cute, well-decorated lobby to relax in and the rooms are decorated in vibrant colors, reminiscent of the 70s.

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Moon Blue

The rooms have names such as Joy, Light My Fire and Lady Soul. One major thing to note about the hotel is that in SOME of the rooms, your bathing facilities (shower/tub) are directly in the room. It’s not a place to stay if you’re sharing a room with someone who you don’t want to see naked!

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Notice the shower in the room?

Rates for the rooms are about 130 euros a night.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Mid-range Hotels

Hotel Augustin

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Lobby

Location: 8th arrondissement

Good For: Friends, Couples, Families

Hotel Augustin is a modern hotel, part of the Astotel group – a collection of 16 hotels in Paris. If you stay at one Astotel, you’re able to go into ANY Astotel in Paris and partake in their free snacks and drinks. All Astotels also have a good breakfast spread every morning.

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Twin room

Hotel Augustin was recently acquired and renovated by Astotel, so everything looks modern. Monoprix is nearby, as well as Parc Monceau. I’ve visited the rooms myself and can attest that they are in the condition seen in the photos.

TripAdvisor Reviews

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Double room

Hotel Mathis

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Hotel entrance

Location: 8th arrondissement

Good For: All types of travelers

Hotel Mathis is a boutique hotel that my friend found on the Hotel Tonight app. I’ll admit – the entrance and the lobby may look a little shady, but the rooms are large and in good condition. We were surprised by how nicely decorated and modern the rooms were, compared to the lobby/hallway.

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This 4 star hotel is located not far from the Champs-Élysées. It’s short on amenities, but the location is great.  If you’re looking for a nice mid-range room to lay your head at night, it’s a solid option. Rooms start at about 161 euros/night. One thing to note: they take your key when you leave the hotel and hold it at the reception desk. It’s a good thing to know before booking!

TripAdvisor Reviews 

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La Parizienne by Elegancia

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 Location: 6th arrondissement

Good for: Couples, Solo Travel

If you’d like to be close to the trendy St. Germain or even the Montparnasse train station, this hotel is a good option for you. It’s a tiny boutique hotel that’s well decorated. The rooms are clean, modern and well-appointed.

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Audacieuse room

One thing to note is that the rooms are pretty small – don’t be surprised once you get there! The hotel itself only has 4 rooms, so noise is not an issue. The rooms all have unique names, such as Curieuse, Audacieuse, Radieuse and Capricieuse.

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Radieuse room

They offer breakfast, wi-fi and an “honesty bar” in the lobby. Although the hotel is small, they do have an elevator! Adjoining rooms are also available.

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Capricieuse room

TripAdvisor Reviews

Luxury Hotels

Renaissance Le Parc Trocadero

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Entrance

Location: 16th Arrondissement

Good For: Business Travelers, Seniors, Comfort Travelers

If you want a quiet hotel with modern accommodations, then this hotel is for you. Renaissance hotels are a part of the Marriott brand, so this is great for those that are dying to get points!

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Courtyard

Like most hotels in Paris, the rooms can be a little small. But the hotel itself has lovely common areas and a great courtyard where you’ll see both locals and tourists socializing.

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One of their larger rooms

TripAdvisor Reviews

Hotel Bradford Élysées

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Exquisite lobby

Location: 8th arrondissement

Good for: Everyone!

I ended up staying in this hotel because of a fluke – or rather, my sister’s booking mistake. We booked the Hotel Augustin (see above) but she booked it for the wrong date. The Astotel group was kind enough to put us in this hotel – which had a price difference but was worth it.

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Accommodations
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One of the rooms off of the elegant lobby

The hotel can be a bit hard to find, as it’s on a quiet street in a maze of little streets. Although it’s on a quiet street (which is good), there are tons of bars and restaurants nearby. I adored the lobby decor – you feel like you’ve walked into a beautiful mansion, where every common room is perfectly and uniquely decorated.

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One of their higher end rooms, complete with a balcony

My parents lucked up and got quite the upgrade! Their room included a balcony (see above) and a sitting alcove complete with a fireplace.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Apartments

If hotels are not your thing, I have recommendations for apartments as well.

Apartment 1: 2 Bedroom Near Galeries Lafayette

Location: 9th Arrondissement

Good For: Family, Friends

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Living room

I stayed in this Airbnb in May 2017 with my family – and everyone was happy! The apartment is located near the Opera house and famous department store, Galeries Lafayette. In addition to lots of shopping in the area, we were able to walk to many cafés and restaurants.

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master bedroom
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2nd bedroom

Ivan, the host, was quick to communicate with me and even brought us a fan after we dismayed at the lack of air conditioning (the only con to the apartment).

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kitchen

I slept in the smaller bedroom, and the beds were comfortable. The master bedroom is large and airy and the bed is comfortable there as well.

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balcony

Reviews on Airbnb are 5 out of 5 for every category – cleanliness, accuracy, communication, location, value and check in. I highly recommend this Airbnb if you need more space with your family or a group of friends!

Apartment 2: Luxury 1 Bedroom Agency Apartment

Location: 7th Arrondissement

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Good for: Families, Couples, Solo Travelers

If Airbnb isn’t your thing, Paris Perfect has great apartments available for vacation rentals. The Cassis apartment is a one bedroom that sleeps 4 – and a wonderful view of the Eiffel Tower.

The living room includes a sofa bed that splits into two separate twin beds, which makes things a lot easier for groups of friends in the apartment. The apartment’s master bedroom also includes a view of the Eiffel Tower on a small terrace.

The apartment is located in a great neighborhood – there are many grocery stores, cafés, bakeries and restaurants nearby. We were able to cook many meals in the well-appointed kitchen. There are a few bars, but this district in general is not known for their nightlife.

Unlike Airbnb, Paris Perfect has a brick and mortar office, located in the same neighborhood as this apartment. Most of their apartments are in the 7th arrondissement and boast Eiffel Tower views.  This apartment ranges from 228-320 euros/night and includes air conditioning!

Apartment 3: Cozy One Bedroom where to stay in paris

 

Location: 9th Arrondissement

Good For: Couples, Solo Travelers where to stay in Paris

Back to Airbnb, this apartment is a bit more budget friendly than the rest. I stayed in this apartment in May of 2015 and it was perfect for me and my friend.

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This cozy apartment sleeps 4 – the sofa bed also sleeps 2 people. Located in a quiet residential area in the heart of the city, the apartment is a 10 min walk to the closest Metro station (Europe, line 3).

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Rated 5 stars, the apartment is great for a couple or solo travelers because although it’s cozy, the living room is comfortable to spread out and relax in. Four people in the apartment might feel a little tight, but it’s a good bang for your budget. There’s no air conditioning, but when I stayed here in May, I didn’t feel that I needed it.

Apartment 4: One Bedroom in Les Halles 

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I stayed in this FlipKey apartment in 2012, when Airbnb was just beginning and I wasn’t a fan of the options available. Since my stay in 2012, I’ve recommended the apartment dozens of times and a few people have booked it! The apartment has 4.5 stars on TripAdvisor.

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Living room

The location of the apartment is great – it’s in the bustling area of Chatelet/Les Halles, where you can clothing shop in the Forum mall or shop for fresh fruit and veggies at the outdoor market on Rue Montorgueil on Thursdays and Sundays. Rue Montorgueil also has a ton of great restaurants and cafés.

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The apartment is well decorated (2 fireplaces!!) and very spacious – the bedroom is small but you won’t spend much time in there anyway. There is a sofabed (which my sister says isn’t very comfortable) and a balcony to take your breakfast every morning – or to just stand on and take in the view.

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balcony

The downsides are that the apartment doesn’t have an elevator and is on the 6th floor. If the owner offers to take your luggage up (like he did with us), please take him up on his offer! We regretted it once we got to the door! The apartment also does not have air conditioning.

where to stay in ParisOverall I loved this apartment and felt it was perfect for our trip.

TripAdvisor Reviews

Honorable Mentions

W Hotel Opéra

Hotel Saint James Albany (make sure your room is in the renovated tower)

I hope this post is helpful for planning where to stay in Paris for your upcoming trip! As always, if you need more help, contact me about my itinerary services.

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6 thoughts on “Where to Stay in Paris – Hotels, Hostels, Airbnbs and More!

  1. This is SUCH a great resource. I have stayed at Generator Hostel, and I actually enjoyed St. Christopher’s just a little bit better. It had a better hostel community vibe to me. If I have my way, I will be visiting Paris once a year and I will definitely refer back to this! Thanks!!

    1. Yeah the Generator Hostel is so large that I can see how there’s no community vibe there. It’s basically a hotel! Thanks for reading – I’ll look into St. Christopher’s!

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