Cheap hotels in Paris Part I – St-Germain-des-Pres
Paris has exceptional hotels everywhere. But many of the inexpensive hotels in Paris are in neighborhoods that are out of the way. Although the Paris Metro is very convenient, taking it deprives you of one of the great joys of visiting Paris – stumbling across marvelous little hidden treasures as you walk.
For our money, a centrally located hotel is well worth the extra cost.
When you stay near the things you want to visit, you don’t have any transportation costs, you don’t waste any time getting from here to there, and you just feel fresher after a nice walk than you do after being on a subway.
St-Germain-des-Pres is a great neighborhood that’s convenient to most Paris attractions and enjoyable on it’s own. Notre Dame, the Louvre, and the Musee d’Orsay are less than 15 minutes on foot. And there are lots of terrific restaurants, stylish boutiques, art galleries, and antique dealers in the neighborhood.
For this article, we’ve chosen hotels with doubles starting at less than €200. While these might not be the most affordable hotels in some destinations, in Paris, they’re a deal. And all of them provide charm, attentive service, and excellent value for money. In fact, you can spend a lot more and get a lot less.
Inexpensive hotels in Saint-Germain
The mid-century modern decor here may not appeal to everyone, but the Artus Hotel enjoys a delightful Rue de Buci location that’s hard to beat.
With a lively market selling food and flowers, charming boutiques, and tempting patisseries, the surrounding streets are some of the most inviting in Paris. The hotel opened in 2006 with 27 rooms, a bar, a café, and a sauna. Rooms have iPod docks, free WiFi access, and Carrara marble bathrooms.
Hotel de Fleurie
Hotel de Fleurie is in an elegant 18th-century building in a quiet, residential neighborhood. From the graceful façade to the salon with its columns, antiques, and expensive fabrics, Hotel de Fleurie is attractive and understated. The 29 guest rooms have flat-screen satellite TVs, mini bars, and writing desks. With doubles starting at €135, this is one of the most appealing hotels for the money. It’s exactly what you’d hope to find in a Paris hotel.
Hotel Duc de St-Simon
The favorite Paris address of Lauren Bacall, the Hotel Duc de St-Simon barely snuck under the price wire with doubles starting at €199. Often compared to the Crillon, it’s a gorgeous hotel with a sophisticated elegance that usually runs three times the price.
You enter via a pretty, wisteria-draped courtyard – four of the rooms have terraces that overlook it. The 24 rooms are furnished with antiques and fine art. And the zinc bar in the 17th-century coal cellar has stone walls and cozy seating – it’s a romantic spot for a pre- or post-dinner drink. Service from the crisply uniformed staff is first rate.
Hotel Le St-Gregoire
A very old-fashioned little inn, the 20-room Hotel Le St-Gregoire is run by a couple who provide welcoming service and keep everything in the 18th-century mansion in tip-top shape. Each of the rooms is individually decorated, and some have private terraces. A fireplace takes the edge off in winter, and the patio is inviting in summer. Breakfast is served in the cozy stone cellar.
Hotel Prince de Conde
Just two minutes from the Pont des Arts, the Hotel Prince de Conde has 11 rooms decorated in the Empire style. Located in a 17th-century mansion, the hotel’s salon and breakfast room have vaulted stone walls and arches. There’s a small library and lounge with a fireplace. Double-glazed windows keep the rooms quiet, and the top-floor suite has a Jacuzzi and views of Saint-Germain-des-Pres church and the Institute of France dome.
With double rooms starting at just €130, Hotel Sainte-Beauve is a real deal. Closer to Montparnasse and the Jardin du Luxembourg, it’s a little farther from most Paris attractions. But the décor, service, and accommodations here are first class.
The Georgian parlor has wide sofas, overstuffed chairs, and a pretty fireplace that’s put to work in winter. The 22 stylish rooms were decorated in white and beige by English interior designer David Hicks and they have all the modern conveniences you could want.
Those who want Café de Flore and Aux Deux Magots as their neighborhood watering holes will love the Hotel Verneuil. Also located in a 17th-century townhouse, it’s steps from art galleries, antique shops, and patisseries. The owner, Sylvie de Lattre, has created an inviting hotel that’s simultaneously traditional and modern.
Many of the 26 rooms have exposed beams and marble baths. Guests can have cocktails in a comfy sitting room with a black-and-white tile floor and breakfast in the stone cellar.
Close to the Seine River on rue Jacob, Millesime Hotel is relatively new to the Paris hotel scene. The 21 guest rooms are decorated in the colorful, Provencal style and have WiFi, satellite TV, safes, and mini bars. The top-floor room has an A-frame ceiling. The flower-filled courtyard is a lovely spot for breakfast, which is more elaborate than most. When the weather’s not so nice, you can enjoy it in the cellar of this 17th-century mansion.
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