Reader Question: Cheap Places to Stay in Paris on A Tight Budget?

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Reader AK2NY asks: “Where should I stay in Paris? Best budget neighborhood? Any favorite cheap little spots?”

Suppose you’re headed to Paris for the first time (!!!) but you are not quite sure where to stay. Paris has 20 (twenty!) neighborhoods, or arrondissements, and with each so vibrantly different in style, sophistication, and vibe, how can you make a choice favoring one over the other?

While your taste in accommodation and adventure may be different from mine, here are a few suggestions that highlight three of the arrondissements and give you a little bit of an idea of where to stay in la Ville Lumière.

The 11th Arrondissement (Oberkampf)

The 11th is a young, hip place to stay just east of central Paris. If your French is up to scratch, this may especially be the perfect place for you to stay! If not, stick around Oberkampf and you should be fine. There are a few public parks and greens, but mostly this neighborhood boasts an edgy vibe that younger travelers often crave! Work your way through the many cafes and shops of the 11th on your way to central Paris; it’s not too far from Notre Dame or the Louvre!

For a cozy, intimate accommodation in the 11th, Hélène has the perfect solution for you! Her chic little 20 sq. meter flat is located just down the street from Avenue de la République and Rue Oberkampf meaning it sits right in the heart of the 11th and is close to the nightlife in Oberkampf. With one king bed and one sofa bed, this is the perfect place for you and your companion to shack up and relax during your Parisian adventure for less than $70 per night!

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If you would rather use points and stay in a hotel, the Crowne Plaza Paris-Republique costs 45,000 IHG points per night.

The 12th Arrondissement

The 12th Arrondissement is located just southeast of the city center, just east of the E15 ring road around the metropolis. Characterized by public parks and affordable housing, this is the perfect place to stay if you are into traveling frugally and spending some time outdoors.

Hiking and walking trails criss-cross the public green Bois de Vincennes in the 12th; you could even spend a romantic evening with a picnic on the banks of Lac Daumesnil after an afternoon canoeing through its waters!

So, where to stay in the 12th? Well, if afternoons in the park appeal to you, stay with Mona at her large flat right next to the green. She has warmly welcomed guests from all over the world, and for less than $50 per night, you can snag a private bedroom with high-speed internet and a delicious French breakfast. Mona’s flat is well-connected to the Parisian transport system, so you will have no trouble getting around the city if you can tear yourself away from the park!

Again, if you’re looking for a points hotel option, a different IHG hotel fits the bill. The Holiday Inn Paris-Bastille costs 40,000 IHG points per night.

The 16th Arrondissement

If you are looking for a Paris experience that also has a tinge of home, check out the 16th Arrondissement. This upper-class, professional neighborhood is full of residential expats (many American) who were relocated to Paris for work, and it is relatively quiet and quite safe. However, while a peaceful accommodation often draws a peaceful traveler, one often has to choose between quiet quarters and access to the main things that you’d like to explore.

However, this isn’t true for the 16th; you are a hop, skip, and a jump away from various museums, the Arc de Triomphe, and stunning views of the Eiffel Tower which stands just across the Seine from the 16th! Walk around the Jardins du Trocadero or explore the many parks. Oh, and the Louis Vuitton Foundation is in the 16th, too!

If you have at least three nights, stay in a beautiful studio flat located between E. Tower and Ch. Elysees, hosted by Jean-Michel. With access to the entire flat, you are free to enjoy a full 30 sq. meters for yourself and your companion, free breakfast, and a free bottle of wine! With all of this for less than $90 per night, your stay in the 16th will be second to none!

If you prefer a hotel, the Renaissance Paris Le Parc Trocadero Hotel costs 35,000 to 40,000 Marriott points per night.

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Never fear; there are so many wonderful opportunities for great accommodations all over Paris! However, if you need to narrow down your search, check out the 11th, the 12th, and the 16th for the perfect Parisian experience!

Do you have questions for Frugal Travel Guy? Let us know in the comments!

Caroline Lupini

In 2011, with a four-week trip around Europe, Caroline became a true road warrior. Caroline likes to mix roughing it and luxury on her travels, sometimes staying in five-star hotels and other times in hostels. Her mantra: splurge…
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