Top 10: the best budget hotels in Paris

Nicola Williams
Hotel Henriette makes a cosy and romantic base for a city break in Paris

An expert guide to the top cheap hotels in Paris, including the best for stylish interiors, family-sized bedrooms and hip restaurants, in locations near to the Eiffel Tower, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Montmartre and South Pigalle.

All prices cited are starting rates for double rooms, based on two people sharing, in low season. These prices are subject to change in high season and during popular holidays and events.
 

Hotel Ekta

It's a return to the Sixties and Seventies in this converted modern office building, which pays homage to the black and white fashion world of Courrèges. After a mirrored staircase à la Chanel, you enter the friendly intimacy of a hotel with just 25 rooms that is fun, comfortable yet unpretentious. Young friendly staff, who are clearly proud of the unusual setting, are helpful and enthusiastic. A well-hidden secret is the wood-decked garden terrace. There's no restaurant but hot dishes are available from room service in the evening. There's also a continental buffet breakfast.

Double rooms from £74

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At Hotel Ekta, there's a futuristic lounge with bookshelves and slinky virtual fireplace.

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Mama Shelter Paris

Mama Shelter is in an offbeat corner of northeast Paris, in what once was the village of Charonne, with its mix of picturesque houses and alternative bars. For all its budget ethos, Mama pays plenty of attention to service: you can check in by machine if you wish, but there are also young enthusiastic staff at front desk and helpful concierges. Bedrooms are streetwise exercises in concrete, with iMacs and fairground masks covering bedside lights. It's the ground floor that's the real hit: with a shared table for pizza and the graffiti-ceilinged restaurant and Island bar.

Double rooms from £70

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For all its budget ethos, Mama Shelter pays plenty of attention to service.

Hôtel des Grandes Ecoles

Family-run Grandes Ecoles opened as a simple pension de famille in 1927 for academics visiting the nearby Sorbonne and Grandes Ecoles, and it remains happily oblivious to changing fashion. There are no televisions in rooms and no air-conditioning, but it has the charm of what looks like a provincial manor house with lovingly tended gardens. It's in the heart of the Latin Quarter, seconds from the cafés of Place de la Contrescarpe, yet in a quiet setting down its own cobbled alley. A simple continental breakfast (good bread and croissants, coffee, orange juice) is served in the old-fashioned salon. They're quite happy for you to drink your own wine (glasses provided) or snacks in the garden in the evening.

Double rooms from £93

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Hôtel des Grandes Ecoles has the charm of a provincial manor house.

Hotel du Champ de Mars

This is a lovingly tended budget hotel with the Eiffel Tower virtually at the end of the street. The 25 rooms are prettily decorated in blue or yellow colour schemes with floral curtains and photos of Paris monuments. Some have views of the top of the Eiffel Tower, while a couple have private flowery courtyards. Most, except the singles, have baths. A classic, continental breakfast — good croissants, fresh orange juice – is served in an attractive breakfast room or in your bedroom.

Double rooms from £104

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The rooms at Hôtel du Champ de Mars could almost come from a country interiors magazine.

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Hotel Le Relais Montmartre

Just off busy rue Lepic, in villagey Montmartre, the Relais Montmartre feels more like a home than a hotel, with a tastefully furnished reception-cum-lounge furnished with antiques and oil paintings and a real log fire in winter. There's also a small courtyard patio with cheerful yellow tables and chairs. Spotlessly maintained rooms are pretty and floral, with colourfully painted exposed beams. Service is friendly and helpful with the personalised attention of a small hotel. Continental breakfast is served in the stone-walled cellar or the courtyard in summer.

Doubles from £70

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The spotlessly maintained rooms at Hotel Le Relais Montmartre are pretty and floral, with colourfully painted exposed beams.

Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc

A homely slice of provincial France right in the heart of the Marais. Knick-knacks and paintings line the corridors, the staircase is decidedly drunken (though there is also happily a very small lift) and an extravagant art nouveau mosaic mirror adds a quixotic flavour to the lounge. Most are good sized and several sleep three or four, which are popular with families, and there are also cots available. Most rooms are good sized and several sleep three or four, which are popular with families. The hotel also serves a simple continental breakfast.

Doubles from £77

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Hôtel Jeanne d'Arc offers a homely slice of provincial France right in the heart of the Marais.

Hotel Henriette

This pretty little boutique hotel makes a cosy and romantic base for a city break in Paris, with some of the bohemian Left Bank's most charming attractions a short walk away. Designer Vanessa Scoffier has a background in fashion journalism and her good taste and keen eye for detail can be seen throughout the hotel. Colour blocked-walls and fresh wooden floors combine with splashes of pattern – think floral feature walls and dainty floor tiles. A very tasty buffet breakfast is served in a bright and pretty room overlooking the winter garden.

Doubles from £76

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Designer Vanessa Scoffier has a background in fashion journalism and her good taste and keen eye for detail can be seen throughout Hotel Henriette

Mob Hotel

This ground-breaking lifestyle hotel, near the city's largest flea market in northern Paris, oozes urban flair. Design rooms are unpretentious, comfortable and effortlessly stylish; while the trendy music bar, organic farm-to-table restaurant and summertime garden buzzes with activity day and night. Films are screened here after dark and weekends usher in DJ sets, concerts, readings, barbecues and other vibrant cultural and social happenings. There are two rooftop sun terraces with chaises longues between raised vegetable beds. 

Doubles from £88

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Mob lifestyle hotel is near the city's largest flea market in northern Paris Credit: paul bowyer

Hôtel Exquis

This cheery, three-star hotel in the fashionable 11e arrondissement is perfect walking distance to some of Paris’ hippest bars, restaurants and designer boutiques. Surrealism is its theme and contemporary rooms showcase original art pieces against a backdrop of boldly coloured walls and modish vintage trimmings. Clementine orange, sage green, shocking pink and marigold yellow: colour schemes in the 42 rooms are as wild and fantastic as the Surrealists would have wanted. A generous buffet breakfast is served in the eclectic basement dining room with faux Formica bar.

Double rooms from £76

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Surrealism is the theme at this cheery hotel in the fashionable 11e arrondissement

YOOMA Urban Lodge

A dazzling façade designed by French conceptual artist Daniel Buren makes this new riverside hotel a contemporary work of art. The Eiffel Tower is just down the road, the chef cooks with veggies grown on the rooftop garden, and rooms are overwhelmingly family-friendly. There are 106 overtly functional rooms, split across two floors and sporting shades of red, yellow, blue or green. Larger rooms sleeping four or six guests have uber-cool cabin bunk beds or 'pods' with sliding doors that Le Corbusier would have wholeheartedly approved of.

Double rooms from £70

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Rooms are overwhelmingly family-friendly at YOOMA Urban Lodge

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