Budget-Friendly Hotels Don't Exclude Luxury in Chic Central Paris

If you’re traveling on a budget yet still prefer staying in affordable luxury hotels, you’re in luck. On this Paris Hotel list I’ve curated a handful of posh centrally-located hotels that offer a wealth of comfort, charm and unique Parisian experiences of the city, while still being kind to your travel allowance.  And while it’s not always easy to fit "Paris" and "budget" in the same breath, the two four-star hotels you’ll find here, namely Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette and Hotel Le Sénat, will impress with how they welcome you to stylish comfort and accommodations in two of Paris’ loveliest neighborhoods on the Left Bank.

It’s best to book as far in advance as you can for these accommodations as many of them are known more by word-of-mouth than from guidebooks. 

For the other hotels on this list, affordable still applies as does the filter of superbly and strategically located in central Paris. The very innovative Hotel 1er Etage is a husband-wife run 5-room hotel that is a renovated spacious apartment in the Marais. And they’ve recently added a second location near Opera as well. The Hotel Henri IV on the breathtaking Place Dauphine has just had a head-to-toe renovation so expect it to smell of fresh paint.

Staying near the Eiffel Tower is always breathtaking. This arrondissement, Paris’s 7th, is known as one of the poshest, as well as safest, in the city. Listed here are several hotels within a short walk of the Eiffel Tower all of which offer no-fuss, demure charm. The Marais is another area favored by international visitors to Paris. If you enjoy shopping and love the small, narrow streets of one of the oldest parts of Paris, then you’ll feel at home because the Marais is one of the few neighborhoods where shops and galleries are open on Sundays.

6ème Arrondissement


Let's face it, the Left Bank is still where the cool is. Sure it has become a bit gentrified and more upscale since the days of its bohemian jazz past when the likes of James Joyce, Sartre, Fitzgerald and Hemingway roamed the streets, but it's...  Read More

Hotel Sacre Coeur Paris Montmartre
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This is the kind of hotel you think about when someone uses the word "affordable" as a descriptive. But the clients here are loyal and some have been coming back for seven years and longer. The charm is the hotel and it's also the location....  Read More

4th Arondissement - Beaubourg and Ile de la Cité (Nôtre-Dame)
1er Étage
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The best way to describe this new Parisian hotel is : hybrid. It's a hybrid between a hotel and the Air-BnB craze. It's also a nice middle ground between renting yourself a vacation apartment, which is frequently done in Paris, and staying in a...  Read More

7ème Arrondissement
Hôtel de la Tour Eiffel
Photo courtesy of C. Bielsa Hotel de la Tour Eiffel


One of my favorite arrondissments in Paris is the 7th. Not just because it's posh and home to Paris's elite, but also because of its charm " restaurants, cafés, the wonderful rue St. Dominique and its shopping, and the neighborhood park wich...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche


This family run hotel is steps from Place St. Sulpice and across the street from celebrated patissier, Pierre Herme. Need I say more? It may boast only 3 stars but the buttercup yellow entranceway and foyer will have you at Bonjour. The rooms...  Read More

3ème Arrondissement


This affordably priced hotel is situated in the very trendy area now of the Haut-Marais. The Haut-Marais, as the name indicates, is the area just above the charming district known as the Marais which has become very pricey in recent decades...  Read More

1er Arrondissement


You could walk by this little Place a thousand times as you traverse the Pont Neuf and never notice that it opens up into one of the most beautiful little squares in Paris. The history of Place Dauphine spans all the way back to Henri IV who in...  Read More

Hotel Le Pavillon Paris
Photo courtesy of Paige Donner copyright 2014


This cute little hotel nestled back off the street in a shady little courtyard full of greenery is one of those places that when you walk by it, you wish you had booked your stay here. This time, you can. Décor is creative and upbeat, with each...  Read More

5ème Arrondissement
Hotel Les Dames du Panthéon
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A haven of feminine beauty on this majestic square, the Place du Panthéon, is what Les Dames du Panthéon 4-star hotel is. Completely renovated and then reopened under its new name just last September (2013) this design hotel is dedicated to...  Read More

6th Arrondissement - Rive Gauche
Hotel & Spa La Belle Juliette
Photo courtesy of Hotel La Belle Juliette


Immerse yourself not just in a lovely and buzzing little area of Paris' upscale 6th arrondissement, but also into the fascinating pages of history of Madame Juliette Récamier, the namesake of Hotel La Belle Juliette. The couple who created...  Read More


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