Finding an affordable room in Paris

Finding an affordable hotel room in Paris can be difficult. Especially difficult if you are not into hostels, or 1 star hotels. We spent a lot of time searching for rooms for our trip to Paris. The best sites we found were venere.com and airbnb.com. We were looking for a place that was centrally located with easy access to public transportation around the city and to and from the airport. We decided that “le Marais” in the 4th arrondissement was the area that we wanted to stay in. Le Marais is in the center of the city and easily accessible from the RER B line from Charles de Gualle airport.

We booked a room at Hotel Paris Rivoli through venere.com. The hotel was clean and the front desk staff was friendly. Hotel Rivoli’s location on Rue de Rivoli made it convenient to walk to several restaurants, Notre Dame, Hôtel de Ville and about a 10-15 minute walk to the Latin Quarter and the Louvre. A couple things that I wasn’t totally thrilled with are the very small size of the room and the amount of noise in the hallways. Another surprise was the “included breakfast” was not included in the price as listed on the venere.com website. http://www.hotel-parisrivoli.com/

On the second portion of the trip we decided to try http://www.airbnb.com/ a website in which you can rent an apartment for your stay. Airbnb allows users to select the area, price, and if you are open to a shared house with the owner or tenant or if you want the full house. We chose to look for options in which we had the full apartment. I think this is by far the best way to book! The studio apartment we rented was in the best neighborhood just half a block from many cafes and restaurants. The apartment was larger than the hotel room we rented and it had all the amenities we needed. It was convenient to book and cost less than the hotel stay. We were even surprised to find a note from the owner wishing us a pleasant stay and a bottle of French wine. The booking system was safe and secure. I would definitely use this site again and recommend it to anyone looking for a room.




As always, if you have any questions please feel free to post them as a comment and I will do my best to answer them.

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