Budget-Friendly Accommodation in Paris

Where to Stay in Paris on a Budget 2024? Top Affordable Accommodation Picks

You still haven’t visited Paris, the city of love? This metropolis hides the two most visited European tourist attractions, intertwining them with a lot of history, art and fashion.

Today, this city is mainly recognized by the Eiffel Tower, which, believe it or not, was not even intended to be placed here. Thanks to how the events turned out, it’s now the most important landmark of the city, inviting millions of visitors each year.

However, don’t let this 300-metre attraction convince you it’s the only thing worth seeing here. In fact, there are so many other visit- and experience-worthy things, available for each traveller.

Yes, even for those who want to travel cheap and wonder where to stay in Paris on a budget!

So, if you thought that Paris was only cute streets, the Eiffel Tower and the Louvre, let me also introduce you to the River Seine, its islands, and the rich history of the Notre Dame Cathedral. Another interesting fact about Paris is there are numerous underground catacombs, some of which are even open to the public.

Are you a first-time visitor to Paris? Read our guide about Where to Stay in Paris for a FIRST time visit.

Stroll through neighbourhoods such as Montmartre, Belleville, and La Marais and breathe in the true flavour of the city. It seems that Paris offers much more than you thought, doesn’t it?

But before you start planning your adventurous Paris trip, there’s one thing you need to know;

Question: Where to stay in Paris on a budget?

Did the City of Light seem like an unattainably expensive destination for a few day’s stay? Paris can be quite advantageous if you book accommodation in the right neighbourhood in time, preferably in the off-peak season. Now only you’ll find a range of inexpensive hotels in Paris, but you also won’t be pushed in the crowds.

Transportation throughout Paris is super organised, and you’ll only need 2 euros for one ride. Paris Visit Card is your salvation; you can buy it at the machines and online.

Make sure you read my guide to one week in Paris.

Here is the question: Where to stay in Paris on a budget?

The answer is simple: Belleville

If you want an answer to where to stay in Paris for cheap, settle in Belleville.

This used to be a small village, until the frequent visitors turned it into one of the most preferable neighbourhoods, especially for those travelling on a budget. Here, you have different types of accommodation, from shared hostel rooms and Airbnb to room rentals within a private home.

Apart from being home to the best cheap hotels in Paris, you don’t have to worry about transport while staying here; metro number 11 takes you to all the famous central attractions in 10-15 minutes.

Here are some attractions you can visit for free in this part of the city:

  • Parc de Belleville
  • Le Studio de l’Ermitage
  • Rue de Belleville
  • La Bellevilloise
  • Belleville Cemetery

Why do I recommend these areas?

Le Studio de l’Ermitage is a music venue located at 8 Rue de l’Ermitage, which often has live music performances, including jazz, world music, and other genres. Here you will have a good time without spending a fortune.

Rue de Belleville is a vibrant street known for its diverse atmosphere, lined with shops, cafes, and restaurants reflecting the multicultural character of the area.

La Bellevilloise will win your heart with an artistic space located at 19-21 Rue Boyer and a multi-purpose venue housed in a former workers’ cooperative.

Belleville Cemetery (Cimetière de Belleville) is the most important gem in this quarter and the most famous cemetery in the world, where Oscar Wilde and Jim Morison are buried.

To answer properly on where to stay in Paris on a budget, I’ve divided the hotels and favourable neighbourhoods according to the different types of travellers!

Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.

Please note: those might not be the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Best for Families:Suite Opera Bastille
👩‍❤️‍👨 Best for Couples:Transparent Marais Le Marais
🤩 Best Design Hotel:Hôtel de Roubaix Le Marais
😎 Best for Groups: Parisian Flat
🦸 Best for Solo-Traveller:Hotel Apolonia Paris Mouffetard
💃 Best Hotel for Nightlife:Hotel Bastille Speria
🤑 Cheapest Place to stay:Hotel Apolonia Paris Mouffetard

1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Paris

Below is a list of the best budget places to stay in Paris that will work with your preferences!

Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:

1.1 Families
1.2 Couples
1.3 Design Traveler
1.4 Groups
1.5 Solo-Traveler
1.6 Nightlife-seeking traveler

1.1 Families

Have you wondered whether Paris is a destination for travelling with children? The answer is yes, indeed! This city is full of parks and gardens with space for playing and picnicking, and all the attractions are nearby. Almost all museums are family-friendly, starting with the Louvre. Musée d’Orsay and Center Pompidou have a special section for children, as well.

As for the food here, I can assure you it’s excellent and is served in international restaurants as well as in traditional brasseries. Your children will fall in love with the beautiful French pancakes. They will undoubtedly remember the engaging street performances in which they can spontaneously join.

Bastille

The Northeastern part of Paris offers a quiet atmosphere with beautiful picnic parks. Although it is quite a vibrant neighbourhood, it also offers family-friendly activities and accommodations for families at a more favourable price. Moreover, it also has the best answers to where to stay in Paris on a budget!

Belleville

This neighbourhood is centrally located, and all attractions are easy to reach. Apart from that, you have theatres, outdoor cinemas and cute local markets nearby. Reserve an afternoon to explore the local market and sample fresh delicacies with your family.

Handpicked accommodations for families

Suite Opera Bastille

The host offers you a full suite of use for 120 euros per night. Suite Opera Bastille has a fully equipped kitchen, washing machine, and free WIFI connection. What is remarkable is that the apartment has a small garden for summer enjoyment, and the location is the highlight of the whole story. The place can accommodate a maximum of 8 people, in the 3 bedrooms and one sofa in the living room.

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Suite Opera Bastille Common Area

Private bedroom at Suite Opera Bastille

Villa Ermitage Appartement Paris – Buttes Chaumont , Belleville

Welcome to a 35-square-metre apartment with excellent heating in the winter months. Villa Ermitage Appartement Paris offers a fully equipped kitchen, ideal for preparing a family lunch and experimenting together with some French recipes. The villa has 2 bedrooms and one bathroom, and you will have to pay around 150 euros per night to use all the features offered. The nearest airport is 20 km away, and a direct train line takes you to the accommodation from the airport and vice versa.

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Enjoy and have fun at Villa Ermitage-Appartement Paris

Living area at Villa Ermitage-Appartement Paris

1.2 Couples

You cannot choose a more utopian place than Paris for your romantic trip. The City of Love is a record-breaking place for proposals, so why not consider pledging your intentions here? I don’t need to tell you about intimate dinners in local restaurants or a romantic walk along the Seine. Paris simply spreads love, infatuation and romance. And yes, it also features some of the best places to stay in Paris on a budget!

Le Marais

The oldest and best-preserved quarter hides the most beautiful romantic story. Modern galleries and small hidden gardens are a must-visit when in Le Marais. Visit the Place des Vosges and surprise your partner with a French-style picnic. This place simply promises a romantic getaway or honeymoon without breaking the bank.

Montmartre

Have you heard about the “Wall of Love”? Toa is a wall in Montmartre that says I love you in 365 languages. Imagine staying in the area, with your terrace overlooking this tourist attraction. As you drink your coffee, you can express your love to your partner in 365 languages. It is believed that couples who come here have a lucky year in love.

Apart from this attraction, you can dine in a wonderfully romantic atmosphere here or take a panoramic picture of yourself and your loved one. If you’re looking for a fun activity, know that painting classes for couples are available. For where to stay in Paris on a budget, inquire at least 3 months in advance because there is rarely free accommodation here, especially in the peak season.

Handpicked accommodations for couples

Transparent Marais Le Marais

Although this inexpensive hotel in Paris has a central location, it is still a bit secluded, offering silence and intimacy. Transparent Marais Le Marais has a city view and rooms for 2 to 6 people. The apartments have a kitchen with a microwave, washing machine, hair dryer, iron and other amenities you can get at your request. In the apartments, you have one bedroom and one private bath. Previous visitors confirm that the wifi connection is excellent, and the host provides free parking nearby. The distance is just 15 km away.

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Common area at Transparent Marais Le Marais

Le studio d’Amélie, Montmartre

Being one of the best cheap hotels in Paris, Le studio d’Amélie radiates an artsy vibe, looking as if it were arranged by the most famous chic French architects. The entire apartment of 17 square metres is entirely at your disposal. There is also a washing machine and free WIFI. The metro station is 500 metres away, while the airport is only 4 km away.

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Le studio d’Amélie for Couples

1.3 Design-lovers

Paris provides a variety of design experiences, blending historical elegance with modern creativity. Here, design-obsessed travellers will be left breathless by the beauty of architectural marvels, artistic neighbourhoods like Montmartre and Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and, naturally, museums and galleries full of high-class artwork. And let’s not forget the innovative cultural hubs like Center Pompidou and street arts and murals everywhere.

Discover the artistic side of one of Europe’s most visited cities by finding out where to stay in Paris on a budget.

Le Marais

And we return to the historic quarter of the city, Le Marais. Pleni captivates with its Renaissance architecture and has long inspired many artists with its creative and inspiring setting. If you like the Renaissance era and buildings, visit the Hotel de Ville or the City Hall and take a few minutes to admire them. For lovers of art and aesthetics, I also recommend the Musse Carnivalet, where you have free entry in the first week of the month. Don’t miss to explore the street art, too, and the imposing structure of the Center Pompidou.

Canal Saint-Martin

This is the district with the most beautiful murals in all of Paris. It has a unique, appealing atmosphere, which is easily noticed at every step you take. From boutique shops to local cafes and even to the best cheap hotels in Paris, the neighbourhood is ideal for a design traveller like you are.

Handpicked accommodations for the design lover

Hôtel de Roubaix Le Marais

Hôtel de Roubaix Le Marais will catch your eye at first sight due to the beautiful artistic masterpiences. Design lovers will simply love it here. The rooms can accommodate 2 people. Each room features parquet flooring and is equipped with a wardrobe and an en suite bathroom. Every morning continental breakfast is served for the guests.

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Room at Hôtel de Roubaix

Dining area at Hôtel de Roubaix

Modern French Studio Charm in The City Canal Saint-Martin

What will buy you at first are the yellow details in the interior and the beautiful garden through which you enter the accommodation. You have 35 square metres at your disposal and can even bring your pet here. The Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral are 3 km away, and the airport is 18 km away. It’s no wonder it’s one of the best answers to where to stay in Paris on a budget!

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Stay at Modern french studio charm in the city

Entertainment area at Modern French Studio Charm in The City Canal Saint-Martin

1.4 For Groups

You won’t go wrong if you come here as a group. Paris corners hide activities for everyone’s interest. As a group, you can organise a Seine cruise, including a day cruise and a night cruise with a guide and dinner. In spring and summer, there are many open-air attractions, such as festivals and open-air cinemas. Share your unforgettable experience in Paris with your friends and make some unforgettable memories!

Montmartre

Why is Montmartre so perfect for a group stay? Just imagine your group pictures with artwork and artistic energy in the background. What you mustn’t miss is unleashing your creativity and having fun in the group painting and drawing class. And, of course, finding one of the best cheap hotels in Paris won’t be a problem here, especially when you split the cost with your friends.

Belleville

The best festivals and events in all of Paris are held here. You can reach the centre by metro, and every day, you can find a flea market with some interesting bargains. The local cafes have more of a bohemian vibe, and the whole atmosphere is as dynamic as a group visit needs.

While you’re here, try specialities from traditional and global cuisine and learn more about the locales. You can also hire a guide for your group, which will totally be worth it.

Handpicked accommodations for groups

Parisian Flat, Montmartre

Parisian Flat is located 300 metres from Sacre Coeur. The location couldn’t be more perfect, especially when you’re looking for where to stay in Paris on a budget. You are lucky to find this apartment free, so book early.

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Book your stay at Parisian Flat

Résidence Le Belleville, Belleville

Résidence Le Belleville can fit a maximum of 4 people per apartment. Hurry up to book all the rooms on time, and you can get a discount for early booking. If you are interested in getting the best for your money, you can also arrange breakfast. Otherwise, the kitchen has a toaster, a fridge and a stovetop are also offered, as well as a coffee machine and a kettle. So you can make your food. All units have a wardrobe.

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Bedroom at Résidence Le Belleville

Living room at Résidence Le Belleville

1.5  Solo-travelers

Paris offers a variety of solo-friendly activities, such as guided walking tours, river cruises, and open-air markets. Solo travellers can tailor their experience according to their own wishes and interests. You can join the many guided walking tours, Seine cruises or open painting classes at Montmartre. If any European city has well-organised and affordable hostels, it’s Paris, so feel free to book accommodation here.

Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

Congratulations on deciding to visit Paris alone! City of Light is a great first opportunity for a solo trip, even for those looking for where to stay in Paris for cheap.

If you’re coming here, it’s best to stay in the Latin Quarter. This will put you close to all popular attractions thanks to the excellent hostels and guest houses you can choose to stay in. You will meet many students and young people here, so you will never be bored. As budget-friendly options, you have second-hand shops, affordable dining spots, and low-cost attractions. Still, above all, there is so much pleasant energy in the locations that you will want to stay here

Montmartre

If you want to connect with the locales, come to Montmartre. Although this area is known for tourist crowds, the place has a unique dynamic energy and a hidden local art treasure. Encourage yourself to try a painting class or run into one of the street performances. And in the evening, even though you don’t expect it, you will sleep peacefully and recharge your batteries for the next day.

Handpicked accommodations for a solo traveler

Hôtel du Mont Blanc Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

This aristocratic-style accommodation is located 15 minute walk from the Notre Dame Cathedral, proudly carrying the title of one of the best budget places to stay in Paris. If you book 3-4 months in advance, you will get a 10-20% discount, which is a great offer. Moreover, there are also budget-friendly cafes and bars nearby. You can arrange a continental breakfast in the apartment for a favourable price.

Book Hotel Apolonia Paris Mouffetard here

Have a visit at Hotel Apolonia Paris MouffetardHotel Apolonia Paris Mouffetard

Beau M Paris, Montmartre

Beau M Paris is made for solo travellers. It offers a 4- or 6-bed room bed in a mixed or female-only bedroom for 50-70 euros. Breakfast is included in the price. This accommodation is considered one of the most reliable, and the staff is pleasant and ready to help. There is also a private bathroom in the individual rooms, and Wi-Fi is free in the entire complex. You are guaranteed excellent heating, luggage storage and a safe deposit box. If you book using the link below, you also get a discount.

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Triple Room with Private Bathroom at Beau M Paris

Common area at Beau M Paris

1.6 Nightlife Traveler

Paris boasts some stunning views, especially when the city lights up at night. Visit the best nightclub bars and rooftops. Areas like Pigalle, known for its cabarets and bars, or the Marais, with its eclectic nightlife options, provide diverse experiences for night owls. Quarters like Belleville, Latin Quarter, Republique and Oberkampf offer a range of cheap bars and pubs, making them a great answer to where to stay in Paris on a budget.

Bastille

Did you think I’d forget to mention the nightlife? Paris is the city of light and the city of good nightlife. From late-night cafes to bars and pubs, you just need to know where to find them. Otherwise, stick to pubs and bars if you’re on a budget. If you want a quality party in Paris, here are some clubs in Bastille that you will like:

  • Le Feline – an excellent selection of life performances
  • La Badaboum – multi-purpose music venue

République

Where can you attend quality French Cabaret without breaking the bank? Go to the Republique quarter, where, in addition to cabaret, there are many themed parties and late-night eateries with crepes and a kebab shop on a budget.

For specific clubs to visit in the oldest and most iconic neighbourhood, see the list:

  • Le Rex club – the best techno club. You need a reservation, but there is no entrance ticket
  • La Java – historic venue hosting various music events

Handpicked accommodations for nightlife

Hotel Bastille Speria, Bastille

One of the best inexpensive hotels in Paris is located in the vicinity of the most accessible bars. In the morning, you’ll be served a rich buffet breakfast and treated to superb service during your entire stay. The rooms at Hotel Bastille Speria are soundproof, so feel free to play music while preparing for a night out.

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Hotel Bastille Speria Bedroom

Hotel Bastille Speria Dining Area

Hotel Meslay Republique, République

Hotel Meslay Republique offers vintage charm and a great location near nightclubs. The rooms are intended for 1, 2 or 3 people, and heating is included in the price. The price for one night is about 110 euros, with breakfast being included in the price. The staff is pleasant and always ready to share some insight into the rich nightlife in the area. Otherwise, the hotel is located 20 km from the airport, adding to the transportation convenience.

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Rooms at Hotel Meslay Republique

Hotel Meslay Republique

2. Best Neighborhood to Stay in Paris

Belleville

Welcome to Belleville, the 20th Paris arrondissement I’ve already mentioned. This super affordable place is known for its mix of cultures. Here, all the locals are kind and helpful making your stay unforgettable. Apart from the excellent range of budget accommodation and fantastic transport to the centre, this is the place to try the food. Local markets and eateries have reasonably priced meals with a unique traditional flair. This part of the city is generally known for its lower cost of living, and the authentic local experience is priceless.

Latin Quarter (Quartier Latin)

By itself, this neighbourhood has a unique blend of history and sophistication. Sorbonne University is also located here, so the neighbourhood has a positive, youthful energy. The Latin Quarter will never disappoint you when it comes to food, offering crispy baguettes that are simply a must-try.

Since it is pretty close to the centre, you won’t need long drives. You can find accommodation at much more favourable prices than in other districts. And if you are a student, remember to ask about the discounts you’re entitled to regarding transit tickets or accommodation in the boarding school.

Montmartre

In Montmartre, you have so many cheap attractions and things to do. And even if you have to pay for something, it won’t cost you a fortune.

So you can take part in a spontaneous street performance or an open painting class. Take a walk and challenge yourself to find all the hidden parks and gardens, and the winner will be the one who finds the vineyard in the middle of such an urban place. One hint to get started: start with Square Marcel Blenstein-Blanched. If you can spare some of your budget, go to Agile Cabaret or Place du Tertre.

Although Montmartre is not the cheapest quarter and the first answer to the question, Where to stay in Paris on a budget? I still recommend you to book on time and get rid of worries.

République

This is another cost-effective place to stay, close to cultural attractions. This part of the city is best connected by metro, with numbers 3, 5, 8, and 9, and the whole ride takes only 10-50 minutes. Apart from getting to know the diverse cultural scene, hop over to the street food stalls and don’t hesitate to try. I highly recommend the street food here.

FAQs

Can I find affordable accommodation during peak tourist seasons?

Yes, it's possible. Booking in advance, exploring alternative options like hostels, and considering different neighborhoods can help.

What safety tips should I keep in mind while booking budget accommodation?

Before booking budget accommodation, check reviews, verify the neighborhood's safety, and use reputable platforms to ensure a secure and satisfying stay.

Are there any budget tips for saving on accommodation?

For budget-friendly stays, book in advance, explore alternatives such as hostels, and consider traveling during off-peak seasons for better deals.

What neighborhoods are recommended for budget stays?

Consider budget-friendly neighborhoods like Belleville, Montmartre, and the 11th or 12th arrondissements for more affordable accommodation options in Paris.

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Summary: Where to stay in Paris

Well, now you are convinced that Paris is full of free attractions and charming neighbourhoods that it is hard to believe you can’t find affordable accommodation. You are only one step away from booking some of the best budget-friendly options that are just to your taste.

Take advantage of the Free First Sunday of the month to see as many museums and galleries as possible for free, book yourself a 3 or 5-day transport pass and enjoy the best accommodations which answer where to stay in Paris on a budget.

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