Paris: Hotel reviews

Paris Insider
Monday, October 13, 2008
Hotels to lock in (Photo: Lonely Planet Images)
Hotels to lock in
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Hotel de Nice
Old-world charm at a reasonable price. The decor may be a little floral for some tastes but it is clean and there is something romantic about its small, cosy rooms. Front rooms look over the Rue de Rivoli which can be noisy, so ask for one of the rooms at the back overlooking a small square.
Hotel Jacques de Molay
Good value option at the northern end of the popular Marais area. Colourful rooms with modern bathrooms and good showers. The hotel even has a small work-out room. A real plus is its location just off the Rue de Bretagne, a local street packed with cafes and food shops.
Murano pretentiously calls itself an urban resort, but do not let that put you off if you are looking for a rare contemporary stay in Paris. Rooms are uber-stylish and plush. Check out the sleek and sexy bar for a cocktail. Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt stayed here on a recent Paris jaunt. The only downside is the location on a non-descript boulevard near the Marais, but if you can afford to stay here, you will be taking taxis anyway!
Hotel Amour
Set up by one of Paris's coolest nightclub-owners, artist Andre, Hotel Amour is vintage, bohemian, hip and near pretty Rue des Martyrs. Rooms are painted red or black, but they don't have TVs. Sexy photos are dotted around the hotel to get you in the mood. If they don't, head to the boho bistro and bar downstairs where Paris's hot, young things linger.
Le Standard Design Hotel
Trendy hotel in one of the bustling parts of the Bastille area near good cafes and restaurants. Modern interior in an old building and if you like black and white décor, you'll feel at home. Rooms are small but well-equipped. The hotel staff are helpful and will lend you a laptop to check your e-mail in the wi-fi lounge area.
Hotel Bourg Tibourg
A plush designer spot in the heart of the Marais, elegant with Moroccan touches. Rich colourful fabrics make a change from the beige-blandness in so many designer hotels. Most rooms have old-fashioned baths. Rooms here are popular, so book early.
Hotel Saint Paul
Charming, chateau-feel in a 17th-century building. Several rooms have beamed ceilings and all are beautifully decorated. The staff are friendly and helpful. The location is great for exploring the Left Bank as it is close to the Luxembourg Gardens and St Germain area.
Hotel Beaumarchais
Great value option aimed at younger travellers. Rooms are decorated in bright colours. The staff are friendly and there's wi-fi. It's a short walk to the trendy Oberkampf area, which is packed with bars and restaurants.
Hotel du Nord
If you are on a budget this is a great place to stay. The little reception area is sweet and cosy and rooms are simple, but warmly decorated with flower-filled window boxes. A real bonus for guests is use of one of the hotel's free bikes. It's also a short walk from the boho Canal St Martin area.
Camping at the Bois de Boulogne
If you are really pulling in the purse strings, why not camp? You can pitch a tent or hire a caravan in the huge Bois de Boulogne campsite. It's set in woodland on the western edge of the city and has facilities, including a grocery shop and bar. The tent spots are mainly near the road so if you can splash out a little more for a caravan, you'll sleep better. Getting into central Paris takes 20 minutes on a bus and metro.

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User comments
This is a great list! These hotels seem great. One of my friends stayed recently at the hotel Amour, she really enjoyed it. She stayed in a room decorated with red and black shades =). As for me, I have good memories about the hotel du Cadran in Paris. It's extremely well-located, a few minutes by walk from the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower. This hotel is really design and modern, with a great service. The decoration is beautiful! The junior suite is particularly large! But to me, the main asset was the chocolate & macaroons bars! How delighful! All in all it's an amazing hotel!
Recently i made a trip to Paris. I stayed at De Reuilly Hotel Paris for six nights. I arrived early so they offer us to leave our baggage in very safety store room and we were free for our business. I ask for the room 10 minutes before check-in time and the room wasn't ready. After few minutes of waiting they decide to upgrade us to better room. The room was large. Very clean and comfortable. Every one in the hotel was very friendly. I would defiantly recommend it