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When I went in Fall 2004, me and a buddy stayed here:
It was clean, and a pretty easy distance from central Paris. I don’t recall how much we paid, but it wasn’t that expensive. Beware the stairs, though! It was quite a climb to our room on the 7th floor. :)
Seconded! My wife and I actually stayed in a posh hotel near the Peace & Love Hostel, but we ended up drinking in the P&L as our hotel was far too snooty for the likes of us. Beware though – the barman may tell you the lager is Carlsberg, and omit to mention it’s Special Brew (11 percent abv – not one to knock back the bocks with).
We stayed here http://www.cote.azur.fr/hotel-2369-hotel-de-cabourg-paris.htm
(Hotel de Cabourg) and it was close to 2 subway lines and a short trip to downtown. It was very close to the Montmartre area and Sacre Couer. I think it was 54 Euro per night for 2 people. The elevator worked :)
When I went there, I stayed in a couple of different hostels, both of which had curfews at around 11 PM if memory serves. That was lame. I had to sprint back a couple of times, and very nearly got locked out on one occasion. Unless you’re invariably in bed by 9 PM or something, I’d think pretty hard about just finding a regular little hotel.
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The rooms are bare, but clean, and the price is unbeatable. Didn’t end up staying there (had a friend with an apt. close by), but it seemed really nice. (and there’s a beer vending machine in the lobby :) )
It depends how budget you want to go, but this is a relatively inexpensive and characterful hotel near to the Opera region of Paris. A short walk from Pigalle/Montmartre and a tube-ride from the Louvre.
We liked it so much that we are going back again in May.
I went to Paris twice.
I tried 2 hostels. I liked most this one:
Jules Ferry Hostel International
8, Boulevard Jules Ferry – 75011 – Paris
deco Phone : 0033-143575560
deco Fax : 0033-143148209
It’s quite simple, easy to access and pretty cheap (around €10).
Nice people, nice neighbourhood.
Enjoy your trip!
You should use AllRez.com, it’s a great way to find terrific hotels for not a lot of money.
I stayed at Aloha(http://www.hostels.com/en/availability.php/HostelNumber.601) in summer 2003, and had a great time. It is kind of a funky place… staffed by punkers and new-wavers and such. The crowd was good and mixed age and intent-wise(ie, some serious travelers, some partiers.) Wasn’t loud when I was there. Rooms were clean and spacious enough. They had a downstairs kitchen, reasonably priced internet terminals, all the basics. Another bonus: a good book exchange. Walkable to Luxembourg Gardens, and the Blvd Montparnasse, and even reasonably walkable to the Eiffel Tower / Champs de Mars area(I did it on a nice evening.) It’s on the Left Bank off of Rue de Vaugirard, near the Volontaires stop on the 12 line.
This is very cheaper but it is not confortable. And you don’t have a bathroom or toilet in the room, the kitchen is very bad. But it is helpful for several people aroud the world. You don’t come to Paris to stay with foreign People. Next time select another hotel. En Français c’est le français d’abord.
Merci mon ami.
The poster requested “a budget hostel centrally located.” I answered his question the best I could. YMMV. That was my first trip to Paris, and I don’t speak the language, so a hostel with other travelers was a good way to get a start without being overwhelmed. Also, I travel in part to meet good, interesting people, regardless of national origin, and I met good, interesting people there.
Next time I go back to Paris, I probably will try to stay in an apartment or local hotel, just to get a better sense of real life in the city. You are right that it is a good idea to get away from the hostel scene and live among the locals, but that’s not what this question was about.
When I stayed in Paris, I stayed in 3 Ducks Hostel. It was nice, cheap, rented linens, served complimentary breakfast in the morning. The manager spoke English, which was helpful, and all the people we met were very nice. The Eiffel Tower was about 20 minutes walking distance away, if I remember correctly. The thing I didn’t like about the place is that the bar was open until 3am, and played incredibly loud music. That would have been fun had I wanted to socialize with people, but I was extremely tired and the people I was with very much wanted to sleep. Good luck!
I live & work near Opera. I prefer InterContinental Paris Le Grand because it is a beautiful hotel in Paris 09 such as Paris in the world.
I’ve been to paris four times, three of the trips, I stayed in http://www.hotelclunysquare.com/English/Frameset.html
It’s not a hostel, but you might have a bargain rate lower to 65 euro.
Room could have been cleaner. It’s too small, and and the facilities are just acceptable.
Maybe it’s not good enough, but considered the location, I think the rate is quite acceptable.
It’s located just at the corner where Saint Michel and Saint Germain meet, and just on top of several metro and RER lines, one of them is directly from the airport.
I stayed at the Woodstock Hostel. I liked it a lot- It was clean yet friendly, had a lot of charachter, and the manager looked like Moby. I met a lot of cool people there. Recommended. It does have a curfew, but it’s at the sane time of 2 AM
I was planning on staying at the 3 Ducks Hostel for my entire 4-night trip, but checked out after the first night. The room was SO cramped, the (gross) bathroom is detached from the building, the entire hostel is built above a metro station/line so it shakes all the time, and I found my bed covered in hair. My friend and I practically RAN to Le Village Hostel in Montmarte, which was a RITZ compared to 3 Ducks. Very clean bathroom, lovely view onto the Montmarte neighborhood, minutes away from Sacre Coeur, and great patio/lounge for chilling and chatting.
Have fun! (Stay away from 3 Ducks!!!)
We went on a budget Paris trip last December. We booked cheap air and hotel through www.gotoday.com. Great deal with them! Our hotel was Hotel Libertel Austerlitz.
Check out my Paris Trip Report:
All the best,
I stayed at the Woodstock Hostel in Paris this summer.. its in the Montremere District which is a nice area to walk in… watch out for weird ppl.. but its a nice artist area.. nice places to shop and beautiful Sacre Coure church nearby. Also close to the Moulin Rouge if your interested in watching Burlesque… The hostel was clean enough… had a new kitchen when I went. Free breakfast.
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