Where to Stay in Paris

Chroniqueuse said it best when he wrote, "I have often wondered at fashion’s strange freaks. Just at the time when Paris is most beautiful, most green, most inviting, fashion’s votaries are off to some disagreeable sunny watering place, making themselves as uncomfortable as possible in small dark rooms in that most unpleasant of all places, a French hotel." That's why, when friends come to Paris, I recommend renting an apartment, or staying in a converted storefront like Paris Boutik. Visitors experience French culture and life in a way they couldn't at a hotel, like walking up seven flights of stairs carrying luggage, dodging the gardien, and trying to boil water on a hot plate in a cramped kitchen. It's not for everyone. I read once that since French people look like Americans, we tend to judge them according to our standards, expecting their homes and customs to be exactly like ours when they couldn't be more alien. Hotels and hostels entice with the promise of comfortable similitude. I think Hotel Grand Amour is the only place to stay in Paris, but there are other cool places like Tinah, Off Paris (the first floating hotel on the Seine), Mama Shelter, and Le Cinq Codet. Here are a few more at various price points.

Henriette Rive Gauche

Rooms start at 69€ in this design hotel opened by a veteran fashion journalist on Rue des Gobelins. Vintage furnishings and recycled materials are the main attraction and they also offer an extensive city guide, organized by neighborhood. Single rooms available.

C.O.Q Hotel

C.O.Q. stands for Community of Quality, with the nicest staff in this colorful, beautiful 13ème design hotel. Inspired by the framework of membership clubs, hotel guests have access to an exclusive city guide.

Hotel Providence Paris

If Indochine were a hotel, the 18 room Hotel Providence would be it. Situated in one of my favorite neighborhoods near Strasbourg Saint-Denis, French fashion magazines shoot editorials and Parisians staycation here. The bath products are even designed by Buly's Ramdane Touhani.

Hotel Grand Amour

So I always stay here now because of the vegan meals, and I love the drinks and the people, and the rooms are so beautiful, with the deepest bath tubs ever. It's a very convenient location off line 7 and near Gare du Nord too. Forty-two rooms feature art by the likes of Keith Haring, Dash Snow, Helmut Newton and Guy Bourdin; an aquarium, library, apartment and restaurant are all housed in this  beautiful Pre-Haussmann building. Ask for one of the light pink rooms- they are my favorite.

Generator Hostel

An old office block transformed into an atmospheric design hostel fitted with original Paris Métro tiles. The rooms have private terraces and the rooftop bar has one of the best views of Paris. I just love this neighborhood too.

Le Grand Pigalle

Or Le Pigalle.


Chess Hotel

Alfresco murals and green walls dot the Carrara marble-ensconced Chess Hotel, just a few steps from l'Usine and Opéra. The bar and terrace are popular and they offer single or double rooms.

Hotel Edgar

This restaurant is really popular although the type of people there annoy me sometimes. Hotel Edgar features thirteen individually designed chambers and a pretty terrace. Rooms from 170€ (low season rate).

Kube Hotel

Actual French people staycation at this Cristina Cordula and Top Chef endorsed-hotel. I love Goutte d'Or; they call this the "mini Parisian North Pole," with suspended beds and a 20-ton ice bar. 41 chambres, single and double, from 169€.

Hotel El Dorado

This is one of Paris' best terraces, often hashtagged #insolite on Instagram. Rooms are as little as 50€ and Rue des Dames' is such a nice street - the bistrot is also famous.

Three Ducks

The bar and rooms at this completely redone, conveniently located hostel are freshly painted and scrubbed, and patrons always look like they're having fun. I don't have many good things to say about the 15ème, but the neighborhood is not the least bit touristy, despite close proximity to the Eiffel Tower and Beaugrenelle.

The Loft

Paris' first five star boutique hostel offers twin and double rooms or dormitory rooms with private bathrooms and is located in Belleville, one of my favorite neighborhoods. 

*Mama Shelter offers single rooms without a supplement. Enfin, I also recommend Les BainsHotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche, eco-friendly Solar or Hidden Hotel, or La Réserve Paris, which has the most beautiful bar (and gluten-free brunch).

Paris to Go


  1. absolute <3
    so many memories.
    I stayed for 1 night at the 3 ducks, just after one long day ar Rock en Seine. Over there I met this 5 guys from Sheffield and talk all night long. The ambience was lovely, but the rooms not so much. But that was before the redesign, so... and yes, it´s really well located.

    1. We had such a great time Carolina! I still have the note you left us :) 3Ducks gave us a little tour right after they reopened, and it looked nice; but they were working on it a very long time, it must have needed a remodel! I wonder how old the building is...

  2. What a helpful list! I planning to travel to Europe next year and definitely appreciate tips and suggestions. The Henriette Rive Gauche looks super cute.

    1. I love it- it's such a great deal. You can't find design like that, at that price point, anywhere else, and it's eco-friendly to boot.

  3. So helpful! Can't wait to go back to Paris and definitely Pinning this to reference for when that time comes :-)

    1. You must come back! Now is the best time... it's so safe right now and relatively peaceful and quiet.

  4. The Henriette Rive Gauche hotel you mention has single rooms! Is this common or rare in Paris? (London has lots!). Last time I went I stayed at the Tim Hotel and they charged me an extra $500 CAD as a single supplement. So annoying.

    1. What! I'm glad you told me that because I had no idea hotels charged so much for solo travelers. 500 Cad, that's a few extra nights in Paris ! I'll update the post because Hotel Emile, Mama Shelter, Kube, El Dorado and Chess Hotel have single rooms with no supplement. I asked my friend who works at the George V if this was common and she said, "Probably" :) I think some single rooms have no supplement but shared bathrooms though.

  5. Do you happen to know of any pet-friendly hotels (or apartments, etc)? I have the absolute strangest trip coming up: moving to the UK with two cats and a preschooler. The UK doesn't allow pets to fly into the country in-cabin, but France does, so there is a little workaround circuit with a pet transport service. I know we're going to need an overnight stay to make this work, because, and I feel it's important to say this, I fully realize the total insanity of this plan!

    1. Hi Sadie! Congrats on the move! Actually the plan sounds totally reasonable to me ha when we considered moving to the UK we considered smuggling our cats in by car ha. So Airbnb has a selection: https://www.airbnb.fr/s/Paris--France?amenity=pet-friendly and these hotels accept pets: https://www.tripadvisor.fr/Hotels-g187147-zfa9-Paris_Ile_de_France-Hotels.html