Hostels and hotels are in abundance in Paris. Though, for a more unique sleeping experience, spend the night in the home of a Parisian. In the heart of Montmartre, Le Marais or Quartier Latin. Usually, you pay less per night than in a hotel. Which websites guide you to a notable night in Paris? CheapTo gives you the lowdown.
Airbnb enjoys massive popularity in Europe. Locals open up their homes to visitors who spend a few days in Paris. Especially to those who don’t want to spend the night in a hotel or hostel in the outskirts. On the website you’ll find rooms, studios and complete apartments smack in the middle of the French capital. Prices start at around €35 and increase corresponding to size and location of the accommodation. Tip: Find a place near a metro station. Which takes you to the Eiffel Tower or the Louvre in a jiffy.
On Wimdu, just like on Airbnb, Parisians offers apartments to city trippers or other short term visitors. In the trendy Quartier Latin and neighbouring areas alone, dozens of apartments are available. A night in the home of a Parisian usually costs less than €100 for two persons. Paris is peppered with well over 500 places to spend the night. Including 11 complete houses.
9Flats proves to be a good alternative for a classic hotel room or a bed in a dormitory. The site offers over 1100 apartments scattered across Paris, mostly located in its city centre. For around €90 a night, you’ll find a studio for 2 or 3 persons smack in the middle of Montmartre. At the end of the day you’ll pay the same, or a little less, than in a hotel. However, this is an extraordinary sleeping experience you don’t want to miss. When in Paris, do as the Parisians do: no waiting in line at the breakfast buffet, but at the local bakery around the corner.
FlipKey is another one of these sharing websites. When planning a city trip to Paris, check out the studios or apartments in the city centre. Advertised online by locals. In the charming Le Marais alone, over 300 short stays are listed. All fine locations if you want to spend the night in the heart of Paris instead of in budget accommodation on the edge of town. Between €75-100 a night (2 persons) there’s plenty on offer.