1. Book early. The best budget choices fill up fast.
2. What do you really need in your hotel room? Nearly all rooms in Paris have a sink with hot and cold water. If you don’t mind sharing the facilities, you can stay in a lower-priced room with a bathroom down the hall.
3. Negotiate the room price, especially in the low season. Ask for a discount if you’re a student or over 60; ask for a discount if you stay a certain number of days, say, 5 or more.
4. Stay at a hotel that doesn’t insist you take breakfast, which can add $6 or more a day to your bill. Make sure you aren’t being charged for it.
5. If you’re interested in experiencing the life of the country, sign up for a home-stay program such as Servas (& 212/267-0252; www. servas-france.org).
6. Consider staying at a youth hostel or similar lodging. You don’t necessarily have to bunk in with a bunch of strangers; many hostels offer private or family rooms, and many serve meals and/or have public kitchens and laundries.
7. A home swap or short-term apartment rental in Paris is a good option if you don’t need the services of a hotel. One company that facilitates home swapping is Trading Homes International (www.HomeExchange.com); for apartment rentals, www.lodgis.fr.
8. Don’t call home from a hotel phone unless you know that you can dial your “home direct” number to reach your own operator. If you have to make a call, use a public phone booth to avoid hotel surcharges. Another way to save money is to call home and ask the person to call you back; U.S. rates are much lower.
9. Look for telecartes that give you more for your money. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a pay phone in France that accepts coins; public phones require that you insert a prepaid telecarte that has a microchip to measure the connection time. Calls to the United States between 8am and 7pm use a unite every 14 seconds; at other times it’s every 17 seconds. You can buy telecartes at any post office or tabac (tobacco shop) and some newsstands. Cashiers will almost always try to sell you a card from France Telecom, the French phone company, for 7.50€ ($8.60) or 15€ ($17). What tourists don’t know is that many tabacs and newsstands sell telecartes issued by companies that have better rates than France Telecom’s. Look for tabacs that have advertisements for Delta Multimedia or Kertel, or ask for a telecarte avec un code. The post office sells only France Telecom telecartes. (Text Source: Frommers)
Accommodations on the Right Bank of Paris (1–4, 8–11 & 16–18th arrondissements)
B.V.J. Louvre 12
Grand Hotel Jeanne D’Arc 21
Hotel Agora 15
Hotel Axial Beaubourg 17
Hotel Beaumarchais 24
Hotel Chopin 5
Hotel Daval 22
Hotel de Nevers 26
Hotel de Parme 1
Hotel du Square d’Anvers 3
Hotel du Vieux Marais 18
Hotel du Vieux Saule 23
Hotel Henri IV 13
Hotel Little Regina 28
Hotel Londres St Honore
& Hotel St-Roch 9
Hotel Louvre Forum 11
Hotel Louvre Richelieu 8
Hotel Mansart 7
Hotel Montpensier 10
Hotel Navarin et d’Angleterre 2
Hotel Notre Dame 26
Hotel Sansonnet 16
Hotel Sevigne 20
Hotel Tiquetonne 14
Hotel Vivienne 6
Little Hotel 27
New Hotel 4
Residence Alhambra 25
Youth Hostel le Fauconnier 19
Accommodations on the Right Bank of Paris (8 & 16–17th arrondissements)
Accommodations on the Left Bank of Paris (5–7 & 13–14th-7th arrondissements)
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