Quirky Paris ho­tels for less.

Ho­tels don’t have to be très cher in the French cap­i­tal; here are seven—all un­der US$125 a night—that let you in on the city’s cos­mopoli­tan charms with­out break­ing the bank.



YOOMA UR­BAN LODGE A 15-minute stroll from the Eif­fel Tower on the banks of the Seine, this for­mer 1970s of­fice block has been trans­formed into ac­com­mo­da­tion that suc­cess­fully bridges the ho­tel-hos­tel di­vide. Room decor is more func­tional than chic, but there’s a gym and sauna, cook­ing school, res­tau­rant, and a bar that serves drinks and snacks till 1 a.m. Some bed­rooms sleep up to six, so they’re great for fam­i­lies or groups. If you’re feel­ing cre­ative, you might even be able to stay for free: three rooms are re­served for artists who can re­side for up to six months in re­turn for pro­vid­ing art for the ho­tel’s pub­lic spa­ces ( 51 Quai de Grenelle; 331/4409-0013; yooma-ho­tels.com).


C.O.Q The name of this stylish lit­tle spot tucked down a side street near the Place d’Italie stands for “Com­mu­nity of Qual­ity.” The front desk also serves as a bou­tique selling gifts from lo­cal con­cept store Gab & Jo, while off to the side is a café-lounge where you can nib­ble on cheese and char­cu­terie while plan­ning the day’s ad­ven­tures (or take in a film screen­ing in the evening). The 50 rooms are com­pact but cool, mix­ing vin­tage dec­o­ra­tive ac­cents with the mod­ern must-haves such as a flat-screen TV and fast Wi-Fi (15 Rue Edouard Manet; 33-1/45863599; co­qhotel­paris.com).


THE HOXTON, PARIS Sit­u­ated in the trendy 2nd ar­rondisse­ment, the lat­est mem­ber of the Lon­don- based Hoxton ho­tel fam­ily in­hab­its a re­fit­ted 18th-cen­tury town­house where spi­ral stair­cases and court­yards link a res­tau­rant, café, speakeasy-style bar, and 172 guest quar­ters. En­try-level rooms are cramped—they’re dubbed “Shoe­boxes” for good rea­son—but the rest are roomy enough, and all come with an hour of free calls to any­where in the world, a snack break­fast hung out­side your door each

morn­ing, and a fridge that you can stock with rea­son­ably priced pro­vi­sions from the shop down­stairs. Hun­gry for more? The res­tau­rant turns out in­gre­di­ents-driven bistro clas­sics like steak frites and pâté en croûte ( 30–32 Rue du Sen­tier; 33-1/8565-7500; the­hox­ton.com).


GRAND AMOUR HO­TEL Just one good rea­son to stay at this art-filled ho­tel near the 10th ar­rondisse­ment’s Gare du Nord train sta­tion is its in­ti­mate mar­ble-paved court­yard café, where you can eas­ily imag­ine your­self star­ring in your own French art-house movie as your fel­low bo­hemian din­ers linger over thick croque mon­sieur sand­wiches and strong café au laits. Up­stairs, cor­ri­dors decked out with risqué Ja­panese prints lead to in­di­vid­u­ally dec­o­rated guest rooms that come in three sizes: Small, Medium, and Large. The lat­ter are filled with vin­tage furnishings and the arty twists that the owner— graf­fiti artist and nightlife im­pre­sario An­dré Saraiva—is known for ( 18 Rue de la Fidél­ité; 331/4416-0330; hote­lam­our­paris.fr).


MAMA SHEL­TER PARIS Some ho­tels try hard to be cool, and some just ef­fort­lessly are. Mama Shel­ter is in the lat­ter cat­e­gory. Hip, tat­tooed staff will check you in next to sales cases dis­play­ing those must-buy va­ca­tion es­sen­tials—Mex­i­can wrestling masks, mo­tor­bike hel­mets, snow globes, etc.—be­fore the el­e­va­tor whisks you up to a dark­ened hall­way where your small but sleek Philippe Starck–de­signed (and iMac-equipped) bed­room awaits. Down­stairs, the buzzy bar and res­tau­rant are throb­bing every night of the week with ho­tel guests and lo­cals. One down­side? The near­est metro sta­tion in this cor­ner of north­east Paris is not par­tic­u­larly close ( 109 Rue de Bag­no­let; 33-1/4348-4848; ma­mashel­ter.com).


LE PIGALLE Pigalle is Paris’s red-light district and although it’s cer­tainly tamer than it used to be, there’s still a rather de­li­ciously louche air about the place. Cap­i­tal­iz­ing on this am­bi­ence is Le Pigalle, which opened in late 2015 with just 40 stylishly fur­nished rooms done up in saucy art­work, off­beat vin­tage decor items, and iPads loaded with playlists cu­rated by the res­i­dent mu­si­col­o­gist; some even fea­ture leather-up­hol­stered bars or a turntable and se­lec­tion of records. The ground-floor re­cep­tion area dou­bles as a chic café, while the base­ment lounge is home to a vin­tage Wurl­itzer juke­box dis­cov­ered dur­ing the 19th-cen­tury build­ing’s top-to-bot­tom ren­o­va­tion ( 9 Rue Fro­chot; 33-1/ 4878-3714; lep­i­galle.paris).


CITIZENM PARIS GARE DE LYON This is the sec­ond re­cent open­ing in the French cap­i­tal by Dutch chain CitizenM (the other is in the busi­ness district of La Défense), with 338 rooms and a rooftop bar over­look­ing the Seine and the green­ery of the Jardin des Plantes be­yond. The rooms are all the same size— com­pact—but the beds are ex­tra large and black­out blinds en­sure a good night’s rest. As with all CitizenM ho­tels, there’s a loungy “liv­ing room” lobby area where guests grav­i­tate to hang out on de­signer so­fas, grab a baris­ta­made cof­fee, or eat from the 24-hour res­tau­rant ( 8 Rue van Gogh; 33-1/8665-0740; citizenm.com).

From top: A guest room at The Hoxton, Paris; the en­trance to C.O.Q. Op­po­site, from far left: CitizenM’s new Paris digs near Gare de Lyon; a vir­tual-concierge sys­tem at Mama Shel­ter Paris.

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