Parisian lodgings can be many things: charming, opulent, cozy, homey, and even outrageous. But keep in mind the following: Parisian hotel rooms tend to be small. Why do we stress this? Because inevitably, tourists who come from countries where hotel rooms are often staggeringly big (does anyone actually need two king-size beds in a double room?) are shocked when they check in to tiny family hotels in ancient buildings. And its not just budget lodgings—even nifty boutique hotels can have snug rooms.
Don’t be too hard on the management, however; most historic Parisian buildings are protected by city regulations that make it difficult, if not impossible, to make structural changes. If you absolutely need room to stretch out, ask for a triple or even a quadruple room (if they’re available). Otherwise, consider an international chain hotel, where space and extra amenities are usually not a problem, or an apartment rental with a separate bedroom.
Unless you are staying in a hotel in our “expensive” category, you should be prepared for minimal amenities. Washcloths are scarce, toiletries are few, and a few of the smaller hotels still don’t have elevators (and when they do, they’re often closet size). Assume that most guest rooms are large enough to sleep in comfortably, but you’ll have to do your yoga workout somewhere else. All of the rooms in the hotels listed below have in-room bathrooms with toilets, unless otherwise mentioned.
Though the listings below show room rates for two people, single rooms are often available for solo travelers at reduced rates. The best tactic is to ask the hotel directly, since they don’t always advertise their smallest rooms, even on their own websites. While some singles are comparable to a regular double, others might be tiny, and the toilet facilities may be on the landing.
Now that we’ve prepared you for the worst, here’s what Parisian hotels do have (besides charm and personality, bien sûr). Almost all have in-room TVs with cable channels and hair dryers in the bathrooms. Irons and hair dryers (if they are not in the room) can usually be found at the reception desk. Almost all have hotel-wide Wi-Fi.
Most hotel rooms have air-conditioning. That said, since normal Parisian weather is anything but tropical—June and July can be sweater weather—your chances of encountering sweltering heat are relatively low. Still, if you’re coming in the summer months, check; you may want to think twice about taking a room on a non-air-conditioned top floor or facing a noisy street that makes it impossible to open the windows at night.
Parisian Hotels & Accessibility
Hotels in centuries-old buildings may be full of charm, but they also often feature narrow staircases and/or tiny elevators, so if accessibility is a concern, be sure to check when you reserve. Parisian hotels are evolving: Most hotels in the moderate and expensive categories now have at least one wheelchair-accessible room.
While a continental breakfast (juice, coffee, or tea, and a croissant and/or baguette) is still the traditional way to start the day, many hotels now also offer a generous buffet that may include various breads, sweet buns, fruit, yogurt, ham, cereal, juice, and sometimes eggs and bacon. A buffet breakfast might seem pricey at somewhere between 15€–25€, but keep in mind that a bare bones continental version will usually cost at least 9€. If you are a light eater, you’ll likely spend less and have more fun at the corner cafe. Romantics will appreciate the fact that at most hotels, you can have your breakfast delivered to your room for no extra charge.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.