While there are tonnes of lavish and romantic hotels in Paris, none of them are friendly to modest budgets and none can claim to offer the same level of proximity with locals, born-and-bred-actual Parisians; these curated, charming Airbnbs in Paris are a great way to save money on accommodation and to experience cities like a native for a far less cookie-cutter trip.
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The 13 Absolute Best AirBnbs in Paris
Historical Apartment With Lots of Character
Airbnb in Le Marais $306 / night
Charm and good taste come aplenty in this atmospheric, well-appointed flat filled with French antiques and tall ceilings. The neighbourhood is enviable with abundant bookshops, third-wave coffee shop and underrated museums. Quintessentially Parisian!
Playful studio at Palais Royal
Airbnb near the Louvre $144 / night
Energising and colourful studio tucked away in one of Paris’ handiest locations, nestled between the lavish Palais Royal and the Louvre, but also the Seine River, the tree-lined Tuileries Gardens and dozens of restaurants, cafés and boutiques. The apartment was remodelled just a year ago
On the river Seine, heart of Paris
Houseboat in Paris $188 / night
Imagine having a pre-dinner drink on this sun-drenched deck, right the Eiffel Tower on one side and the stunning Alexandre-III bridge on the other? This modern houseboat is parked at one of the most interesting stretches of the Seine River. Definitely an option to consider for an atypical stay in Paris.
Romantic Private Room Close to Notre-Dame
AirBnb in Latin Quarter $108 / night
Haussmann-style apartment on the iconic boulevard Saint-Germain in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a stone throw’s from the Seine River and the islands, Notre-Dame Cathedral and the bouquinistes. The apartment is owned by a charming French couple very keen on sharing their secret, most beloved hangouts and cultural highlights around the city.
For Cat Lovers Close to Montmartre
Airbnb in Montmartre $70 / night
A 5-minute walk from bohemian and artsy Montmartre, this modern apartment has all the amenities anyone would need for a short stay in addition to attractive wooden floors and antique fireplace. The owner also lets guests enjoy the company of her affectionate cat! And with such a low price point, budget-strapped travellers should definitely consider this Airbnb.
Beautifully Decorated, Typical Paris Apartment
Airbnb in Montorgueil, $188 / night
Second-floor apartment overlooking a leafy square in one of Paris’ most sought-after pedestrianised areas. Within walking distance from Pompidou Museum, Ile St-Louis, Palais Royal and newly-renovated foodie mecca, Les Halles.
Charming loft in Canal Saint Martin
AirBnb in Canal Saint Martin $108 / night
Cosy rooftop studio in Paris’ bucolic Canal Saint Martin, lined with wine bars, boutiques and sprawling patios. You can even gaze at the Eiffel Tower from the small balcony! Ideal location with short walking distances to the trendy, hipster areas of Belleville and République and easy links to major tourist attractions.
Bright Rooftop Studio on the Islands
AirBnb in Ile Saint Louis $157 / night
Right Bank or Left Bank? While Parisians are quite adamant about their favourite side of the Seine River, tourists opting for this lovely rooftop studio do not have to pick teams as they will be staying right in the middle of both. The light-filled apartment is modest in size and furnishings and yet has everything one could need over the course of a stay.
Not on the tourist path
AirBnb in Buttes-aux-Cailles $142 / night
Ideal for third or fourth-timers to Paris, this characterful apartment is beautifully decorated in addition to being filled with books. The location, tucked away on a quiet cobblestone street close to Buttes-aux-Cailles on the Right Bank, is more akin to a typical French village than its fast-paced capital. For a taste of the true Parisian life!
Wooden beams and a mezzanine
AirBnb in Saint Germain $196 / night
It doesn’t get any more Parisian: a 4th floor walk-up with massive wooden beams and an all-white decor. The bed is located atop a mezzanine, accessible via a tiny ladder… a unique experience to say the least! The apartment is located close to the Sorbonne and Jardins du Luxembourg and the iconic, eponym boulevard of the Right Bank.
Spacious artist’s flat
Airbnb in le Marais $157 / night
This spacious and luminous 73 square metres apartment is located on rue de Turenne in the heart of Le Marais, a one-minute walk from Place des Vosges and Musée Picasso, on the third floor of a 19th-century walk-up building. The host, Egé, is a literature teacher working in the arts field and a true artist at heart.
Eiffel Tower View
Airbnb near the Eiffel Tower $640 / night
Imagine waking up to this view every morning! Of course, such a privilege comes at a premium; with rates going as high as $650 per night, not just anyone can afford to marvel at the Paris skyline while sipping on their morning café au lait. But it sure is an unforgettable experience!
Beautiful Room in private garden
Airbnb in Belleville $157 / night
An elegant and contemporary soft pink room (very Instagram-friendly!), recently renovated by an architect equipped with a private bathroom. It is located in a 40 square metres private garden at the end of a cobblestone street in Belleville near Parc des Buttes Chaumont and hipster-approved Paris hangouts.
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