In some ways Paris can be a very expensive city to visit, but it doesn’t have to be. If you book a hotel overlooking the Seine and you eat at the restaurants nearby you might think Paris is the most expensive city in the world. However, if you stay a bit outside of the center and focus more on restaurants where Parisians (rather than just tourists) eat, the place can seem like a bargain and the food will be better.
There are plenty of cheap hostels as well as moderately priced hotel rooms scattered all over the city, and unlike many other destinations, staying in a central location isn’t critical in Paris since the Metro connects everything with ease. To save time choosing a place you can check out our recommended hotels and hostels for Paris, which gives you 7 great options in different price ranges.
Paris always seems to be filled with tourists, but officially the high season lasts from May through September. In August many of the locals are on their own holidays and have left town, but hotel prices still usually stay high for visitors, even though many shops and restaurants are closed for the month.
October through April is considered the low season, though the winter holiday period is also very popular here so if you are coming then you should book as early as possible.
Outside of the peak summer season it’s usually quite easy to get a hotel in Paris upon arrival, though the best deals tend to be found online in advance, as the better, cheaper, and more popular places do get full first.