Mid-range hotels in Paris

The best hotels for a comfortable, characterful, affordable stay

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Hi Matic

This eco-friendly design hotel, part of Hi’s stable of concept destinations in France and Tunisia, is set in a tall, narrow town house moments from the stylish rue du Faubourg St Antoine. You’re given a door code before you arrive, and check yourself in at machines in the lobby that dispense your access card, but the approachable staff can always be found for help and advice. The décor is pure Ikea – raised wooden seating units in the reception area, stainless steel dispensers for guidebooks and toothbrushes, rollout beds, bright blocks of primary colours and all-of-a-piece bedroom designs – but this is far from unpleasant. In fact, Hi Matic offers a genuine sense of calm and retreat in central Paris, and the concessions to eco-friendliness – recyclable wooden cutlery, etc. – don’t intrude unnecessarily on the hotel experience. A very good bet for mid range accommodation in the city.

  1. 71, Rue de Charonne, 11e
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Hôtel le 20 Prieuré

In a road where budget sleeps are fast metamorphosing into hip hotels, this young, funky place benefits from particularly welcoming staff. Each bedroom features an enormous blow-up of a Paris landmark covering the entire wall behind the bed, giving you the illusion that you are sleeping halfway up the Eiffel Tower, or on Bir-Hakim bridge as the métro speeds by (great for 'Last Tango in Paris' fans). Bathrooms are mundane in comparison, but things brighten up again in the light-flooded breakfast room, with pop art portraits and a reworked 1970s look.

  1. 20, Rue du Grand Prieuré, 11e
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Hôtel du Petit Moulin

Within striking distance of the hip shops around rue Charlot, this turn-of-the-century façade masks what was once the oldest boulangerie in Paris, lovingly restored as a boutique hotel by Nadia Murano and Denis Nourry. The couple recruited Christian Lacroix for the decor, and the result is a riot of colour, trompe l'oeil effects and a savvy mix of old and new. Each of its 17 exquisitely appointed rooms is unique, and the walls in rooms 202, 204 and 205 feature drawings and scribbles taken from Lacroix's sketchbook.

  1. 29-31 rue de Poitou, 3e
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Les Jardins du Marais

The centrepiece of this ultra-swish hotel is a vast courtyard, filled with tables, potted plants and lamp posts that wouldn't look out of place in Narnia. Inside, its smart and modern; the lobby looks tastefully trendy in its steely black and white marble, with purple furnishings and Philippe Starck chairs.

  1. 74, Rue Amelot, 11e
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Hôtel Sublim Eiffel

Some Barry White on your iPod is essential for this luuurve hotel not far from the Eiffel Tower. Carpets printed with paving stones and manhole covers lead to the rooms, where everything has been put in place for steamy nights. It's all to do with the lighting effects, which include a starry Eiffel Tower or street-scene lights above the bed and sparkling LEDs in the showers, filtered by coloured glass doors. Lovers should head for the suite, with its jacuzzi, huge shower, bathrobes and DVDs, and book the Romance (rose petals on the bed and champagne). All guests get the use of the mini-gym and hammam, and there is a massage room too. The bar adds a bit of jazz to a neighbourhood in need of some action.

  1. 94, Boulevard Garibaldi, 15e
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Hôtel O

For a clean, simple, reliable experience in a fantastic location in the dead centre of Paris, you could do a lot worse than Hotel O. The high concept design features by hip agency Ora-Ïto are a quirk on top of a solid experience rather than the reason to visit, but the overall experience in pleasing. The 29 rooms are done out in different colours themes (even the stair carpeting switches hue from floor to floor) and the highly integrated design gives each room the feeling of being a cocoon or bunker away from it all. Sometimes the self-conscious design goes too far – no light switch system should be that complicated – but at least you can have a high quality cocktail in the futuristic ground floor bar to balance it out. Modern, brisk, comfortable and colourful, set on a quiet little cobbled street but with Les Halles almost on its doorstep, Hotel O is a solid discovery.

  1. 19, Rue Hérold, 1e
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