Having trouble finding cheap places to stay in Paris? Luckily, there is a huge short-term rental market in Paris for tourists. Here are 4 of your best options and some advice for how to navigate them.
4 Options for Short-Term Rentals:
Airbnb is a great option to find cheap places to stay in Paris and the most popular short-term rental option. It was founded in 2008 by Brian Chesky to provide tourists with local, diverse experiences and to empower people to become hospitality entrepreneurs. While you can use Airbnb in nearly 100,000 cities, Paris is the most visited city worldwide for Airbnb users. This means that there are great options for you!
HomeAway seeks to make each vacation location in the world accessible for all travelers. It was founded 17 years ago and has close to one million postings in 190 countries. While there are less options on HomeAway than Airbnb, we have found that they often post cheaper rentals. The rentals also tend to have more reviews than those on Airbnb, which creates an extra sense of security for your trip.
Homestay provides both long-term and short-term room rentals in Paris and the B&B experience. If you are looking to rent a room, as opposed to an entire apartment, we recommend that you give Homestay a try. Unlike Airbnb, hosts cannot work with you through a third party. They are expected to personally help you settle in, beyond just handing you the keys. By staying with a family or a host, you get a truly immersive experience. However, your host is not your personal tour guide and is not expected to be around 24/7. If you want a best friend to help you plan your time in Paris, contact us at ParisByM!
Parisian Vacation Apartments:
Parisian Vacation Apartments differs from the other sites we have discussed because you are not renting from an individual. Instead, you are renting an apartment that the company itself has acquired with the sole purpose of renting it out to visitors, like you! All of their apartments are renovated, clean, and central, and most have an elevator and air-conditioning. Many of their options are fairly expensive, but you can find some great options for around 100 euros per night. Plus, their team is all Paris based, fluent in English and French, and available 24/7 to help you!
There are some questions you should be sure to ask yourself as you search for cheap places to stay in Paris: Is this a location where I want to be? Is it safe? Is it close to the sites and the neighborhoods I most want to see? Do I want a private room or an entire apartment? Is the host reputable and does he / she have good reviews? Many of us or our friends have stayed in rentals and loved the experience. Some have faced unpleasant surprises and entirely regretted their choice to rent, rather than stay in a hotel. In order to ensure that your trip goes as smoothly as possible, you need to do some research about these questions in advance.
By staying in someone else’s home, you have the opportunity enjoy an authentic Parisian experience and possibly have an entire apartment to yourself, all while staying within your budget. However, there is always a risk involved when you are renting from a stranger. It is possible that your host will cancel just before your trip or lack the proper permits to rent.
If you prefer not to take the risks involved with short-term rentals, contact us at ParisByM to explore your hotel options. We would love to help make your dream trip a reality. You can have an incredible trip to Paris and stay within your budget!