Central budget hotel on hip, fun pedestrian street one block from a metro station
Clean rooms, most with private baths; double rooms are large
Elevator (not always a given in this price category)
Plenty of quirky charm
No TVs in rooms
Single rooms can be narrow, and share bathrooms
Reception has limited hours
No online booking
Rooms can be noisy
The budget-friendly Hotel Tiquetonne has 45 simple, homey rooms at shockingly low prices. A few blocks north of Les Halles on a pedestrian street filled with hip restaurants and boutiques, it's off the Rue Montorgueil, known for its street market. The Tiquetonne is within walking distance of three metro stations, although Etienne Marcel is the closest. The Centre Georges Pompidou and the Marais are within a 10- to 15-minute walk, as is Notre Dame Cathedral. Rooms are no-frills simple but are bright and clean. Some rooms share bathrooms (guests can use a clean, shared hallway shower for a fee), and none have TVs, but the place is comfy, and has free Wi-Fi.
A 1920s building that has retained its original character
Built in the 1920s, the hotel has been renovated several times over but retains an old, nostalgic charm. The building itself is simple, with plenty of windows, high ceilings, and a winding staircase. Parquet flooring, a frosted pink lobby, and bleak yet brightly carpeted hallways create a super-eclectic, retro vibe. The somewhat ugly decor, which is typical of many Parisian hotels in this price category, is perhaps part of the charm.
This is definitely a cheapie spot, yet the place is sparkly clean and well-maintained. This hotel attracts budget-conscious groupies who sing its praises and come back to stay again and again. Rooms fill up fast, so call or email the hotel early. The place seems to buzz with young Euro-travelers and families.
Just off the market street of Rue Montorgueil and a short walk from Les Halles, the Tiquetonne is right in the heart of Paris. The street is walkable (in fact, it’s pedestrian, so the only traffic is from bikes) and lined with little, personality-filled boutiques, restaurants, bars, and cafes. The Etienne Marcel metro station (Line 4) is one block away, and the much larger station Chatelet-Les Halles station, where five more metro lines and the RER converge, is a 10- to 15-minute walk from the Tiquetonne.
No TVs or air-conditioning in the rooms, but there's free Wi-Fi and an elevator
Some rooms have views of the Sacre-Cœur (701, 702 and 703), or the Eiffel Tower (704 and 705). The hotel’s 45 rooms are mostly spacious, although some single rooms are quite narrow. The furniture is vintage, which is a kind way of saying it’s old! Decoration consists of dingy red carpets, floral wallpaper, and retro posters and paintings. Rooms do not have TVs, although there's free Wi-Fi and a phone. No air-conditioning means the rooms can get stiflingly hot in the warmer months. Many rooms include tiled bathrooms; guests who opt for single rooms with shared facilities will have to shell out euros for a shower. Rooms can get noisy with sounds from the hallways.
This is not a fancy hotel; it’s a budget-friendly place to sleep, not a spot to play, hang out, or enjoy amenities. What it offers, or doesn't offer, is typical for its category, meaning guests should not expect a fitness center, restaurant, or spa; nor does it have TVs or air-conditioning in guest rooms. Breakfast is available for a fee and is delivered to rooms, but it’s much more fun to head out to a nearby cafe. Wi-Fi is free.