A friend asked me for some hotel suggestions in Paris for a first-time visitor. It's been a while since I've checked prices. Whew...the weakened dollar is really a game-changer when it comes to good value. At the current exchange rate of $1.50 to one euro, a 100 euro hotel room is $150.
Given that, here are three tried-and-true recommendations:
-- Hotel Du Levant - Latin Quarter, near St. Michel metro stop. This is a very convenient location in the heart of the Latin Quarter, a few mintues walk from the Seine, Notre Dame etc. You can take the RER directly here from either airport. http://www.hoteldulevant.com Rates start at around 100 euros.
-- Two favorites in the Marais. The Marais is on the Right Bank but it's a "Latin Quarter'' type of neighborhood, very hip with lots of little restaurants, shops etc., close to Bastille area. It's also near a convenient Metro line. --Hotel Jeanne D'Arc - Small, classy little hotel near a pedestrian square. Rooms are small. http://www.hoteljeannedarc.com/ Starts at 90 euros --Hotel Castex: Same area as Jeanne D'Arc. Big discount for booking online. A very good deal for Paris. http://www.castexhotelparis.com/ Starts at 82 euro.
Check them all out at http://www.tripadvisor.com. Whatever you decide, don't pay extra for breakfast. Most hotels charge an arm and a leg for coffee and bread. It's much cheaper and more fun to go to a local cafe. B&Bs can be a good way to go. The rooms are usually comfortable, have private bathrooms, include breakfast and offer the opportunity to meet locals.
By the way, there's an interesting program call Paris Greeters - You arrange to meet up with a local person for a few hours, and they show you around one of their favorite neighborhoods. Best part: It's all free: http://www.parisiendunjour.fr/