and budget hotels
From the gastronomic delights of the Loire Valley to haute couture
shopping in Paris, France has a reputation as a chic but not entirely
But France is actually ideal for budget travelers – many of
sights in cities such as Paris are free, cheap but top quality food is
easily available in a bistro or from local markets, and budget accommodation
can be found in all regions of France, from quaint guesthouses in the
countryside to city center hostels.
Not just for students and backpackers, the humble hostel has had a
slick makeover in France, with many properties offering private and
ensuite rooms, and top class facilities as well as regular dormitories.
Here’s a guide to some popular hostels in three main French
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One popular cheap Paris hostel is the Regent
Montmartre hostel, a backpacker
hostel that can cater for all ages. It is
located in the heart of the Montmartre district, with easy access to
the metro and the Sacré Coeur.
Close by is another well recommended
hostel, with some very cheap accommodation, the Village
which is located between Pigalle and Montmartre, so fairly central.
It's just 200 metres from Anvers metro station, and 200 metres from the
Montmartre funicular and gardens, from the top of which you get
fabulous views out over Paris, specially in the evening
Another hostel that gets good write-ups is St
Christopher’s, near the Gare du Nord. St
Christophers has a nightclub and bar serving
drinks, a lounge area and restaurant on site, and with a tours and
travel desk, and helpful staff giving out travel tips, it’s
introduction to Paris. The large private and shared rooms have cool
décor and lockers in the rooms, and best of all,
there’s a free
breakfast to fuel up for a day of sightseeing.
A hostel that gets lots of good crits is the
in the 20th arrondissement. It's not quite central, but 500 metres from
the metro, clean and comfortable, and offers cheap dorm accommodation
or rooms, and free breakfasts.
It’s the facilities that make these hostels popular with
budget travelers alike.
Most hostels in Nice
are right in the city center, but the original Villa
St Exupéry hostel offers the best of both worlds
scenic countryside and a park of olive, pine and carob trees,
only a short free tram or bus ride into Nice and the rest of the French
a lounge housed in the old chapel, excursions organized by the hostel
and comfortable shared and private rooms, it’s no wonder this
St. Exupery beach hostel has all the facilities of a hotel, a
calendar and a whole host of extras geared towards budget travelers.
There’s a free breakfast, internet, air-conditioned rooms, a
serving drinks for €1 and a restaurant serving home-cooked
It’s easy to find hostels
in Lyon, a UNESCO world heritage site, but this scenic city
also offers a wide choice of budget
hotels. One convenient modern budget hotel is the Première
Classe, right near La Part Dieu station, where the
TGVs and airport rail link come in. This is a large modern hotel with
air conditioning and a car park.
Alternatively the Hotel de La Marne is in
the heart of downtown Lyon, and offers refurbished rooms which are
thoroughly modern, with slick décor and flat screen
TVs. With several restaurants and shops around the corner,
the main sites of
the city are all within walking distance. The private ensuite rooms
make the hotel a stylish but reasonable place to stay, and the friendly
staff will make you feel right at home.
This is just a small selection; there are hostels in other towns and
cities too, as well as traditional youth hostels in cities and much