Standard Design Hotel Rating: 3.5 Pearls
The 36-room Standard Design Hotel is located in the lively Bastille district. This boutique property features creative, black and white decor in the common lounges, cozy breakfast room, and rooms. A different accent color sets rooms apart from one another, though they all have the same appealing carpets, bedspreads, and light fixtures as well as modern bathrooms and large flat-screen TVs. Though the hotel is lacking in amenities -- there is no gym, spa, or on-site restaurant -- it is one of the best values in Paris. Not only does it offer low rates, free Wi-Fi, and a location near popular nightlife, but its chic design goes above and beyond expectations for a mid-range hotel, putting it at the top of our list.
Hotel Britannique Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 39-room Hotel Britannique is a charming, mid-range boutique property in the heart of Paris. It has a prime location in the 1st arrondissement within walking distance of major attractions such as the Louvre and Notre Dame Cathedral. Warm, cozy rooms have flat-screen TVs, double-glazed windows, upscale toiletries, and free Wi-Fi. The same homey decor is present in the common areas, including a lounge with comfortable couches and a laptop guests can use free of charge. The combination of reasonable prices, charm, and location make this one of the best values in the city.
Hotel Joyce Rating: 3.5 Pearls
Its somewhat removed location and slightly steeper (but still affordable) prices keep the Hotel Joyce from being in our top two, but it's pretty close; the chic rooms -- with free Wi-Fi -- rival even those at the Standard Design Hotel, and most come with French balconies, flat-screen TVs and iPod docks. Quirky would be a good word to describe the hotel -- oddities like car seats (with seatbelts) and funky light fixtures hang from the ceilings. The unique design elements mix well with the historical aspects of the hotel -- like the stone walls and the glass-roofed solarious, where free breakfast and afternoon snacks are served.
Hotel Palm Opera Rating: 3.0 Pearls
The 38-room Hotel Palm Opera is a well-run boutique with a fantastic central location. Rooms feature modern Danish-style minimalist decor, flat-screen TVs, and clean bathrooms. Amenities are bare-bones (there's little else other than a small on-site dining room for breakfast), but it does feature freebies such as Wi-Fi and sodas. Its rates are often slightly lower than those at Hotel Joyce, but it does not offer free breakfast.
Hotel du Lion d'Or Rating: 2.5 Pearls
This 26-room basic but contemporary hotel is a stand-out choice for two reasons: reasonable room rates, and the location! The property is situated in the prime 1st arrondissement of Paris, within steps of Le Louvre and Tuileries Gardens; guests will be hard-pressed to find a more affordable option in this area. Though the hotel itself certainly falls into the budget category, it's more modern than some may expect. Rooms are small and no-frills (they're not in the same category as the other hotels on this list), but they have fresh bedding, flat-screen TVs, small desks, and up-to-date bathrooms. For more living space, the hotel offers apartments (studio, large flat and duplex size) that come with lounge/dining areas and full kitchens. Guests can start the day with espresso and free newspapers in the stylish breakfast room decorated with exposed stone walls, and free Wi-Fi is an additional perk.