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Paris on the cheap: tips on where to stay from Globe readers and experts

The best suggestions on where to stay and what to see in a city come from someone who's been there. Here, Globe readers share their favourite inexpensive places to stay in the City of Light.

In Paris stay at the Hotel du Champ de Mars in the Rue Cler area. Very close to the subway, 15 minutes walk to the Eiffel Tower and easy walk to the Seine, Latin Quarter and the Louvre. There are lots of local restaurants (not touristy) to visit and the area is very safe. There are lots of other, some even cheaper, hotels in the same area. - BJJ

Think hostels! Go to one of the hostel rating sites (such as Hostel World) and make sure you pick one that has high ratings in cleanliness and private rooms. My husband and I quite like the St. Christopher's Inn. - ComsProf

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Rent an apartment on VRBO. I've snagged a great one (second year in a row) in the 7th, right near Les Invalides, and for two of us it works out to $100 each a night. We eat breakfast in (and often dinner), splurging on lunch. The apartment has a large kitchen, dining area, living room with couch and futon for extra bed and large bedroom, and decent sized bathroom. - w Scotian

Camp in the Bois de Boulogne and stay out of tourist restaurants. - Beach House

And now for the experts ...

Try the historic Hotel Chopin ( in the 9th arrondissement, with rates starting at $122; and character-rich Hôtel les Degrés de Notre-Dame (, with rates starting at $153. - Dominic Earle, editor of the Time Out Paris guides

Check out the Appi hotel ( starting at $42 a night or Philippe Starck's Mama Shelter ( with rates starting at $125 a night. - Elodie Berta, Paris Tourism

Do you have a favourite place to stay in Paris that doesn't break the bank? Tell other readers about it in the comments.

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