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|The Gare du Nord, the most convenient railway terminus for the Stade de France, is surrounded by budget chain hotels such as Ibis. That's great for convenience but Paris, like every major city, has every type of accommodation from hostels to five-star luxury.
Here are some examples:
Hôtel Bonséjour Montmartre
Price range: Budget
The 'Good Stay' at the end of a quiet street in Montmartre is a perennial budget favourite and the husband and wife operating the hotel are always welcoming and helpful. It's a simple place to stay but comfortable, very clean and in the process of getting a much needed face-lift. Some rooms have little balconies attached. Renovated rooms have lost their threadbare carpet in favour of laminate and have wash basins, shower cubicles, a desk and ample shelving. Almost everything you'll want or need to do in Montmartre will be a stone's throw up or down the hill.
Price range: Top-end
Hôtel de Danemark, a positively scrumptious boutique hotel southwest of the Jardin du Luxembourg, has 15 very tastefully furnished rooms and eclectic contemporary decor contrasting with ancient stone walls. The guestrooms, well soundproofed and generously sized for a boutique hotel in central Paris, contain original artwork - though not all of it is museum-quality. Internet access is via wi-fi throughout the hotel. Higher priced rooms have jacuzzis in the bathrooms. Montparnasse, with all its bars, brasseries and cinemas, is a short stroll away.
Hôtel de Nice
Price range: Mid-range
This is an especially warm, family-run place with 23 comfortable rooms. It's a very personal hotel, with the owner's tastes apparent throughout. Every square inch of wall space is used to display old prints, covers of the Petit Journal magazine and the odd 19th-century painting. Both the public areas and the guestrooms are full of Second Empire-style furniture, their parquet floors covered with kilims and Indian carpets. There are balconies off guestrooms on three of the five floors, some of them quite long. Unfortunately there is no lift between the ground and 1st floors but the fabulous old staircase takes your mind off the climb.
For a full hotel listing visit http://www.visitfrance.co.uk/paris-hotels.cfm