Think of Paris, and you might imagine the Eiffel Tower glittering at night, or picnic baskets filled with brie, baguettes, and traditional French wine. You probably also think: expensive.
Fortunately, the rise of Airbnb has made the City of Light more affordable than ever — at least for accommodations.
Of course, the time of year matters quite a bit when you're trying to budget for a trip to Paris. In November, for example, airfares drop and the summer crowds have thinned. But even if you want to visit this iconic destination during peak tourism times, a vacation rental can help trim the overall cost.
A search on Airbnb for an entire, private apartment for two people during a week in the fall turned up these attractive properties with seriously appealing price tags. Value-conscious travelers should consider renting one of these pied-à-terres for their trip to Paris.Panthéon Walkup
This bright Rive Gauche walkup with ceiling-high windows is in a hip area near the Jardin du Luxembourg. Ernest Hemingway lived in this building during the 1920s, making this Airbnb perfect for bibliophiles. Rates start at $131 a night.Marais Duplex
This quirky duplex offers a top-notch location right by the historic Marais quarter, and starts at $150 a night. Apartment amenities include complimentary coffee and tea, high-speed Wi-Fi, and a washing machine.Le Centre Pompidou Studio
Another funky spot, this apartment can sleep four (though it’s probably best-suited for fewer people), and includes a loft bed. The ideal location puts travelers within walking distance of Le Centre Pompidou, and is also close to Notre Dame. Rates start at $120 a night.Beaubourg One-bedroom
You might feel like you’re cruising the Seine, thanks to the porthole windows in this sixth-floor one-bedroom Airbnb. The apartment was recently refreshed, and boasts a convenient location and unbeatable rate ($105 per night).Montmartre One-bedroom
Feel like a true Parisian in this Montmarte one-bedroom for just $90 a night. The apartment comes with many amenities, including international cable, Wi-Fi, a Nespresso machine, and a DVD player.Pompidou One-bedroom
Wooden beams and Mid-century Modern furniture make this light-filled apartment extra charming. The central location (near the Louvre and Le Centre Pompidou), $91 a night rate, and relatively spacious floor plan make up for the small shower.Arc de Triomphe Studio
At $210 per night, this studio is a bit pricier than other rentals on this list, but comparable to (or cheaper than) most hotels in Paris. Guests will love the floor-to-ceiling windows, balconies, and proximity to the Arc de Triomphe.Duplex Opéra
This bright, modern duplex is located in the 19th Arrondissement, a beautiful and happening neighborhood with fewer American tourists than some of the more mainstream areas. With a queen bed and courtyard views, this property is great for a romantic getaway. Rates start at $165 a night.