Booking a Hotel in Paris
When and how to reserve a room in the French capital...
Paris has the following high and low seasons:
- High season: March to July, September and October
- Low season: August, and November to February
These dates are only a general guideline and in no way guarantee inexpensive rates during the supposed "low season." Conventions, trade fairs and fashion showings can also affect prices.
- Fashion weeks: January and July (couture), March and October (ready-to-wear)
- Trade fairs: spring and autumn (fall)
Reservations and fees
Reservations between May and October should be booked six weeks in advance. Reservation by telephone generally requires a major credit card. Confirmation by mail or fax is strongly advised during the high season.
In many cases, full payment can be made in advance. The hotel's cancellation of your prepaid reservation constitutes violation of a contractual agreement. Should this happen, seek redress through the city's official tourist office.
Notify the hotel if you anticipate checking in after 18:00 - you could risk losing your room otherwise. Same-day reservations can be made in person at branches of the Office de Tourisme de Paris. A nominal fee is charged depending on the hotel category.
A room tax (taxe de séjour) of €0.20 to €1.50 is charged per person, per night.
Double-occupancy rooms with twin beds are generally more expensive than those with a double bed. Single occupancy is in many cases as expensive as double.
Rooms without a bathroom are typically 20 percent less expensive.
Standard bed sizes: single 90 x 190cm; double 140 x 190cm or 160 x 200cm.
Breakfast is generally included in the room rate.