We recommend that you book your hotel early, as October is a rather busy period for Paris.
The main conference venue is located in the centre of the 7th arrondissement of Paris, near metro lines 8, 12, and 13 and RER C. See the Transportation section for more details on transportation to the conference venue.
Hotels in Paris: what to expect
Paris has over 1500 hotels, with an average of 50 rooms per hotel (most have far fewer rooms). There is no specific conference hotel for FOCS. Below we give some general information about hotels in Paris, as well as a short guide to some neighborhoods and their hotels.
Hotel rooms in Paris are generally small. The official star rating regulates amenities and room size. Double rooms in 4 and 5 star hotels are required to be at least 16 square metres and rooms in 2 and 3 star hotels are at least 9 and 13 square metres. 3 star hotels must have televisions, 4 star hotels must have air conditioning and internet access, 5 star hotels must have room service. Some 2-star hotels can meet most of the 3- or 4-star requirements (such as internet access and television) and can be just as welcoming and pleasant. Hotel pricing depend on the location, and hotels in the central arrondissements (1-8) will typically be more expensive that hotels a bit further off the tourist radar. If you require a particular amenity, ask the hotel before making a reservation. Book early if you have a specific hotel in mind.
Even if you have paid in full before arriving, you may be required to pay the “taxe de séjour” (occupancy tax) upon arrival, varying between 1 and 5 Euros per day and per person, depending on the star rating of your hotel.
The (€) signs below indicate approximate rate levels for single rooms: (€) indicates up to 100 €, (€€) indicates 100-150 €, (€€€) indicates 150-200 €, and (€€€€) indicates over 200 €.
The map at the bottom of the page shows the locations of the hotels listed below.
You can find numerous rentals on AirBnB and other sites. Bed and breakfast options can be found on “Gites de France”.
Reliable hotel listings
- Institut Henri Poincaré suggests hotels to visiting researchers, mostly around the institute itself and the nearby Quartier Latin (spanning parts of the 5th and 6th arrondissements of Paris), but their list also includes a good selection of low-budget options.
- Timeout Paris
- Le Fooding A French guide recently bought out by Michelin.
Walking distance from main conference venue:
Invalides (7th arrondissement) The neighborhood hosts the main conference venue (and also the parliament and other monuments) as well as a small number of close by hotels such as Hotel Bourgogne et Montana (€€€€), Hotel d’Orsay (€€€€), and Best Western Tour-Eiffel-Invalides (€€€€).
Saint Germain (6th arrondissement) Probably the most convenient for the conference is the Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood, with many hotels, legendary cafés, theatres, cinemas, and bookstores. About 20 minutes away by foot, heading East from the conference venue. For example, Hotel Bonaparte (€€), Hotel Clement (€€€) and Hotel Welcome (€€) are recommended according to online reviews, as well as the Grand Hotel des Balcons (€).
Rue Cler (7th arrondissement) To the West, rue Cler is a small market street with many cafes and restaurants and a handful of hotels, about 15 minutes by foot. For example, Hotel Beaugency (€€) and Hotel Champ de Mars (€€€) are close to each other and are recommended according to online reviews.
Nord Marais (3rd arrondissement) The historical Marais neighborhood is accessible by Metro line 8, to the North side, and lines 12+1 (to the South side). Line 1 is one of the busiest lines at rush hour so favor the North part of the Marais, host to the Musée Picasso and the second best coffee in Paris according to some of the organisers (Fragments). For example, Hotel Beaumarchais (€€) is recommended according to online reviews.
Quartier Latin (5th arrondissement) A well-loved neighborhood known for its university and research centres and the Jardin du Luxembourg. About 20 minutes by RER C, 40 minutes by foot, or an easy 15 minute ride by bike along the river or along Boulevard Saint-Germain. For example, Hotel Andre Latin (€€) is recommended according to online reviews. See also the listing of the Institut Henri Poincaré for hotels in this area.
Off the beaten track:
Plaisance South of Montparnasse (14th arrondissement) A short metro ride away on line 13 (metros Plaisance or Pernety), Plaisance hosts a quiet residential neighborhood with many restaurants, boulangeries, cheese shops, etc. along rue Raymond Losserand. Hotels in this area are much less expensive than in the tourist centre. Coffee lovers should stop for coffee at Hexagone, the best coffee in Paris according to one of the organisers. For example, Hotel Atelier Montparnasse (€€) and Hotel la Maison Montparnasse (€) are recommended according to online reviews.
Gobelins (5th arrondissement) 20 minutes away by bus 83 (plus walking and waiting for a total of about 30 minutes, not accounting for traffic) is another quiet residential neighborhood close to the Jardin des Plantes and rue Mouffetard. For example, Grand Hotel Gobelins (€€) and Hotel Henriette (€€) are recommended according to online reviews (the latter also recommended in both TimeOut and Le Fooding). One of the organisers favours Port Royal Hotel (€) as a good budget choice with impeccably clean and airy rooms.