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
There is no conference hotel for FOCS. Paris has over 1500 hotels, with an average of 50 rooms per hotel (most have far fewer rooms).
Hotel rooms in Paris are generally very 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 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.
You can find numerous rentals on AirBnB and other sites. Bed and breakfast options can be found on “Gites de France”.
Reliable hotel listings
- Timeout Paris
- Le Fooding A French guide recently bought out by Michelin.
- Institut Henri Poincaré suggests hotels to visiting researchers, mostly around the Quartier Latin, but their list also includes a good selection of low-budget options.
Walking distance from main conference venue:
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
SoPi or “South of Pigalle” (9th arrondissement) is one of the more recent up-and-coming parts of the city, with many shops and hip restaurants, bakeries and cafés on and around rue des Martyrs. Accessible by metro line 12, about 25 minutes from the conference venue.
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. One of the organisers favours Port Royal Hotel as a good budget choice with impeccably clean and airy rooms.