The best places to stay in four price ranges: budget ($), moderate ($$), expensive ($$$), and luxury ($$$$)

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Hôtel de l'Avre
"Impeccable! A superb garden, a warm welcome, and well priced."—Tatiana de Beaumont, editor, Hotels of Character and Charm in Paris. Attractive rooms in a peaceful residential area, not far from the Parc du Champ de Mars. 21 Rue de l'Avre; Métro: La Motte Picquet Grenelle; tel. 33 (0) 1 45 75 31 03. www.hoteldelavre.com

Hôtel de Nesle
On the Left Bank in walking distance of Notre Dame; no elevator, no breakfast, no phones, no TVs, a few rooms have shared bathrooms—but a warm welcome and buckets of quirky bohemian charm. 7 Rue de Nesle; Métro: Odéon; tel. 33 (0) 1 43 54 62 41. www.hoteldenesleparis.com

Le Village Hostel
Clean budget digs in the multicultural Montmartre district, two minutes from the Sacré-Coeur steps; shared kitchen and common room great for making new friends; breakfast included. 20 Rue d'Orsel; Métro: Anvers; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 64 22 02. www.villagehostel.fr

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Hotel Amour
"Trendy hotel with trendier restaurant, simple decor, high coolness credentials and low prices; rooms are tiny, two rooms are decorated with artwork by graffiti artist André, owner of Paris's hottest clubs."—Heidi Ellison, editor, www.Paris-Update.com. Low on creature comforts, but a buzzing party scene. 8 Rue Navarin; Métro: Saint-Georges; tel. 33 (0) 1 48 78 31 80.

Hôtel Castex
Within storming distance of the Place de la Bastille; restrained rates and revamped 17th-century decor; families are catered to with a triple and a family room. 5 Rue Castex; Métro: Bastille; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 72 31 52. www.castexhotel.com

Hotel des Grandes Écoles
Fifty-one sweet, old-fashioned wallpapered rooms near the Panthéon, overlooking a leafy inner courtyard; family friendly. 75 Rue de Cardinal Lemoine; Métro: Cardinal Lemoine; tel. 33 (0) 1 43 26 79 23. www.hotel-grandes-ecoles.com

Hôtel des Grands Hommes
Eighteenth-century building; 31 rooms with Napoleonic details and antiques; many offer stately views of the domed Panthéon. 17 Place du Panthéon; Métro: Cardinal Lemoine; tel. 33 (0) 1 46 34 19 60. www.hoteldesgrandshommes.com

Hôtel Thérèse
Near Palais Royal and the Louvre; 43 quietly elegant rooms with a retro 1940s vibe. 5/7 Rue Thérèse; Métro: Pyramides; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 96 10 01. www.hoteltherese.com

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Five Hotel
"Small hotel in quiet location, clever designer decor, special lighting effects, divine scents."—Heidi Ellison. Only five minutes from lively Rue Mouffetard market; rooms decorated with Chinese lacquerware. 3 Rue Flatters; Métro: Les Gobelins; tel. 33 (0) 1 43 31 74 21. www.thefivehotel.com

Le General Hotel
Modern decor in dessert-tray colors; near Rue Oberkampf and its bars popular with the arty set. 5/7 Rue Rampon; Métro: République; tel. 33 (0) 1 47 00 41 57. www.legeneralhotel.com

Hôtel du Petit Moulin
Seventeen flamboyant rooms designed by fashion mogul Christian Lacroix above what was one of the oldest bakeries in Paris; near Rue Charlot's art galleries, vintage furniture shops, and boutiques. 29/31 Rue du Poitou; Métro: St-Sébastien Froissart; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 74 10 10. www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com

Hotel Standard Design
"Black-and-white design chic, warmed through with friendliness."—Anthony Peregrine, travel writer, the Sunday Times. Near the Bastille and the hip former working-class Saint-Antoine neighborhood. 29 Rue des Tallandiers; Métro: Bastille; tel. 33 (0) 1 48 05 30 97. www.standard-hotel.com

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L'Hôtel
One of the most romantic hotels in Paris; recently renovated; a bijou pool and steam room in the vaulted stone cellars; gourmet restaurant; cozy, seductive bar. 13 Rue des Beaux-Arts; Métro: Saint Germain des-Prés; tel. 33 (0) 1 44 41 99 00. www.l-hotel.com

Murano Urban Resort
"Fun and hip contemporary style in the artsy north Marais district; fingerprint sensor door locks and pop-art decorated rooms à la Austin Powers; vodka bar popular with the fashion crowd."—Heather Stimmler-Hall, writer, www.SecretsofParis.com. Spa. 13 Boulevard du Temple; Métro: Filles du Calvaire; tel. 33 (0) 1 42 71 20 00. www.muranoresort.com

Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme
"Sleek and sexy luxury hotel; haute cuisine restaurant and lounge bar; state-of-the-art technology and under-floor heating in the bathrooms."—Heather Stimmler-Hall. Near the ritzy jewelry shops of Place Vendôme. 5 Rue de la Paix; Métro: Opéra; tel. 33 (0) 1 58 71 12 34. www.paris.vendome.hyatt.com

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