Paris is an expensive city, but there is good-value accommodation on offer, whether you stay in one of the many hostels or the cheaper hotels. There are options across the city, some central, some lively and many lifted by nice touches like organic breakfasts or flea-market antiques. We’ve listed some of our favourites. More institutional hostels have daytime lock-outs and curfews; some have a maximum three-night stay. Places with upper age limits tend not to enforce them except at the busiest of times. Official auberges de jeunesse (youth hostels) require guests to have Hostelling International (HI) cards or their equivalent. Hostel rates often include breakfast. Cheaper hotels may not have lifts and/or air conditioning, but free wi-fi is increasingly widespread. Breakfast is rarely included in hotel rates, and some budget hotels don’t accept credit cards. Rates and crowds peak in Paris during the warmer months (April to October) and on weekends at any time of year. Book well in advance if you’re travelling then, or over Christmas/New Year.