Parisian Living

Recession-Friendly Travel: Comparing Luxury Hotel Rates With Luxury Apartment Rates

by Genevieve Sandifer

Same services, same amenities, drastically different budgets

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When you think vacation, what first springs to mind? Finally getting a full night’s sleep in luxurious sheets, sleeping in ‘til noon, lifelong friendships that spring from random chance encounters in corner cafés, soaking in the sun without a care in the world… But as you surely well know, thanks to falling currencies and the pervasive doom-and-gloom attitude, everyone is being a little more careful about throwing money away for a little square of paradise. Staying in “budget” hotels, though, can often be worse than not getting away at all: questionable cleanliness, rude concierges, cigarette-tinged rooms, second-rate sheets and towels… you’d be better off at home.

We made a few calls, did a little research and put together a shortlist of the rates of some of Paris’ notable higher-end hotels, and compared them to how much you would spend for the same standards of luxury in a Haven in Paris property — to show you show you just how advantageous having your own home away from home can be. Click through for step-by-step price comparisons…

Now, more than ever, renting an apartment seems like the only way to have the living standards you’re looking for, without shelling out the inflated rates hotels feel entitled to charge tourists desperate for a getaway. Luckily, there’s Haven in Paris. All of the Haven in Paris properties are outfitted with the amenities you’re used to finding in luxury hotels: plush and bountiful linens, fresh flowers and complementary wine, flat-screen TVs with international channels… Except HIP goes the extra mile. We provide expertly decorated, elegant spaces with breathtaking views instead of four-walls-and-a-bathroom; plentiful closet space instead of a luggage rack; fully equipped kitchens with state-of-the-art appliances instead of a limited, overpriced room-service menu; computers and free WIFI instead of minute-rates for internet service you can’t seem to connect to. With all this, it’s hard to believe it costs less to stay in one of our luxurious properties – but it is! And we can prove it.

First, take a look at our weekly prices*:

Livingstone penthouse – 775 euros/week for 2 people (studio, 1 bath), or approx 55 euros/night/person

Elzevir – 1550 euros/week for 4 people (1 bedroom, 1 bath), or approx 55 euros/night/person

Rosiers – 1850 euros/week for 4 people (2 bedrooms, 1 bath), or approx 60 euros/night/person

St Germain Luxe – 2295 euros/week for 4 people (2 bedrooms, 2 bath) or approx 82 euros/night/person

Monceau – 2300 euros/week for 6 people (2 bedrooms, 2 bath, real sofabed in living room), or approx 55 euros/night/person

Roi Doré – 3350 euros/week for 8 people (3 bedrooms, 2 bath, sofa bed in living room), or approx 60 euros/night/person

… and that’s just a taste of the more than 20 handpicked properties we offer.

Now take a look at the rates of hotels offering the same type of amenities and standards of hospitality (in order of least to most expensive)*:

Mama Shelter:
2 people, rates ranging from 89 to 219 euros/night
4 people, rates ranging from 178 to 438 euros/night
Average week for 2 people: 1078, or 77 euros/night/person
Average week for 4 people: 2156 euros, or 77 euros/night/person

Hotel Particulier Montmartre:
2 people in standard room: 290 euros/night
4 people in luxury suite (2 beds, 1 bath): 490 euros/night
Average week for two people: 2030 euros, or 145 euros /night/person
Average week for four people: 3430 euros, or 123 euros/night/person

Hotel Montalembert:
2 people in standard queen room: 320 euros/night
4 people in adjoining rooms: 400 euros/room/night = 800 euros/night
Average week for two people: 2240, or 160 euros/person/night
Average week for four people: 5600, or 200 euros/person/night

Hotel Costes:
2 people in a standard room, with a queen-sized bed: 550 euros/night
4 people in two standard rooms: 1100 euros/night
Average week for two people: 3850 euros
Average week for four people: 7700 euros
Average price/person/night: 275 euros/night/person

Hotel Le Bristol:
2 people, standard room: 750 euros/night
4 people in 2 adjacent rooms with a living room: 3150 euros/night
Average week for 2 people: 5250 euros, or 375 euros/night/person
Average week for 4 people: 22,050, or 787 euros/night/person

Hotel George V:
2 people, standard rooms without living area: 730 – 895 euros/night
2 people, rooms with small living area: 1040 euros/night
4 people, suite communicating with deluxe room: 2890/night
Average week for 2 people: 6218, or 444 euros/night/person
Average week for 4 people: 20,230, or 722 euros/night/person

… need we say more? Visit us at for a full list of affordable luxury vacation apartments.

*Prices listed based on low-season, non-discounted rates

**Prices listed are approximate, not guaranteed and based on low-season rates.

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Genevieve Sandifer

Genevieve was born in New York City and raised between London and Paris. Genevieve is part of the Haven in Paris team and is the editor of the Hip Paris blog. Unable to stay away from Paris for too long, she now splits her time between New York, Honolulu and Paris, where she keeps tabs on the Haven in Paris properties and service providers and scours the city for great bistros, cocktail bars and vintage stores. View Genevieve Sandifer's Website

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