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02/02/2012 08:00 am ET Updated Apr 03, 2012

16 Paris Hotels That Won't Break The Bank

Regardless of how many times I've been to Paris, I still go through an extensive research process for hotels each and every time. After hours of online research and on-the-ground visits for my most recent visit, I came up with a curated list of hotels in the three-to-four star range. There are also a number of apartment stays which I don't include -- although Airbnb and Special Apartments are great sites if you're interested in studios or two-to-four bedroom options, many of which are very centrally located.

Le Vignon Hotel. 4 Star. 23 rue Vignon. Located about a block from the Madeleine metro stop on Ligne 12, it's a fairly convenient hotel in the $200 range. Some of their rooms have vibrant colors and while the rooms are "simple," they also have a modern and funky flare to them and the price is reasonable for the location.

Hotel Astotel, Opera. 4 Star. 29 rue de Caumartin. Hotel Astotel is located close to the Opera Garnier, department stores, Place Vendome and Rue de la Paix at the heart of the Theater District and Business Centers.

Astotel - Hotel Lorette. 3 Star. 36 rue Notre Dame de Lorette. This hotel is more basic than the first two I list and not as centrally located. If you are trying to stick to a budget, Hotel Lorette, located in the north, not far from Montmartre and the Sacred Heart, may be a good option for you.

Astotel - Hotel Joyce. 3 Star. 29 rue La Bruyere. Hotel Joyce is also more basic than the first two but a slight step above Hotel Lorette. Centrally located, it sits about a block and a half from Metro stop Saint Georges on Ligne 12 and it is also close to Opera.

Plaza Athenee. 4 Star. 25 avenue Montaigne. Conveniently located on the west side of Paris, near Arc de Triomphe and across the Seine from the Eiffel Tower. It is close to subway Ligne 9.

Hotel Bellechasse. 4 Star. 8 rue Bellechasse. The closet metro stop is on Ligne 12 (Solferino) although it is also a stone's throw from Musee D'Orsay stop on the RER. The lobby and all the rooms are funky, creative, colorful and uniquely decorated in almost a modern artistic style. That said, the rooms are very small so be sure to ask for a larger room if you're staying for awhile. It can be very noisy because it's a boutique hotel. The walls are not that thick so if you're not an early riser, be prepared to hear the cleaning lady in the room next to you vacuuming and changing the garbage.

Hotel Westminster. 4 Star. 13 rue de la Paix. Opera is the closet metro station, only located about 250 meters away from the entrance, and the Madeleine and Pyramides stops are also fairly closeby, around 700 meters away. The rooms, like at most Paris hotels are not large, with their standard rooms around 20 square meters and their executive rooms around 30 square meters. Located in their hotel is Le Celadon, a one Michelin Star restaurant which I didn't have a chance to try out.

Konfidentiel Paris. 4 Star. 64 rue de L'Arbre. Located in a restored 15th-century building, not far from Le Louvre and St. Honore Street, the rooms are individually done and depending on the room you get, you can feel as if you're in a king's palace. The room below, actually called the Suite Roi de France has a pretty vibrant and artistic backdrop behind the bed; gotta love it. Themes of each room refer to places, moments and strong figures in France's history, traveling from the world of the Kings of France to that of Marie-Antoinette by staying on the side of the Pont Neuf, rediscovering Moliere or by reliving The French Revolution.

Intercontinental, of which there are two. Le Grand Hotel is on 2 rue Scribe and the other is on 64 Avenue Marceau. Its Empire style borne of Napoleon's love of grandeur shows through and its in the heart of shopping, theatre and banking districts, close to the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme and Le Louvre Museum.

Hotel Balzac. 4 Star. 9 rue Balzac. Located close to Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe, this hotel is near rue Faubourg Saint Honore and La Defense. Superior rooms tout 20 meters or more as well as marble bathrooms with showers. (Don't assume in Paris that you will have a shower.) Some of their rooms have a view of the Eiffel Tower, but this is a supplemental €100 based upon availability. Their continental breakfast is pricey at €28 per person or €38 for an American breakfast. Skip it and head to a local patisserie for a croissant or other pastry.

Hotel Vigny. 4 Star. 9 rue Balzac, next to the Hotel Balzac. As above, located near the Champs Elysees and Arc de Triomphe. The executive rooms are around 22 meters in size.

Hotel Caron de Beaumarchais. 3 Star. 12 rue Vieille-du-Temple. They tout 19 charming rooms, each uniquely decorated in Victorian style. The rooms are very small, but the place is charming including its lobby, and it is in the middle of the Marais, so very convenient to trendy shops and fabulous restaurants.

Hotel De Lille, 2-3 Star. 40 rue de Lille. Located in the heart of the aristocratic quarter, on Paris' Left Bank, de Lille is both charming and cordial but small. The location is ideal however as it is a stone's throw from the d'Orsay and Louvre museums and from the famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés area. Breakfast is served as per Parisian baker tradition, in the vaulted "Saint-Germain" room, a vestige of the cellars that help characterize the neighborhood. Metro stops close by are the Musee D'Orsay RER and the Rue Du Bac on Ligne 12.

Melia Le Colbert Hotel. 4 Star. This hotel is a 19th-century mansion located in the Latin Quarter, across the river from Notre Dame. It is also 500 meters from the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon and three miles from the Louvre and Eiffel Tower.

Hotel Astor Saint-Honoré. 4 Star. 11 rue D'Astorg. It is located between the quarters of the Champs Elysees and the Opera, close by the Seine river and not too far from the Champs Elysees and the boutiques on Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honore. The hotel is located on a relatively quiet street and has 128 rooms.

Le Jardin de Marais. 4 Star. 74 Rue Amelot. Located in buildings inspired by Gustave Eiffel, all rooms overlook the hotel's internal garden and the bathrooms are decorated in marble.