Finding a cool, cheap hotel in Paris is hard work, so we settled for a cool, moderately priced hotel instead. Hotel Le Citizen is located right on the banks of Canal Saint-Martin, an area heaving with hip restaurants, cute local cafes and wine bars serving cheese boards until late into the night (the class, Parisian alternative to a kebab).
The hotel itself is small and minimally decorated, with just 12 rooms on its dinky site. But it has everything you need for a short break - a convenient location near a major Metro station, big, comfortable beds and great views overlooking the canal. Small touches like the iPads, bouji bathroom toiletries, and gourmet snacks provided in every room elevate the experience and justify the extra expense. The staff are lovely, too.