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TravelThe best hotel alternatives in Paris for the 2024 Olympics

The best hotel alternatives in Paris for the 2024 Olympics

You’ve probably already heard this, but the Olympics are coming to Paris this summer. If you are, too, you’ll need someplace to stay.

As we’ve previously reported, hotel availability is scarce in the City of Light. In fact, in many cases, popular hotels have already been sold out for months.

But don’t despair: There are several accommodation alternatives that will put you in the heart of the action while also providing incredibly comfortable stays. Best of all, these options provide unique stays and currently still have space for the July 23 to Aug. 11 Olympic stretch.

Here are three top accommodation alternatives for the Olympics that are still available to book.

Viking River Cruises 


How about making your home away from home a floating one? Viking has several sailings on its “Paris and the Heart of Normandy” Seine river cruises that coincide with the Olympics and are not yet sold out. These cruises spend the first two nights in Paris and conclude with one additional night back in the City of Light. The itinerary also involves a stop in Normandy, France, where you can commemorate the 80th anniversary of D-Day.

Although the ships usually dock in sight of the Eiffel Tower, the Seine is being used for long-distance swimming events (no, really, I’m not making this up), so no commercial boats are allowed to dock or sail on the river during the Olympics. Instead, Viking will use the port of Le Pecq, a suburb about 22 miles west of the city.

I docked here on a recent Viking Seine cruise when the river was too high to make navigating the city’s 37 bridges possible, and it was charming. There’s an easy-to-navigate train that takes passengers into the heart of Paris in about 40 minutes. However, the location is perhaps best suited for reaching Olympic events that will take place on the west side of the city. The Centre Aquatique Olympique, where water polo, diving and synchronized swimming competitions will occur, is just 6 miles from Le Pecq — a much more convenient option than circumnavigating the busy Paris streets.

The departure dates I found with availability include a sailing from July 30 to Aug. 6. The first two nights and the last one are spent in Paris. Rates start at $3,000 per person for a seven-night sailing.

Related: 2024 Paris Olympics: How I used points and miles to save money on business-class flights and hotel nights

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Paris Perfect 

Kitchen in Paris Perfect’s apartment. MELISSA KLURMAN/THE POINTS GUY

I first tried Paris Perfect during a special birthday trip a few years ago. These are elegantly furnished apartments, all in prime sightseeing locations.

What makes them different from, say, Airbnb is that you’re not dealing with individual owners in an app-based environment. Instead, this is a management company that vets each unit and oversees all the apartments in the program, so they all have the same amenities, including hotel-worthy sheets and towels.

My duplex apartment felt like a boutique hotel but with multiple bedrooms and bathrooms, plus a well-appointed kitchen. It even had a small balcony with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

For the Olympics, Paris Perfect still has availability, but it also has some rules. There’s a five-night minimum stay, and while you can cancel prior to 60 days out, when you hit the rapidly approaching two-month deadline before the Olympics, payments will be nonrefundable.

Among the properties I found with availability for the opening ceremonies was the Saint Chinian, a three-bedroom, two-bathroom apartment in the swanky Seventh Arrondissement. It’s currently priced at $968 a night (note that there’s a seven-night minimum and an additional Paris tourist tax and damage waiver fee).

Related: A great hotel with even better views: What to know about the Hyatt Regency Paris Etoile



If you’re looking for the perfect combination of a luxury Paris home and the ability to earn (or use) points for your rental, consider booking with Onefinestay, which participates in the Accor Live Limitless loyalty program.

For the Olympics, the company is not only offering its super plush multibedroom apartments in prime locations but also a range of special concierge services. For example, they can arrange private transportation to any of the 25 Olympic venues around the city and book exclusive sports lessons with top trainers so you can get into the spirit of the games. Additionally, Onefinestay will even provide Olympic gear in support of your country’s bid to win.

All of this, plus services like private chefs to whip up French delicacies in your personal kitchen (so you can watch the games from your Parisian living room), makes Onefinestay a great option for anyone looking to get pampered while enjoying the Olympic Games.

One option with full availability in July and August is the Rue de l’Yvette, which was built with the same iron frames and crafting techniques as the Eiffel Tower and also served as the former atelier of renowned sculptor Henri Bouchard. The four-bedroom, three-bathroom, three-story home can accommodate seven people and even has a private garden. There’s a minimum seven-night stay during the Olympics, with prices per night starting at $1,600 (plus taxes).

Bottom line

If you’re heading to the Olympics in Paris and have waited too long to find a hotel option, you don’t have to settle for less-than-thrilling accommodations. Instead, consider alternatives such as luxury vacation rentals or even a river cruise to see the games in style. But don’t delay — the Olympics will be here faster than you can say “100-meter dash.”

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