Rent an apartment or house.

Photographer Renee Jacobs of Los Angeles, who has made five trips to Paris in the last six months to work on a book, pays as little as $130 a night to stay there. She uses online rental agencies to find apartments. "The one I loved the most was 85 or 90 euros per night," she said. "It's incredibly small. But you stick your head out the window, and you have an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower." Renting affords her privacy and "phenomenal" savings on food, she said. Book through an established vacation rental service, such as, or; in Paris, Jacobs has used Pay by credit card, which offers fraud protection that cash transactions do not.
Charles Osgood
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