Ok I'm going to say something controversial. I think there is plenty available in Paris at better prices than other capital cities. I have had to pay way more in Amsterdam, Rome, Madrid, etc. Not to mention NYC or Washington DC. Another happy shock is when I stay in US hotels sometimes the taxes added on at the end (hotel stayers don't vote so easy to sock them) are staggering such as $20 a night. in Paris the whammo at the end was more like $2 a night. Are there great $99-109 hotels no. So if you are comparing Paris to remote rural Courtyards by Marriott-- which can be $79-not a great comparison and believe me in the US I love to pay $99-129 a night myself even in cities!!! Both my college roommate and I separately have found nice rooms in nice places in the Marais for $200/night. Just know the rooms and the elevators are small and staffing is low--so don't expect bellmen to be porting bags--frankly, I found that a relief. That's part of the idea of travel-things aren't supposed to be the same in every country--and frankly the move towards sameness is a disappointment to me......except in the area of toilets--my first trips to Paris through 1987 I did find Turkish toilets to my surprise--not in 2012 or 2009 . In fact as long as I'm on WC, do see the high end futristic Toto Japanese one in the Colette store basement. And you can find, but not universally, the high speed high fast hand dryers in many locations.