Last winter, we loved Switzerland’s creative “pay what you want” hotel initiative—and for three weeks this summer, Paris is following in its neighbor’s footsteps. Now through August 10—peak high season—five Right Bank hotels in the City of Light are letting guests spend the night and then decide what they think their experience is worth.
Because nothing in life is completely free, you do have to pay a flat rate of $23 (17 Euros) when you reserve a room online through the program's website. Stays are limited to one night, and each hotel is only saving two or three rooms for this special promotion.
As for the participating hotels, there’s the design-forward boutique hotel Tour d'Auvergne, set near the Opera House in the 9th Arrondissement. A double room there the night of August 7 starts at 164 Euros. Also in the 9th, Villa Bohéme—a few minutes from Moulin Rouge and Montmartre—has 23 rooms decorated with fun pops of color. (A double room the same night starts at 118.75 Euros.)
But visitors aren’t the only ones who benefit from this special. After a stay, guests will evaluate the hotel, which will then learn about which areas need improvement. The T+L take: It’s a win-win.
Brooke Porter Katz is an Associate Editor at Travel + Leisure. Follow her on Twitter at @brookeporter1.