Jul 23, 2014

    'Pay what you want,' 5 Paris hotels tell guests


    FIVE Paris hotels on Monday launched a scheme allowing guests to "pay what you want".

    The three- and four-star hotels taking part are located in the city's ninth and 11th districts - near the city's tourist centres.

    The owners are bullish about the prospects and confident that clients will not abuse the scheme.

    Tourists often complain about high hotel-room rates in Paris and tiny rooms. France attracts more tourists than any other country in the world.

    The scheme will run until Aug 10 and will be available for only one night. Tourists have to make bookings through the website

    Participating hotels include Hotel Plaza Opera, La Villa Boheme and Hotel Tour d'Auvergne.

    "It's a fair-price operation, one of confidence in the client," said Aldric Duval, the head of the Hotel Tour d'Auvergne and the man who came up with the idea.

    Guests will pay whatever they want, based on their impression of the hotel, the room and the service.

    The experiment could be extended if it works and clients don't abuse it.

    Fears of cheapskate guests do not faze Si Zyad Si Hocine - owner of one of the participating hotels, the Grand Hotel Francais in the east of the city - who said he was confident "guests will pay a fair price".

    So far, the hotels taking part have set aside only two to three rooms each under the scheme.