Where to Stay in Paris for Your First Visit: 10 Best Neighborhoods & Hotels
Once you’ve chosen the dates for your trip to Paris and booked your flight reservations to France, the next decision you’ll make is the one that many people struggle with the most: What is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris?
Especially if you’re making your first visit to Paris, you may be wondering which district is closest to everything – all the top “bucket list” attractions such as the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe, Notre Dame, the Louvre? Which are the best places to stay in Paris for a first-time visit? Where should you stay if you’re traveling with kids? What areas look like the Paris you’ve seen in the movies? Which areas should you avoid?
Deciding where to book your hotel can feel overwhelming – but the good news is there is not just one or two best places to stay in Paris, but many wonderful neighborhoods.
So you really have to make just two choices: select the best neighborhood for what you want to see and do, and then pick the perfect hotel or apartment with the right mix of amenities and rates to fit your budget.
To make selecting the best place to stay in Paris easy for you, we’ve put together our recommendations for the best central Paris neighborhoods for first-time and returning visitors based on different interests with suggestions for hotels.
So how do you choose which neighborhood is perfect for your stay? We recommend 10 different areas for your first (or return) visit to Paris based on your interests, along with hotel recommendations at different budget levels. Keep in mind that Paris hotel rates vary a lot by season – so even “budget” hotels can seem pricey in the summer while winter rates at luxury hotels may offer you a bargain.
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Top photo: Cafe on Ile Saint-Louis, a quiet neighborhood in a central location near everything, (c) Paris Discovery Guide
Where to Find the Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris: A Paris District (Arrondissement) Map
Since we’re going to be talking neighborhoods in several different districts (called arrondissements in French), here’s a map that shows you the city’s layout at a glance:
Paris arrondissement map showing the city’s layout with all 20 districts, the Seine River, and the 2 forested parklands
As you can see, Paris has 20 arrondissements numbered 1 through 20, and they spiral out clockwise from the city’s center. The blue line is the Seine River. The area above it is the Right Bank, and those below are the Left Bank. See the two tiny islands in the middle of the Seine? The larger one is Île de la Cité where you’ll find Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle, and other historical sites, and the smaller one is Île Saint-Louis, a mostly residential area packed with elegant 17th and 18th century homes.
Most of the best places to stay in Paris when you want to be close to everything are the central “single digit” districts numbered 1 through 9. This is where you’ll find most of the top “bucket list” Paris attractions, and staying in neighborhoods in these areas lets you make the best use of your time.
The 10 Best Neighborhoods in Paris for First-Time (& Return) Visitors
With only one exception, all of our recommended Paris neighborhoods are located in the city’s central core – the single-digit arrondissements (1-9) within close walking distance of most famous attractions and iconic experiences such as a cruise down the Seine River.
Only Montmartre is further out, but the metro makes getting around fast and easy.
1. Best Paris Neighborhood for First Time Visitors Who Want to Be Close to Top Attractions: Louvre/Palais Royal/Tuileries, 1st Arrondissement
Tuileries Garden and Palais du Louvre in May
Are you planning your first trip to Paris and want to experience as many of the city’s most famous attractions as possible?
Staying in the lively 1st arrondissement neighborhood around the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden – sometimes called “Royal Paris” because French kings and queens once called this area “home” – puts you close to many of Paris’s most famous sightseeing destinations. And, if you’re not sure about your ability to speak well (or at all) in French, you’ll appreciate how much English and other world languages are spoken in this district.
This is where you’ll find the Mona Lisa at the Louvre, spectacular stained glass at Sainte Chapelle, the almost-hidden Palais Royal Garden, designer boutiques along Rue Saint Honoré, sparkling jewelers around Place Vendôme, and one of the city’s elegant 19th century arcades, Galerie Vero Dodat. Tuileries Garden (Jardin du Tuileries) offers gorgeous places to sit and relax, a fun carnival in the summer, and the city’s liveliest Christmas Market in November and December. You can stroll along the Seine River or savor an evening dinner cruise, sip the rich hot chocolate at Angelina’s, and explore jazz clubs along Rue des Lombards.
You’ll see wonderful places to eat on just about every street and avenue in this neighborhood – everything from casual bakery/cafes to romantic bistros to Michelin-starred restaurants to the city’s best Asian cuisine along Rue Sainte Anne.
An easy walk or a short metro ride takes you to other top attractions: the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Orsay Museum famous for Impressionist and Post-Impressionist art, the Arc de Triomphe, Champs Élysées, Sacre Coeur and Montmartre.
At first glance, bustling shopping streets such Rue de Rivoli, Avenue de l’Opéra, and Rue Saint Honoré make the neighborhood seem rather commercial, so explore the small side streets to experience the district’s quieter and more charming side.
Where to Stay in Louvre/Tuileries
5-Star Palace Hotels
- Mandarin Oriental Paris – A courtyard garden, Eiffel Tower views from some windows, and serene decor make this 177 guestroom oasis a center of tranquility and luxury on a haute couture-filled block on Rue Saint-Honoré near Place Vendôme
- Le Meurice – With lush decor and lovely Tuileries Garden views from many of its 160 guestrooms and suites, the Maurice offers family-friendly programs for kids and a wonderful spa with lots of pampering for adults
- Le Ritz Paris – With museum quality antiques in some of its 142 guestrooms and suites plus an iconic location on Place Vendôme, the 5-star Ritz is considered an honorary member of the exclusive Palace Hotels group
- – Once a private manor house and now a luxury boutique hotel with only 19 rooms, beautiful decor, an excellent art collection, and a fantastic staff, La Tamise is designed to make you feel at home – The 5-star Hotel du Louvre exudes Parisian elegance in a top-notch location only a 2-minute walk from the Louvre Museum
- – Highly rated 4-star Hotel Moliere features an ideal location on a quiet side street just 5-minutes from the Louvre, super-comfortable beds, an elegance ambiance, and superb staff who will make you feel welcome – Located on Rue Saint Honoré just 2 short blocks from Tuileries Garden between the Louvre and Place Vendôme, this 4-star boutique hotel with 68 guestrooms and suites, many with balconies, offers an ideal locatio
- – This upscale 3-star hotel with air conditioning occupies a wonderful 17th century building on a quiet street near chic cafes and great boutiques – Wonderful location very close to Palais Royal Garden and about a 6-minute walk to the Louvre Museum – sleeps 2
2. Best Neighborhood in Paris for Foodies: Les Halles, 1st & 2nd Districts
Au Pied de Cochon in the Les Halles neighborhood
American writer Ernest Hemingway described Paris as “a moveable feast” and although he meant that as a metaphor, Paris might in fact be the best city in the world for foodies. If your vision of the perfect Paris holiday includes exploring famous market streets, savoring wonderful cuisine, and shopping for top-rated French cookware, the Les Halles neighborhood occupying the northeast corner of the 1st arrondissement and a slice of the 2nd may be the perfect spot for your stay.
Although the huge Les Halles marketplace where Parisians got their food supply since the 15th century has been gone for five decades, replaced by an immense shopping center/metro and train station, many of the nearby cookware stores, iconic restaurants, and a pedestrian-only market street overflowing with cheese shops, patisseries, fresh produce and appealing cafes remain.
Stay nearby, and you can stroll along Rue Montorgueil to Stohrer’s for your morning pain au chocolat, enjoy Burgundy snails stuffed with garlic and parsley butter at L’Escargot for lunch, and dine on charcouterie at Au Pied de Cochon – or opt for a gourmet meal at Frenchie, steak-frites at Poulette, or the splurge-worthy tasting menu at 3-Michelin-stars Kei Restaurant.
In between meals, stock up on French kitchen and cooking supplies at Dehellerin, Mora, A. Simon, and G. Detou, catch an organ concert at nearby Église Saint Eustache (the only Paris church with a stained glass panel depicting pork butchery), or stroll over to the nearby Marais neighborhood where you’ll find countless other fantastic bistros as well as wonderful boutiques and specialty shops.
Bonus #1: The Les Halles neighborhood offers almost the same convenient access to top attractions as the Louvre/Tuileries neighborhood but is somewhat quieter and a lot less touristy.
Bonus #2: You’re next door to the Marais, with all its wonderful bistros, bars, and nightlife.
Where to Stay near Les Halles
- – 5-star hotel with a calm contemporary vibe, indoor swimming pool, fitness area, and spa
- The Hoxton – Luxurious 172-room hotel with super-comfy beds, high ceilings, and gorgeous windows in an elegant 18th century mansion
- – With 285 guestrooms, this 4-star hotel delivers the signature comfort of the Novotel brand in a wonderful location next to the glitzy Forum des Halles shopping mall – Wonderful location near Rue Montorgueil market street, Les Halles, gourmet cookware shops
- – This chic wallet-friendly 3-star hotel offers creative color-infused guestrooms and a fun ambiance in a terrific location – 19-room 3-star boutique hotel offering chic Parisian decor and excellent value in a 17th century building near the Louvre, Les Halles, and the Marais neighborhood
3. Best Neighborhood in Paris for Fashionistas: Champs Élysées / Golden Triangle, 8th Arrondissement
Shoppers in front of Chanel on Avenue Montaigne
Fashionistas know there’s a lot more to fashion than just shopping.
If you dream of immersing yourself in the world of design, checking out the latest trends in designer showrooms and flagship stores, and soaking up inspiration in Paris’ top fashion and design museums, opt for a hotel or apartment in the glamorous Golden Triangle neighborhood bordered by Champs Élysées, Avenue George V, and Avenue Montaigne – the most glamorous part of the 8th arrondissement.
This is where the world’s most famous designers and haute couture fashion houses such as Dior, Louis Vuitton, Chanel, Saint Laurent, Chloé, Kenzo, Valentino, Tiffany, and Balmain dazzle a deep-pocketed international crowd.
Just over the border with the 16th district are two Paris museums high on every fashionista’s bucket list: Palais Galliera, featuring sensational temporary exhibits delving deep into fashion and fashion history, and Musée Yves Saint Laurent, devoted to showcasing the legendary couturier’s iconic pieces as well as the famous designer’s studio. Also close to the Golden Triangle in the 1st is the Museum of Decorative Arts where you can find inspiration in its superb exhibitions featuring design and decorative arts.
And of course if your budget doesn’t stretch to the latest high fashion creations, you’ll find plenty of affordable choices such as Sephora and H&M along Champs Élysées plus interesting French labels, especially
Where to Stay in Paris’s Golden Triangle
As you might suspect, this part of the city caters to the uber-wealthy. If that’s you, you’ll enjoy being right in the middle of the action in our luxury hotel recommendations. If not, no worries – this 5-star neighborhood also includes some surprisingly affordable bargains, plus plenty of cute cafes and wonderful bistros for lunch and dinner.
5-Star Palace Hotels
- Four Seasons George V – Splurge at this fantastic Golden Triangle hotel with a lovely swimming pool, fantastic spa, and huge dressing rooms in the suites.
- Le Plaza Athénée – From its glitzy chrome-and-crystal lobby to the 208 opulent guestrooms, suites, and apartments, this splendid palace hotel oozes sophisticated glamour
- – Housed in a historic residence with 50 rooms and suites, this luxury hotel offers amazing Eiffel Tower views from its terrace – Enjoy this new family-owned 5-star hotel’s fabulous Seine River and Eiffel Tower views, 44 rooms and suites in a luxurious mansion, and the indoor pool, sauna, spa, and wellness center
- – 4-star luxury hotel just one block from the Arc de Triomphe with beautiful decor featuring period furniture – With a spectacular glass roof and an Art Deco vibe, this 4-star hotel offers 104 charming rooms and suites
- – This 3-star hotel offers excellent value, a fun 1970s vibe, helpful and friendly staff, and convenient location close to the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees – treat yourself to a room with a balcony – This is highly-rated a “youth” hostel run by a Catholic religious community – but you can stay there regardless of your age. Decor is simple but you can’t beat the price or superb location – and there’s a lovely garden and even a shared kitchen
4. Best Paris Neighborhood in Paris for Families: Saint Germain des Prés, 6th Arrondissement
Children “sailing” wooden boats in Luxembourg Garden
Are you wondering which is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris with your family?
Although posh designer clothing boutiques, drool-worthy antique shops and home decor showrooms, and legendary sidewalk cafes and restaurants such as Café de Flore, Le Precope, and Les Deux Magots pack the très-chic Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood in the 6th arrondissement, it is also an ideal place for family visits.
The neighborhood’s largest park, Jardin du Luxembourg (Luxembourg Garden), may be best known by tourists for its tranquil Medici Fountain, flowering plants and trees, the many statues of queens and female saints installed by its 17th century creator, Marie de’ Medici, and best of all, the hundreds of green-painted steel chairs for relaxing in the sun or shade.
But if you’re visiting with young children, you’ll discover Luxembourg Garden’s many child-friendly activities: a carousel, pony rides, a pool where you can rent little boats for your kids to “sail” across the water with long poles, an enclosed playground, carriage rides, and even a children’s puppet theater (look for the Théâtre des Marrionnettes sign). Snack bars and outdoor cafes make it easy to spend a whole day here.
For kids and teens (and the whole family), a favorite Saint Germain recreational spot is Parc Rives, the riverside park along the Seine where you’ll find games and sports, a climbing wall, wide expanses ideal for skateboards, running paths, seasonal snack bars and cafes, plenty of places to sit and relax, and even a floating gallery called Fluctuart dedicated to showcasing street art.
Be sure to explore St Germain’s other attractions as well. In addition to its superb shopping and iconic cafes, the neighborhood is home to two magnificent churches: Église de Saint Germain des Prés, where you can attend a concert and enjoy the seasonal Christmas market, and Église Saint Sulpice, filled with magnificent sculptures and murals painted by Delacroix (and also known by Da Vinci Code fans for the scene involving its “gnomen” astronomical instrument.
The Saint Germain des Prés neighborhood’s convenient location also puts you within walking distance (10-15 minutes or less) to other top attractions nearby: the Louvre, Tuileries Garden, and Les Halles across the river in the 1st arrondissement, the Eiffel Tower, Army Museum, and Orsay Museum in the 7th, the Catacombs in the 14th, and the Latin Quarter in the 5th (and part of the 6th). And numerous metro stations make getting to other Paris attractions fast and easy.
Where to Stay in Saint Germain des Prés
5-Star Palace Hotel
- – After a recent 4-year makeover, this Art Nouveau/Art Deco 5-star Palace hotel exudes glamour and offers an indoor swimming pool and spa, gorgeous guestrooms, and a family-friendly vibe
- – Gorgeous luxury 5-star hotel built on foundations of a 13th century abbey with a gated courtyard in a fantastic location near the Seine, 48 charming high-ceilinged guest rooms and suites with French country decor, and a fabulous spa featuring Guerlain products and fragrances – Sleekly beautiful contemporary decor with hints of its Art Deco roots, comfortable furnishings in its 50 guest rooms and suites, and a superb location near the Seine make this posh hotel a favorite with well-heeled travelers
- – Lovely 4-star boutique hotel with 50 rooms and suites across from Saint Germain des Prés church in a fantastic location near two metro stations – This charming 24-room boutique hotel on the Rue Buci market street features furnishings with a romantic Louis XV 18th century très-Parisian vibe
- – This charming 2-star boutique hotel with 28 guestrooms has air conditioning and an elevator, and serves a fantastic breakfast; great value near the Saint Germain Market and Saint Sulpice Church – This centrally-located 3-star boutique hotel features 30 guestrooms, air conditioning, and an elevator in an excellent location near the Seine River
5. Where to Stay to Experience a Paris “Village”: Montmartre, 18th Arrondissement
Climbing the steps up to Sacre Coeur in Montmartre
Do you dream of staying in the village-like Paris shown in movies like Amélie where you’ll stroll along narrow cobblestone lanes, relax over a café crème or glass of wine, and buy warm-from-the-oven croissants, French cheeses, and perfectly ripe strawberries from friendly shopkeepers on your way back to your hotel room or flat with spectacular views of the city from your balcony?
If so, Montmartre is the perfect Paris neighborhood to stay in during your visit. It’s an authentic village, separate from Paris until the 19th century, and still has all the charm and authenticity that has attracted artists to it for the last couple of centuries. You’ll find wonderful small museums and art galleries, lots of appealing boutiques along Rue des Abbesses, and appealing cafes and bistros on almost every corner.
Rue Tardieu in Montmartre near Sacre Coeur
On Montmartre’s highest hilltop, the gleaming white Sacre Coeur Basilica can be seen from all over Paris, but close up views are even better! Walk up the stairs or ride up on the funicular, and enjoy the panoramic views from the front plaza. Explore nearby Place du Tertre, where artists still set up their easels and sketch tourists. Treat yourself to champagne and a show at the legendary Moulin Rouge cabaret at the foot of Montmartre.
Montmartre’s location in the 18th arrondissement does place it farther from the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and other top attractions on many Paris visitors’ bucket lists – but nearby metro stations make getting to them easy. And if the huge Les Puces flea market at Saint Ouen is on your must-visit list, the metro will whisk you there in just a few minutes.
Where to Stay in Montmartre
As a bonus, Montmartre is one of the best areas in Paris to find affordable hotels for a budget-friendly vacation.
Our recommendations include hotels just in Montmartre, not other 18th arrondissement neighborhoods, and we avoid hotels on Boulevard de Clichy/Boulevard de Rochechouart, a noisy and rather charmless road.
- – Best know for its rooftop terrace bar offering spectacular Paris views, this 4-star hotel offers chic 92 rooms and suites in the Abbesses area about a 10 minute walk from Sacre Coeur – Enjoy having your own charming and well-equipped apartment by the famous Wall of Love in the lovely Abbesses area of Montmartre
- – Recently renovated, this high-rated 4-star hotel features vibrant yet soothing decor in its 50 guest rooms and a wonderful location – This “appart’hotel” (serviced apartments) offers studio and 1-bedroom apartments equipped with kitchenettes; breakfast is available if you choose, and there is an onsite fitness center – highly rated, and excellent value for the money
- – A very simple, no-frills 2-star hotel with 22 small rooms and cheap rates in a fantastic location – a great value if the hotel meets your needs. Note: the elevator does not go to the top 1-2 floors and there is no air conditioning – Another basic 2-star hotel with small rooms and bargain rates in an excellent location. Also no a/c, and the elevator does not go up to the top floor, but there is an in-room safe.
6. Best Place to Stay in Paris for Fantastic Boutiques, Galleries, Bistros, Bars, & Nightlife: The Marais, 3rd & 4th Arrondissements
Le Sévigné Brasserie near the Picasso Museum in the Upper Marais
You can find lots of compelling reasons why the Marais neighborhood, which includes large swaths of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, is a popular place to stay. Stunning architecture, layers of history and culture including a vibrant Jewish community with roots dating back to the middle ages and a more recent LGBTQ community, gorgeous parks such as Place des Vosges, important museums, and fascinating historic churches make the Marais a truly special area.
But if you had to pick just one – ok, maybe five – things that make the Marais an outstanding place to stay, it might be the heady combination of unique locally owned boutiques, countless galleries featuring the work of established and emerging artists, welcoming bistros and bars, and a sizzling nightlife that give you an exhilarating ambiance you won’t find anywhere else in Paris – and choosing a hotel or apartment here puts you right in middle of it, day and night.
You could easily spend your entire vacation here – but the Marais’ location puts you within easy reach of all the city’s top attractions by foot or metro. As a bonus, you’re also close to top attractions in eastern Paris: the immersive digitized animated art and music shows at Atelier des Lumières, street art near the scenic drawbridges along Canal Saint-Martin, and the evocative tombstones on the hilly slopes of Pere Lachaise Cemetery.
Once you’ve experienced a stay in the Marais, you’ll most likely return again and again.
Where to Stay in Le Marais
- – This family-run 5-star hotel in a 17th century building across from Place des Vosges features a beautiful private garden and 56 exquisite rooms and suites – you’ll feel like you’re staying in a super-luxurious, super-comfortable private home with an onsite spa, fitness room, and restaurant – 4-star hotel with 22 rooms beautifully decorated in Swedish rococo style in the quiet Village Saint Paul (historic artisan village) area – With just 26 guest rooms and 3 suites and Deco designs by Philippe Starck, this 5-star luxury boutique hotel is a favorite with guests who love great its great style & comfort
- – 3-star hotel with 24 nicely decorated rooms, air conditioning, and comfortable beds; close to Place des Vosges and the Picasso Museum – Attractive 3-star boutique hotel with elevator near the Place des Vosges garden and the Picasso Museum on a quiet street; air conditioning is currently being installed – check with the hotel to see if it’s completed if this is important to you – This small (18 rooms) 3-star boutique hotel with air conditioning and an elevator offers nice decor and a convenient location near Rue de Rivoli
- – 3-star hotel with 23 guestrooms, rather basic decor, and a lift but no air-conditioning; excellent location and (usually) relatively cheap budget rates for this pricey area; request a room on the top floor for the best Notre Dame views – Charming 3-star hotel with an elevator, air conditioning, and 28 nicely decorated rooms of varying sizes – book the smallest to get budget rates or the junior suite for a huge space with a large private terrace. Close to Pompidou Center
7. Best Central Paris Neighborhood for Your Budget: The Latin Quarter, 5th District
Restaurants on Rue Mouffetard and Rue du Pot de Fer in the Latin Quarter
If you’re looking for a budget-friendly neighborhood in the heart of the city, the Latin Quarter, which straddles parts of the 5th and 6th arrondissements, offers a wonderful assortment of historic and modern attractions, appealing restaurants, and charming narrow streets with a medieval vibe.
The Latin Quarter has been the center of intellectual life in Paris ever since the Middle Ages when students from all over Europe came here to study at the Sorbonne University with Latin as their common language. Students still fill the neighborhood, which means you’ll find plenty of affordable places to eat and stay – although there are also some wonderful splurge-worthy options.
You’ll find plenty of fascinating places to explore and enjoy here, including the Cluny Museum with its Roman baths and Medieval treasures such as the Lady and the Unicorn tapestry masterpieces, a hidden Roman arena, the Pantheon, jazz clubs, Luxembourg Garden, and the famous Shakespeare and Company English language bookstore. In the quiet Jardin des Plantes neighborhood next door are even more top attractions: the Paris Botanical Garden, a small zoo, the Natural History Museum, the Grande Mosquée of Paris with its tearoom and beautiful indoor garden, and the fascinating Institut du Monde Arabe museum and rooftop terrace.
The Latin Quarter’s central location next to the Seine River means you’re within walking distance to most Paris’s top attractions, but there are also numerous metro stations for when you want to visit Montmartre or other most distant areas.
Where to Stay in the Latin Quarter
- – Boutique design hotel with 13 beautifully furnished rooms and apartments featuring 4-poster and canopy beds, located on a quiet street near the Sorbonne – Chic 4-star boutique hotel featuring antiques contrasted with creative modern design with a Parisian street lamp theme, 27 guest rooms, indoor pool and spa; popular for romantic getaways – Serene 27-room boutique 4-star hotel on a quiet street; splurge on a terrace room or suite
- – Freshly renovated 3-star hotel with 42 guestrooms, air conditioning, and an elevator; lots of charming cafes and shops nearby – Located directly across from the Pantheon (which mostly honors French men), this 4-star boutique hotel pays tribute to famous French and Francophone African women in the vibrant decor of its 35 rooms and suites
- – Highly recommended affordable family-run 2-star hotel with 51 rooms ranging from small to spacious, charming French country home decor, and a lovely shaded private terrace; no TVs (but lovely views of the garden or trees); paid onsite parking; very popular so book early! – Another highly recommended family-run 3-star affordable boutique hotel with 29 guestrooms, comfortable beds, and nice contemporary decor
8. Where to Stay Near the Eiffel Tower: 7th Arrondissement
View of the Eiffel Tower on Rue Sainte Dominique in the 7th arrondissement
If seeing the Eiffel Tower as much as possible during your visit to Paris is your dream, then consider staying near its location near the Seine River on Champ des Mars in the 7th arrondissement. Of course the “Iron Lady” can be seen from a number of places throughout the city – but nothing quite beats the thrill of looking up and seeing the soaring lacy spire close up.
You’ll find a lot more to enjoy in the bougie 7th district: superb shopping opportunities at the numerous small boutiques, wonderful bistros including Michelin-starred Christian Constant’s places along Rue Sainte Dominique, the fabulous Grande Épicerie de Paris next to the equally fab Bon Marché department store. And don’t miss the popular Rue Cler market street, one of the gems of this treasure-filled neighborhood.
If you need a dose of culture, visit the Rodin Museum and its sculpture garden, the Army Museum (Musée de l’Armée) and Napoleon’s Tomb on the Esplanade des Invalides, the Branly Museum for non-western art, and the Musée d’Orsay filled with Impressionist and Post-Impressionist masterpieces overlooking the Seine River.
But above all, immerse yourself in Eiffel Tower experiences.
Where to Stay near the Eiffel Tower & Rue Cler
- – Sumptuous fabrics, custom Italian furniture, and one-of-a-kind antiques and art make this 29-guestroom hotel an opulent 5-star retreat – plus you’ll love the serene indoor swimming pool, fully-equipped gym, and Sisley spa – This highly-rated 5-star hotel and spa features 37 elegant guestrooms, a swimming pool and jacuzzi, health club with gym, and superb service
- – This 26-room 3-star boutique hotel designed to look like a Paris apartment with chic contemporary furnishings and classic touches such as the antique marble fireplace in the lobby; air conditioning, elevator, and a wonderful Rue Cler location – 4-star hotel with 53 guestrooms just off of Rue Cler and about a 7-minute walk to the Eiffel Tower; rooms are small but nicely furnished with contemporary decor
- – Lovely family-run 3-star hotel with air conditioning, a lift, and 40 stylish rooms including some with Eiffel Tower views – 3-star value hotel close to Rue Cler with air conditioning, a small elevator, and 34 attractive rooms; a couple have views of the top of the Eiffel Tower
Want a budget-friendlier alternative to the 7th? The 15th arrondissement borders the eastern side of Champ de Mars, so check out hotels in the mostly-residential 15th district, especially those in the Grenelle neighborhood. In general, hotel rates in the 15th trend somewhat lower.
9. Best “Hidden Secret” Paris Neighborhood: Île Saint Louis, 4th Arrondissement
Berthillon in Île Saint Louis
Remember the two small islands in the middle of the Seine on the map near the beginning of this article? The larger of the two, Île de la Cité, is packed with tourists drawn to its famous attractions: the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral, Sainte-Chapelle and its superb stained glass, the medieval palace-turned-prison, La Conciergerie, where Marie Antoinette spent her final days.
In contrast, the smaller one, Île Saint Louis, offers little of interest to tourists other than the popular Berthillon ice cream shop and frankly, places to get superb glâce can be found all over Paris. The island is an enclave of elegant but somewhat austere 17th and 18th century buildings built for wealthy owners who liked privacy. An assortment of brasseries, bistros, cafes, boutiques, bakeries, produce stands, wine shops, and a fromagerie selling tantalizing cheeses occupy the ground floors along a main street, and a few have been converted to hotels. A rather magnificent church, Église Saint-Louis-en-l’Île, and a small but charming park anchor the eastern end.
But otherwise, Île Saint Louis is a quiet residential neighborhood, aside from periods during summer months when visitors spill over from Île de la Cité and stop for ice cream on their way to the nearby Marais.
Most Paris visitors overlook Île Saint Louis with choosing a place to stay – but you can’t beat the convenience of its central location and with 6 bridges to the Left and Right Banks and Île de la Cité, you have fast and easy access to everywhere else you might want to go. If you want to experience life, even for just a short time, in an almost-hidden Parisian neighborhood in the historic heart of the city, Île Saint Louis is a superb choice.
The catch? The island’s hotels are small boutique properties and relatively few short-term rental apartments are available – so if you want to stay during the busiest seasons, you should book up to months in advance, especially at the most popular properties where regulars reserve as much as a year ahead..
Where to Stay on Île Saint Louis
- – Large 2 and 3 bedroom apartments (sleeps up to 6) with views of the Seine River; highly rated – Wonderful large 1-bedroom apartment with views of the Seine River, elevator, and caretaker; also highly rated
- – Charming 3-star boutique hotel with 20 rooms, air conditioning, sound proofing, and historic details such as beamed ceilings; many return visitors so book early – Occupying a former royal indoor tennis court now designated as French Historical Monument, this 30-guest room is both charming and luxurious, and offers air conditioning, an onsite fitness room, and a hammam; 2 nearby apartments are also available
- – Small charming 23-room boutique hotel with air conditioning with welcoming staff on the island’s main street – Cheerful studio accommodations with beamed ceilings, air conditioning, and a kitchenette for up to 2 people; excellent value for the money
10. Best Neighborhood for Shoppers: Opéra / Grands Magasins, 9th Arrondissement
Holiday lights outside Au Printemps department store
If your dream visit to Paris involves lots of shopping and plenty of buying, stay in the lively Opéra / Grands Magasins neighborhood where every designer and every brand will conveniently be right at your fingertips. And so will your hotel, when you need to stash your overflowing shopping bags in your room before rushing out to shop some more.
Galeries Lafayette and Au Printemps, two legendary and enormous Belle Epoch Paris grands magasins (big department stores), dominate this part of the 9th. Under their roofs, you’ll find dedicated boutiques for virtually every famous luxury designer you can imagine – Gucci, Maje, Sandro, Armani, Hermès, Valentino, Tiffany, Balenciaga, Louis Vuitton, to name a few – plus a huge array of more affordable brands. This makes 1-stop-shopping incredibly convenient, but here’s an even bigger plus if you live outside the EU: you can combine your purchases of most brands to meet the 175€ minimum to claim your VAT tax rebate on the spot.
If that’s not enough, you can shop to your heart’s content along the grand Boulevard Haussmann, Boulevard des Capucines, and smaller rues at international emporiums such as Zara, Uniqlo, and H&M, affordable French labels like Comptoir des Cotonniers, Camaïeu, and Carroll, and luxury luggage and leather shops. Gaze (or perhaps drool) at dazzling jewels and watches along Boulevard des Capucines and Rue de la Paix. Load up on fancy teas and chocolates as you stroll down Avenue de l’Opéra.
For a culture break, attend a performance at nearby Palais Garnier (the Paris Opera House), or visit this legendary Baroque masterpiece. The Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens are about a 10 minute walk away, and multiple metro stations put the whole city within easy reach.
What is it like to stay in this busy commercial district? Tucked between the bustling boulevards are plenty of small, quiet side streets with small (but excellent) neighborhoods bistros, cafes, and bakeries. You get the ideal mix of Parisian charm – and easy access to world-class shopping.
Where to Stay in Opéra/Grands Magasins
- – Spectacular historic 5-star hotel with 470 guestrooms 1 block from Palais Garnier; the outdoor terrace of onsite Cafe de la Paix is an ideal people-watching spot – Fashion, style, and fabulous food by famed gourmet French food purveyor Fauchon converge in this small 5-star luxury boutique hotel in a superb location near the Paris Opera House, Champs Élysées, and some of the best shopping streets in Paris
- – Elegant 4-star boutique hotel with 69 guestrooms – request one with a balcony for superb views of Palais Garnier, about a 3-minute walk away – Use your Marriott points at this classy 5-star hotel located in an early 20th century bank building with a glass dome ceiling, Roman-style mosaic floors, and an exclusive art collection
- – Very highly rated 27-room boutique 3-star hotel with air conditioning between Opera Garnier and Madeleine Church – fills up fast so don’t wait to book – Lovely 3-star boutique hotel with 36 guest rooms and air conditioning near Galerie Lafayette and Au Printemps – great value for the money so book fast
Where NOT to Stay in Paris
Are there places in Paris where you should avoid staying, especially if you’re a first-time visitor?
Yes, absolutely – depending on your circumstances.
Here are our suggestions for where NOT to stay in Paris:
Don’t Stay Too Far from a Metro Station (Unless You Don’t Mind Extra Walking)
The metro gives you fast, easy access to every part of the city – so staying near a station saves you time and inconvenience.
Walking time of 5 minutes or less is ideal. For most people, that’s about a distance of a quarter of a mile – roughly 1,300 feet/400 meters. (For reference, once you’re on the metro, transit time between stations in the city’s center typically takes about 45 seconds – or 60 seconds if you’re crossing the Seine River.)
Before you book your Paris accommodations, find your hotel on a map and check out the distance to the closest metro station. As long as you’re booking in a single-digit district or in the Montmartre neighborhood in the 18th, you should be fine.
But if you have a special situation – for example, you’ll be pushing a baby carriage, or coddling a sore knee – find a hotel that’s just a block or two from a station. In a city with thousands of hotels and apartments and hundreds of metro stations, you have plenty of choices.
Avoid Paris’s Double-Digit Districts (If You’re a First-Time Visitor)
If you’re a first time Paris visitor and want to see the city’s most famous attractions, stay in the single-digit arrondissements (or Montmartre in the 18th district), especially if you’re not comfortable speaking at least a bit of French. You’ll love the ambiance of walking along the Seine, and being close to all the top sights, countless fantastic cafes and restaurants, and iconic neighborhoods such as the Latin Quarter and Champs Elysees.
The double-digit districts are also packed with delightful neighborhoods, interesting places to explore, and tantalizing bistros, fun nightlife, and great shopping, and yes, the outer districts are safe – but save them for a future visit because they are farther away from tourist attractions and you can’t assume that everyone will speak English.
Don’t Choose a Hotel Beyond the Périphérique (Except for a Few Special Exceptions)
If you’re looking online for hotels, you may notice lots of bargain rates at big tourist hotels just beyond the city’s periphery ring road – especially from big French hotel brands such Ibis and AccorHotels. Yes, the prices are downright cheap compared to central Paris – but if time is as important as money to you, why waste it traveling back and forth?
In addition, many of the tourist hotels beyond the periphery offer cookie-cutter generic rooms and not many amenities. And finally, many of them are located in industrial zones where you’re basically stuck in the hotel, saving money but losing the experience of being in Paris.
However, there are a few exceptions when you may want to spend a night or two outside of the city.
When Should You Stay Outside of Paris? Here Are the Exceptions.
Let’s say you’re planning to visit Paris for a week or more, and want to spend 2-3 days at a destination outside of the city – perhaps Versailles, Paris Disneyland, or even London.
In that case, it makes sense to spend a night or two at the location you’re visiting as it will be much more convenient than going back and forth, and might even save you a few euros compared with what you’d spend on a Paris hotel.
If you decide to do that, here are a couple of hotels for each destination to consider:
Versailles Palace – Where to Stay
Both of these hotels are located on the way to the chateau – so about a 5-6 minute walk from the train station:
- – Highly rated 2-star hotel with 17 relatively spacious guestrooms on a quiet street about a 5-7 minute walk to the chateau – Popular 4-star luxury hotel with 152 guestrooms, an appealing terrace, and fitness room 2 blocks from the chateau
Disneyland Paris – Best Places to Stay
This is the only hotel that’s actually within Disneyland Park – very convenient, but also the most expensive:
- – 5-star family-friendly hotel with 319 rooms inside the park and an indoor pool, fitness center, 2 restaurants, and the chance to meet Disney characters on the property; about a 5-minute walk from the entrance
Both of these hotels are next to the Disneyland Park – about about a 15-20 minute walk from the station due to the size of the park:
- – Affordable 2-star hotel with 1,000 guestrooms and the chance to meet Disney characters on the property; book a themed Pixar’s Cars room with a flat-screen TV with Disney and international channels; free shuttle to park entrance – 4-star hotel with 926 guestrooms, 2 heated swimming pools, a fitness center, and a chance to meet Disney characters on the property; book a themed Mickey Mouse room with a balcony; free shuttle to park entrance
London – Where to Stay near the Eurostar Station
Both of these Bloomsbury hotels are close to the Eurostar station at St Pancras/Kings Cross:
Where to Stay in Paris (Areas + Hotels)
A full guide to where to stay in Paris for first-timers (+ the best areas and hotels for sightseeing, nightlife, shopping, with Eiffel Tower view and the Summer Olympics 2024).
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Visited by more than 30 million tourists every year, Paris is one of the most popular destinations in Europe. And there is a good reason why! Paris features world-class museums, gorgeous architecture, high-end fashion and exquisite fine dining.
Finding the best place to stay in Paris for a first-timer can be very confusing. The capital of France is a big city and it won’t be possible to walk everywhere. You have to be careful when choosing accommodation or you may end up spending too much time commuting.
Visiting the city for the first time? Then take a look at my complete itinerary for 4 perfect days in Paris. It covers all the must-see sights, including helpful tips on how to skip the lines.
Rive Droite or Rive Gauche
Paris is located on the Seine River, which splits the city into two parts – Rive Droite and Rive Gauche. Rive Droite (the right bank) refers to the area north of the river. This is where you’ll find the Louvre, Champs-Élysées, Montmartre, just to name a few. Rive Gauche (the left bank) is located south of the Seine. It’s home to the Eiffel Tower, Musee d’Orsay, the Rodin Museum and many more.
In addition to this, Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements. The arrondissement is the French equivalent to the district. The arrondissements are numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral, starting from the Louvre on the right bank.
As a rule, it’s recommended for first-time visitors to stay in the single digits arrondissements. These neighbourhoods are most central, easy to get around, well-connected and generally safe.
You can easily find out in which arrondissement is your hotel by looking at its address. For example in “218 rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris”, the last two digits from the postal code 75001 refer to the number of the arrondissement. The smaller the digit, the more central is the neighbourhood.
My best tip is regardless of which arrondissement you choose, stay within a short walk of a metro station. It will save you a lot of time walking. Plus, Paris has an excellent metro system. This is great because even if you stay right next to the Louvre, you’ll still have to use the metro to get to some of the attractions.
Another important tip is to book well in advance (at least 3-4 months). Don’t wait till the last moment, because it will be very hard to find good and affordable accommodation.
Also, in general, hotels rooms in Paris are very small (even if you book a suite) and expensive. Bathrooms are even smaller. Thus, be prepared in advance and have reasonable expectations.
Don’t stay in the areas in immediate proximity to the train stations, especially Gare du Nord (no matter how convenient it may look). The area around Gare du Nord is far from pleasant and not very safe.
I’ve been to Paris several times, staying in different arrondissements. And I can honestly say that the best area for me is the left bank of the Seine, right opposite the Louvre district.
You’ll be a short distance away from many iconic sights. Plus, the location is very strategic, at walking distance to RER C (Versailles) and metro line 12 (Sacré-Cœur).
My favourite place to stay in Paris is Hôtel&Spa de Latour Maubourg. The location is close to Eiffel Tower, right next to a metro station and near the RER C (to Versailles). Rooms are charming and spacious (a rare thing for Paris).
If you’re visiting Paris for sightseeing, I’d totally recommend staying in this area. It’s very nice, safe and central (as the 1st arrondissement) but the hotel prices are more affordable.
Most popular hotel in Paris
Looking for the best hotel to stay in the heart of the city? Then check out Hotel Saint Petersbourg Opera – it’s one of the most popular hotels in Paris, with a very central location for sightseeing.
The hotel boasts a fantastic location, just a short walk from Opéra Garnier and several metro stations. Walking distance to Louvre Museum, Champs-Élysées and Galeries Lafayette. Rooms are modern, spacious and quiet with comfy beds.
Why book – 180m from Opéra Garnier, air-conditioning, soundproofed rooms, 24-hour reception desk
Where to stay in Paris (for first-time visitors)
- – the best area for sightseeing – for 3 nights – for a view of the Eiffel Tower – for shopping – for nightlife – for 2024 Summer Olympics
Louvre – best area to stay in Paris for first-timers
The best place to stay in Paris for first-time visitors is the Louvre and Bourse neighbourhoods. These are the city’s most central districts. You’ll be within a walking distance of many historic sights, boat cruises and plenty of restaurants.
The Louvre district (1st arrondissement) is where you’ll find the city’s most famous landmarks. The Notre Dame Cathedral, Louvre Museum and Place Vendôme will be just a short walk away.
The Bourse district (2nd arrondissement) is located north of the 1st. It’s a great area for food, shopping and dining out.
If you look for the most central area, there is no better place to stay than the 1st and 2nd arrondissements.
Also, this is the best location if you’re wondering where to stay in Paris in winter. The most popular Christmas markets are at the Hôtel de Ville, Tuileries Garden and Notre-Dame Cathedral. And don’t miss the Christmas decoration of Galeries Lafayette and Le Bon Marché!
Don’t forget to buy a skip-the-line ticket for the Louvre Museum (the queues are huge even in the low season).
Keep in mind, that accommodation in this area is pricey. Thus, if you’re on a budget, take a look at the next section Where to stay in Paris for 3 nights (for still central, but more affordable hotels).
Why stay near the Louvre
- the best area to stay in Paris for first-timers (at a walking distance or a short metro ride from everything)
- easy access to the Louvre Museum (to beat the queues in the morning)
- the location is very well-connected to the rest of the city (with numerous metro and RER lines)
- Rue de Rivoli features many international brands along with great souvenir shops (perfect for shopping)
Hotels near the Louvre (Best for couples)
The hotel enjoys a perfect location in the heart of the French capital. Easy reach of many key places of interest, including the Louvre Museum, Opéra Garnier, Orsay Museum, Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Why book – 250m from the Louvre Museum, close to metro stations, quiet comfy rooms with air-conditioning
Fantastic location, right on the famous Rue de Rivoli, opposite the Tuileries garden. Walking distance to plenty of restaurants. The soundproofed rooms feature typical Parisian decor with antique furniture.
Why book – 250m from the Louvre Museum, close to metro stations, views of the Tuileries garden, comfy beds
Hotels near the Louvre (Best for families)
Situated just a short walk from Opéra Garnier, the hotel is a great place to stay for families. Well-appointed quiet rooms with good size and comfortable beds. Most of the tourist attractions are in the immediate vicinity.
Why book – 250m from Opéra Garnier, soundproofed rooms with spacious bathrooms
Fantastic location, only a few steps to a metro station and hop-on-hop-off bus stop. Close walking distance to many iconic sightseeing points. The family rooms are huge, especially by European standards!
Why book – 250m from Place de la Concorde, tea and coffee making facilities, spacious family rooms
Luxury hotels near the Louvre
An excellent luxury hotel, just a stone’s throw from the Louvre Museum and Notre-Dame Cathedral. The perfect location for every tourist, close to restaurants, attractions, a shopping centre and transport links! Amazing wellness centre with an indoor pool and hot tub.
Why book – 300m from the Louvre Museum, indoor pool and hot tub, luxurious spacious rooms
An amazing place to stay in Paris with easy access to the Louvre, the Seine and shopping centres. Fantastic spa facilities, including a pool, sauna, hammam and massage rooms.
Why book – 350m from the Louvre Museum, excellent spa and swimming pool, outstanding staff
Apartments near the Louvre
Stylish accommodation in a secure building with card entry after reception hours. Fabulous location, within a 3min walk from the Louvre. Plenty of options for eating and shopping close by.
Why book – 170m from the Louvre, quiet location near metro stations, air-conditioning, supermarket just around the corner
Modern, spacious apartments, only a stone’s throw from the Louvre and metro station. Nicely appointed kitchen and comfortable furniture.
Why book – 260m from Place de la Concorde, near plenty of restaurants, fully equipped kitchen
Where to stay in Paris for 3 nights
3-4 nights is the optimum amount of time to stay in Paris to explore the city. And if you can afford it, I’d totally recommend staying in the 1st or 2nd arrondissements. However, you have to keep in mind that the accommodation is a bit pricey, as these are the two most central areas.
Thus, for more affordable, but still, a central location, close to the tourist sights, take a look at the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th arrondissements. These areas are situated right next to the Seine River, at walking distance to most of the tourist attractions. Yet, to visit some of the sights you’ll have to use the metro, but this is inevitable in such a huge city.
The best area to stay in Paris for 3 nights
- Marais (3th and 4th arrondissements)
- the Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement)
- Saint Germain-des-Prés (6th arrondissement)
Marais is one of the most charming neighbourhoods in Paris. It’s a posh area, full of trendy boutiques, vintage shops and cobblestoned streets, lined with small cafés. Most popular sights are Place des Vosges, Notre-Dame Cathedral and Hôtel de Ville.
Saint Germain-des-Prés is a classical Parisian neighbourhood. Situated on the left bank on the Seine, opposite the Louvre, it has an unbeatable location. The arrondissement is filled with art galleries, antique shops and charming sidewalk cafés. Here you’ll find the iconic Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots, as well as Le Bon Marche, the oldest department store in Paris.
The Latin Quarter
The Latin Quarter is a central district known for its culture and history. If you’re an architecture lover, this is the place to stay. Here you’ll find some of the city’s most famous landmarks, including the Pantheon and Shakespeare & Company.
From all of the three arrondissements, I find the Latin Quarter the best choice for location and price. It’s cheaper than Saint Germain-des-Prés and there is a bigger range of hotels than Marais.
Hotels in the Latin Quarter (Best for couples)
Select Hotel combines classic architecture and modern design in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Walking distance to Notre-Dame and Louvre Museum. Well-appointed rooms with comfy large beds.
Why book – 100m from Luxembourg Gardens, air-conditioning, close to numerous metro stations
A small gorgeous hotel with tastefully decorated quiet rooms. Close to a metro station, so it’s easy to access the whole city. If you prefer to walk, it’s only 20min away from Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Why book – 4min walk from a metro station, indoor pool and sauna, comfy beds
Hotels in the Latin Quarter (Best for families)
Serotel Lutèce features a convenient quiet location in the middle of the Latin Quarter. Spacious rooms, perfect for a family stay. Plenty of nice restaurants nearby.
Why book – 5min walk from a metro station, soundproofed rooms, air-conditioning
Excellent position in the Latin Quarter, close to the Luxembourg Gardens. There is RER station 4min away from the hotel, and several metro stations in about a 10min walk.
Why book – 250m from Luxembourg Gardens, great breakfast with a lot of choices
Apartments in Marais and Latin Quarter
Residence Henri IV offers luxury rooms and apartments with period furniture and painted ceilings. The location is fantastic, just a stone’s throw from the Seine and Notre-Dame Cathedral.
Why book – 590m from Notre-Dame, quiet at night, spacious rooms, amazing breakfast
Beautiful apartments in the heart of the Marais neighbourhood. Very close to the Seine River, tourist attractions, public transport and restaurants.
Why book – 350m from Île Saint-Louis, air-conditioning, grocery store across the street
Where to stay in Paris with a view of Eiffel Tower
The Eiffel Tower is the city’s most iconic sight. So, staying in a hotel with a view of the tower is a dream for many tourists. There is no better experience than enjoying the flashing lights of the tower from your own balcony!
If this is what you’re interested in, then the 7th arrondissement is the best place to stay for you. It’s the most central neighbourhood that offers amazing views of the Eiffel Tower.
Located south of the Seine River, the 7th arrondissement is home to a handful of sights. You’ll be just a short walk from Les Invalides, Orsay Museum, Rodin Museum and of course the iconic Eiffel Tower.
Another option is the Grenelle neighbourhood. It’s a small district in the north part of the 15th arrondissement, next to Champ de Mars. Here you’ll find plenty of hotels offering rooms with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Just make sure you’re at walking distance to Champ de Mars and near a metro station.
Best areas to stay in Paris with a view of Eiffel Tower
- 7th arrondissement – most central district, at a walking distance to many sights
- Grenelle (part of the 15th arrondissement) – not so central, but still well-connected by public transport to the rest of the city
Don’t stay in the 16th arrondissement. There are almost no tourist sights in the area and you’ll be too far from everything.
Why stay near the Eiffel Tower
- many hotels have rooms with views of the Eiffel Tower (they cost a little more, but totally worth it)
- easy access to the Eiffel Tower (to beat the queues in the morning or for a picnic in the afternoon)
- many historic sights at walking distance (Les Invalides, Orsay Museum, Rodin Museum, Louvre Museum)
- well-connected to the rest of the city with a handful of metro lines
This chic boutique hotel is just a short walk from Champ de Mars. The modern rooms are spacious and air-conditioned. Plus, there is a farmer’s market right across the street. It’s the best place to buy some baguettes, cheese and fruits for a picnic in front of the tower!
Why book – 800m from the Eiffel Tower, spacious soundproofed rooms, Nespresso machine
Located in the elegant 7th arrondissement, Hôtel Le Walt is a short distance away from the Eiffel Tower. Some of the rooms feature splendid views of the iconic sight. In addition, there is a huge Carrefour supermarket opposite the hotel (perfect for picnic foods).
Why book – 850m from the Eiffel Tower, private garden terrace, spacious bathrooms
Situated on Rue Cler, this hotel features a unique location. Rue Cler is one of the most delightful Parisian streets. It’s semi-pedestrianised with original cobblestones and boasts delicatessen shops and authentic street markets. Stay here to experience Paris as a true Parisian!
Why book – 790m from the Eiffel Tower, comfortable quiet rooms with air-conditioning
Best area to stay in Paris for shopping
The best places to stay in Paris for shopping are Champs-Élysées (8th arrondissement) and Boulevard Haussman (9th arrondissement). Located on the right bank on the Seine, these two districts offer the best shopping experience in Paris!
The best area to stay in Paris for shopping
- Champs-Élysées (8th arrondissement) – exclusive high-end boutiques
- Boulevard Haussman (9th arrondissement) – home to the biggest department stores
The 8th arrondissement is home to the world-famous avenue Champs-Élysées. This is the area for all fashion lovers. The avenue features some of the greatest designers, including Louis Vuitton, Cartier and Hugo Boss. You’ll find tons of high-end shopping boutiques along the Avenue Montaigne and the Champs-Elysées.
The biggest department stores, Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, are in the 9th arrondissement. And if you need more, there is an abundance of exclusive shops along the Boulevard Haussmann.
Why stay near Champs-Élysées and Haussman
- the best area to stay in Paris for all shopping lovers
- well-connected to the rest of the city by metro
- excellent fine-dining restaurants
- don’t miss the Golden Triangle (Le Triangle d’Or) – the area between Avenue des Champs-Elysées, Rue Montaigne and Rue George V
- shop until you drop on one of the Grand Boulevards, Haussman
- visit the queen of department stores – Galeries Lafayette
- climb to the top of the Arc de Triomphe for spectacular views in the evening (book skip-the-line tickets here)
Just a few strides from Champs-Élysées, the hotel boasts a fantastic location for shopping. Plus, the nearest metro station is less than a 5min walk (perfect for sightseeing). The spacious rooms feature contemporary design and city views.
Why book – 200m from Champs-Elysées, spacious air-conditioned rooms, breakfast until 2 PM
Located next to the famous Boulevard Haussman, this hotel offers a unique experience. You’ll feel like staying in a secret garden in the heart of Paris, thanks to the floral decorations of rooms. And for all shopping lovers, Galeries Lafayette is less than 10min away!
Why book – 100m from Boulevard Haussman, soundproofed rooms, close to metro lines
If you look for a unique place to stay in Paris, this is the best choice! Set in a 19th-century mansion with a courtyard and a garden, the hotel offers an unforgettable experience. The luxurious rooms boast high ceilings, large windows and marble bathrooms. And it’s in the heart of the shopping area!
Why book – 200m from Boulevard Haussman, spacious comfortable rooms with air-conditioning
Best place to stay in Paris for nightlife
The nightlife in Paris happens around Pigalle (9th arrondissement) and Bastille (11th arrondissement). If sightseeing is not your priority and you’re visiting the city to party, then stay around Pigalle or Bastille.
Pigalle is more central than Bastille and closer to the tourist sights. Thus, if you plan some sightseeing after all, probably Pigalle would be the better choice for you.
Where to stay in Paris for nightlife
- Bastille (11th arrondissement) – home to trendy bars and hipster clubs
- Pigalle (9th arrondissement) – upscale nightlife with chic cocktail bars and burlesque clubs
A former working-class neighbourhood, today the 11th arrondissement boasts the best nightlife in Paris. Don’t expect any famous sights, but do expect many trendy restaurants, hipster clubs and extravagant rooftop bars.
The main party areas are around Place de la Bastille and Oberkampf. Trendy bars to add to your list – Moonshiner, Meltdown Paris and La Mercerie. Also, don’t miss Supersonic, one of the most popular music venues in the area.
Tastefully designed hotel with a fantastic location for nightlife. It’s just a short distance away both from Place de la Bastille and Oberkampf.
Why book – 500m from Place de la Bastille, close to 3 metro stations, air-conditioning
Located on the border between the 9th and 18th arrondissement, Pigalle is the city’s red-light district.
South Pigalle (SoPi) is the place to stay if you look for more upscale nightlife. The area is home to chic cocktail bars and of course the world-class cabaret, Moulin Rouge.
In addition, you’ll also find numerous trendy clubs and small hidden-away bars like No Entry. To get to the latter you need to pass through the cold storage room of Pink Mamma!
The hotel has a brilliant location, a short walk from Pigalle metro station and the world-famous cabaret Moulin Rouge. Lots of trendy restaurants close by. Plus, Montmartre is just 10min away!
Why book – 280m from Moulin Rouge, near 2 metro stations, air-conditioning, spacious rooms
Where to stay in Paris for the Olympic Games 2024
From 26 July to 11 August, Paris will host the 2024 Olympics! France wants this Olympiad to be environmentally conscious, so as a result, the games will take place in the heart of the city.
In fact, France will use 95% existing or temporary venues (to minimise the carbon footprint). Only three venues will be constructed – the Aquatics Centre, the Olympic and Paralympic Village, and the Media Village. The opening and the closing ceremonies will take place at Stade de France.
Where will the Olympic Games take place
The city’s most iconic sights will be transformed into sporting arenas. Champs-Élysées will become a gigantic cycle track. Château de Versailles will host the horse races. You’ll be able to watch the beach volleyball competition at the foot of the Eiffel Tower! And the Seine River will link all the sporting arenas.
Having in mind all this, I’d recommend you stay near the Seine in the area from the Eiffel Tower to Louvre. Paris has excellent public transport, so you’ll have no problem reaching each sporting arena. Just be sure to book a hotel right next to a metro station.
Best places to stay in Paris for the Olympic Games 2024
- Louvre (1st arrondissement)
- Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides (7th arrondissement)
- Champs-Élysées (8th arrondissement)
To help you decide where to stay in Paris for the Olympics, I’ve hand-picked the hotels below. All of them are right in the heart of the city, at walking distance from the sporting arenas and metro stations.
Situated next to the Grand Palais, this hotel has the best location for the Summer Olympic Games 2024. You’ll be just a short distance away from Champs-Élysées, Eiffel Tower, Seine River and Les Invalides. And you can reach Stade de France, where the opening ceremony will take place, in 30min (take metro line 13).
Why book – walking distance to many sporting arenas, spacious rooms, excellent breakfast, private parking on-site
Hotel d’Orsay is just a stone’s throw from the Seine River and Les Invalides. You’ll be able to reach a few of the sporting arenas in less than 10min. Stade de France is 40min away (metro line 13).
Why book – walking distance to many sporting arenas, air-conditioning, excellent breakfast, public parking nearby
If you look for a convenient luxury hotel for the Summer Olympics, this is the best option. Overlooking the iconic Place de la Concorde, this accommodation is less than a 2min walk from Champs-Élysées. For the opening ceremony at Stade de France, take metro line 13 (20min ride).
Why book – walking distance to many sporting arenas, spa centre with indoor swimming pool, spacious marble bathrooms
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Milena – I took your advise and just booked the Hôtel & Spa de Latour Maubourg!! Oh my gosh, it looks so beautiful and the location looks fantastic! I cannot thank you enough for bringing this hotel to my attention. I can’t wait.
Thank you, Pamela, for your comment! I hope you’ll have a lovely time in Paris.
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Where to stay in Paris
Choose from our pick of the best areas to stay in Paris, from beautiful Belleville to poppin’ Pigalle. Sleep well!
Without meaning to state the obvious, Paris is a big city. Very, very big. Where to stay in Paris? That could well be the million Euro question, although that might be somewhat of an overreaction as we’re about to dissect the best parts of the city for your benefit. Every option in Paris seems like a good one, but it is undeniable that some neighbourhoods are better than others when it comes to restaurants, others for bars, nightlife, shopping, history and all the rest. The French capital is a collection of towns within a city, a very big city (did we mention that?), and these are the best places to stay in Paris.
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Where to stay in Paris
Known locally as ‘So-Pi’, South Pigalle is what Dalston or Peckham are to London: très, très trendy. Just beneath the Moulin Rouge and sex shops of Pigalle, this is the place to sample the very latest going-out trends, whether that’s fusion bistros (Buvette), concept hotels (Le Pigalle) or clandestine cocktail bars (Lulu White’s). The Rue des Martyrs is a foodie heaven with dozens of boulangeries, chocolateries and chic cafés perfect for brunch and people-watching on a weekend morning. Follow that up with a stroll round the gorgeous gardens of the Musée de la Vie Romantique, one of Paris’s few free-entry museums, and then stop by the eponymous Pigalle streetwear store. So-Pi is particularly famed for its nightlife, with all sorts of options for letting loose after dark. Dirty Dick is the place for rum in a tiki-themed setting, while upmarket Le Carmen serves cocktails in an opulent, distinctly Parisian setting. Attractions here are hip rather than historic – if basketball’s your thing, stop by Pigalle Duperré, a neon-coloured court sandwiched between two towering apartment blocks.
For the five-star Parisian experience, it has to be Saint-Germain-des-Prés. From existentialism to jazz, this is where Paris’s key 20th-century cultural movements thrived, where Godard and Giacometti shared cafés and bookshops with Sartre and de Beauvoir. That golden age lives on in the many independent stores and boutiques, and for authentic café culture, Saint-Germain takes some beating. By day, chill out around the lakes and palm trees of the nearby Jardin du Luxembourg and when night falls, the Latin Quarter around the Sorbonne is where you’ll find buzzing, student-packed pubs, bars and clubs. Shopping is high end, with designers from Cartier to Sonia Rykiel based in Saint-Germain. Restaurants can be hit and miss, so go with storied institutions such as Paris’s oldest restaurant Le Procope, or Fish La Boissonnerie for exquisite seafood.
Beautifully kept squares, lush parks with hidden fountains, traditional bistros and dinky fashion boutiques – if you’re looking for this kind of Parisian romance, the Marais is for you. This area is known for being home to a large LGBTQ+ community and hosting a diverse mix of independent art galleries and specialist stores nestled between aristocratic mansions. Sure, the more affordable, more spacious east of Paris might be where most new bars and clubs are opening, but the Marais will always be one of the best places to stay in Paris. It’s fabulously grand hôtels particuliers and old-fashioned boulangeries feel like the very embodiment of Paris. Location wise, it’s very central. Spread across the 3rd and 4th arrondissements, the Marais sits on the right bank of the Seine across from Notre Dame. To your west, you’ll find the Louvre, the Tuileries and the Hôtel de Ville; to the east the buzzing bars of Bastille. And not far away there’s the Centre Pompidou. The Marais itslef boasts the magnificent Place des Vosges and the refurbished Musée Picasso. When you’re hungry, make for Breizh Café for heavenly crêpes and galettes, or the wonderfully eccentric Derrière for a modern twist on French cuisine served in a lavish flat.