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
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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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.
Where to Stay in Paris – Best Areas & Tips
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Finding where to stay in Paris can be confusing and very stressful, especially if this is your first time in the city.
When we first visited the city, we stayed in Montmartre, which is an incredibly romantic area in Paris.
But when we started frequently going to the French capital on weekend trips, we always tried to stay in distinct arrondissements so that we can learn more about the city.
Because how can you choose the best arrondissement in Paris when there are so many? We hear you!
Picking the best area in Paris is overwhelming, we know that, but we hope this guide to the best hotels in Paris can help you with that.
Best Hotels in Paris
While it is challenging to pinpoint the best hotel in Paris, and we will tell you our top picks, we can better talk about the best areas in Paris to stay in.
Every arrondissement in Paris is unique and has its own vibe and style.
While the city is walkable, you will want to stay in an area that suits your needs. Paris has 20 arrondissements, after all.
For that reason, we will talk about the best hostels, inns, and hotels in Paris in selected arrondissements–five districts, to be more exact.
We will also briefly talk about the best things to do in each one of these districts of Paris so that you have a better idea of where they are.
Wondering where to stay when in Paris? Read on!
Where to Stay in Paris – Budget Overview
Accommodation in Paris lands on the more expensive side, but if you’re looking to splash out, you get a lot from your money with sweeping views from your balcony and a highly walkable city that’s just waiting to be explored.
One of the main things to remember, whether you’re staying in Paris on a budget or looking for some luxury, is to make sure you’re based near a metro station.
At just $1.80 a ticket, the metro extends right across the city into the suburbs so there’s no issue staying further out if you’re looking for something more affordable.
Where to Stay in Paris:
- Budget hostel: $45-$65 for a dorm room
- Mid-range hotel: $90-$180 per night
- Luxury hotel: $200 +
Best Places to Stay in Paris
- Where to Stay in Paris for the Nightlife: Les Marais in the 4th Arrondissement
- Where to Stay in Paris for Couples: Montmartre in the 18th Arrondissement
- Where to Stay in Paris for the First time: 7th Arrondissement
- Where to Stay in Paris on a Budget: Latin Quarter, the 5th Arrondissement
- Where to Stay in Paris for Shopping and Eating Well: 6th Arrondissement
Our Top Picks for Where to Stay in Paris
Not enough time to read this article in one sitting? If you want a quick answer to the best accommodation in Paris, here are our top picks in the city.
Best Guesthouse in Paris: Regyn’s Montmartre
Found in the romantic Montmartre district and just ten minutes’ walk from the Sacre-Coeur, this is ideal if you want gorgeous views of the Eiffel Tower and easy access to Paris’s most famous monuments.
It’s also conveniently located near the main Gare du Nord train and Abbesses metro station so if you’re arriving or leaving by train, you can’t get better.
Perfect if you want to take winding strolls from your hotel or simply look out over one of Paris’s most charming areas.
Best Hotel in Paris: Hôtel Le Compostelle
Right in central Paris in the trendy Marais district, this bright and charming hotel offers city views and everything you could need for a great stay in Paris.
It’s perfect for first-time visitors as you can walk to many of the major sites, such as Place de la Bastille and Place des Vosges. You’re also within walking distance of Saint-Paul Metro Station so you have the rest of Paris at your fingertips.
There is plenty to do nearby in terms of cafe and restaurant options
Paris Neighbourhood Guide
Are you traveling solo? As a family or a couple? What do you want to have on your doorstep? Whatever you’re looking for, we’ll cover it here in this Paris neighborhood guide.
Marais Nightlife and eating out
What most visitors and locals love about Le Marais is its electric and vibrant nightlife. While there’s still plenty to see and do during the day, including some fantastic cafes and restaurants, Le Marais really comes into its own once the sun goes down.
Montmartre Local atmosphere
Montmartre is a place of quiet strolls arm-in-arm with your other half, where you can wander up to the Basilica Sacre-Coeur and, once there, take in the view of the whole city from its very best vantage point.
7th Arrondissement Sightseeing, museums, cafés
This district is the ultimate place to stay for first-time visitors to Paris. If you’re able to stay within arm’s reach of the Eiffel Tower, how could you resist? And so, you shouldn’t.
Latin Quarter Budget and cafés
Synonymous with bohemian Paris, the Latin Quarter has the benefit of being within walking distance to most of the main cities with a cheaper price point and a lively bar and cafe scene to enjoy.
6th Arrondissement Boutique shopping and relaxation
Brimming with designer and boutique shopping and a touch of old Parisian glamour, this is one of the most popular areas of Paris for visitors.
Le Marais: Le Marais is a historically fashionable area of central Paris. It’s a district that, in many ways, both encapsulates and celebrates the fashion and vibrancy of Paris through the ages.
Every building in Le Marais was chiseled and designed with charm and character, and today these buildings are filled with boutique shops, gay bars, and art galleries.
While it was once the city’s Jewish quarter, today it is very much the fashion center of Paris.
Montmartre: Purely on name alone, Montmartre is perhaps Paris’ most famous district.
Built atop a single hill, Montmartre has been captured in paintings and artwork for centuries. Its most famous feature is also its crowning glory: the Basilica of the Sacre-Coeur.
Montmartre is easily the most romantic area in Paris. Any place that has been so romanticized and memorialized in beautiful stories and artwork is the ideal area for couples to stay and live for a short time.
7th Arrondissement: It may not have the most romantic of names, but the 7th Arrondissement of Paris is the hub of Paris when it comes to iconic tourist attractions.
It’s a place where you’ll find so many of the city’s most visited and beloved structures and buildings, including the Eiffel Tower and several of Paris’ finest museums.
For those who enjoy sightseeing, the 7th Arrondissement of Paris is unparalleled and is the place that every visitor interested in history and iconic architecture would want to stay and spend most of their time.
Latin Quarter: Paris’ Latin Quarter (more officially known as the 5th Arrondissement) is, today, its hipster district, thanks to its university bringing in so many students to the area.
With students comes an unparalleled bar and cafe culture.
Boutique shopping, good coffee, quaint and experimental restaurants, and budget living have all come to define the Latin Quarter, making it a great place to stay if you’re looking to stay in Paris on a budget and also see how the young people of Paris live and spend their time.
6th Arrondissement: The 6th Arrondissement of Paris is a district entirely refined and beautiful, where sweet and charming aesthetics come before anything else.
It’s a place of complete refinement, home to the oldest church in Paris, the grand and beautiful Jardin du Luxembourg park, and rows upon rows of vintage clothing stores, and antiquarian booksellers. It’s where visitors go to see Paris at its most exquisite and chic.
Arrondissements in Paris
The Best Areas to Stay in Paris
Paris is the most art-filled, romantic, and aesthetically stunning city in Europe. It is a city of fashion, music, and high art.
And so, knowing where to stay and which neighborhoods to spend time in is vital to getting the most out of Paris.
Every district discussed here is worth exploring, but each one also provides something unique, depending on the kind of tourist or traveler you are.
Regardless, you’ll find in each of these districts beautiful examples of Paris’ most refined architecture, as well as delightful cafes, high-end restaurants, as well as parks and avenues to stroll through.
From the student-filled Latin Quarter with its second-hand bookstores and boutique clothing stores to the chic and refined 6th Arrondissement with its high fashion and peak aesthetics, there is something for everyone in Paris: a city of dreams, art, and romantic experiences.
Whether you’re looking to dig into the city’s history, admire its iconic architecture, or experience its best bars, cafes, and restaurants, you’ll find everything you need to know in this guide to the five best neighborhoods in Paris.
Not only that, but also the best hotels in Paris City center, inns, and hostels to stay in once you’ve picked your district of choice.
Le Marais: The Best District in Paris for the Nightlife
Le Marais is one of the best places to stay in Paris. In the picture, Hotel de Ville, the City Hall of Paris
What was originally Paris’ Jewish Quarter is today the most vibrant and exciting district not just in Paris, but in the whole of France.
Le Marais is a beautiful district, first and foremost. Its buildings overflow with lovingly detailed and beautiful architectural flair and flourish.
There is so much class carved into the average building in Le Marais, and yet that’s not even what the district is best known for today.
What most visitors and locals love about Le Marais is its electric and vibrant nightlife.
While there’s still plenty to see and do during the day, including some fantastic cafes and restaurants, Le Marais really comes into its own once the sun goes down.
Nighttime diners have a lot to discover and enjoy, with some of the city’s best restaurants to be found here. And if you’re in it for the bar and club scene, Le Marais will never disappoint.
While every kind of pub and bar can be found in Le Marais, it’s the cocktail bars that really impress. Places like Le Mary Celeste and Sherry Butt are home to some of the best mixologists in the city and provide an incredible range of cocktails, both classics, and originals.
If you’re looking for somewhere to go after you’ve had your fill of sweet and sour cocktails, Le Marais also provides a wealth of great clubs and is where you’ll find most gay clubs in the city.
Les Souffleurs is the biggest and most popular place in the city for Paris’ queer community to hang out and dance to a live DJ set.
Things to do in Le Marais:
- Grab cocktails at Le Mary Celeste and Sherry Butt – the two best cocktail bars in Le Marais (and therefore in all of Paris)
- Hit the dancefloor at Les Souffleurs, the best and most popular hipster queer club in Paris. Visit on Thursdays and Saturdays for a live DJ set but the club is also open seven days a week
- Shop local at the Marche des Enfants Rouge, the oldest covered market in Paris
- Try the popular Mediterranean cuisine of Miznon, a popular restaurant in Le Marais
- Go shopping on the Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and the Rue Vieille du Temple
Best Hotel in Le Marais: Hôtel Le Compostelle
This hotel allows visitors the chance to live out the fantasy inspired by so many romantic novels and movies: that of waking up to bird song, stepping across the room to your balcony, and opening the french doors out onto a view of the city streets and decorated rooftops of Paris.
Hotel Le Compostelle provides the most comfortable beds in vintage decorated rooms, as well as a continental breakfast provided every single morning and super fast WIFI.
You have a private bathroom, a spacious bedroom, and easy walking access to some of the city’s best attractions and streets.
Best Hostel in Le Marais: MIJE Marais
Despite being a simple hostel, MIJE Marais provides surprisingly comfortable beds in a spotlessly clean and spacious environment, with tall windows that overlook the beautiful streets below.
The views are fantastic and the rooms are decorated in a vintage style that makes you feel at home despite sharing the room with others.
You also get your own private wardrobe space and a continental breakfast every single morning. This is an ideal place to stay if you want to be close to Le Marais’ nightlife and restaurant scene.
Montmartre: The Best District in Paris for Couples
Montmartre is one of the best areas to stay in Paris. In the picture, an incredible view of Paris from the Sacre-Coeur
Paris’ most romantic and picturesque district is easily Montmartre. Wherever you are in this district, the Basilica Sacre-Coeur is in view, sitting atop the hill like a crown.
Beyond that, this large hill of a district is also home to several incredible museums and galleries, including the Musee de Montmartre, which is a celebration of the district itself, teaching us about its cultural beauty and history.
Montmartre is where you’ll also find the Salvador Dali Museum, as well as a cemetery where several of Paris’ greatest writers and artists are laid to rest.
Beyond that, Montmartre is a place of quiet strolls arm-in-arm with your other half, where you can wander up to the Basilica Sacre-Coeur and, once there, take in the view of the whole city from its very best vantage point.
Things to do in Montmartre:
- Visit the Salvador Dali Museum (Espace Dali), which includes sculptures and even furniture which interprets his art in a new way and reinvents Dali’s perspective and artistry for a new audience
- Climb the Basilica Sacre-Coeur, which grants visitors the most beautiful and perfect view of the city in all of Paris
- Explore the Musee de Montmartre, a museum found at the top of the district, which highlights life in Montmartre as well as the famous Parisians who have lived there
- Stroll through Montmartre Cemetery, the resting place of several French literary legends, including Alexandre Dumas, writer of The Count of Monte Cristo
Best Hotel in Montmartre: Regyn’s Montmartre
With cozy rooms available as singles, twin, or double, this delightful boutique hotel oozes charm.
The rooms are small and quaint, each one wallpapered differently with a decidedly vintage French aesthetic that whisks you back in time to the 17th century and how the gentry of Paris would have lived, but with all the modern amenities we expect to find in a city hotel.
With fast WIFI, a TV in every room, and soundproofing, a stay in Regyn’s Montmartre is an escape to your own private little paradise.
You also have easy access to the area’s best sights, as well as the nearby metro station which is only a short walk away.
Best Hostel in Montmartre: Le Village Montmartre
Le Village Montmartre has twin rooms for couples and pairs of friends, as well as larger rooms with bunks for groups, giving visitors a range of options when choosing to stay.
Selected rooms also provide window views of the Basilica Sacre-Coeur which looks to be only an arm’s reach away. You’re also only 800 meters from the iconic and legendary Moulin Rouge.
This Paris hostel has its own dining room where breakfast is served every single day.
If you choose to stay in a private room, you also get your own private bathroom.
7th Arrondissement: The Best District in Paris for First-Time Visitors
Where to stay in Paris? Near the Eiffel Tower! After all, why not?
Home to the Eiffel Tower, the Musee Rodin, the Musee de l’Armee, and so much more besides, the 7th Arrondissement is in many ways the very beating heart of Paris.
This district is the ultimate place to stay for first-time visitors to Paris. If you’re able to stay within arm’s reach of the Eiffel Tower, how could you resist? And so, you shouldn’t.
There are romantic avenues to stroll down, plenty of iconic art and history museums to explore, and even the Palais Bourbon, a partial home to the French parliament.
There is an almost overwhelming amount of historic beauty in this area of Paris that should be fully explored and lovingly enjoyed by every visitor to the 7th Arrondissement.
Things to do in 7th Arrondissement:
- Visit the Musee de l’Armee, an enormous military museum that holds a staggering number of military objects from across French history. This includes weapons, armaments, as well as various maps and models
- Explore the Musee Rodin, which was once a hotel where famous sculptor Auguste Rodin spent his final years and now houses his studio and gardens
- Stroll the Rue Saint-Dominique, a romantic street where you’ll find plenty of boulangeries and patisseries to indulge in
- Wander Champs de Mars, a series of vibrant green fields that stretch all the way to the Eiffel Tower
- Visit the Palais Bourbon, a beautiful and staggering 18th-century building that houses part of the French parliament
Best Hotel in 7th Arrondissement: Hôtel Eiffel Turenne
This Paris hotel is only a short one-kilometer walk away from the Eiffel Tower, making it the perfect place to stay if you want to have easy access to the city’s best and most iconic buildings and monuments without having to rely on public transport.
The hotel itself excels in the area of food and drink, with an excellent bar to relax at each evening after a day of exploring the area and visiting the sights.
The continental breakfast can be enjoyed in the dining room, or you can ask to have it delivered straight to your room each morning. The rooms themselves come with WIFI access and a decently sized flat-screen TV.
Hôtel Eiffel Turenne is certainly one of the best hotels in Paris near the Eiffel Tower.
Runner-up: Hotel de France Invalides
Avenue des Champs-Elysees is only 1.5km away from this hotel, making it an easy enough walk and making the hotel a great choice when looking for the right location.
If you’re a tourist looking to hit all the best and most iconic sights in Paris, this is certainly a fantastic choice.
Each room of the hotel comes with WIFI access and a flat-screen TV.
You can also enjoy a buffet breakfast each and every morning, with a wide selection of choices to enjoy.
The rooms are small and simple, but with exceptionally comfortable beds and views out onto the streets of central Paris, making for a very romantic location to stay for any young couples visiting Paris.
Latin Quarter: The Best District in Paris for Budget Travel
The Latin Quarter is a fantastic place to stay in Paris when traveling on a budget
Synonymous with bohemian Paris, once home to famous writers such as Hemingway, the Latin Quarter has the benefit of being within walking distance to most of the main cities with a cheaper price point and a lively bar and cafe scene to enjoy.
Since the area surrounds Paris’ most prestigious universities, you’ll find plenty of students and cheaper establishments targeted at students.
Wander the vibrant market streets like the 800-year-old Rue Mouffetard for traditional shopping and souvenirs, and pick up a picnic from the local vendors before settling along the Seine.
Don’t forget to explore the nearby photogenic Place de la Contrescarpe and Rue Monge for cobbled streets and pretty houses.
Things to do in the Latin Quarter:
- Visit the infamous Shakespeare & Company Bookshop
- See one of Europe’s oldest colleges, the Old Sorbonne University
- Visit Musée Cluny for Medieval Art
- Take a tour of the Pantheon
- Stroll the Jardin du Luxembourg
- Drink at La Closerie des Lilas Cafe where many famous writers have dined
- See the Natural History Museum
- Visit one of the oldest jazz clubs in Paris – Le Caveau de la Huchette
- Go shopping on Boulevard Saint Michel and see Saint-Michel’s Fountain
Best Hotel in Latin Quarter: Hotel De Suez
Just a quick stroll to the Luxembourg Garden and Notre Dame, this centrally located hotel is surrounded by exciting cafes and restaurants to dig into.
It’s right next to Odéon Metro Station, which gives you easy access to the Montparnasse district where there’s no end of things to do, including the famous Paris catacombs and the Musée Bourdelle.
Hotel De Suez offers a generous continental breakfast and daily newspapers to read, plus you can take breakfast in your room.
Best Hostel in Latin Quarter: Young and Happy Latin Quarter
This fun hostel is right next to the Natural History Museum and offers wonderful city views, just a 16-minute walk from Notre Dame, this is a great central location on a budget.
There’s a shared kitchen to use, a bar to relax in, and a complimentary continental breakfast served each morning.
The common area has a relaxed vibe and rustic aesthetic, which really suits the location, and the rooms are spacious. This is an ideal hostel if you’re traveling to Paris on a budget.
6th Arrondissement: The Best District in Paris for Shopping and Eating Well
The area surrounding the Luxembourg Garden is a perfect place to stay for families!
Brimming with designer and boutique shopping and a touch of old Parisian glamour, this is one of the most popular areas of Paris for visitors.
The 6th arrondissement is also a foodie hub as many of the best restaurants in the city are based here and you have easy access to La Grande Epicérie, the gourmet market.
Make sure to spend some time wandering Saint-Germain des Prés, a historic neighborhood that’s more than just the famous medieval abbey.
A favorite area of writers and thinkers, the cafes you can stop at very much reflect this with Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore being the notable two; once the favorites of literary greats and now the haunt of the creatives and celebrities of Paris.
Things to do in the 6th Arrondissement:
- Stroll the Jardin du Luxembourg before stopping by the Musee du Luxembourg, the oldest public museum in the city
- Catch a play at the Odeon Theatre, frequented by writers such as Alexander Dumas
- Have a coffee at Le Procope, the oldest cafe in Paris and a favorite of famous philosophers in the past
- Find Saint-Sulpice Church, one of the prettiest churches in the city
Best Hotel in 6th Arrondissement: Hôtel Des Marronniers
Like a home away from home, this historic, cozy hotel is set in a quiet courtyard with a real Parisian feel right in the heart of Saint-Germain-des-Près.
One of the highlights of Hôtel des Marronniers is their breakfast which can be served on your veranda or even under the chestnut tree in the garden.
In the afternoon or evening, you can spend time in their tea room or in the bar, which features a vaulted ceiling.
Within walking distance of a huge selection of cafes and restaurants, this is a perfect area for lovers of French cuisine!
Best Hostel in 6th Arrondissement: Hotel du Mont Blanc
Found in the heart of the Latin Quarter surrounded by cafes, bars, and restaurants, this hotel is conveniently located next to the Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame metro station meaning you can be at the Eiffel Tower in ten minutes but also walk to some of the most popular sights like the Luxembourg Garden and the Pantheon.
Breakfast can be served on the terrace with a view or you can enjoy a buffet breakfast in the impressive stone vaulted cellar.
Hotel du Mont Blanc is a perfect all-rounder in terms of location, value, and service.
Final Words on Where to Stay in Paris, France
While it can be overwhelming to choose the best place to stay in Paris, we hope you can now pick the perfect lodging in Paris that suits your needs.
Paris City hotels range from high-end accommodations with unparalleled views to properties that clearly could use some maintenance–we made sure to exclude the latter of this guide.
Therefore, you must choose a convenient hotel in Paris. And as a quick recap, our top picks are the Regyn’s Montmartre with its incredible view of Paris and Hôtel Le Compostelle with its unique vintage decoration.
More Places To Stay In Paris That Are Worth Checking Out
Paris Travel Resources
We want you to have a perfect trip to the city of love. To help you with that we wrote plenty of useful guides.
If this is your first time in the city, you might want to read up on how to plan a trip to Paris as well as copy our itineraries for what to do in 2 days in Paris or this other one about things to do in 4 days in Paris.
And if you have a little time left, you will want to go on a day trip to nearby towns, or who knows, other European capitals.
That’s it for today. Happy travels!
Don’t Forget About Travel Insurance!
Before you leave for France, make sure you have a valid travel insurance policy because accidents happen on the road. We have been paying for Safety Wing travel insurance for a little over a year now, and we happily recommend them to our family and friends.
If you get sick, injured, or have your stuff stolen, you’ll be happy to have the ability to pay for your medical bills or replace what was stolen.
Because, for just a couple of dollars a day (depending on how long your policy is for), you’re going to get lots of things covered. Be smart and get travel insurance.