Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels

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Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and it is such a big city it can be difficult to decide where to stay if it’s your first time. I wrote this post for you to know where to stay in Paris according to your interests including the best areas and hotels in Paris.

In Paris you’ll find plenty of accommodation of all kinds and for all budgets. In this article I will recommend different hostels, hotels or apartments in the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris.

The 20 districts of Paris

The first thing you need to know about Paris is that the city is divided into 20 districts or “arrondissements” that are numbered in the form of a clockwise spiral starting from the middle of the city. Each of these municipal districts has its own characteristics and is divided into neighborhoods. Arrondissements are also identified according to whether they are on the right side (rive droite) or left (rive gauche) of the Seine River.

Here is a map with the 20 arrondissements and their main attractions:

Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels

In Paris the tourist attractions are scattered throughout the city so there isn’t just one area that is best for staying. Each arrondissement will allow you to be near a particular place, but to see the rest of the attractions, you will have to move by subway or the transport you choose. 

Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels

1. Central area of Paris (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements)

Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels

 The 4 districts that make up the central area of Paris located on the right bank of the Seine River are among the oldest in the city. Here you’ll find Île de la Cité (districts 1 and 4), the island where the famous Notre Dame cathedral is located.

These districts are a really convenient for staying in Paris because you are right in the center of the city, close to tourist attractions and there are good public transport connections. At the same time it is one of the most expensive and luxurious areas to stay in Paris as many hotels are old palaces and restored buildings.

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Louvre Museum – Orangerie Museum – Pompidou Center – Notre Dame Cathedral – Sainte Chapelle – Pont Neuf – Pont des arts

 Recommended accommodation in the central area of Paris:

$Pratic Hotel: in the 4th district, in the luxurious Le Marais neighborhood you will find this small hotel with private rooms. It is one of the cheapest accommodations located in the central area of Paris. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Turenne Le Marais: a mid-range hotel located in Le Marais, a neighborhood full of day and night life and a few meters from a metro station. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Hôtel Regina Louvre: One of the most historic hotels in Paris that opened in 1900. The hotel was renovated to offer all the comforts of a modern hotel but keeping its essence and art nouveau style. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

2. The Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Prés (5th and 6th arrondissements)

In the central zone but on the left side of Seine River, you’ll find the 5th and 6th distritcs. In the 5th district is the Latin Quarter, a neighborhood known for this name for being the place where students spoke Latin as an academic language during the Middle Ages. It is a neighborhood where many universities and institutions are located. 

Next to the Latin Quarter is the 6th district of Paris, mostly known for Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood. This is a very elegant and historical area and the place where many famous writers lived. 

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Pantheon of Paris – Institute of the Arab World – Luxembourg Gardens – Pont Neuf – Pont des arts

 Recommended accommodation in the Latin Quarter and Saint Germain:

$ Young and Happy Latin Quarter by Hiphophostels: this is one of the few hostels you’ll find in this area. Simple but comfortable and with a great location, it offers both private and shared rooms.  Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Hotel des Nations Saint Germain: a mid-range hotel located in the Latin Quarter with new modern rooms. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ L’Hôtel: If you have the budget to stay at L’Hotel, I definitely recommend you do so because it is a boutique hotel with a lot of history. Oscar Wilde died in one of its rooms and among the most recognized guests are Jorge Luis Borges and Marlon Brando. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

3. The Eiffel Tower (7th and 15th arrondissements)

 

 The Eiffel Tower is the undisputed icon of Paris and many people choose to sleep in a hotel near it. It wouldn’t be bad to get up and have views of the Eiffel Tower, right? If you are looking for this the best areas to stay are districts 7 and 15. They are residential areas that although they have tourist points such as the Eiffel Tower and some of the best museums in Paris, still remain quiet and without many things to do. 

Within the 7th district is Grenelle neighborhood that has direct views of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a good area to stay in Paris if you’re looking for those iconic views.

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Eiffel Tower – The Invalids – Orsay Museum – Rodin Museum 

 Recommended accommodation near the Eiffel Tower:

$YOOMA Urban Lodge: A super modern hotel located next to the Seine River in the 15th district. Prices are very convenient for families or groups of 4 people.  Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Mercure Paris Center Tour Eiffel: a mid-range hotel located just 2 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel: a 4-star hotel located just meters away from the Eiffel Tower. It has rooms with direct views of the Tower and a restaurant, gym and terrace. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

4. Champs Elyseés and Opera (8th and 9th arrondissements)

Recommended accommodation in Paris: best areas and hotels

If you are looking for an area with constant movement and shops, these two districts are the best to stay in Paris. In the 8th district is the famous Avenue of the Champs Elysees, which goes from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is a very pretty tree-lined street with luxury shops and restaurants.

In this area you also find the Paris Saint-Lazare train station that connects with many places in Paris and its surroundings. In the 9th district you will find many commercial stores such as the famous Lafayette Galleries. The famous Garnier Opera is also located in this arrondissement. 

Either of these two districts are the best for sleeping in Paris if you are looking for an area well connected with the rest of the city and with a lot of both daylife and nightlife. 

MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Avenue of the Champs Elysees – Paris Saint-Lazare Station – Arc de Triomphe – Galeries Lafayette – Opera Garnier – Place de la Concorde

Recommended accommodation near Champs Elyseés and Opera:

$ Perfect Hotel & Hostel: This is one of the few hostels in the area. It is located east of district 9, near the train station. It offers both private and shared rooms.  Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ ibis Paris Grands Boulevards Opéra: any Ibis is always a good option if you are looking for an affordable but nice hotel with good location and service. This hotel is located in a central area with many shops and restaurants, steps away from a metro station. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Le Bristol Paris: this is a historic hotel in Paris. Opened in 1925, it hosted guests such as Dalí, Chanel, Picasso and was visited by Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Charles Chaplin. One of the 4 restaurants the hotel has received 3 Michelin stars. The perfect place to experience the French luxury. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

5. Gare du Nord (10th arrondissement)

 The 10th district doesn’t have many tourist attractions but it is an area that I recommend to stay in Paris because it is possible to find budget accommodation and still be very close to the city center.

In this district you;ll find Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est train stations where high-speed national and international train lines arrive. If you have to take a train from any of these stations early in the morning, sleeping in this area is very convenient. It was the district I stayed in when I traveled to Paris by myself. In addition to being well connected with the rest of the city, the area is equipped with cafes and restaurants. 

 MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Gare de l’Est train station – Gare du Nord train station 

Recommended accommodation in district 10:

$Generator Paris: this was the hostel where I stayed in Paris and I strongly recommend it. Generator Hostels is a chain of hostels characterized by its contemporary and young design. They offer both private and shared rooms (with bathroom inside the room which is a plus). Generator Paris has a terrace, a bar and a common space with games and couches to relax.  Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Hotel Whistler: a mid-range hotel located half a block from Gare du Nord station. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ My Veranda: fully equipped apartments with capacity for up to 10 people. If you travel in a group it is very convenient. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

6. Bastille (arrondissement 11)

Another area to consider for staying in Paris is the 11th district, specifically the area near the Bastille Square which is really close to Le Marais neighborhood. This area is within a short distance from many tourist spots in Paris and there are also many shops and restaurants. 

 MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Bastille Square – Republic Square – Bastille Theater

Recommended accommodation near Bastille:

$ Les Piaules: a very cool hostel located in the Belleville area in the north of the district. It has both private and shared rooms.  Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Moxy Paris Bastille: Moxy is a mid-range hotel chain characterized by its modern and youthful environments. It is located south of the district very close to Le Marais. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Maison Bréguet: a 5 star hotel located really close to Place de la Bastille. It has a restaurant, gym and very good breakfast. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

7. Montparnasse (arrondissement 14)

The 14th district isn’t one of the most touristic areas in Paris but it is a great place to stay because of its proximity to the city center and the possibility of finding cheaper accommodation. It is best to look for hotels in the Montparnasse district, which is the one located in the north of the district, next to the 6th arrondissement.

 MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

The Catacombs of Paris – The Paris Observatory – Montparnasse Tower

Recommended accommodation near Montparnasse:

$Enjoy Hostel: A budget and simple hostel with good location. It offers both private and shared rooms. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Central Hotel Paris: a simple hotel with everything you need. It is located in the north of the district, near the Luxembourg Gardens. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Lenox Montparnasse: a hotel with fully equipped rooms located a few blocks from the Montparnasse Tower and the Luxembourg Gardens. You’ll pay twice the price for a hotel like this in other areas of Paris. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

8. Montmartre (18th arrondissement)

Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels

 The 18th district is mostly known for hosting the district of Montmartre where the Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris and the famous Moulin Rouge cabaret are located. It is a very nice area since it is on the highest hill in Paris and the streets are very charming with its typical cobblestone, bars and shops. 

It is a good area to stay in Paris because you can find cheap accommodation, however, it is not the best area to walk at night. 

 MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart – Moulin Rouge

Recommended accommodation in Montmartre:

$ Le Village Montmartre by Hiphophostels: a hostel located very close to The Basilica of the Sacred Heart, with both private and shared rooms. The hostel is equipped with a shared kitchen. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ Hôtel des Arts Montmartre: a mid-range hotel with a good location and a very colorful atmosphere. A good option if you travel as a couple. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Mom’Art Hotel & Spa: A great hotel located just 4 blocks from the Basilica. It has a spa, restaurant, gym and buffet breakfast. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

9. La Villette (19th arrondissement)

 This district has a history that I love. Hundreds of years ago the Paris slaughterhouse was located here, which after its closure was abandoned for several years until they decided to transform it into La Villette Park. Thanks to this the neighborhood was revitalized and today it is one of the most beautiful and quiet areas of Paris. In the park you also find the City of Science and Industry (a good place to visit with children) and several theaters and concert halls.

If you don’t mind being a little further from the center, La Villette is a good area to stay in Paris because you can get better prices at accommodation. If you stay in the southern part of the district you will be next to the 10th arrondissement, only about 10 minutes by subway from the center.

 MAIN TOURIST ATTRACTIONS:

Park of Buttes-Chaumont – Parc de la Villette – Cité des sciences et de l’industrie – Cité de la musique

Recommended accommodation in La Villette:

$Beautiful Belleville Hôtel & Hostel: a hotel and hostel located near Buttes Chaumont Park and steps from the 10th district. It has shared or private rooms and elevator (which is not a minor detail in European cities). Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$ ibis Paris La Villette Cité des Sciences: this Ibis is located right in front o La Villette park which is a nice place to walk, especially if you travel in summer. The hotel has comfortable simple rooms, common spaces and buffet breakfast. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

$$$ Hotel Restaurant Au Boeuf Couronné: a hotel with cool modern atmosphere located just meters from La Villette Park. It has a bar and restaurant. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.

Apartments rentals in Paris

Renting an apartment in Paris is a good alternative to save money because you can buy food at the supermarket. It is convenient mostly if you travel in group. You can find apartments in practically all the areas that I mentioned above. You can search for apartments on Airbnb and use my discount: €16 discount on your first Airbnb booking

I hope this guide on where to stay in Paris has helped you! If you have any doubts please leave your comment below 🙂

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Enes February 13, 2020 - 7:21 am

Hey Guys

Could you please tell me that how did you make that map with arrondissements ? I can not find the way how you guys did it. Please would you mind to tell me that ? did you use plugin ?

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Postcards from IvI February 13, 2020 - 11:49 am

Hi! It’s just an image 🙂

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Postcards from IvI January 30, 2020 - 11:15 am

That’s awesome! I’m glad it helps 🙂

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Jyoti basu January 27, 2020 - 4:15 am

Such a wonderful blog post! This is so amazing article. Thanks for sharing your information.

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Alexandra Booze January 25, 2020 - 7:53 pm

I am heading to Paris soon and always like to do research on places to stay. Thank you for the helpful tips!

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Aswani January 25, 2020 - 5:00 pm

Thank you for this detailed post! Wish I had the map and all these details before I visited Paris!

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Emma January 25, 2020 - 4:38 pm

This is a wonderful blog, so in-depth! I had no idea there was so many neighbourhoods! Bookmarking cause I’m hoping to visit Paris this year!

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