Where To Stay In Paris – Best Neighborhoods and Hotels

Written By: The Planet D

Paris is a beautiful city, but it is also massive. It doesn’t matter how often you visit; you still have to face the monumental task of deciding where to stay in Paris. Dave and I first visited Paris in 1998 and instantly fell in love with the city. We have repeatedly returned, and each time we discover something different. We have also stayed in several different Paris neighborhoods, experiencing the unique flare of each.

There are 20 arrondissements in Paris, but some are better than others. After visiting Paris eight times, we have noticed there are Paris neighborhoods that are good for restaurants and nightlife and others that are good for shopping and sightseeing. That is the beauty of Paris. There is something for everyone. From Montmartre to The Eiffel Tower, these are our choices for the best places to stay and the best arrondissements in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris, France

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Is it your first time in Paris? One of the best places to stay in Paris is the 7th Arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower. Go Directly to the 7th Arrondissement for Details.

When visiting Paris, you will most likely fly into Charles de Gaulle or Orly airports, take the hassle of finding transportation, and book a private transfer to your Paris hotel. Also, read Cheapest Ways to get from Orly & Charles de Gaulle (CDG) to Paris.

The 10 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris

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There are 20 Arrondissements in Paris. Arrondissements (districts) are numbered in order as they circle out counter-clockwise from the Seine starting at the 1st Arrondissement. The closer to the River Seine, the lower the arrondissement number and the closer to the city center. If you are a first-time visitor to Paris, we suggest choosing a place to stay in a central location in the 1st to 8th arrondissement, where attractions are just a short walk from your hotel.

We will highlight the ten neighborhoods in Paris that we think are the best places to stay.

Even though Paris is big, it’s a largely walkable city, and this guide should take the difficulty out of deciding where to stay in Paris. You will walk a lot regardless of which neighborhood you stay in, Paris. That is why we suggest you pick a place to stay in Paris close to a Metro station. Paris has great transportation options, so take advantage of them.

If you want to skip directly to any of the neighborhoods in Paris, click on the links below. 

  • Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Paris for First timers with Eiffel Tower Views
  • Le Marais – 3rd and 4th Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Paris for nightlife
  • Saint Germain – 6th Arrondissement – The best area to stay in Paris for families
  • The Latin Quarter – 5th Arrondissement– Where to Stay in Paris on a Budget
  • The Louvre – 1st Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Toronto for luxury
  • Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Paris for culture
  • Champs-Élysées – 8th Arrondissement – Best Area to Stay in Paris for shopping
  • Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement – Where to stay in Paris for families
  • South Pigalle – 9th Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Paris for a local experience
  • Canal Saint Martin 10th & 11th Arrondissement – Where to Stay in Paris for Foodies

Paris’ main tourist areas are located around the River Seine and branch out in a circular pattern from there. We suggest choosing a more central location to stay in Paris on the Metro system to get around easily and enjoy the city’s top tourist attractions. This guide will showcase nine Paris neighborhoods to help you plan your itinerary.

The Best Hotels in Paris

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If you are in a hurry and want to book directly, these are the best hotels in Paris to suit any budget.

  • Luxury Hotel: The Ritz Paris
  • Mid-Range Hotel: Hotel Résidence Montebello – This modern hotel features kitchenettes and us just a short walk to famous Paris Tourist attractions.
  • Budget Hotel: Generator Paris – a modern hotel/hostel centrally located in the lively 10th district.
  • Family Hotel: Hotel Le Six – Excellent location near the city center, Luxembourg Gardens, Montparnasse, and Saint Germain-des-Pres.
  • Boutique Hotel: Le Narcisse Blanc – This luxury boutique hotel is centrally located within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Musée d’Orsay
  • Airbnb: Elegant Eiffel Tower

All the Paris Arrondissements have pros and cons, but if you are looking for one of the best places to stay in Paris that gives you the most for your money, the 7th Arrondissement (Eiffel Tower) makes for a great base. It has some of the best hotels in Paris and is close to everything. Jump directly to see what to do in the 7th arrondissement and where to stay.

Best Luxury Hotel in Paris: The Ritz Paris

It was already a beautiful hotel before its renovation in 2016, but The Ritz Paris is the Grande Dame of luxury hotels in Paris. There are suites named after famed guests like Coco Chanel and a bar named after Hemingway, who spent an exorbitant amount of time there. This is known as one of the best and most luxurious hotels in the world, and if you can afford it, it is one of the most exclusive experiences you will ever have at a hotel in Paris. With its world-renowned spa and indoor pool, it is the perfect place to unwind from a busy day of sightseeing in Paris.

Best Mid-Range Hotel in Paris: Hotel Moliere

If you are looking for a mid range hotel in Paris that is in a great location, then make sure to check out the boutique Hotel Moliere. Located in the heart of the 1st Arrondissement, you are within walking distance of Place Vendôme, the Louvre Museum, the Jardin de Tuileries, and the Opera Garnier. The rooms are elegantly decorated, and you have free access to the sauna and hammam.

Best Budget Hotel in Paris: Generator Paris

Budget hotels are not easy to find in Paris. You have to look outside the main Paris arrondissement for the best deals. The Generator Paris is one of the best in the city. Located in the 10th Arrondissement close to the Gare de Nord, this funky hotel has a cool feel and a real art-house design. The King rooms are a great value with your balcony and private bath. Check out the beautiful views of Sacre Coeur and Montmartre from the rooftop.

1. Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement

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The Eiffel Tower in Paris

If you are a first-timer to Paris, you will want to base yourself in the 7th arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower. Located on the left bank of the River Seine, this has been home to the aristocrats and upper class of Paris for three centuries, so of course, it is one of the best places to stay if you want to be in the heart of the action.

Staying in the 7th Arrondissement in Paris is within walking distance of many major tourist attractions. All of the famous places in Paris, like the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides – home to Napoleon’s Tomb, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, and the Musée du Quai Branly are located here and are within walking distance of most hotels.

This is one of the most popular neighborhoods to stay in Paris, so I recommend booking early, especially if you are looking at a boutique hotel. They fill up quickly. In this neighborhood, you’ll also find some of the best hotels in Paris.

If you visit Paris for the first time, you will notice that most of the best places to stay in this neighborhood are not close to the Eiffel Tower itself, but most offer a great view of the Eiffel Tower.

Top Rated Hotels in the 7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower

Things to in the 7th Arrondissement

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Eiffel Tower – A visit to Paris wouldn’t be complete without seeing the Eiffel Tower; if you want to see it from your room, this is the place to stay. A great way to see the Eiffel Tower is to take a Seine River Cruise.

Les Invalides – Napoleon’s tomb is located in Les Invalides, and it’s an interesting tour through the military history of France.

Musee d’Orsay – This museum is a dream for those who love Impressionism. With Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Van Gogh, Surat, Manet, and Gauguin hanging from its walls, it houses the largest collection of impressionist art in the world.

Champs de Mars – You know that giant green space you see from every aerial view of Paris? This is it. Champs de Mars offers beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower and is a perfect spot for a Parisian picnic.

Getting To The Eiffel Tower Neighborhood

The Paris Pass gives you unlimited metro, bus, and train travel, skip-the-line tickets to the Eiffel Tower, and entrance to  60 museums, sights, and attractions.

  • Eiffel Tower – stop at Bir-Hakeim station along line 6
  • Les Invalides – stop at Invalides station on metro lines 8 & 13
  • RER-C – stops at Les Invalides , Champ de Mars-Tour Eiffel and Musee D’Orsay
  • Batobus, the hop-on hop-off service along the tourist sites on the Seine, has stops at Tour Eiffel and the Musee d’Orsay.
  • For more information, check out the Paris Metro Website and visit Paris by Train for updated costs and schedule.

2. Le Marais – 3rd and 4th Arrondissement

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Le Marais is by far the coolest and hippest district in Paris and one of our favorite places to stay in Paris. It is also a favorite hangout for the younger generation of Parisians. Located across from Île de la Cité and Notre Dame Cathedral on the right bank of the River Seine, Le Marais has a vibrant nightlife scene besides boutique shopping and gourmet chocolatiers.

This area of Paris is known for its narrow streets. After the French Revolution, Napoleon III (descendant of Napoleon I)  widened the streets to stop people from making barricades. That’s the reason most of Paris has wide, large boulevards today.

In La Marais, you’ll find many pre-revolutionary buildings and narrow streets from Medieval Paris. It’s had a cool vibe ever since.

Today, Le Marais is the premiere LBGTQ+ district of Paris, where you’ll find a vibrant nightlife scene beside boutique shopping and gourmet chocolatiers.

Top Rated Hotels in Le Marais

Things to See in Le Marais

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Le Marais may look like old Paris, but the area is contemporary, notably the Centre George Pompidou. This building spans several blocks, showing the latest in contemporary art.

What I love about this area is the neighborhood feel in the middle of the city. It is culturally diverse and home to the LGBTQ2S+ and Jewish communities. Pair that with the wonderful restaurant selection and cool markets; you will understand why this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris.

One cannot go to Paris without exploring the famous Gothic cathedral and the rest of the 4th Arrondissement. Notre Dame is scheduled to reopen again in 2024.

It is also within walking distance of Place de la Bastille, symbolizing the Bourbon monarchy’s tyranny. The prison was stormed on July 14, 1789, an event that marked the beginning of the French Revolution. The fall of the Bastille has since been commemorated as Bastille Day, a national holiday in France. Place de la Bastille spans the boundary of three Parisian arrondissements: the 4th, 11th, and 12th.

One of our favorite things to do is visit Place des Vosges in this neighborhood to people-watch, one of the oldest squares in Paris.

Getting To Le Marais

The Paris Pass gives you unlimited metro, bus, and train travel, skip-the-line tickets to the Eiffel Tower, and entrance to  60 museums, sights, and attractions.

  • Metro stop for Le Marais: St. Paul Metro Station.

3. Saint Germain Des Pres – 6th Arrondissement

Saint-Germain-des-Prés in the 6th Arrondissement

Looking for where to stay in Paris with family? Saint Germain des Près is one of the best neighborhoods in Paris to stay with family.

If you are looking for that classic Parisian neighborhood, feel that allows you to escape the craziness of other parts of the city while still being within walking distance to the Eiffel Tower and other top Paris attractions, Saint Germain (Saint-Germain-des-Prés) is the best area to stay in Paris, especially if you have kids.

Here, you’ll spend your days sitting in the city’s most trendy cafés lining Saint Germain des Pres and people-watching. With plenty of busy shops, cool boutiques, and cafes, its lively atmosphere will keep children interested and thrill older travelers.

Saint Germain area also houses the Jardin du Luxembourg, which we have always suggested is the perfect spot for a picnic, and it is within walking distance to sites like the Musee d’Orsay and Notre Dame.

Best Places to Stay in Saint Germain

Things to See in Saint Germain des Prés

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Located not far from the Latin Quarter, St. Germain is another area that is more known for its cafés and shops rather than iconic Paris landmarks. Its central location gives it easy access to many attractions in the French Capital.

Many sights are similar to what you will see in the Latin Quarter, with the Odeon, Eglise Saint Sulpice, and Luxembourg Gardens. 

Getting To Saint Germain

The Paris Pass gives you unlimited metro, bus, and train travel, skip-the-line tickets to the Eiffel Tower, and entrance to  60 museums, sights, and attractions.

  • Metro stop for Le Marais: St. Paul Metro Station.

4. The Latin Quarter – 5th Arrondissement

The Latin Quarter which is in the 5th Arrondissement

The Latin Quarter is definitely a popular tourist. It has been the student hangout for 800 years. Here you’ll find a lot of budget and mid-range accommodation. It is a fantastic location being one of the best places to stay in Paris at an affordable price.

In the Latin Quarter, many restaurants offer a “menu formula” (A set 2 or 3-course menu that includes a glass of wine). If you stroll the streets, you’ll find a lot of great budget food choices. You’ll also get your kitschy tourist items and plenty of cheap drinks in this area. There are some great wine bars and restaurants, and you will want to spend some time on the market street of Rue Mouffetard. The charm of this area is just getting lost in the streets.

Top Rated Hotels in the Latin Quarter

Things to do in the Latin Quarter

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It is also full of really diverse architecture, from Roman ruins to Gothic spires, and it is close to the metro station. If you are staying in this area, make sure to check out the Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, and The Eglise Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas.

This area blends academic, artistic, and historic elements, making it a must-visit for anyone in Paris.

Visit Historic Sites: Explore iconic landmarks like the Panthéon, where famous French figures are buried.

Enjoy the Gardens of Luxembourg: Stroll through these beautiful gardens, featuring statues, fountains, and a palace.

Explore the Sorbonne University: Admire the architecture of one of Europe’s oldest universities.

Discover Bookstores: Check out the famous Shakespeare and Company bookstore, a haven for book lovers.

Walk Along the Seine River: The banks of the Seine offer picturesque views and a pleasant walking path.

Visit Museums: Explore small museums like the Musée de Cluny, which focuses on medieval art and history.

Enjoy Street Performers: The Latin Quarter is known for its vibrant street performance scene.

Getting To The Latin Quarter

The Latin Quarter has the benefit of being an excellent central location.

  • Take line 4 to the metro station Saint-Michel. Line 10 to Cluny-La Sorbonne, or Maubert-Mutualité
  • Line B of the RER to Luxembourg station
  • Other metro stops are- Métro Cluny-La Sorbonne, Saint-Michel, or Odéon metro stations

5. The Louvre Museum / 1st Arrondissement

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Located on the Right Bank of the River Seine, this is one of the oldest neighborhoods, making it one of the best places to stay in Paris. It is central and conveniently located near the top tourist attractions in Paris. But be aware that all that convenience comes at a price. The 1st arrondissement is probably one of the most expensive districts in the city.

That also means that some of the best luxury hotels in Paris are located in the 1st Arrondissement.

Most people visiting for the first time and looking for where to stay in Paris end up booking here because it is so central. But, remember, the Metro is cheap and convenient. So, if you don’t need to be within walking distance from all of the major sites, you can save some money by checking out another neighborhood in Paris close to a Metro station.

The west end of the 1st Arrondissement is where the very upscale hotels reach out to the Place de la Concorde. The center of the 1st Arrondissement has the Louvre, the Famous Ponte Neuf, and the Tuileries Garden, which is a beautiful garden running from the the Louvre, while the East reaches out to touch on the Ile de la Cite and the West to the Place de la Concorde.

Top Rated Hotels in the 1st Arrondissement – Louvre

Things to do in the Louvre

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The 1st Arrondissement

The Louvre is the star attraction of the 1st Arrondissement, and you can spend days there. The outdoor gardens are a must. Walk from the Louvre through the Jardin des Tuileries and marvel at the outdoor statues, gardens, and fountains. 

Rue de Rivoli – shop in this street’s elegant boutiques and trendy cafés. 

Ponte Neuf Bridge – it’s the oldest bridge in Paris and our favorite in the city. Take a walk along this centuries-old bridge linking the Right and Left Banks through the Ile de la Cite. 

Pedestrian Streets – The area around Les Halls and the River Seine is home to many pedestrian streets. 

Les Halles – Go shopping at Paris’ premiere underground shopping center. This was formerly the Paris food market; now it’s a place to shop and see a movie. 

Jardin du Palais Royal – Palais Royal is home to the Ministry of Culture, but you can visit its gardens and surrounding boutique shops.

Getting To The Louvre

The central metro stops for the Louvre are:

  • Les Hall –  Metro Lines 1, 4, 7, 11 and 14.
  • Concorde – Take Metro lines 1,7 or 14
  • Madeleine – Metro lines 1,7,14

6. Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement

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Montmartre is also the best area to stay in Paris if you are looking for some real Parisian culture. It is the Paris neighborhood that has it all, in our opinion and is a great location for those seeking a local vibe while still feeling like a tourist.

Montmartre is the 18th arrondissement and was the neighborhood in Paris where we based ourselves on our first trip and fourth to Paris. It is also one of the best places to stay in Paris if you are on a budget. It has a fantastic bohemian vibe.

Montmartre is full of affordable accommodation in Paris and has a certain charm that brings us back to old Paris. There is something magical about sitting in a cafe, enjoying a coffee and croissant while watching the street performers ply their trade up and down the streets.

Pair that with the art district, which features artists like Dali and Picasso, the beauty of Sacre Coeur, the famous Moulin Rouge, and some of the best views of Paris, and you will never want to leave. I imagine this is where we would live if we ever moved to Paris, France.

Montmartre is home to the Moulin Rouge Cabaret. Book a Moulin Rouge with Champagne evening to watch the world-famous cabaret as you sip on a half bottle of champagne per person. Highlights of the neighborhood include Place du Tertre, Place du Calvaire, the Montmartre vineyard, and the windmills of Montmartre.

Best Places to Stay in Montmartre

Things to do in Montmartre

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Sacre Couer – It has one of the best views of the city. Sacre Coeur Basilica is a Roman Catholic church located on the highest point of Paris. You can visit the Basilica for free from 6 am to 10 pm. If you want to visit the tower there is a charge.

Carousel and Funicular – The Funicular is included in your Metro Pass. When you arrive at Sacre Couer, you can take the funicular instead of walking up the steps.  There are many carousels scattered throughout Paris and this one offers beautiful photo opportunities.

Views of Paris – Pack a bottle of wine (be discreet) and a picnic to enjoy on the steps while you take in the best view of Paris for free!

Moulin Rouge – the famous Moulin Rouge is located in Montmartre. Take in a show or tour the theatre.

Montmartre Museum and Dali Museum – Montmartre has several museums most noteablie the Dali Museum located where Dali used to live.

Vineyards – You’ll find the oldest vineyard in Paris in Montmartre. How cool is it to see grape vines growing in the middle of the city?

Windmills – Paris used to be scattered with windmills. Today there are few left but you will find them in Montmartre.

Getting To Montmartre

The Paris Metro stations for Montmartre. A Paris Pass is a great investment for visiting Paris and seeing its top attractions.

  • Abbesses – Line 12 (green)
  • Anvers – Line 2 (blue) will take you to the foot of Sacré Coeur. You can walk up the stairs, take in the view of Paris,, or if you want, you can take the Funicular de Montmartre to the top as the fee is included in the Paris Metro ticket.
  • Lamarck Caulaincourt – Line 12 (green)
  • Blanche station (line 2)  -coming out of Blanche (line 2 Porte Dauphine-Nation), you will see the Moulin Rouge.
  • We also took a stroll one day from Montmartre to the Seine. It’s less than an hour on the most direct route, but we suggest walking east from Montmartre and walking along the water for a bit for an authentic feel of local living.

7. 8th Arrondissement – Champs-Élysées

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One of the best places to stay in Paris for shopping

If shopping and dining are at the top of your list, then one of the best places to stay in Paris is in the 8th Arrondissement. Located on the Right bank of the River Seine, it is home to the world-famous Champs-Elysees, Arc de Triomphe, The Grand Palais, and much more.

A day can be spent walking along this street, peeking into boutiques, dining on fine French cuisine, and even catching the latest Hollywood movie. We highly recommend going up at night for the best view of Paris. Get front-of-the-line access to the rooftop for a panoramic view with the The Arc de Triomphe Skip the Line ticket.

If you want a great dining experience, check out Fouquet’s or the more reasonably priced La Maison de l’Aubrac.

Top Rated Hotels in the 8th Arrondissement

Make sure to purchase a Paris Museum Pass. Paris is known for its museums. Get the museum pass for the front of the line entrance to 60 museums. If you’re going to the Louvre on regular hours, book in advance at skip the line for a reasonable self-guided tour.

Things to See in Champs-Elysee

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The Opera – Founded in 1669 by Louis XIV, this beautiful opera house can be toured privately, with a guide or you can still see a live production today.

Champs-Élysées – the most famous street in the world is beautiful and a perfect spot to spend the day shopping, people-watching, and walking from the Arc de Triomphe.

Place de la Concorde – the square where the likes of Marie Antoinette and King Louis the XVI were executed. Today it houses Paris’ Luxor Obelisk and one of the most expensive hotels in the city

Grand Palais – It’s name says it all. Grand Palais is a grand exhibition hall hosting major art exhibits each year.

Arc de Triomphe – This imposing monument honors those who fought in the French Revolution and Napoleonic Wars.

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier – Located under the Arc de Triomphe, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier lays to rest as the eternal flame burns over his grave.

Getting To Champs-Elysee

  • Most metro lines go to the 8th Arrondissement.
  • Look for stops along the Champs-Elysees, Concorde, and Madeleine.
  • For more information, check out the Paris Metro Website and visit Paris by Train for updated costs and schedule.

8. Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement

14th Arrondissement of Montparnasse

Montparnasse was the second place we stayed in Paris. On that trip to Paris, we booked a cheap room at an Ibis Hotel and had three glorious days in Paris. We loved our time in the city and found this to be an excellent neighborhood to stay in Paris. It’s not too far from anything and easy to get around.

We just hopped on the metro daily and visited all the Paris attractions. I get the feeling this is where the residents of Paris live. It feels like a modern, liveable part of the city.

I imagine this is the spot where Owen Wilson walked the streets of Paris during Midnight in Paris. After all, it is the district where Jean-Paul Sartre discussed existentialism.

This Paris neighborhood is home to one of the best views of Paris from the Tour Montparnasse and one of the coolest attractions n the city, the Catacombs.

This is the spot if you want to stay in the best neighborhood in Paris to feel like a modern-day local.

Where to Stay in Paris near Montparnasse

Things to see near Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement

Paris in Fall Catacombs

Catacombs of Paris – The underground labyrinth of bones is one of the most fascinating tours in Paris.

The Panoramic Observation Floor of Montparnasse offers some of the best views of Paris without the crowds of the Eiffel Tower.

Le Bar Américain on the 56th floor – Have a drink in style after taking in the views of Paris

Paris Observatory – Founded in 1667 by Louis XIV and designed by the architect Claude Perrault, the Paris Observatory is one of the oldest astronomical observatories still in operation. It has been a pivotal center for astronomical research in France.

Follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Hemingway, and Modigliani as you relax in the Art Deco cafes.

Getting To Montparnasse

  • Take lines 4, 6, 12, and 13 to arrive and depart from level -2 at Montparnasse Station.
  • The Air France coach leaves from Charles De Galle Airport to Montparnasse. www.lescarsairfrance.com/
  • For the Catacombs – Metro Stop – Denfert Rochereau. Catacombs are right across the street
  • Bus # 38 and #68

9. South Pigalle – 9th Arrondissement

South Pigalle in the 9th Arrondissement Paris

One of the up-and-coming places to stay in Paris is South Pigalle in the 9th Arrondissement. Located within walking distance from Montmartre, this area used to be the red-light district in Paris, but in recent years, it has emerged as the Williamsburg of Paris. With new boutique hotels popping up constantly, it is more geared towards the frequent visitor to Paris than the first-time visitor.

There are bars and eateries for every type of interest, and the atmosphere is intimate and relaxed. There are great restaurants, cafes, and bakeries, and it is the perfect place to stay if you want to meld into the Paris lifestyle.

The best hotels in the area are a mix of boutique and mid-range. So, if this isn’t your first trip to Paris or you want to avoid staying amongst the throngs of tourists by the Eiffel Tower, the 9th Arrondissement is probably one of the best areas you could choose to stay in Paris.

Best Hotels in South Pigalle – 9th Arrondissement

Things to see in South Pigalle

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South Pigalle, often called SoPi, has emerged as one of Paris’s trendiest neighborhoods, blending its historic charm with a contemporary scene.

This bustling area is renowned for its eclectic mix of gourmet bistros, chic cocktail bars, and unique boutiques.

Located between Montmartre. nearby attractions include the iconic Moulin Rouge, the picturesque Montmartre, and the 1st and 2nd Arrondissement; there is easy access to many of the top attractions in Paris, including Sacré-Cœur Basilica, which offers breathtaking views of Paris. It is also a short walk to the canal.

The Palais Garnier (Opéra Garnier), a 1,979-seat opera house.

Moulin Rouge – This iconic cabaret is known for being the birthplace of the modern can-can dance. Founded in 1889 by Joseph Oller and Charles Zidler, it quickly became famous for its extravagant and risqué performances. Today, it draws visitors worldwide, eager to experience its unique historical charm and contemporary entertainment blend.

Getting to South Pigalle

  • Metro Ride: The most convenient metro stations for South Pigalle are Pigalle (served by lines 2 and 12) and Saint-Georges (served by line 12). Choose the line that best connects from your starting location in Paris.

10. Canal Saint-Martin

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Staying at Canal Saint-Martin in Paris offers a unique blend of serene waterfront beauty and vibrant city life. This picturesque neighborhood is located between the 10th and 11th Arrondissement. Known for its trendy cafes and eclectic shops, this is a fantastic location and an ideal spot for travelers seeking an authentic Parisian experience.

You will also find the artistic Belleville district, known for its diverse culture, street art, and fantastic food options, especially its Asian cuisine. And you’ll find Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’s oldest covered market, known for its fresh produce and a variety of food stalls offering international cuisine.

Best Hotels in Canal Saint-Martin

Things to do in Canal Saint Martin

Nearby, you can explore attractions like the iconic Place de la République, a large public square often hosting events and gatherings featuring a prominent statue.

Stroll through Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a picturesque park with a lake, waterfalls, and a temple offering stunning city views.

Cultural Enthusiasts: With its trendy cafes, art galleries, and boutique shops, it’s perfect for those who enjoy exploring vibrant cultural scenes.

Foodies: The area boasts a range of dining options, from cozy bistros to contemporary restaurants, appealing to culinary explorers.

Stroll the Canals: The picturesque canals and charming streets make it a great choice for couples seeking a romantic setting.

Young Travelers and Hipsters: The neighborhood’s hip, laid-back vibe attracts younger travelers and those looking for a less touristy, more authentic Parisian experience.

Photography and Art Lovers: The scenic canals and street art provide ample opportunities for photography and art enthusiasts.

How to Get to Canal Saint Martin

The closest metro stations to Canal Saint-Martin are République (served by metro lines 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11), Goncourt (line 11), Jacques Bonsergent (line 5), and Gare de l’Est (lines 4, 5, and 7).

Where to Stay in Paris FAQs

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Where to stay in Paris for the first time: 7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower

When people dream of Paris, staying in the 7th Arrondissement near the Eiffel Tower is probably the area they think of the most. From the incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars to the famous museums like the Musee d’Orsay and Musée Rodin, this is the perfect place for first-time visitors to stay in Paris. This area of Paris is very versatile and is good for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

What is the most Romantic Neighborhood in Paris?

If you are looking for where to stay in Paris for a romantic honeymoon or romantic getaway, we suggest staying in Montmartre. With its picturesque streets, artists, and hidden alleyways under the Sacré-Coeur, this is the perfect place to stroll and get lost in the vibrant culture.

Other romantic neighborhoods in Paris include Le Marais, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, the Latin Quarter, and Île Saint-Louis.

Best Place to Stay in Paris for Nightlife: 3rd & 4th Arrondissement – Le Marais

Le Marais is one of the best places to stay in Paris if you want great nightlife. Whether you are into funky pubs, cocktail bars, or even some cool speakeasy, Le Marais has something to suit any taste. If you are adventurous and don’t mind venturing out of the core, check out the nightlife scene in the 18th Arrondissement of Montmartre. They have some cool cabaret’s and different types of nightly entertainment.

Where to stay in Paris for Families: 6th Arrondissement – Saint Germain

Depending on your children’s age, there are a few great areas to stay in Paris if you travel with your family. Saint Germain is our recommendation because it is central, there are many shops and restaurants, and you are close to family-friendly activities like Luxembourg Gardens, the Botanical Garden, the Seine River cruise, and Notre-Dame Cathedral. If your kids are a little older, we suggest the 4th or 1st Arrondissements.

Where to Stay in Paris for shopping?

The famous Champs-Elysees / 8th Arrondissement is the best shopping neighborhood in Paris. With all the name brands and high-end shops, you can spend a lot of money in this area of Paris. If you are looking for more of a mid-range area to shop, then head to Marais. A good mix of Paris boutiques and larger American and French chain stores exists. Don’t miss Galeries Lafayette; you can get some quality items here at a good price.

Where to stay in Paris for Sightseeing?

If you want to be close to all of the major sites in Paris and do a lot of sightseeing, then you will want to base yourself in the 1st Arrondissement the LouvreYou can easily walk to the Louvre, stroll through the Jardin de Tuileries or take in the beauty of Sainte Chapelle and the Palais Royal. Make sure to visit one of The Ritz, if only to admire its beauty. It is an easy walk to almost anywhere, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee D’Orsay, and the Champs-Elysèes. The only place you must take the Metro to would be the Eiffel Tower.


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Getting Around Paris

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Paris is easy to get around, so don’t stress too much about choosing a hotel near your favorite monument or museum. The Metro is affordable and easy to navigate. When you arrive in Paris, you can easily pick up a pass, and travel is easy. A fiveday pass in zones 1-3 is only €37,50. Or if you want to order a Paris Pass it offers transportation and entry to many of the top Paris attractions.

  • If you want to travel further, you can get a pass for zones 1 to 5: travels in Paris, the suburbs Orly/CDG airports, Disneyland, and Versailles start at €24.50 for a one-day pass. You can pre-order your tickets online and have them delivered to your home.
  • Depending on which zones you select, Paris Transport allows you to travel on: metro lines, RER lines (RATP and SNCF),  Ile-de-France bus lines (RATP and OPTILE), except those circulating on Jetbus, Allobus Roissy CDG, tourist excursion, and Air France networks, Tramway lines and the Montmartre funicular.
  • Getting to and from the airports is fairly easy. We have broken down all the Airport options and costs here.

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38 thoughts on “Where To Stay In Paris – Best Neighborhoods and Hotels”

  1. This is a great and informative post, but one Arrondissement you didn’t discuss is the 17th, where I’m considering staying. Have you heard anything about a budget hotel named Hotel Darcet? Very high ratings on all online travel sites. Also, what do you think of that neighborhood? It seems like it’s closer to the city center than the 18th, yet still out of the way enough to feel less touristy. I’d love to hear your thoughts. Thank you!

  2. Thank you for pulling this together! I stayed in the Latin Quarter both times I went to Paris as it’s so centrally located and affordable, but you have inspired me to venture out and try something new. 🙂

  3. Thankyou both for helping us to decide where to stay and what to do when we visit next week.First time visitors and overwhelmed by all of the places to see.Im more of a not very well travelled, museum loving, shopping addict and coffee drinker watching every one go by whilst sitting in a trendy cafe.My husband is a well travelled, art and music lover, hates shopping and prefers a traditional cheap and cheerful pub!
    Should be fun as always! Schoolgirl French here we come.

    This guide is going to be my bible 🙂 x

  4. Hey Dave, hey Deb! I can’t stop coming back to your blog again and again. Your posts are always so detailed and have so much interesting things to read about. This is my dream place in Europe and would love to go there soon. Thank you so much for making it easier for me to plan my trip.

  5. Hey Dave and Dab, Really loved the way you explained everything. It will be really easy to visit and also stay in Paris. Thank you So Much for the Article.

  6. With no doubt, Paris is a wonderful place to travel. It has great locations to visit and Famous Ponte Neuf and gardens are one of my favorites.

  7. Depending on where one stays of course, is Paris a walkable city to see all of the sites? We walked all over Rome and Florence and saw everything we should have in 3 days in each city. If it is possible to do this, which neighborhood would be best to look at for an AirBnB apartment?

    • It is quite walkable, If you want to walk to most of the major sites, near the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, The Latin Quarter or Le Marais will have you close to most things.
      Like Rome, you if you are an avid walker, you can walk everywhere. We have even walked all the way from Montmartre to the Seine along the canals. But Montmartre is a little far to base yourself if you want to walk everywhere. Stick closer to the river.

  8. Paris is one of my favorite place and dream is go there once in a life. May this dream will true in next year, your post will help me then.

  9. One thing I can truly say about the French is that they make some of the BEST fragrances for women & men. I LOVE their style! 🙂

    • You are correct, and I have no idea why I said that. Since I have been to the Pantheon in Rome. Haha I appreciate the correction.

  10. Paris is my favorite city and I have been many times. This fall I stayed in the 20th arrondissement for the first time! I was worried that it would be too far out. Surprise! I loved it!!! For some people, the arrondissements you mention here are too expensive – even the Airbnb’s! I LOVED the 20th. We could still walk into the center easily in 20 minutes. Along the way there were many places to enjoy walking through. The 20th had the feel of a REAL Parisien neighborhood – no tourists, local restaurants that were delicious, an easy local feel, AND, the beautiful, amazing Père LaChaise cemetery. So glad we got to see that…beautiful, and “inhabited” by many famous, great famous figures. – Chopin and Jim Morrison to name 2. I feel bad because the 20th arrondissement is rarely recommended as a place to stay, and I’ll vouchsafe many would love it.

    • I think we have a lot of advice right here in this post 🙂 and there are links to other Paris posts at the bottom of the article. Have a great time!

  11. We are a family of 4 and planning to go in the first wk of Nov. This is our first trip there and I wanted to know which would be a good area to stay in and what are the things we should be doing . We are looking at a 4day stay. Thanks

  12. This will help us our first time to Paris in November.What can you recommend for clothing to bring ? Also planning to celebrate my husband’s birthday by having dinner at Eiffel Tower,can you recommend something for that as well .Thank you

    • Pack in layers for sure. You’ll want to be able to switch as the weather changes.
      If you wear black, it is easy accessorized. A good pair of walking shoes, and then a good pair of smart leather shoes for evenings.
      I love wearing a wrap to dress up my clothes.

  13. Nice breakdown of the most touristy Districts. These posts are always helpful as many times people do not know where to stay in a big city like Paris. Next time you come tell us about the rest of the Arrondissements, please 🙂

  14. Im going solo to Paris this year ,woohoo, and this helped me with understanding the districts better and where to stay..Latin quarter sounds good to me ..and good info on where to go and what to see ..
    thanks guys, its always good when you know the writers been there done that ..
    Thumbs up..Erin from Sydney.

  15. I have traveled Paris in 2007. I remember that I had hard times to find a place to stay. There was rugby tournament that year. Even tough I did last minute reservations for accommodatiing in many of European cities, Paris was different. It requires some search and perhaps early reservation. So your article is useful and necessary for travellers. Thank you!

  16. We love Paris. We had a chance to run a 6K race through the city which ran past all of the main attractions which were pretty incredible. The only problem is that we didn’t want to run with our camera nor slow down to take pics so we did miss out on that aspect. However, we went back the next day and retook the pics. Reading this makes us want to make a pit stop this year, thanks for the very detailed info!