Paris is a beautiful city, but it is also massive. It doesn’t matter how many times you visit you are still have to face the monumental task fo deciding where to stay in Paris. There are a lot of arrondissements in Paris, but some are better than others.
After visiting 8 times we have noticed there are neighborhoods that are good for restaurants and nightlife, and others that are good for shopping. That is the beauty of this city, there is something for everyone. From Montmartre to The Eiffel tower these are our choices for the best places to stay and arrondissements in Paris.
Is Paris Open for Tourists?
France is open to tourists from EU countries and will be open for Americans from June 9, 2021. However, there is a curfew in effect and visitors need to provide a negative COVID-19 test or agree to get tested on arrival and undergo a 7-day quarantine. There are many restrictions and closures and there is limited capacity for museums and attractions that are open. Check the Paris official website for updates and future openings.
Where to Stay in Paris, France
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In a hurry and want to book directly, these are the best hotels in Paris to suit any budget.
The Best Hotels in Paris
First time in Paris? A great place to stay for first timers is near the Eiffel Tower in the 7th Arrondissement. Go Directly to 7th Arrondissement for Details.
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 it 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 a beautiful hotel before its renovation in 2016, but after it truly is the grande dame of Paris. There are suites named after famed guests like Coco Chanel and the 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 is one of the most exclusive experiences you will ever have at a hotel. 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 Hotel Moliere. Located in the heart of the 1st Arrondissement, you are within walking distance of Place Vendôme, Louvre, 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. For the best deals you have to look outside the main arrondissements. 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 kind of design. The King rooms are a great value with your own balcony and private bat. Make sure to check out the beautiful views of Sacre Coeur and Montmartre from the rooftop.
The 8 Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris
There are 20 Arrondissements in Paris. Arrondissements are numbered in order as they circle out in a counter-clockwise direction from the Seine starting at 1. The closer to the River Seine, the lower the number of the arrondissement. If you are a first time visitor to Paris we suggest choosing a place to stay that is in the 1-8th Arrondissements. We are going to highlight the 8 neighborhoods in Paris that we think are the best places to stay.
Regardless of which neighborhood you stay in Paris, you will be walking a lot. That is why we suggest that you pick a place to stay in Paris that is close to a Metro station. Paris has great transportation options, so take advantage of them.
1. 7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower
If you are a first-timer to Paris you are going to want to base yourself in the 7th arrondissement. 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.
You are close to everything. All of the major attractions 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.
If this is your first time in Paris then you will notice that most of the best places to stay in this neighborhood are actually not that close to the Eiffel Tower, but most offer a great view of the Eiffel Tower.
This is definitely one of the most popular neighborhoods to stay in Paris so I would recommend booking early. It is in this neighborhood that you’ll find some of the best hotels in Paris as well.
Top Rated Hotels in the 7th Arrondissement-Eiffel Tower
- Luxury: Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel
- Mid Range: Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
- Budget: Hotel Longchamps Elysees
- Air BnB: Charming Apartment Champ de Mars
2. Le Marais – 3rd and 4th Arrondissement
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. It is here that you’ll find a vibrant nightlife scene, situated beside boutique shopping and gourmet chocolatiers.
It may look and feel like old Paris, with Notre Dame Cathedral nearby, but the area is definitely contemporary. Most notably the Centre George Pompidou. The Pompidou Centre spans several blocks showing the latest in contemporary art. The Parisians are great at integrating art into their architecture.
What I love about this area is the neighbourhood feel in the middle of the city. It is culturally diverse and home to the LGTQ community as well as the Jewish community. Pair that with the wonderful restaurant selection and cool markets and you will understand why this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris.
One of our favorite things to do is to visit Place des Vosges to people watch, which is one of the oldest squares in Paris.
Top Rated Hotels in Le Marais
- Luxury: Hotel Dupond Smith
- Mid Range: Hotel de JoBo
- Budget: Marais Home Hotel
- Air BnB: Cosy Studio in the Heart of the city
- Looking for a great Paris itinerary? – Check out our 3 Days in Paris Itinerary for information on all of the top attractions including hours of operation and cost.
3. Saint Germain – 6th Arrondissement
If you are looking for that classic Parisian neighborhood feel that allows you to escape the craziness of other parts of the city, then 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 and people watching. With plenty of busy shops, cool boutiques, and cafes, its lively atmosphere will keep children interested and thrill older travelers as well.
This area also houses the Jardins Luxembourg where we have always suggested is the perfect spot for a picnic and it is walking distance to sites like the Musee D’Orsay and Notre Dame.
Saint Germain des Près is one of the best neighborhoods in Paris to base yourself if you are traveling with the family.
Best Places to Stay in St Germain
- Luxury: Hotel Le Six
- Mid Range: Artus Hotel by MH
- Budget: Holiday Inn St-Germain
- Air BnB: Saint Germain – Beautiful Studio
4. The Latin Quarter – 5th Arrondissement
This is definitely a popular tourist and student area. It has been the student hangout for 800 years. Here you’ll find a lot of budget and mid range accommodation. It makes for a good central place to stay in Paris at a reasonable price.
The Latin Quarter is home to the “menu formule“. If you stroll the streets you’ll find a lot of great budget food choices. You’ll also get your kitschy tourist items in this area and plenty of cheap drinks. There are some great wine bars and restaurants and you will want to spend a bit of time on the market street of Rue Moffetard. The charm of this area is just getting lost in the streets.
It is also full of really diverse architecture. From Roman ruins to gothic spires. If you are staying in this area make sure to check out the Pantheon, Luxembourg Gardens, and The Eglise Saint-Séverin Saint-Nicolas
Top Rated Hotels in the Latin Quarter
- Luxury: Hotel Monge
- Mid Range: Hotel Petit Paris
- Budget: Hotel Parc St. Severin
- Air BnB: 5th Heaven Studio
5. The Louvre / 1st Arrondissement
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 definitely central and conveniently located, 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 most luxurious hotels in Paris are located in the 1st Arrondissement.
Most people who are 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 feel you don’t need to be walking distance from all of the major sites, like Notre Dame Cathedral, you can save some money by checking out another neighborhood.
The west end is where you’ll have the very upscale hotels reaching out to the Place de la Concorde. The center of the 1st Arrondissement has the Louvre, Famous Ponte Neuf, and Jardin des Tuileries 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
6. Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement
Montmartre is the 18th arrondissement and was the neighborhood in Paris we based ourselves on our first trip 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 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 as well as 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.
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.
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.
Best Places to Stay in Montmartre
- Luxury: Maison Souquet
- Mid Range: Mercure Sacre Couer
- Budget: Perfect Hotel
- Air BnB: Apartment near Sacre Coeur
7. 8th Arrondissement – Champs-Élysées
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, Place de la Concorde, The Grand Palais and so 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 the Arc de Triomphe at night. for the best view of Paris. Get front-of-the-line access to the Arc de Triomphe rooftop for a panoramic view with the Arc de Triomphe Skip the Line ticket.
If you are looking for a great dining experience make sure to check out Fouquet’s or the more reasonably priced La Maison de l’Aubrac.
Top Rated Hotels in the 8th Arrondissement
- Luxury: The Le Bristol
- Mid Range: Buddha Bar Hotel
- Budget: Hotel La Sanguine
- Air BnB: Apartment Champs-Elysees
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.
8. Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement
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 each day and made our way to 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 as well as one of the coolest attractions n the city, the Catacombs.
If you want to stay in the best neighborhood in Paris to feel like a modern-day local, this is the spot.
Where to Stay in Paris near Montparnasse
- Luxury: Victoria Palace
- Mid Range: Villa Montparnasse
- Budget: Ibis Montparnasse
- Air BnB: Artist’s studio
9. South Pigalle – 9th Arrondissement
One of the up and coming places to stay in Paris is South Pigalle in the 9th Arrondissement. Located walking distance from Montmartre, this area used to be the red light district of Paris, but in recent years it has started to emerge as the Williamsburg of Paris. With new boutique hotels popping up constantly, it is more geared towards the frequent visitor to Paris rather than the first time visitor.
There are bar and eateries for every type of interest and the atmosphere is both 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 just 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
- Luxury: Maison Souquet
- Mid Range: LAZ’ Hotel Spa Urbain
- Budget: Migny Hotel Opera Montmartre
- Air BnB: Romantic Pigalle
When people dream of Paris this is probably the area that they think of the most. From the incredible views of the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars to the 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 both a romantic getaway or a family vacation.
By far one of best places to stay in Paris if you want some great nightlife. Whether you are into funky pubs, cocktail bars or even some cool speakeasy’s, 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 Arrodissement of Montmartre. They have some cool caberet’s and different types of nightly entertainment.
Depending on the age of your children, there are actually a few great areas to stay in Paris if you are traveling with your family. Saint Germain is our recommendation because it is central, there are are ton of shops and restaurants and you are close to family friendly activities like Luxembourg Gardens, the Botanical Garden, Seine River cruise and Notre-Dame Cathedral. If your kids a re a little older then we would suggest the 4th or the 1st Arrondissements.
By far the best neighborhood in Paris for shopping is the famous Champs-Elysees / 8th Arrondissement. With all the name brand 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. There is a good mix of Paris boutiques as well as larger American and french chain stores. Don’t miss Galeries Lafayette, you can get some really quality items here at a good price.
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 The Ritz, if only to admire its beauty. It is an easy walk to just about anywhere, including Notre Dame Cathedral, Musee D’Orsay and the Champs-Elysèes. The only place you will have to take the Metro to would be the Eiffel Tower.
OUR #1 MONEY SAVING TIP IN PARIS
One of the best ways to save money when you are visiting Paris is to get yourself a Paris Pass. We did this on our last trip to Paris and found it was really worth it.
Here are some of the benefits that we thought were the best parts of the pass.
- You can get it for 2-6 days
- Free entry to more than 60 top attractions
- Free travel on the metro
- A 1-day hop-on, hop-off bus tour ticket
- A guidebook in 6 languages
- Skip-the-line entrance to many of the sights, like Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more.
- Bateaux Parisiens River Cruise
- Wine Tasting – O Chateau
Getting Around Paris
The city of 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 five–day pass in zones 1-3 is only €37,50.
- 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 as well.
- 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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