Paris has always been our favorite city in Europe. With incredible food, great attractions and so much history, I guarantee you will fall in love with it as we have. The key to having the best vacation in the city of lights is deciding on where to stay in Paris that is right for you.
There are a lot of arrondissements in Paris to choose from and it can be overwhelming to know where to start, especially if you are a first time visitor.
This is why we wrote this post. We have chosen the best areas to stay in Paris as well as our personal hotel recommendations for every type of budget level.
Having visited the city 8 times, we have stayed in each of these neighborhoods personally, so you know we know each of these arrondissements very well.
The Best Places to Stay in Paris
- Our Top Reccommendations..
- 1. Where to Stay in Paris for the First Time: Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement
- 2. Where to Stay in Paris for Shopping: Champs-Élysées – 8th Arrondissement
- 3. Where to Stay in Paris for Nightlife: Le Marais – 3rd and 4th Arrondissement
- 5. Where to stay in Paris on a Budget: Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement
- 6. Where to stay in Paris with Kids: Saint-Germain-des-Prés – 6th Arrondissement
- 7. The Latin Quarter – 5th Arrondissement
- 8. Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement
- Our Top Money Saving Tip in Paris
- Getting Around Paris
- More Paris Resources
Our Top Reccommendations..
Truthfully there is no one best neighborhood to stay in Paris. All the Paris Arrondissements have pros and cons. But our favorite area to stay is the Eiffel Tower: 7th Arrondissement.
It is close to everything and has a great selection of hotels.
The Best Paris Hotels
- Best Luxury Hotel in Paris: The Ritz Paris
- Best Mid-Range Hotel in Paris: Hotel Résidence Montebello
- Best Budget Hotel in Paris: Generator Paris
- Best Airbnb in Paris: Elegant Eiffel Tower
There are 20 Arrondissements in Paris.
They 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.
We’re not going to cover all 20, but we have rounded up what we feel are the 8 best arrondissements to stay in Paris.
So grab your Paris Pass and let’s get ready to start planning your Paris trip.
1. Where to Stay in Paris for the First Time: Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement
First-time visitors to Paris are going to want to base themselves 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 will be perfect for you.
You are close to everything.
This is one of the main reasons we recommend it in our Paris Itinerary.
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 in this Paris district.
This is definitely one of the most popular neighborhoods to stay in Paris so I would recommend booking early.
Air BnB Apartment Rental
A stone’s throw from the Champ de Mars and close to the Eiffel tower and the lively boulevard de Grenelle district, you will appreciate the calm and charm of this beautiful apartment.
Luxury ($300 USD and Up)
Shangri-la Hotel– Ultra-luxury hotel, located across the Seine facing Eiffel Tower, 2 Michelin Star restaurants, and Spa. Perfect for a little luxury with amazing views.
Le Narcisse Blanc Hotel– Indoor pool, spa, hot tub. Walking distance to sites. Breakfast and good Wifi.
Mid-Range ( $150 USD to $250USD)
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel- Perfectly located at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. Clean well-appointed rooms with friendly staff.
Budget (Up to $150 USD)
Hotel Longchamps Elysees- Modern affordable hotel, walking distance to Eiffel Tower, close to metro & Free WiFi.
2. Where to Stay in Paris for Shopping: Champs-Élysées – 8th Arrondissement
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.
A walk up the Arc de Triomphe will give you a bird’s eye view of all the streets in Paris leading away from this downtown core.
We highly recommend going up the Arc de Triomphe at night. for the best view of the city.
Air BnB Recommendation
Apartment Champs-Elysees– Beautiful private apartment in the heart of ‘Avenue des Champs Elysees. A little luxury in Paris
Luxury ($300 USD and Up)
The Le Bristol – This luxury Hotel is within a 15-minute walk to all top 8th sites. 3 restaurants, a spa, an indoor pool, and a fitness center.
Mid-Range ($200 USD to $300 USD)
Buddha Bar Hotel – Great location, well-appointed rooms, breakfast/wifi included in this stylish hotel. Spa, Lounge & Bar. Perfect for the Champs-Elysees area.
Budget ($Under $200 USD)
Hotel La Sanguine– Good location in a difficult neighborhood to find budget accommodation. Free Wifi/Breakfast. A great deal in an expensive area.
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Paris Museum Pass– This city 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.
Arc de Triomphe Skip the Line – Get front of the line access to the Arc de Triomphe rooftop for a panoramic view.
3. Where to Stay in Paris for Nightlife: Le Marais – 3rd and 4th Arrondissement
Le Marais is by far the coolest and hippest district 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.
Speaking of art, Le Marais is also home to a ton of museums like:
- Musee de Picasso — full day priority access ticket here
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Maison Européene de la Photographie
- Musée Carnavalet, Paris History
- Les Archives Nationales
- Musée d’Art et d’Histoire du Judaïsme (Jewish History Museum)
- Musée des Arts et Métiers (Museum of Arts and Crafts)
But, 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.
Air BnB Apartment Rental
Cosy Studio in the Heart of the city: Superb 21 sqm studio, next to the town hall and at the doors of Le Marais.
Luxury ($250 USD and Up)
Hotel Dupond Smith– Luxury 5 star boutique hotel. 8 individual rooms Bar/Lounge Free WiFi. (Temporarily closed until October 31, 2020)
Mid-Range ($150 USD-$200USD)
Budget (Up to $150 USD)
Marais Home Hotel– Affordable hotel with a gym, spa, free WiFi. Excellent deal for the location.
Looking for a great Paris itinerary?
Check out our 3 Days in Paris post for information on all of the top attractions including hours of operation and cost.
4. Best Neighborhood in Paris for sightseeing: The Louvre – 1st Arrondissement
Located on the Right Bank of the River Seine this is one of the oldest neighborhoods in Paris.
If you want to be central and close to all the major sites then this is where you want to base yourself.
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.
Most people who are visiting for the first time and looking for where to stay in Paris, France end up booking here because it is so central.
But, remember, the Metro is cheap and convenient so check out some of the other neighborhoods as they offer a little more charm and affordability.
The west end is where you’ll have the very upscale hotels reaching out to the Place de la Concorde.
The center has the Louvre, Famous Ponte Neuf and gardens while the East reaches out to touch on the Ile de la Cite and the West to the Place de la Concorde.
Airbnb 1st Arrondissement
SAINT HONORE – Located in the prestigious rue Saint-Honoré, this bright 2 person studio was recently renovated. Steps away from the Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Gardens, and more!
Luxury ($500 USD and Up)
Mandarin Hotel Paris– A truly 5-star experience. Elegant rooms and the service is some of the best in Paris. If you want luxury this is the place to stay.
Mid-Range ($300 USD and Up)
Hotel Moliere: Located steps from the Louvre this boutique hotel has great rooms that are comfortable and clean and the staff is incredible.
Budget ($150-200 USD)
Hotel Crayon rouge– Located next to Palais Royal. Modern affordable accommodation for the 1st arrondissement’s high-end hotels.
Things to See near the Louvre – 1st Arrondissement
The Louvre – This is the star attraction of the 1st Arrondissement and you can spend days at the Louvre.
The outdoor gardens are a must. Walk from the Louvre to the Place de la Concorde through the Jardin des Tuileries and marvel at the outdoor statues, gardens, and fountains.
Rue de Rivoli – shop in the elegant boutiques and trendy cafés along this street.
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 the 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
Louvre Museum Evening and Charcuterie Board – Take an exclusive evening tour of the Louvre free from crowds. The guided tour will take you through the highlights and end at a famous wine bar.
Louvre Skip the Line & Private Tour – Lines can be long at the Louvre and it’s difficult to find the art you are looking for, so skip the line and follow a knowledgeable guide to the best sites the Louvre has to offer.
Mona Lisa Best of the Louvre – Just want to see the best and most famous sites. This guided tour will take you to the iconic masterpieces of the Louvre.
5. Where to stay in Paris on a Budget: Montmartre – 18th Arrondissement
Montmartre is the 18th arrondissement and was the first area we stayed in Paris.
It 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, that 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 also the best place to stay in Paris if you are on a budget or if you are looking for some real Parisian culture.
It is the neighborhood that has it all in our opinion.
Montmartre Air BnB
Apartment near Sacre Coeur- This Sacré-Coeur apartment features a living room, a kitchenette, a queen-size bed, and a bathroom with basin, shower, and toilet. It is in a perfect location too!
Luxury ($300 USD and up)
Maison Souquet – Full of history and opulence this luxury hotel is perfectly situated in Montmartre and offers the best in amenities and service. A true luxury experience.
Mid-Range ($150-$200 USD)
Mercure Sacre Couer– Great location, well-appointed rooms, breakfast/wifi included in this stylish hotel. Spa, Lounge & Bar too!
Budget (Under $100 USD)
Perfect Hotel-Our first budget stay in Paris was the Perfect Hotel in Montmartre- location was great, breakfast included, great rooms.
Moulin Rouge with Champagne – watch the world-famous cabaret as you sip on a half bottle of champagne per person.
Montmartre Guided Tour – Join a local guide will weaving through the streets of Montmartre. Highlights include Place du Tertre, Place du Calvaire, the Montmartre vineyard and the windmills of Montmartre.
6. Where to stay in Paris with Kids: Saint-Germain-des-Prés – 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, this is the place.
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 still close to sites like the Musee D’Orsay and Notre Dame.
Saint-Germain-des-Prés Air BnB
Saint Germain – Beautiful Studio– Amazing studio in the heart of Saint-Germain des Près. The studio is on the 2nd floor with an elevator in a very nice and typical Parisian building.
Luxury ($200 USD and Up)
Hotel Le Six– 4-star hotel close to Luxumbourg Gardens and near the metro. Spa/Fitness Centre Free WiFi.
Mid-Range (Under $200 USD)
Artus Hotel by MH– Centrally located and close to the metro. The cost, location, attentiveness of the staff, & cleanliness makes it a bargain in the area.
Budget (Under $150 USD)
Holiday Inn– You know what you’re getting with Holiday Inn & this renovated hotel is an affordable choice.
7. 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 moderately priced accommodation.
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. The charm of this area is just getting lost in the streets.
Best Air BnB Latin Quarter
5th Heaven Studio in the Latin Quarter- Extremely close to many metro lines and many sites. Beautiful location as well. It is on the 6th floor but has an elevator.
Luxury ($200-300 USD)
Hotel Monge– 4-star hotel with a spa. Close to metro stations and Notre Dame. Free WiFi.
Mid-Range ($150 to $200 USD)
Hotel Petit Paris-A small boutique hotel, close to Luxembourg Gardens. Behind a typical Saint-Germain-des-Pres facade, the Hotel le Petit Paris reveals a luxurious, contemporary interior, opening out onto a patio.
Budget (Under $150 USD)
Hotel Parc St. Severin– A small Boutique hotel in the Latin Quarter near Saint Michel Metro. A warm and spacious lobby greets you, and the well-appointed bedrooms are full of light.
8. Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement
Montparnasse was the first place we ever stayed in 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 area to stay.
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 live. It feels like a modern liveable part of the city.
If you want the best neighborhood in Paris to feel like a modern-day local, this is the spot.
Montparnasse Air BnB
Artist’s studio, close to everywhere– Amazing studio in the heart of Montparnasse. Located on the ground floor and recently updated.
Luxury ($250 USD and Up)
Victoria Palace– All rooms have soaking tubs with a minibar. Includes free breakfast and fast WiFi.
Mid Range ($200-250 USD)
Villa Montparnasse– Great location near Metro and connected to CGD Airport. High-speed Internet.
Budget (Under $100 USD)
Ibis Montparnasse– Simple accommodation and great value. We stayed here our first trip to Paris.
Things to do in Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement
Catacombs – The underground labyrinth of bones is one of the most fascinating tours in Paris.
The Panoramic Observation Floor of Montparnasse – This offers some of the best views of Paris, without the crowds of the Eiffel Tower. It gave us our first view of the Eiffel Tower and city skyline and we can attest, it does offer excellent views.
Le Bar Américain on the 56th floor – Have a drink in style after taking in the views.
Paris Observatory – Dating all the way back to 1667! It’s under renovation right now, but who knows, by the time you visit, it might be open again.
Follow in the footsteps of Picasso, Hemingway, and Modigliani as you relax in the art deco cafes.
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.
Sadly most of the cool cafes and artist studios were demolished in the 1960s to make way for the train station and the eyesore known as Tour Montparnasse.
But it still has that real-life vibe.
So there you have it. Our choices on where to stay in Paris. Do you have any suggestions?
Our Top Money Saving Tip in Paris
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- A guidebook in 6 languages
- Skip-the-line entrance to many of the sights, like Centre Pompidou, Arc de Triomphe, Louvre Museum, and more.
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Getting Around Paris
The city 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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