Where to stay in Paris – What you need to know

Paris is a huge metropolis formed by a series of neighborhoods, each different from the next in style and rhythm of life. Each of the areas of Paris has its own essence. You can find bohemian neighbourhoods and modern areas, luxurious quarters, commercial districts and even some run-down parts.

Best areas to stay in Paris - Top areas and hotels

Best areas to stay in Paris – Top areas and hotels

Choosing the best area to stay in Paris, will depend a lot on your personal tastes, where you feel most comfortable and of course, your budget.

Paris is not a cheap city, in fact, it is one of the most expensive cities in terms of accommodation. However, with an incredible variety in accommodation options, it will not hard to find budget-friendly alternatives.

One of the best things about Paris as a tourist destination is that its subway system is extremely efficient and reaches almost every corner of the city, so you don’t need to stay in the centre of the city to have a great holiday.

This is a list of the best areas to stay in Paris, with selected hotels in each quarter for a perfect visit to the City of Light.

The best areas to stay in Paris

Paris has 20 districts, where different neighborhoods are located. Here, you are presented with an overview of the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris, together with maps and a hand-picked selection of some of the best accommodation options in each area.

1. Best area: Châtelet – Les Marais

This neighborhood is distributed among the first four districts of Paris, and it roughly covers what we could call “downtown Paris”. It is one of the safest due to its proximity to tourist areas. It contains some of the most famous monuments and buildings in the city, such as the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Louvre Museum or the Tuileries Gardens, on the banks of the Seine River. It is one of the best places to stay in Paris, however it can turn out to be somewhat expensive, due to its privileged location.

The hotels located in this district have easy access to public transport services and tourist atractions, as well as places like Parisian cafes and restaurants, which are distributed in the surrounding area. There are also plenty of fashion clothing stores and art galleries.

The entire central area that encompasses the Les Marais neighborhood and its surroundings is ideal for those wishing to visit the most interesting places in Paris, with little to no eddort in terms of transport, and also for those who want to enjoy lively commercial areas. Les Marais is also the gay neighborhood par excellence in Paris.

Best area to stay in Paris - Châtelet - Les Marais

Best area to stay in Paris – Châtelet – Les Marais

Paris - Châtelet - Les Marais - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Châtelet – Les Marais – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Great historical value
  • Close to most attractions
  • City centre
  • Several museums
  • Restaurants
  • Gay friendly
  • Best area for nightlife

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Bastille De Launay is located in the Marais district of Paris. The property is 500 meters from Place des Vosges and Place de la Bastille. Free WiFi access is available. – from €95.

  • Budget Option

    Sully Hôtel is located in the Marais district in the center of Paris, 20 meters from the Sully Museum. It offers a 24-hour reception and budget accommodation with satellite TV and free Wi-Fi. – from €75 .

  • Midrange Option

    My Hotel In France Marais by Happyculture is located in the lively Marais district, a 10-minute walk from the Place des Vosges. It offers modern rooms with a flat-screen TV and free Wi-Fi. – from €80 .

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel du Petit Moulin, located in the Parisian district of Marais, it is a boutique hotel completely decorated by Christian Lacroix. It is 300 meters from the Picasso Museum and 1.5 km from Notre Dame. – from €220 .

 

 

 

2. Latin Quarter & Saint-Germain-des-Prés

The famous Latin Quarter is located in the fifth district, south of the Seine River.

It is characterized for being a bohemian and university place, where the Museum of Natural History and the University of Paris are located. Room prices here are much cheaper compared to the previous area, despite being a very central location, with several transport options.

Close to the Latin Quarter, lie Saint-Germain-des-Prés and Notre-Dame-des-Champs.

This is one of the most beautiful areas of Paris, architecturally speaking, having the Luxembourg Gardens and The Palace as part of it. Hotel prices are affordable and modest prices can be found.

Both neighborhoods have access to public transport facilities such as metro and urban buses, as well as attractions, museums and places of tourist interest.

Best area to stay in Paris - Latin Quarter

Best area to stay in Paris – Latin Quarter

Paris - Latin Quarter - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Latin Quarter – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Very central
  • Walkable area
  • Close to tourist attractions
  • Young atmosphere
  • Lots of restaurants and cafes
  • Budget hotels
  • Nightlife

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Cujas Pantheon is located in an 18th century building, in the Latin Quarter of Paris, just 5 minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens. It offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Notre Dame Cathedral is a 15-minute walk from the hotel. – from €76.

  • Budget Option

    Hôtel de France Quartier Latin is a 2-minute walk from the famous Rue Mouffetard and the Censier-Daubenton metro station. It offers contemporary accommodation with an LCD TV. – from €54 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hotel Agora Saint Germain is a design hotel located in the center of Paris, between the Notre Dame Cathedral and the Pantheon. The property offers soundproofed rooms with air conditioning and free Wi-Fi. – from €85 .

  • Luxury Option

    Grand Hotel Saint Michel is located in the center of Paris, 500 meters from the Luxembourg Gardens and 250 meters from the Pantheon. It offers modern rooms with free Wi-Fi. – from €135 .

 

 

 

3. Eiffel Tower and around

Although it is not located in what we can consider the central area of Paris, there is no more famous area to stay in the City Light than in the surroundings of its most representative monument.

The area of the Eiffel Tower is very popular with tourists.

You can find accommodations with excellent views (including rooms with views of the Tower itself) and prices for all budgets.

The area is distributed between districts seven and sixteen.

This is one of the best areas to stay in Paris for those people looking for a quiet but central area and a romantic getaway with views.

Being one of the most touristic districts of Paris, public transport is excellent, with several metro and train lines.

Best area to stay in Paris - Eiffel Tower and around

Best area to stay in Paris – Eiffel Tower and around

Paris - Tour Eiffel - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Tour Eiffel – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Eiffel Tower
  • Well connected
  • Residential feel
  • Great area for tourists
  • Cafés and restaurants

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hotel Eiffel Seine, built in an Art Nouveau style, is located next to the Seine River, just a 10-minute walk from the Eiffel Tower. The Bir-Hakeim metro station is right in front of the hotel and offers easy access to all of Paris’s attractions, such as the Arc de Triomphe. – from €111.

  • Budget Option

    Hôtel Eiffel Kensington is located in the 7th district of Paris, just 8 minutes walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. The rooms have TV and telephone. – from €70 .

  • Midrange Option

    Hôtel Eiffel Rive Gauche is a 5-minute walk from the Champ de Mars and the Eiffel Tower and just 500 meters from the Ecole Militaire metro station. This 3-star hotel offers free Wi-Fi. – from €101 .

  • Luxury Option

    Shangri-La Hotel, Paris is listed among the French “Monuments Historiques”. It is a palace hotel located opposite the Eiffel Tower. It houses 3 restaurants, 2 of them with a Michelin star. – from €600 .

 

 

 

4. Champs-Elysées

The famous Avenue de Champs-Elysées, is located in what is the eighth district.

It is an exclusive area, full of designer shops, restaurants and night spots.

Accommodation here can be expensive, and there are hotels designed to cover any requirement as far as luxuries are concerned. However, it is a good option for those who plan to go shopping and enjoy a luxurious getaway in the capital of refinement.

This district is home to the famous department store Galeries Lafayette and the Garnier Opera.

The surrounding neighborhoods are highly commercial, hectic and very lively areas.

There is excellent access to public transport.

Dónde dormir en Paris - Champs-Elysées

Best area to stay in Paris – Champs-Elysées

Paris - Champs Élysées - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Champs Élysées – Click to see all hotels on a map

Why stay here:

  • Champs-Elysées
  • Arc de Triomphe
  • Luxury shopping
  • High-end hotels
  • Great cuisine

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Chateau Frontenac is located in Paris, 250 meters from Avenue des Champs-Elysées and 800 meters from the Arc de Triomphe. It offers air-conditioned rooms with a private bathroom and a flat-screen TV. – from €156.

  • Luxury Option

    Hotel Marignan Champs-Elysées is a design hotel in the 8th district of Paris, a 2-minute walk from the Champs-Elysées. It offers luxury accommodation and features a restaurant, a bar and a cinema room. – from €285 .

 

 

 

5. Montparnasse

The Montparnasse area is not one of the most central areas of the city.

However, it has excellent communication with the centre of Paris and all its monuments and places of interest through the public transport system.

This neighborhood is a place where you can find reasonable room rates.

In Montparnasse it is possible to enjoy various restaurants, creperies, bars and shops.

It is an ideal alternative for those who want to stay in a place near the center of Paris for an affordable price, also having a wide variety of options in terms of restaurants, bars, cafes and shops.

Best area to stay in Paris - Montparnasse

Best area to stay in Paris – Montparnasse

Paris - Montparnasse - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Montparnasse – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Hôtel Mistral is located in the lively Montparnasse district, a 10-minute walk from Montparnasse Train Station, it offers free Wi-Fi throughout the property and modern-style rooms. – from €97.

 

 

 

6. Montmartre

Montmartre is one of the most popular in Paris, mainly because of its famous red light district.

Montmartre is located on a hill, on top of which stands the beautiful Basilica of the Sacré Coeur.

This neighborhood is also known for its famous cabarets such as Mouline Rouge and its picturesque streets, full of small shops, small food places and bohemian atmosphere.

Montmartre is a bit far from the centre. You can, however, have easy access to transportation services, and it has the advantage that in this area you will find the cheapest accommodation in the city.

The disadvantage is that it can not be considered as one of the safest places in Paris. Beware of pickpockets.

Best area to stay in Paris - Montmartre

Best area to stay in Paris – Montmartre

Paris - Montmartre - Click to see all hotels on a map

Paris – Montmartre – Click to see all hotels on a map

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Libertel Montmartre Opéra is located in the north of Paris, just 300 meters from the Moulin Rouge and a 15-minute walk from the Sacré-Coeur Basilica. It is a 20-minute walk from the Opera Garnier and a 5-minute walk from Blanche Metro Station, which links to the city center. – from €54.

  • Budget Option

    Angleterre Hotel is located just a 5-minute walk from the Gare du Nord SNCF train station and a 10-minute walk from Montmartre. It offers free Wi-Fi connection. – from €39.

 

 

 

7. Canal Saint-Martin

The popular Canal Saint-Martin and surroundings are located in the tenth district of the city.

It is a typically alternative area and there are a lot of Bohemian and hipster places.

The area has two main railway stations; Gare de Nord station and the Gare de l’Est stations.

This area enjoys good communication with the centre of Paris and there are many accommodation options, many at budget prices.

Best area to stay in Paris - Canal Saint Martin

Best area to stay in Paris – Canal Saint Martin

Hand-picked accommodation in this area

  • Our Top Pick

    Mercure Paris Terminus Nord is located opposite Gare du Nord train and metro station. It offers Wi-Fi, luggage storage and a concierge service, and features typical Parisian décor. – from €89.

  • Budget Option

    St Christopher’s Budget Hotel Paris – Gare du Nord is located in Paris, 1.3 km from Place de la République and 1.4 km from Sacré-Coeur Basilica. In addition, this property has a bar. – from €58.

 

 

 

Other good areas to stay in Paris

8. Bercy

The area of Bercy, is located southeast of Paris. It is a neighbourhood somewhat removed from the centre, which houses small sites of interest such as the Opera Bastille and the Bois de Vincennes park. Access to public transport, depending on the location, can be something difficult, nevertheless hotel prices is affordable and very cheap rooms can be found here.

 

 

 

9. Trocadero

The Trocadero district is located in the sixteenth district of Paris. It is an elegant and quiet residential area, which houses various boulevards and interesting places such as the Balzac Museum. The neighborhood is within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower and offers spectacular views of it. It also has a park, the Bois de Boulogne Park.

In Trocadero, you can find many plush hotels, although depending on the season you can get reasonable fares.

This quarter is ideal for those who wish to enjoy a quiet neighborhood during the evenings without losing access to the best areas of Paris during the day.

 

 

 

10. La Villette

The neighborhood of La Villette is located in the nineteenth district of the city. It is famous for being a modern area that houses beautiful natural parks, such as the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont and the Parc de la Vilette. The area has good access to the centre of Paris and is ideal for those who wish to stay in places near natural sites for affordable prices.

La oferta de alojamiento es muy buena, y son muchas las opciones en cuento a gustos y precios que pueden encontrarse en La Villette.

 

 

 

11. Belleville

Belleville is situated on the right side of the Seine River. It is an area that is located far from the centre of Paris. Those who choose to stay in Belleville, must travel a great distance to reach the city centre and places of tourist interest, although there is good access to public transport services, including the subway.

The neighborhood is famous for its cemetery, the Père Lachaise, which houses the tombs of artists and world-renowned figures such as Jim Morrison, Chopin, Oscar Wilde and Edith Piaf.

 

 

 

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My name is Luis Cicerone. When I was little, I would walk around the house with an atlas in my hand. My rainy Sundays were spent memorising maps and capitals. At fifteen I did my first solo trip and since then I travel whenever I can. I work in travel marketing. I love photography, movies and cat videos.

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