Paris is one of the most popular destinations in Europe and one we keep returning to. It’s the beautiful streets, the iconic sights, the cute shopfronts, amazing design, even just the feeling it gives you. Most importantly, for us at least, it’s the delicious food. So where to stay in Paris to make the most of your trip? Here are our favourite Paris hotels and Paris accommodation guide, including a map of Paris, Paris neighbourhood guide and the best hotels in Paris grouped by location and price.
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Where To Stay In Paris? Paris Neighbourhood Guide
So what is the best area to stay in Paris? Paris is divided into 20 different arrondissements or neighbourhoods. They start in the centre at 1, and spiral outwards until it reaches 20. You can see the location of each arrondissement on the map of Paris below.
Paris Neighbourhood Map
Here is our map of Paris arrondissements with attractions.
The Best Areas To Stay In Paris
So what is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris? There are three neighbourhoods in particular that are always our first picks when looking for where to stay in Paris. They are all central and have great transport options, have an excellent selection of food and shops, and are some of the most beautiful neighbourhoods in Paris. These neighbourhoods would be our pick for where to stay in Paris for a weekend and where to stay in Paris for your first time.
Saint Germain des Prés (6th Arrondissement)
Saint Germain des Prés was the first area we stayed on our first trip to Paris. The rooftop of the hotel had views of the Eiffel Tower, Sacre Cour, Notre Dame and the beautiful Parisian rooftops. It was very central and getting everywhere by foot, bicycle or metro was easy. But it’s the beautiful streets, tasty restaurants, cute shops and just the general feel of Saint Germain des Prés that will make it easy to fall in love with Paris. Everything feels like quintessential Paris. This is our pick for where to stay in Paris for your first time in Paris and the best place to stay in Paris to be close to everything. See the best hotels in Saint Germain des Pres in our accommodation guides below.
Latin Quarter (5th Arrondissement)
On one of our last trips to Paris, we stayed in the Latin Quarter, or 5th arrondissement. We quickly fell in love with this neighbourhood. Close to the Luxembourg Gardens, home to some great restaurants and markets. The Latin Quarter has a more laid-back feel than it’s neighbour Saint Germain des Prés, yet some of the streets are just as beautiful and are full of character with cobblestone streets and markets. It’s also home to some universities and with it many students. Despite the many tourists, you can really feel like a local in this neighbourhood, yet you’re still very well located. This is another great pick for where to stay in Paris for your first trip or any trip after that. See the best hotels in The Latin Quarter in our accommodation guides below.
The Marais (3rd Arrondissement + 4th Arrondissement)
The Marais spans over the 3rd and 4th arrondissements and is one of the most memorable neighbourhoods of Paris. This is the Old Jewish Quarter of Paris where you can walk down cobblestone streets and narrow laneways and eat and shop away your days. Here you’ll find the some of the best falafels to the best crepes and some of the most delicious desserts in Paris. It’s also home to a beautiful park, Place des Vosges. It’s very central and a great area to stay in Paris for food, shopping, nightlife and character. See the best hotels in The Marais in our accommodation guides below.
Other Great Neighbourhoods To Stay In Paris
Honestly, there are so many great neighbourhoods to stay in Paris to help you make the most of your trip. Here are some of the other neighbourhoods we love. See all of the best hotels in these areas in our accommodation guides below.
Bastille (11th Arrondissement)
Bastille has a local feel whilst still being in the city centre and most importantly, being home to some amazing restaurants in Paris, like Septime and Clamato.
Canal Saint Martin (10th Arrondissement)
Canal Saint-Martin, in the southern part of the 10th Arrondissement, has a young and trendy vibe and is characterised by the canal running through it. Here you will find excellent shopping, coffee shops, cafes and bars. I would avoid staying in the areas directly surrounding the train stations, Gare du Nord and Gare de I’Est.
Montmartre (18th Arrondissement)
Montmartre is home to the Sacre-Cour and has a village feel in parts. There are some seedy parts of this area, so just make sure to check reviews of specific hotels if you choose to stay here. Although it’s an iconic area of Paris, I’d rather visit this area then stay here, as it’s not super central either.
South Pigalle (9th Arrondissement)
The area of South Pigalle has a rough past, but it’s now a trendy district with cafes, some great food options and bars. There are also parts that are largely residential, giving you a more local feel. It’s pretty easy to get to most things, particularly on the right bank.
The Louvre (1st Arrondissement)
Although this area surrounding the Louvre and Jardins de Tuileries is touristy, it’s also super central and a beautiful area.
The 2nd arrondissement is just north of the 1st arrondissement and also neighbours The Marais. So it’s very central and easy to get to most places. It’s home to the street market Rue Montorgueil, lined with patisseries and fromageries and all kinds of yummy goodness.
Eiffel Tower and Champs Elysee (7th Arrondissement + 8th Arrondissement)
Although not a first pick for areas to stay in Paris, the 7th arrondissement, where you’ll find the Eiffel Tower and the 8th arrondissement across the river where you’ll find the Champs Elysee, have their perks. Obviously, they have some iconic sights, but with this comes a lot of tourists and a lack of local feeling. The areas surrounding both are beautiful but also more expensive. Arguably, there are areas with much more character and value for money then these as well. Here you will find some amazing 5 star hotels in Paris, so if that’s the type of accommodation you are looking for, you will have some nice choices here. Generally speaking, in the 7th Arrondissement, you will also find the best hotels in Paris near the Eiffel Tower. But if you are after more value for money I would look elsewhere.
Passy (16th Arrondissement)
This area is a wealthy residential quiet neighbourhood. It is a beautiful area and neighbours the 8th Arrondissement, however, it’s not super central and lacks a little bit of character.
Montparnasse (14th Arrondissement)
Montparnasse is another great neighbourhood in Paris. It’s located on the left bank south of Saint Germain des Prés. It’s considered to be home to many artists and also where you will find the Catacombs. Here there are lots of options for accommodation and is a great area to get value for money.
Booking Accommodation In Paris
When booking accommodation in Paris, there are two main websites that we use.
Booking.com has some of the best prices and a large number of accommodation options available. We love using it for our travels and it’s how we book most of our hotels.
I love seeing what’s available on Airbnb in Paris, from getting to stay with a local host or having your own place to yourself, there’s something for everyone. One of our favourite stays in Paris was in a beautiful Airbnb near the Luxembourg Gardens, it really felt like we were living there.
Paris Accommodation Guides
We have put together a guide of our favourite accommodation in Paris from our experience of our time there and research. This includes 5 star Paris hotels and the best luxury hotels in Paris, boutique hotels in Paris, and Paris hotels that provide more value for money. Although there are some amazing options for where to stay in Paris, Hotels in Paris can be expensive and quite small. So if you want a little more value for money, you can try searching Airbnb (sign up using our referral link to get $50 AUD towards your first stay).
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Best Hotels In Paris under $150/night
Hotels in Paris are notoriously expensive and usually quite small. When looking for where to stay in Paris for great value for money in excellent locations in Paris, I would definitely search Paris Airbnb for the best options. We have stayed in a beautiful one bedroom apartment in the 5th Arrondissement right near The Luxembourg Gardens for under $150/night. Unfortunately that Airbnb is no longer available but there are many more like it. Sign up through our referral link to receive $50 AUD credit towards your first stay.
We will continually update this post to make sure we’re recommending the best hotels in Paris, to help you choose where to stay in Paris.
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