Paris: A Guide to The Best Places to Stay Whatever Your Budget
I love Paris. There’s just something utterly charming about this city that drags me back time and time again. Choosing the best places to stay in Paris when you’re unfamiliar with the city can be a little overwhelming. Each neighbourhood is distinct in its own beautiful and quirky way. Luckily I’ve put together a guide to the best places to stay so you’re planning process can be as easy and stress-free as possible.
Paris Neighbourhood Guide
|1st arrondissement||The first arrondissement is of course the heart of Paris; home to some of city’s most famous and recognisable structures as well as cultural institutions. Staying here for most people would be ideal as you’ll be a stone throw away from all the hottest tourist spots however it’s not recommendable due to it’s inflated prices with no relation to quality in accommodation. Here you can see the famous Mona Lisa, the world-renowned Louvre, go shopping at the Forum des Halles or explore the Conciergerie, where Queen Marie Antoinette was imprisoned.|
|2nd arrondissement||Also known as Bourse, the 2nd arrondissement is located right on the bank of the River Seine. This district is not often considered a hot spot for tourists as the streets are relatively quiet however it is within walking distance from major attractions of Paris including the Notre Dame and Le Marais.|
|3rd arrondissement||Just north of the Marais district lies the third arrondissement. What was once a manufacturing hub, is now a trendy neighbourhood that first made it’s mark on the map following it’s opening of Merci concept shop, a former wallpaper factory on Boulevard Beaumarchais. If you’re a coffee lover, the 3rd arrondissement will be great for you as some of Paris’s best cafes roast their beans in this district.|
|4th arrondissement||The 4th neighbourhood isn’t necessarily the cheapest area to stay in but you’ll be getting a great central location. The 4th arrondissement houses some of the city’s major historical sites including the Notre Dame Cathedral and the idyllic St Louis.|
|5th arrondissement||Paris’s fifth arrondissement is the historic heart of the Latin Quarter; it has been the centre of scholarships and intellectual achievements for centuries on end. Thanks to major attractions such as the Pantheon and the botanical gardens known as Jardin des Plantes, this district remains a popular place amongst tourists.|
|6th arrondissement||The 6th arrondissement is home to a wide array of designer boutiques as well as fine dining and high-end hotels. Although a little quieter, the 6th neighbourhood is a great place to stay as it’s equally beautiful and well connected to the rest of Paris. Prices are a little higher but the great location is justifiable if that’s what you’re looking for.|
|7th arrondissement||Home to the Eiffel Tower, the 7th arrondissement isn’t where you’d find most Parisians but if you’re looking to stay in a location with a great view of the tower, this neighbourhood is for you. District 7 is the most touristy district of the city and accommodation in the district is aimed at being just that. If you’re looking for a more authentic Parisian experience, I would maybe look elsewhere.|
|8th arrondissement||Located in the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle, the Arc de Triomphe is a must-see for all first time visitors of Paris. The Champs-Elysees is lined with your high end luxury brands and upscale restaurants. Even if you’re just window shopping, Champs-Elysees is a great and relaxing way to spend your afternoon.|
|9th arrondissement||Built in 1861 to 1875 by Charles Garnier, the 9th arrondissement is home to the Paris Opera, Palais Garnier. This area brims with great bars, cafes and restaurants, a location that really comes alive, especially on the weekends. If cocktails and specialty coffees are your thing, the 9th arrondissement is where you need to be.|
|10th arrondissement||The 10th arrondissement is home to the eclectic Canal St Martin district, housing lots of trendy bars and restaurants. In this district you’ll find two major train stations, the Gare du Nord and the Gare de L’Est. If you’re planning to stay in this arrondissement, be a little careful around the Gare du Nord area as this area is not recommendable at night.|
|11th arrondissement||The 11th arrondissement is one of the liveliest of the city with an abundance of bars, bustling streets of socialising youngsters and a buzzing nightlife.|
|12th arrondissement||For those looking to stay in Paris on a budget, the 12th arrondissement would be a great option. Accommodation costs aren’t necessarily that high and you’re well connected to the central areas of Paris. The most well known sight in the district is the Bastille. District 12 also has some great Riverside nightlife options with one of the best and wildest electro clubs in the city.|
|13th arrondissement||The 13th arrondissement isn’t the most appealing districts in terms of architecture but it’s certainly one to visit. Up until the late 1990’s, this district was only known for its tower blocks and Chinatown district. The area has now transformed into a stylish little area to visit. This district is an area travellers like to visit when they want to discover Paris’s original historic culture.|
|14th arrondissement||The 14th arrondissement has a lot to offer tourists and residents alike including the Catacombs museum to the Parc Montsouris. The 14th district is also home to some of the best markets in Paris so if you’re looking to experience the more local side of the city, this district is perfect with it’s French boutiques and atmospheric cafes to enjoy the afternoon.|
|15th arrondissement||The 15th arrondissement is one of the largest districts in Paris yet despite its size, it’s relatively unexplored by travellers. The area has a quiet reputation but filled with plenty of cafes and boutiques which is what makes locals love this area so much.|
|16th arrondissement||The 16th arrondissement is the largest neighbourhood in Paris and most definitely one of the best to stay in. You’ll be a few strides away from the Eiffel Tower and walking distance from the Arc de Triomphe. What could be better?|
|17th arrondissement||Paris’s 17th district is probably one of the least known districts of the city, holding down the northwest corner of the city. Whilst this district is three times the size of the famous 1st arrondissement, it is very rarely visited by tourists and mores dominated by a large number of Parisians living their daily lives.|
|18th arrondissement||The 18th arrondissement is mostly famous for the Montmatre neighbourhood which contains the Sacre Coeur Cathedral, a must see attraction and its red light district. District 18 is home to the world-renowned Moulin Rouge and it’s guaranteed that you’ll have a great time in this area however if you’re planning on staying here, I would rethink that option. The 18th arrondissement has the highest crime rate in the French capital and it’s not advisable to walk through this distract at night.|
|19th arrondissement||The 19th arrondissement contains two of the largest parks – Parc des Buttes Chaumont and the Parc de la Villette. This district stands as one of the more peaceful, green and family-friendly areas of the city.|
|20th arrondissement||The last arrondissement is not your typical Paris postcard-shiny district but that’s what makes this area so interesting. The district is known for it’s diverse demographics including large immigrant populations (primarily North and West Africa). The most popular tourists attraction in this area is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.|
The Best Neighbourhoods to Stay in Paris
- If you wanted to be as central as possible, District 1 would be your best bet with accommodation. However don’t expect prices to be cheap.
- For a more affordable option that’s still well connected to the city, Districts 13, 14 and 15 has a lot to offer.
- If you’re looking for the ultimate luxury experience, District 16 is where you would want to stay.
- The best districts for sightseeing are Districts 1, 4, 5, 6 and 8.
- If you’re in Paris to shop, I would recommend Districts 1, 4, 6 8 and 9.
- The best areas for nightlife are Districts 5, 6, 8, 11 and 12.
The Best Places to Stay in Paris
The Best Luxury Hotels in Paris
- The Ritz Paris is known as one of the most luxurious hotels in the world thanks to their innovative and elegant touches in their decor. The ritz easily became a favourite in accommodation of everyone from kings to queens to Coco Chanel.
- Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome is conveniently located in the heart of Paris, on the world-famous street Rue de la Paix. This luxurious hotel accents modern French touches with dark woods, taupe silks and bronze doors, creating the perfect home away from home for many celebrities and business travellers that love to live lavish.
- Hotel Plaza Athenee is haven known for its impressive and extravagant interiors. The hotel overlooks the Eiffel Tower and boasts a prestigious location on Avenue Montaigne in the heart of Paris. A hotel that will make your jaw drop upon arrival right through to the moment you leave.
The Best Mid-Range Hotels in Paris
- Hotel Tourisme Avenue is a modern and bright boutique property located close to the Eiffel Tower with elegant decor and within walking distance to an array of cafes, restaurants and shops.
- Best Western Star Champs-Elysées lies at the heart of the prestigious Champs-Elysées district. As soon as you arrive, you’ll be blown away by the impressive medieval decor, it’s contemporary styled rooms and best of all it’s a phenomenal location within the city.
- Hotel Des 3 Poussins is a sweet little gem nestled on a quiet street near the famous Sacre-Coeur. This hotel is decked with an artsy, atmospheric setting filled with original Parisian charm.
The Best Budget Hotels in Paris
- Hotel Auguste is a newly renovated hotel located in the classy 15th district of Paris. Its location is perfectly suited to the business traveller; it’s well connected to the rest of the city and the hotel features a chic and comfortable surrounding that can make you feel at home without spending a lot of money.
- Hotel Trema is a cool yet cosy boutique hotel located in the 19th arrondissement of Paris. The hotel features hip furnishings, snazzy rooms and it’s own a la carte restaurant for guests to enjoy.
- Mama Shelter houses a sensual and elegant 170 rooms located in the 20th arrondissement, designed by Philippe Stark. The large communal spaces are modern and urban in design, promising to give guests an interesting stay.