Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world and it is such a big city it can be difficult to decide where to stay if it’s your first time. I wrote this post for you to know where to stay in Paris according to your interests including the best areas and hotels in Paris.
In Paris you’ll find plenty of accommodation of all kinds and for all budgets. In this article I will recommend different hostels, hotels or apartments in the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris.
The 20 districts of Paris
The first thing you need to know about Paris is that the city is divided into 20 districts or “arrondissements” that are numbered in the form of a clockwise spiral starting from the middle of the city. Each of these municipal districts has its own characteristics and is divided into neighborhoods. Arrondissements are also identified according to whether they are on the right side (rive droit e) or left (rive gauche) of the Seine River.
Here is a map with the 20 arrondissements and their main attractions:
In Paris the tourist attractions are scattered throughout the city so there isn’t just one area that is best for staying. Each arrondissement will allow you to be near a particular place, but to see the rest of the attractions, you will have to move by subway or the transport you choose.
Where to stay in Paris: best areas and hotels
1. Central area of Paris (1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th arrondissements)
The 4 districts that make up the central area of Paris located on the right bank of the Seine River are among the oldest in the city. Here you’ll find Île de la Cité (districts 1 and 4), the island where the famous Notre Dame cathedral is located.
These districts are a really convenient for staying in Paris because you are right in the center of the city, close to tourist attractions and there are good public transport connections. At the same time it is one of the most expensive and luxurious areas to stay in Paris as many hotels are old palaces and restored buildings.
Louvre Museum – Orangerie Museum – Pompidou Center – Notre Dame Cathedral – Sainte Chapelle – Pont Neuf – Pont des arts
2. The Latin Quarter and Saint Germain des Prés (5th and 6th arrondissements)
In the central zone but on the left side of Seine River, you’ll find the 5th and 6th distritcs. In the 5th district is the Latin Quarter, a neighborhood known for this name for being the place where students spoke Latin as an academic language during the Middle Ages. It is a neighborhood where many universities and institutions are located.
Next to the Latin Quarter is the 6th district of Paris, mostly known for Saint-Ger main-des-Prés neighborhood. This is a very elegant and historical area and the place where many famous writers lived.
Pantheon of Paris – Institute of the Arab World – Luxembourg Gardens – Pont Neuf – Pont des arts
3. The Eiffel Tower (7th and 15th arrondissements)
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The Eiffel Tower is the undisputed icon of Paris and many people choose to sleep in a hotel near it. It wouldn’t be bad to get up and have views of the Eiffel Tower, right? If you are looking for this the best areas to stay are districts 7 and 15. They are residential areas that although they have tourist points such as the Eiffel Tower and museums, they are still quiet areas.
Within the 7th district is Grenelle neighborhood that has direct views of the Eiffel Tower. It’s a good area to stay in Paris if you’re looking for those iconic views.
Eiffel Tower – The Invalids – Orsay Museum – Rodin Museum
4. Champs Elyseés and Opera (8th and 9th arrondissements)
If you are looking for an area with constant movement and shops, these two districts are the best to stay in Paris. In the 8th district is the famous Avenue of the Champs Elysees, which goes from Place de la Concorde to the Arc de Triomphe. It is a very pretty tree-lined street with luxury shops and restaurants.
In this area you also find the Paris Saint-Lazare train station that connects with many places in Paris and its surroundings. In the 9th district you will find many commercial stores such as the famous Lafayette Galleries. The famous Garnier Opera is also located in this arrondissement.
Either of these two districts are the best for sleeping in Paris if you are looking for an area well connected with the rest of the city and with a lot of both daylife and nightlife.
Avenue of the Champs Elysees – Paris Saint-Lazare Station – Arc de Triomphe – Galeries Lafayette – Opera Garnier – Place de la Concorde
Recommended accommodation near Champs Elyseés and Opera:
$ – Perfect Hotel & Hostel: This is one of the few hostels in the area. It is located east of district 9, near the train station. It offers both private and shared rooms. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.
$$ – ibis Paris Grands Boulevards Opéra: any Ibis is always a good option if you are looking for an affordable but nice hotel with good location and service. This hotel is located in a central area with many shops and restaurants, steps away from a metro station. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.
$$$ – Le Bristol Paris: this is a historic hotel in Paris. Opened in 1925, it hosted guests such as Dalí, Chanel, Picasso and was visited by Marilyn Monroe, Grace Kelly and Charles Chaplin. One of the 4 restaurants the hotel has received 3 Michelin stars. The perfect place to experience the French luxury. Click here to see photos, availability and prices.
5. Gare du Nord (10th arrondissement)
The 10th district doesn’t have many tourist attractions but it is an area that I recommend to stay in Paris because it is possible to find budget accommodation and still be very close to the city center.
In this district you;ll find Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est train stations where high-speed national and international train lines arrive. If you have to take a train from any of these st @postcardsfromivi)
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