Where to stay in Paris for your first time in the city? That’s a million-dollar (or euro) question! Because finding the best areas to stay in Paris is crucial to make the most of your overall experience.
As you plan your first trip to Paris, you realize Paris is HUGE. The City of Light is a vast metropolitan city that offers millions of amazing things to do. But you have limited vacation time. And there are so many different pockets of neighborhoods you can base yourself. As you panic, you are petrified by millions of hotels and apartment rentals. The final shocker: They are SO EXPENSIVE!!!
But the process of finding one does not need to be so dramatic.
Let’s dive deeper to discuss the best places to stay in Paris for first-timers. I will go over the details of each neighborhood, why I recommend staying in these areas, the best things to do, and hotel recommendations. For those with sticker shock, I will also include where to stay in Paris on a budget.
Even if you are a frequent visitor to the French capital (lucky you!), this article can help you explore a new neighborhood for each visit. So keep reading!
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10 Best Areas to Stay in Paris for First-Time Visitors
To go straight to the point, here is a summary of the best places to stay in Paris first time. This infographic highlights the best arrondissement (e.g., 1e = 1st arrondissement) , why I recommend the particular neighborhood and the budget range.
Which is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris for first-time visitors?
When planning my first trip to Paris, I was confused with Paris arrondissements, neighborhoods, left bank vs. right bank, etc. as many guidebooks threw these terms as I should already know about them. So it will be helpful to understand what they mean.
Paris consists of 20 arrondissements. Arrondissement is the city’s administrative district. Starting from the 1st arrondissement in the middle, the numbers go up outwardly clockwise in a circle, resembling a snail shell on the map.
Paris arrondissements are different from neighborhoods, although they are commonly used interchangeably in reality. You may have heard of Le Marais (or the Marais), Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain, etc. These are the distinctive pockets of popular neighborhoods in arrondissements. In my guide, I have indicated the recommended areas to stay with roughly matched arrondissements.
The map shows the Seine River flows across Paris from east to west, splitting the city into two parts. The left side of the Seine (the southern bank) is called the Left Bank (la Rive Gauche); the right side (the northern bank) is the Right Bank (la Rive Droite).
The left vs. right bank does not mean much. It only matters when you take a taxi from the airport. Paris airport taxi charges a flat fee. As of 2023, it costs €55 to the right bank and €62 to the left bank from Charles de Gaul Airport, or €35 to the right bank and €41 to the left bank from Orly Airport.
I have yet to give you a direct answer to the question. But no worries. You should be able to determine the best arrondissement to stay in Paris for yourself after reading this post.
For now, I will say this: I suggest trying to find accommodations in a single-digit arrondissement. You only get to experience the city for a short time as a vacationer. Staying in the central location means you spend less time traveling and more time exploring.
Key Strategies to Find the Best Place to Stay in Paris
Location & Transportation
- Paris is huge. So location matters. Finding a strategic base can save you time and money.
- The good news is that Paris is well-connected with public transportation. I would not say it is the world’s best, but it is not difficult to figure out how to use Metro/RER trains and buses. And they run from 5:30 am to 1 am.
- Not all Metro lines are equal, though. For example, Metro Line 1 (yellow) hits all the tourist hotspots, including Place de l’Étoile (Arc de Triomphe), Champs-Élysées, Concorde, Tuileries Garden, Musée du Louvre, Hôtel de Ville (Le Marais). Most likely, first-time visitors will go to these places; hence it is the most desirable line for tourists.
- Finding a hotel close to Metro stations is a wise strategy. Mark all your key places in the itinerary and see which line is the best. Being close to transfer stations also gives you more options and flexibility to get to areas you need to be faster. (Caveat: Avoid Châtelet/Châtelet Les Halles connecting multiple lines. This major transfer station annexed to a movie theater and shopping mall is like a mega maze! I got lost in the labyrinth and took forever to find my exit. The surrounding area can get a little sketchy at night, I heard.)
- Time is money when you have limited time in the city. A 30-minute commute into the city might not sound bad as a resident. But as a tourist, you must ask yourself, is it worth saving €20 a night to be out in the suburb? The transport time and fees do add up.
- Are there any train or metro strikes? Let’s face it. Strikes are a way of life in France. (Consider yourself lucky if your visit does not coincide with strikes.) During the strikes, delays and frequent disruptions may occur. Is walking back to the hotel feasible and safe in the worst scenario? How much would it cost to take a taxi?
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Seasons & Pricing
- Paris is always a good idea, so it is always crowded. Officially, Paris’ high season is from May through September and December/Christmas through the New Year. However, even the shoulder seasons can be crowded as Paris is one of the most visited cities in the world. With so many international events attracting millions of people, including Paris Fashion Week, Tour de Monde, Paris Marathon, etc., is there a truly low season in Paris?
- Book your hotels well in advance. Hotels will be fully booked much quicker than you think. Better deals in a better location will get snatched up first. The price will only go up as your travel dates approach. So do NOT wait until you finalize all your plan.
- Lock in lower rates by taking advantage of the free cancellation policy. You may find an early bird special or the lowest rates by booking through the official hotel site. In my experience, this deal only applies to a non-refundable reservation. On the other hand, hotel booking sites (such as booking) often offer free cancellation deals up to the travel dates, allowing you to confidently lock in lower rates early on while letting you adjust your schedule.
- Overall, Paris is safe for tourists, although you should always stay alert for pickpockets and tourist scams. Regardless, it is not free of crimes.
- Don’t compromise your safety for a cheap stay.
- When I travel alone, I prefer to check in at a hotel rather than rent an apartment. Hotels usually have someone on duty 24/7.
- Especially for solo female travelers, I recommend avoiding a few pockets of particular neighborhoods, i.e., near Gare du Nord & Gare de l’Est train stations and Red Light District.
- I will write more about tips for traveling alone in Paris.
Where to Stay in Paris First Time
Paris is a remarkably enchanting city that captivates travelers worldwide with its timeless beauty, rich history, and vibrant culture. In this beautiful and romantic city, each area offers its unique charm and attractions; it might be difficult to pinpoint the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.
Nevertheless, some neighborhoods are better than others in terms of location, atmosphere, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, and entertainment. Whether you need help narrowing down or have different opinions with your travel companion, you cannot go wrong with any of these 10 recommended areas.
#1. Le Marais: Best Area to Stay in Paris for First-Timers
Arrondissement: 3rd & 4th
Best for: Any travelers, especially trendsetters, who like to stay in a central location and appreciate cultural diversity.
Le Marais occupies the 3rd and 4th arrondissements of Paris. The northern part of Le Marais is also known as “Haut Marais.” Nestled in the heart of historic Paris, Le Marais is an ideal central location that perfectly blends old-world charms and contemporary flairs. It is one of the few areas in Paris, where narrow cobblestone streets and elegant hôtel particuliers (French aristocratic mansions) remain.
The lively district is also a Paris hub for art, fashion, and gastronomy. It is home to iconic museums, including Centre Pompidou and Musée National Picasso Paris. This area celebrates cultural diversity with a thriving LGBTQ+ scene and Jewish heritage. When it comes to shopping, you will find everything from upscale departments to independent boutiques to second-hand shops.
Le Marais is a charming neighborhood offering a little for everyone. It is my favorite neighborhood and will always be one of the best places to stay in Paris. If you don’t want to overthink, stay in Le Marais, and you won’t regret it.
Why You’ll Love Le Marais
- Ideal central location
- Old-world charms meets modern
- A cultural hub with iconic museums
- Hidden gem art galleries
- Trendy shopping and restaurants
- Cultural diversity
Top Attractions in Le Marais
- Hôtel de Ville
- Centre Pompidou
- Musée National Picasso
- Maison de Victor Hugo
- Place des Vosges
- Musée Carnavalet
- Rue de Rosier
- Marché Couvert des Enfants Rouges
- Shopping along Temple Street
Best Places to Stay in Le Marais
Hôtel Sookie (4*) is a very cute boutique hotel in the fashionable Haute Marais. It is in the middle of the action, close to Saint-Sébastien – Froissart metro station (Line 4), where you are a block away from shops and restaurants. The rooms are not huge (standard in Paris) but tastefully decorated and efficient. I stayed in this chic hotel and loved it. | A/C & Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Jules & Jim (4*) is a popular hotel in the heart of Le Marais with superb reviews. The hip hotel is near the Arts et Métiers metro station. Some rooms have balconies with views of the Sacré-Cœur. There is also a courtyard with an outdoor fireplace where you can sip wine. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: No.
Le Compostelle (3*) is an affordable hotel on the street lined with boutiques and restaurants. | A/C: No. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Beauquartier Paris is a chic studio apartment with a fully equipped kitchenette, washing machine, and terrace. The modern spacious apt in an excellent location like this is a rare gem in this area. | A/C: No. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#2. Saint-Germain-des-Près: Best Area to Stay in Paris for Sophisticated Culture Travelers
Best for: Sophisticated travelers for quintessential Parisian experience with ancient architecture and historic cafes
Located on the Left Bank of the Seine, Saint-Germain-des-Près exudes a sophisticated and intellectual ambiance. Understandably so, as it used to be a popular hangout for writers, artists, and intellectuals in Paris. To name a few: Voltaire, Jean-Jacque Rousseau, Victor Hugo, Ernest Hemingway, James Joyce, Jean-Paul Sartre, Simone de Beauvoir, Pablo Picasso, Albert Camus, etc. (I am missing quite a lot here!)
Saint-Germain-des-Prés breathes and lives on the authentic café culture, where many of these intellectuals frequented. They strolled at the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. And that is where the existentialist philosophy was born and bloomed.
This upscale neighborhood centers around the 6th-century abbey, Église de Saint-Germain-des-Prés. Its picturesque streets are dotted with stunning architecture, elegant cafes, historic bookstores, art galleries and swanky boutique shops.
The charming area is the perfect location for sophisticated travelers because of its proximity to renowned attractions, such as the Louvre Museum, Orsay Museum, and Notre Dame Cathedral.
Why You’ll Love Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- High-end, intellectual area with a rich history
- Intellectual and cultural ambiance
- Picturesque streets lined with stunning architecture and historic cafes
- Upscale art galleries
- Elegant high-end boutiques
Top Attractions in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Shakespear & Co.
- Church of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Musée Eugène Delacroix
- Numerous historic cafes such as Le Procope, Café de Flore, Les Deux Margots, Brasserie Lipp, etc.
- Rue de Buci
- Luxembourg Garden
Best Places to Stay in Saint-Germain-des-Prés
Hôtel D’Aubusson (5*) is a 17th-century hôtel particulier turned luxury hotel. Near the Odéon metro station, the upscale hotel features a pretty courtyard, swimming pool, spa, jazz bar, and cafe. Stylish rooms have a marble bathroom with a bathtub. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel de l’Abbaye Saint-Germain (4*) is a refined hotel 5 minutes from Luxembourg Garden. This charming hotel features a quintessential Parisian ambiance, tastefully decorated interiors, and its lovely garden and courtyard | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Da Vinci Hotel & Spa (4*) is a Renaissance-inspired hotel with elegant rooms, spa, and murals. In the Saint-Germain-des-Prés district, the location is less than 10 min away on foot with the Musée d’Orsay, the Musée de Louvre, and the Tuileries Garden. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Artus (4*) is a modern hotel located in the beautiful Rue de Buci. The colorfully decorated rooms with brightly printed fabrics come with a sauna and jet tub. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Odéon Hôtel by Malone (3*) is a charming boutique hotel off the Boulevard St Germain near the Odeon metro station. Surrounded by amazing cafes and shops in the area, this cozy establishment is an excellent choice. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hotel Clément (2*) is a cute little hotel near the Mabillon metro station. Conveniently located a block off Blvd. Saint-Germain, it is a great value. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#3. Louvre/Tuileries: Best Area to Stay in Paris for Convenient Location
Arrondissement: 1st Arrondissement
Best for: Convenience-seeking tourists who like to stay close to top attractions
The Louvre/Tuileries district in the 1st arrondissement is the tourist epicenter of Paris that is always bustling. It is home to many noteworthy sites, including the Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Garden, and Palais Royal.
The gorgeous Haussmann-era boulevards are the quintessential Parisian sight. Rue Saint Honoré and Place Vendôme are two iconic glitzy shopping streets with designer boutiques and luxury jewelers.
As it is a tourist-heavy area, you will find restaurants and cafes ready to serve foreigners. Don’t shy away from the establishments just because they are in the tourist area. There are more than dozens of legit bistros and cafes in the area the local French love. (I had the best hot chocolate of my life at the ever-touristy Angelina Cafe.) And if you are curious about French-influenced Japanese cuisine, swing by the Little Tokyo in Paris along Rue Sainte-Anne.
Why You’ll Love Louvre/Tuileries
- Central location within walkable distance of top Paris attractions
- Lively and bustling area with many tourist-friendly establishments
- Proximity to the Seine River
Top Attractions in Louvre/Tuileries
- Musée de Louvre
- Jardin des Tuileries
- Musée de l’Orangerie
- Palais Royal
- Hôtel de la Marine
- Galerie Véro-Dodat
Best Places to Stay in Louvre/Tuileries
Cheval Blanc Paris (5*) is an ultra-luxury hotel and Dior Spa by LVMH in the 1st arrondissement. The fancy rooms are roomy and come with a spacious marble bathroom. Some rooms have a balcony overlooking the Seine River. Rooftop restaurants feature amazing city views. | A/C, Heater & Elevator: of course!
Nolinski Paris (5*) is a luxury boutique hotel on the Avenue de l’Opéra, only blocks away from the Louvre. With only 45 rooms, the interiors embrace a modern take on French luxe, tastefully done by French designer Jean-Louis Deniot. This gem hotel is a bargain for a hip luxury hotel in a central location. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Le Meurice (5*) is a lavish hotel across from the Tuileries Garden (next to Angelina Cafe) with a Michelin 2-star restaurant by the famed Alain Ducasse. The grand palace hotel is decorated in the 18th-century style with Louis XVI furniture. Imagine resting your head at the Château de Versailles. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Royal Saint Honoré (4*) is a posh boutique hotel within a short distance from the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Garden. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Timhotel Le Louvre (3*) is a budget-friendly hotel a stone’s throw away from the Louvre, which is a rare find in the area dotted with 5-star luxury hotels. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#4. Champs-Élysées: Best Area to Stay in Paris for Shopping
Arrondissement: 8th Arrondissement
Best for: Luxe shoppers and short-stay tourists
The Champs-Élysées is a 1.9km road that stretches from the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde. The area offers easy access to Paris’ main attractions, upscale shopping experiences, and a taste of the city’s glamorous lifestyle.
The world-famous avenue is one of Paris’s most iconic and glitzy areas. Lined with luxury shops, upscale cafes and restaurants, this neighborhood embodies the Parisian glamor. If you love luxury brands (think Louis Vuitton, Rolex, Cartier, Hermès, etc.), you will find their flagship stores along the grand avenue. Fancy patisseries like Ladurée and Pierre Hermé have a grandeur presence for those with a sweet tooth.
The Champs-Élysées can be very touristy. On the flip side, the area is a convenient location and transportation hub for tourists. Many day trips and guided tours to the remote regions of Paris and other cities meet near the Arc de Triomphe. And there is also a shuttle bus to Fondation Louis Vuitton.
Charles de Gaulle-Étoile is one of the main public transportation hubs. Besides the Paris Metro Line 1, 2, 6, and RER A train on the Île-de-France commuter rail passes through. Staying near the well-connected public transport system makes hopping in and out of the city more convenient.
Why You’ll Love Champs-Élysées
- One of the world’s most beautiful avenues
- Get a taste of Paris’ most glamorous lifestyle
- Convenient location for tourists
Top Attractions in Champs-Élysées
- Avenue de Champs-Élysées
- Arc de Triomphe
- Place de la Concorde
- Grand Palais
- Petite Palais
Best Places to Stay in Champs-Élysées
Hôtel Raphael (5*) is an upscale hotel in the Chaillot neighborhood (technically in the 16th arrondissement). But the rooftop has a terrace restaurant with a fantastic Eiffel Tower and Arc de Triomphe view. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Beauchamps (4*) is an affordable chic boutique hotel near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station. The Haussmann-style architecture with red accent on doors and windows, and the interior features stylish art deco-style rooms. Très chic. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
O.Lysée Hôtel (3*) is a modern and bright hotel situated right off the Champs-Élysées. Fantastic location near the Franklin Roosevelt metro station and a lovely ambiance. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Magda Champs Elysées (3*) is another unfussy hotel in an excellent location. This lovely property is only a 5-min walk away from the Arc de Triomphe. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#5. Opéra: Best Area to Stay in Paris for Bustling City Vibes
Best for: Shopping and bustling city vibes
The Opéra district is a lively and bustling neighborhood best known for the Palais Garnier, the opera house built in 1875. While it only shows ballet performances today (the opera has moved to the Bastille Opera House), 19th-century architectural beauty is an unmissable attraction in Paris, featuring the ceiling painted by Chagall and Italian-grandeur theater with ornate decorations.
Boulevard Haussmann is home to fancy department stores such as Galeries Lafayette and Printemps. These malls offer more than just the Parisian shopping experience; they are famed for their ornate belle époque cupolas and opulent designs. And the city view from their rooftop terraces is a hidden gem in Paris you should not miss.
The district in the 9th arrondissements between the Louvre/Tuileries district in the south and Montmartre in the north. Staying in this neighborhood gives easy access to two of the most desirable areas that first-time visitors most likely want to explore.
While the Opéra district may seem posh and swanky, you will be pleasantly surprised to find designer boutique hotels in excellent location at decent rates.
Insider Tip: The South of Pigalle (SoPi) in the 9th arrondissement is a small pocket of areas sandwiched between the Opera and Montmartre. Recently, it has become a buzzing enclave of the trendiest bars and restaurants. It is an excellent location for those seeking chic dining and nightlife. Try Hôtel des 3 Poussins.
Why You’ll Love Opéra
- Convenient location for easy access to tourist hot spots
- Opulent belle époque department stores
- Great boutique hotels with decent rates
Top Attractions in Opéra
- Palais Garnier
- Galeries Lafayette Haussmann
- Printemps Haussmann
- Les Passages Courverts
- Gustave Moreau Museum
- Musée Grévin
Best Places to Stay in Opéra
Chouchou Hôtel (4*) is an elegantly modern hotel in the Haussmanian building decorated with blue and white stripe awnings. Opened in 2020, this hip boutique hotel locates just blocks away from the Palais Garnier. The amenities include a food hall-like restaurant and a bar with live music. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Panache (4*) is a chic designer boutique hotel with great “panache” on the corner of bustling Rue du Faubourg Montmartre, surrounded by restaurants and bars. Each of the 40 rooms has a unique shape and beautiful modern decorations. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Adèle & Jules (4*) is a popular hotel in a Haussmanian building in the 9th arrondissement. This chic hotel embraces a beautiful decor that meets a trendy vibe. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Joe M (3*) is a bright and comfortable hotel I stayed. My corner room was spacious and comfortable, with a desk, an open closet, and a bench. The bathroom with a bathtub (which is rare in Paris!) allowed me to soak my tired feet at the end of the day. Having a mini refrigerator in the room was a rare treat in Paris, which I used to store fruits and yogurt I bought from Franprix across the street. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Similar option: Hôtel 10 Opera (3*)
#6. Eiffel Tower: Best Area to Stay in Paris for the Eiffel Tower Views
Best for: the Eiffel Tower Views
When you dream of visiting Paris one day, what is the first thing on your bucket list? Probably the iconic Eiffel Tower! So why not live your dream?
The Eiffel Tower and the sprawling Champ de Mars have the best close-up views of the stunning architecture. If you want to wake up to the Eiffel Tower view from your window and eat Parisian breakfast on your balcony, this is the place to be. As you can imagine, it will be costly to have the view because it is what everyone dreams of.
On the bright side, the 7th arrondissement is also a residential area. In fact, it is one of the most affluent, prestigious neighborhoods in Paris. While you will find elegant and luxury hotels with a memorable Eiffel Tower view, you may get to rest your head in a neighborhood where the locals reside. That said, it is not best known for its bustling nightlife.
Why You’ll Love Eiffel Tower
- Iconic Eiffel Tower view
- Opportunity to find a hotel in the affluent residential area
Top Attractions in Eiffel Tower
- Eiffel Tower
- Champ de mars
- Musée Rodin
- Musée du quai Branly – Jacques Chirac
- Le Bon Marché
- La Grande Épicerie de Paris
Best Places to Stay in Eiffel Tower
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel (4*) is a contemporary hotel with panoramic views of Paris. Set on the left bank in the 15th arrondissement, its strategic location offers an unbeatable view of the Eiffel Tower. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel le Derby Alma by Inwood Hotels (4*) is an upscale, refined hotel near the Eiffel Tower and the Champs-Élysées. The chic rooms have a beautiful Eiffel Tower view. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Royal Phare (4*) is a simple, bright hotel near the École Militaire metro station. Modern rooms feature the Eiffel Tower view. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Relais Bosquet by Malone (3*) is a warm and bright hotel with many rooms featuring the Eiffel Tower view. While it is tucked away in a quiet street, the hotel is in an impeccable location by the Champs de Mars. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Résidence Charles Floquet is a service apartment with 1-4 bedroom plans at the foot of the Eiffel Tower. The elegant apartment in the renovated historic building offers a fantastic view of the Eiffel Tower from a balcony, and comes with a kitchen with a dishwasher, a washer and a dryer. Highly recommended for family and long-stay travelers. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel de la Motte Picquet (3*) is an affordable hotel near the Eiffel Tower. It is super close to the École Militaire metro station and Carrefour City. Family rooms are available. | A/C: Yes. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
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Where to Stay in Paris On a Budget
Once you start looking for Paris hotels, you might be surprised how expensive they can get. And the affordable ones can get sold out quite fast. I experienced that disappointment every single time!
You may opt to stay outskirts of Paris or even in the suburbs to stay on the budget. However, I suggest you look into the following areas first. These areas have relatively affordable accommodations while still being close to the city center.
#7. Latin Quarter: Best Area to Stay in Paris for the Medieval Academia Vibes
Best for: Budget-conscious travelers who want to stay in the city center while soaking up the academic vibes from the medieval Paris
Situated in the heart of the Left Bank, Latin Quarter is a bustling neighborhood near the Panthéon and the prestigious Sorbonne University. Its name stems from the medieval times when Latin was the intellectual language among scholars. (It has nothing to do with Latin America.)
The Latin Quarter has been a center of intellectual and academic life for centuries. Naturally, it represents a vibrant student atmosphere. Walk through the winding cobblestone streets reminding Paris of medieval times, and you easily stumble upon charming bookstores and historic cafes while soaking in the livelihood of the bustling markets along the Rue Mouffetard.
The area is not cheap by any means. However, you can find student-budget hotels, which are considerably more affordable than the districts mentioned above.
Why You’ll Love Latin Quarter
- A bustling area that feels like a lively college town
- Cobblestone streets reminding of the Medieval times
- Historic bookstores and cafes
- Student-budget accommodations
- Close to Notre Dame
Top Attractions in Latin Quarter
- La Sorbonne
- Cluny Museum
- Rue Mouffetard Market
- Emily in Paris Apartment
- Jardin des Plantes
Best Places to Stay in Latin Quarter
Hôtel Dame des Arts (4*) is an elegant hotel on the left bank near the Odéon metro station. While it is away from the Eiffel Tower, the rooftop bar features the Paris skyline with a distant view of the tower. Rooms with a balcony also have a view. | A/C & Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Monte Cristo (4*) is a stylish concept hotel with an indoor pool, steam sauna, and a bar. The hotel pays homage to Alexandre Dumas’ novel, Monte Cristo. My friend stayed here and enjoyed the unique design. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel André Latin (3*) is a chic budget-friendly hotel near the Luxembourg Garden and Panthéon. This lovely hotel is set in a 19th-century building with an in-house coffee house and bar. Small rooms have an efficient plan with a balcony overlooking the Panthéon. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Abbatial Saint Germain (3*) is a budget-friendly hotel I stayed at. My room on the 6th floor was not fancy; however, it was very spacious, with a desk, two closets, and a cute balcony. Breakfast was excellent. The location was convenient, with access to the Maubert-Mutualité metro station and within walking distance to Île Saint-Louis and Le Marais. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Paris Art Hôtel Quartier Latin by Malone (3*) is an affordable hotel in the charming pocket of the Latin Quarter. Comfortable rooms feature stylish Art-Deco decor. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel de Suez (2*) is an unassuming student-budget hotel near the Sorbonne University. The simple rooms are well-decorated and clean. The location is in the middle of happening on Blvd. Saint-Michel, near the metro, Notre Dame, Luxembourg Garden, local restaurants, and bakeries. Excellent value for the money. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#8. Montmartre: Best Area to Stay in Paris for the Romantic View of Paris
Best for: young travelers seeking a vibrant nightlife, the most romantic views of Paris
Perched on a hill in the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is a romantic area with the most beautiful view of Paris. The iconic Sacré-Cœur Basilica atop the 430-foot hill boasts breathtaking panoramic city views.
Montmartre is often regarded as the enchanting artistic village that has inspired countless artists, including Picasso and Van Gogh. Wander along the steep hills to find inspiration on Rue de l’Abreuoir, at charming La Maison Rose, and the artist-filled Place du Tertre.
The picturesque neighborhood boasts bohemian vibes with charming cafes, lively cabarets, and quaint art studios. Its unique character and rich artistic heritage make Montmartre an ideal location to stay for those seeking a romantic Parisian experience.
Montmartre is a thriving working-class neighborhood that is generally safe and affordable. However, it is advised to be cautious in some pockets of the area as they have a reputation for having drunk and homeless people at night. And there is a red light district with cabarets, adult theaters, and sex shops, which are not the best option for family travelers.
Insider Tip: Avoid staying along Boulevard de Clichy, near the metro stations like Pigalle, Barbès, Marx Dormoy, and Porte de la Chapelle in the 18th arrondissement.
Why You’ll Love Montmartre
- Breathtaking panoramic views of Paris
- Artistic and bohemian vibes
- Quaint village atmosphere
- Vibrant nightlife
- Budget-friendly accommodations
Top Attractions in Montmartre
- Sacré-Cœur Basilica
- Moulin Rouge
- Place du Tertre
- Rue de l’Abreuoir
Best Places to Stay in Montmartre
Maison Souquet (5*): While technically on the outskirt of Montmartre, this 5-star boutique hotel is a gem in the Pigalle district near Moulin Rouge. The ultrachic hotel is set in an elegant Parisian townhouse, donning the exotic and opulent Belle Époque style. Amenities include a swimming pool, spa and wellness center, restaurant, and bar. A/C: No. Elevator: Yes.
Terrass Hôtel (4*) is a highly-rated hotel set in 19th-century architecture on the west corner of Montmartre. The chic hotel has a highly-rated rooftop bar with a picturesque Eiffel Tower view. You can also enjoy that view from the terrace in some rooms. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Similar: Terrasse Hôtel is temporarily closed due to renovation. Try Hôtel Rochechouart.
Mom’Art Hotel (4*) is an affordable family-run boutique hotel near Anvers metro station. Rooms have a unique art-themed decor. You will enjoy warm hospitality and amenities like a fitness room, restaurant, and bar. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hotel 29 Lepic (3*) is a casual chic hotel near Moulin Rouge. This cozy, affordable hotel situates in Rue de Lepic, one of the most happening streets in Montmartre. Great value for money. | A/C: No. Elevator: Yes.
#9. Canal St. Martin: Best Area to Stay in Paris for Foodies On a Budget
Best for: Foodies
Canal Saint-Martin is a quaint, romantic corner in the 10th arrondissement. The canal with charming bridges is an excellent place to spend an afternoon and go picnic. You will also see many lovey doves make out on the bench.
But the most impressive thing this area offers is a robust food scene. Canal-side bistros serve creative international cuisine. Many organic wine and cheese stores, bohemian bars, and craft coffee shops exist.
Another appeal? The 10th arrondissement is one of the most affordable districts in Paris. So staying near Canal Saint-Martin can save you some pretty penny.
Insider Tip: I generally avoid staying near major train stations in Europe. I am not sure what it is about the train stations – maybe the number of human traffic – that attract the homeless, pickpockets, and crime. The northern tip of the Canal St. Martin district borders the Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est, two busiest railway stations in the 10th arrondissement. Avoid the sketchy surrounding area altogether.
Why You’ll Love Canal St. Martin
- Creative, globally-inspired food scene
- Lively nightlife
- One of the most affordable neighborhoods in Paris
Top Attractions in Canal St. Martin
- Canal Saint Martin
- Hip restaurants and bars
Best Places to Stay near Canal St. Martin
Hôtel Beaurepaire Paris is a budget hotel near the République metro station. I booked this place at the last minute during the high summer season. Rooms are tiny but clean and efficient. The surrounding area has multiple supermarkets, stylish independent shops, hip restaurants, and bars. Nothing fancy but great value. | A/C: No. Elevator: Yes.
Similar: If you must have an A/C, try another budget-stay near Canal St-Martin.
Edgar Suites Grands Boulevards is an apartment with a full kitchen, living room, and washing machine. Great value for long-term stay or family travelers. | A/C: No. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Garden Saint Martin is a cozy budget-friendly hotel tucked in a quiet neighborhood. The bustling Canal St-Martin is only blocks away. | A/C: No. Heater: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
#10. Oberkampf: Best Area to Stay in Paris for the Best Nightlife
Best for: Budget-conscious hipsters seeking hidden gems and the best nightlife
Oberkampf is a pocket of the neighborhood between Bastille and République. If there is one word to describe the Oberkampf district, let it be ultra-hip.
This buzzing area is where young Parisian hipsters go for their social life. Think of happy hours and bar hopping at fancy cocktail joints and modern bistros. But if you are so much of a drinker or a night owl, the neighborhood also offers cool brunch cafes and boulangeries.
For cultural events, notable music venues include Le Bataclan for local and international live music. Atelier des Lumières showcases digital artworks.
While Oberkampf screams cool and is super close to the expensive Le Marais, the hotels in this neighborhood are much more affordable.
Why You’ll Love Oberkampf
- Ultra-hip vibes
- Best nightlife in Paris
- One of the most affordable neighborhoods in Paris
Top Attractions in Oberkampf
- Bar crawls
- Night clubs
- Le Bataclan
- Atelier des Lumières
Best Places to Stay in Oberkampf
Le Petit Oberkampf Hôtel & Spa (4*) is a quaint hotel set in Oberkampf at the edge of Haut Marais. No need to pay the Marais premium while being close to hip restaurants, bars, and shops both in Le Marais and Canal St-Martin. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Alhambra (3*) is an airy, cozy hotel by the Oberkampf metro station. This cheerful hotel in a townhouse features soundproofed rooms and a lovely garden. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Hôtel Beauséjour (3*) is a relaxed budget hotel chain with recently-renovated simple, bright rooms in Oberkampf. | A/C: Yes. Elevator: Yes.
Have you decided where to stay in Paris for your first time yet? Le Marais and Saint-Germain-des-Prés top my best areas to stay in Paris. But each neighborhood offers a unique Parisian experience, so consider your interests and preferences when choosing the best place to stay in. Whether you’re drawn to history, art, romance, or vibrant city life, Paris has a neighborhood that will enchant you and make your first visit truly memorable.
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