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Where to stay in Paris - Best Areas And Hotels For 2023

Explore the Best Accommodation Options in Paris. A Comprehensive Guide to Finding the Perfect Place to Stay in Paris.

Where to stay in Paris can feel overwhelming as it is a large capital city in Europe - if you want a view of the Eiffel Tower, you will want to stay in the 7th Arrondissement

Are you planning a trip to Paris and wondering where to stay? As a frequent traveller to Paris, I wanted to share my experience and help you find the best places to stay in Paris.

For first-time visitors, I recommend staying in the 7th arrondissement, a central area of Paris. This neighbourhood is close to major attractions like the Louvre Museum and the Eiffel Tower, with easy access to public transportation.

In this article, I will explain which areas are best to stay in and why, whether you like to indulge in the city's renowned nightlife, experience authentic French cuisine or simply soak in the charm of this beautiful city.

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Best Paris Neighbourhoods

  • Eiffel Tower (7th Arrdt.) The area around the Eiffel Tower is a great chose for first-time visitors due to its central location, safety, and high-quality, comfortable accommodations. It's a desirable neighbourhood with easy access to top attractions, including the Eiffel Tower, the Musée d'Orsay, the Champ de Mars, and high-end shopping, and charming cafés.
  • Louvre (1st Arrdt.) is one of the best areas in Paris for sightseeing. It offers easy access to major attractions such as the Louvre Museum, the Tuileries Garden, and the Palais Royal, as well as plenty of restaurants, cafés, and shops. The area is well-connected by public transportation, making it convenient to explore other parts of the city.
  • Le Marais (4th Arrdt.) is a historic area known for its wide range of restaurants, cafés, boutiques, museums, and art galleries. It is central, well-connected to public transportation, and home to popular attractions such as the Place des Vosges and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Le Marais offers a lively nightlife scene and excellent shopping opportunities, including vintage shops, and markets (Marché des Enfants Rouges) selling fresh produce.
  • Champs-Élysées (8th Arrdt.) is in the heart of Paris, and it's the best area for high-end shopping, fine dining, and nightlife. Popular attractions like the Eiffel Tower, Louvre Museum, and Notre-Dame Cathedral, Les Invalides, Grand Palais and Petit Palais are all within walking distance.
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés (6th Arrdt.) is the cultural and artistic centre of Paris, attracting visitors from around the world. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is perfect for families with kids. There are large open spaces and parks with playgrounds. The Jardin des Plantes (botanical garden) is nearby.
  • The Latin Quarter (5ht Arrdt.) is a historic and cultural neighbourhood, ideal for travellers interested in art & culture. Its charming streets, abundance of cafés, restaurants, and attractions like the Pantheon, Sorbonne University, and Luxembourg Gardens guarantee an unforgettable trip. Want to see more? Simply take the subway to explore other areas of Paris.
  • The Opéra (9th Arrdt.) area is the best place to stay if you have a ticket to the Palais Garnier Opera House. Most popular attractions will require you to either walk or take the subway, but the numerous boulangeries and cafés lining the way will make up for it. We found that hotel rooms are a little more spacious here than in other parts of Paris.
  • Montmartre (18th Arrdt.) is a charming neighbourhood best known for its stunning views of the city, the Sacré Coeur Basilica and the Moulin Rouge. Parts of Montmartre are recommended for couples.

Where To Stay In Paris

Where to stay in Paris Summary
❤️ Best Area for first-timers: Eiffel Tower area (7th arrdt.)
💎 Best luxury 5* hotel: SO Paris Hotel
🏨 Best mid-range hotel: Hôtel Regent's Garden - Astotel
🛏️ Best budget hotel: Hotel Pilime

Without a doubt, we are certain the best area to stay in Paris for the first time visitor is the 7th arrondissement. This is where the Eiffel Tower is located, so your hotel will be walking distance from the main tourist attraction in Paris. Chances are, your room will have a direct view of the Eiffel Tower, too. This is also the best neighbourhood in Paris if you want to be very close to the main tourist attractions, restaurants, cafés and cultural happenings.

To find where to stay in Paris, you first need to understand how the city is organized. Paris has 20 Arrondissements (districts) and each of them has its own virtues. Starting from North of Seine, the arrondissements are distributed clockwise (like a snail shell). This means that the 1st, 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th arrondissements are the most central. These arrondissements are generally safe and walkable and are home to some of the most well-known landmarks.

When we first visited Paris, we stayed near Palais Garnier in the 9th arrondissement. This is definitely the best district in Paris for culture. However, looking back, we realize it would have been better to stay in the 7th arrondissement to be closer to all the attractions in Paris.

Best Hotels to Stay in Paris

  • Hotel de Crillon is the best luxury hotel in front of the Tuileries Garden. The rooms are stunning, with balconies and top-quality Italian linens and French Drouault pillows and duvets. The marble bathrooms are spacious and equipped with heated floors, and bespoke toiletries. You can choose from two restaurants and a lounge bar at the hotel, ensuring that you'll always have a tasty meal or drink on hand. Hotel de Crillon is an excellent choice for a sophisticated and memorable stay in Paris.
  • The best boutique hotel is the Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal, right behind the Louvre Museum, in a traditional 18th-century French building. The rooms are beautifully designed with fine works of art and come equipped with all the usual modern amenities. Some rooms come with balconies with stunning views. A spa, a restaurant, and bar will make your stay even more pleasant.
  • Hôtel Duc De St-Simon is a lovely mid-range hotel just a few minutes walk from Musuem D’Orsay. The rooms and suites are beautifully furnished, some come with private terraces and garden views. Easy access to public transport, the Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon is the perfect home base for your Paris trip.
  • The best budget hotel, Hotel Pilime is located in the Montmartre neighbourhood, just a few minutes walk from the Moulin Rouge. The rooms are soundproofed, spacious, and the large double bed is comfortable. The hotel offers a daily breakfast in a charming breakfast room with an arced stone ceiling, or it can be served in your room upon request for a more romantic morning. Public transport is excellent, the Place de Clichy Metro Station is a few 100 m away, giving you easy access to all the important sights of Paris.
  • Our top recommended honeymoon hotel is the Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel. The rooms in this 4-star hotel offer panoramic views of the Eiffel Tower. Pick the Superior King Room or the Deluxe King Room with balcony for the absolute best views. It's the perfect hotel for honeymooners.
  • The best hotel for families is the Hotel Villa Saxe Eiffel. The Classic Family Room is incredibly spacious and charmingly furnished. The hotel's central location means it's just a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars. Both the Luxembourg Gardens and the Invalides are within easy reach. The hotel offers bike rental, a sauna, and a fitness centre. For other popular sites, take the subway from the Cambronne or Saint-François-Xavier stations.

7th Arrondissement - Eiffel Tower

Eiffel Tower Lit Night

Stay in the 7th for the best tourist attractions

The 7th Arrondissement is the best neighbourhood for first-time visitors because your hotel's location will be close to all the main attractions. It's the place to stay in Paris if you want to see The Eiffel Tower and the Invalides.

The 7th is one of the most elegant and luxurious districts of the city, with haute-couture and high-end shopping. As a frequent visitor to Paris, this is one of my favourite parts of the city, with its stunning boutiques and designer stores just a stone's throw away from your hotel.

Going out to eat or finding a spot for breakfast won't be an issue. There are countless restaurants, cafés, bistros, and bakeries everywhere serving a wide variety of foods. You'll find a wide representation of European cuisines alongside Mediterranean, Asian, and Arabic options.

Where to stay in the 7th

One of the district's greatest advantages is the stunning view of the Eiffel Tower that can be enjoyed from the windows or balconies of many of its hotels. However, the accommodations in this area tend to be expensive, with a night's stay at a 5-star luxury hotel ranging from $550 to over $3000. Based on my experience, opting for a 4-star hotel provides the best value for money, with prices typically ranging from $250 to $450 per night. While 3-star hotels and below may offer lower prices, the quality may not be up to par with your expectations, especially in a city like Paris. Generally, a 3-star hotel would charge around $150 per night, but prices may vary depending on the location and ratings.

Public transport is excellent, but the 7th is so central you can walk to almost all the important sites. If you decide to take the subway, Cambronne Station is the best option for line 6. The École Militaire on line 8 will take you to the Opera. Travel times are 5-10 mins anywhere. From Champ de Mars Eiffel Tower Station, you can take train C (yellow line) all the way to Versailles for a day trip.

The 7th Arrondissement is safe, but be careful of scammers who target tourists. At night, it's quiet here and there's not much nightlife. That's good if you want to relax in your hotel after a busy day of sightseeing.

Our top hotel picks near the Eiffel Tower

Luxury: Hotel Montalembert

Hotel Montalembert is a 5 star hotel is one of the best places to stay in Paris if you are a luxury traveller. You will be located in the best neighbourhood right in the heart of Paris, near the Eiffel Tower. Definitely the best Paris hotel for your trip to Paris in the centre of the city.
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Mid-range: Hôtel Duc De St-Simon

The Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon offers rooms and suites in one of the best districts in Paris. This is also a great hotel for families, centrally located, next to the Eiffel Tower. This is one of the top Paris accommodations, it's very well connected so you can access all main attractions. Prices start at €200 per night.
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Budget: Hôtel Eiffel Rive Gauche

If you want to stay just 5-minute walk from the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower, then this 3-star hotel is the best choice for you. With moderate prices per night starting at just €71, you and your family will enjoy Paris in great accommodation.
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1st Arrondissement - Louvre

Louvre Paris France

Stay in the 1st for Shopping & Sightseeing

The 1st Arrondissement is the ideal place to stay if you plan to do a lot of sightseeing, since it's close to famous landmarks like the Louvre Museum and Tuileries Gardens. It's also easy to get around to other attractions in Paris from here, as the district is well-connected and easy to walk.

The 1st Arrondissement is called the district of the Kings of France, and it's one of the most expensive parts of Paris. If you're on a tight budget, you might want to consider other options. However, if you do decide to stay here, make sure to choose a room that faces an inner courtyard to ensure a peaceful night's sleep.

Attractions nearby include Notre Dame Cathedral, Place de la Concorde, Centre Pompidou, Champs-Elysèes, Musee D’Orsay, and Saint Germain.

Where to stay in the 1st

Many honeymooners come to Paris and simply want to be pampered. If you are after a luxurious stay, you might consider these high-end hotels: Hotel Regina Louvre or Le Meurice. These hotels offer top-notch amenities (fitness centre, spa, sauna) and centrally located, with rooms overlooking the Tuileries Garden.

In general, prices start at around $550 for a 5-star, $330 for a 4-start hotel stay. 3-star hotels are around $250 per night. Most hotels are mid-range or luxury.

The Tuileries and Pyramides Subway stations are within a 5-mins walk, giving you quick access to other important parts of Paris.

Central Paris is very walkable, from your hotel, Galeries Lafayette Champs-Élysées is only 20 mins on foot and the walk is well worth it taking you through picturesque boulevards.

The 1st Arrdt. is generally considered safe for tourists and visitors. When crowded, keep an eye out for pickpockets. The area gets quiet at night but note, most restaurants close late, around midnight or 1-2 am.

Our top hotel picks near the Louvre

Luxury: Hôtel Regina Louvre

We love Hotel Regina because some of the rooms offer views of Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre. This is by far one of the best luxury hotels located in the 1st arrondissement. You will definitely love the elegant style interior with the period furniture so you can truly feel like royalty. Prices start at €320 per night.
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Mid-range: Hôtel de la Place du Louvre

Are you looking for a mid-range hotel in one of the best neighbourhoods in Paris? Then the Hotel de la Place du Louvre is the place for you. Book it for your upcoming trip to Paris and enjoy the quirky breakfast served in in the hotel's Cave des Mousquetaires, a vaulted cave which was once connected to the Louvre. How cool is that? Prices start at €134 per night.
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Budget: Hotel Prince Albert Louvre

If you want to be in one of the best places to stay in Paris, you should book a hotel room at Prince Albert. You will be close to interesting attractions and just a stone throw away from the river Seine, so you can take a romantic walk. Prices start at €130 per night.
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Le Marais - 3rd & 4th Arrdts

Stay in Le Marais for nightlife & shopping

Le Marais is a historic district, known for its narrow streets, beautiful architecture, and vibrant culture. It's especially popular with couples looking to enjoy a lovely time in Paris.

If you're keen on discovering Paris' art and history scene, you'll find plenty of opportunities in Le Marais. It's packed with museums, art galleries and because it's still central Paris, you have access to other attractions within walking distance. The Carnavalet Museum, the Picasso Museum, and the Place des Vosges are all close to the Elzevir street (Rue Elzevir), so finding a hotel nearby is recommended.

Le Marais is also known for its vibrant nightlife, with many bars, clubs, and music venues located throughout the district. Most bars and clubs are located along the Sébastopol Boulevard. We had cocktails in Liquorium, the vibe was really cool, and the drinks were colourful and tasty.

The Gay District in Paris is also here. You will find most bars along the Archives Street (Rue des Archives) and Verrerie Street (Rue de la Verrerie). Some of the best retro spots are the Quetzal Bar and the Les Souffleurs.

The popular shopping streets are Rue des Francs-Bourgeois and Rue des Rosiers, lined with a mix of luxury brands, designer boutiques, and indie shops. Alongside clothes, you will also find shops selling food, skin care products, and antiques. You can easily spend half a day just browsing. Strongly recommended on a sunny day.

Where to stay in Le Marais

Le Marais is a fantastic place to stay in Paris and a district of great historical significance. This part of Paris is in high demand for its accommodation, so make sure to book your hotel as soon as possible.

The accommodations here cater for all budgets, although you won't find as many luxury options as in the 1st and 4th. 4-star and mid-range hotels will cost around $350 for a night, while a good 3-star hotel will charge around $260. You can find budget options for around $120 but look out for low ratings.

We found, Marais is a safe neighbourhood. It gets busy on Friday and weekend evenings, so just pay a bit more attention to your surroundings. As a solo traveller, keep an eye on your drink and belongings and generally stay away from dark or isolated areas.

Public transport is well-connected, from Saint-Paul or Pont Marie Stations you can easily travel to other parts of Paris. Saint-Michel Notre-Dame Station has direct connections to Gare du Nord.

Luxury: Hotel Dupond-Smith

Hôtel Dupond-Smith is really a great luxury 5-star hotel with incredible decor and lovely design. The location of this hotel is particularly awesome! The Notre Dame Cathedral is only 10 minutes walk away from this hotel while the Louvre Museum is just 15 minutes away on foot.
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Mid-range: Hotel de Neuve by Happyculture

If you are visiting Paris to be close to Notre Dame Cathedral, then you will love the Hotel de Neuve by Happyculture. The rooms are soundproofed so you can enjoy quiet night sleep in the heart of Le Marais, while the hotel is located just minutes away from the Saint-Paul Metro Station, providing access to all of Paris. Prices start at €114 per night.
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Budget: Hotel Rivoli

Are you wondering where to stay in Paris on a budget while also being close to the Notre Dame Cathedral? It's actually possible! Check out one of the best places to stay in at a very affordable price. With prices from just €76 per night, you will love this hotel located in a great district suitable for tourists.
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8th Arrondissement - Champs-Élysées

Walking around the major artery of the 8th neighbourhood in Paris, the Champs Elysees

Stay in the 8th for luxury shopping and fine dining

The 8th Arrondissement is a popular choice for travellers who enjoy luxury shopping, as it is home to some of the city's most high-end boutiques and designer stores. It is also a great choice for foodies, as it offers a wide variety of fine dining options, from classic French cuisine to international fusion dishes. It is particularly popular with couples and honeymooners, as the area has a romantic and sophisticated atmosphere.

The 8th most well-known attraction is the Champs-Élysées, a famous avenue lined with shops, cafés, and theatres. On one end is the Arc de Triomphe and on the other is the Place de la Concorde. The Grand Palais and the Petit Palais, which are renowned for their collections of art and artefacts, can also be found here.

The Champs-Élysées is the most famous shopping street in the world, with the just as well-know Galeries Lafayette department store. The store is housed in a stunning art nouveau building and is known for its elaborate window displays. A whole article can be filled with all the details and information on shopping in Paris.

Foodies will want to visit the Michelin-starred restaurants and brasseries serving the best French cuisine. Our recommendations are the Le Cinq and Pleine Terre. Be advised, tables should be reserved at least 2 months in advance.

Where to stay in the 8th Arrondissement

The 8th district offers a wide range of accommodation options, from luxury hotels to budget-friendly hostels. Depending on your budget and preferences, there are several areas in the district where you can find a place to stay.

  • Champs-Élysées area - high-end, luxury hotels
  • Saint-Augustin Station area - mid-range hotels and budget-friendly hostels
  • Parc Monceau area - residential area with mid-range options

Public transport is good, but you might need to walk a bit longer to the right station. The Champs-Élysées - Clemenceau Station connects you to the most important areas of Paris via lines 1 and 13. The 8th is also very walkable.

This district is safe for visitors and tourists. Take care on the Champs-Élysées when it's crowded.

Luxury: Hotel Plaza Athenee Paris

This is the best hotel in Paris for the ultimate luxury and shopping. On the prestigious Avenue Montaigne, with views of the Eiffel Tower, this luxury 5-star hotel features a Dior Institute spa, 5 restaurants, a cocktail bar and a seasonal ice-skating rink. There is no better hotel if you want to be located just 5-minute walk from Avenue Champs Elysées in grand luxury. Prices start at €935 per night.
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Mid-range: Hotel Plaza Elysées

Hotel Plaza Elysées is located right in the heart of the 8th arrondissement, so you are guaranteed to be close to all attractions you wish to visit as well as all the shopping boutiques you want to check out. We love this hotel because it offers nightly turndown service, a nice touch of luxury for mid-range prices. Prices start at €189 per night.
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Budget: Atlantic Hotel

If you are still in search of a perfect mid-range hotel close to Champs-Elysées, we recommend the Atlantic Hotel. Expect comfortable rooms, all in a hotel centrally located in the shopping neighbourhood of Paris. It's only 900 m from Opéra Garnier and Galeries Lafayette. Prices here start at €134 per night.  
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6th Arrondissement - Saint-Germain

Stay in Saint-Germain - best area for family with kids

If you're travelling with kids and after a family-friendly neighbourhood in Paris, the 6th Arrondissement is a top choice. We recommend staying near Jardin du Luxembourg in the Saint-Germain area, with its green parks and playgrounds for your little ones to enjoy.

Although the 6th Arrondissement is known for its upscale boutiques and luxurious hotels offering breathtaking views of the city, there are also affordable options available for budget-conscious travellers.

Saint-Germain is also popular with foodies and is known for its wide variety of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, and food markets that offer both traditional French cuisine and international flavours.

Marché Saint-Germain, a covered market that features a wide range of fresh produce, seafood, meats, cheeses, and artisanal foods.

Where to stay in Saint-Germain

For the best experience, book a hotel close to both the Jardin du Luxembourg and the Saint Sulpice Church. There are some great hotels here with large family rooms. The average high-end hotel cost is around $350/night. 3-star options start from $150/night.

It's important to book in advance, as hotels fill up quickly in this area. An alternative to the 6th is the 5th Arrdt., just a little further out of the centre. The prices are a bit lower here, and you still have access to top attractions via subway line 10 from Cardinal Lemoine Station.

The 6th is generally safe, like most areas in Paris. Take the usual common-sense precautions to ensure your safety.

Luxury: Hôtel D'Aubusson

Hotel D'Aubusson is one of the best places to stay in Paris with your family. This hotel is not only charming with its original beams and antique furniture, but just 10 minutes walk from the Luxembourg Gardens. If you travel with your kids and want a little luxury, then we recommend a room at this hotel. Prices start at €350 per night.
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Mid-range: Hotel Le Placide Saint-Germain Des Prés

Le Placide Saint-Germain Des Prés is a luxurious family-friendly hotel in Paris. The hotel has been entirely redesigned by the designer Bruno Borrione so expect o luxury experience for your first stay in Paris. We recommend this hotel to any traveller with young children as you will get comfort for affordable luxury. Prices start at €151 per night.
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Budget: Hotel Michelet Odeon

If you are visiting Paris with your family on a budget, this hotel is perfect for you. One of the best budget-friendly hotels in the heart of the 6th arrondissement, you will be close to convenience and amenities, while enjoying ensuite rooms with baths. Suitable for tourists with young kids. Prices start at €87 per night.
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5th Arrondissement - Latin Quarters

The Panthéon in Paris at night for history lovers - pick a hotel close to the Panthéon

Stay in the Latin Quarters for art & culture

The 5th Arrondissement of Paris, famously known as the Latin Quarter, is a cultural and historical hub that offers an ideal location for tourists seeking a quieter experience while still enjoying the proximity to the city centre.

For those with a passion for history, the 5th Arrondissement is a must-visit destination. It is the original settlement of the Romans who founded the city of Lutetia, making the 5th the oldest district in Paris.

This energetic district is known for its student cafés, enchanting bookshops, and the legendary Shakespeare & Company - an independent English-language bookshop. This is the place to stay if you're after an authentic Parisian experience at reasonable prices.

When you visit, be sure to add the Jardin des Plantes botanical gardens and the National Museum of Natural History to your itinerary.

For delicious American pancakes and coffee, check out Jozi Café on Rue Valette.

Where to stay in the 5th Arrondissement

The 5th is a great location for all types of travellers. There is a wide range of hotels to pick from, starting at luxury all the way to budget-friendly options.

Unlike the other districts mentioned before, the 5th has many privately rented apartments. These are great for families travelling with kids as they come with larger rooms, kitchens and often washing machines and other amenities.

To be in the heart of the action, choose a hotel near the iconic Panthéon. If you are travelling with kids, pick a spot close to the Jardin des Plantes and the Zoo.

The 5th is well-connected to other parts of Paris via subway line 10. Odéon Station (lines 4, 10) will take you to Gare du Nord in 15 mins.

Since it is a student district with several universities, accommodation in the area is reasonably priced, making it a perfect option for budget-conscious travellers seeking affordable hotel rooms.

Luxury: Residence Henri IV

This is by far one of our favourite luxury hotels in the 5th arrondissement. Marble fireplaces and vintage paintings give the rooms at Residence Henri IV a 19th-century feel. The hotel is well located close to the metro so you are very well connected to the rest of the city. Also, luxury for affordable prices, the prices for this gorgeous room starts from just €166 per night.
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Mid-range: Select Hotel

A great mid-range hotel right in the heart of the Latin Quartier is Select Hotel. Stay at this hotel to be close to convenient restaurants, cafes and metro station so you have transportation options. Some rooms overlook the Place de la Sorbonne. Prices start at €135 per night.
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Budget: Hotel de L'Esperance

Located a 2-minute walk from the lively rue Mouffetard, Hotel de L'Esperance is one of the best affordable hotels in the 5th arrondissements, It's a great place to stay for couples who want to enjoy the terrace with views of the city in Paris. Besides, you will be very close to metro stations to access the rest of the tourist attractions. Free WiFi is featured throughout the property. Prices start at €79 per night.
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9th Arrondissement - Opéra

Stay in the 9th for the Opera National de Paris

The biggest draw of staying in the 9th Arrondissement is its proximity to the Paris Opera House, making it a convenient choice for those attending opera performances. We found the neighbourhood to be safe and well-suited for couples and culture enthusiasts.

A helpful tip for those planning to visit the Palais Garnier is to purchase tickets to a performance several months in advance. This not only provides access to the opera house, but also allows visitors to take their time exploring and taking photos. Tickets can be as affordable as £20 per person.

In addition to the Palais Garnier, there are many other activities to enjoy in the 9th Arrondissement. For instance, you can visit the iconic Galeries Lafayette Haussmann department store or explore the Grands Boulevards for some leisurely shopping. Another great option is to take a stroll through the charming Passage Verdeau, which features numerous antique shops and bookshops where you can browse for unique souvenirs to bring back home.

There is no shortage of great restaurants, bakeries, and bistros in the area. In the evening, you can relax with a cocktail at one of the many bars.

Where to stay in the 9th

While the InterContinental Paris Le Grand is the top hotel in the area, there are also plenty of options available for budget-conscious and mid-range travellers. The 9th Arrondissement is a fantastic choice for those looking to experience Parisian culture.

Prices are varied, a 5-star hotel will charge you around $500/night while a 4-star hotel will cost between $300 and £350. You can expect to pay about $200 for a night stay in a 3-star hotel. In my opinion, the 4-star hotels provide the best value for money in this area.

The Opera Station has excellent connections to all the other districts in Paris. The Eiffel Tower is 20 mins, the Arc de Triomphe is 6 mins and the Louvre is 10 mins away on subway.

The area is not as walkable as the more central arrondissements. The pavement is narrow on most streets and gets very busy, especially during the morning and evening rush hour.

Luxury: InterContinental Paris Le Grand

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Mid-range: Le Regent by Hiphophostels

Le Regent by Hiphophostels provides accommodation in shared dormitories with private bathroom facilities within the dormitory. Private rooms are also available and guests can choose between an en-suite room and a room with a shared bathroom. Prices start at €53 per night.
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Mid-range: Hôtel Villa Bohème

Each air-conditioned room features a modern décor and has a flat-screen TV, an electric kettle and a safe. The private bathroom is fitted with a shower and includes a hairdryer and free toiletries. Prices start at €79 per night.
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18th Arrondissement - Montmartre

Stay in Montmartre - Couples & Romance

Montmartre is widely regarded as the most romantic neighbourhood in the city. With its picturesque streets, it's easy to fall in love with this charming area. Set atop a 130-metre hill, it provides breathtaking views of the city, making it a perfect spot for couples to enjoy a romantic picnic.

The area has retained its authenticity and is reminiscent of a traditional Parisian village. It was a popular location for artists during the 19th and 20th centuries, giving it an artistic and atmospheric vibe.

For those seeking a genuine Parisian experience, Montmartre's cobbled streets, delightful bistros, and artistic heritage make it a must-visit destination. It offers a glimpse into a more authentic Paris, beyond the flashy boulevards and glamour of the city's more modern areas.

Staying in Montmartre also offers convenient access to the Moulin Rouge, the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, as well as easy connections to other major Parisian attractions via the subway lines.

Where to stay in Montmartre

My recommendation is to stay near Montmartre village and the Sacré-Cœur Basilica, while avoiding Clichy Boulevard and the Moulin Rouge area if possible.

There are various accommodation options available, including hotels and apartments, with prices generally lower than those in more central districts. The Ateliers de Montmartre Apartments are, for example, offer large rooms and a cheeky view of the Basilica for about $255/night.

Public transportation is convenient, with subway line 12 accessible from Abbesses Station for easy access to central Paris. If you need to travel to Gare du Nord, you will need to switch subways. Take the funicular to comfortably reach the Sacré-Cœur Basilica.

Overall, the area is safe, but it's best to avoid the Moulin Rouge area after dark, as it can be a bit sketchy.

Luxury: Mom'Art Hotel & Spa

The best luxury hotel in the heart of Montmartre is the Mom'Art Hotel & Spa. Located just walking distance from the Sacré-Coeur and Le Moulin Rouge, you are never far from attractions, restaurants and shops. Prices for this artistic and stylish accommodation start at €152 per night.
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Mid-range: Odalys City Paris Montmartre

If you are looking for a studio in the 18th arrondissement, then look no further. This is the perfect hotel equipped with a kitchenette and a dining area. It's one of the best mid-range hotels in Paris located so close to amenities and just 15 minutes walk to Moulin Rouge. Prices start at €110 per night.
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Budget: Hotel Audran

Are you need of a place to stay in Paris, Montmartre on a budget? Then this is a fantastic hotel with comfortable rooms for a super affordable price. It's located just 200 m from Abbesses metro station so you can get quick access to main tourist attractions all around the city. We are certain it's a great choice! Rooms start at €55 per night.
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Yay, you made it to the end of this deeply researched travel guide. Now you know exactly where to stay in Paris for your visit. You learned about the best 8 neighbourhood in Paris which are most suitable for tourists and first-time visitors. We personally visited all these districts and talked to locals to ensure all our recommendations are great for you.

We also carefully selected hotels which we personally love and categorised them by price so every type of traveller can select their favourite. You now have the perfect options to suit your style and of course your budget. Choosing the best hotel is always based on the top attractions you want to visit nearby.

Enjoy Paris, you will love it!

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My biggest worry while traveling is being able to find a restroom when I need one. How easy (or difficult) is it to find public restrooms while roaming around the city?

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi, department stores all have toilets. All museums have toilets as well. There are some public cubicles here and there. Of course, bars, cafes and restaurants are the easiest


Hi Cory! Thank you for all the useful information! Great blog! I do have an irrelevant question for the ladies... which shoes/boots/booties do you recommend for walking ALOT and all over the arrondissements? I'd like to wear something chic but comfortable. Any recommendations? Please advise. Thanks in advance!

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Layla, I actually recommend All Birds shoes. Alternatively, Columbia walking shoes.
If you want something super chic (in my opinion) but also comfortable, I would go for a pair of military boots. They work sow ell with dresses and skirts and a lot of brands have comfortable ones.

I also wear New Balance and All Birds for my trips :D


Hi fantastic review of Paris. I wanted to take my wife for our ten year anniversary in June. What would you recommend? I was thinking of a hotel with a view of the Eiffel Tower as it’s her first time? What would you suggest thanks again.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Lee, how are you? Congrats on your 10 year anniversary! It's going to be amazing.
We recommend a hotel in the 7th arrondissement. here is a decent hotel with those amazing views:

Just make sure you call them to ask them for the right room with the right views :)

for something truly amazing and luxurious: not the cheapest, but one of the most incredible.


Coming to Paris in December for the first time. If you can pick just one district for me, where would you stay we should stay in Paris for the first ever time? We are torn. Great article, it's really well done. Still not sure what to pick as we want this trip to magical.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Darren, yay staying in Paris in December. This is going to be amazing for you and your family. Paris is magic as it is and staying in Paris just before (or during Christmas time) is going to splendid. We recommend the 8th district to be close to the main shopping areas as they put up amazing lights. It's also walking distance to most landmarks so you can enjoy your celebration time.
We stayed in the 9th district but for a very first time visitor, we do think the 8th district is the nicest.


What is the safest area to stay in Paris? Will be traveling alone with my 2 year old and I want to make sure we are safe. We know most European capitals are ok but just to double check

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Laura, thank you for reading our where to stay in Paris article. You are right, most European capitals are safe to visit but it's always wise to exercise some caution. We do recommend staying as centrally as possible and close to landmarks so you don't have to walk long with your little one.
We recommend staying in the 7th or 8th district with your baby. Being so close to landmarks means you don't have to rely on public transport. You can always try the 4th or 5th if that's more budget-friendly.


Hi Cory, I'm Alina from Romania as well. Super nice to meet another Romanian . LOVE your blog so much and followed you on Insta. Awesome article, super detailed, thanks. I will be traveling to Paris alone as a solo girl. It's my first ever trip alone. Where should I stay in Paris as a solo traveler? Somewhere safe but more budget as I have a limit. I would prefer a hotel and not a hostel although I'm not sure I can fully afford it.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Alina, really nice to e-meet you as well. Super excited you are going to Paris. Where in Romania are you from? I am originally from Bucharest. I should say salut!
The best place to stay in Paris for a solo female traveller will be the central locations. But I appreciate the budget can be tight. Perhaps look at the Latin Quarter in the 5th district. That is the student area so finding budget accommodation might work.
If you really can't afford a hotel room (which let's face it, it's pricey in Paris, especially for a solo female traveller) you might want to consider a private room in a hostel. Most of them come with their own private bathroom so you will still have the privacy you need in a more lively and budget-friendly context. I hope this helps! Good luck with the planning and have a wonderful first time adventure in Paris.

Martin Lewis

We are a retired couple in our 70s. My wife and I will travel to Paris for the first time. We want to see Paris in all its glory but also want a quiet place as we are old and don't want to party. We can walk and are able but we don't want to be too far from the centre as it's more difficult to take the metro at our age. Thank you.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Martin, thank you for your email. Love your story and I'm really glad you will make it to Paris soon. Paris is a lovely city and a dream for most of us. It is a unique city that's for sure. May I suggest that the best place to stay in Paris for you might be the 9th district? If money is not an issue, then the 8th will also be great for you. But the 9th seemed quiet for us and it was decent walking distance to the main landmarks.
I wish you safe travels with your wife. Enjoy Paris.


Hey Cory, really useful article, thank you. I have one question about the shopping district. I want to visit Paris for shopping and a bit of a luxury treat. It's for a hen night but a classy one with my girlfriends. Where to stay in Paris for a more elegant hen? We are thinking the 7th district.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Andrea, classy hen travel in Paris sounds like a fab idea. I do love a sophisticated getaway with the girlfriends so this is going to be so much fun.
We do recommend the 7th district. If the price of the accommodation is no objection, then that's your district. Alternatively, you can consider the 8th which is more shopping oriented.
I'm sure it's going to be a fantastic time and you ladies will love it.


I'm going to Paris as a transit and I think I'd like to stay there for the night. I'm coming by plane from Asia, staying for the night then taking the train down south.
Where should I stay in Paris for one night? I'm arriving late at night and leaving in the afternoon the next day.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Theo, really awesome you decided to stop in Paris for the night. It's a good idea especially after a long flight from Asia. Are you going to take the train from the Gare du Nord? If yes, then that is the best place to stay in Paris for the night. There are a few hotels for about $100 a night.
Gare du Nord is in the 10th district. Now, traditionally, train station areas are not the prettiest but given you will be tired and probably just want to get on with your journey and not travel a lot with luggage, this seems like the best place to stay.
On the day, you can ask the hotel to keep your luggage after the check out and use the morning for a quick explore. You will be around 25 minutes by public transport from the Eiffel Tower. So if you want, you can spend some time in the morning walking around the 7th district.


Hi Cory, we want to visit Paris during winter. We read one of your article where you mention that it's lovely and cheaper than during season in the summer. Maybe less busy too? Where should we stay during winter? We want to visit in January or February.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Maria, really happy you liked our other article about Paris in winter. We think visiting the French capital in the winter is a great idea as it really looks stunning with its light decorations. There are fewer tourists and the prices are cheaper. But make sure you dress well. I must mention that during Valentine's Day Paris is a prefered city so if you decide to visit in February take that into consideration.
We recommend aiming for the 7th or 8th district during winter. It looks great and you can find hotels with views of the rooftops which sometimes get covered in snow. Really magical place.


OMG Cory loved the idea of a surprise trip to Paris. I want to surprise my husband for his 40th birthday and take him to the opera house. Where to stay in Paris for couples? I saw you recommend the 9th district but we can't afford to stay in the inter. We will be flying from the USA so staying there just one night it's not an option so we need to stay for at least 3-4 nights, therefore budgeting a little more. Still want something elegant and perfect for couples. do you think?

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Thank you Danny for your kind words. I think your husband will love it in Paris and it makes for such a brilliant surprise trip. There are several hotels around the Opera House. One of the best places to stay in Paris is the 9th district. We really liked it there, to be honest. It was clean and quiet.
So you can stay there for 3-4 nights. There are other hotels which cost around $100-150 per night or even less if booked in advance.
So we do think the 9th district is a great place to stay if you are looking for a couple in an elegant setting.


Where to stay in Paris for a budget backpacker? I am looking for an area with hostels where I can meet other travelers and make new friends. I will stay in Paris for about a week. Any ideas? Great guide btw.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Louis, awesome for going to Paris. There are so many tourists visiting Paris every single day, you will meet likeminded people for sure. We recommend the Latin Quarter as it's the studenty area so guaranteed to find some great hostels for your needs. The area is lively and filled with cafes and bars. So you will find what you need. One of the trendiest places to stay in Paris. We really liked the vibe there.


Great reviews of the areas. I am taking my daughter to Paris for her 13th birthday. It's her first time visiting Paris. Which area do you recommend for a mum/daughter couple of days. I'd like to be fairly central so we can do a few tourist attractions and some shopping.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Happy 13th birthday to your daughter. Paris is such a beautiful place, she will love it. For something central, the 6th or 7th district for sure. The hotels are a little pricey there but it's a good location with easy access to all landmarks, tourist destinations and of course, shopping. I wish you both a wonderful time in Paris. Do visit Montmartre, she will love the vibe.


Thank you so much. We are off the laster ½ of October & this helps with our arrangements - or lack of - a ton!

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Never easy to find where to stay in Paris. It's a huuuge city. I'm really glad we could help. We wish you a superb holiday :)


It looks like some of the hotels that you discussed and recommendations are good and interesting ones. Thank you for sharing your experiences and knowledge about the holidays.

Tarak labana

Me and my wife along with two little kids wants to visit Paris first time. Please suggest where to stay????
We would like to stay at 7th and 11 th.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Hi Tarak,

Thank you for your email. Any of the hotels we recommended around the 7th or 11th arrondissement are great. We wish you a wonderful stay in Paris


Thank you so much for your insight! This really helped me pick where to stay in Paris!

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Thank so much Sophia! Really happy we helped you find where to stay in Paris!


Very helpful! Thank you very much. Are the police officers there helpful for non- French speaking tourist?

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

hi Gem, thank you for your message. I would assume so. There is always someone who speaks good English. Luckily we never had to deal with the police in France, but everyone was always really nice the moment we started saying a few words in French. So best to learn a couple of basics.

Kind Regards,



Hello Cory, thanks for all the great info. Can you recomend the best place to stay with children? We are staying for 4 days in August.

Thank you

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Dear Gabriela, we loved the 9th arrondissement the most. It was quiet and convenient. We think it will be great for you and your family.

Kind Regards,



Very informative and very well structured article, especially for first time visitors.

Cory Varga
Cory Varga - You Could Travel

Thank you so much, Manet x