Where to Stay in Paris: The Best Neighborhoods and Hotels

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If it's your first time visiting Paris, it can be overwhelming trying to narrow down what neighborhood to stay in or which hotel to pick, made only more confusing by the numbered system of arrondissements. Much will depend on personal preferences, budget, and other factors, so there's certainly no straightforward answer to the question, "Which neighborhood is best?" In short, it comes down to each individual traveler to do their research and choose the best option for themself.

Before you start scouring those hotel reviews online in search of the perfect accommodations, first take some time getting acquainted with how the city is laid out and familiarizing yourself with Paris' diverse neighborhoods and districts. You should get a sense of the main attractions found in each area, as well as their relative proximity to shopping, metro stations, restaurants, and supermarkets. Paris is a massive city and getting from one side to the other via public transportation takes a long time, so you'll thank yourself for doing your research before choosing a place to stay.

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Latin Quarter

One of Paris' most popular neighborhoods, Le Quartier Latin is on the left bank of the river just across from the Île de la Cité where you'll find Notre Dame. Its central location and bohemian vibe make it a perennial favorite of travelers coming to Paris, especially for students since the Latin Quarter is home to Sorbonne University and there's a lot of youthful nightlife. Roughly corresponding with the 5th arrondissement, it's where you'll find attractions like the Panthéon and the iconic Parisian bookstore, Shakespeare and Company. The riverfront and the area around the Saint-Michel metro stop can feel a bit touristy, but it's easy to escape onto quieter streets if you move deeper into the neighborhood.

  • Hotel des Carmes: In the heart of the Latin Quarter, this no-frills hotel is one of the most affordable options you'll find in the center of Paris without choosing a hostel. It's a historic building with modern amenities like air conditioning and wireless internet and is conveniently located right off the Maubert-Mutualité metro stop.
  • Residence Henri IV: Four-poster beds and portraits of past nobility give this local hotel a very royal feel. When you're booking, ask for a room with views of the Seine and Notre Dame.
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Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Right next to the Latin Quarter is the area known as Saint-Germain-des-Prés, one of the most quintessentially Parisian neighborhoods in the city. Wander around and you'll come across historic bistros to enjoy your morning café au lait, antique shops, quaint bookstores, and lovely parks to enjoy when you need a break. The neighborhood's reputation as a haven for artists comes from the prestigious National School of Fine Arts, which includes the likes of Degas, Monet, and Renoir among its alumni. Saint-Germain-des-Prés is directly across the river from the Louvre and easily accessible via the metro stop of the same name. Because it's a small and très chic neighborhood, accommodations tend to be more expensive.

  • Artus Hotel: This may be the artsiest hotel in Paris' artsiest neighborhood. Every room is uniquely decorated and feels like stepping into a Picasso painting. Come for the breakfast buffet, but stay for the unbeatable location and top-tier amenities.
  • Hotel Bel Ami: Those looking for luxury will find that and more at this five-star boutique hotel. Not only are the rooms spectacular, but the hardworking concierge is available to plan family excursions, get exclusive dinner reservations, and even walk your dog while you're out exploring.
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Pigalle

For over a century, Pigalle has had the reputation of the raunchiest neighborhood in Paris. In its heyday, Pigalle was the epicenter for nightclubs and cabarets in the French capital, but today it's more known for touristy sex shops and tawdry adult theaters. Its most iconic landmark, however, continues to draw tourists who want a taste of Paris during the Roaring Twenties—the Moulin Rouge. Just south of the Montmarte neighborhood, Pigalle may not be the best option for families looking for a place to sleep, but the basic accommodation options make this area a favorite for backpackers and budget travelers.

  • Hôtel Saint Georges: This affordable accommodation is just a few minutes away from the Pigalle metro stop and the Moulin Rouge and also within a short—albeit uphill—walking distance to the hilltop church, Sacre Coeur. The rooms aren't fancy but they're comfortable and have a great quality-to-price ratio.
  • Hotel Saint-Louis Pigalle: A step up from budget accommodations, this homey hotel has a warm ambiance thanks to the oak flooring and furniture made of dark woods. Extras at the hotel include a daily breakfast buffet and private shuttle service to or from the airport.
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Bastille

The birthplace of the French Revolution and once famous for its draconian prison and frequent beheadings, the Bastille neighborhood is now better known for its active nightlife and the Bastille Opera House. It's a fun neighborhood to just wander around and explore aimlessly, coming across highlights like the Marche d'Aligre food market, the Coulée Verte park built on an out-of-use above-ground subway line, or what could be considered Paris' most Instagrammable street, Rue Crémieux. The neighborhood's accessibility and charm make it a good option when looking for a hotel, but keep in mind that Bastille is often the epicenter for political protests in Paris.

  • International Youth Hostel: You can't beat the prices of a hostel, especially in a city as expensive as Paris. It's a typical hostel experience with dormitory rooms, shared bathrooms, and a backpacker vibe. If you don't mind sharing your bedroom with some fellow travelers, it's without a doubt the cheapest way to stay in one of Paris' hippest neighborhoods.
  • Hôtel L'Antoine: Just steps away from the Bastille Plaza and Opera House, the Hôtel L'Antoine is a trendy boutique option for your stay in the neighborhood. The rooms are small but tastefully decorated with a modern touch and perfect for a couple traveling together.
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Canal St Martin

The Canal St Martin neighborhood stretches out from the canal itself roughly between the Goncourt and Jaurès metro stops and right next to the Gare de l'Est train station. If you're visiting anytime in the spring or summer, there's maybe no better place to stay in all of Paris. The riverfront bars and restaurants put out their terraces and Parisians flock to the canal to enjoy the sunshine while sipping on an aperitif. The photogenic footbridges that cross the canal make it an ideal spot to go for a stroll, stopping in the boutique stores or bistros along the way.

  • Generator Hostel: Not just your typical cheap youth hostel, Generator is one of the coolest places to stay not just in Canal St Martin but in Paris. It has a rooftop bar overlooking the canal, an on-site cafe, and even its own nightclub in the basement. You can choose a dorm-style room to save money or one of the private rooms for something more comfortable.
  • Le Citizen Hotel: The 12 individually designed rooms at Le Citizen all overlook the canal with unobstructed views, so you can people-watch or see the boats cruising by right from your room. Continental breakfast is included with your stay, and don't miss out on eating at the hotel's own restaurant, which is so popular that even non-guests go out to eat there.
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Marais

The centrally located Marais district on the right bank is a tiny microcosm of all the best parts of Paris: gorgeous architecture, rich history, cultural diversity, and delicious eateries. The Marais has always been one of the city's most progressive neighborhoods, as it was historically the Jewish quarter and later became the focal point for Paris' LGBTQ+ community. The Marais is one of the liveliest places to choose for your stay in Paris and there's always something to do, whether it's walking through the Centre Georges Pompidou modern art museum or taking a break at what is hands down the most famous falafel joint in all of France.

  • Hotel du Loiret: The Marais is not a cheap area to stay, but the Hotel du Loiret is one of the more affordable options in this sought-after neighborhood. The rooms are small and basic, but they all have private bathrooms and the location of the hotel is unbeatable.
  • Hôtel de JoBo: JoBo is named for Josephine Bonaparte, the first wife of Napolean, and this ritzy hotel is surely fit for the one-time Empress of France. The chic decorations and opulent architecture match perfectly with the very trendy on-site cocktail bar, where the resident bartender creates signature and personalized drinks.
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Belleville

Belleville is one of Paris' most diverse neighborhoods and has been the landing point for immigrants from around the world for decades. While it may not give off the traditional Parisian vibe, you'll find a lot of youthful energy, delicious international restaurants, and one-of-a-kind events you can't find elsewhere in the city. Like many immigrant neighborhoods in big cities around the world, Belleville is quickly gentrifying and has become one of the trendiest areas of Paris. Despite the changes, Belleville still feels off the tourist route and has that je ne sais quoi that sets it apart from the rest.

  • Hotel Ermitage: Hotel Hermitage doesn't provide any frills, but you do get a place to sleep in one of Paris' coolest neighborhoods at a reasonable price. If you want to be in the heart of Belleville to fully explore this neighborhood while staying on a budget, this is one of the best options for you.
  • Les Piaules: A trendy hotel to match the trendy neighborhood, Les Piaules truly focuses on social interaction between guests. It offers both private rooms and shared dorm rooms for your stay, but most travelers congregate at the rooftop bar to socialize while taking in the fantastic views of the city.
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Montparnasse

The fun-to-say Montparnasse is located in the 14th Arrondissement, just south of the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés. It's a bit farther out from the center of Paris than other popular neighborhoods, but it has easy connections to the rest of the city via the metro and even other parts of the country via the Gare de Paris Montparnasse train station. The neighborhood was once famous for hosting famous artists, writers, and musicians, and while you can still visit historic bars frequented by the likes of Hemingway and Picasso, it's noticeably sleepier than it once was. It's also where you'll find the infamous Tour Montparnasse skyscraper, considered by many to be an eyesore but worth climbing up for the unparalleled view of the city.

  • Hôtel Aiglon: This mid-range hotel is located in the heart of Montparnasse and right next to the Raspail metro station for easy transit to the rest of the city. The art deco building dates back to the 1930s and the Hôtel Aiglon is especially popular with families or groups of friends because several of the suites can accommodate up to five people—a much more affordable option than paying for two separate rooms.
  • Pullman Montparnasse: Whether you're traveling for business or pleasure, the Pullman Montparnasse offers all of the high-end luxury you could need. Tall buildings in the center of Paris aren't common, so being able to stay on one of the top floors in this 32-story building is a real treat. The Pullman is located right across the street from the main Gare de Montparnasse station, so it's especially convenient for making train connections.
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Montmartre

Perhaps no neighborhood in Paris is more mythical than Montmarte. Perched high up on a hill above the rest of the city, the bohemian vibe, cobblestone streets, Amélie-esque cafes, and cabaret theaters have helped Montmarte maintain its personality that many would describe as the archetype of Paris. The neighborhood has a number of accommodations that cater to student travelers, meaning it's also a great place to find deals on accommodations; just make sure you're up to the task of walking up and down the slopes that hilly Montmarte is known for.

  • Hôtel Regyn: An affordable option that's located just steps away from the Abbesses metro station and within easy walking distance of the Sacre Coeur church and the Moulin Rouge. The rooms are classified as Standard, Comfort, or Privilege, with the Standard rooms being the least expensive but the Privilege rooms come with a view of the Eiffel Tower in the distance.
  • Hôtel Délic: Délic is a unique hotel because each of the rooms is decorated differently around the theme of photography. This boutique option is truly unlike any other accommodation in the city and the dreamlike quality of the rooms promises an unforgettable trip.
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1st Arrondissement

You can't be more centrally located in Paris than the 1st Arrondissement, colloquially known by the locals simply as le premier, meaning "the first." Much of the neighborhood is taken up by the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens, and the Forum des Halles shopping center, but you'll find some of Paris' most exclusive hotels in the area, as well. Since this is the core of the city and home to some of the most important tourist attractions, accommodations in the 1st Arrondissement are costly, but if your budget allows it and you want to be in the center of the action, then staying in le premier is an excellent option.

  • Hotel Paris Louvre Opéra: On the more affordable end of the spectrum in the 1st Arrondissement, this mid-range hotel includes options for families like adjoining rooms or suites. It's right outside of the Pyramides metro stop and within easy walking distance to the Palais Garnier, the Louvre, and all of the other neighborhood attractions.
  • Le Meurice: If you're celebrating something special or looking to splurge, spending the night in Le Meurice feels like sleeping in Versailles. It's more of a palace than a hotel, and the rooms are literally overlooking the Tuileries Gardens as if they were your own private garden. This level of luxury comes at a steep price, of course, but maybe this is the time to not hold back and fully enjoy the joie de vivre of being in Paris.
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