Where to Stay In Paris
So you’re staying in Paris, but where! You want this trip to be as amazing as you’ve seen in pictures and films. You need to work out – 1. What you want to see and 2. Where you want to stay. What you want to see will impact on where you should stay, as will which airport/station you arrive at (at least for the first night). Make a list of the things you want to go to. Note on the map where you arrive into and work from there.
To summarise, Paris is divided into twenty arrondissements (neighbourhoods). They are numbered and are arranged in a spiral, the closer to the centre you are, the lower the arrondissement number is. The River Seine divides the city between north and south.
You’ll be able to easily see everything as it’s not so spread out as, say, London. So if you do end up wanting to see monuments that are here, there and everywhere, then do not worry too much, you can either walk, taxi or use the metro to get to all of them.
The Latin Quarter: 5th and 6th arrondissements.
If you are totally baffled about where to stay, I suggest The Latin Quarter. It is about as centrally located as you can be, and it’s an easy walk to the vast majority of tourist destinations from here and near a few metro stations.
There’s a good reputation for nightlife and most places are open late. This is one of the oldest parts of the city so also a good one for lovers of history and architecture. Nearby is Notre Dame, the Pantheon, The Seine and a food market I end up missing every time I’m in Paris (damn it)! it’s open three days a week at the Place Maubert. The gorgeous Luxembourg Gardens are an easy walk from any hotel in this you must go as they are gorgeous.
My Favourite Hotels Here:
Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche This hotel is really good value with a great location, lovely breakfast and balcony rooms with a great view. Choose a double superior room with a view or balcony. Room rate is around Eur 145 per night on their website but there are often deals available.
Hotel Belle Juliette Paris Expensive hotel but you get the service you would expect if you’re paying more, it’s very romantic, has a spa, perfect for a couples weekend away or girly spa break. No children under 12 allowed (not great if you have kids, great if you don’t)! Room’s approx Eur 190 a night (cheaper to book directly through them than on a comparison website).
Saint-Germain-des-Prés: Trendy and Chic (6th arrondissement)
From Student Hip to Fashionable and Fancy. If you like trendy bars, nightclubs, and the ‘it’ restaurants along with outrageously priced art galleries then this is your place. The gorgeous Luxembourg Gardens are an easy walk from any hotel in this area. Perfect for a chilled afternoon or a picnic. Also near the Seine, Notre Dame and the Pantheon, The Latin Quarter and some cool bars on boats moored on the river.
My Favourite Hotels Here are:
The Hotel Petit Belloy St Germain by HappyCulture located in the heart of Saint Germain des Prés. It combines traditional and modern atmosphere with its “Ligne Roset” décor and simple and cheerful tones. Its rooms provided you with a peaceful setting, with a simple and clean design. There’s also a champagne bar and gorgeous views. You can easily visit the Louvre Museum, Notre Dame de Paris Cathedral, and enjoy the many second-hand booksellers on the Seine and other publishing houses in the surrounding area. Rooms are available from just Eur 97 per night!
Hotel Récamier this stunning hotel has been designed like a private house. Each of the 24 rooms is individually decorated, including brand new flat-screen TV, mini-bar, safe and air conditioning. Wi-Fi is free and available throughout the hotel. Hotel Récamier is hidden behind the trees on Place Saint-Sulpice so feels very private and secluded.
The Marais: Trendy and Bustling(4th and 3rd arrondissements)
This is the place to go for local nightlife in Paris that isn’t just tourists Saturday night clubbing is great here. A great place for late dinners at either smart hole-in-the-wall cafés or chic and trendy restaurants. The Marais is close to the Pompidou Center (Beaubourg), to République, and the Canal Saint Martin, so it’s a good place to stay if you’re in Paris during summer.
My Favourite Hotels Here:
Sweet Inn – Archive V This is more serviced apartment than a hotel and is newly renovated and it’s absolutely stunning. If you prefer to stay somewhere with a kitchen so you can cook yourself then this elegant, cheerful location is perfect and full of local charm. The picturesque neighbourhood has historic buildings and avenues aplenty, and this location is no different – with the interiors perfectly complementing its scenic surroundings and Haussmann building. This is a hipster paradise with unique touches throughout. The apartment is situated on the third floor, so hop, skip and jump down the stairs for a nice Parisian lunch at a painted storefront cafe, or for a dazzling stroll along the Seine River at night, which is just a few minutes’ walk away.
L’Hotel Duo – This hotel is situated in the perfect location in the Marais so you can enjoy easy access to many of Paris’ main attractions. Mere moments away is the architecturally spectacular Georges Pompidou Centre. It is slightly more expensive due to it’s central location, so that’s something to bear in mind (around Eur 300 per night).
The stylish interior of the hotel is more contemporary in design. The rooms are styled with dark walls, clean white bed linen, modern lighting, large windows with all the mod cons. Breakfast is amazing and is included in the room rate and there is a gym and sauna which is handy as it’s easy to overindulge in Paris! The outdoor hanging garden is a colourful and vibrant oasis of calm and ideal for relaxing with a drink on a warm summers evening.
Pigalle and Montmartre: (9th and 18th arrondissement)
The perfect night to stay if you’re travelling to and from Paris on the Eurostar as it’s only a 10 minute Uber away. High atop the city, not quite at its northern edge, is Montmartre—Picasso, Modigliani and Renoir were among the painters who called Montmartre their artistic home. The Sacre Coeur and the surrounding area is gorgeous and it has magnificent views of the city. Tiny winding streets snake around stone walls and at least one windmill; quiet restaurants and cafés dot the hillside. You’re not directly close to that many attractions but near the Metro and bus lines that will still take you anywhere you want to go. Slightly further down from Montremarte is Pigalle, home to the famous Moulin Rouge.
My Favourite Hotels Here:
The Grand Pigalle Hotel – A beautiful unique and hip boutique hotel in the heart of the Pigalle. Just around the corner from the street where the Moulin Rouge is located, this is the best place to stay on a Saturday night as the area is buzzing and there are so many restaurants, bars and clubs to go to. This is one of my favourite areas in the city and the hotel is absolutely breathtaking and the staff are so lovely.
Hotel Design Secret de Paris – this is the place to stay if you want somewhere unique, special and with some of the most innovative, quirky and cool room designs I have ever seen. My personal favourite is the Eiffel Tower room with an Eiffel Tower bed head. Have you ever seen anything like it? Absolutely gorgeous. Costs around Eur 200 per night which includes champagne! There is a restaurant, a gym and even a private jacuzzi room.
Montparnasse (15th arrondissement)
OK, so I’ve saved the best until last. I LOVE the Eiffel Tower and I can’t think of anything better than staying in a hotel with an amazing view so you can see it during the day, and lit up at night. Some people I know IRL haven’t agreed with me but I’d be happy to go to the top of the tower every time I go to Paris I just find it so amazing. If you stay in Montparnasse it’s a short was to the Eiffel Tower, the Arc De Triomphe and the Place Vendôme or Champs Elysées. A bit touristy but..erm..you are a tourist! The areas immediately surrounding the Champs Elysées are so aesthetically appealing, but the area is so expensive so again, best for 1 night before you move to a different hotel or for a special occasion.
My Favourite Hotels Here:
Hotel Gustave – This hotel is seriously just the best. From the decor in all of the different parts of the hotel to the views from the room and the staff. Everything is just on point. It’s only a 10-minute walk to the tower and I loved staying here. It is absolutely perfect. I started to wish I could live here it’s that good.
Le Metropolitan – I had to include this hotel as it is breathtaking and my personal life goal to stay here! You might have to be a baller to stay in some of the suites but regular rooms start from Eur 247. This boutique-sized hotel offers 38 stylish guest rooms, five Junior Suites, four Suites, and the Eiffel Suite, which features a stunning tower view. Designed by the renowned François Champsaur, accommodations reflect the elegance of modern Parisian style with soothing neutral colours, hardwood floors, and elegant artwork.
OK, now that you know all about the great neighbourhoods you can stay in, you’re ready to make an informed decision! I hope this is helpful and let me know what your favourite hotel in Paris is below x