Where to stay in Paris? For a successful stay in the French capital, find out the best places to stay in Paris, the most visited city in the world!
With 12.4 million inhabitants and a population density of 21,000 inhabitants per km², Paris is often criticized as one of the most expensive cities in the world along with London, Tokyo, and Sydney. And yet, each year, 22 million French and foreign visitors set foot in what is considered one of the world’s most beautiful cities. To accommodate all these travellers, the French capital features an abundant offer of hotel accommodation of 116,000 rooms, not mentioning the apartments available via Airbnb.
Divided into 20 arrondissements and 80 administrative quarters, Paris is like a small country in France. Each quarter has its own identity, culture, history, and atmosphere. Its shouldn’t come as a surprise that Paris has appeared in such a profusion of famous songs, films, and photographs: indeed, each of its recesses evokes an important part of French culture. However, you may find it difficult to know where to stay, so here is a presentation of the best places to stay in Paris.
The Latin Quarter
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One of the oldest districts in Paris, the Latin Quarter has been the historic haunt of students, poets, and many other artists throughout the centuries. Choose to stay in this district in Paris if you are keen to mingle with academics, professors, students, and artists in a dynamic though not stressful atmosphere. The Latin Quarter houses the remains of the Gallo-Roman arenas of Lutèce, the famous Sorbonne University, the Pantheon, the Luxembourg Palace and its wide, peaceful garden, the Boulevard Saint-Michel, as well as the famous Théâtre de l’Odéon. It is a pleasant quarter, laden with historical and artistic influences. The hotels in this area are rated from one to four stars.
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Very famous across the world, the Montmartre district, perched on a hill of the same name, shelters the famous Basilica of the Sacred Heart, built on the very site that witnessed the beginning of the Commune in 1871 and the struggle against the Prussians and the monarchists of the government of Versailles. Stay in the Montmartre district to experience a successful romantic and cultural getaway. Montmartre is also home to the Place du Tertre, one of the city’s landmarks.
Amongst other attractions, you will find unmissable restaurants such as the Moulin de la Galette and even a 2,000 m² vineyard in the heart of Paris: the Clos Montmartre, a thousand-year old vineyard! Choose to stay in the Montmartre district of Paris to walk the cobblestone streets once trodden by great figures such as G. Apollinaire, P. Picasso, C. Chaplin… Place des Abbesses, couples will share their love at the Mur des je t’aime (Wall of Love) while listening to the sound of accordion music or gypsy swing. Finally, don’t miss a visit to the Montmartre cemetery housing the graves of great historical figures.
Batignolles, Épinettes, Plaine-Monceau
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Between the chic hotels of the south and the popular neighbourhoods of the north, the Batignolles-Monceau quarter offers a good compromise to stay in Paris. Located in the largest arrondissement of the capital – the 17th -, the names of the boulevards are reminiscent of countless songs and many feature films: Batignolles, Clignancourt, Clichy… This peaceful neighbourhood features many parks, of which the famous park Monceau, and the Square des Batignolles, bound to sublimate your sunny days. You will appreciate the Place Charles-de-Gaulle-Étoile or the Place de Clichy and the small-village atmosphere in this north-western side of Paris.
In this area, one can easily imagine walking in the footsteps of illustrious figures who have marked contemporary cultural history: Verlaine, Manet, Degas, Mallarmé, Barbara, Brel, Brassens, Renaud, Mano Solo, etc. From street food to the Michelin-starred restaurants, the neighbourhood offers great food and many bars frequented by the Parisian youth. This is our favourite place to stay in Paris: central, artistic, historical, relaxed, friendly, and cosmopolitan!
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Saint-Germain-des-Près is a very small neighbourhood, adjacent to the Quartier Latin. Very small, but very popular for its charm and known for its bohemian atmosphere, architecture, art galleries, and churches. Surrounded by the Seine, it is accessed either via the quays – very close to the famous Pont des Arts and the Pont Neuf -, or via the Saint-Germain-des-Près and Mabillon metro stations.
Poets and writers are used to gathering here, so follow in the footsteps of Verlaine and Rimbaud (and so many others!), find an independent bookshop, and taste a good coffee or savour a good wine on the terrace of a typically Parisian bistro. A rather artsy atmosphere without the fuss: a place to indulge in good things without excess. Are you an epicurean and an art-lover? This is the place to be!
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Once situated beyond the limits of the city, The Faubourg Saint-Germain quarter is now home the ministries on the western side of the left bank. In this very chic and prestigious district, you will have the opportunity discover the iconic Eiffel Tower, the Champ-de-Mars garden, the famous Quays of Branly, Orsay, the Orsay museum, numerous political landmarks – such as the Hôtel Matignon, and the Palais Bourbon where the National Assembly sits – as well as the main ministries and many private mansions. Needless to say, therefore, that the accomodation rates will be excessively high in this very central neighborhood, rather aimed at wealthy visitors.
The neighbourhoods around the Eiffel Tower
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Rising up from its four arched legs, the iconic “Iron Lady” overlooks Paris and the Pont d’Iéna, which spans the Seine towards the Trocadéro, towards the districts of Passy to the south, Chaillot to the north-east, up to the Arc de Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées. In this area, take the time to discover the Invalides, the Jardin des Tuileries, and the Île de la Cité… Straddling the 7th, 15th and 16th arrondissements of the city, the neighbourhoods surrounding the Eiffel Tower are part of the chic districts of Paris. Plan a comfortable budget to stay there.
Opéra, Grands Boulevards, Bourse
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Packed with great restaurants, this district is particularly favoured by the fine gourmets and the theatre lovers. If you like places to party and go out, you should rather aim for the bars in the Marais and Bastille quarters. From the Opera to the Stock Exchange, it is a chic neighbourhood – again – where accommodation rates are quite expensive. As in the whole of the 2nd arrondissement, it is also the perfect neighbourhood to indulge in shopping sprees in the large high-end fashion and clothing brands. Don’t miss a visit to the Opera Garnier if you enjoy great music and ballets. To experience a sophisticated artistic atmosphere, fashion design, and French gastronomy, no need to look any further: this is your best area to stay in Paris!
Bastille, République, Nation
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Situated in the triangle from République to Nation via Bastille, this trendy quarter is a great place to mingle with the locals, and blend in with the youth attracted by the area’s numerous cultural attractions. Between the Opéra Bastille and the Marais, you will find countless artistic, cultural venues, or concert halls such as the Bataclan, as well all a profusion of restaurants, must-see Parisian bakeries, and affordable brasseries. Formerly working-class, this gentrified district offers a range of accommodation options, from luxurious hotels to bargained homestay rooms.