Paris is known for many things. So many, it can be quite confusing when deciding where to stay. We’ve picked the best hotels in Paris.
Paris is at the top of many a European bucket list. The French capital is separated into twenty arrondissements (districts), here’s a breakdown of the highlights (and lowlights) and where to stay in each one.
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Which is the Best Hotel in Paris?
For us, it’s Hotel Bachaumont. With over fifty rooms decorated with antiques by Dorothée Meilichzon and bathrooms playing tribute to 1920’s France, this hotel boasts views of Paris rooftops worthy of its four-star rating.
Positioned in the Montorgueil neighbourhood that stretches across the first and second arrondissement, Hotel Bachaumont is surrounded by restaurants, cafes, and shops alongside being close to attractions such as the Louvre.
This is definitely one of the best places to stay in Paris if you’re after luxury, location, and little legwork.
Where to Stay in Paris
Based on the attractions, prices, and choice of hotels, our pick for the best overall location to stay in Paris this year would be on the right bank of the River Seine in either the first or second arrondissements.
While a stay in the first arrondissement is expensive, you’re right in the centre of Paris and within walking distance of many museums, galleries, and shops including the Rue Rivoli strip.
There’s also a great choice of restaurants, cafes, and bars lined along the length of the Seine – all positioned across from the famous Eiffel Tower.
Which is the Best Arrondissement to Stay in Paris?
Every arrondissement has its perks so it’s almost impossible to say which is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris.
Do you prefer to be in the company of tourists or locals, visit iconic attractions or wander around hidden backstreets… what about dining in fine restaurants or eating picnics in the park.
Whichever way, there is an arrondissement best suited to you. There are so many things to see in Paris that it makes sense to plan your stay around what you want to see.
We’ve taken the twenty districts in Paris and broken them down step by step including attractions in the area, and the best hotels to stay in that area to help you to decide which the best arrondissement to stay in Paris will be for you…
Price Guide for Hotels in Paris
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Louvre – 1st Arrondissement
Louvre, the first arrondissement, is one of the smallest and oldest neighbourhoods in the city and, in our opinion, the best location to stay in Paris…. If you have the money.
Nestled beside the River Seine, the sun-soaked streets of this district are almost always crowded with tourists heading towards attractions such as the Louvre and the Palais-Royal.
While everything is expensive in the first arrondissement, the area is home to many restaurants, shops, museums, as well as some of the best hotels in Paris.
What’s more, it can be easily navigated on foot. Many would say that this is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris, thanks to its proximity to so many of Paris’s major sights
Things to Do in Louvre, Paris
- Visit the museums (the Louvre or the Musée de l’Orangerie)
- Stroll through both The Tuileries and The Palais Royal Gardens
- Shop on the Rue Rivoli (or Rue St. Honoré for designer labels)
- Dine in one of the many famous restaurants
- Step back in time to the 1920’s in Bar Hemingway
- Read more ideas for things to do around the Louvre
Places to Stay in Louvre, Paris
Positioned in the heart of the first arrondissement, Regina Hotel sits across from many of the major attractions in Paris. It’s certainly one of the best hotels in Paris when it comes to location – and when you add the luxury decor, you can see why it’s a firm favourite with those looking for a high-end option.
With all ninety nine rooms in the Regina Hotel furnished with antiques, this hotel offers both luxury and some of the best views in the first arrondissement.
If you want to know where to stay in Paris when money’s no object, you’ll do well to find a better option than the Regina Hotel.
Hotel Louvre Sainte-Anne
Elegant, modern rooms offering breakfast for a small additional fee, Hotel Louvre Sainte-Anne is situated within walking distance from some of the most popular monuments in Paris.
In addition to this hotel’s prime position, the staff are friendly and hospitable to ensure your stay is as pleasant as possible.
Montpensier hotel is an affordable, low-key hotel that offers perks such as an optional breakfast and free WiFi.
Located near the Louvre, Montpensier is positioned in the centre of the first arrondissement within walking distance of many of the sights. If you’re wondering where’s best to stay in Paris and you’re on a tight budget, Montpensier is a good option.
Bourse – 2nd Arrondissement
The second arrondissement in Paris also known as Bourse is mainly a business district. This is probably the best area for business travellers to stay in Paris but is a great option for leisure travellers too.
Positioned to the right of the River Seine, this arrondissement contains the former Paris stock exchange along with many banking headquarters. The textile and garment manufacturing district Sentier is also found in the second arrondissement.
Similar to the first arrondissement, the prices of hotels and restaurants in Bourse can be very expensive but they are some of the best hotels in Paris.
Besides the cost of staying in Bourse, it’s fairly easy to find your way on foot and you’re well located to see some of the lesser known sights in Paris.
Things to Do in Bourse, Paris
- Wander through the covered passages
- Photograph the Place Des Victoires
- Eat Japanese food on Rue Saint Anne
- Take a trip to the theatre (Théâtre National de l’Opéra-Comique, Théatre des Bouffes Parisiens etc.)
- Taste French cuisine along Rue Montorgueil
Places to Stay in Bourse, Paris
With rooms designed in the style of 1920’s France, Hotel Bachaumont boasts views of Paris rooftops overlooking the stretch of the second arrondissement. Nestled in the middle of the second arrondissement, you’ll be able to walk to many of the attractions close by.
Hotel Bachaumont is our pick for the best hotel in Paris thanks to its chic decor, friendly service and central location.
Positioned within walking distance of the Louvre, Hotel Bellan sits along one of the busy, tourist speckled streets in Paris.
The rooms are relatively small but are all fitted with TVs and have access to WiFi. It’s not luxe by any means, but it’s comfortable and a decent option for those on a tighter budget.
With pricing starting from around £123, Hotel Bellan offers guests a budget solution for your stay in Paris.
This chic boutique hotel is one of the best hotels in Paris when it comes to value-for-money.
Although the Hotel Sainte-Marie is slightly further away from the centre of the second arrondissement, the rooms are cosy and affordable with free internet and WiFi. The Hotel Sainte-Marie is close to bus stops and two car parks so transport around Paris is very accessible.
Marais – 3rd Arrondissement
Together, the third and fourth arrondissements make up Marais. Marais is spotted with many museums such as The Picasso museum and 17th century mansions.
Although Marais may be considered small and compact, this old neighbourhood has lots of history held in many of the museums and gardens and is another contender for the position of the best arrondissement to stay in Paris.
Things to Do in Marais
- Visit one of the many museums (Musée Picasso, Musée des Arts et Métiers, Musée de la Poupée etc.)
- Take a stroll through Le Marais
- Explore The Square du Temple
Places to Stay in Marais
La Chambre du Marais
Centred in the third arrondissement, Le Chambre du Marais is a Parisian townhouse offering style and elegance alongside many luxuries including room service and airport transportation.
The rooms are large and well lit, overlooking the streets of Marais. With its proximity to many of the attractions of the third arrondissement in addition to the design by Philippe Jégou, La Chambre Du Marais ranks highly as one of the best hotels in Paris.
Hotel Jacques de Molay
Hotel Jacques de Molay is both stylish and affordable, offering guests balconies paired with views of the beautiful Marais.
Close to the Musée Picasso, Hotel Jacques de Molay is only a short walk from many of the shops, restaurants, and museums that line this district. We think this is one of the best places to stay in Paris at a reasonable price.
Marais – 4th Arrondissement
With many bars and restaurants, the fourth arrondissement is regarded as the centre of gay nightlife in Paris. Alongside the modern city there are many museums and both the Île de la Cité and the Île St. Louís, the two remaining islands in the Seine within Paris – they are also two of the oldest parts of the capital.
While Le Marais is not as expensive as the first and second arrondissements, Marais is considered to be one of the livelier, noisier areas to stay in.
If you’re wondering where to stay in Paris in- le Marais is one of the best locations to base yourself if you want to explore easily but want somewhere a little more lively than the 1er and 2eme arrondissements.
Things to Do in the 4th Arrondissement
- Visit the Mémorial de la Shoah
- Explore the Île de la Cité and Île St. Louis
- Be amazed at the Musée de la Magie
- Wander around the Place des Vosges
- The Notre-Dame is still being rebuilt after the devastating fire that took place at the beginning of this year, but you can stay get a feel for its glory even with it surrounded by scaffolding. You can follow the restoration of the Notre-Dame here.
Places to Stay in the 4th Arrondissement
Hotel de Jeu de Paume
A renovated 17th century royal jeu de paume (tennis court), Hotel de Jeu de Paume is a comfortable, stylish and modern place to stay on the Island Saint Louis in Paris. It’s the very definition of a Parisian bolthole and one of the best hotels in Paris for a chic getaway.
Breakfast can be served on the small garden patio with a bar and lounge area serving drinks. The hotel is positioned near to the new Notre-Dame and many of the other attractions in the fourth arrondissement.
The Hotel Paris Rivoli sits in the centre of the fourth arrondissement amongst shops, restaurants, and bars. All of the sights of Marais are within walking distance so the cosy, modern rooms are that much more welcoming after a long day of exploring the city.
Latin Quarter – 5th Arrondissement
Situated on the left bank of the River Seine, the fifth arrondissement earned its name during the Middle Ages when Latin was the common language. The Latin Quarter is home to many cafes, bookshops, and restaurants catered more towards the student market.
Besides the gentrification of this Parisian district, the Latin Quarter is a quirky, artsy, charming area of Paris home to both higher education students and professionals.
This will probably be the best neighbourhood to stay in Paris for you if you like things a little quirky and offbeat but with easy access to the centre of the city.
Things to Do in the Latin Quarter
- Visit the Musée Cluny
- Study history at the Panthéon
- Admire the beautiful, stained glass churches
- Shop in Boulevard Saint-Michel
- Escape in The Jardins des Plantes
Places to Stay in the Latin Quarter
After a modern makeover, Hotel Monge reopened in 2016 promising boutique, modern rooms accompanied by gleaming bathrooms and has garnered a reputation as one of the best places to stay in Paris in 2019.
The hotel has its own bar serving a variety of drinks but if you’d rather, there are many restaurants and bars close to the hotel within around a five minute walk.
Hotel Monge is positioned close to The Jardins des Plantes and the reconstructed Notre-Dame right in the centre of the fifth arrondissement.
Hotel Maxim Quartier Latin
From only £97 per night, Hotel Maxim Quartier is one of the best budget options for accommodation in the Latin Quarter. Be warned – the rooms are definitely on the small side but the contemporary decor and mod cons will mean that you won’t mind.
Regardless of the slightly small rooms, Hotel Maxim Quartier sits in the middle of the fifth arrondissement close to many international restaurants.
Saint Germain – 6th Arrondissement
Saint Germain, the sixth arrondissement, is one of the more expensive places to stay in Paris. Positioned around the church of Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, this district is full of trendy cafes, galleries, and famous restaurants.
Saint Germain is at the top of many of our readers’ lists of where to stay in Paris thanks to its reputation for all things cool, quirky and offbeat. It’s one of our favourite neighbourhoods in Paris thanks to it’s lively vibe and mix of cool places dotted around its streets.
Although the prices are slightly higher in Saint Germain, there are many attractions, places to eat, and bits of history to explore in this area.
Things to Do in Saint Germain
- Take a trip to The Odéon
- Visit the Church of Abbey of Saint-Germain
- Get lost in the streets of Saint-Germain-des-Prés
- Eat at the café Les Deux Magots
- Visit the Musée du Luxembourg
Places to Stay in Germain
Bel Ami Hotel
The Bel Ami Hotel is situated between the Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots.
Rooms are modern and chic and guests have access to both the Spa Esthederm and the bar. Whilst the Bel Ami Hotel is in the perfect position to explore Saint Germain, the hotel also has its own restaurant and room service.
Nestled in the centre of the sixth arrondissement, Hotel Crystal has been the meeting place for artists since the 1950s and remains one of the best hotels in Paris.
In addition to the hotel’s practical position, the rooms are cosy with access to WiFi. Hotel Crystal ranks highly as one of the best places to stay in Paris due to its location.
Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement
The seventh arrondissement is home to the iconic Eiffel Tower, famous Musée d’Orsay, and foodies heaven, Rue Cler. This district is one of the wealthiest in Paris and is popular with many foreign embassies and international residents.
As one of the most popular places in Paris to visit, the seventh arrondissement is crowded with tourists snapping pictures of the many attractions scattered across the area. It’s the best place to stay in Paris if you want to be at the heart of the action.
Perks of this district include visiting some of the most famous sights in the city -just don’t forget that lots of other tourists will be doing the same.
Things to Do in Eiffel Tower District
- Climb the Eiffel Tower
- Visit one of the many museums (Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin etc.)
- Take a history lesson in Les Invalides
- Shop in Le Bon Marché
- Wander through Rue Cler
Places to Stay in Eiffel Tower District
Le Cinq Codet
If you’re wondering why this is one of the best hotels in Paris, you only have to look at that view.
With sixty seven rooms uniquely designed in an arty, contemporary style, Le Cinq Codet is a luxurious hotel ideal for your getaway to the seventh arrondissement. Le Cinq Codet offers guests room service, free internet, and a flick through their collection of beautiful artwork.
Within walking distance of both the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, this hotel is positioned in the heart of the city.
Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
The Hotel Duquesne Eiffel is close to many of the tourist attractions in the seventh arrondissement.
With spacious rooms offering breathtaking views of Paris, and the choice of breakfast in the morning, Hotel Duquesne Eiffel is in the ideal location for guests intending on exploring the capital. It’s undoubtedly one of the best places to stay in Paris if you’re set on stunning views each morning.
With prices starting from around £100 each night, Hotel Kensington provides small, compact rooms with access to WiFi. Along with having excellent views of the Eiffel Tower, Hotel Kensington is only a few minutes away from many of the historical sights of Paris.
Champs-Elysées – 8th Arrondissement
The eighth arrondissement in Paris contains a mixture of 19th century buildings alongside many retail shops, restaurants, and museums.
Well known for the iconic Avenue des Champs Elysées, this neighbourhood is very diverse and often busy with tangles of tourists and locals.
While the eighth arrondissement may be crowded at times, there are also many different things to do in the area ranging from visiting historical sites to mooching through trendy lanes.
Things to Do in the Champs-Elysées Arrondissement
- Get stuck in traffic in the loops of the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- Visit the Place de la Concorde
- Pass hours in one of the many museums (The Grand perfume museum, Musée Jacquemart-André etc)
- Photograph the Pont de l’Alma
- Stroll along Boulevard Haussmann
Places to Stay in the Champs Elyées
Hotel Splendide Royal Paris
The Hotel Splendide Royal Paris is elegant, contemporary, and luxurious. The traditional rooms are detailed with Italian touches and come with a full breakfast every morning.
Positioned in the quiet tucks of a Parisian street, Hotel Splendide Royal Paris offers a place of calm and tranquil amongst the noise of the city of lights.
Hotel du Ministere
Positioned close to art galleries, boutiques, and many of the most popular monuments of the eighth arrondissement, Hotel du Ministere provides a comfortable stay in the centre of the neighbourhood.
The rooms are spacious and colourfully decorated with breakfast and room service available on request.
Alison Madeleine St. Honore Hotel
With bars, shops, and restaurants surrounding the Alison Madeleine St. Honore Hotel, this hotel is in the prime spot for your stay in Paris in the eighth arrondissement. The rooms and bathrooms are clean and cosy with free internet and WiFi.
Opéra – 9th Arrondissement
As the home of the Palais Garnier and Paris Opera, the ninth arrondissement is known as another of the more business orientated areas in Paris. To the north of this neighbourhood is Pigalle, associated with the famous Moulin Rouge.
One of the drawbacks of the ninth arrondissement is that it is sometimes linked to the Red Light district. Other than that the area is the home of many buildings of cultural and historical interest.
Things to Do in Opéra
- Visit the Opéra Garnier
- Walk round one of the many museums (Musée du Parfum etc.)
- Spend money in the Galeries Lafayette
- Listen to music in Paris Olympia
- Read in the Bibliothèque-Musée de l’Opera National de Paris
Places to Stay in Opéra
InterContinental Paris Le Grand
Just across the road from the Opéra Garnier and close to many of the large department stores along the streets of the ninth arrondissement, the InterContinental Paris Le Grand is a comfortable, luxurious hotel linked to Napoleon III’s reign.
With four hundred and seventy rooms and both a restaurant and bar open to guests, this hotel is the ideal place to stay in during your visit to Paris.
Hotel Daunou Opera
Sat along the right bank of Paris, Hotel Daunou Opera is placed close to many of the main attractions in Paris, including the Louvre in the first arrondissement.
With many quiet, comfortable rooms to choose from the Hotel Daunou Opera is in the perfect location to stroll through Paris.
Prince Albert Opera
With clean, compact rooms and free internet from as little as £56 per night, the Hotel Prince Albert Opera is an affordable stay in the ninth arrondissement in Paris. It’s easy to navigate your way through Paris on foot from the hotel’s prime location.
Canal St. Martin-10th Arrondissement
The tenth arrondissement in Paris is lively and colourful with people from all cultures mingling in many of the bohemian cafes and restaurants dotted along the winding streets.
If you ask the question which neighbourhood to stay in Paris, it’s unlikely that many people would recommend Canal St. Martin, which is a shame as it’s got a lot going for it.
With the wide variety of food stalls and restaurants, you’ll always find something to eat wandering through the tenth arrondissement. This neighbourhood is also slightly less touristy. The only drawback of this area is that there are fewer attractions to pass your time.
Things to Do in Canal St. Martin
- Taste test along the streets of Marché Saint-Martin
- Take in the art at Les Douches
- Stroll through Passage Brandy
Places To Stay in Canal St. Martin
Hotel Le Marcel
Cool and contemporary rooms decorated with modern art, this chic bolthole in St Martin also has an optional breakfast.
Hotel Le Marcel provides a comfortable, welcoming stay for business travellers and holidaymakers alike. The hotel is positioned close to several shops in the tenth arrondissement but you’ll need to take a train to visit the many historical sites of the other Parisian neighbourhoods.
Holiday Inn Paris
Situated close to the train station, the Holiday Inn Paris is in the prime position for exploring the other arrondissements in Paris without the expense of staying in the centre. Like other Holiday Inn’s the Holiday Inn Paris offers room service for their reasonably sized rooms along with free internet.
Ibis Paris Gare de l’Est TGV
The rooms may be slightly on the small side but this hotel is located with easy access to many different transport options. Surrounded by small shops and bistros, Ibis Paris Gare de l’Est TGV also offers their own breakfasts before you set out exploring the city.
Bastille -11th Arrondissement
The eleventh arrondissement of Paris is well known for the Opéra Bastille, the city’s main Opera house, along with the many bars and restaurants speckled amongst fashion boutiques.
Considering where to stay in Paris? The debatable benefit or drawback of the Bastille is the nightlife.
The eleventh arrondissement is popular for partygoers due to the selection of bars along Rue Oberkampf and Rue de la Roquette.
It’s the best place to stay in Paris if you want to party all night, but if you’re looking for a quieter time, you’ll probably be better off in one of the other arrondissements.
Things to Do in Bastille
- Go to the Opéra Bastille
- Be amazed at the Cirque d’Hiver
- Visit the church of Saint-Ambroise
- Snack at Café Charbon
- Mooch through Rue de Charonne
Places to Stay in Bastille
La Maison Gobert
La Maison Gobert is one of the best hotels in Paris for a romantic getaway in 2018.
A stay at La Maison Gobert includes a beautifully furnished room or suite and breakfast. So what perks do you get at La Maison Gobert? Aside from the chic rooms, you can expect free internet and friendly service.
As we mentioned above, the Bastille is a lively neighbourhood and La Maison Gobert provides a beautiful escape from it all in the heart of the city.
Hotel Exquis by Elegancia
With forty two rooms decorated uniquely in a surrealist style, Hotel Exquis by Elegancia is a retro, arty place to stay during your visit to Paris. A five minute walk will lead you to the centre of lively Bastille, or you could take a train to visit another arrondissement. Breakfast and WiFi are included in the price of £99 per night.
BLC Design Hotel
The BLC Design Hotel offers spacious, stylish, simplistic rooms with free WiFi. Its position in the eleventh arrondissement means it’s close to many bars, restaurants, and shops. This hotel is also close to the metro station so it won’t take too long to visit other areas in Paris.
Reuilly – 12th Arrondissement
Slotted besides the River Seine, the twelfth arrondissement of Paris is known for its many parks and museums – but it’s mainly a residential area.
Whilst a stay in the twelfth arrondissement in Paris lacks huge numbers of significant monuments, the price to stay in the area is significantly cheaper than staying in the first or second arrondissement despite being in a similar position by the river.
Choose it if you don’t mind a bit of a trek to get to some of the city’s sight but want great value for money.
Things to Do in Reuilly
- Visit the Place de la Bastille
- Stroll through the Faubourg Saint-Antoine
- Take in the natural beauty of the Bois de Vincennes
- Take a trip to Paris Zoological Park
- Visit the Musée des Arts Forains
Places to Stay in Reuilly
Located in Vincennes, this hotel has many reasonable sized rooms with private bathrooms. There is access to the free WiFi and internet along with the option of breakfast in the morning. Located a few minutes away from the metro, it’s easy to get around from the Hotel Daumesnil-Vincennes.
Novotel Paris Sud Porte de Charenton
While this hotel may be further from some of the major tourist attractions, there’s a metro station nearby to transport to different areas in Paris. The Novotel Paris Sud Porte de Charenton is quiet with comfortable, good sized rooms and the option to eat in the restaurant.
Hotel Ibis Daumesnil Porte Doree
With an air conditioned night costing around £62, the Hotel Ibis Daumesnil Porte Doree offers an affordable stay in the twelfth arrondissement of Paris with access to the bar and free internet. This hotel is situated a short stroll away from many of the parks, including the Parc Floral, of the twelfth district.
Gobelins – 13th Arrondissement
The thirteenth arrondissement of Paris is well known for its largely Asian community.
There are many Chinese and Vietnamese businesses around Gobelins alongside the business district Paris Rive Gauche.
Gobelins maintains a village-like atmosphere with its many restaurants, cafes, and bars.
This district’s modern Bibliothèque François Mitterand is one of the main attractions to the area.
Gobelins is one of the best places to stay in Paris if you want to see a completely different side of the city.
Things to Do in Gobelins
- Rummage through books in the Bibliothèque Nationale
- Wander through the Butte aux Cailles neighbourhood
- Visit Chinatown
Places to Stay in Gobelins
Best Western Paris Italie
Situated in one of the quieter patches in the district, the Best Western Paris Italie is modern and comes with free internet and the choice of room service. There are cafes, restaurants, and the occasional market close by.
Timhotel Paris Place D’Italie
With seventy recently renovated rooms, Le Colisee bar, and private parking, the Timhotel Paris Place D’Italie is ranked as one of the best places to stay in the thirteenth arrondissement due to its practical location. The hotel is close to a strip of Asian restaurants and a metro ride away from some of the most famous attractions in Paris.
Jack’s Hotel has many contemporary rooms with free WiFi and TV. The location is fairly quiet and close to lots of different public transport. Costing around £73 per night, Jack’s Hotel is reasonably priced for stays in Paris.
Montparnasse – 14th Arrondissement
The fourteenth arrondissement runs along the length of the Montparnasse boulevard with many shops, cafes, and creperies popular with both locals and tourists. This district is best known for the Tour Montparnasse skyscraper.
You should consider that Montparnasse is on the opposite side of the River Seine to many of the central attractions – meaning trips to monuments such as the Louvre can be quite long-winded. On the other hand, the prices are considerably less expensive in this arrondissement.
Things to Do in Montparnasse
- Look up towards the Tour Montparnasse
- Visit the Parc Montsouris
- Take a tour of the Stade Sébastien Charléty
Places to Stay in Montparnasse
Hotel Sophie Germain
Rooms at this boutique hotel range from contemporary and functional to out and out gorgeous (like the one pictured above). Hotel Sophie Germain is both close to the train station and Latin Quarter.
All of the rooms are equipped with air conditioning and have access to free WiFi and internet. With plenty of restaurants and shops nearby, you won’t need to wander far to find somewhere to eat.
Best Western Le Nouvel Orleans Montparnasse
Situated in the heart of the fourteenth arrondissement, this hotel is popular amongst tourists due to its practical location, helpful staff, and clean, inexpensive rooms. The Best Western Le Nouvel Orleans Montparnasse is close to the Tour Montparnasse.
Hotel Ariane Montparnasse
With several different travel options nearby, Hotel Ariane Montparnasse boasts a top location in the fourteenth arrondissement. With promises of quiet nights and comfortable rooms, the hotel is rated highly for its proximity to many restaurants and bars.
Vaugirard – 15th Arrondissement
Nestled along the left bank of the River Seine, the fifteenth arrondissement, also known as Vaugirard, is well known for the Tour Montparnasse shared with the fourteenth arrondissement and Gare Montparnasse.
There’s not a lot to do here per se but it’s a pleasant base for your trip if you don’t mind having to travel to see the sights.
Similar to the fourteenth arrondissement, Vaugirard is one of the cheaper places to stay in Paris. This district also has many museums and churches of interest.
Things to Do in Vaugirard
- Visit one of the many museums (Musée Pasteur, Musée Bourdelle etc)
- Shop in the Beaugrenelle Shopping Centre
- Snap some images at Pont Mirabeau
- Visit the other Statue de la Liberté
- Walk around Parc André Citroën
Places to Stay in Vaugirard
Hotel Mercure Paris Porte de Versailles
Rated with four stars, Hotel Mercure offers air conditioned rooms, free internet, and the option of room service. Situated in one of the many twisting streets of the fifteenth arrondissement, this hotel is close to many tourist attractions such as the Eiffel Tower.
Ibis Styles Paris Lecourbe
Rooms include free internet, WiFi, and breakfast at the Ibis Styles Paris 15 Lecourbe hotel. Close to several stations, you’re only a short journey away from popular attractions such as the Eiffel Tower. This hotel is ideal for people keen on travelling all over the city.
Alyss Saphir Cambronne Eiffel
Located just a twenty minute walk away from the iconic Eiffel Tower, this hotel is positioned between several shops, boutiques, and restaurants. The rooms are colourful, cosy, and include a breakfast buffet in the price of £81 per night.
Passy -16th Arrondissement
Popular for its collection of museums, the sixteenth arrondissement is common residence for high society Parisiens. Many of the buildings date back to the 19th century adding to the architectural interest of the district.
While there are several places of interest in Passy, including the Bois de Boulogne and many stadiums, the area is very wealthy so prices are often high in this arrondissement.
Passy is a great place to stay in Paris if you are looking for a quiet area with a high-end feel.
Things to Do in Passy
- Take in the beauty of the Bois de Boulogne
- Explore the history of Trocadéro
- Visit the Musée Marmottan Monet
- Lose track of time in the National Museum of Modern Art Paris
- Play ball at the Stade Roland Garros
Places to Stay in Passy
Hotel Windsor Home
Disguised as a browned, cobbled house the Hotel Windsor Home offers traditionally decorated rooms and breakfast in the morning. There’s a lounge area to unwind in after a long day of traipsing around the city, and access to room service on request. Surrounded by greenery, Hotel Windsor Home is a short walk to Passy or a train journey from some of the other monuments in Paris.
Hotel La Villa Glamour
With glamorous, comfortable rooms and free Wifi and internet, Hotel La Villa Glamour is an affordable place stay in Paris. As a big plus, most of the rooms have a small balcony overlooking the city. The hotel is close to public transport and within walking distance of many of the main attractions in the sixteenth arrondissement.
Close to the metro, shops, and several cafes the Hotel Gavarni offers holidaymakers a budget stay in the sixteenth arrondissement. Rooms are cosy and have access with WiFi.
The Hotel Gavarni is only a ten minute walk from the Eiffel Tower or if you’d prefer to visit some of the other attractions there’s a metro station close by.
The seventeenth arrondissement is situated on the right bank of the River Seine. While tourists head to this district to visit the museums including the Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner, many young locals enjoy the assortment of shops and trendy bars.
There are several different neighbourhoods in the seventeenth arrondissement including the upscale West. With wine bars and eateries on almost every corner, this district attracts more bohemian crowds.
Things to Do in the 17th Arrondissement
- Visit the Musée national Jean-Jacques Henner
- Duck under the Arc de Triomphe
- Get stuck in traffic in the Place Charles de Gaulle
- Drink whilst people watching in the Place de Clichy square
- Shop in the Batignolles district
Places to Stay in the 17th Arrondissement
This four star hotel is positioned between all of the historical hotspots in the seventeenth arrondissement. Many past guests would name it as the best hotel in Paris and you can see why.
With the Champs-Elysées, Opéra, and Montmartre all within walking distance, L’Edmond Hotel is in the prime location to set out and explore Paris.
L’Edmond Hotel is incredibly stylish offering suites with terraces overlooking the city. This hotel also provides a kitchenette, or you can explore the range of cafes and Levis market just beyond the front door.
Hotel Romance Malesherbes
With pastel coloured walks and a complimentary breakfast, Hotel Romance Malesherbes offers comfort accompanied by a few luxuries such as a TV and free internet in the middle of the seventeenth arrondissement.
While this hotel is in walking distance of many of the attractions in the seventeenth arrondissement, the metro is also close by to take you to other areas in Paris.
Hotel Duette is situated on one of the quieter streets in Paris. Although the area seems less touristy, many of the major attractions are only a brief walk away. The rooms in Hotel Duette are comfortable and furnished uniquely to one another. You can also enjoy the free internet and WiFi offered to all guests.
Ah Montmartre – inextricably tied up with images of cabaret, culture and arts – not forgetting one of the most famous sights in the city, the Moulin Rouge.
Located around the hilltop Montmartre that overlooks Paris, the eighteenth arrondissement is an arty residential area and once the home of Picasso and Dali.
The eighteenth arrondissement is separated into many different districts such as Lamarck, popular with young tourists, and the African and North African district of Goutte d’Or.
Don’t miss the beautiful Basilique du Sacré-Coeur while you’re in the district.
Things to Do in Montmartre
- Photograph the Basilique du Sacré-Coeur
- Visit the Basilica of Saint-Jeanne-d’Arc
- Take in the beauty of the Église Saint-Jean-de-Montmartr
- Go to the Moulin Rouge
- Visit the Musée d’Art Naïf
Places to Stay in Montmartre
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
This 19th century townhouse offers large suites, has its own restaurant, and is surrounded by beautiful gardens. The rooms come with air conditioning, free WiFi, and room service on request. There are also several subway stations nearby that can take you to many of the main attractions in Paris.
Located in the centre of the eighteenth arrondissement, the Terrass’’ Hotel provides a comfortable stay in stylish, free WiFi rooms while from walking distance from many of the main attractions in the district of Montmartre. Rated four stars, this hotel also has a rooftop restaurant and a terrace.
The nineteenth arrondissement is mainly a residential area home to many families. Tourists are drawn to the Canal de l’Ourcq and Parc de la Villette. The Parc de la Villette is often the venue for many concerts and houses the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie.
While there are fewer attractions to see in the nineteenth arrondissement, but is the best place to stay in Paris for real feel of what the city is like for the locals.
Things to Do in the 19th Arrondissement
- Walk along the Canal de l’Ourcq and Canal Saint-Denis
- Explore the Parc de la Villete
- Wander around the Parc des Buttes Chaumont
- Take a trip to the Cité des Sciences et de l’Industrie
Places to Stay in the 19th Arrondissement
Ibis Paris La Villette
With over two hundred rooms, La Table restaurant, and a bar, Ibis Paris La Villette is one of the highest-rated hotels to stay in during your visit to the nineteenth arrondissement. This hotel sits beside the Canal de l’Ourcq and is a short walk away from the Cité des Sciences.
Holiday Inn Express
Sat overlooking the Canal de la Villette, Holiday Inn Express provides a peaceful night’s sleep in the middle of the nineteenth arrondissement. There’s a bar and lounge area near reception and the option of a complimentary breakfast in the morning. Several stations are only minutes away.
Campanile Paris 19
Rooms start from just £44 per night including high speed internet and free WiFi. The Campanile hotel is close to a metro station and has its own restaurant and bar area. With the River Seine just ten minutes away along with several other tourist attractions, the hotel Campanile is in the best spot in the nineteenth arrondissement.
Ménilmontant – 20th Arrondissement
Formerly the district for the working class, the twentieth arrondissement now is home to many contemporary art galleries, trendy bars, and music venues. The Belleville neighbourhood in the twentieth arrondissement contains the second largest Chinatown in Paris.
Ménilmontant is also very popular for the Père Lachaise Cemetery due to it being the final resting place of many famous people such as Frédéric Chopin and Oscar Wilde.
Things to Do in Ménilmontant
- Pay your respects at the Père Lachaise Cemetery
- Visit the Parc de Belleville
- Walk around Belleville
- Shop along Ménilmontant
Places to Stay in Ménilmontant
Mama Shelter Paris
One of the best hotels in Paris for the cool kids, Mama Shelter Paris has around one hundred and seventy two rooms, many terraces, and beautiful gardens. There’s also a restaurant and bar area.
Mama Shelter Paris also offers entertainment in the form of live concerts. Located in the heart of the twentieth arrondissement, there are several different public transport options to take you around the city.
Novotel Suites Paris Montreuil Vincennes
With over a hundred rooms, a fitness centre, and terrace, the Novotel Suites hotel is perfect for a short stay in the capital. Costing only £89 per night, your stay here will be accompanied with free WiFi and drinks from the bar. Located on the edge of the twentieth arrondissement, you’ll be able to walk around the district or take public transport around Paris.
- If you would like to take a tour of Paris, Get Your Guide is great for booking Paris day trips. You can also use Viator for reliable day trips and excursions.
- To commute around Paris, you can take the metro. A single journey costs €1.90, and a pack of 10 costs €14.90. You can purchase your metro tickets in most metro tube stations. You can also get the Navigo card now to go contactless, a little reusable card that you can top up (pay-as-you-go style) to travel.
- If you’d prefer to walk from your hotel to visit your chosen sites, make sure you pack some comfy shoes (and blister pads!), as Paris is famous for its cobblestone streets – not ideal for heels!
- Central Paris can get extremely busy, so if you’re travelling in groups, make sure you have a means of contacting each other if you get separated. For timing your trips, earlier is better than later to avoid the crowds.
- Keep an eye on your belongings when in crowded areas – Paris is a totally safe place to visit but, like all big cities, there’s still the risk of pickpockets.
- You can use the Paris Pass to get multiple access to different sites, exhibitions and museums. This is definitely worth looking into if you’d like to visit maximum locations on a short stay. The Paris Pass is also a good option for saving money if you’re looking for how to explore Paris on a budget.
Where to stay in Paris Map
So there you have it. Our top picks of the best hotels in Paris and a guide to where to stay in the city of Love.
Now hopefully it’s a little easier to decide what the best arrondissement to stay in Paris will be for you. Looking for further things to do in Paris? You may also love these insider Paris travel tips
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