Paris is a fairly compact city, so no matter where you decide to stay you should be able to get around the rest of city fairly easily. Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements aka districts. The numbering spirals from 1 to 20 in a clockwise direction from the front of the cathedral.
Paris is the city of romance and baguettes (haha!), it’s a perfect destination for spend a few days exploring all the delicious foods an wonderful sights including the Louvre (which you could easily spend an entire day in, it’s huge!), the famous Eiffel Tower where you can see 360 degree views of Paris, the Arc de Triomphe, the Notre Dame Cathedral, the Pantheon (its not just in Rome), and the Moulin rouge. These are a few of the amazing sights that Paris has to offer.
This MUST read guide will cover off where to stay in Paris, where to stay in Paris for nightlife, the best places to stay in Paris, the best places to stay on a budget in Paris, the best places to stay for families in Paris, the best neighborhood to stay in Paris and of course, a general guide of the best hotels in Paris. We’ve done our best to provide a list of Paris hotels close to famous sites around Paris depending on your budget and your travelling style as well as a few popular neighborhoods in Paris. Airbnb is also a great option for short or long stays.
Quick note: Prices will obviously vary from high season to low season, in some cases by almost 50-75%%! High tourist season is usually April through to October and over the Christmas and New Years period however the slowest time of the year is usually November through to March (not including the Christmas and New Years period) where hotel prices can drop slightly.
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Where to stay in Paris near the Louvre – 1st arrondissement
The Louvre or the Louvre Museum is the world’s largest museum and a historic monument in Paris, France, previously it was a former palace which is 65,000 square metres! A central landmark of the city, it is located on the Right Bank of the Seine in the city’s 1st arrondissement which includes famous sights such as Louvre and of the Tuileries and Palais Royal.
The Louvre is open daily except Tuesdays and certain public holidays. Permanent collections 9 am to 6 pm (Wed and Fri til 10 pm) and the section under the pyramid is open 9 am to 10 pm. If you’re wondering where to stay in paris first time this is it!
Where to stay in Paris near the Eiffel Tower – 7th arrondissement
When most people think about Paris, the Eiffel Tower is usually the first thing that comes to mind. The Eiffel Tower is a wrought iron lattice tower on the Champ de Mars next to the Seine river. The Eiffel Tower is located in the 7th arrondissement which is considered to be the most expensive area in Paris to live in.
If you plan to visit the Eiffel tower, I would highly recommend booking a “skip the line ticket” online, due to the excessively long lines, just make sure you arrive at the time you selected otherwise your ticket is basically useless! The 7th is arrondissement is the best place to stay in Paris close to everything and best neighborhood in Paris to stay for first timer as it is within walking distance of most attractions. If you’re wondering where to stay in Paris for 3 nights, i’d highly recommend hotels near the Eiffel Tower.
Where to stay in paris near the Arc de Triomphe – 8th arrondissement
The Arc de Triomphe is located in the 8th arrondissement and is considered as one of the most famous monuments in Paris, standing at the western end of the Champs-Élysées at the centre of Place Charles de Gaulle. It is noted today as one of the most prestigious shopping boulevards in Paris. Other famous landmarks in the area include the large Egyptian obelisk from Luxor and the La Madeleine.
Affordable Luxury Hotels near the Arc de Triomphe:
Splendid Etoile Hotel (200m away)
Hotel Napoleon Paris(200m away)
Maison Albar Hotel Paris (200m away)
Radisson Blu Hotel Champs Elysees(200m away)
Hotel Raphael(300m away)
Where to stay in Paris near Notre Dame Cathedral – 4th arrondissement
Notre-Dame Cathedral or simply Notre-Dame, is a medieval Catholic cathedral on the Île de la Cité in the 4th arrondissement of Paris. This district has a large section of what used to be medieval Paris and you will still find a lot left over form that time. It’s a very popular area for tourists as it has a very vibrant bar scene. Popular landmarks in this area also include la Bastille, Hôtel de Ville and Tour St Jacques. This are is best if you’re wondering where to stay in Paris with kids.
Budget Hotels near Notre Dame Cathedral
Hotel Marignan (400m away)
Where to stay in paris near Pantheon Paris – 5th arrondissement
The Panthéon is a building in the Latin Quarter/ the 5th arrondissement in Paris. This area is known as the city’s central district, located on the Left Bank of the river Seine. The Pantheon was originally created by Louis XV as a grand neo-Classical church honouring St. Geneviève, the patron saint of Paris but after the Revolution, the building was converted into a mausoleum.
Budget Hotels near Pantheon (Paris):
Hotel Cluny Sorbonne(200m away)
Where to stay in Paris near Moulin Rouge – 18th arrondissement
Moulin Rouge is a cabaret in Paris, the original house was burned down in 1915 however was rebuilt bigger and better. It offers a big choreographed dance show interspersed with comedians, jugglers, and magicians. The Moulin Rouge is located in the 18th arrondissement which is home of a thriving ethnic community in the east and *was* a sort of a red-light district along Boulevard de Clichy near Place Pigalle, maybe not the best family friend place in Paris but still worth a visit. The 18th arrondissement in my opinion is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris.
Affordable Luxury Hotels near Moulin Rouge:
Hotel le Chat Noir (100m away)
**Popular areas to stay in Paris
Where to stay in Marais – Best Neighborhood in Paris for Nightlife
Le Marais (known as just Marais) is a historic district in Paris. It hosts many outstanding buildings of historic and architectural relevance and spreads across parts of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements in Paris. Marais offers great bars and chich cocktails lounges, it fofers a relaxed nightlife vibe.
Best places to stay in Marais
Where to stay in Saint Germain – Best Neighborhood in Paris for Families
Saint Germain is one of the four administrative quarters of the 6th arrondissement of Paris, located around the church of the former Abbey of Saint-Germain-des-Prés and near the Luxembourg Gardens. Its relaxed atmospher makes it the perfect place for families, there’s no loud thumping of nightlife here.
Best places to stay in Saint Germain
Where to stay in Latin Quarter – The Best Neighborhoods in Paris for Tourists
The Latin Quarter of Paris is an area in the 5th and the 6th arrondissements. It’s situated on the left bank of the Seine, around the Sorbonne and is considered the best neighborhood in Paris for tourists as it gives you a real look at life in Paris, with it’s cobblestone streets and greenery surrounding the roads.
Best places to stay in Latin Quarter
Montmartre – Best place to stay in Paris “off the beaten track”
Montmartre’s stunning views is the biggest reason to stay in this part of Paris. It is a bit far from the main attractions of Paris however the Paris metro makes getting around fairly easy. You’ll find quiet cobblestone streets in Monmarte that lead up to winding sets of stairs and the hilltops where you can take in the beuaitful views over Paris.