Where to Stay in Paris: Best Neighborhoods and Where to Sleep to visit the city

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Best Areas to stay in Paris

Organizing a trip or a vacation to Paris is very simple, you just need to book your flight and accommodation. It is important to know well which are the best areas of Paris where to stay, to visit this great city in the easiest and most comfortable way.

Paris is often described as one of the most expensive cities in the world with London, Tokyo and Sydney. However, being also one of the most beautiful cities in the world, it attracts more than 22 million visitors every year. To welcome all these tourists, the French capital offers a rich and varied hotel offer. But where to stay in Paris and where are the best areas to stay?

Paris is a very large city, where the points of interest are quite distant from each other. For those who want to stay in the most exclusive areas of Paris, the Champs Elysees,Place de la Concorde, il Lumbrera and the OperaGarnier district are the best areas to sleep.

If you prefer a more lively and festive atmosphere to enjoy the nightlife, the Latin Quarter is a great choice. Those who want to save money and have no problem taking the metro every morning can find cheaper hotels further away from the center.

How much it costs to sleep in Paris: hotel and B&B prices

According to statistics, the average price per night in Paris costs more than 100 €, however you can find hotel vouchers between 70 € and 90 € per night. If you want to save more by moving away from the center, you can sometimes find hotels for just over 50 € per night in a double room.

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The best neighborhoods to stay in Paris

Paris is divided by the Seine River into the right bank and the left bank, and is subdivided into 20 districts or arrondissements. The arrondissements are numbered and, starting from north of the Seine, rotate clockwise.

This means that districts 1 to 7 are the most central, while the higher numbers are farther from the center and are generally more residential. The center is Ile de la Ville, the island in the Seine that houses Notre Dame. The 12th to 20th arrondissements represent the outer edge of the city.

Most people for travel refer to the arrondissements or, more precisely, to the nearest metro stop. Street names are almost irrelevant.

It can be difficult for first time travelers to know where to sleep in Paris, so here is one presentation of the best areas to stay in honor

Map of Paris neighborhoods

Where to stay in Paris, neighborhoods

Marais (fourth district)

This is the historic district of the city and one of the best neighborhoods to stay in during your trip to Paris. It is centrally located and is home to several attractions, such as the Pompidou Center and L'Hotel de Ville.

The architecture is magnificent and the neighborhood is home to many wonderful restaurants and cafes, boutiques, upscale stores and markets. The Marais has historically been home to marginalized communities in Paris, such as the LGBT community and the Jewish community, and consequently has a nice cultural mix.

The Marais neighborhood is ideal for discovery:

  • Picasso museum
  • Centre Pompidou, a center for modern and contemporary art.
  • The Louvre
  • The Tuileries
  • HĂ´tel de Ville
  • Place des Vosges
  • Victor Hugo's House
  • The Carnavalet Museum dedicated to the history of Paris.
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St. Germain des Prets (6th arrondissement)

It is a very small neighborhood, adjacent to the Latin Quarter. Very small, but very popular for its charm and known for its bohemian atmosphere, architecture, art galleries and churches. The Jardin du Luxembourg is nearby, and it is close to Notre Dame and the Musée d'Orsay.

Attractions to see:

  • The Odeon Theater
  • St. Germain Abbey
  • The Eugène Delacroix museum to discover the painter's paintings.
  • Bon MarchĂ©: a Parisian shopping institution
  • The fountains of the Medici, of Saint-Sulpice, of the four parts of the world
  • The Luxembourg Gardens
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Montmartre (18th arrondissement)

This district is one of the main tourist spots in Paris. Very famous throughout the world, the Montmartre district is home to the famousBasilica of the Sacred Heart.

Away from tourist spots like the Sacré Coeur, the Moulin Rouge and Place du Tertre, you will find quiet cobblestone streets to stroll down such as Avenue Junot which has some of the most beautiful houses in Paris or Willows Street which goes up in front of the Vigne de Montmartre.

Montmartre can be wonderful, but you should do a little more research to make sure you're on the good side.. While much of the urban neighborhood is shown as village-like in the Amélie movie, some parts are seedy, especially around the Pigalle area. Check out the neighborhood on Google Streetview before booking accommodations.

Not to be missed in the Montmartre district:

  • SacrĂ©-Coeur: one of the essentials of a trip to Paris.
  • The Church of St-Pierre-de-Montmartre, right next to the Basilica.
  • Salon Saint-Pierre
  • Montmartre Cemetery
  • Place des Abbesses, a lively square with flea markets and street entertainment
  • Place du Tertre where the famous painters of Montmartre are located
  • The "I love you" wall
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Latin Quarter (5th arrondissement)

A neighborhood of students, poets and artists par excellence over the centuries, the Latin Quarter is one of the oldest in Paris. A place to visit absolutely.

You can stroll down cobblestone streets, through green squares, and admire some of the city's most diverse architecture, including Roman ruins, Gothic spires and the innovative Institut du Monde Arabe. This neighborhood is filled with a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere, especially with its numerous cafes and restaurants.

To visit in the Latin Quarter:

  • The Pantheon
  • The Luxembourg garden and museum dedicated to contemporary art.
  • Le Arènes de Lutèce: a Gallo-Roman amphitheater classified as a historical monument.
  • The National Museum of the Middle Ages
  • The Sorbonne: the most famous French university
  • Boulevard Saint-Michel and the famous Théâtre de l'OdĂ©on
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Faubourg Saint-Germain (7th arrondissement)

The Faubourg Saint-Germain district has everything that comes to mind when you think of Paris: the Eiffel Tower, the Seine, excellent museums, stunning architecture, fascinating markets, exclusive stores and world-class restaurants.

Its diversity and versatility make it a popular choice for everyone, for a romantic getaway or a family vacation.

The neighborhood is the ideal place to discover:

  • The Eiffel Tower: an emblem of Paris worldwide.
  • The Champ-de-Mars and the Esplanade du TrocadĂ©ro
  • The MusĂ©e d'Orsay: one of the largest museums in Europe
  • The Miraculous Chapel
  • The church of Saint-Thomas-d'Aquin
  • The Rodin Museum
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Louvre District (1st arrondissement)

The first arrondissement is a great place to stay for sightseeing. It is the heart of Paris, with many of the city's attractions within walking distance, such as the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and Notre Dame Cathedral.

Some important sites such as the Musée d'Orsay and Saint-Germain are across the river. The neighborhood offers a fantastic dining scene, including some of the best restaurants in Paris. Tourists in this area have a wide variety of activities to choose from both day and night.

To discover in this district:

  • The Louvre Museum: the world's largest museum of art and antiquities.
  • Notre Dame Cathedral
  • The Royal Palace
  • Jardin des Tuileries: magnificent garden of more than 25 hectares.
  • Place de la Concorde: the largest square in Paris, at the foot of the Champs ElysĂ©es.
Booking accommodation in the Louvre neighborhood

Champs Elysées district (8th arrondissement)

Welcome to the neighborhood of"the most beautiful street in the world", one of the symbols of the city of Paris. Walking along this legendary avenue that connects the Arc de Triomphe to the Place de la Concorde you will discover a district rich in history and very luxurious.

What to see and do in the Champs-Elysées area:

  • Avenue des Champs-ElysĂ©es: 2 km of luxury stores.
  • The Arc de Triomphe
  • The Petit Palais Museum: the Museum of Fine Arts of Paris
  • The Grand Palais, easily recognizable by the huge glass dome topped by the French flag
  • The Palais de la DĂ©couverte: a museum dedicated to science
  • Galleria Museum
  • Palais de Tokyo
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Opera - Grands Boulevards (2nd and 9th arrondissement)

Between the Greek columns of the Art Nouveau building and the Haussmann buildings, lovers of splendid buildings will be catered for. And fashion fanatics will also be happy with the multitude of department stores.

The area is also ideal for entertainment with many shows, whether at the Opéra, Folies Bergères, Grand Rex or fashion clubs.

Main points of interest of the Opéra - Grands Boulevards:

  • The GrĂ©vin Museum and its wax statues.
  • Rue Montorgueil, a pedestrian street with many stores and restaurants.
  • The OpĂ©ra Garnier, classified as a historical monument
  • Galeries Lafayette, the temple of Parisian shopping
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Where to stay in Paris on a budget

Tipi - 14th arrondissement

Coypel - 13th arrondissement

hotelF1 Paris Porte de Châtillon - 14th arrondissement

B&B Hotel Paris Porte des Lilas - 19th arrondissement

Hotel Cluny Sorbonne - 5th arrondissement

Hotel Marena - 9th arrondissement

The Element Hotel - 10th arrondissement

St Christopher's Inn Paris - Gare du Nord - 10th arrondissement

Quality Hotel & Suites Bercy Bibliothèque by HappyCulture - 13th arrondissement

Hotel OHM by Happyculture - 16th arrondissement

Hotel Paris Louis Blanc - 10th arrondissement

Kyriad Hotel XIII Italia Gobelins - 13th arrondissement

Where not to sleep in Paris: unsafe areas

Paris is quite safe in general, however there are some areas that may not be very safe, especially late at night, and should be avoided except for particular reasons.

Some neighborhoods such as Gota dorée or the areas around the metro stop Barbas Rouchechouart e Chateau rouge can be unpleasant at night. The same goes for the area around the train station. Gare du Nord, although crowded during the day, may not be very safe during the evening and at night.

Travel tips for Paris

  • Don't stay outside the 20 main districts. You will be far from the center and although many of the suburbs of Paris are charming, some of them are the most dangerous areas of Paris.
  • Those on a budget don't have to plan a stay near an attraction. It will cost much more. The Paris metro is easy and efficient enough to get anywhere; you don't have to stay within walking distance of the Louvre to visit the Louvre.
Paris at night - Image by Pixabay
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