Where to stay in Paris: the areas of Paris

The main question that arises before setting out to discover the French capital is the following: what is the best area to stay in paris?

Before answering this question and finding out which are the best neighborhoods, according to your needs, let's see how the city is structured.

Paris is made up of 20 departments, called Arrondissement, which form a spiral that starts from the city center and turns clockwise.

Obviously, district number 1 is the most central. The first 6 Arrondissements, as highlighted on the map, are part of the center of Paris.

In the middle of this spiral flows the Seine, which divides Paris in two, the left side (Left Bank) and the right side (Right bank)

Where to stay in Paris: the areas of Paris

Choose the area where to stay in Paris

Scegliere the best area as a base for touring Paris it is not easy, it depends on what you prefer to do and certainly on the budget available.

To help you choose, let's see which are the most chosen neighborhoods in Paris to stay:

  • Marais (between 3rd and 4th arr.)
  • Latin Quarter (5 ° arr.)
  • OpĂ©ra Garnier district (between 2nd and 9th arr.)
  • Saint-Germain (between 5th and 6th arr.)
  • Montparnasse (14 ° arr.)
  • Bastille / Oberkampf  (11° arr.)

Latin Quarter - Saint-Germain

For those looking for a hotel in an area full of restaurants and clubs, where to stroll in the evening, I recommend staying between Latin Quarter and Saint – Germain – des – Prés.

The Latin Quarter is one of the most charming in Paris, located in the 5th Arrondissement on the left bank of the Seine (Rive Gauche) and full of excellent restaurants, bars and bistros.

During the day you can easily get around by public transport and visit the main attractions of Paris.



Another great choice to stay in Paris is the neighborhood Marais, located on the right bank of the Seine, between Les Halles, RĂ©publique and Bastille. It is packed with art galleries, museums, cafes and restaurants.

The Marais is the alternative area of ​​Paris, in fact it hosts the main meeting places of the Parisian gay community.


Opera Garnier

Among the busiest neighborhoods in Paris, we find the opera, located between the 2nd and 9th Arrondissements, therefore centrally located and very well connected for getting around the city.

The area is full of restaurants, pubs and bars and is home to Galeries LaFayette e the Printemps warehouses, for this highly recommended for shoppers, which will find some of the most famous shops in the world.



For the younger ones I recommend the area that goes from Place de la Bastille in Oberkampf, full of trendy clubs, ethnic restaurants, pubs and bars, with lower prices than in the Latin Quarter.


If you prefer a more residential and quiet neighborhood where to sleep in Paris, then better look for the hotel between the 7th and 8th arrondissements, more precisely near the Torre Eiffel and the Arc de Triomphe.


If you have little time to visit Paris and arrive at Beauvais airport, you can look for a hotel near Porte Maillot, where the buses arrive from the airport. In this case, I suggest you also read the article Paris Toccata and Escape.

I recommend choosing the hotel in Paris

The various tourist attractions of Paris are not located in a particular area, but in various points of the city, even distant from each other and difficult to reach only on foot.

This is why the advice I give you is to seek the hotel near a metro station so you can easily reach any area of ​​Paris.

Where to stay in Paris: the areas of Paris Recommended hotels where to sleep in Paris:

Hotel Jeanne d’Arc

3 Rue de Jarente-04 Arr., 75004 Paris, France

Hotel located in one of the most beautiful districts of Paris, in Marais, an excellent starting point for visiting the city. The metro station is 300 meters from the hotel Saint Paul of line 1.
The hotel is clean and the staff are always helpful and polite.

The strong point besides the location is the excellent value for money, especially compared to other hotels in the area. Rooms starting from 109 € on Booking.

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Hotel Paris Rivoli

19 rue de Rivoli 4th Arr., 75004 Paris, France

Other hotel located in the heart of the Marais, in Rue de Rivoli, with Saint-Paul metro at 260 meters. The hotel has rooms that are a bit small but clean and the staff are always very courteous and helpful.
I recommend the Hotel Paris Rivoli also for the price, you can find good offers on Booking starting from 115 € for a double room.

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Hotel Aida Opera

11 Rue Richer 17 Rue Du Conservatoire, 75009 Paris, France

Hotel Aida Opera is located in the 9th Arrondissement, a 15-minute walk from the Opera Garnier and 2 km from the Louvre. There are three metro stations just 200 meters away. Clean rooms and really good value for money, on booking a double room is starting from € 89,00.

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Hotel d’Argenson

15, rue d'Argenson 08 Arr., 75008 Paris, France

Excellent hotel location, in the 8th district, between the Champs Elysées and the Opéra Garnier, with Miromesnil metro station 350 meters away.
The rooms are quite spacious compared to Parisian standards, the cleanliness is impeccable and if you want you can serve breakfast in your room!

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Family Hotel

11 rue des Ecoles 5th Arr., 75005 Paris, France

Very affordable price for this Hotel, centrally located, in the Latin Quarter, 700 meters from Notre Dame and with the Cardinal Lemoine metro 200 meters away.
Hotel really recommended for location and price.

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