Where to stay in Paris and which areas to avoid

Looking for accommodation in Paris? Today we tell you the best areas to stay in Paris and the ones to avoid if you are going to do tourism.

The center of Paris is divided into 20 districts also called “arrondissement” in French. District 1 is the central district and the following ones are listed clockwise in a spiral.

In the map that appears at the end you can also see in a much more visual way the best areas to stay in Paris.

We have made a selection with some of the most important districts that we know best, we know first hand that they are ideal to stay in Paris for a few days.

Don’t miss our guide to Paris and all these things to see and do in the capital of France.

There; we go with the best sleeping areas in Paris!

Where to stay in Paris – &Iacute?ndice:

Accommodation in the center of Paris
Accommodation near the Eiffel Tower
Accommodation in Montmartre
Accommodation in Marais
Accommodation near the Paris Opera
Cheap accommodation in Paris
Accommodations for a romantic getaway in Paris
Areas NOT recommended for accommodation in Paris
MAP of accommodation in Paris

Where to stay in Paris, best areas

1. The center of Paris 

District 1 is the geographic center of Paris, here you will find the famous Louvre museum that gives its name to the district, as well as the Tuileries Gardens and the Royal Palace.

The prices of the accommodations are higher than the surrounding neighborhoods because the location is perfect for staying in Paris, great for sightseeing.

District 2 is also one of the most central areas to look for accommodation in Paris although it has the same “problem” as district 1, prices can be a little high.

Recommended accommodations in the center of Paris

    Hôtel du Lion d’Or Louvre. Very close to the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.

    Citadines Les Halles Paris.

2. The Eiffel Tower, the most romantic area to stay in Paris

In the 7th district is the most famous cone of France, it is the only place in the world where you can stay overlooking the Eiffel Tower, (except Las Vegas and its famous hotel “Paris, Paris” …).

That’s right, the views won’t come cheap unless you find a good offer or look at it a lot in advance, but it’s also true that it’s a whim that you can only get in Paris.

In addition to the Eiffel Tower, the Champ de Mars and the Trocadero (three of the most photographed spots in Paris), it has a lot of beautiful Parisian cafes and boulangeries (bakeries) and is very well connected by public transport.

Recommended accommodation near the Eiffel Tower:

    Le Pavillon Hotel

Hotel Duquesne Eiffel

    Hotel R&eacute?sidence Montebello. This hotel is booked for the next time we visit Paris!

Stay near the Eiffel Tower in Paris

3. Montmartre, the most bohemian neighborhood to stay in Paris

The famous artistic and bohemian quarter of Montmartre is generally one of the cheapest areas to stay in the Paris.

It is also the neighborhood with the most nightlife, restaurants and bars and cafes.

But not all of the neighborhood is like this; it also has some quiet areas and we think it is one of the best neighborhoods to sleep in Paris.

It has some tourist points nearby (you can see here; all the list of things to see and do in Paris, with a map). You can also take a free tour in Spanish to learn about the history of this bohemian Parisian neighborhood from a guide.

We recommend that you avoid staying in the vicinity of the Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge and the Place du Tertre. These areas are full of tourists during the day, but at nightfall they give a feeling of poor security.

Recommended accommodation in Montmartre:

    Littéraire Marcel Aymé Best Western. The decoration of this hotel is super cool!

    Hôtel Basss.

    Ibis Paris Montmartre 18ème. Great price for the location you have.

    Timhotel Montmartre.

Where to stay in Paris, Montmartre district

4. Marais, the liveliest area in Paris

Marais is located in the 4th district, it is a neighbourhood known for its youthful atmosphere.

But this neighborhood is much more than that, it also has a lot of alternative cafes, fashion stores and lots of street art.

Some tourist spots such as the town hall, the Pompidou centre, the national archives and the Picasso museum are located here; it is also very close to Notre Dame.

We recommend reading people’s opinions regarding the location, as there are streets in this district where the noise can be a little high at nightfall and may be an impediment to rest.

In short, it is a good area to stay in Paris if you want to be in the center, near the bars to relax in the evening, and at the same time be well located.

Recommended accommodation in Marais:

    Hotel Rivoli. Basic and economic option to be a Parisian.

    Paris France Hotel

    Le Relais du Marais. A bit more exclusive, but very cool!

Accommodation in Paris

5. The area of the &Oacute?pera, a luxury neighborhood where to stay in Paris

If your budget allows it, some of the most luxurious hotels in the city are located around the famous Garnier de Paris Opera House.

It is also a great area to stay in Paris, although a bit expensive, but if we look ahead and don’t travel in high season, we might be able to find some hotels with good prices.

Here; you can also find the famous Galeries Lafayette, one of the places to visit in Paris during your visit, also the Royal Palace is relatively close.

Some of the most exclusive shops in Paris are also located in this area.

Accommodations near the Garnier Opera House:

    Libertel Montmartre Op&eacute. This accommodation is great value for money for the area that is, is located between the Opera and the neighborhood of Montmartre.

    Excelsior Opera.

    Hôtel Volney Op&eacutera.

Accommodation near the Garnier de Paris Opera House

6. Cheap sleeping accommodations in Paris

You also have less expensive options for accommodation but we will have to sacrifice location and time to get to the center.

Most affordable options for decent accommodation are located on the outskirts of the city.

If you decide to stay in a hotel outside Paris, we recommend you to look for a hotel with a subway stop nearby and always look at the comments of other tourists, especially consult the cleanliness and location, two of the points that we always take into account.

Cheap lodgings recommended in Paris:

    Ibis Budget Clichy Mairie

    Motel One Paris-Porte Dor&eacute

7. Accommodations for a romantic getaway in Paris

Making a romantic getaway to Paris and surprising your partner is always a good plan! You can give yourself the whimsy of having an accommodation overlooking the Eiffel Tower and let them pamper you in a dream hotel or after a romantic dinner.

Any big hotel in the city is a safe value to stay in Paris for a romantic getaway but here is a list of our favorites (even if we haven’t been there!)

Recommended accommodations for a romantic getaway in Paris

    Hotel Design Secret de Paris

    Room Mate Alain – Champs-Elysées. In this Spanish hotel chain you will not have to worry about the language, in reception they always speak Spanish.

    Le Meurice – Dorchester Collection

    Hôtel Regina Louvre

Accommodation in Paris

8. Areas NOT recommended when staying in Paris

As every big city there are always areas that are not the most appropriate for tourists to stay, although in general in the center and the tourist areas where we move the travelers will not have any problem.

Normally there are not many hotels in these areas either, but you can find some Airbnb or a very cheap hotel.

On the outskirts of Paris, it is not advisable to stay in the San Denis or Pantin areas. On the map below, the areas where we least recommend you stay are marked with a red X.

The 19th and 20th districts are also not recommended, and they do not have any important tourist spots.

And in the 18th district of Montmartre, as we mentioned before, you should avoid staying near the Moulin Rouge, the Place du Tertre and also the Sacre Coeur because at night the atmosphere is not the best.

As always, we recommend that you look at the rating of each hotel and that the location that does not have a score lower than 8, also read the comments of tourists who have visited the hotel before so as not to bring surprises that may annoy our trip a little.

9. Map with the best places to stay in Paris:

And here is our post of accommodation in Paris!

We hope it will help you to find accommodation in the capital of France. Also our 3 day post in Paris with the routes of each day can help you to make your planning.

And if you have any questions just leave us a comment below and we will respond shortly.

Other articles from our trips to Paris:

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50 Things to See and Do in Paris



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