Hi Frugalistas! Yes, I’m talking about Paris again. Because I know you like reading about Paris, and because I’m planning a trip to Paris. For my next trip to Paris I’m looking at staying somewhere different, in a completely different neighbourhood. But it got me thinking about the best area to stay in Paris, and which is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris? While where to stay in Paris is very much a personal decision for you, I’ve compiled a Paris arrondissement guide to what I think are the best arrondissements to stay in Paris, and what you can expect if you choose to stay there.
The hotels I’ve suggested in this post are not necessarily the cheapest (in the case of budget choices) nor the most luxurious (I’ve passed on all the truly expensive, luxury hotels and the 5 star chain hotels), but they are excellent examples of what is available in different arrondissements – and yes, prices do vary enormously.
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The 1st and 2nd arrondissements
The 1st and 2nd arrondissements are the dead centre of Paris. Home to the Louvre, the Tuileries Gardens and a number of key Metro stations, the 1st and 2nd arrondissements of Paris are about as central as it gets in ANY city ANYWHERE in the world. Oh, and by the way, it’s also the home of some pretty sumptuous hotels….like the Meurice, the Crillon and of course, the Ritz.
Pros of staying in the 1st & 2nd arrondissements
You are literally in the centre of Paris (distances are measured from the 1st). The vicinity to a number of key tourist sites makes it the best place to stay in Paris for first time visitors – in addition to the Louvre and the Tuileries, the Musée d’Orsay, Orangerie, Champs Elysées, the grand magasins of Boulevard Haussemann and the Opera, are all within walking distance.
Cons of staying in the 1st & 2nd arrondissements
Hotels can be quite expensive. I stayed in the first on a previous visit to Paris, and while I was able to find a reasonably priced hotel, I know I spent more on eating out – restaurants are pricy in this neck of the woods.
Stay in the 1st & 2nd arrondissements for……
It’s all about location, location, location………
Recommended budget hotel in the 1st arrondissement or 2nd arrondissement: I like the look of the Hotel Opera Maintenon. With free wifi and triple and quad rooms it is convenient and a good option for families in Paris.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the 1st arrondissement or 2nd arrondissement: The Hotel Britannique is another excellent choice for families, with its minibar, tea and coffee making facilities and air conditioning as well as interconnecting double rooms.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 1st arrondissement or 2nd arrondissement: I suggest passing on the better known or chain luxury hotel options in the 1st arrondissement, and opt for the Hotel Madame Reve instead. Modern 5 star luxury with an excellent roof top terrace.
Best hidden gem hotel in the 1st arrondissement or 2nd arrondissement: Savvy members of my France Travel Planning Facebook group love the Hotel Brighton. Directly opposite the Louvre and the Tuileries it offers 4 star luxury that is excellent value in this awfully expensive part of Paris.
The 3rd and 4th arrondissements (the Marais)
I like the Marais. It has great Medieval architecture, cute boutiques and interesting eating options. It’s also very trendy and just a little bit bohemian.
Pros of staying in the 3rd & 4th arrondissements
The Marais is another best location to stay in Paris for first time visitors due to its central location (and the very large Les Halles and Chatelet Metro stations nearby for handy connections). It is also close by the Louvre, St Germain and Notre Dame. The Marais is also the spiritual home of Paris’ Jewish population – complete with fab eating options at a good price.
Cons of staying in the 3rd & 4th arrondissements
Hotels in the Marais can be small and old – it’s an historic neighbourhood after all. I say, if you want to stay in the Marais, go for it. While its handy location is a winner for first time visitors, its hipness may be a bit off putting and impenetrable.sta in Paris
Stay in the 3rd & 4th arrondissements for……
Lovely old architecture that you won’t get anywhere else in Paris. Channel your inner bobo (a French bohemian) in great bars, and very individual boutiques.
Recommended budget hotel in the Marais: My Marais budget hotel is not a hotel – for less than the price of a 2-star Marais hotel, you can stay in the Le Ferdinand serviced apartment.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the Marais: The Hotel de la Bretonnerie is just near Place de Vosges and offers family suites.
Recommended luxury hotel in the Marais: It has to be Le Pavillon de la Reine. More like a country house than a hotel, it is located on the Place de Vosges.
Recommended hidden gem in the Marais: there are not many BnBs in central Paris, so the Assia & Nathalie is a real find.
The 5th arrondissement (the Latin Quarter)
I’m sure it was once somewhere fab when staying in Paris, but these days I honestly think the Latin Quarter is a bit past it. Trading on its old reputation I find it tired and a bit tacky in parts. Apart from the Cluny Museum. And Shakespeare and Co. Yes, they are good.
Pros of staying in the 5th arrondissement
The rue Mouffetard market is fun. Plenty of cheap hotel and eating options.
Cons of staying in the 5th arrondissement
It’s tired, and cheap, and yes, I’ll say it again…..tacky in parts.
Stay in the 5th arrondissement for……
A budget option for your hotel in Paris. This is the best area to stay in Paris for the fast food addict.
Recommended budget hotel in the fifth arrondissement: The Familia Hotel is a simple 2-star with balconies and views from some rooms – unheard of in Paris at this price point.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the fifth arrondissement: Le Notre Dame Saint Michel well decorated and perfectly located – some rooms even have Notre Dame views.
Recommended luxury hotel in the fifth arrondissement: 5-star hotels are thin on the ground in the fifth arrondissement, but the 4-star Hotel Montecristo ticks a lot of boxes. And it has a pool.
Recommended hidden gem hotel in the fifth arrondissement: The Hotel des Grandes Ecoles is like a country house – complete with a garden and car parking.
Recommended hotel for families in the fifth arrondissement: Sertotel Lutece. Well located and great for families or groups of friends.
The 6th and 7th arrondissements
The 7th arrondissement is my go to area when I’m staying in Paris. The Hotel Muguet in the 7th is my go to hotel in Paris. Both the 6th and 7th are smart residential and shopping neighbourhoods. Looking for a hotel with Eiffel Tower views? The seventh is your go to place.
Pros of staying in the 6th & 7th arrondissements
Because they are residential areas this is one of the best areas to stay in Paris à la Parisienne. The unexpected views of the Eiffel Tower when you turn down a street. Le Bon Marché – one of the best (and upmarket) department stores in Paris. Plenty of little parks and gardens in unexpected places – fantastic for children.
Cons of staying in the 6th & 7th arrondissements
The Metro line is not quite so convenient – most trips require a change of lines. Genuine budget hotel options are few and far between.
Stay in the 6th & 7th arrondissements for……
Real Paris life, that is still welcoming of tourists. The opportunity to stay in one of the priciest parts of town.
Recommended budget hotel in the 6th and 7th arrondissements: Nothing is truly budget in this neighborhood, but the Hotel Le Beaugency is a moderate 3-star hotel not far from rue Cler.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the 6th and 7th arrondissements: I always vote for the Hotel Muguet, but in the 6th arrondissement the sumptuous looking Grand Hotel de L’Univers Saint Germain is an excellent option.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 6th and 7th arrondissements: While the Hotel Montalembert and the Hotel Lutetia are tempting, my vote goes to the Hotel d’Aubusson located in a 17th century mansion and complete with a swimming pool and a lounge with an open fireplace.
Recommended family hotel in the 6th and 7th arrondissements: The Hotel Le Bellechasse Saint Germain features quirky individually decorated interconnecting rooms, perfect for families.
The 8th arrondissement
Because the numbering of the Paris arrondissements works in a circular pattern, the 8th arrondissement is actually next to the 1st. Home to the Champs Elysées, the Arc de Triomphe and the fabulously expensive Avenue Montaigne, the 8th arrondissement is a luxe residential area, with a dash (well, okay, more than a dash) of tourist interest.
Pros of staying in the 8th arrondissement
Its proximity to so many of the places you’ll want to visit.
Cons of staying in the 8th arrondissement
Apart from the ultra touristy places on the Champs Elysées, eating options are not cheap. Other tourists.
Stay in the 8th arrondissement for……
Cocktails at the Georges V (come on, you know you want to).
Recommended budget hotel in the 8th arrondissement: Surprisingly, the Arioso is cheaper than many of the other budget options in this post. Excellent value for the location.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the 8th arrondissement: Hotel Le 12 is an excellent choice if you have an early morning departure from the Gare St Lazare. And you can hire bikes!
Recommended luxury hotel in the 8th arrondissement: This area is full of hugely expensive luxury offerings, so the world really is your oyster, but for luxury on a (relative) budget my pick is the Fauchon l’Hotel Paris at a fraction of the price.
The 9th arrondissement
When I first published this post I didn’t write about the 9th arrondissement – it really didn’t have anything much to recommend it, and the hotels were largely anonymous tourist class offerings. Fast forward a few years and the 9th arrondissement is now hip and happening. A different style of hip and happening to the Marais and the 10th and 11th arrondissements – think lots of moody velvets and small bars.
Pros of staying in the 9th arrondissement
There aren’t so many hotel options in Montmartre, so parts of the 9th can be a good alternative.
Cons of staying in the 9th arrondissement
Like all up and coming neighbourhoods, some parts can definitely be on the gritty side.
Stay in the 9th arrondissement for……….
A good option for couples and singles rather than families.
Recommended budget hotel in the 9th arrondissement: There are still some very ordinary offerings in this Paris neighborhood, but the Hotel Victor Massé manages to provide a comfy bed, plain but tidy rooms and an excellent price.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the 9th arrondissement: If the Hotel Rochechouart was in a more established Paris arrondissement it would cost at least double the price. One of the best rooftop terraces in Paris, it has a magnificent view of Sacre Coeur.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 9th arrondissement: Maison Souquet is the quintessential 9th arrondissement hotel – all moody and luxe. Complete with a cocktail bar and a pool.
Recommended hidden gem hotel in the 9th arrondissement: You knew there would be somewhere funky in this up and coming Paris neighborhood, didn’t you? Enter Le Pigalle Hotel complete with rock n roll decor.
The 10th and 11th arrondissements
You know how it works in big cities don’t you? An area becomes so trendy and so desirable that no one can afford to live or open a business there so the adjacent area suddenly becomes the new hot spot. Enter the 10th and 11th arrondissements a stone’s throw from the achingly hip and expensive Marais. With cocktail bars and hip restaurants, the 10th and 11th are definitely one of “those” areas.
Pros of staying in the 10th & 11th arrondissements
If you want to stay in the latest hot spot, the 10th and 11th arrondissements are a good location to stay in Paris. Sunday brunch is big here. It is also the best area in Paris to channel your inner hipster.
Cons of staying in the 10th & 11th arrondissements
It’s not the Marais (yet). There are some parts (particularly around the Avenue Daumesnil) that looked a bit dodgy the last time I was there.
Stay in the 10th & 11th arrondissements for……
A Marais experience on a budget. That air of superiority that only comes from being in on the latest place before everyone else.
Recommended budget hotel in the 10th & 11th arrondissements: There are some very cheap and nasty budget hotels in the 10th and 11th arrondissements, so I’ve gone for a fairly expensive choice. The Hotel Paradis is close to both the Gare du Nord and the Gare de L’Est and is comfortable with excellent staff.
Recommended mid-price hotel in the 10th & 11th arrondissements: Hotel les Deux Girafes is excellent value for money and comes complete with a fitness centre.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 10th & 11th arrondissements: There aren’t any truly luxurious properties in the 10th and 11th arrondissements, but the Le Petit Beaumarchais Hotel and Spa probably comes closest, and it’s an excellent price for what it offers.
Recommended hidden gem hotel in the 10th & 11th arrondissements: The gorgeous Hotel Fabric is an old fabric factory. It’s an excellent price for what it offers and is a bit moody and trendy.
The 12th arrondissement
The 12th arrondissement is another up and coming area of Paris. I’m attracted to it by its reputation for not being on the tourist trail and its good Metro links.
Pros of staying in the 12th arrondissement
Off the normal tourist routes, but still a vibrant and very Parisian neighbourhood with plenty of restaurants. The best district to stay in Paris for those with morning trains from the Gare de Lyon.
Cons of staying in the 12th arrondissement
Perhaps not the best part of Paris to stay for those on their first trip to Paris. The need to take the Metro to all tourist locations.
Stay in the 12th arrondissement for……
It’s the best arrondissement in Paris for a little slice of Paris life.
Recommended budget hotel in the 12th arrondissement: The Hotel de la Porte Dorée is not the cheapest hotel in the 12th arrondissement, but it is an absolute charmer and is located right on the main east west metro line.
Recommended mid-priced hotel in the 12th arrondissement: The Hotel Riesner is the highest rank hotel in the 12th arrondissement on booking.com, and it’s easy to see why.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 12th arrondissement: Not really a luxury hotel, because the 12th is not a luxury area, but the Hotel Parisianer is a lovely, comfortable option for an early train departure from the Gare de Lyon.
The 15th arrondissement
The northern parts of the 15th arrondissement are adjacent to the 7th. Largely residential, it is a good quality residential area that is a great place to look for a hotel with an Eiffel Tower view.
Pros of staying in the 15th arrondissement
The northern part of the quartier is like the 7th, but without the price. Easy to walk to the Eiffel Tower from the northern parts.
Cons of staying in the 15th arrondissement
The area around the Gare Montparnasse is truly awful – just so busy. Avoid the area around the Porte de Versailles and other areas around the Péripherique, the Paris ring round. It is cheaper, but can be quite unsavoury in parts.
Recommended budget hotel in the 15th arrondissement: Not the cheapest offering in the 15th arrondissement but the Yooma Urban Lodge offers rooms for up to SIX people, making it the best budget family option in central Paris in my opinion, and it’s only 1km from the Eiffel Tower.
Recommended mid-priced hotel in the 15th arrondissement: Just 700m from the Eiffel Tower, the Hotel de l’Avre is a perfect example of how much further your Euro goes in the northern part of the 15th arrondissement compared to the 6th or 7th.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 15th arrondissement: True luxury is hard to find in the 15th but the Hotel Eiffel Saint Charles wins my prize for its excellent location.
Recommended hidden gem hotel in the 15th arrondissement: Featuring terraces on some rooms, the Jardins de Mademoiselle Hotel & Spa is more like a resort, with its garden like setting.
The 16th arrondissement
The 16th arrondissement is largely residential – and the home of many Embassies. I like it for its stunning honey coloured architecture that you know is just so expensive. It’s also well located for the Eiffel Tower and its Metro links.
Pros of staying in the 16th arrondissement
The quiet, leafy green streets are one of the areas of Paris that (discretely) scream “old money”. The shops, that scream tasteful Parisian style. This is one of the best neighborhoods to stay in Paris if you want to pretend you are just a little bit rich.
Cons of staying in the 16th arrondissement
Hotels in the 16th arrondisement can be quite pricy. There are no bargain restaurants either – but then you wouldn’t expect there to be, would you?
Stay in the 16 arrondissement for……
An opportunity to live among the rich and famous.
Recommended budget hotel in the 16th arrondissement: The Queens Boutique Hotel is a bit out of the way, but for such an expensive neighborhood, the price is completely unbeatable.
Recommended mid-priced hotel in the 16th arrondissement: The Montfleuri offers balcony views of the Arc de Triomphe from some rooms.
Recommended luxury hotel in the 16th arrondissement: If you have a hankering for a château stay in Paris, the Saint James Paris is going to be your first choice.
Recommended hotel with the best outdoor pool in Paris: It’s probably been completely ruined after featuring in an episode of Emily in Paris, but if an outdoor pool is on your Paris hotel wish list, the Molitor Paris is definitely your best option.
The 18th arrondissement (Montmartre)
Montmartre is an area of Paris that most people think of when they picture in their minds what Paris looks like. Romantic images of Paris often picture the steeped staired walkways of Montmartre. While for me it’s not one of the best areas to stay inParis, I know there are others who wouldn’t stay anywhere else.
Pros of staying in the 18th arrondissement
Quintessential Paris streets, with pretty walkways and lovely architecture. The great views out over the rest of Paris. It is undoubtably one of the most romantic parts of Paris.
Cons of staying in the 18th arrondissement
The tourists – horrendous hordes descend on Montmartre, especially on a Sunday. Tourist restaurants are everywhere. Montmartre is not central so taking the Metro anywhere you want to go to is essential. Some parts can be a bit dodgy, so do be careful when booking your hotel in Montmartre.
Stay in the 18th arrondissement for……
The quaint architecture and its village feel. Oh, and of course, those views out over the rest of Paris.
Recommended budget hotel in Montmartre: Because there are not a lot of hotels for a popular Paris neighborhood, budget hotels are thin on the ground. Le Relais Montmartre is highly rated and well priced.
Recommended mid-price hotel in Montmartre: Not much more expensive than my budget option the Hotel des Arts Montmartre will tick the boxes of all but the fussiest visitor.
Recommended luxury hotel in Montmartre: 5 star hotels are scarce in Montmartre, but the Monolita Paris fits the bill perfectly.
Now, the maths brains among you will have noticed I haven’t covered all 20 arrondissements of central Paris. This is because I’ve stuck to the arrondissements that are more central and where there are more hotels. They are also quartiers I think you would like to consider, or should consider. At the end of the day which arrondissement to stay in Paris is a very personal decision, and you should book a hotel in Paris based on what is important to you.
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