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Where to Stay in Paris, France: A Hotel & Arrondissement Guide

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Paris is the city of love. It’s a great location to visit whether you’re on your honeymoon, a friends trip, or even a solo trip! It’s a huge city, meaning there are endless areas to stay in and even more hotels to choose from. In this guide, I’ll tell you everything you need to know about the best hotels and where to stay in Paris. Plus, some of the hotels are near the Eiffel Tower and even have that classic Eiffel Tower view! Talk about a bucket list item!!

Paris Arrondissements
Adorable arrondissements map courtesy of Trip Savvy

Best Neighborhoods to Stay in Paris

Location, location, location! I firmly believe that the #1 most important thing to do when you’re looking for a hotel anywhere is to find the most ideal location. Being within walking distance of shops, restaurants, metro stations, and such will make your stay in any city a thousand times better. Paris is separated into little neighborhoods called arrondissements, so that’s how I will be breaking up the places to stay!

The Louvre – 1st Arrondissement

Within walking distance of the Louvre and the Palais-Royal, the 1st Arrondissement is an ideal place to stay on the right bank in Paris. Hotels in this area tend to be pricier because you’re right in the center of all the action. The 1st is also home to the Jardin des Tuileries and lots of shopping.

  • Westin Paris Vendôme ($$$) – This is where I stayed while in Paris. The hotel was gorgeous and in a perfect location. There’s also a beautiful indoor courtyard-turned-bar that makes for a perfect spot to have a night cap.
  • Hotel Du Louvre ($$$) – The famous Hotel Du Louvre (currently managed by Hyatt) is located here and is one of Paris’ most charming hotels.
  • Mandarin Oriental Paris ($$$$) – One of Paris’ most luxurious hotels, garnished with Asian-inspired accents, true to the Mandarin Oriental brand.
  • Melia Paris Vendôme ($$) – The Melia is a great, more reasonably priced 4-star option for the 1st arrondissement.
woman touching the top of the louvre pyramid in paris france
Sorry, I couldn’t help myself!!

Just North of the Louvre – 2nd Arrondissement

Just north of the 1st arrondissement is the 2nd arrondissement. While you’ll still find expensive hotels in this area, you’ll save a little bit of money by not being on top of the Louvre. However, you’re still close enough to walk very easily to everything you’re close to in the 1st.

  • Hotel Edouard VII ($$$) – This hotel is one of my absolute favorites in Paris. It’s in a great location, just a 10-minute walk to the Louvre.
  • Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme ($$$$) – Park Hyatt’s are classic, beautiful hotels and this one in Paris is no exception.
  • Hotel Square Louvois ($$) – This is a modern boutique hotel in the heart of the 2nd arrondissement. It has a really unique indoor pool area too to cool you off during hot Parisian days.
woman leaning against building

Eiffel Tower – 7th Arrondissement

Another great location to stay is in the 7th arrondissement, on the left bank right near the Eiffel Tower. Not only are you within walking distance of the most iconic landmark in Paris, but the proximity to the Eiffel Tower means a lot of hotels in this area have that classic Eiffel Tower view from some of the rooms.

  • Le Narcisse Blanc ($$$) – This hotel is absolutely stunning, with a clean white design throughout. It has extra amenities like a spa and a pool for hotel guests.
  • Le Cinq Codet ($$) – A beautiful, contemporary 5-star hotel for an excellent price.
  • Hotel Vaneau Saint-Germain ($) – This hotel is a really reasonably priced and charming boutique hotel right near the Eiffel Tower.
woman standing on cobblestone street in neighborhood overlooking the eiffel tower in paris france

Champs Elysées – 8th Arrondissement

The 8th Arrondissement is home to the famous Champs Elysées, dubbed “the world’s most beautiful avenue.” If you’re a die-hard shopping addict, this is the place you want to stay! There are endless shops and restaurants along this avenue that leads up to the beautiful Arc de Triomphe.

  • Four Seasons Hotel George V ($$$$) – The Four Seasons has it loyal fans and they’ll know why it’s a recommendation. Simply put, it’s a Four Seasons. While it’s hard to go wrong with a Four Seasons, you definitely have to pay for it!
  • Hotel Château Frontenac ($$$) – A great 4-star elegant hotel option near the Champs Elysées. Plus, it has rooms with an Eiffel Tower view (no need to upgrade to a suite)!
  • Hotel Beauchamps ($) – This hotel is really reasonably priced and right off the Champs Elysées!
woman wearing red beret in front of the arc de triomphe in paris france

Trocadéro Gardens – 16th Arrondissement

I wouldn’t normally call out the 16th arrondissement, but I want to for two very specific reasons. The 16th is home to Trocadero Gardens which is the home of one of the most beautiful views of the Eiffel Tower in the whole city. Additionally, there are three absolutely stunning hotels I can’t go without mentioning.

  • Shangri-La Paris ($$$$) – The Shangri-La Paris is one of those hotels you put on your bucket list to make sure you stay at least 1 night at some point in your life. It has one of the best views of the Eiffel Tower and is just completely luxurious.
  • The Peninsula Paris ($$$$) – Another luxurious and chic hotel option with an excellent view of the Eiffel Tower.
  • Sofitel Baltimore Paris Tour Eiffel ($$$) – The Sofitel is a beautiful 5-star hotel at a less painful price tag compared to the other two hotels mentioned, still with that Eiffel Tower view.
woman walking down stairs in front of the eiffel tower in paris france

Montmartre & Sacré-Cœur – 18th Arrondissement

Montmartre is an quaint area in Paris and one of my favorites. It takes you out of the rush of central Paris into a more neighborhood-like feel. Since Montmartre is out of the city center, you’ll also save quite a bit of money by staying here. This area is full of cute cafes and is the home of Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge. I would probably choose to stay in Montmartre if I was staying in Paris for more than a few days because it’d make me feel more like a local.

woman looking over railing into city

There you have it! These are my top recommended neighborhoods and hotels to stay in while visiting Paris. My top 3 arrondissements are probably the 1st, 2nd, and 7th, just due to their proximity to everything! All you have to do now is think about what neighborhood will fit you best based on how you travel and what you like to get out of a place to stay, and voilà! Let me know if you use any of my recommendations!

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Friday 9th of July 2021

Great article with lots of good tips for first time visitors to my favorite city! I'd like to suggest an area that you seem to have overlooked, and the one that we've settled on after 3 dozen trips to Paris--the 5th! We've stayed in nearly every arrondissement, but our heart keeps taking us back to the Latin Quarter. It's more affordable and is near many top sights--Luxembourg Garden, the Pantheon, Notre Dame, the Cluny, Shakespeare & Co., Jardin des Plantes, rue Mouffetard, etc. As long as you stay away from the uber-touristy bits directly across from Notre Dame, you find some beautiful quiet neighborhoods with all the cafes, boulangeries, and cute shops you want, plus parks, great street markets (Place Maubert and Place Monge!), and if you pick a good street, you're an easy walk to the Seine for gorgeous evening strolls. The most perfect spot for transportation in the 5th is near Place Monge, because 2 major metro lines intersect there--one goes directly to the Right Bank, and one runs all along the Left Bank, so it's so easy to get anywhere in Paris on the metro without a bunch of transfers. We love the Hotel Monge (https://bit.ly/3xQSU5T), and Guest Apartment Services "Alyssum" apartment rental. Both are just a few steps from the metro, cafes, boulangeries, wine shops, etc. The apartment is managed by a wonderful team who totally spoil you.


Tuesday 13th of July 2021

So many great recommendations!!! Thank you so much!