Known the world over as the city of love, Paris is an enchanting destination that offers more than its fair share of things to see, do and experience. Divided into 20 separate administrative districts, known as arrondissements, it’s hard to know what each slice of the city has to offer and where you should rest your head after a long day exploring.
From simple budget digs to luxurious 5 star stays, there are plenty of great accommodation options scattered throughout the streets of Paris. Here are our top picks on where to stay in Paris:
Situated in the heart of the old city of Paris on the right bank of the Seine, the 1st Arrondissement is located within walking distance of some of the city’s popular tourist destinations, as well as a wide range of eateries. Make your way through streets lined with historic buildings to discover iconic destinations such as the Louvre, the landscaped gardens of the Jardins des Tuileries and the grand Palais-Royal. Spend the night surrounded by the opulent decor of 5 star Le Meurice or opt for the slightly less extravagant lodgings offered by Hotel Regina.
Home to the towering Notre Dame Cathedral, the gothic styled St Chapelle Cathedral and the exquisitely designed Place des Vosges, the 4th Arrondissement sets visitors firmly within the Paris’ medieval centre. Oozing with Parisian charm, the district also features quaint streets, eclectic boutiques and more than its fair share of cafes. Position yourself in a great location for exploring the district and all it has to offer with a stay at Hotel Caron or prepare for the day ahead in one of Hotel Duo’s contemporary-styled suites.
Positioned just a stone’s throw away from the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Musee d’Orsay and plenty of other museums, parks and monuments, the 7th Arrondissement is the place to head for the quintessential Parisian experience. Complete with winding cobblestone streets, this area is home to some of Paris’ elite, including fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld. Feel right at home with the four star offerings of K&K Hotel Cayre and Le Tourville Eiffel. Conveniently located close to some of the city’s most popular attractions, you’ll and rejoice in their central location after a long day of sightseeing.
Close to the Champs- Elysée, the Arc de Triomphe, and many of the city’s top fashion houses, including Givenchy, Fendi and Christian Dior, a stay in the 8th Arrondissement places you firmly in the middle of Paris’ iconic glitz, glamour and elegance. Filled with cosmopolitan dining and drinking spots, as well as the who’s who of Parisian society, a stay in this district is quite pricy, but well worth the convenience it affords. Settle in for the night at one of the arrondissement’s luxury 5 star stays, including Le Bristol, Four Seasons George V and Hotel Napoleon, and relax surrounded by the grandeur and extravagance the area has come to be known for.
Found on the Seine’s right bank, the 11th Arrondissement has earned a reputation as a edgy, young and fun district. Home to a vibrant nightlife and abundance of restaurants, cafes, bars and galleries, there’s plenty to see, do and explore throughout its streets. Less expensive than some of Paris’ other arrondissements, the district is also considered to be quite safe. Fitted out with modern furnishings and welcoming colour palates, the Best Western Marais Bastille and the Crowne Plaza Paris Republique are amongst the area’s popular accommodation options.
Boasting a lively outdoor market scene, this trendy district houses attractions including the Opera de la Bastille and the expansive gardens of Parc de Bercy, as well as a range of restaurants and shops. Further away from Paris’ major tourist attractions, the city’s 12th Arrondissement also offers a wide range of affordable accommodation options, from hostels and hotels to apartment rentals. Rest up in style at the Novotel Paris Gare de Lyon or the Novotel Paris Bercy and find yourself centrally located with all the perks that accompany four star accommodation.