You’ve just booked your flight for your trip to Paris – congratulations! You are going to love the City of Lights. But where to stay in Paris on your first time to France? There are a lot of options! Before we get into the best arrondissements and hotels to stay in Paris for first time visitors, there are a few good things to know.
The Arrondissement System
If you’re not suuuuuper familiar with the arrondissement system in Paris, basically, an arrondissement is a neighborhood or district of Paris. There are 20 of them in the city.
The first arrondissement starts in the middle of the city, and the arrondissements extend out in a spiral around the city, with the 12-20th lining the perimeter of the city.
Each arrondissement has a different feel and a different vibe. Some of the arrondissements even have their own names, such as Le Marais, the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain, or Montmartre.
While none of the 20 arrondissements are bad options, there are some definite advantages to staying in different locations, as you are closer to different metro lines or attractions, or the neighborhood is a little cheaper, or it’s in the most central location.
Why I Recommend the Spots That I Recommend:
Generally, I would recommend staying in the inner circle of arrondissements when visiting Paris for the first time (or even on a subsequent visit!), and not going with the outlying arrondissements.
While there’s nothing inherently wrong with staying in these neighborhoods of Paris, I just think that it’s worth staying closer to most attractions and points of interest.
Also, I personally enjoy being within walking distance of at least a few things to see in Paris, and being on a convenient metro line that will easily take me to other areas around Paris.
If you stay farther out, you aren’t within easy walking distance to anything and you can spend a lot more time on the metro.
When deciding where to stay, its worth considering where you want to go and what you want to see in Paris when deciding what arrondissement to stay in. (For example, if you really want to spend a lot of time in the village of Montmartre, then staying in Montmartre makes a lot of sense, etc).
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Best Arrondissements to Stay in Paris For First Time Visitors
Let’s get into some arrondissements and hotel recommendations!
I’ve visited Paris on 6 different occasions, have stayed in many of these arrondissements, and explored them all — these are all my best picks!
To start, here’s a handy map of the different arrondissements in Paris that we’ll discuss below, with the locations of my recommended hotels noted:
1. The 1st Arrondissement
The first arrondissement is right in the center of Paris, with attractions like the Louvre, the Jardin de Tuileries, Palais Royale, and Place Vendome.
This is a fantastic, centrally located arrondissement (you really can’t get any more central than this!), right next to some main attractions of Paris.
It’s a really beautiful area, with some of the most gorgeous buildings and hotels in Paris.
This is also one of the most convenient areas to be on as far as metro access goes. Metro line 1 runs from the Arc de Triomphe straight through this arrondissement and beyond (essentially following the line of the river) – hitting many main tourist attractions and providing some really easy and convenient transfer points to other areas of the city.
Of course, being in a central and popular location does come at a cost – generally hotels are a bit more expensive in this arrondissement, and this area does see a lot of tourism.
Best Places to Stay in the 1st Arrondissement of Paris:
✔️Hôtel Lion d’Or Louvre (Budget)
With exposed beams and stone in the rooms, this spot brings the character. It’s just a few blocks from the Louvre entrance and one block from the Tuileries gardens, with close metro access. It’s near all the action, but tucked away on a quieter side street.
✔️Hôtel Le Relais des Halles (Mid-Range)
With beautiful, individually decorated rooms, attention to detail, and a cool, stone breakfast room, this hotel gives you a relaxing retreat in Paris.
Located on a pedestrian side street near the Les Halles, you’ll be extremely close to one of the biggest metro stations in the city (including the RER that goes to the airport). You’ll also be within walking distance to many attractions, including Rue Montorgueil, a delightful pedestrian market street lined with interesting shops and cafes.
✔️Hôtel du Louvre (Luxury)
Located in one of the most convenient and upscale locations in Paris, right across from the Louvre and just off the Rue de Rivoli, this hotel delivers in location, views, service, and convenience.
I particularly love the views down the street towards the Opera Garnier (one of my favorite buildings in Paris), the light and airy rooms, and the absolutely dreamy bathrooms.
Best Vacation Rentals in the 1st Arrondissement:
- ($) Louvre Studio with Mezzanine:
- ($$) Artisan Style Apartment in Paris
- ($$$) Apartment with Breaktaking View of the Louvre
2. Le Marais (The 3rd+4th Arrondissement)
Part of the 3rd and all of the 4th arrondissement make up Le Marais, plus Paris’ two islands: Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint Louis. Notable attractions in the Marais include Hotel de Ville (city hall), the Centre Pompidou, Notre Dame, Sainte Chappelle, the Marché aux Fleurs, Place de la Bastille, and Place des Vosges.
The Marais is well-known for being the gay district in Paris, and for being a young, hip, and trendy area of Paris, with contemporary art galleries, up and coming boutiques, cobblestoned streets, and a bohemian vibe. You can also find a lot of thrift stores in the Marais.
Like the 1st arrondissement, metro line 1 cuts through the middle of the 4th arrondissement, making it a convenient access point to many main attractions.
➡️The 3rd + 4th are the best arrondissements to stay in Paris if you want a particularly LGBTQ+ friendly area, or if you want to stay in an area that is very central and trendy, while not being right smack dab in the middle of the biggest tourist attractions.
Where to Stay in the 4th Arrondissement of Paris
If this sounds like the spot for you, check out these hotel recommendations for the Marais:
✔️Hotel Bastille Speria (Budget)
This hotel is just around the corner from the Place de la Bastille, which in and of itself is not a major tourist attraction, but gives excellent jumping off point for the rest of Paris. The metro “Bastille” is connected to several metro lines, including line 1, which takes you to the Louvre, Tuileries, Place de la Concorde, Champs Elysees, and Arc de Triomphe.
The hotel is within walking distance of the Place des Vosges and one of my favorite markets in Paris – Marché d’Aligre. The hotel rooms are extremely nice and comfortable.
✔️Hotel Saint-Louis en L’Isle (Mid-Range)
This hotel is situated on the smaller of Paris’s two islands: Isle Saint-Louis! This island is a super charming and quaint little area of Paris, and quite literally in the heart of Paris. The wooden beams add character and the river and bridges are just a few steps from the hotel.
✔️Goralska Résidences Hôtel Paris Bastille (Luxury)
This hotel offers spacious suites (including a little kitchen and living area), as well as a fitness center (not at all common in Paris). The rooms have a beautiful view right over the Seine and are clean and modern. The property is just a short walk to the Bastille metro, where you can easily get around Paris.
3. The Latin Quarter (aka The 5th Arrondissement)
The 5th arrondissement is known as the Latin Quarter, and is a very well-known and sought after arrondissement in Paris. This neighborhood is the oldest in Paris, and even has some ruins from Roman times!
The Latin Quarter got its name from the high concentration of universities and research centers in the area. (University students commonly spoke in Latin back in the day.)
In this area, you’ll find the Pantheon, the Jardin des Plantes, the Sorbonne University and the University of Paris, and the famous Boulevard Saint Michel and Boulevard Saint Germain.
➡️This is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris if you want to explore narrow, historic, winding streets and be in the trendy left bank neighborhood.
Best Places to Stay in the 5th Arrondissement:
✔️Hôtel du College de France (Budget)
A charming hotel in a charming area of Paris. This hotel is located just off of Boulevard Saint-Germain, one of the main streets that cuts through the Latin Quarter.
It’s less than a 10 minute walk to the Seine and Notre Dame, or 10 minutes to the lovely Jardin de Luxembourg or the Pantheon, a perfect location for exploring the Latin Quarter.
✔️ Hôtel Henri IV Rive Gauche (Mid-Range)
This boutique hotel is in a lively area of the 5th arrondissement, extremely close to the main Latin Quarter boulevards and the river.
Some rooms have views overlooking the church and you may be able to see the top of the Eiffel Tower from your window. Rooms are clean, updated, and have a minibar, and staff is very helpful.
✔️Residence Henri IV (Luxury)
Squarely in the heart of the Latin Quarter, and just around the corner from the Pantheon, this hotel is located in a historic building with a ton of historic details and artful room layouts. I particularly love the four poster beds, the frame molding on the walls, and the decorations on the ceiling!
4. Saint Germain (The 6th Arrondissement)
The 6th arrondissement (also known as Saint Germain) is particularly known for being a hotspot for intellectuals. It is home to the famous Cafe de Flore and Les Deux Magots cafes, where philosophers, writers, and artists such as Picasso, Hemingway, Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir hung out and discussed ideas.
You’ll also find the Jardin de Luxembourg, as well as a whole host of churches, such as Saint-Germain-des-Pres and Saint-Sulpice in the 6th arrondissement. This is just a great left bank district and one of the most well-known arrondissements to stay in Paris.
Best Places to Stay in the 6th Arrondissement of Paris:
✔️Hotel Clément (Budget)
This hotel is a great value in Paris – offering clean, comfortable rooms that each have unique decorations and wallpaper, and the option for breakfast in your room. You’re less than a 10 minute walk from both the Seine and the Jardin de Luxembourg, and right next to Boulevard Saint Germain, which has a lot of cafes and restaurants nearby!
✔️Hotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche (Mid-Range)
This hotel has clean and updated rooms, with a mini-fridge, very friendly staff. ,and a stone-enclosed breakfast room. The hotel is really close to an RER B stop (which takes you directly to the CDG airport). You are also within walking distance to the Jardin de Luxembourg!
✔️Hôtel Vinci Due & Spa (Mid-Range)
This hotel is a “bonus” option – it’s technically in the 7th arrondissement, but its just a block away from the 6th and has more of the vibe of the 6th. It’s a really fun hotel with an amazing location, so I had to include it!
One of my favorite things to do in Paris is stroll along the Seine, and this hotel is literally a block away from one of the most beautiful stretches of the river. It’s right across from the Louvre and Tuileries gardens, and close to the Musee d’Orsay. And the hotel is unique for Paris in that it has a spa on site.
The decor around the hotel is all a nod to Leonardo da Vinci – making this a great option across the board.
✔️Hotel Odeon Saint-Germain (Luxury)
The rooms in this hotel really feel elegant, with the heavy fabrics, stone walls, exposed beams, marble bathrooms, minibar, and well-decorated rooms. Enjoy close proximity to the Jardin de Luxembourg, the metro station, the Blvd Saint-Germain with its cafes and restaurants, and Notre Dame.
5. The 7th Arrondissement (plus a tiny part of the 16th)
The 7th arrondissement is home to a hidden gem of Paris – a small monument known as the Eiffel Tower. Ok, all kidding aside, this neighborhood is a beautiful area of Paris, but can also be a tourist-heavy one. This doesn’t mean you shouldn’t stay here, though. It really is a beautiful area and you are conveniently located to several other great locations.
Other notable attractions in this area include the Musée d’Orsay, the Hotel des Invalides, the Pont Alexandre III, the Musée Rodin, and the Champs de Mars.
The Seine runs right next to the Eiffel Tower, and the opposite side of the river is the 16th arrondissement. The part of the 16th closer to the Eiffel Tower is also a good area to stay, as it shares many of the same advantages of the 7th.
➡️This is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris if you want to have easy access to the most famous monument in the world (it’s easy to pop over and watch the lights at night if you’re just next door!)
Best Places to Stay in the 7th arrondissement of Paris:
✔️Elysées Union (Budget)
This hotel is set right between the Trocadero platform and the Arc de Triomphe, making it an easy 10-15 minute walk to reach both of these iconic Parisian landmarks. The best part of the Elysees Union, though, is the Eiffel Tower views you get from some of the rooms.
The interior courtyard is a nice added perk, and if you are traveling with family, they do offer a 2 bedroom apartment room option.
✔️Hôtel de la Bourdonnais (Mid-Range)
This hotel is located just a block over from the Champs de Mars and Eiffel Tower, on a lovely and beautiful street. Rooms are decorated in a warm and cozy manner, with some rooms having Eiffel Tower views from the window! There is an on-site cocktail bar, and staff are particularly helpful here.
✔️Hôtel Le Walt (Luxury)
Located on Avenue de la Motte-Picquet, you are kitty corner and just a minute’s walk from the Champ de Mars the greenspace that leads up to the Eiffel Tower. If you are interested in close access to the Iron Lady, this is a perfect hotel for you. Additionally, some rooms have Eiffel Tower views, and the room decor is lovely.
6. 8th Arrondissement
Truth be told, this is one of my very favorite arrondissements to stay in or visit in Paris. The 8th and 17th are really nice, upscale neighborhoods, with gorgeous Haussmanian architecture and some lovely parks.
The 8th arrondissement includes the Arc de Triomphe, the Champs Elysées, the Place de la Concorde, and Parc Monceau. Metro line 1 cuts through the Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees, and the Saint Lazare train station is also in the 8th arrondissement, which all provide easy access to other spots in Paris and beyond.
➡️This is a great arrondissement to stay in Paris if you want to stay in neighborhoods with beautiful architecture, and a lot of places that are a little bit more residential (once you get off of the Champs Elysees line).
Best Places to Stay in Paris in the 8th Arrondissement:
✔️L’Ouest Hotel (Budget)
This hotel really delivers in location for both taking the metro and walking around! It sits right around the corner from the Saint Lazare station. Many metro lines (and a train line) run through this station, which makes it really convenient to get around.
If you’d rather walk, it’s only 10-20 minutes from Montmartre, the Opera Garnier, the Champs Elysees, Parc Monceau, and the Arc de Triomphe! Rooms are nicely furnished, modern, and clean, with hardwood floors.
✔️Elysées Ceramic (Mid-Range)
This hotel sits just a little bit north of the Arc de Triomphe – you can actually see a nice view of it out some of the windows of the hotel! Rooms are tastefully decorated and have a minibar. There’s a cute little garden courtyard for taking breakfast, and the street view facade of the building is done in a cool art nouveau style, which is unique for Paris.
✔️Hôtel Lancaster Paris Champs-Elysées (Luxury)
This hotel is an absolute dream. It’s located right off the upscale Champs Elysees, a fashionable avenue for shopping and people-watching, which is also a really convenient location for getting around.
The hotel itself has so many classic and beautiful French architectural details, including fireplaces in the rooms, hardwood floors, and ceiling medallions. It’s a charmingly luxurious respite in the city!
7. Montmartre (The 18th Arrondissement)
This arrondissement encompases the “village” of Montmartre, a well known neighborhood which includes Sacre Coeur, the Moulin Rouge, the Wall of I Love You, and other sites (e.g. Place du Tertres, the stairs of Montmartre, etc).
Montmartre has quite a big fan club as the neighborhood does have a distinct feel and a very bohemian history. There are a lot of fun spots to explore in Montmartre and a lot of cute and delicious cafes and restaurants in the area.
Note that the red light district of Paris extends along Boulevard de Clichy, which is the southern border of the 18th arrondissement, and is the boulevard where many of the metro stations are. While it is not an unsafe area per se, the whole boulevard is essentially one long sex shop, so if that’s not your jam, just head north or south right away instead of walking along the boulevard.
➡️Montmartre is the best arrondissement to stay in Paris if you like that village feel within a big city, and an area with lots of cute restaurants and cafes.
Best Hotels in the 18th Arrondissement:
✔️Hotel du Beaumont (Budget)
I love the exposed stone walls in this hotel and decor and furnishings throughout the property – it really feels more expensive than it is! The hotel is very conveniently located just a one minute walk (if that!) to a metro station and literally right around the corner from the Moulin Rouge.
✔️Hôtel Monsieur Aristide (Mid-Range)
The Aristide is a newer boutique hotel, and they really show attention to detail with the furnishings around the property. The garden terrace is delightful, with the greenery and vines. The streets right by the hotel are filled with cafes, bakeries, and chocolate shops, making it a great place to hang out.
✔️Terrass Hotel (Luxury)
The Terrass Hotel really makes use of being on the hill of Montmartre, as the views over Paris from the guest rooms and the rooftop terrace are truly spectacular. Some rooms even have an Eiffel Tower view!
The hotel lobby is done in a trendy, modern style, and the location is great – just off of Rue Lepic, one of my favorite streets in Montmartre, and a 10 minute walk from Sacré Coeur.
A Breakdown of Hotels By Category
To help categorize all the recommended hotels another way and help you sort based on what is important to you, I made this list! A few notes about the list:
➡️Not every hotel recommended above is on this list, but I still think every hotel recommendation is very solid! Just not every one neatly fit into one of these categories below.
➡️ The best hotels for runners are ones that are located near a greenspace or along the river. Now, you really can jog on any of the streets in Paris – you see people doing that a lot. But Parisiens love going to the parks for running, and I think you will too!
➡️The best hotels for families are ones that have rooms with extra beds in them.
- Best Hotels for Runners: Hôtel La Bourdonnais, Hotel Le Walt, Hotel Da Vinci, Hotel Saint Paul Rive Gauche, Hôtel Odéon Saint Germain, Hotel le Clement, Hôtel Saint-Louis en l’Isle, Goralska Résidences Hôtel, Hotel du Louvre, Hotel Lion d’Or Louvre
- Best Hotels in the LGBTQ Quarter: Hotel Bastille Speria, Goralska Résidences Hôtel
- Most Inexpensive Hotels: L’Ouest Hotel, Hotel du Beaumont
- Most Beautiful Hotels: Hôtel Lancaster Paris Champs-Elysées, Hôtel du Louvre
- Hotels Right Along the Seine: Goralska Résidences Hôtel Paris Bastille, Hotel da Vinci Due & Spa, Hotel Saint-Louis en L’Isle
- Hotel on the Island: Hotel Saint-Louis en L’Isle
- Hotels With an Eiffel Tower View: Elysées Union, Hôtel de la Bourdonnais, Hôtel Le Walt, Terrass Hotel
- Best Hotels for Families: Hôtel Monsieur Aristide, Hotel Lancaster, Elysees Ceramic, Elysees Union, Hotel Clement, Hôtel Vinci Due & Spa, Hôtel Le Relais des Halles, Hôtel du Lion d’Or Louvre
- Hotels With an On-Site Fitness Center: Goralska Résidences Hôtel Paris Bastille
- Hotels With an On-Site Spa: Hôtel Vinci Due & Spa, Hotel Residence Henri IV
- Closest Hotels to the:
Other Important Things to Know When Considering Where to Stay in Paris
When to Book Your Hotel for Paris
Paris is, of course, a popular destination, and so I would highly recommend you book your accommodations as soon as possible. Hotels really can get booked up many months in advance, particularly if you are traveling between April through October, or December.
Book early so you can get your top choice for where you want to stay in Paris!
A Few Important Notes About Hotels in Paris
➡️Generally speaking, hotel rooms in France are much smaller (we’ll just call it cozier) than hotel rooms in the United States. Because these are old buildings, the rooms are just a bit tighter and there is definitely less floorspace. This is just something to be aware of!
➡️Expect elevators to also be very tiny – and not all places have elevators. I actually really love the teeny tiny elevators in France – they’re such a novelty!
➡️On the same note, almost no hotels offer free breakfast. Almost every hotel will offer breakfast, but it costs extra. We rarely pay for the hotel breakfast, preferring instead to grab some pastries from the closest boulangerie as we start our day.
The river Seine cuts through Paris, dividing it pretty neatly in half. Sometimes different areas of Paris will be referred to as the right bank or the left bank of Paris – referring to what side of the river you are on. The left bank is south of the river, and the right bank is north of the river.
Metro System in Paris
Paris has an exceptionally well-designed metro system – no matter where you stay, you are only minutes from a metro stop, which you can take to get around the city.
A single metro ticket costs 1.90 euro, and a bundle, or carnet, of 10 tickets costs you 18.60 euro. We usually use anywhere from 3-5 metro tickets per person per day, so if you are staying longer than a day, it’s worth buying a carnet.
Don’t Forget Travel Insurance
Securing some travel insurance is an important part of prepping for any international trip – you never know when something might happen, and your regular insurance generally won’t cover you overseas. Costs for a medical emergency on vacation can add up extremely fast, so it’s just better to be safe than sorry. (If covid has taught me anything, it’s that you never know what could happen!)
I like booking insurance at Insure My Trip, as they offer a variety of plans with different coverages to choose from, so you can find the right option for you. Plus, they have great customer support if you need help before, during, or after your trip.
Final Thoughts on the Best Arrondissements to Stay in Paris
That’s a wrap on what I consider to be the best neighborhoods in Paris to stay in! If you are going to Paris for the first time, you are really in for a treat, and staying in one of these recommended hotels in one of these recommended arrondissements will only enhance your experience. Bon voyage!
Check out my other Paris articles:
- A 3 Day, 5 Day, or 7 Day Paris Itinerary
- How to Have the Perfect Picnic in Paris
- 13 Favorite Parks and Gardens in Paris