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Where to Stay in Paris: Best Neighbourhoods for Sightseeing & Hotels

Paris has long been known for its fairy-tale magic. It’s those eternal Parisian moments, from strolling along the Seine after midnight to browsing antiques and pairing escargot with live accordion music that gives us everlasting holiday memories in Paris. However, these experiences are much easier to find if you know where to stay.

With over 400 million annual visitors to HotelsCombined, we’ve discovered the most popular neighbourhoods and hotels for experiencing the best of Paris. Want to tick off Paris’ biggest attractions? Prefer to delve deep into local life and culture? We know exactly where you need to stay.

1st Arrondissement

Why You Should Stay in the 1st Arrondissement

One of the city’s oldest neighbourhoods, the 1st Arrondissement boasts some of the most famous attractions in Paris, from the Louvre and Palais-Royal to the 16th-century Tuileries Garden and Théâtre du Châtelet. It’s also a fantastic place for shopping, home to designer boutiques and unique jewellers along Rue Saint Honoré and in Les Halles shopping district.

Must-Do 1st Arrondissement Experiences

  • Admiring the Mona Lisa and other incredible artwork at the Louvre Museum.
  • Drinking in the former haunt of writer Ernest Hemingway at Bar Hemingway.
  • Browsing international fashion chains in the underground mall at Les Halles.

Top Hotels in the 1st Arrondissement

Nolinski Paris

Nolinski Paris bedroom

HotelsCombined visitors rave about the indoor pool at Nolinski Paris, which embodies French flair and elegance with its mood lighting and mirrored wall. It’s part of the on-site Spa Nolinski by La Colline, where you can indulge in pampering treatments and massages. This 5-star hotel also boasts numerous dining options, such as the REJ delicatessen and Brasserie Réjane.

Enjoy opulent rooms and suites at Nolinski Paris, which have contemporary furnishings, rich natural finishes and large sunlit windows. The Deluxe Room offers views of the Avenue de l’Opéra, while the Junior Suite has custom-made furniture, a separate living room and a bath.

Nearby Attractions

  • Le Palais Royal (350 metres)
  • Tuileries Garden (800 metres)
  • Louvre Museum (450 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 444 – USD 738
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 16 Avenue De l’Opera, 1st arrondissement – Louvre, Paris, France

Mandarin Oriental Paris

Mandarin Oriental Paris bedroomInspired by France’s fashion and art cultures, Mandarin Oriental Paris expertly combines classic elegance with contemporary comforts. The Art Deco rooms and suites include the spacious Superior Room with a king-size bed, silk bedspread and Rue Saint-Honoré views. Splurge on the Deluxe Suite for a deep-soaking bath and garden views or go all out in the Penthouse with a kitchen and two terraces overlooking Paris.

Dine on gourmet French cuisine at the on-site Sur Mesure par Thierry Marx restaurant or sip cocktails at Bar 8. You can also purchase sweets from the Cake Shop or enjoy indulgent treatments at the opulent Spa at Mandarin Oriental. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Champs-Élysées Garden (650 metres)
  • Louvre Museum (950 metres)
  • Théâtre du Palais-Royal (1.1 kilometres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 871 – USD 1,415
Guest Rating: 9.7
Address: 251 Rue Saint-Honore, Place Vendome Square, Paris, France

Hotel Location

Ile Saint-Louis

Why You Should Stay in Ile Saint-Louis

Ile Saint-Louis is a natural island in Paris on the Seine river, providing a peaceful sanctuary of narrow, cobbled streets, beautiful street art and quaint gelato shops. This charming neighbourhood transports you away from typical tourist crowds into an art-filled village with 17th-century architecture, lined with family-run cheese shops and a handful of cultural attractions.

Must-Do Ile Saint-Louis Experiences

  • Catching a live music performance, such as pianists, classical music or violins, at Théâtre de l’Île-Saint-Louis.
  • Dining on delicious French cuisine along Rue des Deux Ponts at L’Îlot Vache, Les Fous de L’Ile or Le Louis IX.
  • Picnicking with gourmet cheese and French wine while admiring views of the Seine at Square Barye park.

Top Hotels in Ile Saint-Louis

Hotel du Jeu De Paume

Hotel du Jeu De Paume bedroomHotel du Jeu De Paume is situated on the site of the last 17th-century royal tennis court in Paris and is housed inside a historic building with 300-year-old beams and stonework. This atmospheric hotel complements its everlasting history with warm and cosy furnishings in its lounge bar and vaulted-ceiling breakfast restaurant. It also features a fitness centre with hammam, sauna and massage bed.

With only 30 rooms, the hotel offers an intimate embrace, whether you’re staying in the no-fuss Single Room or finely-appointed Double Superior Room with marble bathroom and small patio. You can also splurge on the Chambre Septième Ciel for a spiral staircase entry and a king-size bed. 

Nearby Attractions

  • L’Îlot Vache French restaurant (45 metres)
  • Théâtre de l’Île-Saint-Louis (140 metres)
  • Galerie En L’Isle (85 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 182 – USD 531
Guest Rating: 9.1
Address: 54 Rue Saint Louis En L’Ile, Notre Dame, Paris, France

Hotel Saint-Louis en I’Isle

Hotel Saint-Louis en l'Isle bedroomStay in authentic Parisian accommodation at Hotel Saint-Louis en I’Isle, where the charming rooms feature stone, terracotta and oak finishes, along with flat-screen TVs, complimentary Wi-Fi and mini bars. The Single Room features a comfortable double bed, while the Deluxe Double Room boasts a queen-size bed and extra space. Families or groups can opt for the Triple Room with balcony views over Paris.

Treat yourself to a sumptuous on-site breakfast of juice, pastries, salad, eggs and deli meats and cheeses or visit in the afternoon to lounge with a tea or coffee. You also have access to convenient airport shuttles and babysitting services. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Notre-Dame de Paris (450 metres)
  • Museum of Magic (700 metres)
  • Berthillon Glacier gelato shop (210 metres) 

Star Rating: 3*
Price: USD 241 – USD 302
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 75 Rue Saint-Louis en L’ile, Notre Dame, Paris, France

Hotel Location

Le Marais

Why You Should Stay in Le Marais

Le Marais is renowned for its surplus of Parisian history, from ancient churches and historic hotels to enthralling museums and cobbled laneways. Le Marais promotes getting “lost” among its manicured gardens, centuries-old buildings and French restaurants. Along with the oldest covered market in Paris, Le Marais is home to performance venues and riverfront parks.

Must-Do Le Marais Experiences

  • Browsing a bounty of fresh fruit, vegetables, flowers and bread at the Marché des Enfants Rouges, Paris’ oldest covered market.
  • Admiring over 5,000 incredible works by Pablo Picasso in a 17th-century building at Picasso National Museum.
  • Dining or drinking at chic cafes around Place de la Bastille, a historic square where the Bastille prison once stood.

Top Hotels in Le Marais

Le Pavillon de la Reine

Le Pavillon de la Reine bedroom

Le Pavillon de la Reine is a luxurious boutique hotel housed in a 17th-century building, built by King Henry IV. The hotel’s distinct historic facade reveals 56 elegant rooms and suites, all of which are individually designed, boasting exposed beams, antique furnishings, contemporary beds and in-room entertainment. The Classic Room is ideal for budget-conscious travellers, while the luxurious Prestige Junior Suite has a king-size bed, private patio and separate lounge.

Relax in the on-site Spa de la Reine by Codage before indulging in gourmet French fare at Restaurant Anne. You can also enjoy coffee or champagne on the hotel’s terrace or soak in the Jacuzzi. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Place des Vosges (90 metres)
  • Carnavalet Museum (290 metres)
  • Michel Rein art gallery (270 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 344 – USD 619
Guest Rating: 9.2
Address: 28 Place des Vosges, Le Marais, Paris, France

Hotel du Petit Moulin

Hotel du Petit Moulin bedroomHoused inside the building of Paris’ first bakery, Hotel du Petit Moulin retains its historic shopfront while offering boutique accommodation in one of the best neighbourhoods in Paris. The on-site bar is the perfect spot for an evening cocktail while listing to vinyls on the record player. You can also relax in leather sofas or enjoy a classic French breakfast each morning.

This intimate hotel has 16 rooms and one suite, which are all uniquely designed with different artwork, furnishings and styles. The Comfort, Superior and Deluxe rooms have cosy double beds, while the Junior Suite features a king-size bed, sofa bed, separate lounge area, exposed timber rafters and murals.

Nearby Attractions

  • Picasso National Museum (350 metres)
  • Le Mary Celeste oyster restaurant (240 metres)
  • Museum of Hunting and Nature (350 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 285 – USD 415
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 29-31 Rue Du Poitou, Le Marais, Paris, France

Hotel Location

Montmartre

Why You Should Stay in Montmartre

Part of the 18th arrondissement, Montmartre is renowned for its prominent hill and famous basilica. Forget about carrying a map here and simply stroll the cobbled streets as you encounter alfresco cafes, historic museums, intimate hillside parks and 19th-century performing arts venues. You might even stumble upon a cocktail bar or two.

Must-Do Montmartre Experiences

  • Seeing the domed white church, Sacré-Cœur, which features intricate mosaics and stained-glass windows.
  • Strolling past caricature artists, stall holders and local boutiques within the historic Quartier de Montmartre.
  • Soaking up panoramic Paris vistas while relaxing on the grass in Square Louise Michel park.

Top Hotels in Montmartre

Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour

Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour bedroom

Are you looking for budget-friendly Paris accommodation? Montmartre is one of the best areas for affordable Paris hotels while still enjoying the city’s alluring attractions and restaurants. Hotel Montmartre Mon Amour is no exception, boasting a love-themed design and uniquely decorated rooms with bright colours and contemporary furnishings.

These rooms range from the affordable Classic Room and bohemian Upper Room to the Deluxe Suite, which has wall coverings and artwork inspired by the 19th and 20th centuries. Indulge in a delicious breakfast in the hotel’s on-site restaurant, book an in-room massage or take advantage of the babysitting service.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Sacré-Cœur (190 metres)
  • Square Louise Michel park (350 metres)
  • Montmartre Museum (550 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 96 – USD 211
Guest Rating: 8.8
Address: 7 Rue Paul Albert, Clignancourt, Paris, France

Declic Hotel

Declic Hotel bedroomInspired by the art of photography, Declic Hotel offers boutique and memorable accommodation with its showcase of inspiring photography and art-inspired interior design. There are 18 unique rooms, including the other-worldly Deluxe Star Hunters Room with a night-sky fresco and galactical decor.

Alternatively, stay in one of the nine exquisite suites, all of which have individual designs, from circular beds and miniature photography galleries to sunlit windows and mirrored walls. Enjoy a range of convenient services during your stay, such as a sumptuous buffet breakfast each morning in the restaurant, which includes cold cuts, fresh fruit and savoury pastries.

Nearby Attractions

  • Le Funambule theatre (210 metres)
  • Cimetière Saint Vincent (400 metres)
  • Montmartre Museum (650 metres) 

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 99 – USD 178
Guest Rating: 8.6
Address: 17 Rue Duhesme, 18th arrondissement – Montmartre, Paris, France

Hotel Location

St-Germain-des-Pres

Why You Should Stay in St-Germain-des-Pres

St-Germain-des-Pres is a timeless neighbourhood that looks like it’s been taken straight out of a Hemingway or Wilde novel. In truth, St-Germain-des-Pres has attracted both of these famous writers, along with some of the world’s best artists. These days it lures in creative types with its bookstores, hidden boutiques, art museums and outdoor cafes.

Must-Do St-Germain-des-Pres Experiences

  • Exploring the works of painter Eugene Delacroix and other famous writers at the artist’s former home-turned-museum, Musee National Eugene Delacoix.
  • Catching some live jazz music at Chez Papa Jazz Club or dining al fresco at La Rhumerie.
  • Dancing salsa with locals at La Peña Saint Germain or visiting the site of Rene Descartes’ tomb at the 11th-century Église de Saint Germain des Prés.

Top Hotels in St-Germain-des-Pres

Bel-Ami Hotel

Bel-Ami Hotel bedroom

Enjoy contemporary opulence in the centre of St-Germain-des-Pres at Bel-Ami Hotel, where you’re treated to 5-star services such as private transfers, babysitters and expert concierges with incredible local knowledge. Head to the stylish Bel Ami Bar for cocktails and start your day at Les Mots Passants restaurant with its gourmet breakfasts.

Indulge in a personalised spa treatment by Carita, work out in the fully-equipped fitness centre or unwind in the sauna. The art-inspired rooms and suites offer modern appointments, such as oak furnishings in the Executive Room and comfortable lounges in the Saint Germain Suite.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Église de Saint Germain des Prés (160 metres)
  • Musée Eugene Delacroix (280 metres)
  • Chez Papa Jazz Club (50 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 301 – USD 649
Guest Rating: 8.9
Address: 7-11 Rue Saint Benoit, Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris, France

Hotel Lutetia Paris

Hotel Lutetia Paris bedroomThe iconic Hotel Lutetia Paris is situated on the Seine’s premier Left Bank and has been welcoming guests since 1910. Expect an authentic Parisian experience at this 5-star hotel, from the art nouveau architecture and peaceful patio dining to the French family-run Lutetia Brasserie. You can also grab cocktails and champagne at Bar Josephine or enjoy a healthy breakfast at L’Orangerie.

Visit the hotel’s Akasha Holistic Wellbeing Centre to enjoy its swimming pool, Jacuzzi, fitness room, sauna and steam room. You can also book a pampering spa treatment. Choose the perfect contemporary room for you, whether you want a balcony in the Deluxe Room or separate lounge with Paris views in the One Bedroom Suite. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Luxembourg Palace (1.1 kilometres)
  • Pierre Hermé pastry shop (550 metres)
  • Musée Maillol (450 metres)

Star Rating: 5*
Price: USD 716 – USD 1,100
Guest Rating: 8
Address: 5 Boulevard Raspail, 6th arrondissement – Saint-Germain-des-Pres, Paris, France

Hotel Location

Latin Quarter

Why You Should Stay in the Latin Quarter

Ideal for travellers seeking a lively and youthful atmosphere, the Latin Quarter boasts many of Paris’ notable universities. Its large student population lends its late-night bars, clubs and cafes a constant buzz, while cheap eats are never far away. You’ll still find a wealth of attractions, from natural history museums to a 2nd-century Roman amphitheatre.

Must-Do Latin Quarter Experiences 

  • Browsing the bookshops down Boulevard St-Michel or the high-end boutiques along Rue Mouffetard.
  • Exploring Paris’ rich history at the Arena de Lutece, a former Roman amphitheatre, or within the Cluny Museum – National Museum of the Middle Ages.
  • Partying with locals at the Le Caveau de la Huchette jazz club or Le Caveau des Oubliettes cocktail bar.

Top Hotels in the Latin Quarter

Hotel Le Petit Paris

Hotel Le Petit Paris bedroomLocated on the popular Rue Saint-Jacques, Hotel Le Petit Paris was once a private mansion before becoming a popular hotel for artists, such as Jim Morrison. The hotel complements its extravagant history with alluring rooms that boast double-paned windows, heavenly bedding, LCD TVs and slippers. The rooms cater to a range of travellers with the double, triple and quadruple bed formations.

Designed by the renowned interior designer Sybille de Margerie, this hotel features decor reminiscent of prominent Paris eras, such as the Golden Twenties and 1970s. Enjoy a buffet breakfast in the on-site restaurant, which has an outdoor patio, or relax with a book in the cosy Library. 

Nearby Attractions

  • Panthéon (450 metres)
  • La Comédie Saint-Michel theatre (450 metres)
  • Luxembourg Gardens (300 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 125 – USD 318
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 214 Rue Saint Jacques, 5th arrondissement – Pantheon, Paris, France

Hotel Parc Saint Severin – Esprit de France

Hotel Parc Saint Severin - Esprit de France bedroomHotel Parc Saint Severin – Esprit de France boasts 27 intimate rooms that exude French elegance and opulence. These range from the low-maintenance Single Room and spacious Superior Room to the opulent Terrace Room with a private terrace overlooking Paris. Each room features contemporary and comfortable furnishings and sun-lit windows.

Housed inside a historical building, the hotel dates back to 1940 and provides exceptional services, including airport transfers, complimentary Wi-Fi and room service. You can also sip on cocktails or wine in the on-site bar between sightseeing in the Latin Quarter right outside.

Nearby Attractions 

  • Cluny Museum – National Museum of the Middle Ages (300 metres)
  • Librairie Eyrolles bookstore (250 metres)
  • Notre-Dame de Paris (450 metres)

Star Rating: 4*
Price: USD 158 – USD 335
Guest Rating: 9
Address: 22 Rue de la Parcheminerie, 5th arrondissement – Pantheon, Paris, France

Hotel Location

Uncover the Best of Paris

Paris is a city with treasures worth finding, from world-famous sights to hidden lanes dotted with rustic bookstores and alfresco cafes. The best neighbourhoods in Paris offer both the big sights and the more relaxed local areas, while the popular hotels in each neighbourhood typically feature on-site dining, wellness facilities and various room options.

Where do you like to stay in Paris? Let us know in the comments.

Author: Ben Stower

I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.

Ben Stower
I'm enamoured with travel, whether it's finding the quiet, local sanctuaries in touristic cities, venturing into rock vaults in a distant jungle or spending hours on a Spanish beach. I can't see an end to my travelling. Just another chapter and another story to tell.
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