Where to sleep in Paris
List of attractions in each district or "arrondissement" of Paris so you know where to stay.
Where to Stay in Paris
Paris is made up of numerous neighborhoods with different styles and spirit, and in each one you will find interesting places to visit.
Below we explain in detail what you will find in each area. At the end, a selection of the most booked hotels by our travelers.
Map of the districts of Paris
As you can see on the map, the city of Paris is divided into 20 districts or ” arrondissements ” that are distributed in a spiral and are crossed in the middle by the Seine.
Safe Areas To Stay In Paris
The safest areas to stay in Paris are those located in the center, in the first districts, on the banks of the Seine.
The “arrondissements” from 1 to 9 are usually the safest. Because they have the most important points of interest and are inhabited by the upper-middle class, these areas are among the most guarded in Paris.
The following neighborhoods are usually very quiet and safe. As is logical, they are also the ones with the most expensive accommodation:
- Saint-Germain-des-Prés – See hotels
- Trocadero – See hotels
- Île de la Cité – See hotels
- Montparnasse – See hotels
About the cheap neighborhoods : the further away you are from the circle of the first arrondissements (those that are closest to the Seine), the cheaper the accommodation will be. However, in the center you can also get good deals, thanks to the competition between the large number of accommodations that are located there.
Districts of paris
1st Arrondissement – Louvre
The first district or 1er arrondissement is the old center of the city. It is a wonderful place to stay in Paris .
Normally the hotels located in this area are the most expensive.
It is within the safest areas to stay in Paris .
2e Arrondissement– Bourse
The second arrondissement, is similar to the first, is located on the right side of the Seine, and is the area where the Stock Exchange Palace and many theaters are located.
It is a good option to stay because it is still close to the tourist spots, with slightly more competitive prices.
It is the smallest of all the districts.
3e Arrondissement– Temple
A part of the trendy neighborhood of Le Marais belongs to this district number three.
Fashion shops, restaurants and art galleries abound in this area .
Ideal if part of your purpose of visiting Paris is to go shopping or buy art.
Here is the Picasso Museum and an old Jewish quarter.
4e Arrondissement – Hotel-de-Ville
This district can be considered as the medieval area of Paris, and one of the best neighborhoods to stay . In it is the City Hall of Paris, which works in the building known as the Hôtel de Ville.
The pretty Place des Vosges, the oldest square in Paris, is part of the 3rd and 4th arrondissements.
5e Arrondissement – Panthéon
Latin Quarter is located .
This is a bohemian area, full of bars, restaurants, and bookstores, it is considered the intellectual heart of Paris.
At night it has a lively activity, full of young people and tourists. Good places to have a drink and souvenir shops abound.
This can be a good place to stay, since the prices of the accommodations are cheaper than in the previous districts, and from here you can quickly reach the main places to see in Paris by metro or bus.
6e Arrondissement – Luxembourg
This district of Paris is one of the most beautiful.
This part of the city is proud to have been the favorite of two famous people: Ernest Hemingway and Eugène Delacroix.
The two most famous neighborhoods found within the 6th arrondissement are Saint-Germain-des-Prés and the Notre-Dame-des-Champs neighborhood.
The Luxembourg Palace and Gardens are located in this part of the city.
7th Arrondissement – Palais-Bourbon
This is the district of the Eiffel Tower, the most famous monument in Paris, and one of the most famous in the world.
This arrondissement is very safe and quiet, despite the movement of tourists that exists around its main monuments.
It’s the kind of area where you’ll see ladies walking their dogs at night and in the morning and where there are more residences than bars.
This is one of the districts that we recommend to sleep in Paris if you are traveling with children.
8e Arrondissement – Élysée
The 8th arrondissement of Paris can be considered the most glamorous.
It is located on the right side of the Seine and is where you will find the Champs Elysées with its fashion shops, The Arc de Triomphe, The Grand Palace of Paris, The spectacular Madeleine Church and The famous Boulevard Haussmann.
In this area, hotels are usually more expensive, but be sure to check the offers.
9e Arrondissement – Opera
If you are not interested in buying a €2,000 handbag, we still recommend that you go in and admire the decoration of the Galeries Lafayette and its beautiful dome if you are in the area.
The restaurant Le Bouillon Chartier is located in this district, we recommend it too.
10e Arrondissement – Enclos-St-Laurent
The 10th arrondissement is centered around the picturesque Canal St. Martin and the cafes that line its banks.
Precisely because they are located here, you must be alert to pickpockets that normally appear in this kind of places.
11e Arrondissement – Popincourt
This district is less touristy, although there are plenty of restaurants, bars and nightclubs that bring life to the area.
The greatest movement is registered in the surroundings of the Plaza de la Bastille and Oberkampf street.
Pablo Picasso was one of the illustrious inhabitants who once lived in this arrondissement.
It is a good place to stay if you are on a budget.
Pay attention at night in some streets in this area. They can feel a bit intimidating. Give preference to accommodation located near metro stations.
12e Arrondissement– Reuilly
This area is better known as Reuilly or Bercy , and after having undergone several alterations it has become a meeting point for the youngest.
In this district you get good accommodation and in safe areas with a nearby metro.
13e Arrondissement– Gobelins
Gare de Austerlitz station and its Asian neighborhood in the southern part.
It is of little tourist interest, although if you pass through here you will see that simple restaurants with good prices abound. The National Library of France is located in this district.
14e Arrondissement – Observatory
It is quite a residential area, with the lively Boulevard du Montparnasse for a drink or something to eat and the Montparnasse RER Station.
Good neighborhood to stay in Paris, just be careful around the station, especially at night.
15e Arrondissement– Vaugirard
This district, known as the Arrondissement de Vaugirard, has very little tourist activity.
It’s more of a quiet residential area that sits right next to Montparnasse and the 7th arrondissement , which is where the Eiffel Tower is located.
This is the advantage of this area, it is cheap and within walking distance of important Paris monuments such as Les Invalides or the Military School.
16e Arrondissement– Passy
Better known as Passy, the 16th arrondissement is a residential area with a lot of class and elegance.
Its streets and boulevards are charming and it is home to interesting places such as the Balzac Museum.
Most of the consulates and embassies that operate in Paris have been established in Passy.
For a respite in nature, visit the Bois de Boulogne Park in this area .
17th Arrondissement – Batignolles-Monceau
It starts from beyond the Arc de Triomphe and has few places of interest for tourists.
If you want to stay in a good and cheap place in Paris, this area may be of interest to you.
However, remember that you will have to use public transport to reach the main sites of Paris.
The Palais des Congrès de Paris is this way.
18e Arrondissement– Butte-Montmartre
Of the areas “furthest away” from the center of Paris, this is the most visited, since it is home to very popular places such as the Sacré Coeur, the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre and the most famous cabaret in the world, the Moulin Rouge.
This district has a lot of charm, once it was home to artists like Matisse and Renoir , and today you will find an infinite number of artists trying their luck through its cobbled streets.
Although it is a must-see in Paris, it is not the most ideal place to stay , some areas can be intimidating due to the presence of homeless people, prostitution and pickpockets.
If you find an irresistible accommodation offer here, take advantage of it, most likely everything will be perfect, but we recommend you to be very attentive to your belongings and to strangers when you walk at night, and to prefer hotels next to the metro.
For fans, this is the neighborhood of Paris where Amélie was filmed , and you can do our Amélie Tour through Montmartre when you’re in this area.
19e Arrondissement– Buttes-Chaumont
People of many ethnicities mix in this arrondissement , and Asian and African restaurants abound.
There are places to stay at a good price, but it is considered one of the least safe places in Paris.
20e Arrondissement – Menilmontant
Located on the right bank of the Seine River, this district is home to the most famous cemetery in Paris, the Père Lachaise, the final resting place of the likes of Oscar Wilde, Chopin, Isadora Duncan, Edith Piaf, and Jim Morrison.
Belleville neighborhood and park is part of this district.
We do not recommend staying here due to the distance you would have to travel daily to get to the center of Paris, however if you want to look at the options:
Accommodation in Paris
If you prefer to stay in an apartment in Paris with all the comforts you can click here and you will see the map of available options conveniently organized by arrondissement .
In Paris you can find decent accommodation and for a reasonable price , although if you want to stay in the center it will always be a little more expensive, especially if your room has views of the famous Eiffel Tower. (Although there are always exceptions, of course: 5 cheap hotels near the Eiffel Tower
You can see this selection of 5 cheap apartments in the center of Paris, we have selected them for having a good price and being within the best areas to stay in Paris.
If you are looking for a quick answer, it may help you to know the hotels most booked by our users:
- St Christophers Inn Paris Canal
- HotelF1 Paris Porte de Chatillon
- Generator Paris
- Hotel Vivienne
- ibis budget Porte D’Orleans
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Recommended and centrally located hotels in Paris
The most booked hotels in Parisando by our readers