Paris is one of the most loved and visited European destinations by tourists from all over the world, attracted by its timeless charm and unparalleled romantic atmosphere.
The offer of accommodation and hotel accommodations is obviously vast and it will not be difficult for you to find a hotel in the centre, but at the same time you run the risk of running into serious swindles: the prices are much higher than in other European capitals, the price-quality ratio is often disappointing, cleanliness is scarce in many establishments and the friendliness of the hoteliers is not always obvious.
In addition, the city is very vast and it is necessary to choose very well the area where to stay according to one’s needs, interests, the purpose of the holiday and the attractions one intends to visit.
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, the number of which is always indicated in the addresses, distributed like a spiral that wraps around the city clockwise from the centre. Each arrondissement has its own specific character: the 1er, for example, is full of tourist attractions, the 16e is inhabited by the well-to-do, the 5e is the university area, while the 7e is the area of embassies and ministries.
Let’s look at each district in detail.
The historic district of Le Marais retains all its old-world charm, perfectly blending the orthodox tradition of the Jewish community with the alternative, colourful scene of the gay community.
Cafés crowded with young people, vintage clothes shops as well as kosher food, felafel kiosks and antique bookshops coexist side by side creating a charming and lively area.
Recommended for couples and families looking for a lively but at the same time quiet and central district, in the Marais area we find some of the city’s finest hotels, but cheaper establishments can also be found.
The neighbouring Bastille area, on the other hand, is less touristy, was once the working-class district and could be an interesting alternative to spend a little and see a different face of the city.
A stone’s throw from Notre Dame is one of the liveliest and most famous districts of Paris, the Latin Quarter. Cradle of the university, it is frequented by many young people, aspiring philosophers and students who meet in the area’s cafés, bistros and many small restaurants.
Crowded, very touristy but extremely lively, it is a recommended area for those who want to experience Parisian evenings, sample ethnic cuisines and mingle with the locals.
In this area, you can find numerous two- and three-star hotels with different price-quality ratios. The streets near the Sorbonne have accommodation frequented by many academics and students, so it is not always easy to find a place.
Montmartre is the district that more than any other deserves its reputation as the cradle of art, culture and romance in Paris.
Although it has become very touristy in recent decades, it retains its bohemian charm, made even more famous by the film The Fabulous World of Amelie.
Picturesque stairways, picture-postcard views, bustling bistros, vintage boutiques and old-fashioned cafés make this district a true village, which will make those who choose it for a romantic stay fall in love with it.
This area represents the beating heart of the historical centre of Paris, where history and modernity intertwine and dialogue through art and architecture.
Shopping malls, the Centre Pompidou, bistros and trendy boutiques stand side by side to form an extremely touristy district that nevertheless retains its charm thanks to its narrow streets and old buildings.
We recommend this area to anyone wishing to reside within walking distance of the major tourist attractions and museums.
Lovers of luxury, fashion and shopping will choose this area to stay in Paris.
Sumptuous architecture, jewellers, chocolateries, shoe shops, designer boutiques and Art Nouveau stained glass windows are all united by pure sophistication that translates into snobbery and almost unapproachable excellence.
Strolling through this elegant and exclusive district of the capital, you can have the illusion of belonging to the créme of Paris, provided you spend considerably more on accommodation.
The area is very well served by all public transport and we advise you to choose the small side streets behind the grand boulevard to experience all the atmosphere of this symbol of Parisian grandeur.
Recommended for mature couples looking for charm and an unforgettable stay.
Together with the Latin Quarter, it represents the heart of the Left Bank, but rejects its noisy and touristy character.
Romantic, full of culture, art galleries, designer shops and old churches, Saint-Germain-des-Prés is an ideal neighbourhood to immerse yourself in the relaxed atmosphere of Parisian life, with chats in literary cafés, postcard views, small boutiques of young talent, patisseries and magnificent gardens.
Especially recommended for couples on holiday.
Little known to tourists until the film boom of The Fabulous World of Amelie, it is a small residential district overlooking the Canal Saint-Martin.
Romantic, trendy, informal, today it is a hotspot for young people in Paris: students and lovers meet here for a glass of wine or a baguette with friends. Recommended for young couples looking for a unique and romantic place but at the same time a stone’s throw from the city centre.
Completely different is the multi-ethnic neighbourhood of Belleville, the birthplace of Pennac’s novels.
Completely redeveloped in recent years, today it is the coolest area in all of Paris, where you can experience the most authentic Parisian lifestyle at once multi-ethnic, trendy, elegant, bohemian, and full of restaurants, cafés, bakeries, markets, parks and countless art galleries.
Art is at home here and we recommend it to everyone who wants liveliness and tranquillity at the same time.
Cradle of ‘spicy’ Paris with its clubs and cabarets, young ladies in garters and sex shops, Pigalle has over time earned its name as a red-light district.
However, there is no shortage of designer shops and culinary specialities, especially in Saint Georges – Martyrs, a neighbourhood within a neighbourhood, a mecca for lovers of organic food and quality gastronomy amidst picturesque views and a playful, bubbly atmosphere.
Next to the Montparnasse train station there are many cheap hotels, but not all of them guarantee the same quality. Not many tourists choose this area, either because of the presence of sex shops or because there are not many attractions, but the area is well connected to the more central parts of the city and affordable accommodation can be found.
The areas around these stations offer a wide choice of hotels in all price ranges. This area is mainly frequented by travellers who have to catch an early morning train or are looking for a room for a night before setting off again, but it can also be a good spot for tourists.
This is the neighbourhood of the French National Library and the bank of the Seine where you can find barges converted into nightclubs and restaurants. There is a chance to find some cheap hotels in this area.