‘The world is a book and those who do not travel read only one page’, said St. Augustine way back in the 4th century. So whether your wanderlust ends up in the amazing City of Lights for the first time or several times now, where to stay will always remain an important question. Depending on the purpose of your visit and priorities, here we have provided a rundown on all the best possible options for stay in the French capital taking into account all kinds of possible travelers. So go ahead and suit yourself. Enjoy!
Budget options, perfect for backpacking purposes and student travel
Independent travelers backpacking to Paris can have the option to stay at hostels, dormitories, university residences or budget hotels. With these you can expect a decent; no frills stay in your budget the only caveat being-difficulty in finding the cheap options in the center of Paris near places like the Louvre or Notre Dame.
Many of the cheap hostels in Paris are clustered around the foot of Montmartre Hill with the Sacre-Coeur perched up on top of the hill which is a major Paris tourist attraction. While another low-cost group is found around the Gare du Nord railway station with an assortment of local markets, restaurants, and shops for basic commodities to suit the budget traveler.
- Le Montclair (€21 /night, 18th district)
- Le Village Montmartre (dorms €27/night)
- The award-winning hostel St Christopher’s Inn-Canal (dorms €27/night, Paris Bassin de la Villette)
- Generator Hostel (dorms at €29/night, Place du Colonel Fabien)
- Vintage hostel (dorms €23/night, Gare du Nord)
- Smart Place Gare du Nord Hostel (dorms €26/night)
Tip: Most of these options also provide female only dorms.
Budget options for students
Paris is also a student city hence it is easy to find lots of accommodation in university residences throughout the city. In July and August, these residences are available for students visiting the capital from prices of around €15 per day. You can visit Maison Internationale – Cité Universitaire for more details.
The Latin Quarter, the 5th arrondissement, is also a popular student area to stay in Paris (student district since the 13th century). One can find various budget stay and food options (menu formule) here.
You can also check out budget hotels ranging from one to three-star accommodations for the stay, like:
- Mama Shelter (109 Rue de Bagnolet)
- Hotel Le Relais Montmartre (6 Rue Constance)
- Hotel Jeanne d’Arc (3 Rue de Jarente)
- Mob Hotel (4-6 Rue Gambetta, 93400 Saint-Ouen)
- Hotel Exquis (71 Rue de Charonne)
Options near shopping areas
The Champs Élysées, the 8th Arrondissement, is near luxury and shopping areas. All the main attractions of the capital as Place de la Concorde, Arc de Triomphe, the Opera, Grand Palais etc are readily accessible from here coupled with luxury shopping options, fine dining, and extravagant living. Some options here are:
- Hotel Le Bristol
- Four Seasons Hotel George V
- Buddha Bar hotel
Alternatively, you can also try upscale options at the west end of the Louvre-1st arrondissement as the Ritz Carlton and Hotel Crayon Rouge, Paris.
For high-end shopping, St. Germain des Pres-6th arrondissement is eternally fashionable. Varied designer fashion boutiques, world famous cafés, galleries, and nightclubs pack the neighborhood with an upmarket atmosphere. The options of accommodations though charming are moderately expensive here (Hotel Le six, Holiday Inn).
Near major attractions and typical tourist stuff
Staying at the Eiffel tower neighborhood, the 7th Arrondissement is popular with the first time visitors of the city since the place is at the center of all the major iconic landmarks. Here, at easily accessible distances, you will find Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides, Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin, Champs de Mars, and the Musée du Quai Branly.
This area is especially good if you’re traveling with older relatives who will enjoy being in a calm central neighborhood with close proximity to the Eiffel Tower. Here you can find decent accommodation options such as:
- Shangri-La, an ultra-luxury hotel
- First Hotel
- Hotel Muguet
- Hotel Eiffel Turenne
For a classic Parisian feel
If you want to feel like a true Parisian, the charming medieval narrow streets and some of the pre-revolutionary buildings of the Marais are sure to give you a classic feel. However, the neighborhood is as contemporary as it is old (one of the city’s oldest, most historic districts housing Place des Vosges, the city’s oldest square; and the Marché des Enfants Rouges, its oldest covered food market). In recent years it has gone upscale offering a vibrant, fashionable hub that combines history, culture, nightlife, and shopping in equal measure.
Presently, it is a premiere LBGTQ district of Paris (the epicenter of Gay Parisian life) hosting some cool art, designer cafes, boutique shops and gourmet chocolatiers. You can choose this place if you prefer to have it all: the history, culture, shopping, fashion, colorful neighborhood, and creative people-watching, in one go.
For soaking in some local vibe, one can also choose to accommodate at Montmartre, 18th arrondissement. The neighborhood has a romantic village-y and retro feel to it with cobbled squares and ivy-clad cottages. The artistic district is replete with artisans, street performers, cafes and the only vineyard in Paris still in operation.
Near trendy Paris (nightlife)
South Pigalle locally known as So-Pi, is the place to be for the latest trends and in vogue things. It hosts some of the city’s trendiest restaurants, upscale nightclubs, organic grocers, numerous fusion bistros (Buvette), concept hotels (Le Pigalle) and upmarket cocktail bars (Le Carmen). The area is also famed for its nightlife scene.
Oberkampf, is another of the Paris’ sought after nightlife destination. There is everything here from cocktail places to basement dives and trendy wine bars. This place has a young, carefree Parisian vibe and is one of the more laid back quarters of the city.
The best neighborhoods for staying with family are the Marais (trendy and family friendly, proximity to Luxembourg gardens), St Germain (central location, lots of restaurants/shops) and Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement (quieter, close to major attractions).
For luxury options you can choose:
- Le Bristol: good kids menu, a garden treasure hunt, and a supervised kids club and playroom
- Four Seasons Hotel George V: great for toddlers and babies, Kids’ bathrobes, greeting gift for young guests, complimentary baby food and toiletries, babysitting services with 24 hours notice
- Luxe Westin Paris Vendome: kid-friendly service, proximity to Tuileries gardens
For budget options check:
- Staycity serviced apartments: large suites with kitchens and cookware
- Gardette Park hotel: 11th arrondissement, family suites with a park and playground across the street
- Tim hotel Palais Royal: best budget option near the Louvre
Apartment rentals for families could be another accommodation option. All of these units have kitchens while most are also equipped with washer/dryer and internet. You can check:
- Apartments du Louvre
- Residence du Lion d’Or Louvre: loft with a view of Eiffel
- Private apartments Louvre/Tuileries: short stay apartment museum view
The luxe Disneyland Hotel Marne-La-Vallee set at the entrance of Disneyland Paris, is a 5-minute walk from Marne-la-Vallée-Chessy RER/metro station. The best playground for kids on the left bank is at the Luxembourg Gardens and on the right bank is at the Tuileries Garden.
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