Where to Stay in Paris – Quick Guide by a Local

Deciding where to stay in Paris is not easy. It is no surprise that one of the world’s most visited cities boasts some fantastic accommodation, from budget hostels to luxury hotel rooms.

This article gives information and our best tips on the best places to stay in Paris and the different types of accommodation in Paris. After reading this quick guide, it will be easier to decide where to stay in Paris.

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Where to Stay in Paris: Things to Consider

1. Best Location to Stay in Paris

Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements or districts, each one with its own charm. We suggest reading our Paris by Arrondissement quick guide, with the essence of each arrondissement of Paris.

If you are traveling to Paris for the first time, it may be interesting to stay close to the main landmarks. In this case, we suggest making a list of the things you want to see and do in Paris (this Paris checklist can help) and pinpoint them on your map. This easy exercise will give you an idea of the best location to stay in Paris for sightseeing.

But not all travelers have the same needs or budget. To help you decide on the best area to stay in Paris for your upcoming trip, we’ve written this guide which contains the perfect Paris neighborhoods for a range of different types of vacations.

With the help of these two guides, you should be able to choose where to stay in Paris for your upcoming vacation.

2. Accommodation in Paris

Once you have more or less decided the best location to stay in Paris (or at least, you have shortlisted a couple of best places to stay in Paris), let’s go through the different types of accommodation in Paris: hotels, apartments, and hostels.

Whatever you choose, it is important to book in advance, especially if you are traveling during the high season or the school holidays or holidays in France.

TIP: To book your accommodation in Paris (all kinds), we recommend Booking.com. Booking.com is a simple booking site with great filters and sorting options. Also, customer service is great. This is our favorite tool for booking accommodation when we travel.

Hotels in Paris

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Hotels can be so much more than a simple place to rest your head. For some travelers, the right hotel is part of what makes the travel experience an interesting one. And a city like Paris cannot disappoint in terms of accommodation: your Paris hotel can be just as memorable as your sightseeing!

You have hotels of all kinds in Paris, from budget hotels to luxury hotels or Palace hotels.

In general, a double room in a budget hotel costs 90€ ($99), a double room in a mid-range hotel costs 90–190€ ($99-210), and a double room in a top-end hotel costs 190–1500€ ($210-388).

Some hotels include breakfast, while others give you the option to add it as an extra.

Our Paris by Arrondissement guides include some hotel recommendations for different price brackets. If you have decided where to stay in Paris (the district), check out the best hotels in that district.

If you have the budget, look for a hotel with Eiffel Tower views. There is nothing like an amazing view of the Eiffel Tower to say you’re in the City of Lights!

Apartments in Paris

Furnished apartments in Paris

Paris short-term rentals are the newest trend in accommodation Paris. Your apartment in Paris gives you extra space and privacy, plus it adds a local flavor to your Paris vacation.

Apartments in Paris are especially requested by families or by long-term travelers. With options like a fully equipped kitchen and washing machine, it can help make life easier and cheaper.

We also recommend using Booking.com for booking your apartment in Paris. Booking.com has a wide choice of beautiful apartments managed by private hosts in the best places to stay in Paris. It’s also handier to view and manage all your bookings – hotels and apartments – under the same platform and profile.

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Hostels in Paris

Best Paris Hostels

If you are looking for budget accommodation in Paris, hostels are a good option. Paris is home to some great budget proposals featuring beautiful hostel rooms or dorms and arty common spaces to socialize.

Most of the time, these top hotels also have private rooms, so they are interesting to consider, even if you are traveling with your partner or tribe.


» Best Hostels in Paris – Dorms and Private Rooms

Where to Stay in Paris: Our Tips

>> Book in advance. Paris is one of the cities attiring most visitors in this world, so if you book in advance, you will have more options and better prices. Arriving in a hostel or hotel without a reservation and trying to negotiate the price for long stays does not work in Paris.

>> Avoid Famous Places in Paris if you are traveling on a budget. Accommodation in iconic places in Paris like Montmartre or Ile de la Cité tends to be more expensive. And it is not only about the hostel or hotel itself, usually in these areas, restaurants, bars, and food are also more expensive.

>> Check out our Hotel Recommendations in our articles by Paris Arrondissement. We handpicked some cool options in each price bracket for a specific district of Paris. We spent some time (there are more than 1500 hotels in Paris!) checking their exact location, facilities, and client reviews to ensure you get good value for your money.

So there you have it, the Accommodation in Paris guide with everything you need to know to choose where to stay in Paris.

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