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Where to stay in Paris The best parts of the city and our hotel tips

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Everyone should have seen Paris once in a lifetime. When planning your trip to Paris, the first few questions to ask are:

What is the best place to stay in Paris? Which districts are strategically best located? What do you have to consider when looking for accommodation in Paris?

The districts of Paris are shaped very differently and each have their own advantages and disadvantages.

In my article I will show you which districts of Paris are the best for the night and give you my best tips for finding a hotel in Paris.

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General tips for staying overnight in Paris

Before I give you my specific hotel tips for Paris, I have some general information for you on finding a hotel in Paris.

Hotel prices in Paris

If you suspect Paris isn't a cheap place to be, you're right.

With over 2.4 million inhabitants on around 100 square kilometers, living space is precious. You will of course notice that in the prices and the room size.

In the range from 100 to 300 euros per room and night but you will find a large selection of hotels.

The quality in this price range is very variable. Therefore, pay attention to reviews, so you can see very well whether the price-performance ratio is right. It is also worth making a comparison, in many cases you can get a completely different room standard for ten euros more.

Danger: You will certainly find bargains for less than 100 euros per night, but with these you should take a closer look at the reviews.

Many hotels in the center are housed in the classic town houses that were built around 1850.

These townhouses are beautiful and often have an infinite amount of Parisian charm to offer, but they are also over 150 years old.

The renovated and well-kept houses are highly recommended. But there are also some in which nothing has been done for decades, which of course are musty and noisy.

If you see a lot of such reviews on a hotel, you should keep looking, no matter how great the price is.

Paris prices have an impact far around the city. To find a noticeably cheaper room outside of the city, you have to look very far outside of the city, which of course steals valuable time.

Personally, I would only stay so far outside that I am still close to a metro station. Anything farther away is not worth the small savings in my opinion.

City Tax

The city tax is not always included in the room rate.

It is between 20 cents and 5 euros per night and person, depending on the hotel category.

At a three star hotel it is currently z. B. at 1.88 euros.

While the tourism tax is usually included with, it is usually levied separately for direct bookings in the hotel and calculated on site.

If you didn't read anywhere when booking that the city tax is included, it will likely be due upon check-in.

Often only cash payments are accepted for this levy.

Hotel room in Paris

You shouldn't expect a dance hall when you open the room door, many rooms in Paris are a little bigger than the bed in them.

Personally, I don't think that's a bad thing, as I rarely spend time in the room during my stays in Paris, except to sleep.

Often there is also no cupboard, just a stool on which you can put your suitcase.

Since you live out of a suitcase for a few days, you should opt for a trolley rather than a backpack.

In some hotels, sockets in the room are very rare. That's why I always have a double plug with me. It is important that it is a flat double plug. The thick, round plugs do not fit into most French sockets.

My advice: For tips on packing your suitcase for a city trip, be sure to take a look at the article Packing List City Trip by Jenny and Basti.

Breakfast in Parisian accommodations

The French don't eat breakfast like we do. Most of them treat themselves to a coffee in the morning, in which they dip no more than a croissant.

Many hotels have adjusted to the fact that their foreign guests expect a little more from breakfast, but by no means all. At the hotel breakfast, everything is possible, from coffee with croissants to a buffet with a large selection.

If you value an extensive breakfast, take a look at the pictures of the hotel on the Internet. The hotels that offer a breakfast buffet are happy to show that. The reviews of other guests are also a good starting point.

If you are happy with coffee and croissants in the morning, there is little you can go wrong. Then maybe you should even book your room without breakfast and just sit down in a nice café like the locals do.

On the one hand you start the day in typical Paris style, on the other hand it is cheaper than the hotel breakfast.

The ideal location for your accommodation in Paris

Paris is not very big, actually rather tiny compared to other cities. A ring road runs around the city, marking the edge of what is known as Paris.

This Paris is only 11 km wide and 9 km long. London is 15 times bigger than Paris, and even Düsseldorf is more than twice as big.

For you, this means that you can get to everything in Paris very quickly, as public transport also works very well.

Since the highlights are spread all over the city, you should make sure when booking a hotel that you are near a metro station. This means that you can get to the hotel quickly when you arrive and you can be anywhere you want to go in no time at all.

If you come by car, I recommend the north of Paris. You will arrive there from the motorway anyway after driving through Belgium.

So you don't have to fight your way through the Parisian city traffic. You will find a few hotels with underground car parks on the outskirts of the city.

Where to stay in Paris The best neighborhoods on one map!

Even if Paris is not big, it can be difficult to find your way around. That is why you will find the areas of the city that are particularly recommended for overnight stays on the map.

Which neighborhoods are the best places to stay in Paris?

  • Notre Dame and Saint Michel: Ideal for the first visit. Historic city center, lots of flair, very central and still affordable.
  • Champs Élysées and surroundings: Well suited for the first visit, luxury for the slightly larger budget, shopping, museums and sights.
  • Montmartre: Ideal for connoisseurs. Artists, food and nightlife.
  • channel: Among hipsters and locals, cool cafés and bars, Paris for advanced and trendy people.
  • Northern outskirts: Good for arriving by car.
  • Inexpensive overnight stays in Paris: Clichy and Levallois-Perret are quiet but very well connected suburbs where you can find relatively cheap accommodation.

The best neighborhoods to stay in Paris on a map.

You will find out which of the areas is best for you in the next few sections.

For Paris beginners: stay overnight in Notre Dame and Saint-Michel

This area is ideal for a first visit to Paris, as you can quickly reach all the highlights from here.

The Seine flows through the middle of Paris and the small island Île de la Cité lies in the middle of the Seine. It was on this island that Paris was created 2500 years ago. The island and the southern bank are the very original Paris, where you can still find many tiny alleys from the Middle Ages.

On the southern bank, in the Saint-Michel district, you will find affordable hotels and lots of surprisingly cheap restaurants and cocktail bars. You can walk to a lot from Saint-Michel.

Notre Dame and the Gothic Saint Chapelle can be found directly on the island. The Jardin du Luxembourg, the Pantheon and the Sorbonne are just a few meters up the street.

On the other side of the river you will find the Marais district with the Center Pompidou and many other museums.

A twenty-minute walk along the Seine brings you straight to the Louvre.

With the metro, you can travel north or south from Saint-Michel on line 4.

If you go across the island to the north bank, you will find the Châtelet station there, where you can choose from five lines that will take you in all directions.

Advantages of staying in Saint-Michel:

  • Very central, lots of flair
  • Many sights are within walking distance
  • Cheap restaurants
  • Rooms between 150 and 300 euros

Cons of staying in Saint-Michel:

  • Very touristic area
  • The often old buildings can be very noisy (pay attention to the reviews)

Hotel tips for Notre Dame and Saint Michel:

For luxury lovers: stay overnight in the Champs Élysées and the surrounding area

Here you will find concentrated history, luxury shopping and many of the great sights. The rich and beautiful of the city live here next door to the French President. If you want to experience a touch of that glamor too, then this is the part of Paris you should stay overnight.

For luxury lovers, there is one five-star hotel next to the other near the Louvre. You will find more well-known houses between the Triumphal Arch and the Eiffel Tower, some of them with a fantastic view of the tower.

In the streets to the right and left of the Champs Élysées you will also find one or the other hotel for less than 300 euros.

Since you can hardly miss the 70 meter wide Champs Élysées and the Eiffel Tower, it is relatively easy to orientate yourself in this area.

For example, you can walk to the Louvre, the Place de la Concorde, the Arc de Triomphe, the Musée d’Orsay and the Eiffel Tower.

You can also get quickly in all directions by metro, a total of seven of the fourteen metro lines can be found along the Champs Élysées.

Cheap restaurants are unfortunately the exception in the prominent locations. Along the Champs Élysées and on the Trocadéro there are plenty of expensive restaurants, but they are very touristy and in many cases are reminiscent of mass processing.

If you use the side streets, you can eat much more comfortably and less overpriced.

Advantages of staying near the Champs Élysées:

  • Very central
  • Very sophisticated
  • Easy orientation
  • Lots of art and culture within walking distance

Disadvantages of staying near the Champs Élysées:

  • Very touristy
  • Expensive restaurants

Hotel tips for the Champs Élysées and the surrounding area:

For connoisseurs and night owls: stay overnight in Montmartre

If you want to have a good meal after a day full of impressions and end the evening with a glass of wine, then you should choose an accommodation in Montmartre.

You have countless cozy and typically French restaurants to choose from, which are both good and affordable.

For over 200 years, the Montmartre hill has been the artist and entertainment district. Where once van Gogh and Dalí were on the move, you will find soccer artists, street musicians, draftsmen and caricaturists today.

You cannot miss the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Dalí Museum and the Musée de Montmartre during a stroll through the district.

For the night owls: On the Boulevard de Clichy you will find a few bars and clubs next to the Moulin Rouge. At the weekend you can party here until dawn without any problems.

From 150 euros you already have a large selection of hotels. If you are not taking a taxi to the hotel, you should be prepared to walk a few meters over cobblestones to the hotel.

My advice: When you take the metro to the hotel and arrive at the Abbesses metro station, wait for the elevator below. No matter how long the line is in front of it. It's over 80 meters to the top, so you probably don't want to drag your suitcase up the stairs.

Abbesses is the only metro station on the hill. From Abbesses you can get to the center at Place de la Concorde in about 10 minutes with line 12. At the foot of the hill, on Boulevard de Clichy, you will find more metro stations.

Advantages of staying in Montmartre:

  • Great atmosphere in the evening
  • Lots of restaurants, cafes and bars
  • Large selection of hotels between 100 and 300 euros
  • Excellent city views from many spots
  • Nightlife

Disadvantages of staying in Montmartre:

  • Lots of inclines, lots of cobblestones
  • The center can no longer be reached on foot
  • Loud at night on the boulevard de Clichy on weekends

Hotel recommendations for Montmartre:

For scene lovers: Spend the night on the canal

If you prefer to stay away from the tourist crowds, but still want to stay in a relatively central location, then you've come to the right place on the canal. Here you will find cool cafes, hipsters and lots of street art.

The Saint-Martin Canal is at the heart of this area. When the weather is nice, you can sit with the locals on the edge of the canal with a bottle of wine, some baguette and camembert and enjoy the day.

In the late evening, you can stroll from bar to bar in Parisian style on Rue Oberkampf.

The hotel density is nowhere near as high as in other parts of the city, you are simply more among Parisians and in the middle of their daily life.

You won't find a souvenir shop or a restaurant with pictures on the menu. But trust yourself!

Most French people are a lot friendlier than their reputation and will be happy to explain the dishes on the French menus to you. Not all but most.

Within walking distance you can quickly reach the Place de la Republique, where five metro lines intersect. So you come quickly in all directions.

Advantages of accommodation on the canal:

  • Among the locals
  • Great atmosphere on the water in summer
  • Cool cafes, bars and restaurants
  • Street art

Disadvantages of accommodation on the canal:

  • The center and highlights are no longer within walking distance

Hotel recommendations on the canal:

For drivers: stay overnight on the northern outskirts

If you are arriving in Paris by car, you should look out for hotels on the northern outskirts. You can quickly reach your hotel via the ring road without having to cross the city.

There are many hotels on the northern outskirts of the city, but you'll still be mostly locals as most visitors spend the day in the center.

All around you have many supermarkets and bakeries. So you can stock up on snacks for the day cheaply. With the metro you are in the center in about 15 minutes.

Many hotels in this area have parking spaces or underground garages. They are paid, but definitely worth the money.

In theory, you can also park on the street. Most of the parking spaces on the street are provided with parking meters, so that these parking spaces are not free of charge, if you have managed to get one.

I have to admit that I wouldn't park my car in the streets of Paris. Not because of burglary or theft, but simply because in Paris the bumper of the car still serves its purpose when parking.

In the parking space it is reversed until you touch the car behind it - more or less gently. I don't want to expect that from my cherished and well-cared for vehicle.

Advantages of accommodation on the northern outskirts:

Disadvantages of accommodation on the northern outskirts:

  • Center not within walking distance
  • Very little Parisian flair
  • Few restaurants

Hotel recommendations on the northern outskirts:

Inexpensive overnight stays in Paris in Clichy and Levallois-Perret

If you don't mind a 15-minute metro ride to the most important sights, but you prefer to stay a little cheaper in Paris, then I recommend the suburbs of Clichy and Levallois-Perret in the north.

Both are very quiet and cozy, but still have excellent connections to the Paris metro network.

Some Parisian suburbs don't have a very good reputation. Clichy and Levallois-Perret are definitely not one of them.

They are cozy residential areas with many families who prefer to live with their children in a quieter environment. With supermarkets and bakeries you have many options for cheap shopping.

The advantage: Here you pay less for a good mid-range hotel than in other areas. In Clichy and Levallois-Perrot, with a bit of luck, you can get a good hotel room for less than 100 euros a night.

Since the metro stations are not as close together as in Paris, you should make sure that your hotel is not too far from the metro. About 15 minutes drive separates you from the center of Paris.

All the hotels that we present to you here are close to a metro station.

Advantages of staying in Clichy or Levallois-Perret:

  • Peaceful area
  • Few tourists
  • Among the locals

Disadvantages of accommodation in Clichy or Levallois-Perret:

  • Center not within walking distance
  • Few restaurants
  • Few metro stations
  • It's not Paris

Hotel recommendations in Clychy and Levallois-Perret

Where did you stay in Paris?

These were my hotel tips for Paris. Have you been to Paris? In which part of the city did you live? Can you recommend a hotel? Feel free to leave a comment.