Paris districts you must visit and their hotel scene
Choosing the right hotel for your stay in Paris isn’t easy as there are more than 2000 accommodation options offered to the city guests. But with a little knowledge of the character of the city areas and their hotel scene, you will make your hotel choice quickly.
Paris is divided into 20 arrondissements, with the first 8 being the most central and the most interesting to visit. At the same time, there are some things to see outside the city centre. Let’s find out what arrondissements are the most important and popular ones.
City centre. Culture and sightseeing
As said before, the first 8 Paris arrondissements are the most central and touristy ones. The biggest amount of the world-known attractions is found here. The most luxurious hotels are also mainly located in these areas. The prestigious “palace” hotels such as Le Bristol, Le Meurice, Park Hyatt Paris-Vendome, Plaza Athenee and Hotel de Crillon are among them.
At the same time, the closer you are to these attractions, the more expensive your hotel room gets. Still, you can always find a relatively inexpensive hotel by an international chain in almost every city corner, including the centre. Stay in one of those if you want an international quality guarantee.
So, what are the main peculiarities of each Paris district?
The 1st district, Louvre, on the right bank of the River Seine, is one of the smallest, least populated, but the most expensive and important arrondissements. It boasts a concentration of sights that may absorb your whole day: the Louvre and the Tuileries Garden, Comédie-Française, Musée Grévin, Palais Royal. The district also contains a part of Îlle de la Cité with a number of historic monuments, including the Notre Dame Cathedral, located in the area.
It comes as no surprise that this district isn’t affordable for everyone. So prepare to spend considerable amounts if you want to live in the most central part of the French capital.
Hotels in the 1st arrondissement:
- The Ritz Paris 5* (currently under reconstruction. Due to be opened in July 2014)
- Novotel Paris Les Halles 4*
- The Westin Paris – Vendôme 4*
- Hotel du Louvre 5*
Not as rich in attractions as the 1st district, but very central, the 2nd arrondissement (Bourse) is mostly known for its business district, which hosts the former stock exchange building Paris Bourse, and its historic shopping arcades such as Passage des Panoramas, the Passage du Caire and some others. Once again, accommodation here is pretty expensive. But what you get is proximity to the main sights.
Hotels in the 2nd arrondissement:
- Best Western Premier L’Horset 4*
- Westminster Opera Hotel 5*
- Park Hyatt Paris – Vendôme 5*
Sitting adjacent to the 1st arrondissement, Élysée (the 8th arrondissement) is where the famous Avenue des Champs-Élysées found. You’ll meet lots of attractions while walking along the avenue: Arc de Triomphe, Élysée Palace, Parc Monceau and the Place de la Concorde. Many hotels found here boast international recognition.
Hotels in the 8th arrondissement:
- Hotel de Crillon 5* (currently being renovated. Opens in 2015)
- Warwick Champs-Élysées 5*
- Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg 5*
- Hotel Napoleon 4*
The 3rd (Temple) and the 4th (Hôtel-de-Ville) arrondissements are situated a bit farther (but still close) from the main sights and therefore offer more hotel options to suit a restrained budget. The charming 3rd arrondissement hosts the quieter part of the historic district Le Marais, The Jewish Quarter and the Chinatown, while the 4th arrondissement has a more merry-loving soul that suits the young travelers. It also includes the southern part of Le Marais and the eastern part of Îlle de la Cité. The main sights here are: Norte-Dame de Paris, the Place des Vosges, Temple du Marais and of course the modern Centre Pompidou. One of the best known city streets, Rue de Rivoli, runs along the district.
Hotels in the 3rd arrondissement:
- Villa Beaumarchais 4*
- Hotel Paris Rivoli 3*
- Bastille De Launay 2*
Hotels in the 4th arrondissement:
- Pavillon de la Reine 4*
- Pointe Rivoli 2*
- Hotel Le Notre Dame 3*
The 5th, 6th and 7th arrondissements are the most central districts on the left bank faved by the young, bohemian and romantically-inclined audience due to the Latin Quarter, the artistic cafés and of course the Eiffel Tower found here. Choose this area for your accommodation if you’re looking for a more quant, truly Parisian-style atmosphere, or need a hotel overlooking the Tower.
The Latin Quarter and The Panthéon are the focus of the 5th arrondissement (The “arrondissement du Panthéon”).
Hotels in the 5th arrondissement:
- Melia Colbert 4*
- Villa Panthéon 4*
- Best Western La Tour Notre Dame 3*
A truly bohemian flair is what the 6th arrondissement, Luxembourg, is known for. It’s also a home to the popular park, Jardin du Luxembourg and the famous Saint-Germain-des-Prés abbey. Besides, the heart of the Parisian café culture beats here. The upscale historic Hôtel Lutetia, favourite with famous artists and writers such as Pablo Picasso and James Joyce, is located in this district.
Hotels in the 6th arrondissement:
- Hotel Bel Ami 5*
- Hôtel Lutetia 4*
- Citadines Saint-Germain-des-Prés 3*
The 7th arrondissement (Palais-Bourbon) is the right choice if you want to have a hotel room with views on the Eiffel Tower, as it’s here that this famous sight is situated. Apart from the Tower, the list of local attractions includes Musée d’Orsay, Musée Rodin and Hôtel des Invalides with Napoleon’s tomb.
There are some great hotels in this district that guarantee unforgettable views on the Eiffel Tower:
- Mercure Paris Centre Tour Eiffel 4*
- Hotel Ares Tour Eiffel 4*
- Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel 4*
- Novotel Paris Tour Eiffel 4*
Outside the city centre. What else is there to see in Paris?
If you’re travelling with a restrained budget but still want a convenient access to the centre of Paris, there are some good accommodation options for you in a short walking distance from the centre and even in Paris outskirts. Note that Paris has an expansive metro net, with lots of stations spread throughout the city. So getting around the French capital isn’t a big problem.
Some areas outside the centre of Paris have their own outstanding character and attractions worth visiting. And these ones we have to mention.
The 9th arrondissement, Opera, is the area of contrasts. On the one hand, it boasts some great places of interest, including Opera Garnier, Musée Grévin, Boulevard Haussmann and the famous Galeries Lafayette department store. On the other hand, there is the Parisian red light district found in the north of the district.So we advise to be very careful when choosing which part of this district to stay at.
Hotels in the 9th arrondissement:
- Hotel Montholon 3*
- Hotel Scribe managed by Sofitel 5*
The Bastille (12th arrondissement) is a good choice for those looking for affordable accommodation in a quieter area, especially if you’re going to Paris with your family. Good transport links and several sights, including the Bercy Parc, the Bercy Stadium and Opéra de la Bastille, are the area’s main advantages.
Hotels in the 12th arrondissement:
- Pullman Paris Bercy 4*
- Kyriad Paris Bercy Village 3*
- Hotel Claret 3*
If you’re inspired by the “Amelie” movie and want to see Paris as it appears on many postcards,go to the 18th arrondissement (Butte-Montmartre) to visit the famous Montmartre. This bohemian district contains two important Paris attractions: the Basilica of the Sacré-Cœur and the Moulin Rouge. The latter earned the Butte-Montmartre the fame of a nightclub district, so the area is not recommended for accommodation with children.
Hotels in the 18th arrondissement:
- Suite Novotel Paris Porte de la Chapelle 4*
- Mercure Paris Montmartre Sacre Coeur 4*
- Terrass Hotel 4*