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Popular Neighborhoods in Paris France

Guide To Finding Best Hotels In Paris:

Step 1. Left Bank or Right Bank

Do you see that blue winding line in the map above? It’s the Seine River. It divides Paris into two distinct areas – the upper Right Bank ,or the Rive Droite, and the lower Left Bank, or the Rive Gauche. Choose one first. Need help to decide which bank of the Seine to pick as a base during your Paris visit, see Paris Neighborhoods At a Glance below.

Step 2. Choose the Neighborhood

There are, of course,  arrondisements, or city districts (20 of them), but that won’t tell you much unless you are a Parisian. Instead, choose a popular neighborhood on the Left or Right Bank.

Popular Left Bank Neighborhoods in Paris:

  • Latin Quarter – Pantheon
  • Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Luxembourg
  • Eiffel Tower – Orsay
  • Montparnasse

Popular Right Bank Neighborhoods in Paris:

  • Louvre – Place Vendome – Theatre District
  • Marais
  • Opera – Grand Magasins
  • Champs-Élysées
  • Arc de Triomphe – Palais des Congrès
  • Montmartre – Sacré Cœur

Step 3. Decide On the Type Of the Hotel

The type of the hotel will depend on your budget. Most people, either go by the star rating or price range. But, there’s more to it: new or old, historic or modern, boutique or simple B&B, romantic or family-friendly hotel. Personally, I prefer the price range approach as it helps stay within the budget. Therefore, cheap, mid-range, or luxury hotel – that’s the question I need to answer first. The rest will depend on the answer to this most important question.

Step 4. Choose The Hotel

Now, that you know  the type of the hotel, have determined which side of the Seine you want to stay at, and the neighborhood you like the most, it’s time to find your hotel in Paris.

Popular Luxury Hotels In Paris:

  • Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
  • Pershing Hall
  • Sofitel Paris Arc de Triomphe
  • Hotel Champs Elysees Mac Mahon
  • Mercure Paris Tour Eiffel Grenelle
  • Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg
  • Hôtel Radisson Blu Ambassador Paris Opéra
  • Hotel Le Littre
  • Select Hotel – Rive Gauche
  • Saint James & Albany Hotel – Spa

Luxury Hotels in Paris

Popular Mid-Range Hotels In Paris:

  • Hôtel Montholon Paris
  • Hotel Glasgow Monceau Paris
  • Hotel Beaumarchais
  • Hôtel Iliade Montmartre
  • Grand Hotel De Turin
  • Hotel Migny Opera Montmartre
  • Ideal Hotel Design
  • Hotel Convention Montparnasse
  • Hotel Eiffel Capitol
  • Timhotel Paris Gare du Nord

Mid-Range Hotels in Paris

Popular Cheap Hotels In Paris:

  • Hotel de Paris Maubeuge
  • Villa Pantheon
  • The Modern Hotel
  • Hotel d’Amiens
  • Le Faubourg
  • Hotel Romance Malesherbes
  • Hotel Paris Liege
  • Pavillon Courcelles Parc Monceau
  • Hotel Clauzel
  • Campanile Paris 15 – Tour Eiffel

Cheap Hotels in Paris

Paris Neighborhoods At A Glance

Left Bank

Why choose the Left Bank? People often think of the Left Bank as an intellectual center of Paris; it’s home to all sorts of students, musicians, artists, dreamers, and thinkers. In other words, it’s the artsy part of town, a former haunt of Sartre, Hemingway, Trotsky and Lenin, just to name a few. You’ll find Paris’s most famous attractions there – the Eiffel Tower, the Panthéon, Musée d’Orsay, and Musée du quai Branly. Add these three popular neighborhoods – the Latin Quarter, Saint-Germain-des-Prés, Montparnasse – and you’ll know why you’d never want to cross the river to the Right Bank. It’s also the prime location for Bahamian cafes and trendy luxury shops. You’ll find here lots of small boutique-style hotels that are often rich in history and have authentic ambiance about them. The best hotels could be found in the 6th arrondissement, while cheaper option are available in the 5th and 7th. Explore Montparnasse area for stylish and affordable hotels on the Left Bank (14th arr).

Latin Quarter – Pantheon

Student Cafes and Bars | Beautiful Architecture | Deeply-Rooted Intellectual Tradition

Main  Attractions:  Sorbonne, Quartier Latin, The Panthéon, Académie Française, École des Beaux-Arts de Paris, Roman Amphitheatre, Collège de France, Rue Saint-Jacques, Thermes de Cluny, Jardin des Plantes, Rue Mouffetard, École Normale Supérieure;

Saint-Germain-des-Prés – Luxembourg

Famous Cafes | Quaint Old Streets | A Haunt of Intellectuals

Main  Attractions:  Place Saint-Germain, Jardins du Luxembourg, Saint-Germain Abbey and Square, Medici Fountain, Quartier Latin, Cafe Les Deux Magots, Café de Flore, St. Sulpice Church, Boulevard du Montparnasse, Rue Dauphine

Eiffel Tower – Orsay

The Most Aristocratic District | Government District | Upper Class Neighborhood

Main  Attractions: Eiffel Tower, Musée Rodin,  Musée d’Orsay, Hôtel des Invalides, Musée du quai Branly, Champ de Mars, Carre Rive Gauche, Faubourg Saint-Germain, École Militaire, Hôtel Matignon, Hotel Biron

Montparnasse

Bohemian Enclave | Traditional Bistros | Major Transportation Hub

Main  Attractions:  Tour Montparnasse, Parc Montsouris, Boulevard du Montparnasse, rue Daguerre, Gare Montparnasse, Stade Charléty, Boulevard Raspail, Cité Internationale Universitaire de Paris, Les Catacombes de Paris, Observatoire, Cimetière de Montparnasse

Hotels Near Paris Landmarks

Right Bank

Why the Right bank? They often say the Right Bank is for the bankers and the wealthy. In part, it’s true: the upscale neighborhoods, chic boutiques, gourmet restaurants, foreign embassies, majestic monuments, symmetrical squares, manicured gardens, and grand boulevards still reign there. While it is the business heart of Paris, it is also more multi-cultural and metropolitan in spirit than its left counterpart. Due to its more contemporary focus, it’s become the meeting point of the modern Parisian culture, arts, and fashion. Add such emerging and now extremely popular neighborhoods as Le Marais, Canal St. Martin, or Parc Monceau area on the West End, apart from the famous Opera and Champs-Élysées neighborhoods, and you’ll know why you have to be based out of the Right Bank. While the Right Bank is home to the majority of the luxury, palatial-style hotels in Paris, you still can find cheaper options in the Marais, Canal St. Martin, or Montmartre neighborhoods.

Louvre – Place Vendome – Theatre District

French Culture and Royal History

Main Attractions: The Louvre Museum, Pont des Arts, Pont Neuf, Avenue de l’Opéra, Place Vendôme and the Vendôme Column, Boulevard des Capucines, Boulevard Montmartre, Boulevard des Italiens, Café de la Paix, Boulevard Saint-Denis, Théâtre des Bouffes Parisiens, Place de la Bourse

Marais

Trendy Boutiques and Galleries | Outstanding Buildings | Gay Village | Jewish Community

Main  Attractions:  Notre-Dame de Paris, Place des Vosges, Centre Georges Pompidou, Temple fortress, Musée de l’Histoire de France, Hôtel de Ville, Place de la Bastille, Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers, Rue de Rivoli, Place Dauphine

Opera – Grand Magasins

The Business District of Paris | Home to Large Department Stores

Main  Attractions: Place de la Bourse, Opera Garnier, Paris Stock Exchange, Boulevard Montmartre, Boulevard Saint-Denis, Rue de Richelieu, Boulevard des Italiens, Boulevard des Capucines, Passage des Panoramas, Printemps Department Store, Galeries Lafayette, Place Pigalle, Boulevard Haussmann, Moulin Rouge

Champs-Élysées

Home to the Most Beautiful Street in the World & French President| Bustling Luxury Shopping

Main  Attractions: Avenue des Champs-Élysées, Arc de Triomphe, Place de la Concorde, The Élysée Palace (official residence of the French President), Place de l’Étoile, Rue du Faubourg Saint Honoré, Pont Alexandre III, Parc Monceau, Grand Palais, Église de la Madeleine, Hôtel de Crillon

 Arc de Triomphe – Palais des Congrès

Quintessential Paris: Upper Class Neighborhood | High-End Shopping District | Hipsters Hangout

Main  Attractions:  Palais des Congrès of Paris,   La Defense Business District, Hotel Concorde Lafayette, Guy Savoy and Michel Rostang Restaurants, Avenue des Ternes, Place de Clichy, Square des Batignolles, Parc Monceau, Place de Wagram

Montmartre – Sacré Cœur

Home to A Thriving Ethnic Community | Sacré Cœur Basilica | Affordable Hotels

Main  Attractions: Sacré Cœur Basilica, Montmartre, Goutte d’Or district, Moulin Rouge, Place Pigalle, Boulevard de Rochechouart, Basilica of Sainte-Jeanne-d’Arc, Marché Barbès, Quartier de La Chapelle, Espace Dali Museum, Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen

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Traveler’s Notes:

While there are about 2,000 hotels in Paris, which, at a first glance, sounds like a lot, it will be difficult, however, to choose the one that would fit all your requirements. I remember, three years ago, when I first traveled to Paris, I spent a lot of time on TripAdvisor, trying to figure out which hotel to stay at. I was so overwhelmed by the choice and negative reviews all hotels in Paris seem to have that, at some point, I thought of giving up the whole idea. It took me some time to realize that I needed to compromise on certain things and define what the best hotel meant to me if I ever were to travel to Paris.

The first  and the biggest consideration is the budget. If you are planning to travel to Paris anywhere between June to August, be prepared to pay. Prices sky-rocket at this time of the year for hotel accommodations, and most hotels in Paris will be sold out at least two months in advance. Strange as it might seem, but luxury hotels in Paris will be sold out first. Therefore, if you are not on a budget, and want to stay at a popular luxury boutique hotel in Paris, you would be better off booking your room in advance. Last minute vacation deals still will be available, but may not be at the hotel of your first choice.

For budget travelers, the best time to visit Paris is anywhere between mid-March to mid-May, or late September through November. You will find great deals for hotels in Paris during these periods and you won’t have to break the bank. You will be able to pick up the location and enjoy everything Paris has to offer, particularly if you are traveling in April or May, when it gets warmer in Paris. If it has to be the summer time, be prepared to shell out anywhere between €90-€150 a day for a centrally located hotel. Prices, of course, will range depending on how close the hotel will be to the main attractions and the days of the week, but they won’t come cheap anyway. Even the hotels located outside of the historic center will be pricey.

It took me some time to realize that the best hotel in Paris is the one that you can afford in the neighborhood you like the most. What’s the point of knowing that Four Seasons George V hotel is the best luxury hotel in Paris, if you can’t afford it anyway? Determine your budget, and then try to find a hotel that would fit into it. Don’t focus on centrally located hotels only. This is the biggest mistake most people make when looking for a hotel in Paris. Even though Paris is a densely populated city, it’s also very compact. Even if your hotel will be in the suburbs, you still won’t be more than 15-25 minutes away from the city centre. Paris boasts one of the most extensive public transportation systems in the world, and all that you need to do is make sure your hotel is located near a subway station, or “Le Metro.”

If it has to be a centrally located hotel, then you will need to decide on the Left or Right Bank location, and  determine which attraction it should be close to. Most people are looking for a hotel near the Louvre museum, the Eiffel Tower, L’Opera Garnier or Montparnasse, among some other popular Paris neighborhoods. Remember that a hotel in the historic center of Paris will be in an old building, and you may be offered an oddly shaped room with minimum amenities and no 24-hour room service. Toiletries will be minimal as well, towels may be small and scratchy, and there will be no hair-dryers or air-conditioners. In most cases, you will have to carry your baggage upstairs as the elevator, if any, will be too small to accommodate you and your luggage.  What those hotels do offer in exchange is the romantic ambiance of the old Paris. If you are looking for authenticity, intimacy and hominess, then there are thousands of hotels to choose from.

For my first visit to Paris, though, I opted for a big and well-known chain hotel. I knew, even though it might not sound romantic, that I wanted a comfortable hotel that would offer most of the amenities we are used to in the U.S. and Canada, in addition to a great location and a gorgeous view. Back three years ago, I was lucky to find Hotel Concord La Fayette at 50% off, and even though it still cost me €90 per night, the price included buffet breakfast and a view of the Eiffel Tower. Considering that I traveled in mid-June, this was the best deal I have ever had for a Paris hotel. The buffet breakfast was exceptional and so substantial that I would normally skip lunch. And the view from my room speaks for itself:

view of the Eiffel Tower Paris

The Eiffel Tower as seen from 14th floor of Hotel Concord La Fayette in Paris

See Photos of Concord La Fayette here

American travelers who choose Hotel Concord La Fayette would find it gratifying that the hotel staff speaks English and the rooms offer contemporary elegant design in addition to high-tech amenities. The hotel provides a direct access to the subway line from the underground mall and is located just a 10-15 minute walk from Arc de Triomphe and Champs Elysees. The hotel offers all modern conveniences, a fantastic view, a great breakfast, and a proximity to a subway line. I didn’t want to stay at a charming but old hotel with thin-walled rooms, no a/c and not-so-enjoyable continental breakfast. This is also the safest and the most upscale neighborhood in Paris.

Here’s what you should do after you have found and booked a hotel in Paris. Once you have your reservation number, contact the hotel by e-mail and let them know your requirements. If you expect a bathroom with a tub, do ask for it in writing. If your hotel is centrally located, ask for a quieter room, or a room with the best view. Or, if the hotel has indicated that there have been some renovations done recently, ask for the most recently renovated room. If you require a large room, don’t hesitate to let the hotel know in advance. Upon arrival, ask to see the room before you check in, and should you not like it, ask for another room. Don’t hesitate to exclude breakfast, if you are not a big fan of a continental breakfast. Hotels in Paris normally charge you around €12-15 for a continental breakfast that would include a coffee, an orange juice, a croissant, jam and butter. You would be better off spending your breakfast money at a nearby bakery or cafe.

When looking for the affordable hotels in Paris, don’t focus too much on the hotel’s star rating. The French hotels’ star rating system is largely based on the room size and the amenities they offer, and it has nothing to do with the quality. It’s not entirely unusual to find an impeccable 2-star hotel that is much nicer than a wimpy 3-star hotel that just happens to have all its bathrooms equipped with hair dryers. Remember, if your room doesn’t happen to have a hair dryer, ask for it at the reception – they normally have one.

To sum it up, the best hotel in Paris would be the one you can afford, the one that is ideally located, and the one that offers the best amenities. It would be nice to get all of these features, however, be prepared to compromise if you are planning a Paris vacation in high season, or when looking for last minute vacation deals in Paris.

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