Are you planning a trip to Paris and trying to find a fantastique hotel that’ll match your vision of an ideal Parisian stay? Have you been endlessly researching neighborhoods and hotels and still don’t know where to stay in Paris?
You’re not alone! I hear from a lot of first-time Paris visitors, many of whom downloaded my free Paris cheat sheet, asking for specific hotel recommendations.
So, I’m revealing all the secrets 😉 of my Paris trip planning notebook. These are hotels I’ve looked at, researched, and stayed at for my own trips to the City of Light (yes, trips, yet never enough).
How to use this guide:
It’s so overwhelming to do a blind search for hotels only to have hundreds, if not thousands, of results returned on endless search pages. I’ve been in your shoes and so have many a traveler. So, let’s streamline this process, shall we?
I used my two favorite hotel research and booking tools, TripAdvisor and Booking.com, as well as travel-planning favorite, Pinterest. I filtered the results and read countless reviews. Negative reviews were investigated to understand what happened and to see if/how hotel management responded to these concerns.
Yes, it took me hours. But, luckily for you, I’m sharing all of what I learned and experienced to make it très simple for you!
Ultimately, I want my Paris hotel to be boutique-ish, French-chic, and in an excellent location. I don’t necessarily look for the absolute cheapest hotel. But, I’m hardly a spendthrift. I expect great overall value from any hotel I choose.
I love the 5th and 6th Arrondissements, the Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Prés respectively. So, my hotel searches tend to focus on these neighborhoods.
Use the narrowed down choices below to find the perfect hotel for your Paris trip without aging yourself over endless where to stay in Paris options. As always, compare reviews and prices for each hotel before making a final decision. But, feel confident in knowing these hotels have time and again been recognized by travelers, awarded by travel sites, and, yes, recommended by travel bloggers like me. 😉
Where to Stay in Paris:
No matter which hotel you choose to stay, there are a few Paris hotel tips you should keep in mind.
- Both Paris airports are well outside of the city. Only consider a night’s stay if you want to position yourself for a super early morning flight.
- Paris has 20 arrondissements, or neighborhoods. I love the 5th and 6th arr. Regardless of my preferences, you should absolutely choose a hotel (or Airbnb) within one of these arrondissements. Staying outside these city limits will be a major convenience hassle.
- Stay in a hotel as close as possible to a metro station as opposed to near a specific attraction. You’ll need the metro to avoid walking huge distances and some neighborhoods, like the Champs Élysées, aren’t actually great areas to stay.
- Hotel rooms in Paris are small. It adds to the romance…if you get my drift. 😉 Just adjust all (room) size expectations accordingly and you’re sure to be pleased.
Latin Quarter- 5th Arrondissement
The Latin Quarter is the bohemian arrondissement. The Sorbonne, one of the first Universities in the world, is here and this draws in many students. As a result, prices for accommodations will generally be cheaper here and the shops less upscale.
Don’t let words like bohemian or students dissuade you, though. The Latin Quarter is one of the oldest areas in Paris. It’s full of history. A walk down a small street might reveal a quiet café or an old church. Explore the depths of this arrondissement and find one-of-a-kind shops, weekend markets, rue Mouffetard, and even Roman ruins.
Hotel le Petit Paris is where I stayed with my husband a few years ago when we spent Christmas in Paris before venturing off to Normandy and Mont Saint-Michel. Guests today still praise the hotel for many of the same reasons I did. Why did I love it?
The rooms are absolutely beautiful. The tiled bathrooms and the plush tapestries combine for a truly luxurious feel. The nearest metro, the Pantheon, and the Luxembourg Gardens are just 5 minutes by foot, while Notre Dame is 10 minutes. It’s on a quieter stretch of rue Saint Jacques but just a couple of blocks from the nearest cafés and Boulevard Saint-Michel. Check latest prices.
Hotel Monge is a top-rated Paris hotel noted for its charm and quiet location. This area of the 5th arr. is full of history with one of the oldest streets in Paris, rue Mouffetard, just a couple of blocks away. The ruins of a Roman coliseum sit just outside the hotel. Add this to the 3 metro stations close by and Notre Dame and île Saint-Louis well within walking distance and you’ll have your own little sliver of Paris. Check latest prices.
Hotel de Grands Hommes is a Latin Quarter gem with rooms overlooking the Pantheon. From having stayed in this area myself, I agree with guests’ comments about not finding a more central location, where Notre Dame and many top sights are walkable. The rooms in the 18th-Century building have a classic, romantic French feel. Some rooms also have balconies. I ** this hotel in my own planning notebook because this street is also a “secret” location in the Latin Quarter to view the Eiffel Tower sparkling off in the distance. Check latest prices.
Hotel Design Sorbonne gets high marks for location and is a bit more cost-friendly for travelers trying to squeeze the most from their trip budget. Perhaps boasting fewer frills than some of the other hotels in this guide, the rooms are modern, fresh, and comfortable, as well as steps from the River Seine. Check latest prices.
Hotel Atmospheres continues with the ideal Latin Quarter location and great value, 4-star hotel theme. With a trendy vibe and brightly colored rooms, guests raved about this hotel’s helpful staff and quiet location. The metro, cafés, markets and top Paris sights are all conveniently located. Check latest prices.
Saint-Germain-des-Pres- 6th Arrondissement
Saint-Germain is très chic with its high-end art galleries and shops. The main boulevard is busy with cafés and movie theaters. But, as you veer off onto the smaller streets and go deeper into the neighborhood, you’ll find museums, historic churches, and local spots perfect for classic Parisian café people-watching. Luxembourg Gardens, the Louvre, Notre Dame, and Sainte-Chappelle are all nearby.
Hotel de Buci by MH is where I stayed for my December 2016 trip to Paris. It’s my favorite hotel in Paris to date. In fact, it’s likely to be where I stay next time, too. Why did I love it?
Hotel de Buci is an excellent value boutique 4-star hotel with a friendly staff. The decor is traditionally Parisian. (Think antique furniture and velvet drapes.) The Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, and Notre Dame are no more than a 10-15 minute walk and the metro is a couple of blocks away. Rue de Buci is the quintessential, tiny Paris street lined with cafés filled with locals, visitors, and the occasional jazz quartet. I loved how all of these elements combined for the perfect stay. Check latest prices.
Hotel Le Six has been ranked one of the top 25 hotels in France. The hotel looks exquisitely managed and has a modern flair. It’s located close to the Luxembourg Gardens and 3 metro stations. Past guests rave about the friendly and helpful staff. This hotel is consistently high-rated and among the top 25 hotels in Paris on TripAdvisor. Check latest prices.
Hotel Luxembourg Parc is situated near the gardens it names. In keeping with its location, the hotel grounds are decorated with window boxes and draping greenery down the sides of the building. The hotel’s ambiance and tucked away, but convenient, location makes it a popular choice in Paris. Check latest prices.
Artus Hotel by MH is also on rue de Buci. The location is as described for the Hotel de Buci above. Guests from both hotels noted over and over about the staff going above and beyond in their hospitality. If you like the neighborhood atmosphere of the rue de Buci, but want a bit more of a more modern, open feel than Hotel de Buci, look no further for your perfect Paris stay. Check latest prices.
Hotel Odeon Saint-Germain is in a prime Saint-Germain location. The River Seine and top sights like the Louvre and Notre Dame are just 10-15 minute by foot. Several metro stops are nearby and the lively atmosphere of open-air cafés is just a couple blocks away. The hotel is in a 16th-century building showing off its exposed stonework interior and classic French decor. Guests feel as if they’ve found a Parisian gem. Check latest prices.
Where do you like to stay in Paris? Do you have a favorite Arrondissement or hotel?
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