Welcome to your complete guide on where to stay in Paris for first-time visitors. Paris is chock-full of some of the best luxury, boutique, budget, and hostel accommodations in the world.
It can be quite overwhelming! From districts, safe areas, sights, prices, public transport and so on.
This guide will cover ALL your questions!
We share first-hand the best areas for first-time visitors, families, couples and solo travelers.
We even included a big map with all neighborhoods and handpicked hotels for couples, families, and friends.
(This guide is always up to date, the last updated November 2020.)
But, first things first:
Question: Where to stay in Paris for a first-time visit?
Answer: My rule of thumb for first-time travelers is always STAY CENTRAL!
That means, aims to stay in the first 10 arrondissements or in English “neighborhoods”. The city of Paris is arranged into different districts, starting in the center of the city, moving outward in a spiral direction.
The very city center includes
Check the map below to get a better idea.
Why do I recommend these areas?
There’s so much to do and see in Paris, you need to savor every minute possible. The first 10 arrondissements provide you with easy access to all of the best museums, tours, and famous landmarks.
They also have easy transportation to the airport, bus and metro lines. That being said, don’t be afraid to venture outside the first 10, as some of Paris’ hidden gems lie off the tourist path.
Do you prefer staying close to the Eiffel Tower? Would you rather stay near the train station? Or do you want a hotel room overlooking the Seine River?
Here’s a full map for you to understand the different areas.
We highlight the districts, main tourists sightseeing in Paris and our handpicked accommodations.
Please note: those are not the exact names of the districts, neither its absolute borders. I just tried to simplify this information.
1. Best areas and handpicked hotels for Paris
As mentioned, the city center of Paris is the perfect place for first-time visitors.
I also understand that different travel styles match different needs. I created an overview of this.
You will notice some areas are excluded or added to the previous recommendation.
Let’s see handpicked hotels.
Continue scrolling or pick your group and travel type on the menu:
Traveling with kids can be tough. European hotels can be small and cramped, you have to hunt down outdoor space for kids to play, and finding a family-friendly restaurant can sometimes feel impossible.
Luckily, we’ve done the leg work for you and tracked down the best family-friendly places to stay in Paris.
6th Arrondissements – St. Germain
7th Arrondissement – Eiffel Tower
This map shows you the areas, recommended for families:
Handpicked accommodations for families
Figure out what’s most important for your family before booking. Would it be useful to have a kitchenette in your hotel room?
Are playgrounds nearby imperative? Are children too young to make public transportation easy?
Make a list of must-haves and narrow down your accommodation search from there. Here are some of our favorites:
If you have a big family, then you know just how hard it is to find comfortable accommodations for families over 4 in Europe. Résidence Charles Floquet is an apartment-style hotel that can accommodate up to 8 people comfortably and is only a stone’s throw away from the famous Eiffel Tower.
Located in the 7th arrondissement of Paris, next to the Eiffel Tower.
Kitchen, washing machine, balcony and living rooms available.
Look at a list of “The Most Romantic Cities in the World” and 9 times out of 10, Paris will be ranked #1. The French “City of Love” is chock-full of some of the most romantic sites, streets, restaurants, and hotels. If you’ve never been to Paris as a couple, you’re in store for a wonderfully love-filled trip.
The best areas for couples to stay in Paris are:
5th Arrondissement – Latin Quarter
8th Arrondissement – Champs Elysées
9th Arrondissement – Opera
This map shows you the areas, recommended for couples:
Handpicked accommodations for couples
It’s hard to go wrong when looking for a couple’s accommodation in Paris. Each neighborhood offers its own romantic ambiance, however, there are areas and hotels that will help set the mood for your perfect romantic holiday.
Hôtel Particulier Montmartre
A hideaway in Montmartre!
Take advantage of having all the privacy in the world while being just steps away from the best sights in Paris.
If you’re looking for true luxury, the “Triangle d’Or” or Golden Triangle is the place to be in the 8th arrondissement. However…it’s Paris, you can find luxury hotels, restaurants, bars and shopping in every neighborhood all over the city.
8th Arrondissements – Champs Elysées
1st Arrondissement – Heart of Paris
6th Arrondissements – St. Germain
This map shows you the areas, recommended for Luxury Travelers:
Handpicked accommodations for luxury
Paris is luxury, and for luxury travelers, there’s no shortage of accommodations.
Four Seasons Hotel George V
You may have spotted Hotel George V in a few different movies over the years, as it’s the quintessential Parisian hotel.
The hotel is located in the 8th arrondissement, right off the Champs-Élysées and near the city’s most upscale shopping quarter. The stunning views, Michelin dining, and swanky amenities make Hotel George V one of the most romantic hotels in the city.
This means as well it is an easy walk to the Eiffel Tower and L’Arc de Triomphe. Personally, this is our favorite areas in the city.