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There’s a perfect Paris hotel out there for everyone, from arty bolt holes to high-glamour suites with Eiffel Tower views. Nabbing the best hotels in Paris is all about knowing where to go.
If you’re seeking a romantic splurge, trying staying in the 1st Arrondissement. This is the centre of the old city and home to a bunch of ultra-grand Paris hotels, including The Ritz (which opens again in June). The iconic Paris of Chanel adverts and fashion shoots, it’s THE place to hobnob with the city’s fashionable residents.
Within walking distance, find the Tuileries, Place de Vendôme, Rue de Rivoli, and a sock-knocking view of the Eiffel Tower overlooking the River Seine at Place de la Concorde.
The 7th Arrondissement, known more often as Eiffel Tower, offers classic Parisian romance with a hefty price tag. Beautiful but wallet-busting, this exclusive area is packed with celebrity homes and top-notch Paris hotels.
If you’re planning to push the boat out, it’s also worth checking the 8th Arrondissement. This glamorous pocket houses some of the best hotels in Paris, including the Four Seasons Hotel George V, often lauded as the most luxurious hotel in the city. Here, fashionistas parade along leafy boulevards in impeccable outfits and elegant locals walk tiny, trussed-up dogs.
Hotels in Paris run the gamut price-wise. If your budget is tight have no fear: there are plenty of cheap hotels in Paris suited to far more modest budgets. Backpackers should make a beeline for Arrondissement 12, the Bastille, dotted with lively hostels and affordable Paris hotels. Safe and affordable, it’s a brilliant base for exploring Paris, with great metro links to all the top attractions.
Young hipsters with fingers on the Parisian pulse should head to the 11th Arrondissement (Oberkampf), an edgy neighbourhood on the rise. Not yet gentrified, it’s grungy, gushing with cool, creative energy and home to a handful of pretty cheap Paris hotels. All kinds of offbeat gigs and underground clubs kick off here after dark, so if you’re after an alternative Paris experience, it’s the perfect choice. Find out more about evening entertainment in the city on our Paris nightlife page.
Topped off by the Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre and Pigalle have long been the heart of bohemian Paris. Think art, absinthe and all kinds of high jinx. On the weekends, Montmartre can become something of a tourist squash-in, but you’ll find cheap street eats a plenty. This can be a great place if you’re after a cheap hotel in Paris.
Pigalle, the Parisian red light district, has always been considered a tad sketchy, but these days boutique Paris hotels are steadily popping up and transforming the vibe of the area.
Neater around the edges, the Marais (3rd and 4th Arrondissements) is a great mixture of vintage, arty and upper-crust. Crammed with buzzy bars, hipster hangouts, excellent museums and art galleries showcasing budding artists, it’s somewhere that can easily get under your skin. The district offers a whole mix of Paris hotels, from boutique hotspots to designer budget hotels, making it an increasingly popular choice.