How important is your hotel’s location? If you ask us, it’s très important. Regardless of whether you only have two days in Paris or a whole week, you should always consider the perks of its location. A few extra euros per night could mean the difference between rolling out of bed and into one of the best neighborhoods in town or wasting precious travel time taking the Metro to and from your hotel.
Head to our Paris guide for reviews of dozens of our favorite hotels in Paris. However, if you already know what you’d like to be near, consider the following six hotels in our favorite areas.
Doubles from €95
If you’re looking to see that tower thing, know that it’s not in the center of the city. If your itinerary includes wandering the chic side of Paris while playing tourist, consider staying over near the Champs de Mars. The Hotel Eber Mars not only has a friendly English speaking proprietor and comfy rooms, but it will also leave you with a few extra euros to spend on the Tower and along the nearby rue Cler, a popular, if touristy, market street.
Doubles from € 89
If you’re looking to get away from all of the tour buses and cameras, you can try your best out in the 20th arrondissement by shaking it up at Mama Shelter, a super-chic and budget-friendly hotel. Wander the Père Lachaise cemetery in isolation, hanging out in one of the world’s most famous cemeteries with stars like Edith Piaf, Jim Morrison and Oscar Wilde.
If you want to play a proper hipster in Paris, or if you just need a place to stay that’s not far from the Gare du Nord on your way to London or Amsterdam, check out the Hotel du Nord. Close to the now-famous Canal St-Martin district (and just 2 Metro stops from the Gare du Nord), it’s one of Paris’ trendier neighborhoods where you can forego Chanel and Vuitton for a pair of beat up Chucks and any brand of skinny jeans. The best part? The hotel will lend you a bike for free so you can cruise the Canal’s banks. Cheap and trendy.
Doubles from €90
You’re in Paris for the art? Don’t look farther than the Hotel du Cygne, a cute little two-star hotel with wood-beamed ceilings and a friendly staff. A quick walk to the Louvre and the Pompidou, it’s a great starting point for those looking to get a quick and easy dose of paintings and sculptures while not paying too much for accommodations. The galleries and museums of the Marais aren’t too far away, either, making this a good base for multiple days of inspiring visits.
Doubles from €110
Whether you’ve dreamed of studying at the Sorbonne or just want to be as close to Notre Dame as possible, look no further than the Hotel Esmeralda, located along the left bank of the Seine. Rooms look out onto views of the city’s two islands and the world’s most famous Gothic cathedral. The entire Latin Quarter, featuring medieval and Roman architecture as well as the Pantheon and the main building of the Sorbonne, are a quick walk away.
Doubles from €98
You want to be trendy, but central. You want to be touristy, yet also stay near some locals. You want it all, basically. Well drop your luggage in the Marais at the Hotel Jeanne d’Arc, a very sweet two-star hotel that feels like a country inn. The Marais is a great place to call home, with several free museums, an array of shopping for all budgets, and some of the best cheap eats in the city.
To see many more budget hotel picks for Paris, including more recommendations for each of these neighborhoods, see the hotel reviews in our Paris guide.