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Whether a long-planned holiday or spontaneous weekend trip, your first time or fifteenth, an important question before traveling to Paris is: where should I stay? Known for its village-like neighborhoods, there are many quartiers with both boutique hotels and the grand dame addresses that will appeal to all kinds of travelers. The great thing is that almost every neighborhood in Paris is the best neighborhood to stay in Paris.

Where to Stay in Paris As a Family: 8eme

This airy and regal neighborhood is where many of Paris’s own families reside. And with good reason: it’s convenient to transportation options, including the 1 metro line, which cuts right through the center of the city, as well as child-friendly destinations like Parc Monceau. Better yet, the streets and boulevards are wide, making pushing a stroller, or walking three or four abreast, more accommodating.

Best Hotels in 8eme

Photo gallery space at the Royal Monceau hotel, in Paris
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Royal Monceau

A five-star hotel with plenty of Parisian chic, but also unexpected artsy flair. In addition to Michelin-star dining and a Clarins spa (if you can steal away on your own), the Royal Monceau features an art gallery, bookstore, and private cinema.

37 avenue Hoche, 75008 Paris, 33 01 42 99 88 00, leroyalmonceau.com

To book: booking.com

Hotel Waldorf Madeline

Sometimes simplicity rules when you’re traveling with a brood. The bright bedspreads and artwork in these simple rooms, as well as the dining room where breakfast is served, add cheery pops of color. Opt for a room with a sitting area so you can spread out.

12 boulevard Malesherbes, 75008 Paris, 33 01 42 65 72 06, hwparis.com

To book: expedia.com

Where to Stay in Paris for the Nightlife: 10eme

In recent years, Canal Saint-Martin, which runs through the heart of the 10eme, has become one of the city’s youngest, liveliest areas. Locals love to picnic along the canal, crowd the sidewalks of popular cafes like Café Prune, and venture to chic boites like Gravity Bar. And if the immediate neighborhood options aren’t enough, the tenth borders the Bastille and Marais, two other vibrant neighborhoods filled with bars, cafes, and clubs.

Best Hotels in 10eme

Hotel Providence Paris

Want a cocktail before you hit the town? The 18 eclectic rooms here all have a custom-made bar, along with other urbane amenities — ranging from record players to claw-foot tubs — to make you feel at home.

90 rue René Boulanger, 75010 Paris, 33 01 46 34 34 04, hotelprovidenceparis.com

To book: expedia.com

Grand Amour Hotel

The sister hotel of the popular Hotel Amour in the 9eme, Grand Amour goes big on style. A colorful and central terrace buzzes with fashionistas, while all the floors are decorated differently, united by their bold colors and impressive art on display.

18 rue de la Fidélité, 75010 Paris, 33 01 44 16 03 30, grandamour.hotelamourparis.fr

To book: expedia.com

Exterior of Le Citizen, in Paris Canal St Martin
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Le Citizen

All 12 rooms of this eco-friendly hotel overlook the canal, giving you a unique perspective on the electric energy of the neighborhood. Rooms are simple and cozy and the small restaurant that serves breakfast feels like you’re virtually sitting on the canal.

96 quai de Jemmapes, 75010 Paris, 33 01 83 62 55 50, lecitizenhotel.com

To book: expedia.com

Where to Stay in Paris As a First-time Visitor: 6eme

You’ve seen pictures of Paris before; there’s a good chance you’ll stumble into the most classic of them here in the 6eme. The heart of Saint-Germaine, this is where iconic cafes like Les Deux Magots and Flore stand, where cobblestone alleys spill into boutique-lined boulevards, and the Jardin du Luxembourg crowds with locals and tourists, strolling the gardens and sailing boats in the fountain.

Best Hotels in 6eme

Courtyard at the Relais Christine, in Paris
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Relais Christine

Newly redesigned, this hotel is cozy and elegant, featuring classic French touches like canopy beds, fine antiques, and Toile de Jouy wallpaper. The 48 rooms feature plush quarters and there are salons for gathering throughout the hotel, indoors and out.

3 rue Christine, 75006 Paris, 33 01 40 51 60 80, relais-christine.com

To book: expedia.com


The last place that Oscar Wilde resided, this five-star hotel holds a special place in Parisians’ hearts. The 20 rooms smack of glamour, as does the restaurant, bar, and hidden hammam pool.

13 Rue des Beaux Arts, 6eme, 33 1 44 41 99 00, l-hotel.com

To book: expedia.com

Hotel Recamier

This six-story hotel is a chic and quiet retreat tucked behind the Saint-Sulpice church. The 24 rooms range in size, all united by their very French neutral palette and decorative touches like live orchids and glossy photographs.

3 bis, Place Saint-Sulpice, 6eme, 33 1 43 26 04 89, hotelrecamier.com

To book: expedia.com

Where to Stay in Paris for Romance: 3eme

Nowhere is the city’s legendary romantic aura more on display than in the charming streets, hidden gardens, and historic places of the Marais. At night the streetlights cast a seductive glow, and by day the cul de sacs and hidden corners are wonderful for exploring arm-in-arm.

Best Hotels in 3eme

Room at the Pavillon de la Reine
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Pavillon de la Reine

Just behind the picturesque Place des Vosges, this family-owned hotel is as decadent as it is discreet. Some of the 56 rooms boast exposed beams and antique furniture while others have contemporary chandeliers and velvet couches; all are quietly sophisticated.

28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris, 33 01 40 29 19 19, pavillon-de-la-reine.com

To book: expedia.com

Hotel National des Arts & Métiers

This 70-room hotel brings a modern twist to the historic neighborhood. Clean lines and contemporary fixtures (think: terrazzo bathrooms, Nespresso machines, black and white photos) dominate the lobby and rooms, and a rooftop lounge gives a fabulous peek across the Parisian rooftops.

243 Rue Saint-Martin, 75003 Paris, 33 01 80 97 22 80, hotelnational.paris

To book: expedia.com

Where to Stay in Paris to Indulge in Fashion: 1e

We all know the French like their fashion, and a stroll along rue Saint-Honoré in the first arrondissement will make you a convert, too. Whether you’re indulging in window shopping at Hermés, giving your wallet a workout at Goyard, or simply watching the parade from Le Castiglione’s terrace, this neighborhood is très à la mode.

Best Hotels in 1e

Hotel Costes

Perhaps no longer the chicest address in town, the Costes still has style cred thanks to the opulent baroque décor, legendary soundtracks, and international celebrities who dine at the courtyard restaurant. Rooms range from singles to spectacular suites.

239-241 Rue Saint Honoré, 75001 Paris, 33 1 42 44 50 00, hotelcostes.com

Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

In an 18th-century building overlooking the gardens of the Palais Royal, this elegant newcomer is meant to feel like your home away from home. Rooms are clean, contemporary, and exude a sense of calm — and fantasy if you happen to be staying in one of the top-floor suites with a balcony and views of Sacre Coeur.

4 rue de Valois, 75001 Paris, 33 01 42 96 15 35, grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com

To book: expedia.com

Windsor Suite at the Ritz Paris
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The Ritz

Pourquoi pas? If you’re traveling all this way and are looking for the most fashionable spot in Paris, there aren’t many that will top the Ritz. After a recent four-year renovation, the refined 18th-century décor — gilded sconces, marble bathrooms, floor-to-ceiling windows — of the 142 rooms and themed suites (like the Coco Chanel) have never looked better.

15 Place Vendôme, 75001 Paris, 33 1 43 16 30 30, ritzparis.com

To book: expedia.com