Where to Stay

Eiffel Tower & Western Paris

For

Close to Paris’ iconic tower and museums. Upmarket area with quiet residential streets.

Against

Short on budget and midrange accommodation. Limited nightlife.

Champs-Élysées & Grands Boulevards

For

Luxury hotels, famous boutiques and department stores, gastronomic restaurants, great nightlife.

Against

Some areas extremely pricey. Nightlife hot spots can be noisy.

Louvre & Les Halles

For

Epicentral location, excellent transport links, major museums, shopping galore.

Against

Not many bargains. Noise can be an issue in some areas.

Montmartre & Northern Paris

For

Village atmosphere and some lively multicultural areas. Many places have views across Paris.

Against

Hilly streets; further out than some areas; some parts very touristy. The red-light district around Pigalle, although well lit and safe, won’t appeal to all travellers.

Le Marais, Ménilmontant & Belleville

For

Buzzing nightlife, hip shopping, fantastic eating options in all price ranges. Excellent museums. Lively gay and lesbian scene. Busier on Sundays than many areas. Very central.

Against

Can be noisy in areas where bars and clubs are concentrated.

Bastille & Eastern Paris

For

Few tourists, allowing you to see the ‘real’ Paris up close. Excellent markets, loads of nightlife.

Against

Some areas slightly out of the way.

The Islands

For

As geographically central as it gets. Accommodation centred on the peaceful, romantic Île St-Louis.

Against

No metro station on the Île St-Louis. Limited self-catering shops, minimal nightlife.

Latin Quarter

For

Energetic student area, stacks of eating and drinking options, late-opening bookshops.

Against

Popularity with students and visiting academics makes rooms hardest to find during conferences and seminars from March to June and in October.

St-Germain & Les Invalides

For

Stylish, central location, superb shopping, sophisticated dining, proximity to the Jardin du Luxembourg.

Against

Budget accommodation is in seriously short supply.

Montparnasse & Southern Paris

For

Good value, few tourists, excellent links to both major airports.

Against

Some areas out of the way and/or not well served by metro.