WHERE TO STAY IN PARIS
(A LOCAL'S OPINION)
Tim and Helene, Paris elopement planners
Most of our couples travel to Paris for the first time, and especially for them, we are glad to describe everything in detail. Having this article as your guide, you can tremendously cut down on that researching time and book your perfect hotel or apartment.
The good news is that there are many good places to stay. The bad news is that the city is crowded with tourists in high season, from July to September. So please make advanced reservations.
HOW TO BEGIN?
When looking for a hotel in Paris, there is one thing you’ll need to remember: location is everything, because the public transport system is not the best.
That's why we created this map with areas marked in different colors. It is based on our personal 10-years experience as a wedding planners and a locals living in Paris.
Nothing sucks time quite as fast as not knowing where to search. This is why our map can be such a game-changer when it comes to finding the right district.
Staying here, you’ll have some of the city’s greatest sights just a short walk from your hotel.
This area includes the Eiffel Tower, Pont Alexandre III, Concorde, the famous Louvre, Grand Palais, Arc de Triomphe, Opera, Palais Royal, and Avenue des Champs-Élysées. Airbnb and hotels around here are modern and elegant.
Hotels in this central area can cost a little more, but you're paying for the best location right in the heart of the historic center and you will do less walking.
This area is for those who want to live like a local. Filled with restaurants, bars, and grocery stores you will always find what you need just a few footsteps away. Insta-worthy tiny streets, flowers hanging from windows and all this surrounded by old buildings.
It is adorable! The neighborhood has some of the most charming streets in Paris, entertaintment options are diverse - great wine bars and boutiques, and some good restaurants and takeaways.
GRAY AREA, CHEAP BUT NOT RECOMMENDED
Because the area is removed from the center, hotel rates here are cheaper. BUT I would not recommend this area because of transportation issues. Traffic jams are bad here. Not just bad, but REALLY BAD. Imagine being stuck in a traffic jam for 2.5 hours when going to your ceremony? This can be a reality sometimes.
Definitely avoid hotels around the Place Pigalle down the hill from Montmartre, there’s a fair number of prostitutes at night, this area is certainly not family appropriate.
Don't book a hotel here unless you want to see what a French ghetto looks like.