Ah Paris! With its distinct neighborhoods, or "arrondissements", the various highlights of Paris, and the whole "left v.s. right bank" attitude, it's hard to know where to stay to make the most out of your trip. Here's a little guide with everything you need to know about where to stay in Paris. From budget-friendly options to boutique hotels, you'll soon find that the city of love puts creature comforts above all else.
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Where to Stay in Paris as a Student
The Latin Quarter: The 5th & 6th Arrondissements
Paris's division into twenty arrondissements begins at its very center and proceeds in an outward spiral. As a student, the Latin Quarter should be your first choice for where to stay in Paris. Does this put you on the Left Bank? Yes. But the Latin Quarter is not only incredibly iconic, offering a brilliant mix of high and low culture, galleries, and restaurants, you've always got the ease and speed of the Paris Métro to keep you connected to the attractions of the Right Bank.
Sine the 13th century, the Latin Quarter has been the students' answer not only to where to stay in Paris but where to study in Paris. The main universities like the famous Sorbonne are housed in this quarter and not only give the neighborhood a high-brow, artistic, and intellectual vibe, they also mean that you're likely to find yourself locked in a heated and fierce debate about Chomsky vs. Foucault at any of the trendy bars and pubs located here.
The north-south axis of Boulevard St. Michel is famous for its narrow and crooked streets, decked with massive stone buildings dating to the Middle Ages. Of these, you can find accommodations at Hotel Excelsior, an affordable and fully-outfitted hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter. Continental breakfast, a 24-hour concierge, and a beautiful floral garden, along with its fully air-conditioned suites at an affordable price make this a steal. But its true perk is its location: simply less than 6th of a mile away from the Luxembourg Gardens and a 5th of a mile away from the Panthéon Church, less than half a mile from the famous Sorbonne, and a mere 15-minute walk from Notre-Dame Cathedral, this is exactly where to stay in Paris, enjoy added perks, and keep a student budget.
Where to Settle in Paris as a Tourist
Keep yourself close to amenities and major attractions, but don't necessarily base your choice for where to stay in Paris on specific neighborhoods where these attractions are. Paris is, geographically speaking, relatively small, so getting from place to place on the Métro or by foot is fairly easy. However, keeping to the 20 arrondissements exclusively will make your life easier because they are so well-connected, packed with exciting things to do, and safer for tourists and families. If this is your 3rd or 4th time and you're well-versed with the main districts (and your French is on point) then, yes, you can start to move away from the city center when picking where to stay in Paris.