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Best Places to Stay in Paris + Holiday Rentals

Not sure where to stay during your next trip to Paris? Here is a list of the best holiday rental properties in Paris by arrondissement. 

I’ve curated a list of the best apartments you can rent while in Paris. Each one makes an effort to offer visitors a truly memorable home-away-from-home experience with thoughtfully-designed spaces in ideal locations.

Whether you are travelling solo, as couple, with friends or as a family – I’ve sourced options for number of bedrooms and at all budgets. Price per night cost is represented by € for your ease.

Have fun selecting the best holiday rental for you and your trip to Paris.

Map of Paris

The City of Light is divided into 20 Paris Arrondissements, known as districts of Paris. Each have their own town hall (Mairie) and mayor (Maire). The arrondissements of Paris are not to be confused with Parisian Quartiers, or neighbourhoods. 

map of paris

If you look at the map, the 1st arrondissement is in the centre of the city. Then the other arrondissements form a spiral turning clockwise finishing in the 20th arrondissement. Many compare this layout of Paris as a snail shell. Simple isn’t it?

As you explore the city, an easy way to figure out which arrondissement you are in, look for a street sign affixed to the side of the building, there is one on every corner. It will tell you the name of the street and arrondissement. 

Best Places to Stay by Arrondissement

1ST ARRONDISSEMENT (1e) Lourvre

The first arrondissement is the best area for sightseeing. Sitting on the right bank, this area has the fewest number of residents in Paris, but the highest number of tourist attractions. There’s no denying that it’s one of the most beautiful areas of Paris. The elegant architecture of the Palais Royal and the Louvre, as well as, Jardin des Tuileries and Palais du Royal are the most popular attractions to see. 

Best Holiday Apartments in 1st Arrondissement
  1. Romantic Cacoon – a quintessential Parisian styled studio with separate kitchenette is oozing with charm,  located steps from Tuileries Garden and Place de la Concorde  €€
  2. Chez Vous – a cozy 1-bedroom with original floors and beamed ceiling close to Palais Royal  €€
  3. My Mona Lisa – a light, bright 2-bedroom with gorgeous floor to ceiling windows with Juliet balcony and modern furnishings located close to the Louvre  €€€   
  4. Lady Louvre – a 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom modern interior with original features of chevron floors, beamed ceiling, and stone wall located near Louvre museum  €€€ 

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 1st arrondissement.

2nd ARRONDISSEMENT (2e) Bourse

The second arrondissement is the best area to explore secret passageways and pretty streets. Tucked away behind the 1st arrondissement sits the smallest arrondissement in Paris. This quaint area is full of history. From its covered passageways from the 1800s to rue Montogueil known as one of the last remaining streets to operate as a permanent market since the 12th century.  

Best Holiday Apartments in 2nd Arrondissement
  1. Chic Pink – a pretty pink and white studio filled with light from the windows with Juliet balcony located in the Vivienne neighbourhood  €€
  2. Ivory Butterfly – a light and bright 1-bedroom scandi-modern styled apartment  €
  3. Free as a Bird – a cozy 1-bedroom with a walk out to tiny terrace close located in a quiet area  €€
  4. Brigette in White – a large open concept space for 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom located in the trendy Sentier neighbourhood  €€€
  5. Chocolatier – a gorgeous 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home with balcony has all the classic original French details with mid-century furnishings   €€€€

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 2nd arrondissement.

LE MARAIS IN 3RD & 4TH ARRONDISSEMENT

Le Marais, in the third and fourth arrondissements, is the best neighbourhood for old-world charm. The Marais is one of the most popular areas of Paris, both for locals and tourists. It’s an area of must-see streets, hidden courtyards, quaint gardens and a vibrant Jewish community. Lots of cafés, restaurants and thriving arts community adds to the draw to this part of Paris. 

Best Holiday Apartment in Le Marais
  1. Chapeau – a cool minimalist studio in a 17th century building in the heart of the Marais has an artsy vibe €
  2. Bonnard’s Place – a large 1-bedroom featuring a great mix of old and new stylings is located in a tiny Jewish area in the 4th arr  €
  3. The Vaults – step inside this ground floor 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom from its own courtyard in the heart of the Marais features a unique renovated arched stone ceiling in one of the bedrooms €€€  
  4. L’Eventail – a gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom stylish apartment with classic Parisian charm in the Enfants-Rouge neighbourhood  €€€  
  5. The Cottage – a large 3-bedroom, 3-bathroom home in a classic Parisian building with French country styling  €€€€

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 3rd and 4th arrondissements.

5th ARRONDISSEMENT (5e) Panthéon

The fifth arrondissement is the best area for lively nightlife. Known as the Latin Quarter, this area on the left bank is home to the Sorbonne university, founded in 1257, as well as several other schools and colleges. The Latin Quarter has a vibrant and bohemian vibe. Expect an eclectic mix of restaurants, shops, cafés, and bars. The botanic gardens of Jardin des Plantes and the domed Pantheon can be found here. 

Best Holiday Apartments in 5th Arrondissement
  1. Chez Gertrude – a large 1-bedroom is full of bright colour and design choices  €
  2. The Muse – a 1-bedroom in the Latin quarter features a spiral staircase to a bedroom in the  mezzanine  €€
  3. The Remedy – a open concept 1-bedroom on Boulevard de Saint-Germain has old-world Paris features with modern furnishings  €€
  4. L’Art du Plaisir – a cozy 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom in La Sorbonne has a  quintessential lived-in Parisian feel  €€€  

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 5th arrondissement.

6th ARRONDISSEMENT (6e) Luxembourg

The sixth arrondissement is known as one of the prettiest and quintessential areas of Paris. Often referred to as Saint Germain, a popular neighbourhood in the 6th, where you will find some of the city’s best historic cafés and restaurants. Boutique shops, the second second oldest church, St-Germain-des-Prés, and the beautiful Luxembourg Garden are also the top sites to visit. 

Best Holiday Apartments in 6th Arrondissement
  1. Dragon’s Nest – a bright 1-bedroom with full modern kitchen and furnishings  €€
  2. Voyage of the Beagle – a cozy 1-bedroom with bold modern furnishings in the heart of Saint Germain  €€
  3. Charming Tournon – a cozy 1-bedroom features original exposed beams located near Odeon  €€
  4. The Grey Stripes – a comfortable 2-bedroom with classic Parisian details seen in exposed brick walls, beamed ceiling, wood doors all with soft gray linens  €€
  5. The Lodge – a gorgeous 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment close to Jardin du Luxembourg is stylized in modern Provencal décor  €€€
  6. Assas II – a comfortable 3-bedroom, 2-bathroom family friendly apartment close to Jardin du Luxembourg  €€€€

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 6th arrondissement.

7TH ARRONDISSEMENT (7e) Tour Eiffel

The seventh arrondissement is home to some of the most well-known landmarks of Paris. Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides and Museum d’Orsay all can be found here. This area of Paris also features the most elegant and chic tree-lined residential streets where the Eiffel Tower pops into view. One of the most famous food market streets in Paris, rue Cler, can also be found here. 

Best Holiday Apartments in 7th Arrondissement
  1. Purple Grape – tiny, yet pretty 1-bedroom with view of Eiffel Tower  €
  2. Chouquettes – a trendy 1-bedroom makes great use of this tiny space is located near the Eiffel Tower  €€
  3. The Leopard – a gorgeous 1-bedroom with a view of the Eiffel Tower from a tiny terrace  €€€
  4. Pink Lady – a cozy, yet stylish 2-bedroom in residential area off the  street level  €€€
  5. Loops & Squares – a comfortable stylish 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom located on quiet elegant residential street  €€€
  6. Tourville – a spacious and stylish 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom apartment near the Eiffel Tower  €€€€

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 7th arrondissement.

18TH ARRONDISSEMENT (18e) Buttes Montmartre

The 18th arrondissement is home to the quintessential neighbourhood of Montmartre. This area of Paris feels like a village, away from the busyness of the city. The romantic narrow hilly streets around the Sacré Cœur feel like you’ve transported back in time. Musicians come to play, artists come to draw and unfortunately tourists come in droves. But, it’s all part of the charm.  

Best Holiday Apartments in 18th Arrondissement
  1. The Boudoir – a playful, cheery, retro-styled 1-bedroom  €€
  2. Monkey Business – a cozy 1-bedroom retreat in the trendy Pigalle neighbourhood €€
  3. The Piano Factory – a hip 1-bedroom located in a former piano factory feels like a loft space with original features  €€€
  4. Monochrome Games – a chic black and white 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom is in boutique hotel with 24/7 concierge service  €€€
  5. Pinot Noir – a large 2-bedroom, 2-bathroom open concept space featuring original of wood floors and  moldings  €€€

Click here to do your own search for rental apartments in 18th arrondissement.

Paris Guides

Now that you have booked where you are going to stay in Paris, here are some guides to help plan your itinerary. Read more about…

As a holidaymaker…

Paris has some incredible holiday rentals. Those high ceilings, floor to ceiling windows, and moldings. Each one mixing old with the new. Making it just…je ne sais pas…Parisian chic. I always love to stay in a apartment rental over a hotel. There is just something about coming back after a long day and relaxing in your very own space. 

Hopefully your found your next holiday rental in Paris. 

À Bientôt!

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45 Comments

  • Linda (LD Holland)

    We have never thought of renting an apartment in Paris for a stay. So this was an interesting post to read. I like the idea of a little more space. And being in the middle of a local area. It would be very hard to pick which arrondissement we would want to live in. Something to consider for our next visit to Paris.

  • Renata - www.byemyself.com

    Since Paris is so popular, it’s really difficult to find a good price service ratio without burning a hole in your pocket. I even divided my stay between two hotels once because their prices were so different on different dates. Therefore, your list is very tempting 😉

  • Gus Feliciano

    Great list of places!! Definitely want to stay at some of these during my next visit! Paris is definitely an intimidating place for first time visitors.

  • JoJo Hall

    Loved all of the information that was provided in this post and the cool rentals to rent! This makes it easier for someone who is not familiar with Paris to get a better idea of how the city is laid out and what each section has to offer.

  • Clarice

    Thank you for the recommendations. It’s going to be our first time in Paris and have no idea where to stay. I love the idea of staying in an apartment instead of a hotel. Bookmarked your post for future reference.

  • Jackie

    This is a wonderful guide to the regions in Paris, and especially good timing since my daughter is planning a trip! Now that you point out the arrondissements form a snail shell, it will be easier to remember. I’ll be sure to share this map along with your lodging recommendations with my daughter. And, it’s no surprise how many are tres chic and stylish…but then that’s Paris, right?

  • Umiko

    All the apartments listed here are as beautiful as the city itself. I noticed that the ones in 7th arrondissement are tinier compare to others. First time I looked at the map of Paris, and how smart to divide the arrondissement like that. I think I actually drove through them all.

  • Anda

    These are some excellent places to stay in Paris! I’ve only stayed in the 5th and 7th arrondissment, but I agree it’s a big advantage to be in the middle of everything. The apartment in the 18th arrondissment seems to be very nice too, but I prefer a more central location.

  • Paula

    Paris is such an amazing city but it can be a struggle to find an accommodation. And to know what part of town to book it from. I love the map you have created. My main criteria for Paris is to be walking distance from the metro. These are great recommendations for where to stay at and they look very nice.

  • Natascha

    This is a very helpful post on how to choose a place to stay in Paris. Lovely appartment suggestions too! I like it that you outline the most important features of the arrondisments.

  • Ami Bhat

    I so so wish I had seen this article before my own visit. The areas in Paris had me totally confused – I was not sure of the distances, not sure of the commute ease. This article puts all that in order for me. Bookmarking this for future travels and also, to share with anyone heading to Paris. Well done!

  • simplyjolayne

    I have perused your options a number of times as we are visiting Paris in June. I had never heard of Plum Guide before so I will definitely keep that as an option for the future.

    • The.Holidaymaker

      Glad this introduced you to a new apartment rental company in Paris. I would book shortly, as I think the city is filling up quickly with others who are looking to travel now.

  • Emma

    I just booked Paris for this summer so this is super helpful and giving me lots of ideas. I want to stay at them all which is the biggest problem now. I’d love to be near the Eiffel tower for once, or on Saint Germain. Beautiful places, all of them, and I love the idea of an apartment rather than just a hotel

    • The.Holidaymaker

      The beauty of being in Saint Germain, is that you are only a 30 minute walk to the Eiffel Tower. It is then central to other arrondissements that are worth visiting. Rather if you are close to the Eiffel Tower the rest of the sites are away from your apartment.

  • Barry

    Such a choice of great apartments. I would have a hard job deciding which one of those I would like to stay in, they each have something I like.
    I’ve always been fascinated by the arrondisement system of areas in paris and how they circle out. My French friends use to talk of them by number but I had to keep asking for a name or something famous in them to identify which one they meant!

  • Pam

    I had no idea Paris was laid out like that! That’s such good information to have haha (especially for me since I get lost so much!) I love that you have places all over the city depending on preference – so comprehensive!

  • Anushka

    Love all of these little apartments, I wouldn’t know which one to stay in! I’m really drawn to Bourse and that area.

  • Alice Mola

    What an awesome accumulation of places! My best friend is flying into Paris next month and we have yet to book an airbnb, I’ll be checking out some on this list. Thanks for including that helpful map as well.

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