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Lodging in Paris

Parisian districts or arrondissements

Paris is divided into 20 districts called arrondissements (more here on Wikipedia). The districts are numbered from 1 to 20 in a clockwise spiral starting from the center of Paris

  • 1 to 6 is the center of Paris, very touristy, and very expensive
  • 7, 8, 16 and 17 are the wealthier districts with 16 being the most residential (and quiet)
  • 9, 10, 11 are up-and-coming working class districts
  • 12, 13, 14, 15 are residential districts (very calm, very quiet)
  • 18, 19, 20 are the underprivileged districts and can sometimes be dangerous, depending on the area (sorry, this is a generalization, but it would take a long time to go into this subject in depth).
Arrondissements de Paris
Arrondissements of Paris (source)


  • Like with the flights, avoid booking too early and avoid booking too late
  • Booking.com = my favorite site to book hotels
    • An inexpensive hotel room = 70-100 euros per night
    • A mid-priced hotel room = 100-200 euros per night
    • An expensive hotel room = 200-300 euros per night
  • Pros to booking a hotel
    • AC
    • Elevators
    • English speaking front desk
  • Cons to booking a hotel
    • Must eat out a lot
    • Rooms are often small


  • Pricing
    • Similar to the hotel, but really varies based on district and size of the apartment
  • Pros to booking an airbnb
    • Cooking at home
    • More authentic experience
    • Probably more suited for families with kids
  • Cons to booking an airbnb
    • Many don’t have AC and can be quite hot (avoid the upper floor apartments which can get really warm)
    • Many don’t have elevators