Paris is an amazing city – but it is also massive! As a first timer it can be very hard to figure out where to stay. Would you rather stay near the Eiffel Tower? Or maybe near the Notre Dame? These districts and areas are all incredibly different and can change your Paris experience considerably!
Montmartre is one of my favourite areas in Paris. Highly touristic, Montmartre is a good bet for many first-time tourists due to the many cafes and little tourist tat shops, but long-time Paris fans prefer to stay in the area due to the high number of beautiful cafes, local pubs and little, undiscovered gems the area has to offer. In fact: although there are many tourists around – you can still find silent, cute, and cheap spots that will make you feel like a long-time local!
Why would you stay in Montmartre, Paris?
Montmartre might as well be my favourite district in Paris: it is romantic, it offers an amazing panoramic view over Paris and you can find a large number of great pubs and restaurants that offer good, cheap prices and cater to locals.
Streets like Reu Trois Freres offer an amazing selection of small but great restaurants. You can find a large number of locals sipping from a beer or a glass of wine on the little terraces and when you walk down to Clignancourt you can avoid tourists altogether.
Montmartre also boasts many of the cities’ most famous sights such as The Sacre Coeur, Place du Tertre and the Moulin Rouge.
With four metro lines in walking distance, Montmartre is a perfect base for discovering the city. I never had any problems reaching other parts of the city and overall found it very easy to reach Montmartre from Gare Du Nord (International trains arrive in Gare Du Nord).
One of my favourite things to do in Montmartre is walking around before the city wakes up. I usually get up at 5:30, drink a coffee on the little terrace (last time we had a terrace with a panoramic view over the whole of Paris) – maybe have some breakfast, and then head out at about 6 (depending on when sunrise is). It is absolutely wonderful to see, hear and even feel the city wake up. No tourists – just locals starting their day, rushing to work and going about their morning. I can recommend doing this at least once! Start with watching the sunrise on the steps of the Sacre Coeur and then walk through the streets and look out for a great boulangerie (bakery).
Because Montmartre is by far one of my favourite places in Paris, I can highly recommend staying here. I have made an overview of the 10 best reviewed hotels and guesthouses in Montmartre! (in no particular order).
Although expensive, this little hotel might be the nicest place to stay in the whole of Montmartre. Not only does this beautiful house breathe Parisien lifestyle, the rooms look like they were plucked out of an interior design magazine.
The hotel has a beautiful, picturesque garden where you can drink your morning coffee and a shared lounge perfect for reading the morning newspaper. With a stellar rating of 9.8 (!!) this is by far the best rated accommodation in Montmartre!
Looking for something that is more moderately priced? Have a look at Sloth Loft in Montmartre. This light and airy apartment is more than Instagram worthy. In fact – the bed/bathroom makes me want to dream away in that fabulous bath.
This loft – which seems to be located in an old warehouse, has a 9.3 overall rating.
With rooms inspired by writer Marcel Ayme, this Parisian hotel boasts a white, airy and quirky design. This hotel for book lovers has a large number of little libraries where you can take out a book during your stay and multiple great seating areas where you can sit and read in silence.
The white tiled bathroom would look great on Instagram and you will absolutely love the Eiffel Tower views!
As this hotel is only a short walk away from most of Montmartre’s main metro stations, you can easily discover the whole of Paris from this hotel.
Are you ready for a bit of Parisian luxury? Then you might want to have a look at this Be you luxury aparthotel.
More and more travellers are looking for the luxury and the ease of a home-away-from-home: a fully equipped apartment which they can use as a base to travel through the city. This aparthotel rents out fully equipped apartments in Montmartre and offer family rooms and even airport transfers.
I am in love with the lush ocher and grey décor and the smart use of space. At a rating of 9.1 this is considered to be a superb hotel in Montmartre!
Maison Souquet is BY FAR the most beautiful hotel in the whole of Montmartre! The rooms have been decorated with great pride and precision. Every room has a different, luxurious theme. The lush – sometimes even over the top, décor can also be found in the sauna and indoor pool area.
The art deco décor in of the lobby, inspired with Moorish and Arabic designs, will leave you flabbergasted. Is this a hotel or a museum?
Although Maison Souquet might be the most expensive hotel in the list, you might want to have a look at staying here when you want to splash out on your Paris trip!
I personally love staying in bed and breakfasts. You often feel the love of the owner that goes into keeping the bed and breakfast and you can often expect superb service – and breakfast!
This romantic bed and breakfast brings together the amazing luxury of continental design and Parisian style. Take a look at the great little courtyard with little chairs and beautiful plants and flowers. Can you imagine sitting there with a cup of hot coffee and a croissant, planning your next adventure in Paris?
The rooms look big and airy with great tiles and colour schemes. The apartment is a little gem and the massive paintings and open bathrooms will look amazing on Instagram!