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Paris' 19th & 20th Arrondissements

Of all the areas to find hotels and Paris vacation apartments in the City of Love, the northeastern corner consisting of the 19th and 20th arrondissements should probably be at the bottom of the list.  The area is still an important part of Paris’ culture, but when compared to the city’s many other desirable areas, it just doesn’t compare.  While the 19th has historically been categorized as a run down outer district that does not represent Paris how it should be seen, the 20th is slightly more family oriented and a little more welcoming to tourists.

Both districts are on the Seine’s right bank, but the 19th is somewhat unique as it consists of two canals, two parks and two landmarks.  The canals are the Saint-Denis and Canal de l’Ourcq, the parks are the Parc des Buttes Chaumont and Parc de la Villette and the landmarks are the Cite des Sciences et de l’industrie and the Conservatoire de Paris.  If the 19th has something to build on, it is Parc Chaumont and the Science Center.  Parc des Buttes Chaumont is one of the nicest open spaces in the city and the Cite des Sciences et de l’industrie always has a number of intriguing exhibits involving new technology and human development.  Behind the popularity of these two areas, the area has begun a slight comeback, but it would still be a strong recommendation to find a hotel or other short term Paris rental elsewhere.

If the 20th arrondissement is known for anything worth seeing, it is the Pere Lachaise Cemetery.  Although a cemetery probably isn’t what most districts would choose to be known for, its infamy brings in thousands of tourists every year to see the burial sites of international icons such as Chopin, Jim Morrison, & Oscar Wilde, just to name a few.  Other than the cemetery, the 20th is primarily residential and despite having a slightly welcoming and friendly feel, tourists would still be better off finding Paris apartment rentals or hotels elsewhere.  However, the area does good access to the Charles De Gaulle Airport (France’s main airport) and the Bois de Vincennes Park, so not all is lacking.  

Lastly, it is important to note that the intent of this article is by no means to discourage tourists from visiting any specific area of the city, only to recommend some areas more than others when it comes to finding the best hotels, Paris vacation rentals or other short term rentals in Paris.