Paris

Travel Guide
Eiffel Tower showing heritage architecture, a sunset and a monument

A short break in the French capital is the perfect tonic; arrive feeling jaded and after a few hours you’ll be filled with va-va-voom!

Paris is often said to be the most romantic city in the world. Hugging the banks of the River Seine, it is divided into twenty districts, known as arrondissements, each with its own distinct atmosphere and share of interesting attractions. From the medieval charm of Le Marais to the bohemian Left Bank, the quaint artists’ quarter of Montmartre to the ultra-fashionable Saint-Germain-des-Près, the blend of ancient and modern is seamless.

This compact city is easy to get around on foot, with a public transport system that’s simple to use and drops you conveniently close to all the main sights. The famous Paris Metro has some beautifully designed stations which are well worth a look in their own right, while buses are reliable and cheap. For a romantic alternative, consider catching a boat along the river.

However you choose to explore, you will soon be seduced by the city’s special charms. Window-shop in the fashionable Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to see why Paris is the world capital of haute couture, with labels such as Lanvin, Hermès and Dior presenting their beautiful creations in opulent displays. Then treat yourself to a delicately flavoured macaroon at the famous Ladurée patisserie on the Champs-Elysées or a flaky croissant straight from the oven of a street corner bakery.

As well as being a world-famous shopping destination, Paris is also revered for its culture. Painters, musicians, writers and film directors have all been inspired by its beauty, and its museums and galleries are among the best in the world. Visitors queue for hours just to see the inscrutable smile of the Mona Lisa at the Louvre Museum or the Picasso masterpieces at the National Museum of Modern Art housed on two floors of the iconic Pompidou Centre. The Palais Garnier is an opulent setting for performances of opera and ballet, while the Musée d’Orsay houses its priceless collection of French Impressionist paintings in a beautifully converted former railway station.

No visit to Paris would be complete without taking the lift to the top level of the Eiffel Tower to enjoy panoramic views across the whole city before heading for the champagne bar to drink a toast to romance.

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Where to stay in Paris

Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
4 out of 5
4 rue d'Amsterdam, Paris, Paris
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is €90 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Boulevard Haussmann and Galeries Lafayette. Palais Garnier and Place Vendome are also ...
4/5 Very Good! (954 reviews)
"Place is well located and near to Mary places of interes. Waking distance. And shopping centers pharmacy and clinics for Covid test. Family friendly"

Reviewed on 13 Jan 2022

Le Grand Hotel de Normandie
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is €94 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan
Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Paris Nord 2 International Business Park, Aeroville Shopping Center and Usines Centre Outlet ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (1,945 reviews)
"This is a very convenient place to stay when you may have a layover. It’s easy to get to. Facilities great. We had a pleasant stay."

Reviewed on 14 Jan 2022

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport, an IHG Hotel
Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
3 out of 5
23 Avenue Duquesne, Paris, Paris
The price is €120 per night from 30 Jan to 31 Jan
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Les Invalides and Rue Cler. Champ de Mars and Eiffel Tower are also within 1 mile (2 km). ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (983 reviews)
"The view"

Reviewed on 11 Jan 2022

Hotel Duquesne Eiffel
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Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
3 out of 5
2 rue Edouard Buffard, near Disneyland Paris, Montevrain, Seine-et-Marne
The price is €59 per night from 19 Jan to 20 Jan
Situated in the entertainment district, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Aquatonic Paris Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe. Val d'Europe Shopping Center and ...
3.4/5 Good! (5,094 reviews)
"This was a great place to stay for a budget trip to Disney. There was a little kitchenette as promised and with a kettle. We basically just used it as a place to sleep between our days at Disney. The bus was so easy - right outside the hotel and 2 euros per person ecah way. Perfect."

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2021

Résidence du Parc Val d'Europe
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
4 out of 5
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris, Paris
The price is €145 per night from 17 Jan to 18 Jan
This family-friendly Paris residence is located in the historical district, within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Notre-Dame and Rue de Rivoli. Luxembourg Gardens ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (2,755 reviews)
"Great hotel. The rooms had plenty of space. Staff very helpful."

Reviewed on 3 Jan 2022

Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
The price is €119 per night from 1 Feb to 2 Feb
This family-friendly Bailly-Romainvilliers aparthotel is located in a rural location, within 1 mi (2 km) of Golf Disneyland Paris and Val d'Europe. La Vallee ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (718 reviews)
Love it
"We loved the place this is my second visit and would not be our last one."

Reviewed on 16 Sep 2021

Marriott Village d'Ile-de-France
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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