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Paris

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

Marais - Pompidou - Notre Dame de Paris featuring modern architecture and a square or plaza as well as a large group of people

Marais

4.5/5Wonderful!(144 area reviews)

Marais
Montmartre which includes a city and views

Montmartre

4.5/5Wonderful!(137 area reviews)

Montmartre
8th Arrondissement which includes a monument and street scenes

8th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(411 area reviews)

8th Arrondissement
7th Arrondissement featuring a city and street scenes

7th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(240 area reviews)

7th Arrondissement
15th Arrondissement which includes a city and heritage elements

15th Arrondissement

4/5Very Good!(321 area reviews)

15th Arrondissement
9th Arrondissement featuring street scenes as well as a small group of people

9th Arrondissement

4.5/5Wonderful!(458 area reviews)

9th Arrondissement

Top hotels in Paris

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
3 out of 5
5 Rue du Voyageur, Roissy-en-France, Val d'Oise
€95
per night
10 Apr-11 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Paris Nord 2 International Business Park and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Aeroville Shopping Center. Usines ...

4.3/5Excellent! (2,482 reviews)

"There was a long waiting time at checkin when I arrived"…"

Reviewed on 18 Mar 2020

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
4 out of 5
7 Rue de Rome, Roissypole, Terminal 3, Tremblay-en-France, Seine-Saint-Denis
€79
per night
8 Apr-9 Apr

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.5 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (5,116 reviews)

"The hotel is an interesting experience, though you'll want to be comfortable with high tech. The one drawback is that the bathroom pod in the room is a bit lacking in privacy."…"

Reviewed on 20 Mar 2020

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
3 out of 5
38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris

Located in Paris City Centre, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,278 reviews)

"I really enjoyed my stay. The service was very exceptional and nice."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar 2020

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris

Popular things to do in Paris

Eiffel Tower
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Eiffel Tower

4.5/5(1,466 reviews)

The views from the top of this iconic symbol of Paris are an unmissable highlight of any visit.

Louvre Museum
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Louvre Museum

4.5/5(1,042 reviews)

One of the world’s biggest and best art collections is housed in one of Paris’s most beautiful buildings.

Arc de Triomphe
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Arc de Triomphe

4.5/5(1,233 reviews)

This iconic Parisian landmark commemorates one of Napoleon’s most famous victories and offers panoramic views from the top.

La Machine du Moulin Rouge
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La Machine du Moulin Rouge

4/5(395 reviews)

Whether you fell in love with the film or are a fan of the iconic architecture, don’t miss one of the greatest stage shows and most well-known landmarks in Paris.

Notre-Dame
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Notre-Dame

4/5(1,164 reviews)

The gothic façade of Paris’s principal place of worship is one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

Opéra Garnier
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Opéra Garnier

4.5/5(386 reviews)

Attend a performance, browse museum exhibits and marvel at the opulent design of one of the world’s most celebrated opera houses. 

Top activities in Paris

Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour
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Paris Hop-On Hop-Off Bus Tour

82% of travellers recommend
€39
Per adult
River Seine Sightseeing Cruise
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River Seine Sightseeing Cruise

84% of travellers recommend
€15
Per adult
Louvre Museum: 3-Hour Comprehensive Tour with Skip the Line
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Louvre Museum: 3-Hour Comprehensive Tour with Skip the Line

88% of travellers recommend
€65
Per adult
Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat
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Batobus Pass - Seine River Hop On Hop Off Boat

80% of travellers recommend
€17
Per adult
Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip
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Fairytale Loire Castles, Wine Tasting & Lunch: Full-Day Trip

94% of travellers recommend
€169
Per adult
Dinner Cruise on the Seine River
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Dinner Cruise on the Seine River

90% of travellers recommend
€79
Per adult

Reviews of Paris

4.5

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
1905
5 - Excellent 58.27470174365249%
4 - Good
1105
4 - Good 33.80238605078006%
3 - Okay
197
3 - Okay 6.026307739369837%
2 - Disappointing
43
2 - Disappointing 1.3153869684918935%
1 - Terrible
19
1 - Terrible 0.5812174977057204%

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

16 Mar 2020

Loved the Marais quarter. Know Paris well so didn’t feel need to do lots of touristy things.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

15 Mar 2020

Integrated transport system makes Paris easy to get around and getting to places of interest is pretty straightforward.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Architecture, History, Restaurants, Total atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

14 Mar 2020

Lovely

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Very nice city with excellent food and wine, will definitely visit again. Do your search well when you book a place to stay...

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

8 Mar 2020

Can't wait to come back!

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