Paris Holidays

Your Paris holiday

One of the great cities of Europe and the world, this settlement on the banks of the Seine has persisted through plague, pestilence, revolution and occupation to remain an influential voice on the global stage. The Île de la Cité was populated in 2000 BC by the Parisii people, who used its island situation to make it their capital.

However, the expansion of what was then called Lutétia did not go unnoticed and in 52 BC the Roman Empire struck, burning the bridges connecting the island to the land and sacking the city. Under them the city grew and spread beyond the island to the less flood-threatened Left Bank. As Roman influence waned, Christianity grew from strength to strength in Paris, untouched by the changes in rulers.

As testament to this religious influence, from the 12th century onwards sacred buildings like Notre-Dame, which still characterise Paris to this day, began to reshape the city's skyline. However, with the city growing at an incredible rate, its overcrowded streets became a magnet for disease and in the 15th century plague wreaked havoc on the Parisian population.

Paris rose again and the following centuries were characterised by the lavish lifestyles of its monarchs. Their obliviousness to their subjects' woes led to the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century, and from that moment on France has been a republic. Dark days arrived again with the Nazi occupation of Paris in 1940 but thanks to a disobedient German officer the city was not destroyed by the retreating Nazi troops four years later.

For centuries the French capital has been the world's city of romance, and a weekend in Paris can still enchant visitors and warm the coldest of hearts. From the imposing Eiffel Tower to the seedy glamour of the Moulin Rouge, its attractions are well known but have lost none of their lustre.

The town drips with so much history that it can sometimes to be hard to take everything in; just a short stroll along the banks of the Seine gives you a glimpse of the sheer number of architectural treasures the city boasts. A flight to Paris can bring you all of this and more.

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Hotel Belloy Saint Germain

4 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews
This handsome and charming exposed-stone hotel exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has been rethought to combine the best of the modern world (technical amenities) and tradition (decoration). Each of the Htel Belloy Saint-Germain's 50 rooms and suites reflects a certain idea of comfort and personalised dcor. Breakfast is served in a succession of vaulted cellars in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to direct access to Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airports via the RER B, you can reach the hotel in 30 minutes. All the hotel rooms have air conditioning The decor, atmosphere and attentive service make this a typically Parisian hotel. You really feel that you are in the heart of Paris, not only geographically but also culturally and historically.Amenities includes Bar Honesty Bar, Business center, Children's facilities, Concierge, Internet access - Wireless, Lift / Elevator, Lobby, Pets allowed, Reception, Room service, Safe deposit box.
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Grand Hotel De Turin

3 stars
3.0 / 5 9 reviews
Only 15 minutes walking from Gare du Nord, Grand Hotel de Turin,a truly Parisian property build on 19th Century, offers 51 renovated calm and comfortable rooms. All are equipped with private bathroom, safe, Television and internet WiFi(2 euros -24 hours). The staff members welcome, inform and provide every guests need (open 24/7). Amenities are:Wifi(2 euros -24 hours), lift, Reception, Lounge and newly redecorated (in 2009) breakfast room (Continental breakfast 8 euros per person).
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Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Paris

4 stars
4.2 / 5 45 reviews
Contemporary Paris hotel close to charming Boulevard Saint-Michel A plum location on the banks of the Seine opposite Pont-Neuf beckons guests to Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris, which is a short walk to the quaint boutiques, antiques dealers and cafes along Boulevard Saint-Michel. The hotel comprises 142 studios and 62 one-bedroom apartments equipped with full kitchens, utensils, cookware and all the extras. A modern aesthetic--from the mod furniture to the sleek lighting--captures the urban identity of Paris. Highlights Stylish hotel on the banks of the Seine opposite Pont-NeufClose to bookstores, shops, cafes, galleries and antique dealers along Boulevard Saint-MichelStudios and apartments feature full kitchens Breakfast roomBabysitting services (fees apply) Location Guests at Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris get a true taste of Parisian life thanks to the maze of cafes, antique dealers, boutiques and galleries along the nearby Boulevard Saint-Michel. Located on the banks of the Seine across from Pont Neuf, the hotel captures stunning views of île de la Cité and the Conciergerie Medieval prison. Rooms Visitors might feel like full-fledge Parisians in the 204 air-conditioned apartments and studios at Citadines Prestige Paris Saint-Germain-des Pres. The contemporary rooms boast up-to-date amenities like full kitchens--complete with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave--and satellite TV. Clean lines and earth tones in orange, chestnut and beige create a comfortable living space, while windows flood the space with natural light. Dining Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-de-Pres Paris invites guests to the breakfast room every day. They can also eat breakfast in the lounge (fees apply). Transportation Paris-Orly Airport (8.7 mi/14 km)Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (14.6 mi/23.6 km) AttractionsNotre Dame Cathedral (.4 mi/.7 km)The Sorbonne and Latin Quarter (.5 mi/.9 km)Palais Royal (.5 mi/.9 km)The Louvre (.6 mi/1 km)Jardin du Luxembourg (.6 mi/.9 km)Musee D'Orsay (.7 mi/1.2 km)Tuileries Gardens (.7 mi/1.2 km)Musee Picasso (1 mi/1.6 km)Maison de Victor Hugo (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Centre Georges Pompidou (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Les Invalides (1.3 mi/2.1 km) Champs-Elysées (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Eiffel Tower (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Sacre Coeur and Montmartre (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Versailles (3.1 mi/5 km) Business Conference room
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Hotel Pavillon Opera Paris

4 stars
3.9 / 5 22 reviews
Elegant hotel where kids eat free at La Table du Pavillon restaurant Holiday Inn PARIS – OPERA occupies the bustling Grands Boulevards district close to Opera Garnier and the large department stores made famous in this fashionable area. Belle Epoque style flourishes throughout the 92-room property, which sports an Italian and French restaurant--where kids dine free--and rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, work desks and colorful textiles. A fitness center tests the stamina and strength of guests with cardio and weight machines.   Highlights Belle Epoque-inspired hotel in the Grands Boulevards areaFitness center with cardio and strength-training equipmentLa Table du Pavillon restaurant serving French and Italian cuisine Location Situated in the Grands Boulevards area--the heart of Paris--the hotel captures the spirit of the city with easy access to Opera Garnier, the Louvre and Galleries Lafayette, which are all nearby. Rooms Holiday Inn PARIS – OPERA rooms reflect Belle Epoque style, favoring bright orange and gold drapes, landscape art and tasteful furniture and lighting fixtures. In some rooms, windows look out to a lush courtyard and can be opened for fresh air and natural light. All 92 rooms come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar, work desk with lamp and safe. If traveling with groups or families, guests can also request connecting rooms. Dining Kids eat free at La Table du Pavillon, a Belle Epoque-inspired gem with stained-glass windows for ceilings, fresh flowers and old-world furniture. Italian and French fare is the house specialty. Recreation At Holiday Inn Paris – OPERA, guests do not have to miss a workout even if they're on vacation. The fitness center (free of charge) comes equipped with an elliptical machine, stationary bike and weight machines. Transportation Paris-Orly Airport (10 mi/16.1 km)Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (13.5 mi/21.7 km) Attractions Centre Georges Pompidou (.7 mi/1.2 km)Musee Picasso (.9 mi/1.4 km)Palais Royal (.9 mi/1.4 km)The Louvre (1 mi/1.5 km)Maison de Victor Hugo (1.2 mi/2 km)Notre Dame Cathedral (1.2 mi/2 km)Tuileries Gardens (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Les Invalides (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Sacre Coeur and Montmartre (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Musee D'Orsay (1.5 mi/2.4 km)The Sorbonne and Latin Quarter (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Jardin du Luxembourg (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Champs-Elysées (2.1 mi/3.3 km)Eiffel Tower (2.8 mi/4.5 km)Versailles (4.2 mi/6.8 km) Business Three meeting roomsAudiovisual equipmentPC available (fees apply)
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Hotel Saint Christophe

3 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews
The "Hotel St Christophe" provides a warm welcome whether you are here on business or for leisure. The Hotel environment will give you many ideas of stroll : walk few minutes at dawn and enjoy the beauty of Pantheon, Luxembourg gardens, Mouffetard quarter, Jardin des Plantes or Notre-Dame cathedral. The breakfast room is open from 7 am till 10 am and you will find orange juice, croissants, corn flakes, cheese, bread, yoghurt, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, jam and milk .The Hotel provides High-speed Internet, Wireless Internet and Smoke-free property. The extra charges including phone calls, drinks from the mini-bar are at the clients charge.
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Hotel Atmospheres

3 stars
4.2 / 5 12 reviews
Ideally located in the heart of Paris, in the Latin Quarter, this fully renovated hotel offers a fitness center, a sauna, free Wifi and a bar.The 56 rooms are air-conditionned and individually decorated. They are equipped with flat screen TV, minibar and private bathroom.The Hotel Atmospheres is a short walk from the Pantheon,Notre Dame de Paris and 10 min walk from the Luxembourg gardens.
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Saint Augustin Elysees

3 stars
4.0 / 5 1 reviews
In a neighborhood that combines business with pleasure, the Saint Augustin Hotel is located in a quiet street near to the Opera, the Champs Elyses and Place de la Concorde. It is not only the perfect place to stay for persons who love shopping and art galleries, but also for persons who are on business trips. All 63 rooms are air-conditioned and elegantly and colorfully decorated to provide you with the greatest comfort. They are all equipped with a satellite television, a mini bar, iPod stations and wireless internet connection. Free Wi-Fi connection is also available within the hotel. Every morning, enjoy a varied, gourmet buffet in the elegantly decorated breakfast room, with a wide choice of eggs, pastries, yogurts as well as hot drinks and fruit juices (at cost). The hotel is within walking distance of a wide range of restaurants, cafs and entertainment venues and the reception staff are available 24/7 for your convenience. You can relax in the lounge every afternoon where free snacks will be provided. With the Saint-Augustin metro station only 300 metres from the hotel, you can travel to all the famous tourist sites in Paris, including the Champs-Elyses and the Galeries Lafayettes. Fall under the charm of this typical Parisian hotel's hospitality and comfort, with its wrought iron balconies. Decorated in a typical contemporary style, the Saint Augustin hotel is the perfect combination of a modern, elegant and friendly environment. Parking: Paid parking is available only 200 m away. Metros: Saint Augustin / Miromesnil: RER line 9: Auber A - Haussmann St Lazare E
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Le Relais Du Marais Hotel Paris

3 stars
4.5 / 5
Welcome to the Relais du Marais Hotel, come on into this charming little hotel, that is situated in the Marais area, and you will see how warm and original it is since it is decorated like a guesthouse. You will then enjoy its very friendly atmosphere, its cosy and unique comfort and its very good access to the business, shopping and show or entertainment areas. You will only have to walk a very short distance to reach famous locations like Republique, le Marais, Beaubourg, the Picasso Museum, les Halles, Notre Dame, Saint Louis, Bastille or even the famous large Avenues. You are at the very core of the Capital. The lobby is an ideal place to unwind after a hectic day or to chat with friends. During leisure, you can explore the city and its surrounding areas. The hotel offers conference facilities, Internet access-wireless, reception and safe deposit box.
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Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris

4 stars
4.3 / 5 29 reviews
Located above the Forum des Halles and overlooking the church of Saint Eustache, Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris enjoys a privileged location in the center of the capital. On foot or by subway, walk to the likings of your desires in the sites closest to the residence such as the Centre Pompidou, the Conciergerie or the Notre Dame and the Louvre. The hotel offers 189 units on 7 floors. All units are air conditioned and feature a bathroom with hairdryer, a fully equipped kitchen with stove, microwave, fridge, dishwasher, TV with satellite channels, a direct dial telephone, a safe and a free WIFI access. A complete cleaning twice a week is included. Pets are allowed: 10 euros per animal and per day. Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris offers a business center with free WIFI comfort, a free newspaper in the lobby, a fitness center, 3 meeting rooms and laundry facilities. Thanks to its ideal location, Citadines Prestige Les Halles Paris allows you to visit the sights of the city with all amenities and all the comforts you need to feel at home.
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Athenee Hotel Paris

4 stars
4.2 / 5 10 reviews
Hotel Athenee is a 4-star boutique hotel decorated by the famous, French interior designer Jacques Garcia and located in central Paris. Offering a bar and a lounge, it is a 5-minute walk from Place de la Concorde and the Champs-Elysees. The guest rooms at the Athenee have elegant furniture, air conditioning and soundproofing. Each features a flat-screen TV, a minibar and an iPod docking station. The bathrooms feature Hermes toiletries. Some of the rooms also offer a flowered terrace. Complimentary mineral water in rooms. You are invited to relax at the Red Bar, where you can try one of the new cocktails. A smoking room is also available. The Athenee Hotel is just 100 metres from Madeleine Metro Station, which provides direct access to the major tourist attractions in Paris.
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Paris Hotels

Nightly rates from €109.09

Hotel Belloy Saint Germain

4 stars
3.3 / 5 3 reviews
This handsome and charming exposed-stone hotel exudes a warm and welcoming atmosphere. The hotel has been rethought to combine the best of the modern world (technical amenities) and tradition (decoration). Each of the Htel Belloy Saint-Germain's 50 rooms and suites reflects a certain idea of comfort and personalised dcor. Breakfast is served in a succession of vaulted cellars in a quiet and relaxed atmosphere. Thanks to direct access to Orly and Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airports via the RER B, you can reach the hotel in 30 minutes. All the hotel rooms have air conditioning The decor, atmosphere and attentive service make this a typically Parisian hotel. You really feel that you are in the heart of Paris, not only geographically but also culturally and historically.Amenities includes Bar Honesty Bar, Business center, Children's facilities, Concierge, Internet access - Wireless, Lift / Elevator, Lobby, Pets allowed, Reception, Room service, Safe deposit box.
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Nightly rates from €58.91

Grand Hotel De Turin

3 stars
3.0 / 5 9 reviews
Only 15 minutes walking from Gare du Nord, Grand Hotel de Turin,a truly Parisian property build on 19th Century, offers 51 renovated calm and comfortable rooms. All are equipped with private bathroom, safe, Television and internet WiFi(2 euros -24 hours). The staff members welcome, inform and provide every guests need (open 24/7). Amenities are:Wifi(2 euros -24 hours), lift, Reception, Lounge and newly redecorated (in 2009) breakfast room (Continental breakfast 8 euros per person).
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Nightly rates from €216.36

Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-Des-Pres Paris

4 stars
4.2 / 5 45 reviews
Contemporary Paris hotel close to charming Boulevard Saint-Michel A plum location on the banks of the Seine opposite Pont-Neuf beckons guests to Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris, which is a short walk to the quaint boutiques, antiques dealers and cafes along Boulevard Saint-Michel. The hotel comprises 142 studios and 62 one-bedroom apartments equipped with full kitchens, utensils, cookware and all the extras. A modern aesthetic--from the mod furniture to the sleek lighting--captures the urban identity of Paris. Highlights Stylish hotel on the banks of the Seine opposite Pont-NeufClose to bookstores, shops, cafes, galleries and antique dealers along Boulevard Saint-MichelStudios and apartments feature full kitchens Breakfast roomBabysitting services (fees apply) Location Guests at Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-des-Pres Paris get a true taste of Parisian life thanks to the maze of cafes, antique dealers, boutiques and galleries along the nearby Boulevard Saint-Michel. Located on the banks of the Seine across from Pont Neuf, the hotel captures stunning views of île de la Cité and the Conciergerie Medieval prison. Rooms Visitors might feel like full-fledge Parisians in the 204 air-conditioned apartments and studios at Citadines Prestige Paris Saint-Germain-des Pres. The contemporary rooms boast up-to-date amenities like full kitchens--complete with stove, refrigerator, dishwasher and microwave--and satellite TV. Clean lines and earth tones in orange, chestnut and beige create a comfortable living space, while windows flood the space with natural light. Dining Citadines Prestige Saint-Germain-de-Pres Paris invites guests to the breakfast room every day. They can also eat breakfast in the lounge (fees apply). Transportation Paris-Orly Airport (8.7 mi/14 km)Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (14.6 mi/23.6 km) AttractionsNotre Dame Cathedral (.4 mi/.7 km)The Sorbonne and Latin Quarter (.5 mi/.9 km)Palais Royal (.5 mi/.9 km)The Louvre (.6 mi/1 km)Jardin du Luxembourg (.6 mi/.9 km)Musee D'Orsay (.7 mi/1.2 km)Tuileries Gardens (.7 mi/1.2 km)Musee Picasso (1 mi/1.6 km)Maison de Victor Hugo (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Centre Georges Pompidou (1.1 mi/1.8 km)Les Invalides (1.3 mi/2.1 km) Champs-Elysées (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Eiffel Tower (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Sacre Coeur and Montmartre (2.1 mi/3.4 km)Versailles (3.1 mi/5 km) Business Conference room
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Hotel Pavillon Opera Paris

4 stars
3.9 / 5 22 reviews
Elegant hotel where kids eat free at La Table du Pavillon restaurant Holiday Inn PARIS – OPERA occupies the bustling Grands Boulevards district close to Opera Garnier and the large department stores made famous in this fashionable area. Belle Epoque style flourishes throughout the 92-room property, which sports an Italian and French restaurant--where kids dine free--and rooms equipped with Wi-Fi, work desks and colorful textiles. A fitness center tests the stamina and strength of guests with cardio and weight machines.   Highlights Belle Epoque-inspired hotel in the Grands Boulevards areaFitness center with cardio and strength-training equipmentLa Table du Pavillon restaurant serving French and Italian cuisine Location Situated in the Grands Boulevards area--the heart of Paris--the hotel captures the spirit of the city with easy access to Opera Garnier, the Louvre and Galleries Lafayette, which are all nearby. Rooms Holiday Inn PARIS – OPERA rooms reflect Belle Epoque style, favoring bright orange and gold drapes, landscape art and tasteful furniture and lighting fixtures. In some rooms, windows look out to a lush courtyard and can be opened for fresh air and natural light. All 92 rooms come with satellite TV, Wi-Fi, mini bar, work desk with lamp and safe. If traveling with groups or families, guests can also request connecting rooms. Dining Kids eat free at La Table du Pavillon, a Belle Epoque-inspired gem with stained-glass windows for ceilings, fresh flowers and old-world furniture. Italian and French fare is the house specialty. Recreation At Holiday Inn Paris – OPERA, guests do not have to miss a workout even if they're on vacation. The fitness center (free of charge) comes equipped with an elliptical machine, stationary bike and weight machines. Transportation Paris-Orly Airport (10 mi/16.1 km)Paris-Charles de Gaulle Airport (13.5 mi/21.7 km) Attractions Centre Georges Pompidou (.7 mi/1.2 km)Musee Picasso (.9 mi/1.4 km)Palais Royal (.9 mi/1.4 km)The Louvre (1 mi/1.5 km)Maison de Victor Hugo (1.2 mi/2 km)Notre Dame Cathedral (1.2 mi/2 km)Tuileries Gardens (1.2 mi/1.9 km)Les Invalides (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Sacre Coeur and Montmartre (1.3 mi/2.1 km)Musee D'Orsay (1.5 mi/2.4 km)The Sorbonne and Latin Quarter (1.7 mi/2.7 km)Jardin du Luxembourg (1.8 mi/2.9 km)Champs-Elysées (2.1 mi/3.3 km)Eiffel Tower (2.8 mi/4.5 km)Versailles (4.2 mi/6.8 km) Business Three meeting roomsAudiovisual equipmentPC available (fees apply)
Nightly rates from €133.64

Hotel Saint Christophe

3 stars
4.0 / 5 64 reviews
The "Hotel St Christophe" provides a warm welcome whether you are here on business or for leisure. The Hotel environment will give you many ideas of stroll : walk few minutes at dawn and enjoy the beauty of Pantheon, Luxembourg gardens, Mouffetard quarter, Jardin des Plantes or Notre-Dame cathedral. The breakfast room is open from 7 am till 10 am and you will find orange juice, croissants, corn flakes, cheese, bread, yoghurt, tea, coffee, hot chocolate, jam and milk .The Hotel provides High-speed Internet, Wireless Internet and Smoke-free property. The extra charges including phone calls, drinks from the mini-bar are at the clients charge.
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Flights to Paris

Departure Arrival Travel dates Round-trip fares
Dublin Paris Tue 6 May - Tue 13 May €139
London Paris Tue 6 May - Wed 21 May €100
Vienna Paris Wed 11 Jun - Sun 15 Jun €164
Cork Paris Wed 21 May - Tue 27 May €145
Helsinki Paris Fri 2 May - Wed 7 May €200
Moscow Paris Tue 20 May - Fri 30 May €255
Crotone Paris Thu 24 Apr - Thu 1 May Check rates
Brussels Paris Fri 30 May - Mon 2 Jun €214
Amsterdam Paris Thu 8 May - Thu 15 May €128
Zagreb Paris Mon 21 Apr - Fri 25 Apr €283
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Best time to take a holiday to Paris

  • Paris in springtime lives up to its reputation: Flowers bloom, cafe culture returns, hotel rates soar. But with a bit of planning, you can find good hotel deals. Summer is peak season, and social calendars fill with festivals and open-air events (many free) -- so be sure to plan well in advance.

    Paris gets a makeover in fall: new movies, new fashions and that gorgeous crisp in the air. Fall is low season, and cheap hotel rates in Paris abound.

    Winter gets a bad rap; with so many museums, cathedrals and cozy cafes in Paris, November and December might be just your style. Christmas markets start in late November and early December, and the City of Light takes illumination to a whole new level.

Paris holiday travel tips

  • Arriving By Air

    Of the three international airports located around the French capital, the most likely to welcome your flight to Paris is Charles de Gaulle International. CdG can be difficult to navigate and the separate terminals take a while to travel between, so leave plenty of time to get your bearings.

    When you arrive there are a number of ways to reach your hotel in Paris; the RER train is one of the most popular, and takes you to Gare du Nord in just over half an hour, passing by other central destinations. The Roissybus also runs from the airport into central Paris, while Air France has its own collection of shuttles. If you are landing in Orly airport, the Orlybus runs to Métro Denfert-Rochereau.

    Taxis

    Look for a lit-up 'LIBRE' sign in the window and just put out your hand if you want to hail one of Paris' 15,000 cabs. Taxis are not pricey in themselves but with the city traffic, taking one during the day can quickly become a costly, and frustrating, business.

    By Métro

    The 16 lines and 300-odd stations of the Paris Metro are the easiest way for tourists to navigate the city. Running from 5 a.m. until the early hours, the service is quick and convenient and a range of ticket options are available: singles, a carnet of tickets, and multi-day tourist passes. The RER service, separate to the metro, runs to the suburbs and also has a number of stops in the city centre.

    By Car

    Driving in Paris can be hectic but if you feel you are up to the challenge or simply wish to explore the countryside outside the city, check out our Paris car hire options.

Insider tips for Paris travel

  • Bread and chocolate

    How to buy bread in Paris? Look for the longest lines. At Poilane, that's around 4 p.m. when it's fresh out of the oven. And chocolate? Richart, near the Musee d'Orsay. (Go for the liqueur-filled).

  • Cirque de Paris

    Bring your petits enfants on official kids days: They can meet the animals, put on clown makeup, practice tight-rope walking and lunch with the artistes.

  • Wine Bars

    Get in early or after 1:30 p.m. to avoid the crowds. Juveniles Lavinia and Legrand Filles et Fils in the Opera district are among the finest.

  • Le Hangar

    Dine at this gem located across from the Pompidou. Order the beef stroganoff and cream of lentil soup. For dessert: everything.

  • Church Music

    Most churches have free musical performances, from classical concerts to organ recitals. Regular concerts are held in St-Julien-de-Pauvre, St-Germain-des-Pres, Notre-Dame and Sainte-Chapelle.

  • Le Chapeau Melon

    The four-course dinner prepared by the chef and the fun atmosphere of this restaurant keep locals returning.

    Bistrot Paul Bert

    With a wide range of wines, an extensive menu filled with steak dishes, and a classic style, this restaurant is a local favourite.

    Old Books Market

    Located in Square Georges Brassens, this flea market features hundreds of vendors specializing in rare, used, and hard-to-find books.

    Rue Cler

    This small street teams with locals who come for the low prices found at various restaurants and specialty shops.

    Black Dog

    Tucked inside a heavy-metal nightclub, this steakhouse is the type of restaurant that only locals know about.

Where to stay in Paris

  • If your mind is made up to splash out when in Paris, few hotels can compare to the luxury of Hotel De Crillon. From its perfect location on the Place de la Concorde, this 18th century palace sounds out as a building of beauty even in a city as well stocked with architectural treasures as Paris. Meanwhile, gleaming marble floors, shimmering chandeliers and luxurious suites ensure the hotel is as beautiful on the inside as it is from outside. The terrace on top of the building has incredible views of Paris, particularly by night.

    Paris is one of the world's most cosmopolitan cities and at the Citadines Paris Place D'Italie Hotel you can get a flavour of the mix of cultures that make the city what it is. Within easy reach of the hotel on foot lie Chinatown, the Latin Quarter and the traditionally French Butte-aux-Cailles. This thriving area of Paris is also close to the new national library (Bibliothque Mitterrand) and the Natural History Museum, as well as a host of bistros.

    From the balconies of the Hotel Napoleon the Arc de Triomphe looks almost close enough to touch, a view even the great leader himself would have been pleased with. With such a winning location the shops of the Champs-Elysées and many of Paris' most famous sights are close by to the 101 rooms of this four-star hotel.

    The Best Western Jardin de Cluny Hotel offers a green lodging option. This forward-looking hotel has obtained its European Eco-label certification and lies between Notre-Dame and the Sorbonne.

Paris restaurants

  • A cafe originally for taxi drivers is not the place you would expect to find haute cuisine, but this is Paris, where even the seemingly mundane can surprise you. Such is the case at Au Rendez-vous des Chauffeurs (11 rue des Portes Blanches). The decor, food and general no-nonsense approach of this brasserie has changed little since a major taxi rank sat across from the entrance and provided the majority of clients. The set menu and old-fashioned Parisian favourites like rabbit and steak tartare are reasonably priced and cater mainly for the legions of regulars who have been eating here for years.

    The cuisine is about the only traditional thing at off-the-wall apartment-restaurant Derrière (69 rue des Gravilliers). If you do not feel like eating in the dining room, take your plate to the boudoir, or maybe a more informal setting in the lounge, where you can have a game of ping pong to help the food go down. Make sure you fit in a drink beforehand at the nearby Andy Whaloo bar, which is owned by the same people.

    For history buffs the place to eat in Paris is Le Procope (13 rue de l'Ancienne-Comédie, 6e). This cafe has been welcoming the great and the good of Parisian society since the late 17th century and every effort has been made to keep the place true to its past. Surrounded by walls covered in paintings and artefacts, a night here sometimes feels more like eating in a museum than in a restaurant. The menu is full of tradition, the chefs serving up French stalwarts like onion soup and coq au vin.

Health & Safety

  • Health and Hygiene

    There are no obligatory vaccinations for a trip to Paris, though it is highly recommended that you update your boosters in the typical schedule. For children it is advisable that the BCG, MMR and hepatitis B injections be administered before travelling. For rabies steer clear of a vaccination but seek treatment promptly after any bite you deem suspect.

    The water is drinkable and a large number of brands offer bottled water, including Volvic, Evian, Contrex and Perrier. The health infrastructure is excellent, with everything you would require should a problem arise and a choice between different practitioners.

    Important Numbers

    General doctor: Dr Bache, 5 rue Leon Cogniet in Paris, 17th arrondissement. Tel 01 47 63 42 07

    Emergencies

    Medical emergency: dial 15
    Fire Brigade: dial 18
    Police: dial 17
    European emergency number: 112

    Safety and Security

    Most trips to Paris end trouble-free, but remember that this is a huge city, and some dangers from crime are inevitable. Try not to show off a lot of valuables and stick to well-lit, active areas after dark. Be wary of confidence tricksters at some of the major tourist hotspots.

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Hotel stay must be within date range of Leave and Return.

Room 1
Age Categories
Ages of children at time of trip (for pricing, discounts)