Hotels in Paris
5 best hotels in Paris
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
Hotel Carlton s Montmartre
Where will you stay in Paris?
Hotels in Paris – The city of light
With its impeccable reputation for fine dining, Paris’s nightlife swings between the sultry jazz bars of the Marais and the raucous burlesques of Montmartre. Throw in cruses down the Seine, book browsing on the left bank and promenading on the Champs-Élysées and you’ve got a recipe for holiday heaven.
Where to Stay in Paris
Le Marais and Bastille
The Latin Quarter
What to do in Paris
Paris offers plenty for those interested in shopping. From the high-end fashion houses on the Champs-Elysees to the artisan stores located in Rue de Charonne and Canal Saint Martin, you won’t go home empty handed.
For something more family oriented, Disneyland Paris is a strong favourite. Located 32 km outside of Paris, it’s one of the most visited theme parks in Europe.
What to eat in Paris
Another bready favourite is the croquet-monsieur. This simple ham and cheese sandwich, which is grilled to perfection, has become renowned around the world. For the piece de resistance, add a fried egg and some Béchamel sauce.
Many Parisians eat on the move, and if you are on foot around the city you will probably end up following suit. For more ‘on the go’ food, we have the jambon-beurre. Found in almost every corner bakery, it is a half baguette with butter and ham. Street stall crepes are everywhere and are great for a quick snack. Impossibly light and thin, you’re better off choosing a stall that cooks to order, as fresh is always best. Most places offer a large number of toppings, but for the true experience, butter and sugar is the traditional way.
Lastly there are the macarons, a delicate pastry of almond meringue with a buttercream centre. Available around the world, they are originally from Paris, and being just a two-bite delicacy they can be intensely moreish.
Weather & Seasonality – When to visit Paris
Spring in Paris is gorgeous. The trees are thick with foliage, the weather is great and the city is vibrant and bustling. Considered the perfect romantic getaway, many couples will head to Paris around Easter time.
Autumn is cooler, and this time the romantics come out for the arts, as it is during this time that the many new exhibitions spring up.
Winter might be a little chilly, but truth be told, Paris in winter is a spectacular sight. Full of stunning Christmas lights that brighten up the streets, and numerous festivals, events and street performances, the city truly comes to life. Ice-skating, Christmas markets and budget deals all round make this time ideal for a family vacation.
Summer is the time to be out and about exploring the city. With much of the attractions outdoors, and the weather at its best, this is a great time to visit.
There are many aspects – other than the weather – that can be determining factors for you as to when to visit. It is therefore important to decide exactly what it is you want to do and see and then determine whether the season will truly affect you.
Whatever time of year you decide to visit this wonderful city, preparing and booking in advance is highly recommended, and at Hotels.com we can help you find some of the best hotels in Paris.
Travelling around Paris
Once in Paris city centre, travelling is fairly straightforward. For example, the Paris metro is excellent. Regular stops can be found all over the city and tickets for one trip can be purchased at every metro station for €1.90. For those visitors who are staying for an extended period, you might want to think about investing in the Navigo, available as a weekly or monthly ticket option, prices range from €22 to €75 for the month.
Paris has an excellent bus service that runs as smoothly as the Metro and allows better views of the city by traversing the streets instead of underground. The icing on the cake is that the metro tickets can be used on the bus as well. An RER train is the option for those that wish to head out of the city for other sightseeing opportunities.
A fun and novel mode of transport is the Batobus, a boat that traverses the Seine. It has eight stops, which include the Champs Elysees, Louver, Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame and the Jardin des Plantes, giving you a unique view of this incredible city.
- • Language: French.
- • Time zone: CET, CEST
- • Currency: Euro, all major credit cards are accepted.
- • Drinking water: Safe to drink.
- • Power source: Standard European 220 V 2-pin power outlets. Remember to pack your adapter.
- • Emergency aid number: 112