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Paris
Travel Guide

Eiffel Tower which includes a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset

With a deserved reputation as one of the world’s most cultural and romantic cities, it is easy to forget that Paris is also one of the busiest and most exciting.

As a destination, Paris really does have it all – from world class galleries and museums such as The Louvre and Musée d'Orsay to stunning modern architecture and globally renowned shopping.

Home to well over two million people, Paris is a fantastic example of contemporary French style which is characterised by a unique mix of classic and modern influences. Divided into 20 districts spiralling clockwise from the centre of the city, Paris is also divided into left and right banks by the Seine. As you might expect, each of these districts are quite distinct, making it easy to experience various different sides to Parisian culture in even a relatively short visit.

Renowned for its stunning landmarks, Paris is home to some of the world’s best known sights. Ranging from the simple medieval beauty of Notre Dame cathedral to the grand spectacles of Arc de Triomphe and the Eiffel Tower, Paris is as picturesque as it is pleasant. One of the most popular districts of Paris for visitors is Montmatre – the artistic heart of the city and home to the Moulin Rouge. Climbing the district’s cobbled streets is a must, not only as a chance to visit the magnificent Basilique du Sacré Cœur but also to admire the stunning view across the city. In the far distance stand the skyscrapers of the La Defense business district – itself worth a visit to see La Grande Arche, an enormous modernist monument to France’s humanitarian ideals. You can gain access to all Paris’s best attractions without breaking the bank with the Paris Pass.

The Paris Metro system is quick and inexpensive making it very simple to traverse the city, but many prefer simply to allow themselves to wander around the twisting streets and grand boulevards such as the Champs-Élysées. Particularly popular areas to visit include Le Marais with its intimate bars and beautiful architecture, as well as the upscale districts of St-Germain-de-Pres and St-Michel – Paris’ intellectual hub.

It is often said that food and fashion are Paris’ two greatest love affairs, and it is easy to see why. Wherever you go, exceptional food and drink are never more than a moment away. From a quick café express and croissant at a pavement café to a silver service dinner with fine wines, the city heaves with choice and variety. Should shopping be more your thing, a stroll along the famous Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré is sure to delight – the perfect place to indulge your passions for the world’s most revered international fashion houses.

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Where to stay in Paris

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
3 out of 5
38-40 Rue Saint Séverin, Paris, Paris
The price is £55 per night from 31 May to 31 May
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Ile de la Cite and Sainte Chapelle. Notre-Dame and Sorbonne University are also within ...
4.4/5Wonderful! (990 reviews)
Best location and a comfortable hotel
"Great location, one of my favourites, right near the St Michel station with direct access to the airport, main metro lines and train to Versailles. Had the premium room which was a bit bigger than the standard closet-sized ones and featured a small balcony where we could enjoy food and drinks. Very ..."

Reviewed on 23 Sep 2020

Hotel Europe Saint Severin Paris
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
3 out of 5
Free cancellation
The price is £76 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
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 ...
4.3/5Excellent! (2,560 reviews)
"It's convenient for the airport. The hotel is clean and friendly."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

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
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £81 per night from 4 Jun to 4 Jun
Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.8 mi (7.7 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre, and within 12 mi (20 km) of Parc Asterix and ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (2,789 reviews)
"Super helpful staff, efficient room & effective multi-purpose lobby w/ good food & bev menu. a perfect airport hotel overnighter."

Reviewed on 5 May 2021

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
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.
Appart'City Confort Paris Villejuif
Appart'City Confort Paris Villejuif
3 out of 5
The price is £63 per night from 16 May to 16 May
Situated near the airport, this residence is within 3 miles (5 km) of Maison des Examens, Paris Catacombs and AccorHotels Arena. Place d'Italie and Parc Montsouris ...
3.6/5Good! (479 reviews)
"Very clean. Close to the metro and close to shops."

Reviewed on 8 Feb 2020

Appart'City Confort Paris Villejuif
All Suites Appart Hôtel Orly Rungis
All Suites Appart Hôtel Orly Rungis
3 out of 5
16 rue du Pont des Halles, Rungis, Val-de-Marne
The price is £42 per night from 22 May to 22 May
Situated near the airport, this residence is 0.8 mi (1.2 km) from Rungis International Market and 1.7 mi (2.7 km) from Belle Épine Shopping Center. Paris Expo ...
3.8/5Good! (938 reviews)
"It was a great experience! The close proximity to the Orly Airport. The food places around were very limited due to the area. It was a quiet place for business and leisure relaxation. A free shuttle takes you directly to the airport. Which is a A ! The kitchen area had all what you needed. It has ..."

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

All Suites Appart Hôtel Orly Rungis
Royal Regency by Diamond Resorts
Royal Regency by Diamond Resorts
69/71, rue Defrance, Vincennes, Val-de-Marne
Located in Diderot, this apartment building is 1.3 mi (2.1 km) from Parc Floral de Paris and 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Place de la Nation. Paris Zoological Park is ...
4.5/5Wonderful! (333 reviews)
Astonishing
"It was amazing and a very clean and helpful staff"

Reviewed on 13 Feb 2020

Royal Regency by Diamond Resorts
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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Reviews of Paris

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21 Apr 2020

Took 2 weekends in Paris in summer 2019 - loved it! The hotel was fantastic. Eurostar from St Pancras was so easy. Cafes and restaurants in Paris were wonderful. We avoided the usually tourist traps and explored the city by foot - 100% recommend!

4/5 - Good

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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

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14 Mar 2020

Architecture, History, Restaurants, Total atmosphere.

4/5 - Good

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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...

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