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Paris
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Paris

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
The price is £82 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is 4.7 mi (7.6 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre and 11.6 mi (18.7 km) from Parc Asterix. Stade ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2,937 reviews)

"The staff was so friendly and helpful, the location is convenient if you have an early flight. The room itself was small but very chic and modern. Would stay here again."…"

Reviewed on 21 Dec 2020

citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
4 out of 5
Roissypole, Rue de Rome, BP16461, Roissy CDG Cedex, Tremblay-en-France, Val-d'Oise
The price is £90 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated near the airport, this hotel is within 9 mi (15 km) of Usines Centre Outlet Shopping Mall, Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibition Centre and Paris-Le-Bourget. ...

3.8/5Good! (1,004 reviews)

"When I arrived no one was at the reception, staff was sleeping may be, I was looking for help but no one help me , i waited about 15 mn before they Shaw up, it was bad experience as I was sick with fresh surgery, I couldn’t pick up my luggage from outside, just a nice driver helped me out, his name ..."…"

Reviewed on 5 Feb 2021

Hilton Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £132 per night from 30 Mar to 31 Mar

This family-friendly Magny-le-Hongre hotel is located on a lake, within 2 mi (3 km) of Val d'Europe, Disneyland® Paris and Golf Disneyland Paris. Disney Village ...

3.9/5Good! (1,493 reviews)
Ideal place for families

"A great hotel for those with kids. Plenty for the kids to do. Not keen on the branding of the hotel now, looks a bit tacky, but it’s more geared up for those with kids so it may appeal to those. Had a good pizza at the pool side. The pool and play areas look really good and also has a nice outdoor ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Oct 2020

Explorers Hotel
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Paris

Standing Hôtel Suites by Actisource
Standing Hôtel Suites by Actisource
9 Allée du Verger, Roissy-en-France
The price is £53 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Situated near the airport, this aparthotel is 0.7 mi (1.1 km) from Paris Nord 2 International Business Park and within 3 miles (5 km) of Paris Nord Villepinte ...

3.9/5Good! (332 reviews)

"I rarely post a review about things in general but this time I was so enthusiastic about this place that I felt it was fair enough to encourage this type of business practice: the client’s satisfaction! Very spacious, room very well designed with very convenient amenities (dishwasher, microwave, ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Nov 2020

Standing Hôtel Suites by Actisource
Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
4 out of 5
28 Boulevard d'Indochine, Paris
The price is £61 per night from 6 Mar to 7 Mar

Located in 19th Arrondissement, this residence is 0.5 mi (0.7 km) from Philharmonie de Paris, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Palais Garnier and Notre-Dame. Arc de ...

4/5Very Good! (387 reviews)

"All kitchen amenities were in a very good condition. Security level at the property is good. It is just the room service for house keeping/ changing sheets & towels to be reconsidered since it is only done once in every 8 days☹️"…"

Reviewed on 14 Mar 2020

Hipark by Adagio Paris La Villette
Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
2 out of 5
The price is £51 per night from 5 Mar to 6 Mar

Situated in Serris, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Val d'Europe and Val d'Europe Shopping Center. Disney Village and Walt Disney Studios Park are ...

3.8/5Good! (1,326 reviews)
Good Value for money

"Wonderful stay clean and plenty of space"…"

Reviewed on 24 Aug 2020

Sejours et Affaires Serris Rive Gauche
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

4.5

Top Destination

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3 - Okay 6.0244648318042815%
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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

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

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...

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