29 Feb 2020 - 1 Mar 2020
2 adults - 1 room
The beautiful city of Paris has long been a mecca for romantics. It is the City of Lights, and for many the city of love. It has a long and rich past that is a joy to discover for the first time, as the town is filled with museums, galleries, and churches that share the city with quaint bistros, Michelin starred restaurants and world-class designer labels. If you have never been to Paris, then now is the time to go.
Choosing where to stay has its difficulties, primarily because there isn’t really a bad neighbourhood in Paris, so picking your perfect hotel destination will depend on what you are looking for. Each arrondissement has a very distinct character and each will charm you in an entirely different way.
Where should you stay in Paris?
The Opera District
The Opera District houses many of Paris’ most popular attractions. Walk to the wonderful Palais Garnier Opera House and catch a show, or spend the day in Printemps shopping for your perfect French outfit. Of course, the major draw is the Louvre and its enigmatic star, the Mona Lisa, which is worth all its accolades. This is an expensive part of town because of its stellar location, though with any big city, you can find the odd economy hotel hidden within the neighbourhood.
The Latin Quarter
On the left bank of Paris’ River Seine, the Latin Quarter has retained that ineffable French charm. There are big attractions like Saint Sulpice and the Pantheon, but the real delight is wandering through its cramped Parisian streets and investigating the various bookshops, brasseries, cafes and bakeries that make this neighbourhood their home. You will find that hotels tend to range between 2 stars and 4 stars which make it a pretty good bet no matter what your budget is.
Overlooking almost the entire city, Montmarte enjoys a stately hilltop position in Paris, crowned by its favourite jewel: the Sacre Ceour. This neighbourhood is often likened to a village because it has a distinct personality from the rest of Paris, and its artsy reputation boosted by street performers gives it an Old World feel. When night falls, guests can expect a great variety of options to while away the wee hours, and plenty of reasonable 3 star hotels to lay their heads in this neighbourhood.
Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis
An expensive option, but undoubtedly one of the most glamorous, this neighbourhood in the middle of the 1st arrondissement is right next to the gorgeous and intimidating Notre Dame Cathedral and the Saint-Chappelle. Though this part of Paris can get very touristy during the day, at night the crowds calm, and you are left with a quiet sanctuary in the middle of the city.
Also in the 1st arrondissement, Les Halles is a little more lively than Ile de la Cité and Ile Saint-Louis. Booking a hotel here means that you are a stone’s throw away from the National Museum of Modern Art and the Pompidou Centre, which both make for a wonderful day out in Paris. This district is also popular for those seeking a little retail therapy, from fashion to food. The prices here are fairly hefty, but you can find some moderately priced hotels if you research and book a room in advance.
Transportation in Paris
The transportation network in Paris is excellent, with the Metro offering 16 lines all across the city, providing a fast and convenient service. There are also buses and trams that cover most of the areas that the metro does not.
We had great time there, but 3 days is not enough to see all Paris sightseeings
Paris is just fresh and can bring back hope in your life. I loved it! Definitely going back!
I was expecting something more... a don't now, magical. But still it was pretty good
It is packed. A taxi driver said that there are twice as many tourists as their population that visit every day. But, there is a reason for all that. The food is incredible, the place is littered landmarks and statues throughout. The only thing you’ll regret is leaving early. I’m going to revisit the discussion about food as I don’t think I touched on it enough. My mouth is watering just thinking about macaroons and other pastries.