Vienna House Dream Castle at Disneyland ® Paris
40 Avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre 777034.0 out of 5.0
Overlooking landscaped gardens, this chateau-inspired hotel is just beside Disneyland Paris® and close to Val d'Europe …
Citadines Apart'hotel Saint-Germain-des-Prés Paris
53 Ter Quai des Grands Augustins, Paris 750064.0 out of 5.0
Located in Quartier Latin, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Pont Neuf, Notre Dame Cathedral, and Sainte Chapelle. …
Hipark Paris La Villette
28 Boulevard d'Indochine, Paris 750194.0 out of 5.0
Located in 19th Arrondissement, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zenith and Parc des Buttes Chaumont. Basilica of th …
Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel
18 avenue de Suffren, Paris 750154.0 out of 5.0
The 4-star Pullman Paris Tour Eiffel has a unique location by the Eiffel Tower and the Trocadero. Totally renovated in 2014 …
L'Hotel du Collectionneur Arc de Triomphe
51-57 rue de Courcelles, Paris 750085.0 out of 5.0
A modern seven-storey Paris hotel inspired by the Art Deco style, overlooking Parc de Monceau, one kilometre from the …
Kyriad Hotel at Disneyland Paris
10 Avenue de la Fosse des Pressoirs, Magny-le-Hongre 777003.0 out of 5.0
Guests of the Kyriad Hotel at Disneyland® Paris are an 11-minute drive away from the theme park. The property lies less tha …
Hyatt Regency Paris Charles de Gaulle
351 Avenue Du Bois De La Pie, Roissy-en-France 959124.0 out of 5.0
This family-friendly Roissy-en-France hotel is located near the airport, 2.3 mi (3.7 km) from Paris Nord Villepinte Exhibitio …
citizenM Paris Charles de Gaulle
7 Rue de Rome, Tremblay-en-France 932904.0 out of 5.0
Situated near the airport, this boutique hotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Aeroville Shopping Center, Eglise Saint Eloi, and …
Hotel Des Arts Paris Montmartre
5 Rue Tholoze, Paris 750183.0 out of 5.0
Located in the Montmartre district of Paris between Place du Tertre and Place Blanche, this boutique hotel is steps from th …
Villa Saxe Eiffel
9 Villa De Saxe, Paris 750074.0 out of 5.0
This Paris hotel is across from UNESCO headquarters, 0.6 km (0.4 mi) from Les Invalides, and 1.4 km (0.9 mi) from the Eiffe …
A bit of va-va-velib
Only Paris can make a gray, bulky bicycle seem glamorous and sophisticated. Velib, the city's free hire bikes, are Paris's answer to traffic congestion, the good heath of its inhabitants, and transport strikes. For the visitor, they offer an excellent way to get to know the city's 20 arrondissements, or districts, all of which have their own distinctive markings.
The heart of the capital, on the Ile de la Cité, is where Paris began around 250 BC. Now home to the law courts, a flower market, and the gothic masterpiece Notre Dame, it's a deservedly popular spot. Like most of Paris's landmarks, Notre Dame is always surrounded by people gazing up in awe and wonder. Climb the south tower and you'll be similarly humbled as you look down on the city landscape of grand boulevards, parks, and monuments.
Following your eye along the Seine, you can see the world's most famous museum, the Louvre, and further down, the instantly recognizable Eiffel Tower. Include these on your itinerary and you'll have made a small (but important) chip into the huge block of Paris's famous landmarks, monuments, and museums. It's quite possible that the list could seem overwhelming, but sitting at a pavement café with a strong coffee and a guidebook is a good start, and will certainly put you in the Parisian mood.
A bit of ooh la la
Back in 1889, the Moulin Rouge introduced a seductive, skirts-and-eyebrow-raising dance called the cancan. Today it hosts a sell-out show, though risqué titillation has been replaced by slick dance routines and acrobatics. The Opera National de Paris offers a program of classical ballet and opera, performed at the modern Opera Bastille and the grandiose Palais Garnier. In contrast to these big-scale productions, you'll find live music from rock to chanson throughout the week at venues ranging from scruffy basements to plush auditoriums. Alternatively, try a dinner cruise along the Seine for a traffic-free view of the city's carefully lit architecture.
There are a dizzying number of festivals in Paris, each reinvigorating the city in a unique way. Visit on June 21st for a musical adventure as the city plays host to a free music festival, Fête de la Musique. As the world's capital of cinema, Paris naturally has its own film festival and the highest number of art-house cinemas per inhabitant. Open-air screenings, cinematographic tours, and an eclectic mix of films make up a busy program which is enough to push any blockbuster boundaries.
It's true that people here often have a baguette under their arm. There is a boulangerie (bakery) on almost every street and even if you're not hungry the pastries in the window will probably have a persuasive impact. French cuisine is notoriously sophisticated, but you don't need to find Michelin stars to enjoy it. A neighborhood brasserie can offer a fine meal, a place to watch people come and go, and inspiration for your return visit to the city of light.