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Paris
Travel Guide

Eiffel Tower showing a monument, heritage architecture and a sunset

From an afternoon picnic in the Luxembourg Gardens to a night at the opera, France’s romantic capital offers both simple pleasures and extravagant splurges.

In true French style, Paris combines the classic and the modern. Classic landmarks include the ancient Notre Dame cathedral, Arc de Triomphe the Eiffel Tower, and contemporary architectural achievements such as the La Défense district.

The city is divided into 20 arrondissements, or districts, which spiral clockwise from the city’s center. Paris is also split by the river Seine into the Left and Right Banks. Each arrondissement and area of Paris has its own character and flair. Le Marais is best known for medieval architecture, intimate wine bars and a diverse community. Luxembourg has a special old-world charm, enchanting gardens, and proximity to the upscale St-Germain-des-Prés. Montmartre is famous for its cobbled streets, the Moulin Rouge and magnificent Basilique du Sacré Cœur (Basilica of the Sacred Heart).

Paris is easy to navigate, either by the quick Metro system or taking your time by foot. Meandering through the winding streets, it’s easy to see the French passion for food and wine. There are open-air produce markets, patisserie windows piled with croissants and macaroons, and wine shops with offerings from regional vineyards. Restaurants of all kinds abound: traditional silver service venues, sidewalk cafes and rustic coffee houses.

Paris has fostered many artistic talents, including Édith Piaf, Serge Gainsbourg, Claude Monet and Coco Chanel. It’s known the world over for its museums and galleries such as the opulent Musée d'Orsay and the Pompidou Centre’s National Museum of Modern Art. For performance art, spend an evening at the beautifully decorated Palais Garnier, also known as the Opéra de Paris. Internationally renowned opera and ballet companies perform here regularly.

Fashion, too, is ingrained in the Parisian psyche. Stroll along Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré to find some of the most revered fashion houses in the world, including Lanvin, Hermes and Dior.

Visitors overwhelmed by all that Paris has to offer should head to the Champs-Élysées. Here you can wander and enjoy the beauty of this famous tree-lined boulevard, stop at Ladurée patisserie for a macaroon, or visit La Maison Guerlain’s shrine to perfume.

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Where to stay in Paris

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
3 out of 5
The price is HK$686 per night from 15 May to 15 May
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! (2,581 reviews)
"It's convenient for the airport. The hotel is clean and friendly."

Reviewed on 1 Mar 2021

Holiday Inn Express Paris - CDG Airport
Explorers Hotel
Explorers Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is HK$1,216 per night from 1 Jun to 1 Jun
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! (1,398 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
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
4 out of 5
4 Boulevard Raspail, Paris, Paris
The price is HK$1,446 per night from 12 May to 12 May
Located in Paris City Center, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Orsay Museum and Le Bon Marche. Tuileries Garden and Saint-Sulpice Church are also within ...
4.4/5Excellent! (995 reviews)
"I had a very nice stay at the K&K hotel. The hotel staff was very professional and friendly. I got a very nice view, balcony room upgrade. The breakfast boxes at the mornings were very nice. Location perfect. I had a late check out without even asking for it which was the best end of my stay. Highly ..."

Reviewed on 26 Feb 2021

K+K Hotel Cayre Paris
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 HK$591 per night from 13 May to 13 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 HK$442 per night from 16 May to 16 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
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
5 out of 5
74 avenue des Champs-Elysées, Paris
The price is HK$2,595 per night from 14 May to 14 May
Located in Paris City Center, this luxury residence is within a 5-minute walk of Champs-Elysees, Lido, and Avenue Montaigne. Arc de Triomphe and Rue du Faubourg ...
4.2/5Excellent! (339 reviews)
"Half the price of Marriott next door. Excellent location. Very friendly reception staff. Room was amazing. Great veiw. Huge comfy bed. Balcony. Free WiFi, usb charging point. Magnificent bathroom. Kitchen was very usable. Highly recommended."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Fraser Suites Le Claridge Champs-Elysées
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

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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

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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...