Paris Guide

Known to many as “The City of Lights” Paris is synonymous with romance. This ever popular tourist destination has something for everyone irrespective of age, culture, gender, and nationality.

The charm of the city lies in its warmth and romance which is exuded in the attitude and outlook of the Parisian people.

The congeniality and warmth of this city and it’s people have the power to refresh and inspire. Paris is famous for its landmarks, parks, museums, galleries and institutions.

Nowhere will you find a collection of galleries like those in and around Paris. No visit to Paris would be complete unless you visit the three most important landmarks including the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame Cathedral and the Louvre Museum.

If you have the time, then why not visit the great shopping malls where you will find everything that your heart could desire! (Well, almost) Within the city you will be enthralled by its music – encompassing jazz, avant-garde, salsa and, currently, Europe’s most vibrant African music scene.

From the tourist attractions, which will leave you completely spellbound , to the Parisian people themselves, Paris has that special quality that will win you over, so come and be captured by its charm and spontaneity, book that break in Paris and you’ll want to come again.


Why go to Paris? 
Because a Eurostar or Eurotunnel hotel break in Paris can be so many things – whether film set, beautiful city or a vibrant collage of villages, each with its own character, Paris has so much to offer its visitors as a short break destination.

Maybe the secret of Parisian appeal, despite being such a popular place, is that it manages to maintain a kind of ‘at-home’ feeling – there’s no vacuum of character at its core , just a vitality that’s easy to slip into, soak up and take away with you so that you’ll want to return again & again.

When to go? 
We’ve all heard about Paris in the springtime, and though undoubtedly a lovely time to come, don’t let the song limit your short break options. Actually coming to Paris for a hotel break at any time of the year brings its own atmosphere – cultural activity seems to burst onto the scene in the autumn, in winter there’s plenty of festivals, feasting and fun to be had.
Come in the summer and lazy hazy (hopefully) days will reflect a slower Paris leading up to a beach scene on the banks of the Seine and its quays – perhaps not an image that immediately springs to mind when considering short hotel breaks to Paris!
How to get there? 
The easy answer is of course Eurostar – a short break to Paris on Eurostar is so simple and makes sense – trains take just 2 hours 15 minutes from London, and if you feel like travelling in style for your next Paris short break, then why not take Standard Premier class – spacious carriages with bigger, more comfortable seats and a light meal including drinks will be served to your seat by the waiting staff on hand. If you’re crossing with Eurotunnel then it’s an easy motorway journey from Calais, which should take about 3 hours and if you’re looking for a budget short break to Paris then for the cheapest option take the ferry to Calais.
Getting around? 
No short Paris hotel break would be complete without seeing as many of the sights as you can, and Paris is a city at the human scale, so the short distances make sightseeing on foot from your hotel a real pleasure – the sheer density and variety of delightful urban sights and the animated city life are sure to delight the senses.
For ease of use and value for money the Metro is hard to beat – it’s efficient and reaches into all the city’s pockets, and whereas buses are the more picturesque route they can be slowed by the traffic; plus getting your head around the routes is some achievement! We recommend buying a carnet of 10 metro tickets – its better value than buying individual tickets.
Not only a world capital city of shopping and fashion, nightlife is part of a great short break here – just contemplate a romantic cruise on the Seine or take in a stunning Cabaret. You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to vibrant clubs and bars, and remember that Paris is truly a gourmet city – rightly renowned for cuisine from its cafѐs, patisseries and exceptional restaurants – all to be had in this beautiful city as the destination of choice for a Eurostar or Eurotunnel short hotel break.
Where to stay? 
Our selection of Paris Hotels for a short break cater for all tastes and requirements – whether you’re looking for something grand with all the frills, or just a basic, good quality place to stay without costing the earth, we have the right hotel for you. We’ve been in partnership with many of our hotels for years, so we’re confident that they will make your hotel break a memorable experience – for the right reasons!
If there’s a particular part of Paris where you want to be based, then you can use the map facility to see where our Paris hotels are located or if you want to call us, one of our Travel Experts will be pleased to assist, or even find you other hotels that are not featured on this Paris hotel packages page.
Where to eat? 
For sheer variety of places to eat, Paris must be hard to beat and no short break here should be without at least some exposure to the cuisine. From iconic haute-cuisine to every day cafes, there’s an eclectic mix of so much food culture and knowledge – look out for the more recent “bistronomiques” which serve contemporary food at prices easier to stomach – all in a relaxed setting.
Don’t forget that lunch time prices, even in some of the top notch dining establishments, can be considerably reduced plus of course the likelihood of getting a table is much improved – you’ll be spoilt for choice and the food will surely add something to your Parisian holiday.
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