Famously renowned as the City of Lights, City of Love, and Capital of Fashion, it may be safe to say that Paris has a way of speaking to everyone. For the fifth installation of Insider Scoop, our very own vacation expert, Jean Arseneau shares with us memories from his trip to the romantic city of Paris. Read through his narrative, and see what he has to say about some of the hotels and attractions in this grandiose city.
I arrived at the Charles de Gaule Airport in Paris on August 18, 2013. I flew direct from Montreal with Air Transat – and the flight was great! When we arrived at the airport, we already had a bus waiting for us. After, we went to see the Custom officials and picked up our luggage. My wife and I already had our transfers arranged so we had a chauffeur waiting for us. This is the best option to go with if your transfers are not included. We did the same thing for the return flight a week later, and our chauffeur was already waiting for us 4 hours prior departure.
We stayed for 7 nights at the Tryp Paris Francois Hotel, which is part of the Melia chain and located in the Montmartre area on the Grands Boulevards. In front of the hotel is the Metro which was very handy for seeing all the main attractions in Paris. The hotel offered continental breakfast with cold and hot buffet. The room was clean and we enjoyed free WiFi on their internet station. Located next to the hotel are quaint cafes. We were also very close to La Fayette and Le Printemts shopping stores, which was ideal for getting some shopping done! Overall, Tryp Paris Francois Hotel is a great 3-star establishment. I would recommend it to travelers looking for affordable accommodation.
While I was in the area, I also took the time to inspect the following hotels:
- Melia Alexander Paris is a 4-star hotel located near the Arc de Triumphe, Champs Elysees and la tour Eiffel
- Melia Vendome Paris is a 4-star hotel located near the Louvre, Place de la Concorde, Madelaine, and the Opera
- Hotel Mercure Paris Montmarte is a 3-star hotel situated near Sacre Coeur Cathedral, the Moulin Rouge. And several outdoor cafes. This hotel offers soundproofed, air-conditioned rooms and other exciting amenities. It is also just a short walk from the main department stores in Paris such as Lafayette and le Printemps.
When visiting Paris, make sure to see:
Sacre Coeur Basilica, the Louvre, Palais Royal, the Champs – Elysees, l’Arc de Triumphe, the Opera, the Seine River, Notre Dame Cathedral, the Bridge of Locks, the Moulin Rouge, Bateau Mouche, the great outdoor Cafes and of course the Eiffel Tower
Reims-Champagne Region: Day Trip Excursion
There are several types of day trips you can book in Paris. I strongly recommend that you book a day trip to Reims and you can also visit the Moët & Chandon Champagne Cellers in Epernay. After, you may enjoy a glass of bubbly in this wonderful setting in the region of Champagne and explore the vineyards. You will have some time to visit Reims which is very picturesque. Make sure to visit the House of Mumm Champagne, and don’t forget about the Reims Cathedral which is also included in your day excursion!
Thinking about an escape to Paris? We invite you to speak with tripcentral.ca vacation expert, Jean Arseneau to learn more about our Paris vacation packages available. Call him toll free at 800-665-4981 ext. 7228 or you may also reach him at email@example.com.