Despite its proximity to the magnificent Arc de Triomphe, the 17th arrondissement is a refreshingly low-key part of the city. This is the Paris of Parisians, full of elegant townhouses, Haussmann architecture and hidden-gem restaurants. The Square des Batignolles is an exquisite homage to an English country garden, and come the evening you can take in a show or exhibition at the vast Palais des Congres center.
Perhaps the single most iconic street in the world, this bustling avenue stretches from the Place de la Concorde (with its towering Luxor Obelisk) to the gobsmacking grandeur of the Arc de Triomphe. It's also the setting for the Beaux-Arts brilliance of the Grand Palais, although if you fancy a break from ogling architecture you can also go on a spending spree in some of the street's many boutiques.
Few monuments can compare in fame to the Eiffel Tower, but once you've seen it (and perhaps had a bite in one of its restaurants) you can check out other attractions of the 7th arrondissement. There are the perfect emerald lawns of the Champ de Mars, the majestic sprawl of the Ecole Militaire, and of course the Musee d'Orsay – a must for fans of Monet, Van Gogh and Renoir.
Sitting grandly on the Right Bank, the Louvre is the world's most popular museum – and it's easy to see why. As well as boasting world-famous masterpieces like the Venus de Milo and Mona Lisa, the Louvre Palace itself, dating back to the 12th Century, is a stunner. Right next door is the landscaped opulence of the Tuileries Garden, while world-class shopping awaits among the designer boutiques of Rue Saint-Honoré.
The setting for The Phantom of the Opera, the Palais Garnier is a spectacular building even by Parisian standards – and there's plenty more to see in the 9th arrondissement. Taking a stroll around the Boulevard Haussmann should be on any Paris visitor's to-do list, and this iconic square also boasts Galeries Lafayette and Printemps – two of the world's grandest department stores.
The hotel is very well situated, close to the metro line and near to a supermarket as well as many patisseries, and fruit and vegetable markets. The staff were very friendly and helpful. The room (in the 2nd block) was very comfortable, a good size, with a big bed and a reasonably sized bathroom. It was serviced daily. There are also many lovely, affordable restaurants close by.
"quality hotel well located"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Dec 10, 2012
Well located. Excellent front desk service (early check in; directions and advice etc). Breakfast exceeded my expectations. Room small but well appointed & maintained. Current renovations not a problem (but did have a week end stay!)