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.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Mar 4, 2014
We stayed at Lorette Opera for two nights. The hotel was accessible from the metro and in a not too busy area. The room was a bit tiny but for a two night stay it was perfect. It was clean. The african lady who checked us in was so friendly! We didn't have breakfast - so I can say anything about that. I would stay at Lorette Opera again, I enjoyed my stay there.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 15, 2014
I stayed for 4 days attending a congress in Paris. This hotel is seriously well located, in my free time I walked for hot chocolate to Angelina's, macaroons at Pierre Herme all in 5 min walking distances from the hotel. Great restaurants nearby. From a location perspective its spot on!!
The room I took was small, quite basic but comfortable. It was all I needed for my short stay. The free wi fi worked well.
Given my previous trips to Paris in different hotels, I would def stay at this hotel again as the location and proximity to sights in Paris cannot be better!! Thumbs up
"A boutique hôtel expérience"
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Feb 11, 2014
Hotel Powers is located really close to the must see sites in Paris. If your time is short than you want to stay here. Although I wasn't quite sure what to expect given the hotels name, it was great. The hotel has a really nice boutique feel. Its cosy with the kind of informal, relaxed, easy going personal experience you would get from a smaller hotel or B&B. The rooms are classically French in feel, cosy and comfortable with personality. Our room had a great shower too, perfect after a cold rainy day exploring. I would recommend Hotel Powers be on your shortlist of places to stay.
Reviewed by a Hotels.com guest on Jan 27, 2014
We had such a wonderful experience here! It was clean and modern, the staff were so helpful and friendly (even with the language barrier) trying to exceed our every expectation and request.
It's located close to metro station, and a wide variety of shops, restaurants and parks.
Absolutely wonderful experience!! I will definitely return!