City break in Paris | from the classics to the cutting-edge

Paris, with its graceful streets and instantly recognisable landmarks, needs no introduction. There’s a reason the city is one of the most-loved destinations in the world - it always has something new to offer!

There’s something magical about getting lost in Paris. Strolling along the banks of the Seine, finding leafy parks in Le Marais, and stumbling across new street markets are just a few of my favourite ways to experience the French capital.

But when time is limited, it’s helpful to have some kind of plan. Paris, with its blend of historic treasures, innovative arts venues, and world-class restaurants is one of the most iconic cities in the world. Discovering it all takes more than one visit, but by balancing the classic Parisian sights with its contemporary spaces, you’ll have an unforgettable trip.

SEE | experience Paris’ iconic sights and modern wonders

It’s impossible to imagine Paris without its iconic landmarks. But when you explore beyond the towering monuments and world-famous museums, you’ll find cutting-edge exhibitions and blossoming neighbourhoods.

STAY | sleep in comfort in Paris’ elegant hotels

Whether you want historic grandeur or modern chic, there’s a hotel to suit you in Paris. Although you’re likely to spend most of your time exploring the city’s treasures, these hotels are perfect for a restful stay.

Classic | historic French stay with a spa


At Hotel de Latour Maubourg, there’s enough antique furniture and sparkling chandeliers to make you feel as though you’ve gone back in time. A three-star boutique hotel overlooking Les Invalides, the interior is a reflection of Louis XIII-style decor. But the themed bedrooms add a quirky element to the experience of staying here.

Drift off to sleep in the Classic Coco Chanel room, with its bold black and red accents, or in the softly-toned Ronsard room. Or if you’re feeling decadent, splash out on the spacious Leonard de Vinci Privilege room with its own original fireplace and impressive views. There’s also a spa, where you can unwind and refresh before your next day of sightseeing.

Hotel & Spa de Latour Maubourg

Top rated
9.0 Excellent (1539 reviews)

Classic | central hotel with classic French breakfast for travellers on a budget


Small, but perfectly formed, the Welcome Hotel is somewhere I go back to again and again. Despite its lively location, on the corner of Saint Germain des Pres and Rue de Seine, it’s a peaceful retreat from the buzz outside. With rooms that  are compact and minimalist, they have everything you need for a comfy night’s sleep. Breakfast is kept simple with a basket of fresh baguettes and croissants, and there are countless cafés and restaurants just a short stroll away. The affordable rooms range from a single, which is perfect for solo travellers, to a triple room.

Welcome Hotel

8.1 Very good (2259 reviews)

Contemporary | eclectic design hotel near the trendy Le Marais district


If you’re a fan of extravagant design, then you’ll love the Original Paris. Created by Stella Cadente, the four-star Original is an eclectic mix of contemporary furniture and fairytale decor. The hotel is designed to transport guests into a fantasy world, so prepare to have a whimsical time. There’s an Alice in Wonderland-inspired double room or if you feel like sleeping in a sparkling ice cave, go for the executive White House room. And when you eventually manage to tear yourself from your room, it’s a short walk to the trendy streets of Le Marais. My favourite Paris neighbourhood, Le Marais is an addictive maze of laid-back cafes, pretty courtyards, and bold galleries.

Le Petit Beaumarchais Hotel & Spa

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (1573 reviews)

Contemporary | budget friendly hotel next to the Eiffel Tower


Although Hotel Eiffel Turenne is just a quick stroll from the Eiffel Tower, it’s surprisingly budget-friendly. And with its comfy lounge and fresh, modern rooms, Hotel Eiffel Turenne is also a great base for exploring the rest of Paris. The focus is on contemporary, minimalist design, so expect lots of wood, warm tones, and pops of colour. You can snuggle up in a cosy classic room or enjoy the extra space of a prestige room. But to make the most of the hotel’s location, ask for a room with a view of the Eiffel Tower.

Hôtel Eiffel Turenne

Top rated
9.2 Excellent (3106 reviews)

EAT | dine on French cuisine and modern mains

In some ways, Paris is a city that revolves around food. Elegant bistros and vibrant farmers’ markets sit side by side. And you don’t have to go far to find flaky croissants, delicate macaroons, tasty onion soup, juicy steaks, and endless types of cheese.

DRINK | traditional bars and experimental clubs

From sumptuous wine bars to rustic taverns, Parisian drinking spots have endless appeal. This is a city where an afternoon spent people-watching over a glass of wine is just as enjoyable as a lively night out.

DO | discover Paris’ classic heritage and contemporary attractions

There’s so much to do in Paris, that it’s impossible to fit it all into one trip. For an unforgettable experience, try balancing some of the the city’s must-see classics with its lesser-known delights.