Now when it comes to travelling to Paris, most people will travel
via train such as on the EuroStar or
via plane and then either use the underground or get a taxi to their destination, but if
you are thinking about travelling to Paris in your own car, then please bear in mind that
parking is a major problem in most cities and Paris is no exception. In fact, there
are actually very few hotels in Paris
that do have their own car parking area, so this is something you must consider very
carefully when taking your car and booking your hotel as vehicle space is a premium.
However, there are some hotels that do offer preferential rates for public car parks that
are located close by and car parking can range in price from 20 Euros upwards per day, so
even though a ferry crossing to France and
utilising your own transport may be a cheaper option initially, the cost of the car
parking could make your holiday far more expensive in the long run rather than utilising
other travel options. And lets face it, you are not likely to want to try driving
around Paris to that degree, especially with intersections like at the Place Charles de
Gaulle where the Arc de Triomphe is
located! Plus, using the Metro is a far quicker way to get from one Arrondissement
to another, yet if you prefer above ground, then there are several different options
available to you, such as using one of the tour buses such as the L'OpenTour Double Decker Buses, or how about
utilising the Batobus Water Bus, which travels
up and down the River Seine.
Another point that you may not have thought about, is that in Europe it is not very often
that you get facilities for making a cup of tea or coffee in your room, so do not be
disappointed if you do not have a kettle, etc, and the hotels that do provide this service
usually make a point of saying so.
Also, most hotels in Paris do not quote a price with breakfast included as this is usually
an optional extra and is charged per person, but there are also some of the basic hotels
and one star hotels that do not have any facilities for serving breakfast at all.
You will see that many hotels state a Continental Breakfast, which usually consists of
things such as cereals, rolls, croissants, jams, fruit juice and coffee, although some
will provide a basic buffet breakfast. It is not usually until you get up to 3 star
hotels and 4
star hotels in Paris that they are likely to provide a fuller buffet style breakfast
as well as a Continental style breakfast option, yet there are also those luxury hotels
that have a variety of different types of breakfast on offer to suit International tastes.
Paris is a city that is very animal friendly and you will be pleased to know that there
are lots of Paris hotels that do allow you to bring your dog with you although there is
often an additional charge for this.
Also, you will find that lots of hotels are now catering more for families and rather than
just requesting an extra bed within a room at the time of booking, you have a great choice
of hotels that have triple rooms or even quadruple rooms available, which does mean that
you will have more space for all of you to move around!
Being a city renowned for its history, there are numerous hotels that are located within
very old buildings and have lots of character, some with traditional period furnishings to
match the age of a building and are great for that romantic weekend getaway. Yet
many have been modernised, including those in the 2
star hotel category, to include facilities such as satellite or cable TV and a lift
for those of us that are less able or just too lazy to carry the luggage up the stairs!
Visiting Paris on business is also far easier these days as many three star Paris hotels
and four Star Paris hotels also now have internet access or WiFi available not just in
common areas, but also within the rooms, yet some do charge for these facilities, so it
would be wise to check prior to booking if you wish to take your laptop with you.
Some, but mainly the high end 3 star hotels and 4 Star hotels will also have fully
equipped meeting rooms and business centres available for their guests to keep up to date
with work and colleagues, etc.
And the last thing we feel you need to consider when booking a hotel, is where it is
located. Obviously some areas, or Arrondissements as they are known, are more costly
than others, like being near to most famous Paris monument, the Eiffel Tower or close to the famous Avenue des Champs Elysees, but if you are
willing to be a little further out like in the business district where you will see the Grande Arche, then you can get a far better
deal on the same quality hotel, although you may spend more time and money travelling to
the numerous tourist attractions that could
be right over the other side of Paris.