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Paris - France
Paris, famous for its fashion, history, and artistic culture, has numerous hotels that epitomize French elegance. In the fashionable districts, luxury hotels cater to the needs of the most demanding clients and are also ideal for the business traveler. In the picturesque Montmartre and Marais areas and on the Île de la Cité, the hotels are particularly charming. The intellectual Latin Quarter and Saint-Germain-des-Près entice visitors with the names of illustrious artists who have stayed there. In the bohemian eastern part of town, you will find modestly priced accommodations.
1st, 7th & 8th Arrondissements (the Golden Triangle)
If Paris reigns supreme as the world capital of good living, it is a reputation built not only on the excellence of its cuisine but also on the quality of its accommodations. Some of the most luxurious hotels are close to the Champs Elysées and the very elegant Avenue Montaigne, including the palatial Hôtel George V, the Hôtel Plaza-Athénée, and the Hôtel Franklin Roosevelt. These are also extremely convenient for the needs of the business community. Equally distinguished is the Ritz, a palace once graced by writer Ernest Hemingway, and Coco Chanel, founder of the eponymous fashion house. The Rue St-Honoré, one of Paris's most regal and elegant thoroughfares, is close at hand; the Hôtel Costes puts the Paris of Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent within walking distance. Many of these palaces have revived the luxury and decor of a particular period, with all its attendant grandeur and splendor (the Louis XIII room at the Georges V, the Napoleon room at the Costes and the Louis XVI room at the Ritz). Similarly, some of them have haute couture on the spot, such as Hotel de Crillon and the very elegant Hotel Lutétia, which entrusted its redecoration to the famous fashion designer, Sonia Rykiel. For decades the richest people in the world have frequented these hotels. Should you have the means to stay in one of these palaces, you might well find yourself rubbing shoulders with celebrities in the hotel bar or restaurant.
The Hôtel Costes, center of the empire belonging to the two Costes brothers from the Auvergne region, have followed up their majestic hotel by investing in numerous eating-houses in the capital. On the same spot there is a Costes restaurant, a Costes bar, not to mention a much-frequented sports club with a magnificent swimming pool in the basement.
3rd & 4th & 11th Arrondissements (the Marais)
The older and smaller hotels are concentrated in the most picturesque areas. One of the oldest districts, the Marais, harbors numerous little private hotels, all characterized by their charm, like Hôtel Saint Louis Marais or Hôtel de la Bretonnerie and Hostellerie du Marais. This is also Paris' gay quarter. Other establishments located in buildings dating from the same period (17th Century) include the Hôtel St Paul-le Marais and Hôtel des Deux Iles, located on one of the oldest parts of the Capital, Île-Saint-Louis. The Île de la Cité and the Île Saint-Louis, where the two arms of the Seine meet, are ideal for a romantic stroll (Notre-Dame Cathedral is on Ile de la Cité).
5th Arrondissement (the Latin Quarter)
What can be said about the Latin Quarter? Elegance and intellect combine in Saint-Germain-des-Prés, where in earlier times the great names of art and literature were drawn as to a magnet. The Saint-Michel neighborhood offer further reasonable options like the Hôtel des Grandes Écoles or the Hotel Acte V if you want to soak up the intellectual atmosphere and elite student's lifestyle.
18th Arrondissement (Montmartre)
Montmartre, with its Sacré-Cœur basilica and the Place du Tertre, is considered by some to be the most attractive part of the city. In this area there are numerous charming and picturesque hotels with reasonable rates, such as Hôtel Victoria or the Hôtel Caulaincourt Square.
In the city center, only a few establishments are affordable. Most of the really inexpensive hotels can be found in the 10th arrondissement near Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est. These hotels often attract an young crowd coming from all across the globe. Among the ones that offer good service and comfortable rooms are the Hotel Jarry, the Hotel Le Cambrai, and the Perfect Hotel & Hostel. Make sure you request a room furnished with a shower and a restroom if you wish so, as not all the rooms have both. The trendy Bastille area in the center of east Paris, once the district of furniture makers, also offers some reasonable options, such as the Absolute Hotel or the International Youth Hostel, which very popular among globetrotters looking to save some money.
La Défense (Northwest)
For a hotel that provides both comfort and good value for money, there are numerous hotel chains available in the northwest area of Paris. Some are within the city, such as the Timhotel Montparnasse near the tower of the same name. Others serve the business area, La Défense, such as the Hôtel Mercure Paris La Défense, Novotel Paris La Défense, Hôtel Ibis Paris La Défense Centre and Hôtel Kyriad Paris La Défense. These hotels fill up really quickly during trade shows, so make sure you book your room in advance.