Spotlight on Paris
By Oyster.com Staff
Paris is the “city of light,” the most romantic city in the world, the art and fashion capital of the world — no wonder it is also the most visited city in the world. As France’s capital, Paris boasts a plethora of museums, monuments, and astounding examples of architecture, ranging from the iconic Eiffel Tower, built in 1889, to the Gothic-style Notre Dame Cathedral, dating back to the Middle Ages. Visitors often stroll along the Seine to take in the many sites, or walk down the Champs-Elysee, lined by high-end shops and crowned by the Arc de Triomphe. The city is very walkable and tourists are never at a want for things to do.
Each of Paris’s 20 arrondissements offers a range of hotels to choose from — from the tres-chic hotel to the quaint B&B. Arrondissements (or neighborhoods) on the Right Bank are home to the more elegant and expensive hotels, while more budget-friendly, boutique hotels are more often found on the bohemian Left Bank. To be close to shopping, the Right Bank is the place to stay: The famous boutique-lined Champs Elysee, which ends in the Arc de Triomphe, is in the 8th arrondissement. Hotel Plaza Athenee may be the most iconic hotel not only in the 8th arrondissement, but in the entire city. Red awnings and chestnut trees welcome guests to the historic setting, on the upscale Avenue Montaigne location with direct views of the Eiffel Tower. Hotel Le Bristol is also synonymous with Right Bank glamour, featuring a gorgeous spa and elegant rooms.
A younger crowd often stays on the Left Bank, particularly around the Latin Quarter. The mid-range Hotel Le Notre Dame offers direct access to the neighborhood’s lively scene, and is literally steps from the Notre Dame Cathedral. For those looking for proximity to the Eiffel Tower, the Left Bank’s Hotel du Cadran, with just 42 rooms, is a solid option and features a popular chocolate bar on the first floor.