We are also asked very often about Paris, here are my suggestions:
I would suggest staying in the 1rst district by the Musée du Louvre side.
Why? because it is in the center of Paris, walkable, lots of shopping, local restaurants and safe!
-Saint James Albany, located right in front of the beautiful ''Jardin des Tuileries'' and subway line 1. The rooms are nice, the spa is great. Also, 2 minutes away from the ''Place St Honoré'', very cute and lots of local restaurants. Finally, very close to the ''Rue St Honoré'', lots of shopping!
-Hotel Maison Albar Céline, Boutique hotel, cute and modern rooms, great spa, good location and close to everything.
-The hotels ''place Vendome'' are beautiful and very luxury: Ritz, Park Hyatt, great location.
-Hotel Costes, trendy, great restaurant, great location. (the rooms are a little too dark for me!)
There are so many hotels, I am sure you will find what you are looking for.
What to do, where to go:
-From the 1rst district you can walk to the Marais, a historic district. Popular on Sundays because all the boutiques are open. Rue des rosiers has lots of Jewish bakeries. The restaurant le ''loir dans la théière'' is very popular, perfect for breakfast, lunch and DESERTS!!
-The left bank of Paris is also a place you have to go. (walkable from the 1rst district, if you like to walk) Many boutiques, a beautiful department store: ''Le bon Marché'', famous café: very French with great people watching: ''Le café de Flore''.
The restaurant: ''L'atelier de Joel Robuchon'' is a real French culinary experience and the ''Ralphs'' has a beautiful garden if you are visiting Paris in the summer.
Finally, the ''Orsay'' museum is to me the nicest one.
-Now, lets fast forward to the Eiffel Tower. Of course you can go in all the touristy parts but, for the nicest view of the Eiffel Tower during the day or at night is by the ''Trocadéro'', in the 16th district. If you decide to have lunch or dinner there I would go to the ''Coq'' or ''Carette''.
The ''café de l'homme'' faces the Eiffel Tower, I personally never tried it but it looks cute!
-''Montmartre'' in the 18th district is also really worth going and if you go all the way to the ''Sacré Coeur'' you will have a breathtaking view of Paris.
-The ''Louvre'' museum is also a place to go. I would suggest going early in the morning. From the Louvre you can also walk in the parc (Tuileries) and walk all the way to the ''Champs Elysées''. For a little break you can stop at ''Angelina'' a pretty tea room famous for their hot chocolate or ''Ladurée'' their macarons are the best!
Paris is a big city, no use to ''kindle the fire'': Do not take too fancy bags, jewelry etc.. when walking all around or in the subway. There can be pickpockets, pay attention to little kids they are usually the ones stealing. Their mom should not be too far and often with a baby.
Avoid walking on the Champs Elysées at night.
When arriving at the airport take a real taxi. Not these people at the exit telling you: ''Madame/monsieur are you looking for taxi''.
Finally, there are lots of nice restaurants and the food is so good in Paris. I would avoid these touristy brasseries!
There are so many things to say about Paris and things to do. It would not fit in a blog post...! If you have any questions do not hesitate to stop by our boutique and also shop the perfect Paris outfit.
Parc des Tuileries
Café de Flore
Place du Trocadéro
Le bon marché