Or maybe be both ………. Paris is always a good idea as it is packed with culture, food and of course lots to sights to see but most of all people watching, take a seat outside at the Café de Flore is one of the oldest coffeehouses in Paris on the corner of Boulevard Saint-Germain and Rue Saint-Benoît just the spot to watch the world go by in style.
Or top up your wardrobe at Colette on the Rue Saint Honoré , the perfect place to find all your designer must haves or window shop Hermès & Saint Laurent or travel up and down on the iconic Le Bon Marché browsing at all their fabulous floors of fashion, shoes and beauty or head over to Galeries Lafayette housed in an art nouveau building , with a remarkable dome and a panoramic view of Paris shopping in style.
Our three favourite hotels
Le Pavillon de la Reine Paris France (More Information & Booking)
Located on the famous Place des Vosges in the Marais, this luxurious hotel offers guests free access to the spa and fitness centre with a hot tub and Hamman. The hotel provides free private parking and the Louvre Museum is 15 minutes away via public transport. Le Pavillon de la Reine offers elegant and air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi access. Each is individually decorated and equipped with a flat-screen TV with cable channels and a mini-bar. All rooms are serviced by a lift.
Guests have a choice between a buffet breakfast served in the lobby and a continental breakfast served in their room. Room service is also available for snacks and drinks. La Pavillon provides a private lounge and bar, as well as a concierge and valet parking service. Guests have access to a business centre with internet access, and the reception is open 24 hours a day. Le Pavillon de la Reine is just a few yards from Victor Hugo’s house and the Place de la Bastille is a 5-minute walk away. The Chemin Vert Metro Station is 500 yards from the hotel and gives direct access to Opéra Garnier. 3rd arr. is a great choice for travellers interested in art, food and city walks.
Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal Paris France (More Information & Booking)
Set within an 18th-century building, the Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Paris, 200 yards from the Louvre museum and Tuileries Gardens. It features fine works of art, a spa by Carita, à la carte restaurant and 24-hour reception. The designer rooms at Grand Hotel Palais Royal include a minibar, free Wi-Fi, en suite facilities and a HD flat-screen TV with satellite channels. Some rooms have a balcony with views Paris' monuments.
Grand Hôtel Du Palais Royal serves a daily American-style buffet breakfast, which can be taken in the guest room upon request. Guests can also enjoy fine dining in the restaurant or relax with a drink in the hotel's bar. The Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre Metro station (line 1) is only 150 yards from the hotel and provides direct access to the Champs-Elysées, Place de la Concorde and Arc de Triomphe. Charles-de-Gaulle Airport is 14.3 miles away. 1st arr. is a great choice for travellers interested in food, shopping and museums.
Hôtel Vernet Paris France (More Information & Booking)
Hotel Vernet is located just 100 yards from Avenue Champs Elysées and George V Metro Station. It offers spacious rooms and suites with free Wi-Fi internet access and a minibar. Decorated with modern fabrics, natural colours and wood furnishings, the rooms at Vernet are contemporary in style and offer a safe and a TV. The private bathrooms feature a bathtub and the extra comfort of bathrobes and slippers. Featuring an impressive glass dome designed by Gustave Eiffel, the restaurant offers traditional French bistro food. Guests can also enjoy a drink in the hotel's lounge. Additional facilities include private parking onsite with a valet service and a 24-hour reception. Local transport, including George V Metro Station, offers direct access to Le Louvre and the Bastille Opera. 8th arr. is a great choice for travellers interested in shopping, romance and food.
If you’re looking for something different then you have to visit Lyon it is the gastronomic capital of France so one of the main reasons to travel to this amazing town especially if you find and eat at a bouchon , this is a type of restaurant found in Lyon, France, that serves traditional Lyonnaise cuisine, such as sausages, duck pâté or roast pork.
Lyon was the home to Auguste and Louis Lumiere came up with the Cinematograph projector so do visit the Lumiere Institute Museum to take in how this invention revolutionised the film industry , if you’re a real film buff you will also enjoy Museum of Miniatures and Film Sets which is housed inside the famous "Maison des Avocats" building, a 16th century UNESCO protected building, this five floor exhibition details everything from the use of special effects in cinema to reproductions of daily life through elaborately crafted miniatures.
Also take time to enjoy Lyon's medieval Old Town (also known as Vieux-Lyon) is one of the best preserved in Europe. Don't miss the covered Passage Thiaffait in the silk quarter.
Stay in one of our favourites
Villa Florentine Lyon France (More Information & Booking)
Featuring a rooftop pool and hot tub, Villa Florentine is located in the heart of Old Lyon with panoramic views of the city. This former convent offers a one-Michelin-star restaurant, elegant guest rooms and free WiFi throughout.
Each air-conditioned guest room at Villa Florentine has an elegant decor and is equipped with satellite TV, a minibar and a seating area. All rooms have a modern, en suite bathroom with a bathtub or shower and some rooms offer views of Old Lyon. Guests can have breakfast prepared with fresh local produce in Villa Florentine’s breakfast room or in their room, on the terrace or in the bar upon request. “Les Terrasses de Lyon”, Villa Florentine’s restaurant, has an outdoor terrace and serves traditional French cuisine and regional specialities. Additional facilities available include a fitness centre with sauna, steam room, a cardio training room and a small beauty treatment area.
Cour des Loges Lyon France (More Information & Booking)
Located in Old Lyon, a 4-minute walk from Saint-Jean-Baptiste Cathedral, Cour des Loges provides accommodation with free WiFi throughout. The property features a spa with an indoor swimming pool, sauna, hammam and a hot tub. Massage treatments are available upon request.
All rooms are air-conditioned and offer a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. The private bathroom is fitted with a bath or shower. Bathrobes, slippers, a hairdryer and free toiletries are provided. A breakfast buffet is served daily, or guests may have a continental breakfast brought to their room. The property’s restaurant Les Loges has a Michelin star, while the bistro Café-Epicerie serves traditional local cuisine. A further restaurant, La Petite Loge, offers experiences such as cooking classes, wine tasting, and private dinners with the chef. Cour des Loges also features a fitness centre, a rooftop garden, valet parking and a concierge service.
Hotel Le Royal Lyon - MGallery by Sofitel Lyon France (More Information & Booking)
Overlooking the Place Bellecour in the centre of Lyon, Hôtel Le Royal Lyon - MGallery Collection is just a 10-minute walk from Lyon's Old Town and 3.1 miles from Cité Internationale. The hotel offers a lounge bar and free WiFi is available throughout.
The air-conditioned guest rooms and suites Hôtel Le Royal Lyon feature a flat-screen HD TV and a minibar for an additional charge. The private bathrooms have a bath or shower, bathrobes, a hairdryer and slippers. 2 bottles of mineral water are offered upon arrival.Breakfast can be enjoyed in the guest's room upon request. The hotel's restaurant 'l'Institut' serves food prepared by chefs from the well-known Paul Bocuse Institute. Gourmet cooking classes can be taken above the restaurant.A concierge service, 24-hour room service and valet parking service are available upon request.