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About Paris

As the most popular tourist destination in the world, Paris is suitably equipped with a vast choice of accommodation options, ranging from backpacker hostels to the most luxurious hotels one could imagine.

The city is divided into 20 districts known as 'Arrondissements', which are arranged in a clockwise spiral from the centre into the suburbs. In other words, the 1st Arrondissement is in the city centre and the 20th is on the outskirts.

Some of the most luxurious hotels are close to the 1st, 7th and 8th Arrondissements, owing to their proximity to the famous Champs Elysees as well as the equally elegant Avenue Montaigne. These hotels are convenient for the needs of business visitors, and are served by several metro stations including Champs Elysees Clemenceau and Franklin D. Roosevelt.

Those coming to Paris to indulge in the world-class shopping opportunities may want to stay around the Rue St-Honore, another of the city's most regal and elegant thoroughfares. Nearby are all of the famous fashion brands including Dior, Chanel and Yves Saint Laurent. The Palais Royal Musee de Louvre metro station is located on the Rue St-Honore, and this station - as the name suggests - is also ideally located for visits to the world-famous Louvre Museum.

The district of Marais is spread across the 3rd, 4th & 11th Arrondissements, and many of the city's older, smaller hotels are concentrated here. Marais has attained a bohemian reputation in recent times - partly owning to it emerging as Paris's gay quarter - but it is also an area of great historical interest and charm. Located in Marais are the Ile de la Cite and the Ile Saint-Louis, where the two arms of the River Seine meet, which are ideal for a romantic stroll. Pont Marie metro station is well positioned for this area.

The 5th Arrondissement is Paris's Latin Quarter, where elegance and intellect combine. The focal point of activity is the Saint-Germain-des-Pres, where in previous times eminent figures from art and literature were drawn, including the philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. Saint-Germain des-Pres metro station is located in the heart of the district.

The 18th Arrondissement is known as Montmartre, which boasts the famous Sacre-Coeur basilica and the Place du Tertre within its boundaries. Here you can find some charming and picturesque hotels with reasonable rates. Located at the top of a hill, Montmarte can be reached by funicular railway, but there are also a number of metro stations within walking distance if you're feeling energetic, including Anvers and Abbesses.

Most of the city's low-end accommodation can be found in the 10th Arrondissement near the Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est train stations. These lodgings attract a young, international crowd made up predominantly of backpackers and other budget travellers. Both Gare du Nord and Gare de l'Est have their own metro stations.