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One of the hardest decisions when you visit Paris just might be where to stay. The city has an abundance of hotels – from budget to boutique and luxury. Whether you want to splash the cash or tighten your belt, you’ll find all your needs catered with this wonderful selection of Paris stays.

Luxury hotels are highly desirable, especially for first-time visitors with the budget. But the smaller boltholes, boutique hotels, and private villas in exclusive residential areas are just as popular, offering insider intel on neighborhood gems, from cafes to beaches. They’ve got access to a more authentic slice of local life – and, of course, greater privacy and flexibility. We’ve combed our sources and asked our industry friends (Travel Bloggers and writers) to bring you our picks the best hotels in Paris, and you can’t go wrong with any of them.

Ritz Paris

When opened by César Ritz in 1898, this was the most innovative hotel in Paris; the first to have lifts, electricity and private bathrooms. While presumably adding vast amounts of hidden cabling and replanting the garden courtyard, the renovated hotel has preserved its period furniture and paintings à la Louis XV, and kept some of the cult features like the laugh-at-them or loathe-them gold swan taps in a mix of sleek and scruffy.

In contrast to the unknown who want to be seen coming in here, the famous can sneak in with direct access from the Place Vendôme car park. This is a place for playing at being Marie Antoinette, and indulging in tea and madeleines in the Proust library salon or cocktails in the Hemingway bar. Click here to book!

Hôtel & Spa La Belle Juliette

Named after an 18th-century socialite, Hotel la Belle Juliette leaves a sweet taste in your mouth, thanks to its confectionery-coloured interiors, hideaway spa and fresh-from-the oven Parisian breakfasts. The modern and elegant, Green Superior Room in the garden wing is charming, primped with bold colours, scorched-wood floors and sensuous mid-century furniture in a nod to Juliette’s daring, art-loving side. These rooms are equipped with a double bed, an iMac for surfing the web, a bathroom with walk-in shower or bathtub, and a separate toilet. To help you relax or work, a Nespresso coffee machine is also provided. Click here to book!

Hôtel Le Clos Médicis

Hôtel Le Clos Médicis is our go-to hotel when in Paris: perfect for someone traveling on a midrange budget that is looking for an impeccable location, Hotel Le Clos Medicis delivers the perfect balance of allowing you to stay somewhat budget-minded while not compromising on where to stay in Paris. Located just steps from the Luxembourg Gardens, the Pantheon, and a metro stop that also houses the RER B line (meaning it’s incredibly simple to reach the airport!), Hotel Le Clos Medicis also makes it simple to head further afield–it’s less than a 20-minute walk from Notre Dame and all that Il de la Cite has to offer. While the hotel rooms are small (as is the norm in Paris), they are clean and well-kept, the staff very friendly, and the lobby lovely.

Picture Credit: Kate of Our Escape Clause

One small quirk? They don’t allow food in the rooms – but there are plenty of delicious restaurants, both French and international, are just a short walk away!

Contributed by Kate of Our Escape Clause

Hotel Monte Cristo 

Hotel Monte Cristo in Paris is a 19th-century odyssey, by Alexandre Dumas that is the book that was used as an inspiration for this hotel. Each element of the Left Bank boutique hotel’s 50 standard rooms, 3 suites and 4 boudoir rooms was inspired by the literary hero’s travels, including rooms that resemble far-flung boudoirs, decorated in custom tapestries, rich velvets, dark woods, fringe-hemmed divans and transporting art. Downstairs, a sauna and palm-dotted indoor pool conjure the tropics in the heart of Paris. After a day strolling the city, plot new adventures in the clubby Bar 1802, home to the largest selection of rums in Paris, including house-aged pours. It’s an oldie but a real goodie! Click HERE to book!

Read: How to spend 3 days in Paris
Le Narcisse Blanc Hôtel & Spa

Majestically located in between the Eiffel Tower and Les Invalides, the Narcisse Blanc Hotel-Spa watches the city through its windows, but remains far from the hustle and bustle of the city, in absolute calm. Never flashy, always discreet and luxurious, the rooms play upon delicate, light, cream-coloured tones. Art Deco, Art Nouveau and modern furniture come together in perfect harmony with ravishing fabrics like velour, tweed or silk. To prolong the peace, there’s a spa complete with a pool, Jacuzzi and elegant relaxation beds, plus a sauna, hammam and massage room. Other added extras include terraced gardens and rooms for hire. Click here to book!

Hôtel Le Walt

The 4-star hotel located on the Rive Gauche in Paris’s 7th arrondissement features a private garden terrace, where guests can relax with a drink or enjoy meal. The hotel was inspired by art and museums, and every room will take you through the greatest classical paintings of the last century. Click HERE to book a room!

Le Roch Hotel & Spa

This boutique hotel brings together the interiors of design oracle Sarah Lavoine and a menu by Michelin-star-awarded chef Arnaud Faye in a classical 19th-century building smack-bang in the bullseye of Paris. This is a prime base for exploring the city, but you can just as easily escape it: the hotel has a library with a roaring fire, a spa by French beauty house Codage, and an indoor pool with a hidden hammam.

Hotel des Grands Boulevards

Located down a short alley off busy Boulevard Poissonnière that buzzes with shops, brasseries, bars and the famous Grand Rex cinema. Hotel des Grands Boulevards teams 18th-century Parisian elegance with a touch of avant-garde design. Stately Louis XVI furniture nods to the building’s revolution-era roots, including charming canopied beds and tables topped with fiery Rouge Royal marble, a favourite of the Sun King himself. Adding their own spin to the building’s history, the hotel have also staged a revolution of their own, mingling these aristocratic designs with provincial furniture and rustic linens, tipping their hat to the Tricolore-waving masses that reshaped the country. The hotel restaurant uses locally sourced, organic and fair-trade ingredients; the cleaning products, light bulbs and bath products at the hotel are also environmentally friendly. The hotel has 50 bedrooms, a landscaped courtyard, a cocktail bar and a Giovanni Passerini-conceived menu at the Grand Restaurant. Click here to book!

Hôtel Les Dames du Panthéon

Up a spiral of animal-print stairs, six floors of dramatic, coquettish rooms pay tribute to France’s scintillating women, in a dazzling display of mid-century pieces, silky chinoiserie and Latin Quarter rooftop views. Click here to book!

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Tis’ the season of giving and if you’re looking for some gift ideas here are suggestions for the travel loving female in your life! I’ve used all of these products on my travels, and they are all game changers and make life easier in their unique way!

Tip: Remember  to sign-up for a free Amazon Prime Trial as it gives you free two-day shipping throughout the holiday season, which is much better than the standard five to eight days.

Here are the deals I recommend you check out right now:

For the person whose always carrying around a lot of things: A Roam Forward messenger bag

Every day over 500 000 pick pocket incidents occur worldwide. Never worry about this happening to you with the anti-theft messenger bag from Roam Forward. The zippers are hid in-between the material so that they’re not easily accessed – A useful feature if you expect to be in more crowded areas.

For the person who catches flights and not feelings: Slip Pure Silk Pillow Case

We spend a third of our lives in bed. By the time we’re 60, most of us will have slept for an average of 20 years. Given how well-acquainted this makes us with our pillows, it’s worth investing in the best pillowcase possible. Cotton cases can draw moisture from the face, hair and scalp, whereas Slip’s Silk Pillowcases are made from 100% pure mulberry silk, which is breathable and a natural temperature regulator. Gentle on skin and hair, this clever material helps to prevent sleep ageing, reduce creases and stop strands from being twisted and damaged in the night.

What’s more, if you’ve splurged on a fancy blow dry, this will ensure that it stays intact and save you from waking up with a bedhead. Specially commissioned, the silk used is made to exacting standards, developed and refined over 10 years to achieve the ultimate combination of shine, thickness, softness and durability. In a spectrum of seven sublime shades – from Black to Pink via Silver and traditional White – there’s a king-sized (51cm x 91cm) silk treat to suit every bedroom aesthetic. Sleeping on a silk pillowcase is the ultimate game-changer.  Unlike cotton or linen, silk won’t absorb lotions, and oils, so her skin won’t dry out at night. This one also claims to combat bedhead and those dreaded sleep creases. Buy one here!

For the person who writes down everything: 365 day planner

Some of us still prefer to make analog notes about our travels, and we’re all the more excited to do so when it’s in a gorgeous journal with an illustrated cover, gold-ruled pages, and sewn binding that lays flat for easy writing. Add their initials to this gift for a personalized touch. Buy the Bloom Daily Planner Here!

For some one whose battery is always low: IClever Boost Cube

A travel power adapter is essential for every traveler to allow them to use different plugs around the world. A USB version is best as you can charge three or more devices at once. Buy one here!

The Lifeproof Case

This phone case is perfect for the adventurous travelers. It’s waterproof, freeze resistant and shockproof. It can handle anything! From diving to rain, you don’t have to worry about your phone anymore. Buy one here!

For someone with access baggage: Etekcity Digital Luggage Scale

Why worry about your bags at check-in, getting stung with extra fees, and facing the embarrassment of repacking in public? With this luggage scale, one of the best selling items in this unique travel gifts list, they’ll never pay unexpected overweight bag fees again. Buy it here!

For girls who can pack everything in one suitcase

Keep your undergarments together in this cute little Underwear and Bra Organizer. It has separate pockets and compartments for your bras and underwear so you can keep them all together. It is stylish too.

For eco- conscious girls: Dr. Bronner’s Soap

It can be used as body wash, shampoo, clothes detergent, or even toothpaste. It’s organic, vegan, fair-trade, and biodegradable, and the scents are incredible. My favorite flavor is lavender, try it here!

For the person whose always asking you for advice: Amazon Echo Spot

Instead of texting you their Google-able questions at 7AM, now they can ask Alexa. Available here!

Because hydration is important: a Collapsible Travel Water Bottle

Staying hydrated on the go is a must and the HYDAWAY Collapsible Pocket-sized Water Bottles makes this more manageable all while taking up minimal space. Buy it here!

For a timeless

The legendary Chanel N°5 fragrance has been redesigned in red, a limited-edition bottle. “ Red is the colour of life, the colour of blood,” said the late Gabrielle Chanel, who only wanted to dress women in black, white, beige, gold – and red. The ruby red Chanel N°5 bottles are available in either glass (for the 100ml Eau de Toilette and Eau de Parfum) or Baccarat crystal (for the luxury 900ml Parfum) – of which only 55 have been produced. Spoil your loved on with a luxurious new scent in a cool, dark red bottle. Shop the limited editors timeless fragrance HERE! or enter your details below and stand a chance of winning 1 of  the 5 100ml bottles!

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If you can spend more time outside of Seattle, I would recommend that you do it! You really only need a good one to two days to really get to enjoy Seattle and you can spend the rest of your trip trying one, two, or as many of these day trips from Seattle you can possibly enjoy! Each of these trips are around 3 hours commute or less, so you can plan your day trip from Seattle accordingly. First, check out my guide for exploring Seattle in two days before you move on to all these awesome day trips from Seattle:

Port Townsend

Photo Credit: Elizabeth R Rose

Located approximately two hours from Seattle, by car or ferry. This historic Victorian seaport at the northeastern tip of the Olympic Peninsula is a unique gem! Known for its waterfront setting, this was once a disreputable frontier boomtown with lavish Victorian buildings to match, the town’s economy spiraled downwards after it was decided not to build the railway out to the peninsula. The amazing little town has a population of 10,000 and amazing things to do!

Whale Watching in San Juan Islands 

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Be prepared for an overload of cuteness as you cruise by other aquatic friends, such as seals, porpoises or minke whales along the way! Like emerald-green gems scattered in a huge pond, the 100-million-year-old San Juan Islands are simply spectacular! To truly experience the region, you must explore it by water! Go on a ferry or grab a pair of paddles and navigate the calm, surrounding waters by kayak. Soak in more local goodness with a frosty pint and a bite at San Juan Island Brewing Co.

Climb Mt. Rainer

Why view mighty Mt. Rainier from a distance when you can head straight to the peak itself? Be prepared to let out a gasp when you catch sight of the mountain’s blue-tinged glaciers. Visit Paradise or Sunrise, hike a little or a lot and soak in stunning 360-degree vistas of the surrounding Cascade Range, rushing waterfalls, wildflower-filled meadows and dense old-growth forests.

See the Snoqualmie Falls

Located 25 miles east of the Emerald City, the breathtaking and the majestic, Snoqualmie Falls is one of the state’s most famous landmarks. Listen to the roar as the powerful waters of the Falls plunge 268 feet into the river canyon below. Follow the less than a mile long trail to the base of the falls to snap a selfie as the mist whirls around you.

Wine Tasting in Woodinville

30 minutes east of Seattle’s bustling urban scene, Woodinville offers a far more relaxed vibe. Duck into one of the more than 100 different wineries and tasting rooms to sample the fruits of Eastern Washington’s vineyards. The quaint town also boasts countless breweries, distilleries, produce stands and flower farms. We won’t blame you if you take home a carload of artisanal goodies!

Leavenworth

Whether you’re visiting in Summer for Oktoberfest or Winter for the annual Christmas Lights Festival. Leavenworth’s stunning scenery, quiet trails surrounded by pine-scented forests and crystal-clear rivers make this postcard-perfect Bavarian-style town to visit!

Bainbridge Island

One of the easiest escapes from downtown Seattle is charming Bainbridge Island. A mere 40-minute jaunt across the Sound on one of the iconic Washington State Ferries, no car is required. Once onshore, take a short bus ride will bring you to the Zen-like Bloedel Reserve. Indulge in a little “forest therapy” as you meander through 12 gardens, featuring everything from colorful formal arrangements to a Japanese garden with a 150-year-old maple. On the way back to the ferry, stop at the gas station turned Seaside Station Commuter Market. Comb through the curated collection of crafts for the perfect candle or handcrafted card to bring home.

Get close to an active volcano at Mt. St. Helens National Monument

Ever wonder what it’s like up close to an active volcano? You’ll get your chance to find out in person at the Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Soak in views of the steaming caldera from the Johnston Center Observatory. Traverse the barren landscape along Eruption Trail and discover the mountain’s destructive history. On the Hummocks Trail, explore the blast-zone of the infamous 1980 eruption, lava dome, pumice plain and largest landslide recorded in human history.

Olympic National Park

Trade in the glass and steel of the city for the rugged, remote reaches of Washington’s Olympic National Park. Wander beneath gigantic old growth trees covered with moss in the Hoh Rainforest. Visit the impressive Hurricane Ridge, where there’s a good chance of meeting the local deer, elk, marmots and mountain goats. Before you leave, head west to the picturesque Lake Crescent and dip your toes in the deep blue (albeit quite chilly!) water.

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A great way to really get into the Christmas spirit without spending a lot of money is simply by walking down the many colorful streets while perusing the unique and fun finds at one of Ireland’s many Christmas Markets. For mulled wine, ice skating and if you’re lucky, a chance to meet Santa himself. Whether you choose to browse the most popular ones or visit those hidden in some quaint medieval villages. Here is a list of Irish Christmas Markets worth visiting: 

Belfast Christmas Market

Picture: Alan Lewis (photoexpressbelfast.co.uk)

Set in the heart of one of the Northern Ireland, The Belfast Christmas Market is among the list of magical and most atmospheric fairs of its kind in Europe. Arrive with an empty stomach as there are over 40 nationalities represented at the market, there’s unique food to be sampled and enjoyed that you most likely won’t find in Belfast at any other time of the year!

Santa’s post box will be at his grotto at Belfast Christmas Market for children to post letters to the North Pole, with a reply for those who add a return address. (until Sunday, December 16)

Christmas cheers runs from 17 November to 22 December.

Winterval in Waterford 

Ireland oldest city is one of the best places to visit for annual Christmas festivities from Santa Experience, to Winterval On Ice, to the winterval Express train and the horse-drawn sleigh. With both free and ticketed events available, there is plenty to choose from for young and old alike. Find out more about the 12 Days of Christmas happenings at the winter wonderland HERE!

Read: How to spend 24 days hours in Waterford

Christmas cheers from 17 November to 23 December.

Galway Christmas Market 

Since 2011 the area across Galway City from Eyre Square to Spanish Arch, has been transformed into a traditional German-style Christmas market, packed to the brim 50+ stalls buckling under a fine selection of food and drink. With Amusement rides, live music performers, puppet shows, storytelling, school choirs, and carol singing. This list of 10  amazing thing to see in Galway shows how the city is a great place to visit during any season!

Christmas cheer runs from 16 November to 22 December.

Dun Laoghaire Christmas Market

Dun Laoghaire is the place to visit this year, where a 55 ft Ferris Wheel built-in 1943 in Cincinnati in the USA and reported to have featured in the original ‘Grease’ movie has made an epic journey from Nashville to County Dublin. The iconic Ferris Wheel, built by the famed Ely Bridge Company, will provide spectacular views of the Dun Laoghaire Harbour this Christmas with a touch of nostalgia, a hint of romance, and a whole lot of ‘Greased Lightning!’

Christmas Cheer runs weekdays from November 24th to December 23rd on the Metals and opposite dlr LexIcon (11am to 7pm). 

Glow: Cork Christmas Market

For festive fare, handcrafted gifts and decorations, a fun fair with a giant Ferris wheel  and a whole host of very special tempting treats. Visit Bishop Lucey Park and indulge in Cork City’s market and entertainment on the Grand Parade this Christmas. If you need ideas of how to spend a weekend in Cork, start HERE!

Christmas cheers runs every Friday to Sunday from November 30th to December 22.

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