1. Where Should My Family Sleep?
With all these districts, you could certainly be confused about where to stay. My suggestion would be to stay in a two different parts of the town to experience the different vibes. I would start by staying in a more residential area for 3 nights like the 18th District closed to Montmartre, the 17th District close to Place des Ternes, or the upmarket 16th District close to the Eiffel Tower.
Hotels or Apartments? It really depends on how big is your family, whether you would need a catering service or if you like having a big living space area to accommodate you and your children. So it really is up to you, but for some of my suggestions for great Parisian apartments and child-friendly hotels, read on…
In the 16th District, you could stay in this beautiful 3-bedroom apartment with 1,000ft2 of space and a great living area. Or you could splash the cash in the 5* Molitor Paris – MGallery by Sofitel hotel, famous for its huge, glass roofed swimming pool. You could book 2 connecting rooms for your family, enjoying breakfast every morning and special entertainment for the kids on Sundays. What more could you ask for?
In the 17th District there is a hidden gem- IDEAL BABY & KIDS is a duplex apartment with 3 bedrooms and all the equipment necessary for babies and young children. You’ll find plenty of toys in the children’s bedroom too, so this place is a dream comes true for families visiting Paris. If you’d prefer to stay in a hotel, the 3* hotel Art Hôtel Batignolles in the trendy district of Batignolles is a great choice, with 2 adjacent double rooms perfect for a family of 2 adults and 2 children.
After 3 or 4 nights on the outskirts of the City Centre, I would suggest you stay in the heart of Paris where Lutèce was born. Lutèce or Lutetia was the former name of Paris when it was the property of the Roman Empire. The name changed to Paris at the beginning of the 3rd century.
In the 1st district where you have the beautiful Tuileries Gardens and the Louvre Museum, you could stay in this 2-Bedroom Apartment , a sleek. modern space perfect for a family of 3, with a double bedroom and a single bedroom. The 1st District also has a great little hotel called Hôtel Mansart – Esprit de France that is located at the corner of the prestigious Place Vendome. This hotel offers a 400ft2 family room, which is actually two connecting rooms – a Classic Cosy Room and a Superior Capucines Room, perfect for a family of 3 or 4. The added bonus of a welcome gift for the children is sure to delight them.
In the 4th district, the oldest part of the town, there is lots of choice for accommodation, but if you’re after a great living space, the comfort of multiple rooms and an exceptional view over Notre Dame de Paris, this 2-Bedroom apartment is the one to book. The memorable, totally instagrammable views from the balcony while you eat breakfast are simple stunning. Fancy staying in a hotel instead? The 4* Hôtel du Jeu de Paume,ideally situated in the Ile Saint Louis has a duplex room which can sleep up to 4 people, or you could choose to stay in a 2-bedroom or 3-bedroom apartment if you need more space. The hotel’s breakfast room is really impressive, with its historic wooden beamed ceiling that contrasts with its sleek, contemporary furniture.
Another area worth staying in is the 6th district where you can take your kids to the Luxembourg Gardens or wander around the narrow streets of the Latin Quarter. If you would like to experience staying in a typical Parisian flat, this 3-bedroom apartment recently listed on Airbnb is a great choice for families. You’re sure to be charmed by the great views and beautiful wooden floors. Need a family-friendly hotel in the heart of the Latin Quarter? The 4* hotel Hotel Trianon Rive Gauche has everything to please families who can stay in 2 connecting rooms with all modern decor and amenities.
These places to stay are part of a non-exhaustive selection of great accommodation in different parts of the town, taking into account guest reviews and my personal experiences.
Now that your family is sorted with the sleeping arrangements, let’s look at what you could do in terms of Outdoor activities.
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