Paris has for a long time been a “museum city”
with outstanding advantages, but in the last few
years it has undergone a transformation that
has delighted and attracted more and more
visitors. This trend is not wholly attributable
to a vibrant cultural scene. Whether it be in
terms of the hotel business, or areas as diverse
as outings or shopping, the French capital
combines tradition and modernity offering a
resolutely unique “way of life”.
À LA CARTE STAYS
With almost 1,500 hotels and 76,000 bedrooms,
Paris offers visitors a huge range of different types
of stays to match people’s tastes and budgets.
From the famous Parisian palace hotels to
independent boutique hotels, to big international
chain hotels, the choice of hotels in Paris is unique.
In recent years, Parisian hotel accommodation
has seen important renovations: many new
establishments in all categories have opened
as well as new design hotels. In fact, many
hotels now entrust the interior design of their
establishments to renowned designers, architects
ALL KINDS OF CULTURE
The sheer number of inaugurations and reopening
of cultural sites illustrates the dynamism of
the Paris cultural scene. The 104 CENTQUATRE,
a new Paris city council artistic establishment, opened
in October 2008 on the site of the former Municipal
Funeral Services in the 19th arrondissement.
The 104 is a multidisciplinary centre for artistic
creation and diffusion, on an international scale
(visual arts, music, dance, theatre, etc.).
The Cité de la mode et du design, another emblematic
cultural venue, will also be opening in autumn 2009.
A future Mecca for fashion, it will house the
Institut français de la mode, shops, an events space
and restaurants. There will be free access to
a planted roof-terrace. The dialogue between heritage
and contemporary creation is a rich and fruitful
one. From major museums to great monuments
and new public spaces, all types of venues welcome
Encircling Paris, the Île-de-France region also offers