Keeping the whole family happy on a city break away in a hotel is no easy task.
However, we have found Paris to be one of Europe’s most child-friendly cities, is quite walkable, with an abundance of parks, museums with interactive exhibits and events, and the assortment of delights that entice from the windows of the city’s plentiful ‘boulangeries’.
Children love to follow the winding streets that lead to the bustling artists square, Place du Tertre, in Montmartre. Around the corner is Les Murs de Je t’aime, a large Muriel covered with “I love you” written in 250 languages.
There are several parks to explore. Buttes-Chaumont is perfect for the young Indiana Jones, who can climb up and down the hills before crossing the lake by bridge to discover the Temple de la Sibylle that is partially hidden by the park’s rambling trees.
La Villette is a modern park and museum complex. Cité des Sciences has interactive exhibits in the Explora display and the spherical Géode IMAX cinema. There is also Cité de la Musique music museum and concert hall, Zénith rock venue and Grande Halle. Many events take place here throughout the year including circus, theatre, a summer outdoor film festival and Jazz à la Villette in September.
Hotel Original Paris is located on the Rive Droite, not too far these parks. Families can choose from the triple room (3 beds) or the Original Quadruple (double bed and 2 singles) Both come with private bath, shower, TV sat, LCD screen, Air cond. I home 8.
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9 Hotel Opéra, also north of the river, houses a 33m2 family room and bathroom, located on a private floor.
South of the river lies the quintessential Jardin du Luxembourg which has plenty of things to keep the kids entertained. A huge playground, sandpit, Charles Garnier’s carousel, puppet shows, pony rides and the possibility to hire sailboat.
For a more educational park experience, visit the Jardin des Plantes-Muséum national d’Histoire Naturelle, which has plenty to occupy all ages, from alpine gardens, hothouses, a zoo, playgrounds and several cafés. Inside the walls of the park, you’ll find fascinating displays of stuffed animals in the Grande Galerie de l’Evolution, while other buildings are dedicated to paleontology and minerals.
Hotel les Dames du Pantheon is within very easy reach of both of these attractions. The family suite has two rooms with a communicating door.
The iconic Eiffel Tower is obviously another family favorite. Just a stone’s throw away is the First Hotel Paris, Tour Eiffel with quadruple room family option.
Or stay at the Hotel Plaza Athenee, where parents can unwind at the Dior Institute spa, relax in the cocktail bar, or indulge in a little shopping on the Champs Elysées, whilst the hotel’s babysitting services take care of the children. Even pets are welcome.