From 2** to 4****, or ungraded, they consist of furnished and fully-equipped studios (one room) or apartments, in blocks or on low-rise estates. These apartments can be rented by the day, but more often by the week or month. They also provide the advantage of hotel services.
Aparthotels are graded by the Paris Préfecture de Police based on the same criteria as hotels (level of comfort, amenities and location). Rates vary according to category, apartment type, number of nights and time of year.
Among the addresses you will find in the pages of our web site, most are situated in one of the twenty “arrondissements”, or districts, of Paris (referred to by the postal codes 75001, 75002; etc.) and others, further afield, in one of the 8 “départements” in the Paris region (referred to by a 2-figure postal code, 60, 77, 78, 91, 92, 93, 94 and 95).
In general, low season is considered to run from 1 November to 31 March and high season from 1 April to 31 October.
Many major events and celebrations take place in Paris throughout the year and the increase in the number of visitors has a knock-on effect on availability: Easter, Bastille Day (14 July), Christmas and New Year, and also international fairs and trade shows (Motor Show, Foire de Paris, Agricultural Show, etc.) and “haute couture” fashion collections… So don’t forget to reserve well in advance if you wish to visit Paris at these times. At certain times of the year, it is worth knowing that hotels’ terms and conditions of booking and cancellation may also be modified accordingly.
In France the norm is 220 volts, 50 cycles, while in the United States or Canada, for example, it is 110 volts, 60 cycles. Voltage and sockets vary from country to country and so an adapter and also a transformer will be indispensable in order to keep your favourite electric razor or hairdryer in working order – not to mention to avoid blowing the electricity in the whole hotel! If you’ve forgotten to bring these important accessories, you’ll be able to find them in electrical goods and DIY stores or hypermarkets. Most major hotels can also provide them. For information, French plugs are equipped with two round pins.
Take care when making telephone calls from your hotel room as the cost of your calls will inevitably be higher. Each hotel has its own price policy for the telephone, but it is worth knowing that calls could be as much as 50% more expensive then the standard France Télécom rate.
The majority of hotels are open 24 hours a day and employ a night porter (if not, this should be stated in our information pages). He will be present to greet you and give you your room key, but it is advisable to check beforehand in case there is a limit to the lateness of the hour for returning to your nest.
Not counting luxury establishments where the welcome and information are offered in several languages, it is compulsory for hotels with 2** and above to be competent in at least one foreign language, most commonly English. In most types of accommodation, English is used as a matter of course and you should have no difficulty in making yourself understood!
If you are just passing through Paris or in transit between two international flights, hotels can let rooms just for the daytime.
When you arrive, rooms are usually available for check-in from 2pm or 3pm, and on the day you leave, you should check out by 11am or midday.
What does the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau’s logo denote?
Members of the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (PCVB) are shown by the presence of our logo next to their name. This means that this trade professional participates in different promotional and hospitality initiatives led by the PCVB each year in order to greet and assist tourists.
There are no age restrictions but you must have the “Auberges de Jeunesse” membership card. It is on sale worldwide through approved travel agents. It has to be said that as the comfort is quite basic, it is rare to see thirty-somethings or above staying here…
Some hotels and hotel chains offer special rates or even free places for children sharing their parents’ room. The definition of a child’s age varies from place to place, going from under- 12s, under-16s or even under-18s. As well as these special prices, sometimes breakfast is offered free and hotels can give you plenty of ideas for making the most of family trips. You’ll find details of these in the information pages for each supplier.
Hotels and aparthotels may place safe deposit boxes at your disposal either in your room or at reception: very useful for keeping your valuables safe! You could also keep a copy of your identity documents here, helpful in case you should lose the originals. The hotel is responsible for valuables entrusted to them by their guests. In the event of theft or damage, the hotel’s liability is automatically incurred – although the level of compensation will vary. It is interesting to note that if the theft or damage occurs in the hotel safe or at reception, when the client’s property has been personally entrusted to the hotel staff, the hotel takes full liability and any stolen objects will be entirely reimbursed. For individual safes in the rooms, in the case of theft, the cover is limited to one hundred times the nightly room rate. Finally, if the loss or damage are the result of external causes (lightning for example) or negligence on the part of the client (door left unlocked), the hotel has the right to refuse liability.
These are self-contained fully-equipped studios or apartments, available for short- or longer-term rental. Expect to pay at least €500 per month for a studio. Some furnished accommodation offers additional hotel facilities (room service, car park, baby-sitting, etc.). This type of accommodation can be booked through agencies.
The charming concept of a ’hôtel de charme’ has no official status of any kind. A subjective description, it is not taken into account by the Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau, its use being left to the discretion of hotel owners, hotel chains, tour operators or publishing houses. Hotels, usually ranging from 2** to 4**** categories, may be described in this way for the attractiveness of their location, for their decor or their level of comfort.
Allocated to the development and promotion of tourism, this tax is also collected by many other countries (in Europe: Germany, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, the Netherlands, Greece). On 1 January 1994, the Paris City Council introduced this tax which is applicable to all forms of paid accommodation: hotels and apartments, furnished accommodation, camp sites, etc. Ranging from €0.20 to €1.20 per person per day, it is not necessarily included in the price of the room but its payment is obligatory for all excepting children under 13 years of age.
When making a hotel booking, you are advised to check the terms and conditions of cancellation. All cancellations should be confirmed in writing and should comply with the terms set out by the establishment. In the event of the cancellation being received by the hotel before the agreed deadline, the client has nothing to pay. If this date has gone by, the hotel is entitled to demand payment for the first night. If you simply do not turn up or decide to leave the hotel before the planned date, the hotel may collect the cost of the stay in part or in full.
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facilities providing access for disabled persons, taking into account 4
categories of disability: hearing, visual, mental and physical.