Left it too late for Paris in the spring this year? Quel dommage, as Del Boy used to say, but dry your eyes. How about Paris in the summer instead?
Perhaps picturesque rain on the cobbles of Montmartre might be marginally less likely, but the beauty and romance of Paris are all present and correct even without a raincoat.
Today’s Big Deal, courtesy of My Holidays Now, flies you direct to the inimitable city on the Seine and provides a charming and tranquil little 3* hotel in the central 17th arrondissement.
The Big Deal, exclusive to 5pm customers, provides direct flights to Paris for a relaxing break in a 3* hotel, conveniently situated to allow you to explore this historic and romantic city.
The deal offers return flights with EasyJet from Glasgow International, with cabin luggage allowance, and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a twin or double room, in the 3 star Meridional Hotel.
The city breaks are for three nights, flying out from Glasgow International airport. Departure and return dates available for this offer are:
Depart 15th June, return 18th June 2016
Depart 16th June, return 19th June 2016
Depart 21st June, return 24th June 2016
Depart 22nd June, return 25th June 2016
Depart 27th June, return 30th June 2016
Depart 7th July, return 10th July 2016
Depart 24th July, return 27th July 2016
Depart 28th July, return 31st July 2016
The 3 star Meridional Hotel is a completely renovated and charming establishment located in the colourful and picturesque Batignolles district in the heart of the city, close to the Champs Elysees and within easy reach of Montmartre. The Brochant Metro station is close to the hotel, offering a great way to explore the city.
Guestrooms offer comfortable, modern facilities, with flat screen TV, free WiFi, telephone, and hairdryer.
Everyone’s Parisian itinerary will be different. Don’t try to pack too much in. Combine a tour of Notre Dame with a relaxing boat trip on the Seine. Follow up a heady cultural immersion in the masterpieces of the Louvre with a stroll around the market stalls in Clignancourt.
Districts such as Batignolles or the Marais are a joy to wander on foot, exploring small galleries, chic boutiques and restaurants. Paris also remains a gourmet’s delight. Look out for the prix fixe menus at lunchtime. These can be a bargain, especially if you sidestep the more obvious tourist areas.
The Parisian reputation for haughtiness was always exaggerated. Recent tragic events in Paris have served to underline the magnificent spirit of this vibrant, cosmopolitan city. Visitors are finding a warm welcome in the restaurants and bars as Paris rediscovers its joie de vivre.
The Meridional Hotel has plenty of enthusiastic reviews on TripAdvisor. Recent comments include the following, edited for length:
‘Great hotel, 5 min walk from metro station/close to restaurants etc, has a supermarket across the road. Hotel itself is very clean, staff were really friendly, breakfast was great, good choices.’
‘This charming hotel is a good place to stay when visiting Paris. The staff is very friendly and helpful. Breakfast is surprisingly rich and the hotel is very clean.’
Romantic city break
The home of Piaf and Chevalier, must have done something right to get passion this way, as Jonathan Richman sang. Paris remains one of the world’s great cities, with something for everyone, but that certain extra je ne sais quoi for romantics.
Wake up, smell the coffee and baguettes, and listen, is that an accordion? Pull on your beret and snap up this Big Deal break to Paris. You’ll regrette rien (that’s ‘you won’t regret it’, in case you were wondering).