Possibly Europe's most iconic city, it's sometimes hard to remember that this distracting place is the business and financial heart of an entire country.
For many a city of style and romance, travellers also flock to our great selection of serviced apartments in Paris because it is a major centre of business. The French capital has so many iconic locations and, with an extensive array of properties and aparthotels available across Paris, SITU is perfect both for the leisure traveller and for those who hope to do some sightseeing while on a business trip.
The very centre of Paris is separated into several areas referred to as ‘arrondissements’, translating as ‘boroughs’. These run from the 1st to the 20th arrondissement, heading outward from the waterside area of the Louvre, just to the north of the Seine, in a spiral pattern. Know your arrondissements and, to an extent, you know your way around Paris. The Pompidou Centre and Notre-Dame Cathedral are in the 4th arrondissement, for example, Gare du Nord in the 10th, the Eiffel Tower in the 7th and the Arc de Triomphe sits at the intersection of the 8th, 16th and 17th arrondissements.
Although we have corporate housing throughout Paris, SITU maintains an especially large number of apartments around the 8th, 9th, 16th and 17th arrondissements to the west of the centre, a major area in which businesses are located.
Spared the bombing and shelling during WWII that other cities like London and Berlin suffered, Paris has kept much of its original layout. This means occasional wide boulevards interconnected by a spider web of narrow, alley-like streets where every building feels like an architectural curiosity. Paris really is one of those cities where you will walk from a tight side street and suddenly find yourself confronted with a palace, mansion, or other grand governmental building on the other side of the street.
Getting around while staying in our Paris city apartments is usually most convenient on the Paris Metro, which handles well over five million passengers most days. In Paris, you are rarely more than five minutes’ walk from a metro station. The Gare du Nord receives the Eurostar from London St Pancras, although there are five other major railway stations in the city, while three international airports serve Paris, Charles de Gaulles being the most notable to the northeast of the city.
Shopping and eating out in Paris is about the avenues and boulevards. The Champs-Élysées is the quintessential one, which runs from the Place de la Concorde to the Place Charles de Gaulle. Boulevard Pereire is another beautiful example, too. If you achieve nothing else while in Paris, enjoy a drink on a pavement café on one of these classic streets, it’s one of those bucket list things.
Aside from the locations already mentioned, one of the best things to do while in Paris short term accommodation is a boat trip down the River Seine. If you’re visiting the Eiffel Tower, you should be able to pick up a boat trip from around there. Any city with a river will recommend a sightseeing boat trip, but on the Seine, it really is a great way to experience Paris, especially as you pass by Notre-Dame.
Paris aparthotels are a very popular choice for our guests. Business travellers looking for city apartets in Paris, or corporate housing find SITU's Paris stock of short term accommodation able to cater their needs.