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French Open Tennis (Roland-Garros)

France’s first national men's competition was held in 1891 with the ladies' following in 1897 and international players in 1925. Since then, the French Open or Roland Garros Tournament (named after a French aviator and fighter pilot shot down during WWI) has developed into a major tennis event. It is one of the four tournaments that make up the Grand Slam championships (together with the Australian Open, Wimbledon and the US Open.)

Date: 17 May 2021 - 06 June 2021
Venue: Roland Garros Stadium.
Website: http://www.rolandgarros.com/en_FR/index.html
Cost:

Various.


Fête de la Musique (Musical Fair)

This fabulous event has free concerts throughout Paris (and the rest of France), in the streets and various venues, such as Jardin des Tuileries, the Petit Palais and Institut du Monde Arabe. It is open to any performer, amateur or professional. All the events are free and can take place in museums, train stations or just on a street. Whether it’s an orchestra, choir, opera or rock band, there’s always something going on.

Date: 21 June 2021 - 21 June 2021
(Date to be confirmed)
Venue: Various venues.
Website: http://www.fetedelamusique.culture.fr
Cost:

Free.


Bastille Day

France’s principal national holiday is held every 14 July with festivities and fireworks to commemorate the storming of the Bastille in 1789. It is formally called the Fête Nationale (The National Celebration). The best places to catch the fireworks is the Eiffel Tower and there are parades up the Champs-Élysées.

Date: 14 July 2021 - 14 July 2021
Venue: Various locations and Champs-Élysées.
Cost:

Free.


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Hôtel Darcet

Hotel Darcet offers 32 modern and comfortable rooms right in the heart of Paris. Perfect for travellers and business people alike, the prices are also very reasonable. The hotel is also conveniently located just a 10-minute walk to Saint-Lazare station.

 

Hôtel Banke

A new addition to the Derby Hotel chain, Hôtel Banke is a refurbished bank found in the desirable Opera district in Paris. The lobby’s grandiose circular interior, capped with a crystal-domed ceiling, gives way to thickly carpeted hallways and designer sofas. Both single and double rooms are modern and pleasingly functional. The trendiness factor borders on gauche, but with this location who cares.

Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg

The wonderful Sofitel Paris Le Faubourg is a renovated 18th century mansion that feels effortlessly like a Parisian town house. Styled by the illustrious Didier Gomez, the rooms in this 5-star hotel are tastefully finished with Louis XV armchairs, vintage mirrors and beds you can imagine libertine lovers losing whole weekends in. Lunch and cocktails in the hidden courtyard terrace are a must too.

Hôtel Des Academies Et Des Arts

Just around the corner from Montparnasse cemetery, this neat boutique hotel offers stunning rooms and a sumptuous breakfast without the wallet melting price tag. Best of all, it feels far more like neighbourhood Paris than similarly sized spots in touristy Montmartre. The lounge area, replete with library, is a great place to kick back before heading out to one of the array of nearby brasseries for dinner.

Le Bristol

There’s luxury accommodation and then there’s Hotel Le Bristol Paris. From marble-panelled powder rooms to its regal 1,210-sq-m (13,000-sq-ft) garden, Le Bristol has been Paris’s most prestigious hotel since its inception in 1925. All services are naturally state of the art and foodies will be happy to hear its three-Michelin starred restaurant continues to stockpile accolades under the guidance of chef Eric Frechon.

Saint James Paris

The Saint James is steeped in weird and wonderful history. A one time hot-air balloon field (some still take off today) and school for France's most talented students, nowadays it is one of Paris's hottest addresses. Situated in a 19th century chateau on the edge of the city centre, rooms are a blend of belle époque decadence and modern luxury. Beyond the bedrooms, the library bar, with a terrace affording views across town, is what makes this hotel really special.