YOUR VALUE GUIDE TO PARIS
The purpose of this guide is not to be the most complete. We want it to be simple & easy to read for anyone who wish to visit our city by giving you all the informations & local recommendations you need to start to plan your perfect trip.
I'm Exhausted! Where can I sleep?
HOTEL EIFFEL PETIT LOUVRE
Our favourite! Freshly refurbished this small hotel is located at a walking distance of the Eiffel Tower in the 15th district of Paris with restaurants, supermarkets & a metro station just at your doorstep. A perfect starting point to explore the city!
1 Rue de Lourmel, 75015 Paris
Located in the Montmartre district close by the Sacré-Coeur & the famous Moulin-Rouge cabaret this hotel stands out thanks to its 180° view restaurant & rooftop. Modern, it will be perfect to enjoy a beautiful sunset over the city.
12-14 Rue Joseph de Maistre, 75018 Paris
HOTEL OFF PARIS SEINE
OFF is a one of a kind hotel in Paris. It’s a boat! Moored by the Austerlitz station you will appreciate the calm of sleeping on the river. You can’t swim in the Seine but why don’t you take a dive at the bar swimming pool after a fresh mojito?
86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris
Situated in the 16th district of Paris in a very calm area the Félicien is the only hotel in Paris to offer rooms with a rooftop terrace & a jacuzzi! Tired after walking through the city? Well a jacuzzi doesn’t look like a bad idea!
Around 130€/night, Rooftop + Jacuzzi Suites around 380€/night
21 Rue Félicien David, 75016 Paris
When you arrive at this beautiful hotel you are welcomed by two red lights on the front door. Those lights were here to signify to the walkers that this house was a brothel. Don’t worry, it is now just a hotel… Well… Almost…
10 Rue de Bruxelles, 75009 Paris
What should I take with me?
At Ride’n’Smile we love travel & adventure but hate the hassle! Here are some of the things that made each of our trips unforgettable!
RECORD ALL YOUR MEMORIES
GOPRO HERO 5 BLACK
GoPro is definitely a MUST HAVE for all of your travels! From shooting to editing everything was made so easy even a kid can use it.
We are of course proud owners of a GoPro Hero 4 Silver since 2014 as we won’t recommend something we are not willing to buy ourselves. It is of course an investment but it was worth every penny. We wish we had purchased it earlier! We have made so many videos & each time we watch them is like we are back in our memories. It really feels like you are seeing your experience as you remember it.
The NIKON D3300 is the PERFECT CAMERA FOR BEGINNERS.
Life is full of surprising, joyful moments—moments worth remembering. The D3300 makes it fun and easy to preserve those moments in the lifelike beauty they deserve. Whether you’re creating high-resolution panoramas, adding artistic special effects or recording HD video with sound, the D3300 will bring you endless joy, excitement and memories—just like the special moments of your life.
And yes, we own one too : ))
INTERNATIONAL PLUG ADAPTOR
Maybe the MOST USEFUL device for all your travels!
Sadly, plugs all around the world are all different. Bringing an international plug adaptor with you can save you a lot of time avoiding the hassle of having to find one!
Having such a device can literally SAVE YOUR DAY!
How many times did you ran out of battery on your smartphone? Yes, many. This is the kind of situation you certainly don’t want to happen during your holidays. While visiting the Eiffel-Tower for example. Having a powerbank when you’re travelling will allow you to capture every moment of your trip. Don’t let the memories escape!
MAKE YOUR TRAVEL EASY
“I’m not rich enough to afford buying cheap things!”
As frequent travellers we have tried all kinds of luggages & from that experience there is one thing to always remember when buying a new piece of luggage: NEVER go for the cheapest one! (It is the cheapest one for a reason). Instead buy one that will last in time. In the end it will be a lot cheaper than buying a new one each time you are travelling. This is why we recommend RIMOWA luggages; strong & very easy to move them around even if loaded heavy. Price is high but the strength, convenience & durability you’ll get is worth it.
We have a Limbo 87 & Topas 98 : ))
A key to rule them all!
If travelling & want to keep your luggages safe many people will use a simple lock. However we recommend you to use a “TSA Lock” if travelling from/to the US. Indeed the TSA (Transportation Security Administration) requires access to luggage without the passenger being present; to allow travelers to lock their luggage they have accepted certain locks which they can open and relock. If they can’t they will just cut through your bag. You can recognise a TSA Lock by the little red square logo.
Arrive to your destination completely FRESH & RELAXED!
Travelling is often tiring, this is why resting is important. But it is also difficult to find a great resting position on a plane or in a train. The travel pillows will help you to find it & regain your energy for a fresh start when you reach your destination!
RFID BLOCKING WALLET
Keep your credit cards safe!
Most of your cards, passports, driving licences now have chips to transmit informations & make your life more convenient. Sadly anyone with an RFID reader can read them & pick up whatever information they’re designed to transmit. RFID skimmers can get all credit cards numbers from pockets of passerby from a few feet without them even noticing.
RFID BLOCKING WALLETS are designed the block the chips’ signal making them invisible to RFID readers.
It fits in your pocket!
Rick Steves Pocket guidebooks truly are a “tour guide in your pocket.” This book gives you advice for prioritizing your time, whether you’re spending 1 or 7 days in a city. Everything a busy traveler needs is easy to access: a neighborhood overview, city walks and tours, sights, handy food and accommodations charts, an appendix packed with information on trip planning and practicalities, and a fold-out city map.