Mini guide to Paris's Left Bank, France
Hôtel la Demeure is the domain of a charming father and son team who provide appealing extras: an iPod dock in every room, wine glasses for guests who bring their own, and art to buy on the walls (00 33 1 43 37 81 25; hotellademeureparis.com; 51 bd St-Marcel, 13e; from £145).
The Metro is the easiest way to get around and runs from 5am to 12.30am (single fare £1.50; ratp.fr). Day and multi-day tourist passes are available at larger stations. The Vélib bike scheme gives you access to 1,500 bike stations across Paris (velib.paris.fr).
There are easyJet flights from London Luton (from £60) and Edinburgh (from £100; easyjet.com) to Charles de Gaulle airport. Eurostar trains run from St Pancras International to Gare du Nord (from £69; eurostar.com).