Touchdown at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, 37 kilometres from the hotel. Flights land daily from destinations around the world, including London Heathrow, Glasgow International and Belfast City.
Arrive by Eurostar at Paris’ Gare du Nord, 5 kilometres away: there are frequent daily services from London’s St Pancras, as well as trains from Brussels, Amsterdam and throughout France.
Paris isn’t a fun place to drive; if you do decide to arrive by car, there’s parking five minutes’ walk from the hotel.
Worth getting out of bed for
The Saint Germain district’s about as central as it gets in Paris. Hôtel Verneuil is just a short stroll from the Seine’s Rive Gauche, surrounded by galleries and antique shops, and opposite the graffiti-tribute-adorned former home of Serge Gainsbourg.
One of the must-see attractions, the Musée d’Orsay, is right on your doorstep. Originally a railway station, the museum now presents art from 1848 to 1914, as well as concerts, films and lectures (62, rue de Lille; +33 (0)1 40 49 48 14). For something rather different, check out the Musée Des Égouts De Paris, a walking tour inside the city's sewers (Face au 93 Quai d'Orsay; +33 (0)1 53 68 27 81).
If you like markets, you're in the right place. The Rue Cler is one of the city's most famous market streets: you'll find specialty food stores, patisseries, butchers, delicatessens, fishmongers, greengrocers, chocolate shops, cafés and more; the market is at its best Tuesday–Saturday 8.30am to 1pm or 3pm to 7.30pm. Another option is the Marché Saxe-Breteuil, a fresh-food market open Thursdays, from 7am until 2.30pm (Avenue de Saxe; +33 (0) 1 45 11 71 11).
Renowned as one of the top restaurants in the area (and the world), L'Arpège has an extensive menu but the stand-out dish is the Cévennes onion gratin complete with black truffle (84 Rue de Varenne; +33 (0)1 47 05 09 06). Another nearby gastronomic hot-spot is Le Chateaubriand (129 Avenue Parmentier; +33 (0)1 43 57 45 95). Head to the roof terrace at Les Ombres to take snapshots of the Eiffel Tower that will put all your friends' to shame… as well as try delicious new takes on French favourites (27 Quai Branly; +33 (0) 1 47 53 68 00).
This is the 'hood where literati-luring eateries Les Deux Magots and Café de Flore reside. Formerly the haunts of philosophers, artists and other chin-stroking intellegentsia, they're popular with tourists, but still serve elegant light bites and have buzzy terraces.
For a taste of what the French do best, hit La Compagnie des Vins Surnaturels on rue Lobineau, where clued-in barkeeps pour out vins in abundance.