Touchdown at Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport, 37km 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, 5km 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; www.musee-orsay.fr). La Pagoda cinema is worth a visit even if you don't fancy sticking around to see that night's film: it's a small and uniquely beautiful 19th-century building with particularly lovely painted flowers on its doors (57 Bis Rue de Babylone; +33 (0)1 45 55 48 48). 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 8:30–13:00 or 15:00–19:30. 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; www.alain-passard.com). Another nearby gastronomic hot-spot is Le Chateaubriand (129 Avenue Parmentier; +33 (0)1 43 57 45 95; lechateaubriand.net). 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; www.lesombres-restaurant.com).