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Hotel de Ville

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Address: Place de l'Hotel de Ville, 75004 Paris, France
Phone Number: +33 1 42 76 54 04
Activities: Ice skating, Biking
Description: This beautiful, 19th century building is now the seat of the French...
This beautiful, 19th century building is now the seat of the French government, and features a number of displays on French history.
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a large square facing the city hall

In the Winter, you can sometimes find an ice ring. Otherwise, it is empty. It is in front of the massive City Hall building. On its North side is the BHV giant retain institution... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

In the Winter, you can sometimes find an ice ring. Otherwise, it is empty. It is in front of the massive City Hall building. On its North side is the BHV giant retain institution selling so many products on 5 floors in a rather messy and old fashion, but efficient layout. The Place de l'Hotel de Ville is a pleasant... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

LE BHV/MARAIS is a great department discount store where you can find items on sale for 30/40% and a further 10% off for being a tourist on some! I picked up a pair of levis for £40. There are also great boutique stores and beautiful bakeries!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

I did a dessert tour with a company around the corner (La Cusiine Paris) & our tour guide was a history major so we received a lot of great history about this area. Hotel De Ville is the building that houses the governor of paris, which actually turns out to be 1 person per neighborhood. The building's detail is exquisite... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

The temporary ice skating rink at the Hotel de Ville was a fun place to be; little ones had a glass walled section to themselves, and bigger kids had a coned off, ad hoc hockey camp at the other end, and public skating was in the middle. Enjoyed the architecture all around while skating. Recommend bringing ones own skates, as... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Really worth a visit (and just opposite the big department store BHV) to get some localised tourist info. Picked up a map here of the bike lanes (only available in French and a little difficult to read but still helpful) as well as an English guide to 7 special Velib bike tours. The "Paris Rendezvous-Vous" exhibition space is about to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

We went to the Hotel du Ville to see a set of photographs covering a fifty yer period of Paris history. It was wonderfully presented in English and French, with explanations of the nature of each decade covered. No fee to get in and not too bad a wait, perhaps ten minutes. Access was on the east side toward the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

At the very least, I recommend taking a look at the Renaissance facade of this city hall by walking around the building's perimeter. The stunning architecture is an almost identical reconstruction of the original exterior, destroyed with the rest of the building by fire in 1871. The current Hotel de Ville opened in 1882. In winter, the building provides a... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Went to a private reception in the Hotel de Ville - the first time in many visits that I went inside. The inside is very beautiful and impressive. Worth a quick visit when you are in the area.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

It's a huge impressive building. I think when we visited some big wigs were meeting there so there was security and armed guards everywhere. A little daunting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

In a city of beautiful buildings, the Hotel de Ville surpasses many with its grandeur. It is home to the mayor of Paris and has seen many historical events played out on it's forecourt. It was here in 2005 where crowds gathered to hear if the city would host the 2012 Olympics. Originally built in the early 17th century, it... More 

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Staying in Le Marais

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Le Marais
The Marais is a winding maze of multi-faceted streets that beg to be explored. It bursts with small boutiques, historic buildings, cozy traditional restaurants, and hidden parks. Around each corner, you'll come across little gems of architecture spanning the centuries, from understated medieval towers to classical libraries and 17th century splendor. This neighborhood unites a rich mix of people of all ages, but it's best known for the gay scene mostly in the south and the Jewish community around Rue des Rosiers.