Where to stay and what to pay.

There are countless hotels and pensions in Paris. You can find anything you want at any price. In the de luxe group are: the Ritz, Plaza Athenee, George V, Meurice, Crillon, Prince de Galles, Royal Monceau, Raphael, and Bristol. Slightly less luxurious but very good are the Claridge, Vendome, Continental, Westminster, Napoleon-Bonaparte, Queen Elizabeth, and others. Rates at official exchange run from about 50 euro a day and up single with no bath (no meals) at the top hotels. Less in the swank group, and so on down from there. In the center of Paris, for businessmen, there are the Scribe and the Ambassador. Rates at official exchange run from about 80 euro a day up. Hotel space is hard to find in Paris from Easter until the end of October. This is the “on season” when the capital is thronged with visitors and prices rise accordingly. From December 20 to March 1 most hotels in Paris and on the Riviera reduce prices as much as 20 per cent.