“We came to decide that maybe winter is the best season of all in which to visit Paris. We visited museums without suffering huge crowds, we took our kids up the Eiffel Tower without any lines or wait, we spent time in playgrounds in weather that was much milder than back home in the U.S., and we loved the excuse of cold weather to duck into tea salons for coffee and delicious treats. Oh, and the sales were incredible! “
Those are not my words ; they are those of Sara Saint Antoine, a guest with A La Carte Paris.
And you know what? Sara’s right: Off season travel is usually much more fun, as crowds are smaller, lines are shorter and prices lower!
“In three visits to the Louvre it was the first time I actually saw the Mona Lisa ! We had a wonderful time. We enjoyed just walking around, as the museums weren’t too crowded”, added Kathryn McClurg.
When you visit France in the off season, you also feel more like a local, just like Kathryn: “Since there weren’t quite so many tourists and we had an apartment, we could pretend we lived in Paris, for a week anyway…”
And I know what you’re going to say: the weather. Sure, it can get a bit chilly, but the weather is considerably milder than New York or Chicago. Indeed, as long as you bring an umbrella, a coat and a scarf with you, you’ll be fine and people will believe that you belong in the city!
Paris is the winter is not that cold and if it does rain for a day or two, you will still find many things to enjoy indoors… “If we are to be cold, we would want it to be in Paris!” exclaimed an enthusiatic Marjory Butterfield.
Another of our guests, Kathryn McClurg, wanted to experience paris in off season because “A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway makes Paris in the cold and damp sound very romantic”…
Indeed,“ it can be romantic to stroll along in warm coats, stop at boulangerie for a coffee and beautiful bakery item”, suggests Sharon Drinkall. “We loved the excuse of cold weather to duck into tea salons for coffee and delicious treats”, added Sara Saint Antoine.
Sounds like a good plan to me.
Think about it: our most popular (and therefore most expensive) week of the whole year is Christmas / New Year. This just goes to prove that Paris in winter holds great appeal, no matter the chilly weather!
And, last but not least, prices… Sharon acknowledged “cheaper prices and greater availability allowed us more options and better value for money”. Yes, our rental rates are 15-20% lower in the off season… Saving money means you can spend more on restaurants, clothes (especially during the winter sales…), and so much more! If, like several of our guests, you combine your stay in an apartment with an airfare paid by Miles, as it is often recommended to do so in low or off season, you’ll soon ask us to book a table for you at La Tour D’Argent! Which we’ll be happy to do. Right after we’ve booked you the perfect dream apartment for your party…
Low or off season dates are:
– January 7th to March 14th
– November 1st to December 20th
The appeal of low season is a secret that many first-time visitors are not aware of. So I recommend you do what many savvy Paris regulars do: take advantage of the almost lyrical off-season appeal of Paris, avoid the lines and save money too.
Check our Paris apartment availabilities here and consider staying in Paris’ beautiful off season. Not only will you save 15% to 20% off your stay, but you will also have more choice!
Finally, if you know off season Paris, then I’d love to read your views. What do you think? Please let me know by commenting below. 🙂