Serviced Apartments in Paris
Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense
Arc de Triomphe
One of the most famous monuments in Paris, the Arc de Triomphe honours those who fought and died in the French Revolution with their names inscribed on the inner and outer surfaces.
Initially criticised for its design when it was erected in 1889, the tallest structure in Paris has become a global icon of France and a symbol of eternal romance.
Once home to some of the world’s greatest artists like Pablo Picasso and Vincent van Gogh, here at Butte Montmarte, you will find Paris’ most visited monument at the highest point of the city, the white-domed Sacré-Coeur Basilica along with many art-finds.
Opera-Grands Boulevards district
Experience all things Parisian right here from building architecture, covered walkways, trendy and chic boutiques to the golden sculptures.
With 35,000 works of art in 60,600 sqm of space, 2,410 windows, 3,000 locks and 10,000 steps, it is little wonder that the museum has remained the world’s largest for two centuries.
One of the liveliest districts of Paris, the social facet of city manifests through the bars, clubs and restaurants alongside the famous Place des Vosges, Victor Hugo’s house and the Picasso Museum.
La Defense and the Grande Arche
La Grande Arche de la Défense or the La Grande Arche as its better known is a monument located in the district of La Defense. Read more
Famous for its exotic shows, The Lido is a cabaret and burlesque show establishment that stands for Parisian nightlife.
Another icon of Parisian nightlife, the cabaret is known for its stage performances by exotic female dancers.
The birthplace of the modern can-can dance, the cabaret is notable for the cultural hallmarks in its interiors and is well well-loved for its musical dance entertainment.
The 49-acre land is home to an archery range, miniature golf course, children’s amusement park, a zoo, a science museum and more, that will keep the entire family entertained for the whole day
Bois de Vincennes
Created by the Emperor Louis Napoleon and located on the eastern edge of Paris, the largest park in the city houses the former residence of the King of France and the Temple of Love, while also provides a public venue for various activities.
Bois de Boulogne
Located on the western edge of Paris, the park is another favourite place for outdoor fun on land and in water, picnics and parties.
Jardin du Luxembourg
Famed for its calm atmosphere, the garden contains more than a hundred statues, monuments and fountains.
Jardin des Plantes
The main botanical garden in France houses 4 galleries of the Museum and a zoo with animals of the royal menagerie at Versailles.
Jardin des Tuileries, The Tuileries Garden
Since the 19th century, the garden has been a place for relaxation and entertainment for the public, and is home to both traditional and contemporary sculptures.
Le Fouquet’s restaurant
From Charlie Chaplin to Winston Churchill, the restaurant is more than a meeting place of the rich and famous, but also well known for its Parisian brasserie favourites served in styles from easy al fresco to formal classic.
Jules Vernes restaurant
Located on the 2nd floor of the Eiffel Tower, the 1-star Michelin restaurant is one of the best around.
L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon
The 2-star Michelin restaurant is popular not just for its radical approach to “haute cuisine” but also for its sleek dining room that centres around a bustling kitchen and its dining counter.
Dine by the bay windows overlooking a magnificent French-style garden as you savour Eric Frechon’s cuisine in this 3-star Michelin gastronomic restaurant.
The place is well-known for being a privileged place for gastronomy. You can either choose to savour refined cuisine at the restaurant or learn the secrets of some of the greatest chefs at the cooking and oenology classes.
French gastronomy will no longer be a mystery to you. Learn how to cook macarons, foie gras or Mediterranean grande cuisine with experienced French chefs.
Les 4 Temps
The most visited shopping centre in France has more than 230 shops and restaurants to whet your appetite in more than one way.
La Vallée Village
A great place for great bargains all year round, with 115 fashion and luxury labels offering collections from previous seasons but by all means the trendiest, at heavily discounted prices.
One Nation Paris
The season might have ended but the bargains never will, here at France’s largest luxury and fashion outlet where 112 boutiques offer end-of-season pieces at prices that will rock every shopper’s wallet.
Louis Vuitton Champs Elysees Store
While the Louis Vuitton brand is the world’s most sought-after fashion, the store here, which is also its largest, boasts of an outstanding interior filter façade and its oversized atrium that are worth a visit on its own.
Guerlain Champs Elysees Store
Shop in the new temple of beauty that is listed as a historical monument, for the biggest collection of fragrances exclusively presented in an architecture that is as awesome as the brand itself.
Tiffany Champs Elysees Store
The world’s premier jeweller may have a world-wide following, but is a new addition to the street of luxury, looking elegant in steely silver.
The prestigious shopping belt is home to some of the world’s most renowned fashion stores, such as Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, H&M, Gap, Banana Republic and Abercrombie & Fitch.
A shopping precinct for the sophisticated and the exclusive, here you will find a line-up of up-market brands featuring Christian Dior, Chanel, Max Mara, Prada, Céline, Valentino, Calvin Klein and Hermès.
Holding mainly French art dating between 1848 and 1915, the museum is home to works of painters like Monet and Van Gogh.
Palais-Royal and its gardens
Created in 1633, these prestigious and tranquil gardens are surrounded by a futuristic architecture with contemporary sculptures.
Musée National d'Art Moderne, National Museum of Modern Art
Home to works of art by 6,400 artists from 90 countries since 1905, the museum has the second largest collection of modern and contemporary art in the world.
Palais de Tokyo, Palace of Tokyo
With no permanent collection, the relatively new building is dedicated to modern and contemporary art and produces all of its exhibitions.
The public museum was created from the private home of an arts collector and his wife.
Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent
The world’s great designer comes alive in this fashion house that exhibits his amazing works twice a year.
Les Halles was originally home to Paris’s fresh food market. Situated in the centre of the city it was very popular with locals and tourists alike.
Originally called Euro Disney, Disneyland Paris is situated 20 miles east of Paris city centre in Marne-la-Vallée. It’s the most visited theme park throughout the whole of Europe.
Parc des Princes
The Parc Des Princes or the English translation of Princes Park is a football stadium situated in the south of the city. It’s the home of Paris Saint-Germain, one of the most successful football teams in France.
Stade de France
The Stade de France is located north of Paris in Saint-Denis. It’s the home of the French National football team. The stadium is also used by the French Rugby Union team and for some domestic rugby matches too.
Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense is ideally situated within one of Europe’s most notable business district of La Défense, with excellent proximity to one of the world’s most iconic shopping belt at Champs-Élysées and countless popular attractions , dining and entertainment options. Served by underground and train stations, getting to the property and around the world’s well-loved city is easy through the extensive transport network that is readily accessible.
Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense
6 Boulevard de Neuilly
Facilities, Amenities and Services within the vicinity
- A wide array of restaurant, cafes, bars and nightclubs (2- to 10-minute walk)
- Monoprix Supermarket (15-minute walk)
- Auchan Supermarket (10-minute walk)
- 4 Temps Shopping Mall (10-minute walk)
- Cinemas (10-minute walk)
- Neuilly sur Seine market hall (15-minute walk)
- Esplanade de La Defense Tube Station (5-minute walk)
- Grande Arche De La Defense RER Station (10-minute walk)
- Post Office (10-minute walk)
- Banks: Societe Generale, BNP Paribas, etc. (5- to 15-minute walk)
- Hairdressers, pharmacies, etc. (1- to 5-minute walk)
Nearest Metro stations (Line 1):
- Esplanade de la Défense (opposite Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense)
-Connects to CNIT (2 minutes),
-Palais des Congrés Porte Maillot (5 minutes),
-Arc de Triomphe (8 minutes),
-Champs Elysées Avenue (10 minutes) and
-Concorde - Palais Royal - Musée du Louvre – Bastille.
Nearest express train station (RER A):
- Le Défense Grande Arche
-Connects to Charles de Gaulle Etoile (l’Arc de Triomphe)
-Auber (l’Opéra – Les Galeries Lafayette and le Printemps department stores)
-Châtelet – Les Halles (the artistique centre of Paris) and to Gare du Nord/Eurostar Terminal
-Marne-la-Vallée (Disneyland Paris and La Vallée Village Outlet)
Nearest central Paris railway stations:
- Gare du Nord (Eurostar & Thalys terminal),
- Gare de l’Est (TGV terminal), and
- Gare de Lyon (TGV and Lyria terminal).
- Esplanade de la Défense (opposite Fraser Suites Harmonie, Paris La Defense)
Getting to Frasers Suite Harmonie
- Take metro line 1 and alight at “Esplanade de la Défense”.
By express train service:
- Take train service RER A and alight at “Le Défense Grande Arche”; continue with metro line 1, alight at “Esplanade de La Defense”.
- From Gare de Lyon (25 minutes): Take Métro line 1 towards "La Défense", alight at "Esplanade de La Defense".
- From Gare du Nord and Gare de l’Est (30 minutes): Take RER B towards "Robinson / Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse"; transfer at "Châtelet-les-Halles" and take line 1 towards "La Défense", alight at "Esplanade de La Defense".
From Charles de Gaulle Airport (55 minutes):
- Take RER B towards "Robinson / Saint-Rémy-lès-Chevreuse" ; transfer at "Châtelet-les-Halles" and take line 1 towards "La Défense", alight at "Esplanade de La Defense".
From Paris Orly Airport (50 minutes):
- Take ORLYVAL metrol and exit at "Antony"; continue with RER B towards "Aéroport Charles de Gaulle"; transfer at "Châtelet-les-Halles" and take line 1 towards "La Défense", alight at "Esplanade de La Defense".
Alternatively, a private shuttle or airport/station pick-up service may be arranged if desired.
Situated north of the country on Seine River, Paris is not only the most populous city of France, but also one of Europe’s leading centres of business, learning, gastronomy and the arts. Centuries of cultural and political development have left their marks in Paris in the form of museums, theatres, monuments and architectural styles.
Paris is often seen as the most interesting city of Europe and has amazed the world for years with its many accomplishments in the areas of science, academia, technology, fashion and performing arts. Beyond that, the City of Lights is also a city of romance and inspiration, giving every visitor a reason to visit at any time of the year.
Served by two international airports and an extensive public transportation network comprising mainly the Metro, regional express trains and suburban trains, the city is a major rail, highway and air-transport hub.
Essential Facts of Paris
Paris is the capital city of France, the official language is French.
Paris Time is in the Central European Time Zone. Central European Standard Time (CET) is 1 hour ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+1).
Like most states in Europe, Summer (Daylight-Saving) Time is observed in Paris Time, where the time is adjusted forward by 1 hour; 2 hours ahead of Greenwich Mean Time (GMT+2).
After the Summer months, the time in Paris Time is adjusted backward by 1 hour to Central European Time (CET) or (GMT+1).
You do not need a visa for travel from the USA or Canada to France.
Visit the France Diplomatie website at http://www.diplomatie.gouv.fr/en/coming-to-france for information on visas for tourists, work, study, and other related information or useful contacts.
Euro (€) is used in France.
Most of the shops are open from 09:00 to 22:00 hours, Mondays to Saturdays. Some smaller shops may close for lunch between midday and 14:00 hours. Shops are usually closed on Sundays and public holidays, although some may close on other days.
During one of the evenings in the week, some department stores have late-night shopping known as “nocturne”, staying open until 19:00 hours. Supermarkets are usually open daily except Sundays, closing at 20:00, 21:00 or 22:00 hours depending on the neighbourhood.
During the sales seasons, in January and July, some stores may open on Sundays and/or public holidays. Major shopping districts and large shopping establishments, however, are open daily throughout the year, closing only at midnight.
The standard VAT rate is 20%.
Tipping is not required in France. French law requires that restaurant, café and hotel bills include a service charge. Taxi drivers expect small tips of between 5% and 10% of the fare though the usual procedure is to round up to the nearest €1 regardless of the fare.
Banks are generally open from 09:00 to 17:00 hours, from Mondays to Fridays or from Tuesdays to Saturdays. Some branches may close during lunchtime, usually between 12:30 to 14:00 hours. ATMs are available for cash withdrawals 24 hours a day, throughout the week. Banks are closed on public holidays.
In general, businesses and public services are usually open from 09:00 to 16:30 or 17:00 hours (or earlier on Friday afternoons). They are closed at lunchtime and on public holidays.
Museum and Monuments:
Museums typically open at 09:00 or 10:00 hours and close at 17:00 or 18:00 hours. They are usually closed on Mondays or Tuesdays, with a few exceptions. Some attractions, such as the Eiffel Tower and Montparnasse Tower, are open 7 days a week, closing as late as 23:00 hours or midnight.
Many museums practise late-night hours once a week, closing only at 21:00 or 22:00 hours. On public holidays, in particular, 1 January, 1 May and 25 December, many museums and monuments are closed.
- Metro and RER
The Parisian metro service operates on a daily basis from 05:30 hours and closes late on Saturday and Friday evenings at 02:15 hours. The majority of bus routes operate from 07:00 to 20:30 hours, while some lines continue till 00:30 hours. The Noctilien bus takes over from 00:30 to 05:30 hours. For more information and help on journey planning, visit www.ratp.fr or enquire at the property’s reception.
The peak hours of the Parisian transport are 08:00 to 10:00 hours and 17:00 to 20:00 hours on weekdays. Saturdays are just as busy as many Parisians are out on their shopping expeditions.
Taxis are available 24 hours a day. Tipping is not compulsory. For booking, please refer to the property’s reception.
Vélib' is the self-service bicycle hire system run by the Paris City Council. With more than 20,000 bicycles available 24 hours a day and 7 days a week all year long and 1,800 bike stations in Paris and neighbouring towns, the Vélib’ is an alternative mode of transport for getting around in Paris.
The nearest docking station for Fraser Suite Harmonie, Paris La Defense is at Pont de Neuilly metro station (a 600m-walk from the residence or one stop on the metro).
France Phone Code: 33
Paris Area Code: 1
Paris Dial Code: +33 1
It is not necessary for you to obtain health vaccinations in order to visit France. As regards your pets, you must provide their health certificates and ensure that they have been vaccinated against rabies. It is also necessary to check with the embassy or consular services if a particular breed is permitted on French territory.
Should you become a witness or a victim of an accident, you may require immediate medical treatment. These are the emergency services to contact:
Fire brigade 18
SAMU (accidents) 15
Drug Info Service 0 800 23 13 13
AIDS/HIV Info Service 0 800 840 800
Poison treatment diseases 01 40 05 48 48
Sexually-transmitted diseases 01 40 78 26 00
SOS médecins (doctors) 01 47 07 77 77
SOS dentaire (dentists) 01 43 37 51 00
SOS burns (hôpital Cochin) 01 58 41 41 41
The maximum permitted alcohol level is 0.5 g of alcohol per litre of blood, which is approximately the equivalent of 3 halves of beer, 2 glasses of wine or 3 glasses of champagne. Drink-driving is not encouraged in France.
The use, possession or sale of drugs is against the law in France.
Chemists are usually open from 08:00 to 20:00 hours. They make take turns to close on Sundays or Mondays. When a chemist is closed, the addresses of the nearest chemists on duty are displayed on the door. Some chemists open till late or even throughout the night.
The electrical current in Paris is 220 volts, 50 cycles alternating current. In France, the norm is 220 volts, with a frequency of 50 Hz. Wall outlets take continental-type plugs, with two round prongs. Make sure you bring these adapters and/or transformers wherever required. These may be purchased at in electrical goods and DIY stores or hypermarkets, if necessary.
Museums and monuments are closed on all or most of the major holidays or Fêtes, which include:
- Jour de l'An – New Year's Day, January 1
- Lundi de Pâques – Easter Monday
- Fête du Travail – Labour Day, May 1
- Armistice – Armistice Day, May 8 (1939-1945)
- Fête de l'Ascension – Ascension Day, May 21
- Fête Nationale – Bastille Day, July 14
- Fête de L'Assomption – Assumption Day, August 15
- Toussaint – All Saints' Day, November 1
- Armistice – Armistice Day, November 11 (1914-1918)
- Noël – Christmas Day, December 25
- Metro and RER