Your hotel concierge or manager is there to answer your questions, make reservations, recommend restaurants and send faxes. Do not hesitate to ask for laundry service, ordering-in food, where to buy bus or Metro tickets – directions to WICE. The hotel may even offer internet access or tell you where to find it. See our hotel recommendations for a list of conveniently located accommodation.
The recommended site for visitors to Paris is the Paris Tourist Office. The Mairie de Paris (Paris City Hall) has an English version of their site for additional information. To find your way around using public transport; Metro, RER or bus, visit the RATP website.
All the major travel guide publications have websites that will help you find out more information for your stay.
There is a Starbucks on Rue St. Dominique that provides Wi-Fi with drink purchase. Check for availability at the American University of Paris computer and internet facilities. Many hotels also provide Wi-Fi access.
The Euro (€) (rates vary daily www.xe.com) is divided into 100 centimes. The most cost-effective way to obtain Euros is through your home bank’s ATM card. Use any of the ATM machines in Paris to debit your home account. You will need a four-digit PIN code. For larger purchases, it is often more cost-effective and more convenient to use your credit card – VISA is the most widely accepted, MasterCard is gaining ground. Check with your bank regarding fees on overseas purchases.
The Bureau de Change is generally open Mon. – Sat. 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. At airports, they are open daily 6:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. There is an exchange counter at American Express; 11 rue Scribe, 75009 – metro Opera open from Mon. – Fri. 9 a.m. – 7 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., Sun. 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Exchange counters can also be found in main Post Offices (PTT) in Paris.
In the case of any sudden serious medical problem, you can call the SAMU (first aid rescue team/dial 15). In the case of fire or accident call the Pompiers (firemen/dial 18). If you must see a doctor during the night, you can call SOS Medecins and they will send a doctor to your dwelling (SOS doctors/dial 01 47 07 77 77). For any other problems please don’t hesitate to ask the WICE staff.