I was really trying not to ask any questions, and instead using the search feature, however I'm so overwhelmed I'm close to wishing I could cancel this trip. I know it's just because it's late at night and I've been reading posts for about 5 hours straight now and must have hit my limit.
We're heading to Europe to visit family and thought it would be nice to visit somewhere else while we're over there. Paris is somewhere we've always wanted to see so we booked our flights a couple of days ago. We know very little about Paris, and we're going to have a 5 year old in tow and an older son. We're staying for two nights and wanted to find a hotel that would sleep 4 as they're too young to put in their own room. I figured a hotel near the Eiffel Tower would be best (only because it's on the top of my list for a must-visit),and I have a list of hotels I found by using the TripAdvisor map. But when I search by rating, it seems a lot of the top rated hotels are across the river. In my search I see recommendations of the 4th, 5th, etc, but I'm not even sure what that means or how I search for a hotel in the 5th.
Since I only have one FULL day while there, I was hoping to take a tour, one that included a stop at the Eiffel Tower and maybe for a meal while there. I'm reading that it can take hours to get up there and with a 5 year old, that's not going to go very well.
I didn't want to make any plans on the first day since we'll most likely be exhausted, or the day we leave so we can stroll around and visit a cafe or do some shopping and people watching, but want to make sure I see the key sights on that day in the middle.
I honestly am not lazy and have searched and found lots of information on the subway system, about being a polite and respectful visitor, restaurants and their hours, transportation from the airport, and various other helpful information. I'm just stuck on where to stay close to the sights with enough room for 4, and how we'll be able to find a good tour that will absolutely get me in the Eiffel Tower without waiting 2+ hours.
Thank you in advance for any tips you may have.