Where to stay > Elegance

If you don't feel like spending your life savings on one night in a "luxurious" hotel then I recommend one of these dreamy hotels. Just shy of the insanely expensive, you can still experience ultra chic and high quality without having to spend 600 Euros a night!

Hôtel de Vendôme

This small, yet elegant, boutique hotel is located in central Paris on Place Vendôme, two blocks from the pretty Tuileries Garden and walking distance to just about everything you will want to see while in Paris.

Luxurious rooms, beautiful bathrooms, a fine lounge: this little known treasure is a perfect place for a romantic weekend getaway. When inside, you would never know the hotel is located on one of the busiest corners in Paris.

The service was exceptional overall, as I specifically recall the bell boy running after us as we pulled away in our taxi at the end of our stay "Monsieur, Madame!" I had forgotten our passports in the safe! Ahhh!


Location & Address Details

1 Place Vendôme, 75001 | Google Maps

Website hoteldevendome.com

Pavillon de la Reine

Serenity and finesse describes this hotel best. Nicely tucked away in a charming courtyard off of the glorious Place des Vosges sits Pavillon de la Reine. Pure bliss!

Ever since I laid my eyes on this hotel I had wanted to experience it, and I did just that on my last trip.

The mood of the hotel is quiet and peaceful, almost spa-like. In fact there is a spa and the calm from there spreads throughout the entire hotel; it's a perfect place to rest after a busy day out on the streets of Paris.

The lobby consists of two comfortable lounges where you can help yourself to cold drinks, a glass of wine or even a fine Cognac. Though this service is not included in your room rate, the availability and help-your-self concept is a very nice touch.

Staying in the Marais district has many advantages. The shopping and restaurants are fantastic but you are also surrounded by cobblestoned narrow streets, architecture and landscape that have hardly been altered for hundreds of years. An intriguing part of Paris indeed!


Location & Address Details

28 Place des Vosges, 75003 | Google Maps

Website pavillon-de-la-reine.com

Tiara Château Hotel Mont Royal Chantilly

On our way home we were looking for an alternative to an airport hotel. I've stayed at the Sheraton before and it's expensive for what you get. I appreciate the convenience; however, when having to spend 24 hours in a hotel prior to a flight, the Sheraton wasn't the place I wanted to be. After a bit of googling I discovered Château Hotel Mont Royal in Chantilly. It's breathtakingly beautiful, situated in the middle of a forest, located only fifteen minutes from Charles de Gaulle airport and less expensive than the surrounding hotels!

 

We booked a standard room, which was quite comfortable, roomy and had an amazing view of the forest. Our last evening was spent sitting in the lounge sipping wine by the fire. The buffet breakfast the next morning was not only delicious but served in the gorgeous old ballroom.

All in all, it was perfect. Château Hotel Mont Royal is now my official airport hotel!  


Location & Address Details

Route de Plailly 60520 La Chapelle en Serval | Google Maps

Website tiara-hotels.com/hotel.asp?id_hotel=9

Les Etangs de Corot

Les Etangs de Corot is located in Ville-d’Avray, a small town 15 minutes from Paris and only five minutes from Versailles. The Parisians love and frequent the hotel because of its location. It gives you the feel of a weekend in the country yet you are still so close to home.

The lobby is beautiful, comfortable, inviting and warm. I loved it straight away!

The sunlit corridors lined with bottles and little nooks here and there holding furniture, old desks, mirrors and bookcases are wonderful.

As it’s known for its Vinothérapie spa which offers vine and grape-based treatments, there was no question: I had to participate. My choice was a Merlot Friction Scrub and the Caudalie massage. Both were fantastic!

My friend and I dined on lamb, Bavaria beef sirloin and a mouth-watering pumpkin puff with basil and goat cheese in Le Café des Artistes. With their house wine being Smith Haut Lafitte, we didn’t have to look twice through the drink menu. And for desert, who could resist the poached pear and apple tart?

Les Etangs de Corot is a magnificent spot and I hope to return over and over.


Location & Address Details

55 Rue de Versailles 92410 Ville-d'Avray | Google Maps

Website etangs-corot.com/

L'Hotel

It was so exciting checking in to the very desirable L'Hotel – the previous home of Oscar Wilde! He died in this hotel and as I entered I couldn't help but remember one of his famous last quotes: "My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or other of us has got to go".

From the moment I was greeted by the purple velvet suited staff, in honor of Mr. Wilde no doubt, I was hooked.

The hotel oozes charm and offers an incredibly calming ambiance. My room was full of character and, for lack of a better word, adorable. The lovely scent of their Green & Spring beauty products sealed the deal – another winner!

L'Hotel is located on a quiet, pretty street only steps away from Boulevard Saint-Germain, and one of my favourite lunch spots, Les Deux Magots.

The evening consisted of aperitifs with friends in L'Hotel's intimate lounge and dinner in the lavish dining room. "Please don't hate me for ordering well-done Pigeon," I begged my Parisian friends. I cannot possibly eat it raw! Every dish was a work of edible art and the precious desserts topped it off.

As another perfect day was coming to an end, my eyes were starting to become heavy and I looked forward to retiring to my dreamy little room. It was now pouring with rain and with my windows wide open I took great pleasure in the sounds of the city as I lay there at L'Hotel, reflecting on another amazing time in Paris.


Location & Address Details

13 Rue des Beaux Arts 75006 | Google Maps

Website l-hotel.com/

Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré Hotel

One of my favourite boutique hotels in all of Europe is JK Place Firenze. It's a stylish and fantastic little place located in the heart of Florence. The Italian designer and architect, Michele Bonan, has a style that is easily recognizable.

When I heard of Hôtel Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honoré, and saw photos, it was simple to see who was responsible: Michele Bonan. 

This precious little 15-suite hotel was once a private mansion dating back to the 18th century. The location and rich setting offers luxury, quiet and privacy. The fact that it is set off of rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, my favourite shopping area, made it all the more amazing.

Although everything was perfect with the check in and the public areas, the real love affair began when I entered my room. It was a "standard room". One of the nicest standard rooms I have ever stayed in. No need for an upgrade here.

When they asked me what I would like for breakfast the next morning because they had to run to the market, I just smiled and, truly feeling like a real guest in a private home, kindly placed my order.


Location & Address Details

8 Rue d'Anjou, 75008 | Google Maps

Website marquisfaubourgsainthonore.com/en

Hotel Lancaster

Hotel Lancaster is a quaint, pretty, well-designed boutique hotel located off of Champs Élysées.

I checked in to my beautiful little room, then enjoyed a cup of coffee and orange juice in their lounge while staring at the incredibly beautiful green clock.

My room was adorable and the size was perfect. 

There was a small balcony containg two chairs and table. A perfect little spot for an apéritif!

The bed was super comfy.  

I enjoyed it here very much. The staff were charming and friendly. 

The courtyard posted on their website is actually what lured me in; however, due to the rain, I was unable to experience it. Next time! 


Location & Address Details

7 Rue de Berri 75008 | Google Maps

Website hotel-lancaster.com/uk/hotel-5-etoiles-champs-elysees-site-officiel.php

Saint James Paris

Where to stay? Here! 

For something a little more intimate Saint James Paris is breathtaking.

This chateau hotel offers opulent rooms and suites and has a stunning staircase, lovely lounge, manicured lawns, super-friendly concierge, and a notable feature: hot air balloon wallpaper. It is enough to delight anyone! 


Location & Address Details

43 Avenue Bugeaud, 75116 | Google Maps

Website saint-james-paris.com/