A romantic, luxurious weekend in Paris requires a stylish, boutique hotel. One that isn’t pretentious, but instead welcoming and friendly. A hotel that simultaneously oozes 1920s class and contemporary modern style. One that is housed in a beautiful building on a quiet, charming Parisian backstreet, just moments from the fashionable Champs Elysees, the Arc de Triomphe and of course, the Eiffel Tower.
I’ll let you in on what’s rumoured to be Paris’ best kept secret…
Hotel La Trémoille
Built in 1883 as an amazing private residence and later converted to a hotel in 1923, Hotel La Trémoille is perfect for a lux city break.
The gorgeous rooms feature intricate coving and ceiling detail, as well more contemporary finishes like the cherry and raspberry shades. Think classic chic. However, the real crème de la crème of this boutique hotel are the thirteen suites. They enjoy the ultimate Parisian accessory – a balcony. And not just any balcony. They’re private, wrought iron sculpted ones that have gorgeous views of the Golden Triangle quarter. They make your heart flutter and your mind relax. They’re also perfect for a typically French breakfast of croissants and coffee.
The suites also enjoy a living room area, as well as an office space. If you’re trying to get out and explore the city in a hurry, think again. There are big, comfy chairs and magazines which are way too hard to resist. Then of course, there’s the free, speedy wifi which also aims to test your procrastination levels. It’s just all too easy to Instagram that pic of you on the dreamy balcony.
Back inside, the bathroom stocks a never ending supply of Molton Brown toiletries (in what feels like every scent). After much research the eucalyptus shower gel scores pretty highly on the nose test. The deep bathtub is well equipped for a pampering session, especially as the bathroom is so big. You’ll probably need an hour or two to enjoy it, before drying off with a fluffy robe and slippers. There’s plenty of time in the morning to try the rain shower out (and of course, more of the toiletries – try the black peppercorn shower gel). There’s definitely enough time at the weekends because breakfast is served until 12noon, meaning you can enjoy a lie-in, as well as a long, hot shower. It’s bliss, especially when so many other hotels finish breakfast by 10am.
The Place To Be
The hotel is close to the Franklin Roosevelt metro station, so it’s an easy journey from the main station, Gare du Nord. However, if you’re travelling light try the sixty minute walk (hand in hand if you’re with a certain someone). It’s a straightforward route and a great way to soak up the Parisian culture. Even if you are tired by the time you get to the hotel the staff will gladly carry your bags up to your room without you needing to murmur a single word.
In the 1960s, La Trémoille was a big deal in the jazz scene. According to Paris Match, Duke Ellington and Louis Armstrong used it as a meeting place. It’s not hard to imagine what it must have been like because you’ll often find jazz nights in the hotel and the buildings on the streets are still very much in-keeping with classic, chic Paris. It’s completely dreamy and a great romantic spot for a weekend break. It’s a little pricy, but sometimes it’s worth splashing out for a special experience (especially when they treat you to Ladurée macarons as a night cap).
If the pictures aren’t enough, you can see for yourself in this #TravelTrailer (though please forgive the abrupt end which is due to my camera having a bit of a strop and wanting to relax in the suite, instead of working)…
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Big thanks to Hotel La Tremoille for hosting my stay.