Food Glorious Food
If you like a hearty, mourishly delicious breakfast that brings out your inner greedy child then Hotel Gat Folies in Paris is the one for you. The crepes with nutella were a highlight, though the other many options were amazing. From golden buttery croissants to boiled eggs & soldiers. From perfectly baked ciabattas filled with cheese or ham, to crispy cereal, healthy yoghurt, and fresh fruit. Pleasingly, the cappuccinos were of the same great quality.
Do you want to know the best thing? You can eat as much as you want for a tiny 12.50 euros. Yes, I did have four courses. Don’t judge me.
The hotel is easy to find. I was on a budget so opted to sling (okay, drag) my backpack on and walk from Gare du Nord station. It took about 20/25 minutes. If you’d prefer to use the metro there are a few nearby stations. The immediate location of the hotel is great; it has a bustling atmosphere due to the theatre at the end of the street and the accompanying classy (yet affordable) restaurants/bars.
I’d totally recommend Black Beans, an indiscreet Mexican restaurant that you could easily walk past if you didn’t know it was there. The food is so fresh and tasty; burritos, enchiladas, Mexican beers – what’s not to like?
Hotel Gat Folies is a modern hotel; the decor is predominately lime green. It sounds garish, but trust me it works. The rooms are small, but perfectly formed. Think Ikea style use of space, with funky shelving, unique storage pockets and a compact bathroom. Although small, the shower is powerful and there is plenty of hot water. Shampoo, shower gel and moisturiser are provided – they smell so great that I bet you’ll want an extra five minutes in that bathroom.
If you’re the kind of traveller that brings a million cases/bags or you’re sharing a room with a new boyfriend/girlfriend then it might not be for you. Let’s just say the bathroom door is thin and extremely close to the bed, and there’s not much empty floor space. Every inch of square footage of this hotel has been maximised – the lift is tiny, the stairs are narrow, but do you know what, I loved it. I think the use of space is inventive and innovative.
This Parisian hotel is contemporary, young, central, clean and affordable. If you plan to be out exploring and just want a base (it can be a little noisy at night), then stop looking and book Hotel Gat Folies. I’d recommended checking out the prices on Trivago as I got a great rate through them. Oh and if you’re not looking for that sort of accommodation, still stop by and try the scrummy breakfast.
Have you ever been to Paris? I’d love to hear how you got on and whether you’re a fan of the crepes too. X