Rooms with Views: L’Hotel

In the heart of Saint Germain lies a jewel box with a history…

Blink and you will miss it. The discreet door to L’Hotel, one of the few truly luxury 5 star hotels in Paris’ Left Bank, is tucked away on a side street not far from Place Saint Germain. Upon entering into this small hotel a gilded jewel box reveals itself. Plush velvet sofas behind sweeping curtains, a domed spiral staircase, Empire moldings, are all fanciful and opulent. And incredibly romantic which is exactly how you want to feel when you are in Paris.

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By now you will know that Oscar Wilde stayed here. There are homages to him, his letters framed, and you can stay in what was his room, though it has been refurbished and restyled to fit the more glamorous surroundings of the hotel as it is now. The hotel has a distinguished history,  gone through several owners and updates, and has kept its cache through many generations of celebrities. The hotel went through a major refurbishment in the 60s and from then on L’Hotel became the place to be seen.  Serge Gainsborough and Jane Birkin stayed here in their heyday only adding to its mystique.

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The bijoux hotel boasts 20 gorgeous bedrooms of varying size and design, each one entirely different and unique yet all glamorous and luxurious. Antique styled bathtubs, marble bathrooms with lavish satin drapes and bedding accented with a few antiques depending on your room. There is a very stylish apartment suite, the Oscar Wilde suite, and 4 different sized bedrooms categories, all quite deluxe. It all feels quite decadent and you just want to lounge on the bed and drink champagne.

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For all its small spaces, the hotel packs a lot in limited areas and makes the most of creating creative drama in every corner. There is a fine dining restaurant and romantic bar area where on occasion live music is played. The bar is the star here as it is intimate with low lit corners, dark marble. Front and center is a small yet opulent bar serving elegant cocktails. If all that isn’t enough, they even managed to put in a Hamman pool in the basement which is private and can be reserved in advance. It will be hard to step out the door and see Paris… but you must!

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So stylish, and completely Parisian, a stay at L’Hotel is a posh treat. It has an authenticity of place. Paris, especially the favourite Left Bank is at your feet, if you can get out the door.

Please note, I paid for my own stay and my review is based on my personal experiences while staying at the L’Hotel.

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Where to go next: Autumn Travel

Europe in the autumn is all about fashion and style -and food! Its when Northern cities shine.

 

Bologna and Turin Its all about wine, truffles and mushrooms and these 2 Northern Italian cities are all about the best gastronomy of the Dolce Vita. Explore medieval streets and markets in Bologna, enjoy the elegance of cafe culture and aperitivo in Turin. Not to mention its truffle season and the coveted white truffle can be found on the menu in many restaurants.  Just make sure you can still fit into that outfit you bought in Milan!

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Paris For all the poetic love for Paris in the Spring, for me nothing compares to the golden hues of Paris in November.  The coziness of the cafes, the start of the roasted chestnuts on the streets, and the celebration of the Beaujolais Nouveau. The fashion houses display their best fashion of the season, and the museums abound with important art exhibitions. Paris Photo is a major event. But perhaps my favourite pass time is walking through Saint Germain and sitting in Cafe Flore in the afternoons. To me Paris in the autumn is a Parisian’s Paris.

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London Come October London is the capital of art. Many of their major exhibitions open at this time and you will see world class art shows. Then there is one of the art world’s most epic annual shows, the Frieze and Frieze Masters art fair held on the manicured gardens of Regent’s Park. By November London is peppered with red ivy on many houses and pre -Christmas starts to peek in. That combined with the best city in the world for shopping and top restaurants makes London a great destination.

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Milan While always stylish, Milan is at its most fashionable in September through November. With the cooling of the weather and the latest fashions in the shops and of course the Milanese giving a constant runway show with their Bella Figura looks. Milan is going through its own rebirth, throwing off that severe business feel and bringing in exciting design and attitude.

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