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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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5 Favourite Places on the Left Bank

Head to the iconic Left Bank for a true taste of Paris…

Cafe de Flore – This historical grand dame cafe captures all that there is to like in cafe life. Offering a true taste of Paris I try to stop by at least once a day to partake in a slice of everyday life. 

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Musee de Cluny – On the Left Bank just off Boulevard St. Germain is a gem of a museum. Dedicated to medieval art, the lush red tapestries of the Girl with the Unicorn are not only stunning but rare in their colour and subject matter. While most people come to see these unique works or art, it is worth exploring the rest of this small museum as well.

Le Bon Marche – Yes le Grand Magasins, or department stores are on the Right Bank but I prefer the boutique feel of this compact department store so much more. Elegant and incredibly stylish. I especially love their expanded housewares department but their ground floor accessory department is a must.

La CoupoleIn bustling Montparnasse this traditional brasserie has a lively atmosphere and playful art deco decor. The menu serves all the classic favourites one would expect and don’t pass on the crepes flambe a sort of crepes Suzette which are hard to find anywhere these days and they do well here. Before dinner have drinks across the street at Le Select another local favourite cafe to get the full Montparnasse experience.

Place de Furstenberg A short walk from Place Saint Germain is this sweet little square. Seen in many a movie that is because it encapsulates in one frame the old world feel of Paris.

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