September is the official month of post-vacation blues. Why is that? Well, the memories of our summer vacation are still so fresh in our minds that we don’t want to let them go. So my mission this month is to cheer you up, help you with the transition back to your daily lives and perhaps give you some ideas for your next trip to Paris. I’m going to share with you my unforgettable weekend in Paris, which includes details of my stay in the charming Chavanel boutique hotel, the best places to shop and those hidden gems in the city of lights.
One of the biggest questions when planning my trip to Paris was where to stay. Personally, I love the historic centre of Paris, with its chic boutiques, luxury restaurants and key touristic attractions. I also appreciate tranquility and a homely feeling. That’s why finding a hotel with all of those features was so important to me. Hotel Chavanel, for me, has been a great discovery; with 27 tastefully decorated rooms over 6 floors, all air conditioned, soundproofed and bright, it was my ultimate family-owned boutique hotel in Paris. I would define Chavanel in three words: chic, discreet and elegant; a quiet and relaxing haven in a bustling neighbourhood.
Chavanel represents the authentic Paris. A boutique hotel in the historic centre of the city; a mix between the buzz of the city and the homely feeling of its tranquil location by Rue Tronchet. Not forgetting the small café and parochial Eglise de la Madeleine just around the corner.
Hotel Chavanel is all about discreet luxury, not ostentatious, but well thought through with atten-tion to detail, without sacrificing sophistication and quality of materials used across the establishment. It truly is a heaven of tranquility and wellbeing with a warm, engaging and personalised service.
Upon my arrival, a lovely receptionist took me on a quick hotel tour and showed me to my room, where I was offered a complimentary fizzy drink and delicious snack. What a great welcome! My deluxe room was spacious (approximately 23m2) and equipped with exclusively designed fitted carpets and windows overlooking the beautiful Rue Vignon. The furniture throughout the room was signed by contemporary artists and designers. I loved the fact that the room included a lounge area with a coffee table and sofa-bed, which was perfect to chill out after a long day of walking the streets of Paris.
Breakfast in bed? Yes please! A 100% organic buffet breakfast is served in the stone walled vaulted cellar on the lower ground floor of the hotel, but is also available in the comfort of your room, which is the option I took. They also offered room service throughout the day with a wide selection of cold dishes.
Many may think that a hotel bathroom can be overlooked, but wouldn’t you agree that a beautifully updated bathroom adds to the overall premium experience of your hotel stay? I certainly felt that the bathroom at Hotel Chavanel was luxurious, contemporary and had a clean and airy feeling. I adored its rainfall Italian-style shower.
“A peaceful hotel with minimalistic décor, in which to relax and read a good book”
Not to be missed in Paris!
Paris’s charms are widely recognised. Its Inviting sidewalk cafes, glamorous boutiques, museums, and countless delightful restaurants make Paris a one-of-a kind city to visit over and over. Here are my recommendations for what not to be missed in Paris!
Where to shop
The good stuff is found in emerging shopping neighbourhoods like the North Marais; rue du Châ-teau d’Eau, Atelier Couronnes, Jamini or La Trésorerie. Also in the center of town, at Les Halles you will find Parisian-designed goods from Sept Cinq or emerging French designers at L’Exception. Even the department stores like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps are great options to shop.
Parisian chic comes to this one-of-a kind hotel in the shape of a ‘boutique’ within the hotel itself, offering outstanding creations from the worlds of fashion and décor. So you can now shop from the comfort of your own hotel. Isn’t this amazing?
Where to eat
If you are looking for evening meals at laid-back modern bistros, head to Yves Camdeborde’s pioneering Le Comptoir du Relais. Make sure to try their famous foie gras terrine, for a fraction of what you’d pay elsewhere. Alternatively, Michelin-starred chef Jean-Francois Piège is behind two popular, lower-priced establishments that offer the best of French terroir, Clover and Clover Grill.
Which museums to visit
Split your time between the Louvre and smaller museums. Many of Paris’s smaller museums contain equally important and beautiful art. Some examples are the Musée de l’Orangerie, The Musée Marmottan and The Musée Rodin.
Where to go
Find the real Paris on the Canal St. Martin, buzzing with cafés and hip boutiques, particularly along the Rue Beaurepaire. Settle onto the veranda of the Paname Brewing Company up on the Bassin de la Villette; it overlooks the water and ranks high for ambiance and location.
Best panorama of Paris
If you want an incredible panorama that includes the Eiffel Tower, you should head instead to the top of the Arc de Triomphe, the top of the viewing deck at the Montparnasse Tower, or book tickets to climb the Tour Saint Jacques.
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Location: HOTEL CHAVANEL
Madeleine, Saint-Honoré, Paris
22, rue Tronchet 75008 Paris France