When we got a friend's Paris wedding invitation in the mail, we knew it was time to revisit the City of Light! The last time we were there was 2015 and that was the first collection in my Print Shop, so I was due for a trip to update the collection.
Her wedding happened to be a day before our 5th wedding anniversary, too, so we decided to absolutely splurge on a couple nights stay while in Paris.
Let me introduce you to
This hotel exudes luxury and opulence. To be honest, we had never experienced ANYTHING like it and it was a joy from the second we walked in. The staff is inviting and courteous, but, the best part, was our room. Waiting for us in our room was a bottle of wine and refreshments + a bottle of Veuve Clicqout & macarons because it was our anniversary. So lovely!
I did some research before booking and really wanted an Eiffel Tower view, so I booked the Terrace Eiffel Tower View Room. There are several rooms within this category. Our room had a second story terrace with lounge chairs, a dining table and the most spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower. Other rooms I saw in this category had French doors that opened up to a terrace on the same level as the bedroom with no second story.
On our first night there, we had a "picnic" on the terrace with meat, cheese & bread we picked up at a local market and we definitely popped that champagne! It's one of my favorite travel memories. :)
The soaker tub was delightful. The hotel provides bath salts, toothbrushes, BVLGARI shower amenities, cotton balls, etc. all in-room.
On our last morning, we ordered breakfast and had them bring it up to the terrace. I recommend only ordering breakfast for one because it was a lot of food. The price for one breakfast is 68 Euros and it was plenty for Matt and me. If only we could dine with a view like that every morning!
The cocktails are pricey in the lounge but stop by just to take a look at the decor. It's stunning. The bar cocktails were expensive, too, but again, worth stopping by. Very chic. We didn't eat at the restaurant because Paris has so much to offer for dining, but it is Michelin starred and highly revered.
With luxury and a view that will make your heart stop, comes a price. Shangri-La Paris rooms start in the low 1000s a night and go up and up in price. When I was booking, I saw their biggest suite at 20,000 USD a night. That is not the room we booked, but I'm sure it's amazing!
My husband lost his mind over this old Porsche.
ALL THE THINGS WE LOVED
- The rooms have doorbells
- Complimentary wine upon arrival
- Wine glasses are replaced daily
- Fresh fruit daily
- They wrapped our cellphone cords everyday in branded Shangri-La Paris velcro to keep our nightstands tidy
- A mat was placed under my makeup at the vanity
- Complimentary toiletries that included toothbrushes, razors and cream, mouthwash, toothpaste, bath salts, loofahs, and BVLGARI shampoo, conditioner and lotion
- Two types of shower heads in a big shower
- TV in the bathroom mirror. We didn't use it but it was neat
- The Nespresso machine was filled with water daily by the maid service
- There's a coffee drawer with proper sized mugs for lungo, espresso and tea
- Electric tea kettle
- Shoe trees in the walk-in closet
- Newspaper of your choice delivered daily
- We were able to schedule maid service but if we had to change it, we left our privacy sign on the door. When we left the room, we would switch it to "clean my room" and they would always see it and clean the room.
If a luxury hotel stay in Paris is ever an option, Shangri-La Paris did not disappoint. We would love to visit again!
This goodbye was definitely not easy. Such a beautiful hotel and experience!
HOTEL CRAYON ROUGE
Moderately Priced Hotel
On our last Paris trip, we stayed at the ultra artsy Hotel Crayon Rouge in the 1st arrondissement. Not only was it ultra stylish and affordable, it was located in the 1st arrondissement and in walking distance to so many must-see sights like The Louvre, Palais Royal and Galerie Vivienne. The Basic Room is a mere 118 sq ft, which is tiny but it was also so charming. Our room had a nice view of the buildings across the street. Be sure to stop by the Kitchen for a croissant in the morning or a glass of wine at night.
This hotel ranges between 200-300 USD per night.
Photograph by Hotel Crayon Rouge
Photograph by Hotel Crayon Rouge
The view from our Juliet balcony when we stayed in 2015.
When I booked Hotel Montebello, I was needing a good clean room for a very affordable price that was still centrally located and had air conditioning. This hotel checked all of these boxes. Located in the 7th arrondissement, we walked to the Eiffel Tower, Le Bon Marché, Rodin Museum, Luxembourg Gardens, Palais Royal and the Louvre.
Even though this apartment hotel was centrally located, it was on a quiet street and in a part of the city that felt much less touristy than other areas. There were cafes and markets within a block from the hotel and a Metro station nearby.
With this budget hotel, we didn't have amenities that larger hotels usually have, like a coffee machine, a restaurant for breakfast or room service, and a full length mirror in the room. There was a small kitchen in our room, though, with a stove, microwave, mini refrigerator and an electric tea kettle. No tea bags were provided. We didn't have a balcony with a view but our room opened up to a courtyard where I would sit and do some work in between sightseeing and snapping photos. I will say, the WiFi was very bad at this hotel. If you have any business to do, this really wouldn't be the hotel for you. If you just want to check social media from time to time, then you're fine.
Overall, we loved this hotel for the price and proximity to major landmarks. The neighborhood was delightful and the service was great. An attendant would come by once a day to replace our towels, toiletries, etc.
This hotel starts at about 100 USD per night for the Standard Studio Room.
Eiffel Tower Views
This 5 star hotel has a spectacular rooftop terrace view of the Eiffel Tower but it's only open to either guests staying at the hotel or guests dining in for lunch or dinner. Since we didn't stay here, I reserved a table for lunch. To be honest, the food was not great and it was certainly overpriced for the quality. With that said, we thoroughly enjoyed the view and bottle of wine. This terrace bar experience is definitely a benefit to those staying at the hotel but I wouldn't recommend eating there.
Hotel La Comtesse
I came very close to booking this hotel because they offer a couple of rooms with stunning views of the Eiffel Tower and it's only a short walk to the Eiffel Tower, as well. The ratings on Expedia are wonderful, too, so though we didn't stay there, I will consider booking it in the future.
Photograph by Hotel La Comtesse
Atala Champs Elysées
If you choose this hotel, splurge for the Eiffel Tower Suite! You'll have your own private terrace to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle every night. This hotel has two suites, but the other suite overlooks the Sacre Coeur. Be sure to confirm with the hotel which suite you want.
Photographs by Atala Champs Elysées
Chic & Modern
Le Cinq Codet
I'm dying to stay at this super chic hotel in the 7th arrondissement. It's moderately priced and is also in walking distance to many major landmarks.
Photographs by Le Cinq Codet
Hotel Le Narcisse Blanc
This hotel is also so chic but has a hint of old Parisian charm. Located in the 7th, this hotel is more expensive with its close proximity to the Seine River and is in walking distance to the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, Palais Royal and Luxembourg Gardens.
Photographs by Le Narcisse Blanc
While Paris hotels are generally more expensive than many big cities, you can usually find deals with AirBnB, though Expedia now offers apartment rentals, too. Just check the reviews! If you're not already planning a trip to Paris, I hope this inspired you to! It truly is one of the most beautiful cities in the world and that's why I keep going back.
Until Next time,