A shower and a change of clothes later and we were ready for pre-dinner drinks at the incredible L’Hotel, the hotel where Oscar Wilde lived out the rest of his days and one of the most famous hotels in Paris. It sits nestled in the heart of the Left Bank amongst art galleries, antique shops and the high fashion St Germain-des-Près and is absolutely beautiful! The hotel has a very intimate feel to it, which is probably a combination of its size (it has only 20 rooms) and the extremely high level of service. After a hotel tour which gave us a peak into the pool nestled in the vaulted recesses below ground and my favourite room – the art deco Mistinguette, which features the music-hall legend’s own glass framed bed and dressing table, we decided to take in our surroundings with a glass of champagne before heading to the next hotel for dinner.
Dinner that night was at Hotel de Vendome where we were truly spoilt with a feast of several courses and wine pairings. Whilst the hotel is yet to be refurbished, the restaurant has been modernised and is a superb spot for a quiet French dining experience. And so with full bellies and heavy heads (I put this down to the early start, not the wine) we made our way back to Pavillion de la Reine to get some much needed rest before another day exploring Paris. Waking up early the next morning having slept like a log I felt ready for the day’s full itinerary. But first a coffee and that balcony view I mentioned earlier.
With our second day in Paris mapped out, we set off in search of the fashionable Hôtel du Petit Moulin, for me, one of the most charming spots in the city. Originally the oldest bakery in Paris, the hotel has kept its store front painted façade and has combined two ancient 17th-century buildings, transforming it into one of the city’s best kept secrets. The interiors are decorated head to toe with designer Christian Lacroix, each room taking on its own personal flair, decorated in bright hues and clashing prints. The hotel had kindly organised a pastry baking class for us after a quick tour around the hotel, so we set off on foot. A five-minute walk turned into twenty as we stopped along the way to take photos of the scenic streets, and of course ourselves, in typical blogger fashion. We arrived at La Cuisine Paris just in time to settle our hunger pangs, or so we thought. It took 2 hours before we were able to tuck into the buttery pasty delights, needless to say they were devoured rather sharpish.
After consuming one too many pastries and with an impending lunch date looming at the Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal we decided to go for a wander to capture some more photos. It was a wonderfully bright and warm day and so we took to the streets, catching a glimpse of some newlyweds having a photoshoot on the way. Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal has one of the most prestigious addresses in Paris, hidden away next to one of the prettiest parks in the city, the Palais-Royal Gardens, only a short walk from the Louvre and perfect walking distance to the cult shopping street,
Rue Saint-Honoré, the location is pretty hard to beat. After a tour of the hotel, including a suite with the most incredible balcony views of the Eiffel Tower we headed downstairs to the hotel’s winter garden esque restaurant, Le Lulli. A salmon salad and glass of pinot noir later we were ready to embark on the next part of our trip to Normandy. Albion Voyages greeted us at the hotel and even provided macaroons for the car journey, the sweetest touch!