I have never slept in a Parisian hotel for more than one night – with so many characterful boutique and luxury hotels on offer in France’s romantic capital city I prefer to experience as many as possible, resting my head at a different location every night reaping the benefits of the different districts.
On my most recent trip to Paris I stayed for just a short weekend, arriving early on Saturday morning and departing late the following evening. My hotel of choice? The literary lair of the left bank, Hotel Pont Royal. This establishment is immersed in history being a firm favourite of authors Hemingway, Miller and Fitzgerald, as well as renowned artists Miro, Chagall and Buffet.
An integral part of this legendary neighbourhood, Hotel Pont Royal has a heavenly feel, black and white portraits grace the walls and the building’s original features remain intact, a clue to the glamorous bygone era of decadence and glory.
Our room was the perfect home for a night away from London. Classic and cosy, there was everything we needed plus some indulgent extras. A lovely big bath was ideal for soaking my worn feet at the end of the day, and some Jean-Paul Hevin chocolates were a divinely delicious special gift. Decorated simply in a deep red colour scheme with colourful artwork on the wall, the Pont Royal rooms are stylish without fussy detailing. Our bed was blissfully comfortable, I slept soundly through the night and in the morning I loved opening the curtains to discover our balcony and Parisian view.
Downstairs you can sample Joel Robuchon’s gastronomic wonders in the adjoining atelier restaurant. If you don’t manage to nab a table, guests will be pleased to hear that the hotel’s room service menu is also prepared in the Robuchon kitchen! The signature bar also serves this Michelin star awarded food, so you can dine in this relaxed environment with a neat cocktail in hand.
Breakfast is served in the Salon Mosaique which opens onto a picturesque Japanese garden. Gorge yourself on the fresh traditional French pastries and sip a strong coffee before embarking on a day of exploring. The ‘Gold Key’ certified concierge service can suggest some unexpected paths for you to follow so that you can investigate the current artistic and cultural scene. Dipping in and out of the quirky exhibitions and popping into the adorable bistros could occupy you all day, but if you’d rather venture further afield, all the advice you need can be found at the hotel, who are eager to help.
After a day exploring the glorious city, Hotel Pont Royal provides the perfect refuge, in the most enchanting area of Paris.
More information and book here: www.leshotelsduroy.com/fr/hotel-pont-royal
Thanks to the Paris Tourist Board, more information here.