I don’t think I can stop gushing about my recent trip to Paris, this wasn’t my first visit, far from it, but staying in the gorgeous and centrally located Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel, literally between Jardin des Tuileries and Place Vendôme, made it feel like I was discovering all the iconic places of the city again.
The first time I visited Paris I stayed a couple of streets over, it wasn’t five-star, it was very basic and it meant that actually, our visit was a little strained, we actually hated going back to the hotel, so we stayed out all day and was shattered. This time with the luxury of a 5-star hotel to call home it meant that I could enjoy every second, while still packing in the sights, as there are so many incredible things to visit literally on the doorstep of the hotel.
If you think of the main tourist attractions of Paris that you want to see I bet most will be within a 10-minute walk from Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel, and if not, you can probably get to it from one of the Metro stations less than 5 minutes from the hotel.
So, what’s in walking distance, well the Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries is 5-10 minutes, as is a number of museums and galleries including Les Arts Decoratifs, Musee d’Orsay, and Musee de l’Orangerie. There’s also a number of other cute spots including Place Vendôme, Palais Royal – you know the place with Daniel Buren’s striped columns in courtyard, the striking Pont Alexandre III bridge where you’ll spy the Eiffel Tower, the architectural delights of the Grand Palais and the Petit-Palais, as well as the stunning Palais Garnier.
If that’s enough to keep you going you also have the River Seine close by, I do recommend jumping on the Batobus, a hop-on-hop-off boat that has 9 stops along the river including at Notre-Dame, the Eiffel Tower, and even the Champs-Elysee. A pass lasts all day so you can jump off and explore the areas you want and it’s easy to get back to the hotel.
When it comes to city breaks I do like a luxury hotel with a boutique feel and I love how Renaissance Hotels seem to make you forget actually they are quite big, and I think it is the service, the staff are amazing – the Navigators know the best places to eat and visit, and you can’t go wrong with a hotel that has a free sweetie bar and fruit-infused water on tap, which was needed visiting Paris during August as it was so hot. I also adored the art display that greeted us in reception, with a jellyfish display by artist Tsuyu, it was like it had been knit-bombed.
This Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel also knows how to do a great breakfast, another essential when you have a packed schedule of sightseeing on the cards, and one of the things I love most about staying in a hotel. You can have a little of everything as they have a cereal, fruit, pastries, toast, as well as a hot buffet of sausage, bacon, mushrooms and tomatoes, they even had meats and cheese. But for me, what made it was being able to order eggs, I do love an omelette for breakfast, especially when I’m away and it was so delicious.
Other highlights of my stay had to be just relaxing in our room, it was a great size, the bed was just so comfortable, and the shower was so heavenly as it has these aroma pods, which looked like coffee pods, that you click in and it gives your shower an aromatherapy vibe, I totally have to see if I can have this in my own bathroom it was amazing. The hotel also has a spa with a swimming pool which is open until late and we used in the mornings and evenings and it was empty so it was even better having it all to ourselves. Just having a dip after a long day was so luxurious.
So I’ve covered location, the heavenly relaxing shower, the luxurious swimming pool, and the hearty breakfast, what more could you want from a great hotel? Well, for me, it has to have a great bartender, come on who doesn’t love a cocktail while on a city break? Well, Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel does the best cocktails, you’ll even get a scene from Cocktail as well if you ask nicely. The Japanese decorated bar is so relaxing and fun, I saw some people eating in there as well and I was a little jealous we already had a table booked somewhere else.
What I loved most about our stay at the Renaissance Paris Vendôme Hotel was that it showed that you can stay close to the tourist area, without it being touristy, if you know what I mean. I felt as soon as we got into the hotel that we were in a cute Parisian neighbourhood as it wasn’t surrounded by tacky souvenir shops or fast food places, it was down a quiet street. OK, so the views were great, we looked out onto offices, and normally I would say that was a must in Paris, but you know what the rest of the hotel, the size of the room, the amenities, location and friendly staff meant I didn’t miss it as much as I thought.