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Hotel Review: Renaissance Arc de Triomphe Hotel, Paris

Hotel Review: Renaissance Arc de Triomphe Hotel, Paris

Paris is one of my favourite places, I think New York is the only city that rivals it for me, and I love that it is so close, the Eurostar really does make it super easy to visit from London and the UK. However, when I have been to Paris before I’ve found it very frustrating finding a great hotel, they are generally tiny, expensive and not very modern.

Don’t get me wrong there are amazing hotels, but over the years I’ve come to realise that Paris is a city where it really does pay to go for something a little more special, the city is so beautiful and your hotel room needs to match, there really are other areas of your trip that you can budget on, for instance standard class on the Eurostar works just fine.


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Staycation: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

Staycation: St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel, London

I probably go past the St. Pancras Renaissance Hotel around 2 to 3 times a week, I’ve been to events there, I’ve even had a few meetings, and each time I step inside the beautifully restored Victorian Gothic building the architecture takes my breath away, so I was a little giddy when I found out I’d be spending the night before whizzing over to Paris as part of a press trip.

The façade is spectacular, Gilbert Scott really knew what he was doing, and even during my short stay I loved getting lost just admiring the architectural details, from the grand staircase, which if you’re a Spice Girls fan you might recognise, to the Gothic Revival metalwork, gold leaf ceilings, the stunning wall designs, and those tiles that are just asking to be Instagrammed with the #IHaveAThingWithFloors!!!


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Postcard From: Berwick Lodge Hotel In Bristol

Postcard From: Berwick Lodge Hotel In Bristol

I am a huge fan of boutique hotels, I love staying somewhere with a touch of character, so when our good friends were getting married at the Berwick Lodge Hotel in Bristol I was excited to stay as it has only 10 suites, each with its own ‘signature’ style.

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Postcard From: The Grove Hotel In Herfordshire


A couple of weeks ago I was treated to a night away at the luxury hotel The Grove, a golf, spa and beach resort in the Hertfordshire countryside by Lee Cooper, and I loved my relaxing break so much that I thought I would share some pictures I took.

As a five-star hotel you would expect The Grove to be fancy, and it is, but what surprised me the most was just how friendly the resort was, and how even though it is huge with more than 200 room it felt boutique in its quirky appearance with art installations in the corridors of cows, rubber ducks and even feathers – and its picturesque location really made my overnight stay feel like days it was so relaxing.

Located just 30 minutes outside London, this hotel is a perfect hideaway to recharge your batteries, and with 300 acres to explore you will definitely find a quiet spot to relax. What I loved about this hotel, other than the amazing service and gorgeous room, had to be the incredible gardens, pieces of art dotty around the estate, and the fact that it has an urban beach complete with volleyball, an outside swimming pool, lawn croquet and table tennis all hidden behind the walled garden.


There is something special about The Grove, they really have thought of everything from making the rooms feel homely complete with arm chair, a large TV and a desk for doing work, stocking up the bathroom with cosmetics from The White Company, and even coming into my room to turn down my bed and put a pair of slippers out – which was a lovely touch after a long day.

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It is the grounds of this hotel which I enjoyed the most, it was lovely to walk around the well-kept gardens, the lovely water installations, and be surprised by random pieces of art including a sculpture made out of recycling, a metal skeleton figure, and a gorgeous glass tree that looked simply divine in the sunshine.

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As well as taking walks around the grounds, I also enjoyed the facilities at the Sequoia Spa, which has an extensive treatment menu using ESPA products. As I was driving back soon after my appointment I didn’t want to go for a uber-relaxing massage or a facial, I will definitely have to go back to experience those, instead I went for a luxury pedicure complete with a leg message, which was the perfect end to a night away.

Granted this isn’t a cheap break, rooms are around the £300 price bracket per night, but if you are after a relaxing hideaway close to London with someone to walk, enjoy the picturesque views, maybe enjoy a round of golf or even indulge in a spa treatment or two I would most certainly recommend it as a luxury treat.

I think I will have to try and find an excuse to go back as I would love to try their afternoon tea – I heard only good things while I was there but didn’t have the chance to taste for myself.

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For more pictures of my stay at The Grove, Hertfordshire head on over to my Facebook page.

**Fashionista Barbie was a guest of Lee Cooper**

[Pics: all by me, Fashionista Barbie]