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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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Afternoon Tea At Ham Yard Hotel With Olivia Rubin

Afternoon Tea At Ham Yard Hotel With Olivia Rubin

Afternoon tea is an ultimate favourite activity of mine, if you like cream teas, beautiful cakes and tiny sandwiches then I have loads of places that you should check out, and one place I’ve wanted to go and try since it opened had to be the Ham Yard Hotel in Soho, London. So I was so pleased when the uber talented and super sweet Olivia Rubin invited some of her favourite peeps to see her new Atelier collection while having a spot of afternoon tea. 

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Sofitel St James – ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea

Sofitel St James – ‘Le Tea en Rose’ Afternoon Tea

It’s been a while since I featured an afternoon tea on the blog and as one of my favourite activities it was so nice to rectify that with a review of this year’s Chelsea Flower Show inspired afternoon tea, ‘Le Tea en Rose’ at the Sofitel St James in Piccadilly, London. 

The location of this hotel is a big hit, just a stone’s throw away from some of London’s most recognisable landmarks including Trafalgar Square and Piccadilly Circus, it makes it a great spot to enjoy afternoon tea and recharge your batteries in-between sightseeing, plus the tea is set in The Rose Lounge, wonderfully kitsch, beautifully pink, with a lovely Parisian feel to it.

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