Apart from the itty-bitty view of the Eiffel Tower from one of the windows in my room, I was most impressed with the bathroom. It was beautiful. Symmetrical. Almost perfect. And it had a bath tub. In Paris. And the room was huge. In Paris that’s luxury. Of course the hotel itself is a rated five-star property. It is walking distance from Champs Elysees and the Grand Palace. ( The Grand Palace is where La Biennale Paris was taking place, which is what I had been invited for. See all stories from the Paris Biennale here : #NAINAxLaBiennaleParis )
We arrived at the hotel at night, which is why it was so easy to spot the Eiffel Tower from my window. I woke up to a soft sunrise and beautiful blue skies. The room had a balcony with a wooden floor and some French pigeons for company. I didn’t spend much time at the hotel I’m afraid – as much as I’d have liked to spend all of it under the covers, listening to the French Jazz station on the room’s radio. I had work to do!
The staff was super helpful – even when I conveniently forgot that I was in Paris and proceeded to ask dumb questions like, “When can I get more bottles of water in the room please?” The person at the reception desk looked at me with a puzzled face and I was even more confused. Additional bottles would be chargeable she said, ( Duh! France! ) but if I wanted, I could just drink the tap water. ( Again, DUH! FRANCE! ) Drinking water problem solved.
The bathrobes were Maison Martin Margiela – I didn’t get to use them though. Busy busy!
I had a bad knee so walking up the stairs from the lobby to the dining area and down the stairs further to the elevators was something I could have avoided – but no one knew that my knee was going to be iffy and no one knew the situation of the stairs at the hotel either.
Breakfast was fabulous – lots of options AND hot eggs. The coffee was of course life-giving as was the service. How nice was the service staff! I got to practice a lot of my “Bonjour!” and “Merci beaucoup!” with them.
This was my first time staying at a 5 Star hotel in Paris.