For a true romantic getaway look no farther than the Trianon Palace Versailles, a Waldorf-Astoria Hotel. More gems include the two hotels near the Champs-Elysées Hotel Vernet, as well as Pershing Hall. Hotel Vernet is just steps from the Arc de Triomphe and when originally built at the last turn of the century, it was with Americans in mind arriving off the steamships for their long sojourns. Hence, the rooms are spacious.
Trianon Palace Versailles, A Waldorf Astoria Hotel
There was a time not so long ago when Parisians would make a dash for Deauville on the weekends to recharge and rejuvenate. Nowadays, that weekend dash has more popularly become the getaway to Versailles, a convenient half-hour away from the city. This Waldorf-Astoria property gracefully adorns the entranceway to the Versailles gardens, the entry closest to Marie-Antoinette's former residence, the Trianon Palace. Another reason this destination is so popular is because of its resort-like feel. Here you can indulge in 5-star service, sure, but also in tennis courts, a swimming pool, steam rooms and sauna and the largest, most luxurious Guerlain Spa just outside Paris. The restaurant here is overseen by Gordon Ramsay and in the summer, the vast terrace has you overlooking the Versailles gardens themselves, visible through the wrought-iron gates just beyond. Whatever the season, winter, summer or spring, this property offers a veritable romantic getaway.
Hotel Pershing Hall
When you are looking to look no farther than your hotel for fun and excitement during your romantic getaway, Pershing Hall offers just that. The bar scene here is hopping and with its view onto the "living wall" and the atrium-restaurant on the lobby level, there is much to entertain the senses here. The building was once the private residence of General Pershing, establishing a strong link to the American history in the city. Today the property is owned by an individual proprietor, as opposed to a chain hotel group, and it retains its individually and its dedication to over-the-top luxury.
Rooms here are designed to function as practical and elegant pieds-à-terre. The celebrated design duo, Gilles & Boissier took it upon themselves to impose a quiet serenity into this, their first Paris luxury hotel design project. Their goal was to achieve silence. To complement the understated, qualitative room décor (Massive oak, Negro Marquina Carrara marble, velvet, linen, polished brass) they accented each floor with varied colors: Persian blue, yellow earth, burgundy. They worked with three artists, notably Alix Waline, Victor Ash and Cyprien Chabert. It is the latter whose hand painted botanical murals illustrate the interior sitting courtyard and the bathrooms. For travelers wishing to be incognito while in Paris, the Chess Hotel's structural design, with its check-in and reception one floor above the street entrance, translates into the option to altogether bypass the lobby and go straight to your room floor once you have your key card in hand. (01 48 24 10 10)
Seasoned travelers often don't think of staying near the Champs-Elysées. But once you've stepped inside the Hôtel Vernet, you'll know that seasoned Paris travelers don't know everything. This hotel has always been a hotel, a rarity in Paris where more and more buildings are being transformed into luxury hotels. Why that's significant for you is that the rooms are spacious and laid out apartment-like - a luxury. What's more this 50-room 5-Star was recently fully renovated and refurbished by architect François Champsaur and re-opened as a Bessé Signature Hotel just a stone's throw from the Arc de Triomphe. Preserved is the stained-glass windows that illuminate the central, and original, staircase. Other details are the gorgeous massive floor-to-ceiling oak doors that separate bed and sitting rooms and are used on in-room closet doors, too and the room numbers are placed like a brass sculpture just in front of the room door.
A sleek cocoon with the comfort of a 5-star hotel, the MGallery Molitor (Accor) suites and rooms offer the experience of being somewhere other than in the city while still remaining in Paris. Molitor is a listed historical landmark and its legendary pools were quite the place to be for artists and avant-gardists in the 20s and 30s. There are six pool suites and two junior suites with terraces. The pool suites overlook the famous main feature of this property, which is the historical pools (there is one winter and one summer pool), just renovated and re-opened this past Spring (2014) after lying dormant for decades, having been taken over by graffiti artists. The rooms are "bubbles of relaxation." The 42 lithographs that have been created for the hotel are for purchase, with all proceeds going directly to the artists. (01 53 70 74 18)
This hotel is decorated with the inspiration of Chantal Thomass, one of Paris' most adored lingerie-wear designers. Her femininity, accented with just that insouciant amount of naughtiness, has captured the hearts of women and men alike. So, when she accepted to collaborate on this interior re-do, she focused on the Moulin Rouge as her inspration for the signature suite. If you are looking, and booking, a special something for Valentine's Day or any romantic occasion, this Moulin Rouge, with its turn-of-the-century fresco, its wall hangings and lacy lounge is an invitation to amour itself. The bathroom, yet another scene for an amorous connectin, is entered into via a heart-shaped doorway. The hotel itself is located in the center of Paris, literally. It is just steps from the famous rue Cambon, made so by Gabrielle Chanel herself. It is also within easy walking distance of the Tuileries and Place Vendôme.
Hotel du Petit Moulin
Quirky charm, authentic Paris and Christian Lacroix décor, this quiet little hideaway of a hotel in the Upper Marais will keep you sighing in in sated contentment long after your stay has become but a memory. A former bakery on the ground floor, the signage out front still declares itself a "boulangerie," Thus begins your initial acquaintance with this boutique hotel, content to rest in its historical roots, one which featured rue Saintonge as a lively Paris district. Christian Lacroix decorated the interior in 2005 and touches such as 20-foot-high exposed beam ceilings offer an exquisite backdrop for this couture designer's whimsy like floor-to-ceiling silk-taffeta drapes and rich, tapestry-like wall papering. This neighborhood today has become one of the chic-est in Paris. The shops, cafés and restaurants here are understated and ones that are sought out by those with very good taste.
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