Posts Tagged ‘paris’


I’m not sure what I think about these Christian Louboutin flat shoes. I’ve never been a fan of patent leather and these seem at times garish and then quite chic.

But one things for sure, if shoes could speak these would say ‘take me on honeymoon to Paris please’.

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The Coco Chanel Suite at the Ritz Paris. Coco Chanel made the Hotel Ritz her home for 37 years. Her three room suite overlooking the Place Vendome, a famous square in the heart of Paris, is available to stay in for $4,300 per night.

What a glamorous way to spend a honeymoon!


The bathroom. Each item and piece of furniture has been researched and restored to recreate the world where the designer lived.


The dining room


If the Coco Chanel Suite doesn’t wow you, how about staying in the Ernest Hemingway or Elton John suite who also both have suites at the Ritz named after them? Choices, choices…


The bedroom


The view from the window


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The 5th hotel in my search for the perfect hotel for our honeymoon in Paris.



Set in its own garden is the Hotel Particulier Montmartre a 19th-century stucco house.


The five suites are designed by contemporary artists. Fashion curator Olivier Saillard’s room ‘Poems & Hats’ is a nod to Magritte in black and white, with hats for lampshades and a clear glass wall separating the bedroom from the marble-fitted, mosaic-tiled bathroom.


‘Vitrine’ is created by sculptor Philippe Mayaux. This is a sexy room with a cabinet full of highly suggestive blown-glass objects and a large steam room.


An artist’s video shot on the premises runs on the DVD player in your room when you arrive and there are classic movies and art books to borrow from the library downstairs.


23 avenue Junot, Paris
Tel. 00 33 1 53 41 81 40
e-mail: hotelparticulier@orange.fr

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Christian Lacroix who designed another hotel featured on a previous post on this blog, has also put his signiture atyle to the Hotel Bellechasse, also on the Left Bank, in the 7th arrondissement, a few steps from the Musee d’Orsay. His style is as always anything but minimalist but rich, clashing and lots of fun.


I particularly like the butterfly room



The hotel offers 34 rooms, in seven different decorative styles.



8, rue de Bellechasse Paris 75007
Fax : 45-51-52-36
Website : http://www.lebellechasse.com

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Part Gothic boudoir, part Moroccan harem, the décor of this Empire town house in the Marais (apparently Paris’ version of London’s Notting Hill) district is more like a fantasy film set than a hotel. Especially if that film were a more colourful version of the Addams Family.


Beyond the wrought-iron front doors, the lobby is a dimly lit mixture of neo-gothic, Oriental and period French, with heavy curtains, chests and ornate gold lamps. Downstairs, things get even more dramatic in the stone-walled cellar/breakfast room where blue, leopard-print throne chairs and a huge wall tapestry are lit by black-metal chandeliers complete with flickering, flame-shaped bulbs. From the lobby, a warren of narrow corridors lined in red-velvet leads to 31 rooms. Uniformly dark and small (except on the relatively light sixth floor), they feel like secret dens, and it’s hard to tell if it’s day or night from within.


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Behind the ultra slick website for L’Hotel lies details of a hotel that seems sumptuous, stylish and thoroughly Parisian.


I have fallen in love already.

Originally part of the palace of Queen Margot, the building which is now L’Hotel was made into a Pavillion d’Amour, or a Pavillion of Love, in the early 19th Century.


“My wallpaper and I are fighting a duel to the death. One or the other of us must go. I suppose that I shall have to die beyond my means.”
-Oscar Wilde

Oscar Wilde took up residence at the end of the century, and lived at L’Hotel till the end of his life – though at the time, it was called Hotel Alsace. Room No 16 where is where Wilde died a century ago, now decorated in green with a peacock motif.


By the 1960’s, L’Hotel was the place to stay in Paris, with every famous visitor to the city passing through from Salvador Dali and Princess Grace, to Frank Sinatra and Ava Gardner, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. This was also a home away from home for the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges (1899-1986), who stayed here many times in the late 1970s and early ’80s.

This is the Apartment suite:


Which has its own balcony:


L’Hotel’s heyday has continued unbroken ever since; a major refit at the end of the 1990’s by the renowned designer Jacques Garcia. This saw the private pool and steam room installed in the caves, the creation of the courtyard in the restaurant, as well as a complete overhaul of all the bedrooms and public space.

And the private steam room and Roman bath can be booked for couples’ private use…


13, Rue Beaux Arts, 75006 Paris
Tel : +33 1 44 41 99 00
E-mail : reservation@l-hotel.com


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Well I don’t know what hotel that is yet!

After much discussion about honeymoon destinations, my fiance and I have decided to go on a small trip away straight after the wedding and then have a long honeymoon away the following year. After the wedding we will hop on to the Eurostar train and head straight to Paris! We spent a great weekend there for my fiance’s birthday last year and it holds good memories for us so it’ll be the perfect romantic getaway.

But where to stay?

I’ve been scouring the internet for what are the most romantic hotels in the city. This is the first of what I supect will be many.



“Each of the 17 rooms corresponds to a way of approaching this area of Paris where you don’t go downstairs by chance but rather because you are drawn by the History and the spirit of the times.”
-Christian Lacroix

Designed by Christian Lacroix, this looks like a brilliantly eccentric hotel for two unconventional honeymooners.


The hotel is a renovated 17th century bakery whose facade has been kept while the inside is part Zen, part kitsch. I think it’s fantastic but not sure it’s the place for our honeymoon.

Hotel du Petit Moulin
29/31 rue du Poitou – 75003 PARIS
Tel : 33(0)1 42 74 10 10 – Fax : 33(0)1 42 74 10 97
E-mail : contact@hoteldupetitmoulin.com


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