France’s vibrant capital is bursting with famous monuments, elegant galleries, buzzing cafes and pretty winding streets. There’s plenty to do and see in this atmospheric city, both on and off the beaten path. To help you plan your Parisian getaway, our travel experts have handcrafted four unique itineraries, each beginning and ending at one of our favourite boutique hotels in the city.
Best for… Culture Cravings
As the name would suggest, this lovely boutique bolthole is just ten minutes walk away from the world famous Louvre Museum. Get there early to avoid the rush and explore everything this phenomenal museum has to offer. Once you’ve had your fill of gazing deeply into Mona Lisa’s laughing eyes, head out onto the stylish rue Saint-Honoré for a spot of boutique shopping. We recommend also visiting Jeu de Paume, a photography and video art museum, whilst you’re in the area.
Then, take a stroll down to the Place de la Concorde to indulge in lunch and one of the famous hot chocolates at Angelina’s Tea House, two minutes away. Cross over the River Siene for a view of the beautiful Palais Bourbon and, further down, the Musee d’Orsay, an unmissable stop for the culture lovers.
Continue along the river from the Musee d’Orsay and cross over the Siene again, ending back up at the hotel after a complete circuit of Parisian culture. Sip on an aperitif and watch the sunset from the hotel’s fabulous terrace then, when hunger strikes, take dinner in the excellent restaurant. The dishes there are Japanese-French-Italian fusion and the signature Matcha Green Tea Tiramisu is not to be missed!
Best for… Left-Bank Wanderers
Located in the pretty street of Pres-aux-Clercs, Hotel Le Saint a Paris is a stylish Left Bank hideout. If you love people watching, this is definitely a prime spot for it – filled with cute little cafes, bars, shops and restaurants this area is perfect for observing the world going by. Historically known as the ‘artistic’ area of Paris, it’s no wonder that this area was top choice for the many famous authors and painters – such as Hemingway, Matisse and Picasso – who once called Paris home.
Start your day with one of Hotel Le Saint’s delicious continental breakfasts, complete with croissants and baguettes of course! Stroll along the river, past the Musee d’Orsay and the Palais Bourbon. When you reach the Pont Alexandre III cut back into the city, through Esplanade des Invalides, and wander past the museums and monuments dedicated to France’s military history, including Napoleon’s grave.
As afternoon draws in, head back in the direction of the hotel, perhaps stopping at the Museum Rodin or the Musee Maillol to see some fantastic sculptures. Now it’s obviously time for an aperitif or afternoon snack in Le Saint’s wonderful bar, Kult. Once you’ve freshened up head out to the atmospheric and world-famous cafe ‘Le Deux Magots’ for some cold drinks and classic French dishes. Stopping to browse the many book stores dotted around the area of San Germain de Pres on the way of course…
Best for… Theatre lovers
Set in La Madeliene, the ‘historic’ district of Paris, Hotel Chavanel is in a thriving, buzzing area surrounded by fashionable cafes and boutique shops. An elegant and stylish affair, Hotel Chavanel has been lovingly designed and created by owner Sophie Charlet and architects Anne Peyroux and Emmanuel Thisy.
Begin your day with one of the hotel’s hearty 100% organic breakfasts, a rare find in Paris! Afterwards, we suggest stretching your legs and taking a walk up to the Sacre-Couer; set on a hill top this beautiful church also boasts stunning views across the city. On your way back, visit The Moulin Rouge, as featured in Baz Lurman’s film of the same name.
Grab lunch in a chic brasserie around Montemarte and then head back in the direction of the hotel to visit an exhibition at the beautiful Palais Garnier- an Italian-style opera house with a ceiling painted by Chagall. Freshen up at Chavanel and then head out again to one of the many theatre shows, cabarets or operas happening in the area. A glorious finale to a day packed full of the Parisian performing arts.
Best for… Celebrity Spotting
L’Hotel is a famous Parisian institution in its own right. Nestled on the Left Bank, in the literary heart of Paris, this opulent palace has a history of celebrity visits. Oscar Wilde’s final resting place and the lifeblood of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, L’ Hotel exudes a unique charm and glamour.
Awake in one of the sumptuous, silk-draped beds, refreshed from a perfect night’s sleep. Perhaps you’d like to begin your day by relaxing in the hotel’s hammam pool and steam room hidden in a secret cavern below the hotel. If so then make sure to book in your complimentary private slot with reception.
When you’re feeling rejuvenated and ready, make your way over to the Notre Dame to soak in some classic Parisian sites. From here, why not take a taxi down the Champs Elysee for a stroll around, before heading to L’Avenue; one of the favourite restaurants of celebrities like Jean Paul Gaultier and Beyonce.
In the evening, we would suggest heading back to L’Hotel for some drinks in Le Bar before a delicious meal in Le Restaurant. These stylish spots have hosted the likes of Jim Morrison, Al Pacino, Mick Jagger, Quentin Tarantino and Johnny Depp over the years, so scrub up and prepare to rub shoulders with the rich and famous.