L'Hotel... what a place to stay for a first visit to Paris. Right in the heart of medieval Paris surrounded by art galleries, cafes, cathedrals, museums, restraunts and bars. It was love at first sight.
We arrived early (8.00am) from Australia and our room was not ready. The hotel took care of our bags and we headed out to explore the area and find somewhere for breakfast. 2 minutes of walking leads us to a square with multiple cafe's to choose from. After coffee and croissant, we were feeling better and set off on a walk around St Germain, guided by nothing but our eyes and what was in front of us.
After stumbling across the Panthéon in the nearby Latin Quarter and seeing Foucault's pendulum (which demonstrated the rotation of the Earth), we made our way back to L'Hotel and had lunch in the excellent restaurant. Our room was declared ready so we headed upstairs.
First impressions: Lots of red, gold and dark wood, creating an atmosphere of classical french luxury. Lovely bathroom with checked black and white tiled floor, free standing bath, fluffy towels and robes.
The bed was comfortable with beautiful white linen sheets and warm blankets and superb pillows. The intricate headboard included carved wooden figures and a wonderful pitted mirror.
So the 'L' first stands for Love... I loved this hotel. It is romantic, historic (it used to be a palace for Frnech princess or queen) and our course Oscar Wilde lived here when banished from England. I loved the location... I loved the staff - so professional, friendly and helpful.
I discovered later that night that 'L' also stands for 'little' as I crashed around in the dark. As you expect in old hotels, the rooms are on the smaller side, particularly when you are used to modern spacious rooms.
But really that was my only complaint and seeing as you are hardly ever at the hotel (there is just so much to see in Paris) it's a problem that I am happy to live with.
5 out of 5 fluffy robes.
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