I find Paris to be the kind of city where you don’t want to stay in a big chain hotel. I’ve visited three times now and each time I’ve stayed at small boutique hotels that I find really showcase the city and the people. From the unique interior design whether its fresh and new or old and unique. I enjoy the typical Parisian breakfasts served of baguettes, meats and cheese that don’t rush you and let you sit and enjoy your café au lait.
On my most recent trip to Paris, the city of love, I only had one night to enjoy it which was basically just enough time to enjoy some great food and do some laundry before flying off to Indonesia. I arrived in the city by overnight train from Venice and was cranky and tired from sleeping clutching my luggage on a sketchy train all night long. Thankfully the train station was near by. I arrived at my hotel the Hotel Paradis Paris and since I was early my room was not ready. I left my luggage at the front desk and went to waste some time.
While waiting I found wifi and tweeted that I had arrived in the city and asked the hotel if I could check in early. I knew this wouldn’t fly but when tired like I was I like to try every avenue possible to make things happen as quickly as possible. I was amazed at how quickly they responded and after some figuring out they were able to have me in my room an extra hour sooner (sweet!).
At the time of my visit October 2012 the lobby was under heavy renovation however they were still operating as best as possible. There were workers everywhere making a lot of noise and the poor man at the front desk was experiencing a headache from a few guests checking in who weren’t the happiest and nicest. He was so nice and accommodating to them no matter how mean they got, and the rest of the hotel staff that I came into contact with were very nice and accommodating as well.
From what I can gather the lobby was the last part of the hotel to go over a renovation because when I stepped off of the classic tiny elevator on to my floor I was greeted with fresh and bold patterned wall paper and my room was very new feeling. I had a double bed, with a funky head board with cool lights over head, a desk, a TV, nice couch and a sparkling bathroom.
From the looks of their website (as of Feb 2013) it looks like their renovations are finally complete. I would suggest the Hotel Paradis to anyone looking for a reasonably priced cute boutique hotel in Paris and hope that I can stay there again for a few more nights the next time I visit.
Do you have a favorite place to stay in Paris?
Thank you to WIHP and the Hotel Paradis for having me. All opinions and views expressed are my own.