Paris is a city of neighbourhoods, each with a distinct spirit of its very own. For centuries, it has drawn creative geniuses and revolutionary souls. Chic Retreat’s range of hip hotels and boutique apartments immerses the guest in the very heart of some of Paris’ most iconic creative and cultural hotspots. Visiting in Spring and Autumn, either side of the tourist crowds, is recommended and Parisians really put on a show at Christmas.
Where to go
Immerse yourself in the life and work of Claude Monet at the Musée Marmottan Monet, featuring some of of the artist’s most famous works. Visit Les Halles, the city’s bustling market and sample some of the best French produce around. Wander the banks of the Seine, enjoying Georges-Eugene Hausmann’s 19th century redesign of the city. Visit the Conciergerie, one of Paris’ few remaining palaces and the prison in which Marie Antoinette was detained. Catch the Metro to the ‘Cafe des 2 Moulins’, made famous in the film ‘Amelie’, to share a bottle of vin rouge, followed by boutique shopping in Montmartre.
Eat & Drink
French cuisine evolved out of the hearty dishes served by farmers and rural folk, before being refined and perfected as haute cuisine by chefs such as Auguste Escoffier in the 20th century. Therefore, it is only natural that some of Paris’ best restaurants are located by Les Halles, the city’s marketplace where produce was sold. We recommend Au Pied de Cochon (6 Rue Coquillière) for authentic, classic fare. In the same area, Auberge Nicholas Flamel (51 Rue de Montmorency) serves outstanding French fare in the former home of the famous 15th century alchemist.
Paris has, justifiably, world famous nightlife. Le Bar (13 Rue des Beaux-Arts) in our luxury hotel, L’Hotel, is famous for its cocktail list and is a favourite of the creative set. Further afield, Le Cafe Marly (93 Rue de Rivoli) allows you to enjoy a drink overlooking the courtyard of the Louvre. Each of our hotels and boutique apartments in Paris have been chosen for their proximity to some of the city’s most vibrant neighbourhoods for nightlife.
Where to stay
It’s not often that one of our handpicked hotels come recommended by Oscar Wilde, but L'Hotel is just that. In fact, the famous wit, poet and playwright spent his last days there. Hotel Louison, prior to its existence as an intimate, boutique hotel, was once the home of Madame de Maintenon, secret wife to King Louis XIV. If you are looking for a more boutique apartment stay, both the Picasso Garden Apartment and Atelier 103 cater to those who seek to spend their stay living like a real Parisian. Finally, the Hotel Le Saint à Paris is beautiful, secluded boutique hotel near the Left Bank, close to the Louvre and Les Tuileries, with a luxury spa and restaurant ready to pamper all five senses.
How to get there
Paris is just over an hour’s flight from most London airports and, of course, by Eurostar, although this takes slightly longer.