There’s a feeling that I get when I walk into beautiful hotels; it’s almost like being in a dream. Everything around you is beautiful, and it’s just a sense of happiness and being happy right then and there. And that’s exactly how I felt when we first walked into Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris.
Having checked out of Hotel de La Trémoille, our next night was at the stunning 5* Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, located in the beautiful 1st arrondisement, very near La Louvre. Situated in an old 18th century building, you could imagine it as being a very traditional hotel from the outside, but as soon as you walk into the lobby you’re greeted with stunning modern décor.
Pierre-Yves Rochon, the luxury interior designer, has created the perfect blend of Parisian chic, luxury style and modern comforts in this stunning SLH Hotel.
But back to that dream-like feeling I was telling you about… Not only did it hit me because the hotel is so special, but we had a very nice surprise! We’d been upgraded to the Suite Panoramique, a breathtaking room which has a private lift, terrace and stunning bathroom. I’ve rarely been so excited to show you round a hotel room!
As we opened our lift door my foodie nose drew me to the macarons and madelines which had been left for us in the dining room, along with fresh juice and beautiful flowers.
The suite is filled with the most incredible scent, so perfect in fact that when we checked out we couldn’t leave without buying a couple of candles to take home!
I loved the neutral colour scheme, which gave the suite a very relaxed, warm and homely vibe. The king size bed is the focal point of the bedroom, but there’s still plenty of space for wardrobes, marble topped chests of drawers and storage a plenty…
I was clearly destined to stay here as even my luggage matched the rest of the room!
I’m a bit of a pillow addict, and have even been known to sleep with three pillows, so I was very grateful that Grand Hotel du Palais Royal Paris had pre-empted my addiction and provided us with extra pillows, cased in luxurious linen.
Since we were visiting in August we were lucky enough to experience Paris in the sun and I loved being able to enjoy the light and warmth in such an open, bright space. With mirrors, white walls and linen to reflect the beautiful sunlight that comes in from the terrace we could enjoy every last drop of sun from the comfort of our hotel.
The Panoramic Suite is open plan and has enough rooms to allow you to enjoy that beautiful light no matter what time of day it is! Step out of the private lift, with your dining room to your left…
…and your own Nespresso machine, complete with bespoke Grand Hotel du Palais Royal coffee capsules.
And a desk at which I was perfectly happy to sit and blog, though I imagine if you were on a business trip it would have been as equally pleasant to work here.
I loved the modern chandelier in this room; a reminder of the modern luxury that was present throughout the hotel.
Through the bedroom (okay, I’m jumping around a little but this I can’t wait to share!) is the most stunning marble bathroom. With enough space for his and hers sinks, a glass fronted shower and a separate bath, it’s hard to explain just how much I loved this room.
In fact, I don’t think any stay in this suite is complete without at least a couple of long soaks whilst staring at the Parisian rooftops!
Full of as many towels as you could ever require (even if you’re staying in this room as a family of four), luxurious toiletries and, honestly, the best bath view I’ve had in Europe.
And now, this is the really special part… That terrace!
The terrace is along the length of the suite, meaning that you have a complete 180 degree view of Paris. From the rooftops of La Louvre, to the Eiffel Tower and even Sacre Coeur in the distance, I’ve never had such a perfect view of my favourite city – and certainly not with sunloungers to enjoy that view!
August in Paris is a sleepy affair, which meant that the hotel restaurant Le Lulli was closed, as were many of the surrounding shops and restaurants. Le Lulli is run by Head Chef Clément Le Norcy who has been trained by Michelin stared chefs.
Bearing in mind that it was so sleepy, especially so it was a Sunday, mum and I decided to relax in our stunning surroundings and really enjoy the terrace. For me, that meant a little sunbathing and reading (and blogging!) and for mum, it was just enjoying some peace and quiet and being back in her favourite city.
The last room in this magical suite is the sitting room; an L shaped sofa, surrounding the coffee table (where I had brought our macarons – the madelines were long gone!) and a TV where I watched an old school friend win an Olympic gold medal.
Again, the mirrors reflected that beautiful Parisian light and let it bounce all around.
The last little secret of this room really is little. You’re immediately drawn to the floor length sliding doors to take you to the terrace, but don’t rush past the little window ’cause that’s where you’re going to want to be to see the beauty that is the Eiffel Tower.
As well as a celebrated restaurant, Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is home to a Carita spa. I love the idea of the cabin which is big enough for two people; the perfect romantic hideaway on your Parisian escape.
Feeling as though we needed to make the most of the hotel, we headed down to the bar for a crisp glass of rosé.
With a marble counter and grey suede fabrics this was the perfect bar for a pre dinner drink. Though perhaps more suited to winter as we were already missing that glorious sunlight.
On our way back up to the suite to get ready for dinner, we noticed the tastefully decorated social spaces…
…and this incredible Hermes-esque trunk. I think it’s just about large enough for my holiday wardrobe, don’t you think?
As we were freshening up for dinner, we suddenly realised that the restaurant we wanted to visit was closed, and we weren’t in the mood to find somewhere else.
It sounded like the perfect excuse for dinner al fresco on the terrace!
Mum opted for the truffle risotto, made with Maison de la Truffe truggles and served with generous shavings of parmesan. The dark flavours of the truffle and the soft, creamy risotto made an incredible dish, and one of the real foodie highlights of our trip.
Again opting for a comfort food, I ordered the salmon pasta gratin, which was served with the most perfect crisp top. Underneath that crisp was a delicious, creamy pasta, which was exactly what I wanted.
And on that evening…. I couldn’t have been happier. Paris, time with mum and the most amazing suite, what more is there to want?
And then, I caught a glimpse of a real Parisian gem. The beautiful lady herself all glittery and shiny….
I woke the next morning to mum gently waking me up as breakfast had arrived. Holidays need at least one day with brekkie in the room and as we hadn’t indulged the day before, we definitely did that Monday.
Still warm pastries…. Fresh orange juice…
…and hands down the best fruit salad I’ve had in a long time made for one very happy set of ladies!
After breakfast I had just one more soak in the bath with a Nespresso coffee…
An area of Paris we hadn’t stayed in before, and yet another incredible SLH Hotel that I want to go back to, our stay at the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal was a highlight not only of my trip, but of my year so far.
…and one that I hope to repeat!
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Our stay was complimentary, but I really did fall in love with this hotel!