“Paris is always a good idea.” Audrey Hepburn famously said it first, but it’s a quote millions have used since and with just cause. Paris is, in fact, always a good idea. I have always thought that one of the most magnificent things about living in London is actually the ability we have to be sitting in Paris, comfortably, just over two hours later, thanks to the Eurostar. I have spent more weekends than I can count, over the past decade, bouncing around Paris. I’ve explored dozens of hotels, hundreds of shops and, what feels like, thousands of pastries. Yet, every time I return to this amazing place I discover something new and wonderful. The joy of what I do now is being able to share these new discoveries and help others in their path for perfection in Paris. And today I bring you the knowledge of a new luxury destination on the heart of Paris, just moments away from the Arc de Triomphe and with a killer view of the Eiffel Tower. This is The Peninsula Paris.
I’ll start by saying that when I am invited to visit hotels I usually end up spending very little time in the hotel itself and, instead, spend most of my days visiting the sites around the location instead. I’ve always found this rather mysterious. Why wouldn’t the hotel want you to enjoy their facilities while in residence? Well, I’m afraid, upon checking into The Peninsula Paris, I more or less let the world know I wasn’t leaving. If you follow FFG on Instagram, you’ll already know this. I took one look at the room and the facilities of the Peninsula Paris and decided I would want to make the most of the 48 hours I had as a resident. I left the hotel twice in two days – once to visit the Louis Vuitton Foundation and second to visit the Arc de Triomphe. The rest of my stay was spent enjoying the incredible technology in the room (everything is operated with touch screens with not one lightswitch or pull in sight…and, ladies, there is a nail dryer in the vanity), the to-die-for bathtub, the comfort of a room that has touchscreen automated black out shades and I mustn’t forget to mention the Oscar de la Renta amenities.
Now, it must be said that while I only left the hotel twice, I did actually manage to pry myself away from the comfortable bed and VERY comfortable surroundings to explore the remainder of the hotel. I began to wonder if guests in the other 200 luxurious rooms at The Peninsula Paris were also finding this difficult – leaving the room, I mean. I mention this because, while the hotel was at near full occupancy, the hotel staff made us all feel as if we were the only guests in residence. This, folks, is the charm of the sacred Peninsula chain. While the building itself took six years of renovation to prepare for guests, you can’t help but wonder if the staff were also undergoing training for that time period as well. Every detail was looked after, every moment catered for and almost anticipated in a way.
Now, what to expect outside your room. Well, don’t worry about fine dining as The Peninsula Paris pretty much has that situation sussed out. They don’t just have one restaurant for guests, they have three. And yes, we ate in all three and indulged in room service. Needless to say, I returned to London with extra baggage (around the hip area). But that, dear reader, is to be detailed tomorrow in full. The food was just too beautiful to be slipped in here and there in photographs. Such grandeur demands its own space, so check out food at The Peninsula Paris.
If you’re still moving after snacking on everything from award winning pastries to a new level of decadence when it comes to Chinese food, the Spa would naturally be your next destination, right? Well, that was my thinking anyway. The Spa at The Peninsula Paris is one of the largest in Europe at just over 1,800 square meters in size. I indulged in a hot stone massage and then found myself just lazying by the pool afterwards. Isn’t this a normal course of events? (“Um, how is this my life and when do I wake up from this dream?”).
It’s definitely getting easier by the minute to understand why every celebrity out here is trying to get a room at The Peninsula Paris. Even swanning through the front doors you feel as if you are part of an elite group of individuals. From entrance to exit, this is luxury at its finest. Now, enough words, time for proof in pictures…
Fashion Foie Gras was a guest of The Peninsula Paris for two nights.