Hotel de La Trémoille – a Five-Star Beauty

I have been curious about the five-star Parisian hotel La Trémoille since I first heard about it some years ago, and so this time I decided it was time to give it a try.  La Trémoille is located not far from the Arc de Triomphe in the 8th arrondissement on the Right Bank, very close to the Champs-Elysées in what is known as the “Golden Triangle.”  I will have a lot more to say about this hotel after I stay there, but I wanted to give you a flavor of the place now.

The hotel at dusk

Originally built in 1883, La Trémoille is now a modern hotel that underwent extensive renovations ten years ago.  There are 93 elegant rooms and 13 suites decorated in more than 30 color schemes.  And here’s something you don’t see everyday:  they have installed a private compartment (a “Hatch,” they call it) in each room opening up to the hallway, so that room service can be brought to and from your room without their staff entering your room.  Now that’s privacy!

The rooms look great to me:  refined, classy, and comfortable.  Below are two examples of the wonderful room stylings at this hotel:

Rooms are spacious — a hard to find commodity in Paris — and are also sound-proofed, so I think we’ll sleep well!  You will find plush fabrics, Molton Brown bath products, Wi-fi, flat screen TVs, radio DVD players, an iPod base, and the like.  Suites offer panoramic city views with private balconies.

Amenities abound here:  there is a fitness center, spa, and sauna.  The hotel sports a critically reviewed restaurant, Louis 2, where they are going for a Thirties’ feel and look.  “Impeccable service & creative cuisine,” wrote one satisfied diner at TripAdvisor.  Qype Paris says: “Excellent service, excellent food, and stunning surroundings.”

We are very much looking forward to our stay here next week.  Again, I will be blogging in more detail about La Trémoille when I return at the end of this month.  For now, check out their specials and see if this great hotel is your kind of place!


Hotel Mansart: A Four-Star Gem!

One of the hotels we’ll be staying at this month is the Hotel Mansart, a four-star beauty located in the 1st arrondissement at one of the corners of the famous Place Vendome. The hotel is part of the Esprit de France hotel group.  We are very excited about our stay here; the advance word I’ve received is incredible (or should I say incroyable)!

The exterior of the Hotel Mansart, with Place Vendome visible in background

The man who designed the building also designed Place Vendôme, the Invalides, and the Château de Versailles – so we’ll have no shortage of Louis XIV style on our trip!  The location couldn’t be better, especially for first-time visitors like our daughter who must see the major sights.  In the extended neighborhood of the Mansart are the renowned department stores Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, the Garnier Opéra House, the Madeleine, the Louvre and the Tuileries Gardens.  For those of you with kids, the Tuileries has playgrounds, pony rides, and you can even rent miniature sailboats at the main fountain.

The breakfast room

There are 57 elegant rooms at the Mansart, with the usual amenities expected of a luxury hotel:  free Wi-Fi, flat-screen TVs, plush bedding, nice toiletries and the like.  Rooms in many fine Parisian hotels are on the small side by American standards, but not so at the Mansart.  Below is a photo of a Superior room, which range in size from 321-428 square feet.  Nice!

I was happy to see that the Mansart scores 4 out of 5 stars at TripAdvisor, with almost all reviewers rating the hotel as either excellent or very good.  Critically, reviewers love the extremely friendly service and hospitality offered by the staff.  I’ll be giving my own critique again on this blog after we stay here, but I have little doubt that I will be heartily recommending the Hotel Mansart.  Give it a try if you’re looking for a wonderful place to stay in a great central location!

Andaz Amsterdam – A Great Hotel!

We are going to Paris shortly, and we’ve decided to mix it up a bit by taking three days to spend in Amsterdam. We wanted to stay on one of the city’s lovely canals, and after doing some research we chose the Andaz Amsterdam Prinsengracht, right on the Prinsengracht Canal.  We’ll report back after our stay there, but I wanted to let our readers know a bit about the hotel and why we chose it.

First, the location:  the hotel is right on one of the city’s prettiest canals (the Prince Canal in English), and it’s a short walk to the Anne Frank House, West Church, the Royal Palace, the Red Light district (it’s of great historical interest, right?), the Rijksmuseum, Van Gogh Museum, the Hermitage and a few other biggies.  Art galleries, restaurants, and great shopping abound in the nearby Jordaan and ‘Nine Streets’ (Negen Straatjes) districts.

Second, the hotel is fairly new and has a contemporary feel throughout, and while we often stay in more classic (ie, older!) hotels, this time we were looking for something more modern.  The bedding in each room is plush, and amenities include things like complimentary snacks and non-alcoholic drinks from the mini-bar, local phone calls and Wi-Fi, an iPod dock and 42-inch TV with international programs.  Reviews from most online travel sites are extremely favorable, so we’re very much looking forward to a good night’s sleep on all that plush bedding!  The hotel’s Bluespoon Restaurant offers local farm-to-table food and seasonal menus, and gets excellent reviews.  Yum!

I’ll have much more to stay about the Andaz when we get back, but I have a very good feeling about what I believe is a wonderful hotel.  For now, check our their specials and consider staying here next time you’re in Amsterdam.