Paris has many different facets – so chances are, there’s a side to Paris that will fit you!
In late spring, Unleashed had the pleasure of spending a few days in Paris. While we took the trip to learn more about a river cruise line, it worked out wonderfully to begin and end our trip in Paris. So, we designed our trip to give us a taste of two sides of Paris – via two very different (and equally wonderful) parts of the city.
We started out in the more “quaint” yet vibrant area of Saint Germain, on the left bank of Paris. We stayed at Hotel Esprit Saint Germain, a Virtuoso property and two-time winner for Best Luxury Boutique Hotel Worldwide. Hidden away on a quiet little street (but still seemingly close to everything), this hotel truly feels like a slice of home in Paris, with just 28 rooms.
Upon our late morning arrival, while we were too early to check into our room. But, we were still able to enjoy breakfast and fresh coffee in the library area. Welcome rest after a long day of travel. As one of the Virtuoso client benefits, we were able to indulge in this breakfast each day there. After heading out to Versailles for a quick run in the gardens, we were welcomed back on our return, with our luggage already taken to our room for us.
Rooms are very comfortable, with all the amenities one could desire. From Nespresso and luxury toiletries to office supplies and electric converters. And, when staying for at least 3 nights, they even provide a Wi-Fi hotspot so you can stay connected while wondering the city. They seem to have thought of everything!
While drinks in the lounge are complimentary to all guests, on our last night, we enjoyed a special Virtuoso client amenity. Virtuoso clients staying here receive wine with a plate of assorted French cheeses, a baguette, and crackers. It was a perfect way to end our time in Saint Germain – and very Parisian!
Ending with Fireworks
Upon our return to Paris, we experienced a different kind of luxury, at the Four Seasons Hotel George V. Located steps from the famed Champs-Élysées, it’s in the middle of everything. And, you really feel the hustle and bustle of a city in this part of Paris.
Our Deluxe Room was spacious and beautiful – and stocked with a welcome amenity of water, fresh fruit, and of course, chocolate. Everyone from reception to turn down service was extremely welcoming and accommodating, ready to deliver on every desire.
On our second day there, we were able to tour other areas of the hotel, including the higher-end suites.
- We started with the very large Royal Suite, which has large spaces for entertaining and relaxing, including a private terrace. While the suite itself has just one bedroom, it can be connected to nearby rooms to accommodate larger groups or families.
- Next was the Presidential Suite, equally beautiful and decidedly more contemporary than the Royal Suite. Each Presidential Suite features either an over-sized living room, or an expansive office. You can also experience your own personal spa in the bathrooms of these suites – with rain showers, Turkish baths, and ice fountains.
- And, finally, we toured the Penthouse Suite, the most memorable of all – especially for its stunning views. Upon entering, you’re treated to large windows overlooking the city. But, it gets even better when you step out onto its (two) terraces. The views don’t get much better than that. It’s such a perfect spot for a romantic occasion – be it a candlelit dinner or a very memorable proposal. And, of course even beyond the views, the suite is bathed in Four Seasons elegance and amenities.
- New since Unleashed last visited: The hotel just reopened their pool and spa area. We were able to tour the work in progress when we visited, and the images we’ve seen show it to be as magnificent and luxurious as the rest of the property. The new fitness center overlooks a large pool and hot tub. And, even being on a lower level, they’ve found a way to make it feel like you’re bathing in sunshine!
Of course, there are many other areas of the city that will require more trips to experience. But, we really enjoyed being able to spend time in two sides of Paris that are on different ends of the spectrum. Either area will provide you with a great time in Paris, and one area may fit better with your personality than the other. Or, maybe you’re like us and enjoy being able to experience both sides. Why not split your next trip between the two?!
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