So, the Paris trip was a long trip in the making. I wanted to surprise Rahul ( DH) with a return trip to Paris, where we spent a year in 2007-’08 during his business school.
I started planning this in late July and started salivating dreaming of eating at some of the hot spots currently!
Since I have the pleasure of working in the travel industry, I called in a few favors and decided to spend time in our fav city by moving around almost every night. Rahul’s close friends from UK, Portugal and Switzerland also flew in to spend time with us. Occupancy rates at all hotels were around 95%.
Ok, Day 1-Sat Oct. 8th
Landed at CDG at 11 am via the red-eye and took the RER-B to the city.
Met up with friends for a lunch at Hotel Costes http://www.hotelcostes.com/index.php?page=eat&PHPSESSID=102cb209ec62f91279da36c6fa8851a5
On the way we saw this marathon, it was quite site!
I had the king of crab leg with lettuce salad, it was divine. Crunchy and bright, citrus-y.
Checked into Hotel Pont Royale– in my preferred part of town, the Left bank.(unless of course I am in the Marais, which is heaven on Earth!) Hotel Pont Royale- built-in 1923 and has been famous with literary figures and painters like Miro and Chigal. We were in room #707, street view of Rue de Bac, we were in the deluxe room, which is the 2 levels above the entry-level room category. Odd angles make every room unique and individual.
They have connecting rooms, junior suites and rooms with juliet balconies. All rooms are slightly different sizes, but if you want a larger room, go with the ones facing the church. Luckily the Church bells don’t ring from 8 pm – 8 am.
Breakfast was fresh, continental eggs, cheese, yogurt, cold cuts, cereal, fruits and bread.
I would recommend this hotel. Things I didn’t like about it were:
It did bother me slightly that the Hotel kept reminding guests that check in was at 3 pm, instead of empathizing that a lot of them had come on 7-8 hour red-eye flights, they were a little brusque in dealing with them. I would have preferred if they offered them a suggest of a cafe to hang out at and re-assure them that they were doing all that they can to get their room ready ASAP. A drink at the bar perhaps, suggestion to freshen up at the fitness center bathroom.. some outside the box thinking.
Great food, had a wine from the Provencal region.
They carry a LARGE selection of chocolate desserts from Jean Paul Hervin- the nogurt dessert, chocolate tart and the chocolate mousse were heaven on earth.