When it comes to where to stay in Paris, I can't think of a better location than Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. It is located between Palais Royal and The Louvre on a small street called Rue Valois. You can take the metro just a two minute walk from the hotel. I love that the hotel is so centrally located but away just enough to be private and intimate.
If you arrive to Paris on a Friday or stay through Monday, I highly recommend eating lunch at Le Lulli. It is one of my hidden gem spots that I always recommend for a restaurant close to The Louvre. I had lunch here earlier in the week during my visit and the restaurant was almost at full capacity. You can dine outside if the weather permits.
For a weekend in Paris, you are surrounded by so much of Paris by foot. Some of the rooms even have Eiffel Tower views so you can see it sparkle in your bathrobe. Just for reference, I stayed in Room 502. The terrace and views were one of my favorite parts about the room. I invited friends over for a little impromptu sunset viewing with a bottle of champagne because it was an incredible spot to watch the sunset.
A lot of people love seeing The Tuileries just outside the Louvre. It is just a quick walk from the hotel. You can pack a picnic or bring a book for great people watching.
While I stayed at the hotel, I woke up early for a walk through Palais Royal which is a very special place for me. ( I lived around the corner back in 2013) I always visit The Bastille Market on Sunday's so I hopped on Line 1 which was just outside the hotel for a 13 minute ride to the market. I picked up peonies and stopped by some of my favorite vendors.
I ordered room service the night before to arrive at 10 am. I am an early riser so there was plenty of time not to rush back before breakfast. There was a Nespresso machine in my room, so I was able to have my first cup of coffee without leaving the room.
My bathroom was so spacious that I took full advantage of the bath and shower options.
Just to show you how close exactly Palais Royal is to the hotel. A lot of people are out and about running here in the morning. If you are a runner, you can get in as early as 8 am to the gardens. On nice days, Palais Royal will fill up pretty quickly with people, dogs, and kids. But it is a great spot for people watching and a cup of coffee at café Kitsuné.
You might imagine that with a view like this, giving back the key is never easy. One of my guilty pleasures is hanging out in the intimate lobby at the hotel. You can grab a drink at the bar or take a tea and sit on the couches and read a book or work on your computer. The lobby has a signature scent that smells SO good. Right now there is a candle by my bedside table with that exact scent.
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Don't miss coffee spots, where to explore by foot, and where to eat on a Sunday near the hotel all on the map.
This post was a partnership between me and Grand Hôtel du Palais Royal. All opinions are my own. Make sure to stay tuned for the reopening of the Grand Powers (one of my personal favorites) at the end of 2018.