Hotel de La Trémoille is the personification of Parisian charm. It combines an ideal location, an elegant interior and charismatic service to create the perfect base for any trip to the French capital. Ever since our train arrived back at St Pancras I’ve been longing to share my stay at what is rumoured to be Paris’ best kept secret with you…
After our fantastic overnight stay at Hotel de Nell, we took to the metro in search of the Golden Triangle district. As soon as we emerged from Alma-Marceau, it was immediately clear that we were in one of the swankiest parts of town. On the nearby Avenue George V restaurants, hotels and designer boutiques competed for attention and I couldn’t resist stopping at Balenciaga and Givency to indulge in a bit of window shopping! Avenue Montaign, a fashionistas’ favourite, is also nearby and worth seeing if you have a soft spot for Chanel.
The hotel itself, situated on Rue de La Tremoille, is a truly beautiful building. The elegant Haussman façade was transformed into a hotel in 1925, and the white brick terraces evoke a sense of the capital’s long history. And despite only being a stone throw away from some of the most touristy places in Paris, it maintains a feel of natural Parisian serenity.
Although we arrived at the hotel a few hours before check-in, we were shown straight to our room. On our way up we noticed the Aubusson tapestry on the main staircase and marble fireplaces in the chic restaurant. Refinement and modernism are intricately combined throughout the hotel and walking through each corridor felt like strolling around a chic Parisian apartment.
The room itself, a deluxe double, was nothing short of splendid. The centre piece of the room was a queen size bed, adorned with curtains and alluringly comfortable pillows. Surrounding the bed was a set of armchairs, a wooden desk and a large walk in cupboard…perfect for all of my dresses!
Two double fronted windows stepped out onto a spacious balcony, which looked over the street below. Such was the extent of the beauty that even a Matisse hanging on the wall almost went unnoticed. It was easily one of the most beautiful rooms that I have ever had the pleasure of staying in.
Truth be told, we would have been very happy to indulge ourselves in the spacious room, and spend some time in the hotel spa all day. But with the Champs-Élysées, the place de la Concorde and the Louvre museum not far from our door step we felt obliged to do some sight-seeing.
We set off in the direction of Notre Dame, keen to have a stroll around the historic founding island of Paris. After taking a token selfie, we popped into the Museum d’Orsay. Set in a grand old station, we enjoyed exploring the impressionist gallery. My personal favourite was Bal du moulin de la Galette by Renoir. It was very romantic sitting in front of this artwork in peaceful contemplation as the other museum-goers bustled past us.
Having built up an appetite, we felt that we were in need of some French inspired refreshments: snails and white wine from Bordeaux. Sitting on the pavement outside a backstreet restaurant, we pretended that we were real life Parisians for the afternoon. Although our poor French accents probably said otherwise!
A busy day meant that I felt no guilt in returning to the room to enjoy the final few hours of daylight from our glorious balcony. The balcony was the perfect place to sip champagne, chat peacefully and watch the world go by. Not even a private dinner for two on top of the Eiffel Tower could have topped the classy romance of this setting.
Not long after we returned we heard a knock on our door and the concierge gave us a handwritten note from the hotel manager and some macaroons from Laduree….lucky us! Although it wasn’t long until dinner we enjoyed them with a cup of tea courtesy of room service on our own private balcony.
A little later, we got dressed up to enjoy dinner in the hotel restaurant. The food was quite ordinary but the service was great. We assumed that the empty restaurant was only a testament to the vast competition from the other notable restaurants in the area, rather than a sign of anything else but if you’re only in Paris for a few days it’s lovely to explore the area so head out of the hotel for dinner.
After dinner we retreated to the bedroom and enjoyed a great night sleep. Unfortunately breakfast the next morning was a little disappointing. Instead I would recommend ordering a pot of coffee to the room with fresh French pastries and enjoying your final few hours in the delightful room before you have to depart.
But the breakfast was nothing that a trip to Angelina’s could not rectify. Sipping the richest hot chocolate of all time and biting into a fluffy strawberry tart was the perfect way to round off the most romantic, relaxing and rewarding of weekends.
Hotel de La Trémoille really is a great refection of Parisian chic. It was a shame that I was only able to stay for one night, but when I next return to the city I cannot wait to go back!