The Secret Instagram Worthy Hotel in Paris You HAVE to Stay At

If you’re looking for secluded luxury in the center of Paris you HAVE to check out this boutique hotel.

The Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honore was originally an 18th century Parisian mansion where Marquis de La Fayette lived. It is the only private mansion in the area to survive the 19th century renovation of Paris by Haussman. Located right by the Madeleine, it’s a great location for appreciating Paris architecture (and shopping the biggest and best designers).

When we stayed at this gorgeous Parisian hotel this past spring, Adam and I were greeted by friendly bilingual staff and led to our glamourous 50 sq m Executive Suite.

Adam and I then began our luxe lives as we slipped into robes and slippers. Sadly I cannot find a picture of this, but I can attest that these robes were qua-li-TAY. After lounging a bit we made our way to dinner at La Poule au Pot, with last minute reservations made possible by the hotel.

I have to admit, I loved the escargot – but I think that was mostly because of the calorie laden butter sauce. But hey, when in Paris! La Poule au Pot was interesting to me as an American, because when you order the main dish, it comes with many extra sides that the menu doesn’t mention. Apparently that’s normal in France – which I approve! So along with a huge pot of chicken, vegetables, and broth, you’ll also get to munch on an overflowing plate of “frites,” some rice, and giant sized meatballs. I’d definitely recommend La Poule au Pot in Paris for your first escargot experience.

Adam and I walked home in about 20 minutes, stuffed and ready to collapse on the fluffy bed.

Breakfast the next morning included typical foods of Paris, France; plenty of breads and pastries, but also meats, cheeses, fruits, and more. Although I didn’t get the nerve to ask for gluten free bread in French, I enjoyed cheeses and meats, as well as yogurt with local jam, along with espresso and orange juice. I’m sure if you asked when booking they’d be able to provide more gluten free options.

After breakfast I enjoyed the best bath of my life. I used the Hermes bubble bath and took a bath fit for a queen. I can confidently say I may never take another bath as good as this one.

Located close to Metro Madeleine and Concorde, you’re in the center of Paris with easy access to all major lines when you stay at this B&B. Take a walk to the Jardin Tuleries or the Eiffel Tower. Or, to the Grand Palais, where Adam and I headed after checking out. We got to see Denis Monfleur’s (Adam’s dad) featured sculpture at an exhibit. We even got in the VIP lounge and had a few glasses of Champagne. The perfect end to a luxe weekend!

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Au grand Palais ce jour.

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So if you’re looking for one of the best 5 star hotels in Paris France, you won’t find a better bathtub or more beautiful and secluded luxury in the center of Paris. I loved my “staycation” in Paris, and can’t wait for more this winter!

Thanks so much to Adam’s dad, who was gifted this stay by Marquis Faubourg Saint-Honore and gave it to us.

The Gates of Hell: Paris in the Summer

Paris in the spring is beautiful. Paris in the fall is breathtaking. Paris in the winter is hauntingly glamorous. Paris in the summer is hell.

People are quick to tell you how amazing Paris is – but heed my warnings about the Parisian summer. Although Paris has many great things to offer in the summer – plages, tourist traps, swimming pools, art events, etc. – I am not here to talk about that, since plenty of other Parisian/expat blogs have done a fabulous job of it. Instead, here are some of the worst things about living in Paris in the summer.

  • Air Conditioning is Rare – Air conditioning can only be found in Starbucks, movie theatres, and shopping centers. No apartments have it, most restaurants don’t, and even daycares go without AC. If you ask a Parisian why, they’ll say that it’s not worth it for the short amount of hot days, or that the windows in Paris don’t work well with AC units. If you ask me, I’d say nothing because I’m too busy drowning in my own sweat.
  • Most Au Pairs are Gone – I was (and still am) the only au pair in my language class. Most au pairs don’t start work until September, so summer can be a hard time to make friends as an au pair.
  • You Might Not Find Bread – One day I went outside with the sole purpose of buying bread, only to find that the bakery on the corner was closed – for a month! The other bakery was closed for the day, so I had to buy a strange generic baguette from the supermarket. This also happens with fruit stands, mini markets, restaurants, and even the corner Tabac.
  • The Metro is Murder – Did I mention that most metro cars don’t have air conditioning? Only the very new metro cars have AC, and if you’re on a metro without, the only breeze you’ll get is through the tiny windows that are barely cracked open.
  • 1 is a Lonely Number – Beyond all of this, the end of July and almost the entire month of August is when Paris becomes a ghost town. The old people you usually see walking their dogs are gone – no, not dead, just away in their country mansions to enjoy the breeze of whatever quaint town they’ve visited since birth.
  • Less Events – This is only true for events that happen year round – including pretty much everything I want to attend. This can include theatre shows, cultural events, and even classes or workshops.
  • Language Class is Lacking – Did I mention that many language schools don’t operate in the summer? I only had the choice of a few schools, and the one I ended up picking was obviously only open in the summer to make money, money, money.

To sum it up, Paris is generally hot, empty, and frustrating in the summer. If you want an outsider’s opinion, my friend Hannah visited and said she would never visit Paris in August again, mainly for the reasons above. Now this isn’t to say that I haven’t enjoyed my time in Paris – I love it here! I just wish to inform the public of the struggles involved with Parisian summers. I am counting the days until I can wear a scarf and cuddle a Frenchman next to a fireplace (I can dream, right?).

Paris Calling + Free GPSmyCity GIVEAWAY

Moving abroad is a lot of work; well, it’s a lot of paperwork. I have spent the past month or so emailing and sending snail mail back and forth from the US to Paris, France. I’ve made copies of my passport, transcripts, diploma – France has really gotten to know me. I wrote an elementary level letter in French to tell the French government why I want to live in Paris – but I mean why would I not want to live and work in Paris??? I also sent baby booties to my soon to be au pair family for their soon to be bebe!

To keep you up to date; later this month I’ll be doing a day and a half trip to Atlanta to get my au pair visa, which is exciting and terrifying! I have to bring a bunch of paperwork and pictures of me and documents saying I’m American (although I would love to be Canadian), etc. I’m hoping I’ll have enough time to visit the aquarium again!

All of this “work” (really just emails and paperwork) has got me BEYOND excited for my Paris journey! In honor of this, I’ve teamed up with GPSmyCity to give 20 of you their Paris app for FREE (It’s normally $4.99!)! The app has self guided tours for you to explore Paris, with tourist-y tours along with tours that make you feel like a local! It also has a city map and list of attractions, along with other features. It is available for both iOS and Android, so no worries there! So if you’re interested in winning the GPSmyCity Paris app, all you need to do is comment below and tell something about Paris – what your favorite aspect of Paris is, or what you look forward to exploring in Paris, etc. That’s it!

I can’t wait to see all of your comments and use the app in Paris!