|Ha.. my arty review blog shot!|
I don’t generally review hotels but my very quick visit to Paris last week saw me spending the night at the most lovely little hotel, La Belle Juliette, and I thought it might be useful for anyone planning a flying visit to Paris.
|The courtyard garden.|
The hotel is named for Juliette Recarnier, famed for her beauty and I suppose for being a ‘society leader’ in the 1700-1800s. Weirdly, she married (aged 16) the long standing lover of her mother, who historians think was probably her father. Nothing is simple, right?
|The dining area.|
La Belle Juliette is in a quiet street by the St-Germain-de-Pres area which is the sort of place that you would hope to hit if you landed in Paris with romantic expectations. There are tiny shops – everything from patisseries and baby clothing shops to florists and pharmacies – that are charming (and expensive) and a far cry from the hustle and bustle of the Champs Elysees and its surrounds or any of the usual tourist beats. If you stay here, you could easily while away a day just walking and looking (and shopping!).
|The sitting room.|
The rooms are so chic.. small but perfect…and each one has an i-mac. Mine was simple grey and cream elegance and I slept like a log! Downstairs, the reception rooms are splashed with bright colours against a neutral base – bright pink chairs amongst antique pieces. It’s very comfortable and not at all intimidating.
|The message board.|
The one thing that I didn’t like was breakfast. A fruit salad in a bowl the size of an egg-cup is eight euros. And on offer on the menu are two boiled eggs or an omlette. I asked whether I could have scrambled eggs. They said non. Now, if you’re a French chef rustling up an omlette, how hard can it be to just scramble the eggs instead. And at 300 Euros a night, I’d kind of expect them to cook the hen if I asked for it.
That aside, it’s the sweetest place – you mustn’t miss the bijoux spa in the basement. It is the tiniest place but absolutely lovely with a mini-pool (would hate to share it with strangers as it’s so little – could get crowded really fast!) that’s lit with changing colour mood lights.
|The little pool.|
The staff couldn’t have been more helpful.
|The beautiful rose shop that Fresh were so inspired by they made their rose candle to smell the same as the shop interior.|
*This is an independent review and my stay was not financed by the hotel.