When you land in Charles de Gaulle airport, taxiing to the gate can feel longer than the flight. It’s big. And if it’s not a long taxi, it means you might be closer to home than the gate. That was us on this trip. And unfortunately, before deplaning we had to wait until the wheelchairs […]
Among the elite small group of Paris Palace hotels, Le Bristol stands out when high security is mandated.
Debbie and I first stayed at Paris’ Hotel Lutetia back in 2010. After many other stays, the Lutetia closed for three years for a top-down needed makeover. It is now back, and it has reclaimed its rightful spot as the #1 grand hotel on the Left Bank (Rive Gauche). I would be shocked if within […]
In this installment of The Palace Paris Hotels, I lead off with a nice intro from francetoday.com, which includes a nearly complete roster of the exalted fraternity of Paris Palace Hotels. I also include three additional names for you. Are you aware that France is home to a hotel category so prestigious it merits its […]
For Debbie and me, our favorite Paris arrondissement is undoubtedly St. Germain-des-Prés, one of four administrative quarters in the 6th. The former Abbey St. Germain-des-Prés, the oldest church in Paris, the 6th’s center, is surrounded by art and antique galleries, historic monuments, upscale boutiques, and iconic cafes, brasseries and bistros. Encompassing the Luxembourg Garden as well as butting up to the Latin Quarter, it’s a walker’s paradise. Currently, there is not […]
Recently I was on a boots on the ground research day as I checked out the current status of four Palace-designated hotels. Here are my initial thoughts on three of the group. My research of the Paris Palace hotels is an effort in its seventh year. Debbie and I travel to Paris twice each year, […]
Paris, a city of over two million, has 20 arrondissements (neighborhoods) in its inner circle. The Cathedral of Notre Dame, on Isle de la Cite (1st a), is considered the center of Paris, with each arrondissement spiraling like a snail’s shell from there. Use the Notre Dame as your base for understanding Paris’s layout and […]