June 23, 2023

A Chic Parisian Retreat in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés

You’re going to Paris!

You’ve armed yourself with stacks of travel books and countless recommendations on what to do and where to stay. But you’re still afraid to pull the trigger? Believe me; I know that feeling all too well.

Returning to the city of lights for a quick visit, I find myself back at the Hotel D’Angleterre. It’s fun to experience new places to stay. That said, with so many choices, it can be tricky, not to mention overwhelming. Including what arrondissement (neighbourhood) is best to stay in. Annnd, everyone has their opinions on said topic.

I discovered this chic Parisian retreat in the early 90s and have been consistently delighted. Its nestled in the coveted Saint-Germain-des-Pres (6th arr) district, aka the left bank, which is an excellent location for first-timers. As well, it happens to be one of my favourite neighbourhoods. If you’ve never stayed on the left bank, you’re in for a real treat!

I’ve experienced countless hotels throughout Paris, some great, some not worth the price tag, and some just bad. Hotel D’Angleterre effortlessly claims my top spot.

This picturesque 3-star boutique hotel offers moderate pricing without compromising on elegance. There’s a pretty breakfast room for your petite dejeuner, or you can enjoy it on the sun-drenched patio during the summer months. Its unbeatable location provides a leisurely stroll to renowned landmarks, top museums, fabulous shopping, bustling cafés, bars, and even parks for your beloved Fifi.

Overall, the hotel has a charming character but also has some interesting history. It was once the British Embassy during the late 18th century, hence its name. And, as luck would have it, Rob and I had the pleasure of staying in room #14, which was once a favourite Parisian retreat of Ernest Hemingway and his wife. How cool is that?! I hope I was able to channel some of Hemingway’s energy during my stay.

Hotel D’Angleterre is a lovely Parisian retreat that welcomes me back each time.

Until then…

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