This is for a series of posts related to a Paris 2014 trip including:
L’Arpège, Maison va Privat, L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon: St. Germain, British Airways, First Hotel Paris, Maison Berthillon, La Carrousel de la Tour Eiffel, Brasserie de la Girandole, Royal Cambronne, Relais de l'Entrecote: Montparnasse, L'as Du Fallafel, Le Ronsard, and Rue Montorgueil Market.
In the spirit of Valentine's Day, let's continue with the Paris posts! I've been to Paris three times now and have experienced both the ups and downs of the hotels in the city of lights. The pricing can be an issue for sure, but It's important to get it right because that may make or break your stay.
So for the first trip with the GF, we spent hours on Expedia and the like, sifting through photos, and reading the reviews to verify that the photos were actually representative of the hotel. Ultimately, we settled on First Hotel Paris. And after staying there for a week, I definitely plan to make it my Parisian hotel of choice from here on out.
European standards are different from American ones. And if you're looking for a boutique American hotel, First Hotel Paris definitely fits the bill. The lobby is clean, bright, and well-designed.
Approximately $300/Night USD
The rooms are some of the best I've encountered outside of 5-star $500+/night suites. Clean and with everything in working order, I was pleasantly surprised by the accommodations. It's to be expected that the size of the room is smaller than those you find in U.S. But we found that we had plenty of room, especially since we weren't at the hotel for most of the trip.
Better yet, First Hotel Paris accommodated us with a room that had a slight view of la Tour Eiffel through the trees outside our window. There are even better options with a full-on view with a balcony if you're looking to indulge with some extra Euros. And despite being situated by Le Metro Cambronne (a bonus actually since we were traveling everywhere), there was no outside noise that permeated through the windows. Perfect.
L'Occitane products were on offer here, continuing the boutique experience at this hotel. The bathroom was extremely clean and modern. Again - plenty of room and surprisingly so.
The shower had great water pressure and plenty of warm water.
There were plenty of towels and there was even a drying rack that actually dried your wet towels if needed.
It took us a day to notice, but eventually we saw that the room light was actually a top hat. Boutique much? Totally made the GF's day.
Plenty of closet space to put up some of our formal wear, though I would've appreciated some drawers. The hangers were also bolted to the closet so it made for awkward hanging. And if you're concerned about heating or air conditioning, have no fear. Central air was in perfect working condition and since we were there towards the end of summer, we definitely had the A/C blasting away.
There's a mini-bar of course, but around First Hotel Paris, there are plenty of super-marches, cafes, and bakeries to satiate any cravings.
So if you're in Paris and want to be a 10-minute walk away from the Eiffel Tower, be sure to check out First Hotel Paris. It's right by the Metro and is quiet at night without being creepy. Be sure to try nearby Maison va Privat for your morning pastries and baguettes. And do check out some of the local cafes to sip le vin and watch patrons dance and sing the night away.
First Hotel Paris
2 Boulevard Garibaldi
75015 Paris, France