What is a day in Paris? Bustling through city streets; absorbing the culture, fashion and architecture; all while attempting to decipher this beautiful romance language you're trying to learn. Constantly mapping out every corner, attempting to memorize the charming diagonal streets. Appreciating as much art as you have time to lay your eyes on. Making the quick decision to hail a cab, or keep following directions from your map. Navigating the perplexity that is the metro system. Taking mental notes of the street style as you peruse the different neighborhoods. The countless cafe stops, quickly resting while ordering your next cappuccino... A full day's exploration of the City of Lights requires a place of solitude at the end of each day. A place that gives you the perception of being hidden away......"tucked in" as to say. A haven where all of the noise of the day dissipates as a vapor, allowing you to relish in the days experiences, quietly.
As it pertains to traveling within larger cities, I prefer to book hotels that are obscured away from the major tourist destinations and landmarks. After a full day of exploration, I love retreating to a neighborhood of Paris. I feel much more locale, rather than joining the herd of tourists along the bustling Champs Champs-Élysées, or across the river from Tour Eiffel. The one determining factor, however, is that it is central in terms of transportation. We are not interested in spending unnecessary time simply traveling to and from the hotel. No more than a 5 minute walk to the nearest metro station is ideal.
Hotel R de Paris is located on Rue de Clichy within the 9th Arrondissement. We found the location to be central and not uncomfortably close to tourism. The hotel is very small and quiet. The entry is chic and lush. The rooms were definitely not large, but more sizable compared to many European hotel rooms I've stayed in. The cleanliness was exceptional. The bed and linens were all very crisp, soft and fresh. No unnecessary pillows that you'll end up throwing into a large pile, which was a nice contrast to many American hotel beds. Our room had the luxury of access to the outside terrace- which we enjoyed stepping out onto in the mornings for a breath of fresh air.
The breakfast we had every morning was a fresh, well-curated selection of both hot and cold food. It was most definitely worth the advance purchase of the bed & breakfast option. The breakfast room was filled with fresh flower arrangements every morning. I looked forward to finding out which variety of hydrangea would be featured that day.
Hotel R de Paris comes highly recommended in the vast selection of places to stay in Paris. In short, the hotel is nicely located (a few nearby establishments listed at the end of this post). It was very comfortable, quiet, and peaceful, providing a calm and restful ambience. The service, from the concierge, the breakfast, to the impeccable cleaning, all made the stay worry-free. In terms of decor, it was simple in a chic, refined way. No unnecessary, excess decor items; allowing your mind to be at ease.
In regard to the neighborhood in which Hotel R de Paris is housed, there are several local establishments that I can highly recommend:
- Vert Tulipe Cafe- classic French cuisine at a decent price. A 5-minte walk south on Rue de Clichy. The Croque Madam and Smoked Salmon were fantastic!
- Nirvana Inde- an exquisite Cafe just a few blocks from the hotel on Rue de Moscou. We ate there twice as they are open really late! I recommend the Saag Paneer and Chicken Tandoori!
- There is also a dry-cleaning establishment just a few doors down from the hotel. I forget the name, but if the hotel isn't able to clean your clothes in time, this cleaners did a great job.
- Nataly's- an adorable children's boutique filled with quintessential French outfits at an affordable price.
Up next....more sights and sounds of Paris! Until then... Au Revior!