Doing the 8th in Paris Like a (Glam) Parisian
Glam spots to stay, eat, shop and party in the Champs-Élysées area.
The first question you should ask yourself is: where will I stay? The most acceptable answer will be anywhere that gives you a great view of the Eiffel Tower. Well, it’s not exactly anywhere, it should be in Champs-Élysées. And a glam spot on top of the list is the Hotel Le Pavillon des Lettres, which will give you just that.
This charming hotel will make you feel like you live here. Instead of a giant, bustling lobby filled with tourists, you’ll find a cosy and luxurious lounge that seems like it’s there just for you. From the hallways to the rooms to the elevator, everything feels comfortable and uber-plush.
The hotel has 26 rooms corresponding to the letters of the alphabet. And not just any ordinary alphabet. Each letter represents a celebrated writer wherein which the room is decorated with their work. This boutique hotel is rated 4-stars, but the rooms, beds, breakfast and service is definitely on par with any 5-star hotel. And it doesn’t stop there.
It’s on a quiet street in the 8th arrondissement (right next to the prime minister’s palace, no less!), so you won’t have to worry about honking cars or tipsy tourists waking you at night (although there is an awesome American-style bar across the street called Bugsy’s that’s worth visiting for a pint or two). Despite feeling tucked away, it’s right next door to Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré, which is the only place to be if you want to shop haute couture. It’s also a few steps from Avenue Montaigne, the Palais de L’Elysée, the Place Beauvau, and several great art galleries (like Opera Gallery, which is also in NYC, is my favorite gallery).
But before we talk endlessly about what’s surrounding Hotel Le Pavillon des Lettres, I would like to share with you two suites where you can have the best glam vacation in Paris, ever. You’ve probably seen photo shoots and magazine ads featuring a balcony with people having breakfast with a view of the Eiffel Tower. Don’t you always wish it was you in the pictures? Yeah, I always did, too.
Several of the suites in Hotel Le Pavillon des Lettres can give you your own picturesque view of the Eiffel Tower. We stayed in two of their best suites, both with incredible views. While having breakfast on the suite’s balcony, or before going to sleep on your fluffy bed, you will be able to see the twinkling tower from the suite called ‘Diderot’ – and go to sleep basking under the magical, twinkling lights of Paris.
Another exceptional suite in this hidden gem of a hotel is the penthouse suite called ‘Andersen’, which also has an incredible view of the Eiffel Tower. The Andersen has a spacious lounging area where you can indulge in the softness of the purple velvet sofa and lounge chairs while sipping your coffee, and enjoying views of the Eiffel Tower at the same time.
Feeling peckish? I was amazed to learn that room service can be ordered 24 hours a day. Yes — that’s right — you can order gourmet food and eat it in bed at 4am, or any other time you’d like! Their menu includes French classics like French foie gras and toast (but please don’t order that — here’s why), a cheese platter, and chocolate fondant (perfect for 4am), to worldwide favorites like grilled salmon fillet and sushi. Yummy!
If you’re also a fan of Denis Diderot or Hans Christian Andersen, then you’ll see passages from their books all over the suite. From the wall on the headboard to the bathroom doors, the passages will be embedded in your head like a last song syndrome. But hey, it’s actually a good thing, it’s your first step to learning French!
The quality of the pillows, mattress, sheets, drapes, and materials used in the suites (especially in the bathrobes!) is something that I can’t stop gushing about. Oh, and the towel warmers! (Note to self: get a towel warmer ASAP.)
Breakfast is included in your stay, and you can either get it sent up as room service (breakfast in bed? count me in!) or eat in the posh dining lounge or terrace on the main floor. I loved that everything was so gourmet, from the cheese plate, to the individually packaged La Perruche cane sugar and the perfectly selected Alain Milliat confitures in apricot, raspberry, honey and purple fig.
After breakfast, I loved either taking a bath in the Villeroy & Boch soaking jet tub while looking out the large picture window, or grabbing a bike out front to work off all that buttery pain au chocolat by cruising around the 8th.
And if you’re hankering for a 5 o’clock cocktail, mix one up just how you like it using the wide selection of liquor and mixers in the hotel’s honor bar, then flip through one of the many style-focused coffee table books in their impressive library. What more could a glam Parisian ask for?
Great photos and article!
Very useful information, not the same rehashed tips we’ve all heard before … and (refreshingly) written without all of the “ohhhh Americans!” sneering that sometimes seems to be the standard tone of Parisian travel advice for Yanks in the City of Lights. Great read. Merci!
The French and Italians are appalled by the way the average American and Brit dresses. They think a t-shirt, jeans and sneakers are peasant clothes. They’ll spend an hour polishing their shoes before they go out, while we’re out the door with a tattered, old pair of $20 Chuck Taylor’s. It really offends them. :/
Paris…. London…. and perhaps rome are where they have the most american tourists, I’m not impressed. This is called the bandwagon effect in psychology. One does it and brands the city as “exotic” the other goes. I’ve been to all three places, about 3 years ago. Since then I’ve been looking into places tourists don’t go, like Malmö, Warsaw, Copenhagen, kaiserslautern, and Yorkshire. A vacation or escapism should be free of similar people and surrounding. I get embarrassed when American answer Paris, London, and Rome when they’re for their vacation, it shows simplicity and still xenophobia…
Please pull the stick up your ass. Thank you 🙂 traveling to all that destination doesn’t make you any better than us you know. So what we want to visit Paris London and Rome. WE WANT TO GO THERE, Nobody asked you to travel to Malmo Warsaw Copenhagen Kaiserslautern and Yorkshire. So why tell us that we are simple.
My family had encountered a pickpocket twice during our three day stay in Paris. What’s worse, I stepped on dog #$%$ twice too… Would never go again.
My tip is not to do all the touristy things. I mean if you REALLY have to, make it a short part of the day. Don’t center it around the trip. The very BEST way to enjoy Paris is just sort of stroll around, relax, hang at a cafe, explore. Eat some cheese, some patisserie, have an espresso, talk to and maybe have sex with locals. I guarantee you will enjoy your trip. You’ll understand the Parisian lifestyle and go home longing to come back. Everyone that I know who does the touristy thing goes home hating Paris.
Hmmm…I really had no trouble in Paris, but the rest of France was a lot nicer. Paris smells TERRIBLE, as well, much worse than NYC, which is also somehwhat “pungent”.
The countryside, villages, and farm communities were pretty cool.
So many comments say French are rude but I disagree. If you use excellent manners there, people in France are fine (or anywhere in Europe). Just learn Hello, please, thank you, excuse sir/madam……it will get you very far. Also, lower your voice. You shouldn’t talk loud there. Definitely ask a younger person if you need help. Their English is usually better. And please…NO WHITE SNEAKERS!!! You might as well put a target on your back that screams…American tourist here!!
Interesting! I made an effort to speak French the times I visited–I had transportation language etc. written down on notecards.
And I took a tour of Notre Dame that included a climb to the top! 🙂
And rode the Metro.
Paris is cozy, the tap water tastes great (unlike where I’m from), and I’d love to visit again.
Okay i went there, and would never go back, the city is no better than anywhere else i went to, and here is my rule, be nice to me and i will be nice to you period. No need to be rude at anytime, or make excuses for bad behavior anywhere.
I don’t think many French people will see your comment here lol. Try to make friends with them is not easy because of the language barrier, but with some efforts and talking with young people you should be good. And by the way, Paris is really stunning, but you need to get away from touristic paths and try to understand the city by yourself.