29 Jan Hotel Napoleon gets to the Heart of Romantic Paris
At the heart of Hotel Napoleon lies a romantic Paris story. According to the history of the hotel, “a rich Russian entrepreneur, Alexander Pavlovich Kliaguine, met a young Parisian girl at a Literary fair in the late 1920’s, and fell head over heels in love.”
It would be a terrific story if it ended there, but thankfully that was merely the first chapter. Alexander presented her with the hotel as a wedding gift. The purpose was for her to have a place to entertain the elite of society in a charming and beautiful atmosphere. Today, the spirit of the hotel remains intact and people from around the world flock to this charming boutique spot just off the Champs Elysées.
Pubic spaces are decorated in royal ruby red and regal gold patterns. It would be easy for the décor to seem outdated given the traditional colors, but the choice of modern patterns and clean lines in the bar area and Bivouac Café definitely bring the rooms into the 21st century.
I was definitely a happy camper (pun intended) at the Bivouac Café where I had a light and tasty lunch off the seasonal menu. Roasted chicken and nuts with a side of light sour cream and a tortilla filled with fresh veggies. Although I thoroughly enjoyed sitting indoors in the comfortable club chairs, it was such a treat to move into the sun outside on the terrace for a scrumptious dessert and piping hot delicious coffee.
After lunch I checked into the hotel and was whisked away to my beautiful suite. Traditional fabrics and trims adorn each room, but the modern amenities will remind you that you are indeed in contemporary luxury accommodations. Each room is decorated in different colors and threads, but is equally as up to date and pleasant.
Sometimes it’s the little things that make a stay memorable. Every hotel provides toiletries, but there is something extra special about how the Napoleon presents theirs. Upscale l’Occitane shampoos, conditioner and shower gel show off nicely in a see-through petit shopping bag handy to pack and go when you leave.
If the weather wasn’t so lovely, you bet I would have utilized the indoor gym or have taken them up on the offer to have a massage by their “on call” masseuse, but as it was during my visit I opted for walking on the streets and people watching instead. Still, it’s nice to know the option exists.
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Thank you to Hotel Napoleon for a wonderful stay at a five-star hotel with a five-star heart and service. The opinions are my own; no amount of sweet treats or super shampoos could sway me if I didn’t already have a favorable opinion.
40 avenue de Friedland , 75008 Paris
Tél : +33(0)1 56 68 43 21