Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Why visit Paris 5-star palace hotels?

I asked my savvy New York friend, Allie if she ever had the nerve to go inside the creme de la creme hotels for a look round?
"All the time. Whenever it rains I drop in and people-watch in the lobby till the rain stops", she responded.
"How brave". Turns out there are many other good reasons why you should visit Paris' 5-star 'Palace' designated hotels. The bored lobby-sitter is by 17th century watercolorist, Louis Carrogis Carmontelle.
For the May Palace hotel map I was planning on a border of gold filigree
Like the golden grand staircase you'll see in Hotel Shangri-la, formerly home to Prince Roland Bonaparte.
Instead with Allie's advice I drew lobby armchairs for a border. Lately I'm chair mad...
Le Crillon has finally reopened after a 2-year renovation to bring it up to 'palace' high standards. The 1758 exterior at place de Concorde is thrilling.
Bear was thrilled with the interior - elegant and serene.
Hotel Meurice is more chic perhaps thanks to the eccentric decor of designer Philippe Starck.
For a fabulous splurge have tea at the Meurice's Dali salon. Top pastry chef Cédric Grolet's creations will seriously blow you away.
Flower lovers must make the rounds all of Paris 5-star hotels. Jeff Letham's arrangements at the Four Seasons George V hotel are divine.
An abundance of orchids
Bear enjoyed every luscious moment
Especially gazing into the George V courtyard
Most palace hotels are clustered together in the 8th and 1st arrondissements, so stroll from one to another. Nearby Plaza Athenée, another recent renovation.
Bear would have loved to stroll into Alain Ducasse's dining room there but we were too late. Tant pis
Would you like your portrait in front of Hotel Plaza Athenee? Do let me know s'il vous plait.
Voila! The May palace map is in the poste. A BIG MERCI to LIVING FRANCE for featuring my Paris maps in the June issue!

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Bisous, bisous, Carolg and Bear<🐻

24 comments:

  1. I have been to the Plaza Athénée, but it's true I haven't had nerve to go to the others just to hang out and watch life go by. It's a great idea.

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    1. They mostly dont seem to mind. The flower arrangements alone are worth it.

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  2. So glad Bear got to accompany you to the hotels. I've never been brave enough to just walk in and stroll around but next trip, I definitely will do it. Afterall, what are they going to do to an elderly hotel lookey-loo.

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    1. Exactly 😄
      Bear would be happy to accompany you next time by the way. 🐻

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    2. I'd be honored to have Bear as an escort.

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  3. Pretty pretty your PA:)

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  4. One year when Jackie and I went to Paris, we went to all the hotels and had tea.....expensive and a blast.
    The Maurice has the bar that I like to go to. Drinks are expensive, but what the hell!

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    1. I'm sure it helps to have a partner in crime along. Bear does not drink so is disqualified 🐻

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  5. Judy J12:38 PM

    Congratulations on your "shout out" in LIVING FRANCE.

    Wow

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  6. Lynn S12:46 PM

    Oh, this is fabulous!

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  7. Winewalker12:48 PM

    Good one. And I hope you had a terrific birthday!

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    1. Thank you!
      You too Larry 🥂 🍾

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  8. Jane G1:00 PM

    I should never try to read without my glasses.
    I read the Hotel Meurice Dali spa as the Hotel Meurice Deli. For a nanosecond, I got excited.

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    1. Alerte!
      Afternoon tea is not served in the spa. 😄

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  9. Karin1:07 PM

    Thank you !! so very lovely ! your art is great

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  10. What a great map! I have never visited these palace hotels so may need to next time, I do love flowers.

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    1. Flowers are a great excuse Kirra!
      They are always exceptional in 5-star hotels. No question about it.

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  11. Kathy H2:20 AM

    Beautiful photos...love the COLOR of those orchids...!

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  12. Dennis2:22 AM

    Bear really is the perfect companion-from chic hotels to lolling at the shore-he's always ready for an adventure with you, Carol.

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    1. He's a good traveling companion and a cheep date. Doesn't eat much or drink...🐻❤️

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  13. Thanks for having the nerve I'm disappointed not to have ;-)))) I enjoy visiting these place with your sketches and photos

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    1. Without Bear along I might not be so courageous! 🐻

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  14. Whenever I see Le Crillion I am reminded that the main branch of the library here in Philadelphia is based on it

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    1. What a good observation Donna! I grew up in Philadelphia. Believe the inside is very different 😄

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