Paris is globally renowned for its historic sites, its architecture and, of courses, its luxury hotels. Indeed, the French capital is full of luxury hotels and palaces that few can afford. But did you know it was possible to stay in these hotels without breaking the bank? Here is my advice for enjoying a unique experience in some of the city’s most beautiful places.
Enjoying an exceptional meal at an affordable price in Paris is possible!
Most of the high-end hotels in Paris have 2 or 3 restaurants with different rates. You should to the second tier of restaurants in these hotels. Luxury hotels usually only have one kitchen and dishes are prepared and served by the same cooks and restaurant staff with the utmost care. You’ll enjoy a meal prepared by starred chefs at the right price.
Take Meurice, for example, one of the most wonderful and luxurious hotels in Paris. It has two restaurants, Le Meurice – Alain Ducasse and Le Dali. In the first one it will cost at least 400 €/ person for a meal including drinks, whereas in the second one you can eat delicious food and delicacies while enjoying a “five star luxury” service only for 70 €/ person! Why wouldn’t you?
Make time for refreshment and relaxation at Tea Time
In all of Paris’ 16 palaces, you’ll find famous bars which serve tea and sweet treats for tea lovers. Take a break (for relaxation and refreshment) in these cozy bars after a long afternoon of shopping for between 20 and 50€. A unique experience you won’t forget.
For example, at the Plaza Athénée, one of the oldest and most luxurious French palaces, you can go and taste “le Goûter de Michalak” for 40€/ person only. Michalak, who is the hotel’s pastry chef, was crowned dessert world champion. Seated on leather sofas, you’ll enjoy a superb view of the prestigious Avenue Montaigne and its luxury boutiques for a moment of “gourmand” pleasure.
The Parisian Breakfast: Essential for getting off to a great start!
For the French, breakfast is a must! As the first meal of the day, it can range from the coffee and biscuits to a vast buffet… Everybody has their own idea of what breakfast is. Just once, why not take the opportunity to have a hearty and healthy breakfast in one of Paris’ 5-star hotels. You’ll enjoy an all-you-can-eat buffet (delicatessen, authentic and exotic French pastries, traditional French toast) for around 20 €/person.
Come and enjoy a traditional breakfast with pastries and traditional French homemade “brioche” made by chef Stéphanie Le Quellec (winner of the French TV program “Top Chef” in 2011) at the 5-star hotel Le Prince de Galles. Let yourself be enchanted by the “homemade” spreads and jams served at this “so chic” hotel .
The hotel lobbies are public spaces. So you can walk through the doors of these 5-star palaces to see the entrance hall. If you need the bathroom, you can also use the luxurious toilets of these magical hotels for free when visiting Paris!