This is part one of my series in Paris and Budapest. For the remainder of the series, please see below.
Paris – Hotel Esprit Saint Germain
Paris – The Marais, Le Bon Marche, Le Comptoir du Relais
Paris – St. Germain, Hermes, L’Avant Comptoir
Budapest – Four Seasons Gresham Palace
Budapest – Andrassy Avenue, Onyx
Budapest – Taste Hungary
Budapest- Christmas Markets, Bock Bistro
Today I wanted to start sharing with you some of our trip to Paris and Budapest a few weeks ago. I loved our time in each of these cities…even if it seems as if the cold has followed us home to California! Our first stop was Paris, which is where I’ll be starting as well, with a hotel review.
While we were in Paris, we stayed for the first time (for me) on the Left Bank – specifically in the 6th arrondissement, in Saint-Germain-des-Prés. I loved the area and in the future, would return to stay either in the same area.
Our hotel was one that came highly recommended by a few friends- the Hotel Esprit Saint Germain. There are only a few five star hotels in the area (and almost none of the “big” brands, like Four Seasons or Mandarin), and Esprit is one of them (another famous one would be Relais Christine). Esprit Saint Germain was located in a lovely little neighborhood, right next to Maje and a few minutes walk from Pierre Herme.
One of our favorite aspects of the hotel, and why we ultimately decided to stay, was its concept of a “home away from home” – complete with a cozy dining room, sitting area and complimentary drinks and snacks all around the clock. As someone who has in the past experienced the frustration of returning to my hotel, only to be told at the bar that a simple Coca Cola was a staggering 12 euro (I’m looking at you, Le Meurice), I was very happy with the idea of complimentary drinks around the clock, with several lovely rooms to choose from.
The beautiful seating area, with a fireplace and comfortable chairs so you could sit and chat with friends and family for as long as you wanted. It was never crowded.
Loved the details of various leopards, including these pillows!
Across from the living room was the dining area, where we had breakfast each morning.
Each morning there was a small but varied breakfast buffet laid out, with cheeses, meats, cut fruit, yogurt, breads and pastries. You could also order hot cooked foods and we usually would add an omelette each morning (made with fresh organic eggs!).
As I mentioned earlier, we loved the concept of the complimentary bar and snacks, and we would frequently stop in to have an espresso, tea or champagne before heading out, and after dinner. On one evening, we even just brought in some casual sandwiches to eat and the staff gladly laid out some plates and napkins for us. On another evening, they made us fresh and delicious hot chocolate – Angelina’s couldn’t have done it better! Continue Reading