Thursday, January 23, 2014

Trip Planning: Paris in 2015


Things always move pretty fast around the Denham household. It seems like yesterday that Tim and I met, that we married, and that our adult daughters were babies. And here we are starting to plan a trip to Europe to celebrate 25 years of wedded bliss. We are planning a trip for Spring of 2015....a "second honeymoon" of sorts (although that expression strikes an odd note for me...is it a little old fashioned ?). Tim is an Air Force brat and has traveled all over the world. He has been to Russia, Guam, Japan, Australia, Iran, Lebanon, Hong Kong, the Philippines, India, Wales, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Mexico, Canada.....I might be missing a couple.  Me....my travel past is a bit lackluster in comparison.  Tim has not been to the Netherlands, Belgium, France or Italy. So.....We are trying our best to limit the countries to these plus London.

I have been spending way too much time researching inappropriately priced places to stay, and really need to concentrate on reality. But I do come across the most wonderful places! And this one seems like it might be in the ballpark. It is a little hideaway in the Montmarte area of Paris, 18th arrondissement. Maybe a bit too far from much of what we want to do, maybe a little more than we want to pay, but maybe not. The Hotel Particulier Montmarte seems to have everything we are looking for, charm and style with little edge, but with a definite nod to history, a place to sit outside....OK, let's just state the obvious.....it is gorgeous...... 


The Hotel Particuleur Montmarte is housed in a Directoire style home formerly owned by the Hermes family which was re-made into a five-suite boutique hotel. It has all of that historical charm, but with the bit of  modern edge I was talking about. It has a little "Alice Through the Looking Glass" quality to it with the over sized art and murals in the suites, and the beautiful garden designed by architect, Louis Benech, (who redesigned the Tuileries Gardens). (You should take a moment to check out his website....delightfully "Alice" as well!) Each suite is so different from the next, I would feel quite "special" if I stayed here. The suites were designed  by Morgane Rousseau, who is also a co-owner along with Frederic Comtet. They commissioned 5 renowned contemporary artists to take part in the design of each room. Tell me what you think. First the Suites......
















And now the Lounges and Restaurant....






How much great design is one hotel aloud to have in Paris? Apparently there is no limit....


We may just have to fit this place in our budget. But if it it not meant to be....



 Sorry about that. I couldn't resist. ( And apparently I just discovered there is some controversy about the phrase being either French, Italian or Spanish. There are those  that say any is correct ...or not entirely incorrect....and your vote?)

If anyone has any recommendations on wonderful places to stay, please bring it on! I have also been checking airbnb and vrbo and I am finding great things there as well.

I am off to explore Mr. and Mrs. Smith next!


Au Revoir!

11 comments:

Merlyn Corcoran said...

Connie Afshar, a Massachusetts friend who grew up in CA, operates Panache, an apartment rental service you may find helpful.
http://www.panacherental.com/
Have fun planning an unforgettable celebration of your 25 years together.

Anonymous said...

Paris Perfect apartment rentals in the 7th. Owner has been on house hunters. They really are terrific. Onefinestay in Paris and London for apartment rentals. They have a wonderful website. Italy hotel in Rome and Florence I believe it's called jk place. Enjoy!!

Laura said...

Didn't mean to be anonymous. Small key board and big thumbs!

MJH DesignArts said...

I don't think I would have a problem staying at this gorgeous hotel for the rest of my life. The 18th isn't that far away as the metro is close to everything.
xoxox
Mary

Joanna said...

I also recommend Paris Perfect. We rented an apartment through them last year and it was fantastic!

The Swan said...

Pavillon de la Reine, Place des Vosges, Marais....you will love it! Central to all that's important, garden too...let's be real, you'll NEVER be in the room, other than to sleep, bathe and rest! Paris is divine!! Hotel Costes is super as well...and in London! The Chesterfield in Mayfair was really so much like staying in your own townhouse...25 years is really a Blessing in today's world! We just celebrated ours in 2013.

Renae Moore said...

Katie!
How much fun for you and congrats! My Sis used to live in Belgium, make sure you get to Brugges up on the north border oh and Lille, France, on the northern border as well!

d said...

Beautiful place! Loved the bedroom and dining room :)

katiedid said...

Thanks so much everyone for the suggestions! I will look into everything. Renae, I think we are going to Bruges, but had not thought of Lille. I just googled it and it looks beautiful!

Anonymous said...

Ah, Montmarte! Very special place in my heart. Truthfully, I could stay in the tiniest garret and yet still be happy. My sister rented a three bedroom apartment on Rue Montebello; small kitchen but Notre Dame was outside our windows and our eyes feasted on her ever changing beauty. You can visit this apartment on the simply vintageous website (jan 2012?).
Oh, did I mention the glass elevator? Though it is next to a small tourist shop, the location is amazing. Walk to St.Germaine markeplace, restaurants extraordinaire, Sorbonne, Isle st. louie, Marais, ...gotta visit Cave de innocents for great, great, jazz. Drop in at Aroma Zone to concoct your own makeup, fragrance..

Anonymous said...

I love the hotel Particulier for the decoration is so personal and beautiful.