September 14, 2011
Paris leaves its imprint on visitors in her own special way. It’s easy to feel transported into history while walking the streets – cue the protagonist (Owen Wilson) in Woody Allen’s Midnight in Paris. Yet much of this nostalgia can be found while experiencing and enjoying her modern delights. Take L’Hotel as a perfect example. One of the most famous hotels in Paris, L’Hotel has been a secret hideaway over the past two centuries. With quintessential French charm and glamour, L’Hotel is nested in the heart of the Left Bank, admist the cultural riches, bohemian soul and high fashion of St. Germain-des-Pres.
Oscar Wilde’s last home, and the heart of Parisian society in the swinging sixties, it has been remodeled by renowned designer Jacques Garcia. It is one of the original Hip Hotels and is home to the acclaimed one Michelin star Le Restaurant.
I had the pleasure of staying at this hotel in Mr. Wilde’s suite, and can say that the original beauty has been preserved in each small detail. The understated charm and elegance of L’Hotel makes it the hidden gem of Paris. I cannot think of a better honeymoon option. Two thumbs way up!