La Maison Champs Elysees by Martin Margiela

La Maison Champs Elysees by Maison Martin Margiela

La Maison Champs Elysees by Maison Martin Margiela

The entrance to the townhouse at No. 8 rue Jean Goujon is nothing, if not discreet. An address one must know to discover, behind its doors, the stage is set for one of our favorite’s… Maison Martin Margiela’s first hotel interior, La Maison Champs Élysées. The minimal, yet sophisticated and offbeat décor sets the stage for a show of romance. Seventeen rooms and suites belong to the Couture Collection, and are decorated with a whimsical touch that plays with proportion and perception. Every space feels surreal, with each room different than the next. Even in the newly opened Blind Bar and at the restaurant, La Table du 8, the chairs appear to be floating above the concrete floor, while oversized moldings and pretend doors add to the illusion. Here, romantic candlelight dinners are only enhanced by the exquisite, seasonal fare and fine selection of French wines. La Maison is just steps away from the Seine and numerous landmarks, ideal for a moonlight stroll with that special someone.

So get on it… and wear this crisp fragrance by our friends at Maison Martin Margiela while you’re at it!

Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela

Untitled by Maison Martin Margiela

Winter Specials… In Style

You should be able to tell by now that Design Hotels are our jam. What can we say? We like to travel in style. And, even if we’re looking for a steal, it’s the little touches of style that make us feel chic and in-the-know. So, while the gentle breezes of summer change to the bone-chilling winds of winter, this means getting yourself to the mountains faster than one can say Kitzbüheler Horn or flying south or east to warmer climes, Design Hotels™ has both fantastic properties to choose from as well as great deals to make the holidays sweeter. You can choose to extend your stay in the 3-for-2 nights or 7-for-5 nights deals; treat yourself to a complimentary upgrade or get value with discounted rates. Savor the holiday spirit in one of Europe’s grandest capitals with Hotel Sezz Paris, a renovated Art Nouveau building by celebrated French designer Christophe Pillet or enjoy winter’s bounty at The Cambrian with the best slopes just outside the door, a Finnish sauna and spa treatments for recuperation and authentic regional cuisine at the restaurant.

Luna2 Private Hotel - Bali

Luna2 Private Hotel – Bali

Skip over to the intimate five-room Luna2 Private Hotel in Bali to experience Asian hospitality at its best, and get that enviable winter tan. The easiest way is to blindfold yourself and pick a point on the map.

The four different options are:

–  3 for 2: one complimentary overnight stay (minimum length of stay three nights)
–  7 for 5: two complimentary overnight stays (minimum length of stay seven nights)
–  Upgrade: free upgrade to the next available room category (minimum length of stay two nights)
–  Value: save up to 14 percent off the best available rate (minimum length of stay two nights)
Design Hotels™ Winter Specials
October 29, 2012 – March 17, 2013

Fall in Paris: Crème-de-la-crème Shopping Itineraries

Christian Lacroix designed rooms at Petit Moulin

Christian Lacroix designed rooms at Petit Moulin

Fall in Paris means sunny days, cool breezes, and, of course, Fashion Week.  For those who have caught the French style bug (but want to avoid the hubbub of Fashion Week), have a look at the new crème-de-la-crème shopping itineraries offered by Le Pavillon de la Reine, Hôtel du Petit Moulin, and Le Pavillon des Lettres.

Hôtel du Petit Moulin’s Ooh Là Là Vintage Fashion Masterclass: Long for the Paris of yesteryear? This experience evokes a bygone era with custom-made vintage clothing matched by decadent champagne tea service. Ooh Là Là Vintage, a top purveyor of retro fashion, first consults with guests to pinpoint their favorite vintage looks. Then, following a fitting and dressed in their chosen attire, guests enjoy a grand afternoon tea. And for true haute-couture enthusiasts, sister company Madame Tra La La is on hand to custom-design vintage pieces to be taken home as a souvenir.

Rates: From €335* per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

Le Pavillon de la Reine

Le Pavillon de la Reine

Le Pavillon de la Reine’s Le Marais Hip Tour: This guided tour strolls through one of Paris’s most historic districts, which today features world-class clothing boutiques such as APC, Surface to Air, and Vanessa Bruno. Visit the must-see fashion temple and art installation L’Eclaireur en route to Rue des Francs-Bourgeois for accessory shopping, all followed by afternoon tea on the hotel’s sunny terrace.

RatesFrom €535 per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

le-pavillon-des-lettres-paris

Le Pavillon des Lettres

Le Pavillon des Lettres Printemps Personal Shopper Experience: Paris’s famed “literary” hotel revamps the typical spending spree with a fashion-centric experience at the city’s premier department store, Printemps. With the help of a seasoned personal shopper, guests wander among some of the world’s finest handbags, belts, scarves, and jewelry in a room the size of two football fields.

Rates: From €595 per night (minimum stay of two nights), including daily breakfast

*Price excludes the cost of any custom-made clothing item(s) by Madame Tra La La.

For more information:

Hôtel du Petit Moulin: www.paris-hotel-petitmoulin.com

Le Pavillon de la Reine: www.pavillon-de-la-reine.com

Le Pavillon des Lettres: www.pavillondeslettres.com

Looking for a lovely, but inexpensive apartment in Paris? Who isn’t?

A Modern Apartment Rental – Paris

Looking for an apartment rental in Paris, but also desire a bit of personalized service? Let’s face it, current economic circumstances reinforce the necessity to make travel budgets stretch as comfortably far as possible.  That’s where ApartmentParis.fr comes on the scene. Already a respected player in the UK and Europe for short-term apartment rentals in Paris, they’re backed by an established apartment management company, with comfortable, well-located accommodations at below-hotel rates. A daunting task for any traveler.
We’re big fans of renting flats, but sometimes it can be risky directly dealing with owners, or, it can result in last-minute disappointment.  Likewise there is no continuity in experience (cleanliness, quality) from one location to another. In response, ApartmentParis has created an alternative solution positioned between these two extremes. Even though it is not a hotel, clients are guaranteed hotel standard services  such as decoration and furniture suited to the travellers’ needs, wifi access, housekeeping service, fresh sheets and linens.
Check out the view through the window!

Check out the view through the window!

While each apartment can be adapted to the traveller’s needs, they all come with a basic service: sheets, linens, cable & satellite TV, high bandwith internet and wifi. Prices start at… and here’s where we love it!

Around $75 night for a studio apartment in off-season.
ApartmentParis manages more than 100 apartments that can accommodate from two to eight people, perfect for single travellers, couple or families.  Business travellers can also benefit from apartments located close to the main Paris train stations. All flats are located near tourist attractions such as the Louvre, Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Élysées, Montmartre, and in charming neighborhoods like the Marais,  Buttes Chaumont,  Canal Saint Martin…
A bilingual (French/English) call centre is also available to assist travelers with their plans. So, in a nutshell, their positioning between a hotel and person-to-person rental service, combined with competitive prices and the flexibility of ApartmentParis’ flats, adds an extra dimension of comfort (economic and physical) to your Paris travel plans.

A Girl’s Guide to Paris

Picture Yourself on the Seine...

For the ladies, all the ladies, loudah now, help me out… a ‘come on, all the ladies, let’s talk about Paris… and the New York-based GirlsGuideToParis.com! They’ve launched a new travel club designed to bring savings, insider tips and on-the-ground assistance to Paris visitors. Merci, ladies. The Girls Guide to Paris site features 4,000 pages (yes, 4,000!) of fun ideas, services and insider-tips for shopping, dining, and visiting Paris. Among its scores of tips and suggestions not found in other guides, the site provides times of the year when Hermès holds its rare sale on its signature scarves. Cause that’s mandatory, non? Optional paid levels also provide major discounts on hotels, spas, apartment rentals and more, along with VIP access and in-Paris concierge assistance. And The Girls Guide Concierge… they’re able to create special experiences not available to the average Paris traveler, such as shutting down a store for an exclusive shopping experience or arranging helicopter service for private dinner at a chateau. The site’s travel club members can also obtain invitations to exclusive fashion shows, previews at art galleries, film screenings, and private parties. Now we’re talkin’ or, rather, maintenant nous parlons. At least, according to Google translate (sorry, yo hablo espanol pero no hablo Français).

The site also offers a free member newsletter, downloadable walking tours, apps and a weekly radio show.

So check it out, ladies, and let us know what you think!

www.girlsguidetoparis.com