Hôtel Plaza Athénée Paris

PARIS, FRANCE

I remember the first time I saw her. She was standing by herself watching the sunset, towering above all else. I watched her from afar, amazed at her skyscraping size. She stood proud, overlooking her kingdom. The very kingdom that at one point had rejected her ruling, but had now taken her as a symbol to represent their beloved city. The Eiffel Tower looked ravishing after standing 128 years.


Looking out at Paris from our balcony is one of the most beautiful views I have ever seen. I could write about it forever and there would still not be enough words to describe the sublime nature of that moment. I have always been a firm believer in love at first sight and at that precise moment, I fell in love. There is something about Paris, it makes you feel a certain way that I can’t quite explain. I felt joy and melancholy at the same time. Melancholy, because as the sun drowned in the horizon, so did that moment. And at that moment, time slowed down as the final rays of sun painted the sky and Olivia danced to the raspy melody of Sidney Bechet’s saxophone in “Si Tu Vois Ma Mer.”

When the darkness flooded the Parisian skies, the city outside my window began to take its rightful nickname as “The City of Lights.” Olivia and I decided to take a stroll down the Seine, eventually leading us to the Trocadéro. Just when I thought I couldn’t fall deeper in love, the Eiffel Tower lit up at the strike of the hour. I didn’t blink for the next five minutes as I didn’t want to miss a single second of the flashing lights that dressed the Eiffel Tower.

I laid in bed that night looking out the window, waiting for the strike of every hour, just so I could watch her light up again. At the Hotel Plaza Athénée there is no need for televisions. Just look out the window and you will have one of the best views in the world. The next morning we ordered room service. The staff set up a table for us out on the balcony filled with Chef Angelo Musa’s award winning pastries and a couple of café crèmes. The morning breeze carried with it a buttery smell, coming from the bakery of the hotel . We both took a deep breath and smiled. Paris smelled even more wonderfully than we had been told.

We made use of the hotel’s chauffeur service to go to Montmartre. As we walked through the cobble-stoned streets, we felt as though we were walking through La Belle Époque. Artists sketched the Parisian skyline, people sat outside cafés pairing their wine with a cigarette as the sentimental cry of a man’s violin played in the background.

Later that afternoon, we feasted our eyes on the Eiffel Tower while eating foie gras and grilled steak at Les Ombres, the roof top restaurant of the Musée du Quai Branly. We skipped dessert at the restaurant and picked up Nutella and strawberry crepes from a little stand next to the Seine. We walked along the river, carefully eating our crepes, avoiding the melting hazelnut-cocoa spread from dripping all over our clothes.

Finally back at the hotel, we stopped by La Galerie. Olivia walked in front of me through the mosaic floors as the light rained down subtly from the chandeliers above. We sat down with a glass of champagne to enjoy the wonderful Classic and Art Deco styled Hotel . The harp’s soft arpeggios made the time pass by unnoticed until it was time for the restaurant to close down for the night.

The following day, I took Olivia to the sophisticated Dior Institut for a treatment à deux. Walking through the white and cream colored halls of the spa immediately brings a sense of serenity. We were led into the couple's suite for our consultation, where one of the therapists designed our individual treatments. We faced each other as the treatment began. As the masseuse gently rubbed my back, the strain in my muscles vanished little by little. Olivia’s eyes began to look sleepy and mine felt heavier and heavier with every blink. I quickly fell into a state of reverie and then into one of the deepest sleeps of my life. I awoke to her eyes, the color of a perfect spring sky staring at me. We laughed and stared at each other until our time was up.

We finished off our day at the famous Alain Ducasse restaurant at the hotel. Upon entering the dining room, it was evident the experience would be unlike anything we had ever experienced before. Everything from the soft, round edges of the furniture to the elegance of the ceiling come together to form a sophisticated, yet relaxed atmosphere in one of the city’s best restaurants.

After two hours of tasting different bits of heaven, we headed up to our room. We stood out on the balcony and stared at the Eiffel Tower. We made a promise to return to this wonderful hotel that had pampered us from the very moment we set foot in the door. The Hotel Plaza Athénée provided us with the Parisian glamour and charm we had been looking for in order to make our trip to the French capital one of the most unforgettable trips of our lives. The Hotel Plaza Athénée, will always be our Moveable Feast.

Great for
Break, romantic escape, foodies, culture

With whom
Family, friends

Best time to go
Summer and Fall

Concierge
24/7

Valet
24/7

WiFi
Complimentary and very high speed up to 7 devices per room

Room service
24/7

Laundry service
24/7

Restaurant
5 in total on property including the 3 Michelin stars Alain Ducasse au Plaza AThénée

Pool
No

Spa
Exclusive Christian Dior experience in Europe, 5 treatment rooms

Gym
24/7

Bar
6:00 PM to 2:00 AM

Number of rooms
208

Check-in
3:00 PM

Check-out
12:00 PM

Price per night
$900 to $28,000

To Do
Shopping, Museum cruises on the Seine River

To See
Eiffel Tower, Louvre and Orsay Museum, Versailles

To Eat
all about French food. 5 different experiences including 2 outdoor restaurants in the summer

Where
25 Avenue Montaigne
Paris, France

Contacts
whatsworthit@altour.com

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