Stay in Paris: Castille Paris

 

 

Castille Paris is a 5-star hotel, from the Italian hotel group “Starhotels Collezione” located in the heart of Paris just a few steps away from the legendary “Maison Chanel” on Rue Cambon.

 

 

 

 

 

With its Parisian allure and Italian style, Castille Paris has been restored to its 18th-century splendor, with antique details, Florentine patio, and a Roman fountain.

 

 

 

The hotel has 108 rooms and suites in total, which occupy two wings of the building. Each wing has its own character; onw exudes contemporary elegance, whereas the other offers a touch of classic French style.

 

 

 

 

Checking into my Duplex Junior Suite, I was stunned by the beautiful interior. From the gorgeous wallpapers to the carefully selected furnitures, it was not difficult to see that the hotel wanted to ensure each and every guest experience a comfortable stay.

 

 

 

 

 

We also had the pleasure of dining at L’Assaggio, the hotel’s modern classic Italian restaurant. Executive Chef Pablo Sabariego was kind enough to surprise us with a blind tasting menu, which was nothing short of wonderful..

(I am currently drooling as I reminisce about this glorious meal!)

 

 

 

I would like to take this time to appreciate my gratitude towards everyone at Castille Paris who went above and beyond to make my stay enjoyable.. I look forward to returning soon.

 

p.s. Castille Paris has a hotel cat named Heliot — keep an eye out for him!

 

 

 

 

 

Castille Paris (@castille_paris)
33-37 Rue Cambon
Paris, 75001

 

 

 

 

 

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Stay in Paris: Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

 

 

Palais Royal is one of my very favorite places in Paris, and one that I always seem to find myself re-visiting, whether for a moment of calm, leisurely stroll, or simply just to admire Daniel Buren’s stunning work of art in the courtyard.

 

 

 

 

Nestled up against Palais Royal is the Grand Hotel du Palais Royal, with beautiful heritage architecture and building façade, where I stumbled upon a few years ago, and have been dreaming about it ever since. During my recent trip to Paris, I was so happy to finally get a chance to stay at the lovely hotel, and I would like to tell you more about it and my pleasant experience.

 

 

 

 

Housed in an 18th century building listed as a historical monument,
Grand Hotel du Palais Royal is in the perfect location, just a walking distance away from all the city’s landmarks including the Louvre, Opéra, Centre Pompidou and the SaintHonoré shopping district.

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We checked into our Suite Palais-Royal, a two-story Suite featuring a king sized bed, living area, bright marble bathroom, and a balcony with views of the incredible Parisian landmarks… Eiffel on the left, Montmartre on the right. What more can you ask for?

 

 

 

For all you marble lovers out there… Myself included

 

 

 

 

It’s not everyday you get to look out your window and witness the Iron Lady in all her glory…

 

 

 

 

 

From the oh-so-Parisian bread basket, fresh fruit juices, to fluffy egg dishes, our in-room breakfast was nothing short of amazing.

 

 

 

What better way to kick start your day than on your private balcony overlooking the gorgeous city?

 

 

 

 

 

In and around the Lulli restaurant and the lobby area, the ages come together naturally, with pieces commissioned from the Louvre and carefully thought-out details by the legendary architect Pierre Yves Rochon.

 

 

 

and my favorite part? This giant trunk located at the foot of the majestic staircase, which happens to be an actual luggage room.

 

 

 

 

 

The fitness room, the Hammam (Turkish steam room), and Tearoom are available downstairs of the hotel.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Having the Palais Royal all to myself in the early mornings was one of the perks of staying just a few steps away from it, right at the lovely Grand Hotel du Palais Royal

 

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Merci beaucoup to the amazing, attentive, and welcoming staff at Grand Hotel du Palais Royal for the most magical experience anyone could ever dream of.

I will be back!

 

 

 

4 Rue du Valois, Paris, France, 75001
www.grandhoteldupalaisroyal.com
Instagram @grandhoteldupalaisroyal

 

Where to Brunch in Paris

 

 

 

 

Holybelly

There are only two places in the world where I would voluntarily order pancakes and they are 1) Clinton Street Baking Co. in NYC, and 2) Holybelly in Paris. Don’t even bother looking at the menu, because you know you’re getting the “Savory Stack” pancakes, with bacon, fried eggs, Bourbon butter + maple syrup. I’m drooling. Their new location is much bigger than the old one (which they are planning to re-open) but still expect to wait!

holybelly

5 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010
M-F: 9am-5pm, S-S: 10am-5pm
@holybellycafe

 

 

 

Season

One of the trendiest places to brunch (and rightfully so), Season offers variety of fresh dishes including quinoa salad, acai/matcha bowl, avocado burrito, and salmon tartine. Service can be slow, but that’s France for ya. This spot is always packed, but with the upstairs area, your turn will come quicker than you think. There is also a ‘Season Takeaway’ just around the corner, with the same menu, but limited seating.

season

1 Rue Charles-Francois Dupuis, 75003
Mon-Sat: 8:30am-1am, Sun: 8:30am-7pm
@seasonparis

 

 

 

Paperboy

If you’re looking for an ultimate brunch experience in Le Marais, look no further. Favored by both the locals and tourists, Paperboy offers a set brunch menu, which comes with a brunch dish of your choice, daily fruit juice and a bread basket, for €24. You get what you pay for so the portions are generous, but if you’re not much of a big eater, you can also order from their a la carte menu.

paperboy

137 Rue Amelot, 75001
Tue-Fri: 11am-3pm, Sat-Sun: 10am-4pm, Mon: Closed
@paperboyparis

 

 

 

Buvette

As @nyctoparis, Buvette (having locations in New York and Paris) is a quintessential on my brunch list. My usual is their jambon cru (prosciutto and scrambled eggs on toast, topped with cheese and just the perfect amount of olive oil) but you can’t go wrong with anything else on the menu. I get asked which location I prefer, and I must say the one in New York, just because I have more special memories there and the quality of the food has been slightly more consistent.

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28 Rue Henry Monnier, 75009
Mon-Fri: 8:30am-12am, Sat-Sun: 10am-12am
@buvetteparis

 

 

 

Café Oberkampf

With only about 10 seats, Café Oberkampf is tiny, but nevertheless has some of the most delicious dishes like avocado toast, grilled cheese, and my favorite: Shakshuka. This is one of the few places that serves good shakshukas in Paris. Although space is limited, the good food and coffee, and attentive service are all worth making the trek out to Oberkampf, a neighborhood just east of Bastille with a ton of new trendy restaurants. Update: The team just opened up Café Mericourt, also serving shakshukas!

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3 Rue Neuve Popincourt, 75011
Mon,Thu,Fri: 8:30am-4:30pm, Sat-Sun: 9:30am-4:30pm, Tue,Wed: Closed
@cafeoberkampf

 

 

 

Claus

Let’s be honest: The French don’t consider breakfast a meal – even the word breakfast (petit-dejeuner) is translated into ‘little lunch.’ For the French, breakfast is just a cup of coffee and maybe a slice of toast. This is where Claus comes in to fill in that void. Located just off of the Louvre, Claus is proud to serve scrumptious dishes made from the freshest ingredients, along with excellent service and passion for breakfast. I love to come here early mornings to beat the crowd, properly enjoy my perfectly scrambled eggs, and also pick up some sweets from the pastry bar or at the L’Epicerie Claus right across the street.

14 Rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001
Mon-Fri: 8am-5pm, Sat-Sun: 9:30am-5pm
@clauspetitdejeuner

 

 

 

Nanashi

Nanashi is a canteen-like restaurant serving Japanese-style Bento boxes, reinterpreted by the Parisians. You will get a protein of your choice + grain in one box, and salad on the other box. I tried the chicken nanban, which was tasty, but I found my salad lacking in flavor. I will have to return and give it a few more tries. Nonetheless, Nanashi was every bit as delightful as I had hoped, from the friendly service to the airy décor. Do leave some room for the matcha cake afterwards, which will melt in your mouth!

57 Rue Charlot, 75003
Mon-Wed: 12-3pm, 8-11pm
Thu-Fri: 12-3pm, 7:30-11pm
Sat-Sun: 12-4pm, 7:30-11pm
@nanashi_paris

 

 

La Salle-à-Manger at Les Bains

If you love design and architecture just as much as you appreciate culinary cuisine, this is the place for you. Located inside Les Bains, a 19th century building renovated into a chic design hotel, La Salle-à-Manger serves up well decorated (and just as well delicious)  dishes including an all-day breakfast menu with eggs, avocado toast, and a variety of salads, and healthy juices. Not to mention the excellent service and elegant ambiance, you will leave this place already thinking about your next visit.

7 Rue du Bourg l’Abbé, 75003
Everyday, from 7am-2am
@lesbainsparis

 

 

 

 Hotel Grand Amour

This lovely outdoor courtyard in the back of the Hotel Grand Amour allures all the trendy crew from all over the world, especially during fashion weeks in Paris. I will be honest with you: this is more for the ambiance than the food, which leaves a little to be desired, however the perfectly instagrammable atmosphere certainly makes up for it. I haven’t tried everything on the menu but the Croque Madame I ordered was descent.

 

18 Rue de la Fidélité, 75010
@amourhotels

 

 

 

 

 

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