I surprised my wife with a 40th anniversary trip to Paris. I had made reservations at the FS George V. My wife decided to do extensive research to find a Paris boutique hotel instead. She found the Burgundy. This little hotel, less than 60 rooms, is very quant with superb staff, very clean, and, in a word, they get everything right! Yes, the standard rooms are small (they tell you the size on the website before you reserve, so this should not be seen as negative), but they are the same size as the standard George V rooms for half the cost. These are very small examples of the service, but they are telling. After walking around the city all day, we decided to get dessert in the hotel bar. My wife ordered Crème Brule. She inquired whether the dessert had fruit. She was told that it didn’t. She did a playful frown. However, when the dessert was delivered, there were fresh berries! Another night we came in from a hot day of walking, and went to the bar for a night cap. We only ordered drinks. However, the bartender remembered my wife’s love of fresh fruit and gave her a cup of fresh berries in a martini glass (with ice below the fruit).
The location is great as well. When you read the books about Paris, they will talk about how great the metro is, and I’m sure it is. But if you’re riding the metro, you’re missing the city. From this hotel we walked to the Seine, the Louvre, d’Orsay, the Arc, the Eiffel Tower, Notre Dame, and Montmartre. Note, we are not young (40th anniversary!) but these were not difficult walks.
If you want pretentious or a larger hotel, try the George V or Le Maurice. We are fortunate enough to be able to afford a more expensive hotel, but we will return to this hotel on our next visit.
ps. the hotel smells great, but not overpowering.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Le Burgundy is located in central Paris, just 50 metres from Rue Saint-Honore and its chic boutiques. It offers luxury accommodation with elegant rooms and a Spa & Wellness Centre.Each of the spacious rooms and suites is equipped with air conditioning, flat-screen TV with satellite channels, an iPod dock and free Wi-Fi access.Michelin Star restaurant, Le Baudelaire, is open for lunch and dinner serving contemporary French cuisine. Guests can also sample home-made patisseries in the winter garden or enjoy a drink in the hotel bar.Le Spa Burgundy in partnership with Carita offers its guests free use of the facilities, including an indoor swimming pool, fitness room and Hammam.The famous Champs Elysees is just 300 metres away. Le Jardin de Tuileries and Opera Garnier are in close proximity and easily accessible by foot or Metro. ... more less
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