Jass and I booked one night at Hotel Balmoral; a four-star hotel located down a quiet Parisian side street, just a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. As were were only there for 24 hours, we wanted to stay in the heart of the city and in terms of location, it certainly doesn’t get better than this!
The building of this boutique hotel exudes a Parisian elegance that continues as you step into the lobby; with it’s contemporary decor, warm ambient lighting and unique modern art covering the walls.
We had a very warm welcome from the doorman and super friendly receptionist before being escorted to a vintage lift; the type where you have to open one door before the lift shutters open. It was tiny, but very cute! – I posted a little clip of it on my Instagram story, if you check out my ‘Paris’ highlights section.
The decor throughout the hotel was gorgeous and she then proceeded to give us a tour of our room; room 16, located on the first floor.
Our room itself was tiny which is to be expected considering it’s incredible location, but it was extremely luxurious! It was light and airy; perfect for taking photos or simply being able to see what you’re doing when applying makeup or if you drop something!
The bathroom had a huge walk-in shower; it was clean, comfortable and spacious.
Along with the usual tv, vanity/desk area and lamp, we had a Nespresso machine, mini-bar, a closet with complimentary slippers (my fave), a full length mirror and a complimentary phone with 4g should we need data while travelling around the city. We didn’t need to use it, but it was a really nice touch!
In fact, we’d both forgotten to pack a European adaptor plug and though we had discovered the lamp had a similar plug to an iphone charger (a separate plug and usb port), one wasn’t enough for us to charge both our phones, powerbank and camera batteries. Luckily for us, they had an entire drawer full of international adaptors at reception for guests to borrow which was extremely handy!
Our room faced the street and the Juliet balcony was one of my favourite details – everyone needs one when staying in Paris! Granted, it was probably only about 30cm wide as the name might suggest, but it was perfection!
I only wish there would have been two, so I could have asked Jass to lean out of one window to take some pretty photos of me on the balcony itself. – Ahh the things we do for the ‘gram!
We had the perfect nights’ sleep; having collapsed into bed by 10pm, we woke up bright and early at 7am. We’d opted not to have breakfast at the hotel (which is an additional charge), though we soon regretted it. When we arrived to collect our luggage later that afternoon, we were offered complimentary hot drinks and pastries which are available to all guests in the afternoon, and they were delicious!
While Paris may not be my favourite city to visit (read why, here), our stay at Hotel Balmoral was perfect down to every last detail and we would highly recommend staying here during your next trip to Paris. It’s centrally located and has all the comforts and luxuries you would expect from a four-star hotel located by one of the most famous boulevards in the world.