Visiting Paris in any season always has its charms, especially in spring when Paris turns completely pink due to the blossoming cherry blossoms. It is as if the city is waking up from its hibernation. People are cheerful and nothing is more fun than catching the first rays of sunlight while walking alongside the Seine. Or even better to enjoy a delicious cup of coffee with a French croissant on a terrace.
We too could not resist a weekend in Paris during springtime. This time we opted for a two-night stay at the Champs-Elysees Friedland hotel.
Read here how we experienced our stay at the Champs-Elysees Friedland hotel with extra tips on where to wine and dine in the neighborhood, but also how to explore Paris in an original and unique way during spring.
Hotel Champs-Elysées Friedland
Hotel Champs-Elysées Friedland is a four star hotel that, just like hotel Maison Malesherbes, is also part of the Madéhô chain. Precisely because we already had such a good experience with hotel Maison Malesherbes, we chose to stay in a Madéhô hotel again. This time a stone’s throw from the Champs-Elysées.
We reached the hotel via a pleasant side street of the Champs-Elysées filled with lovely bars and restaurants.
Via een gezellig zijstraatje van de Champs-Elysées met toffe bars en restaurantjes bereikten we het hotel.
Entering the hotel we were kindly received at the lobby. We were too early for check-in, so our room wasn’t ready yet. The receptionist took our luggage so that we could already start to explore Paris without having to worry..
After a few hours of exploring Paris we came back very tired and we could enter our room. The room was small but cozy. Off course you have different room types depending on your needs and budget. We stayed in a standard room.
The interior reminded me of Scandinavian minimalistic design. I particularly liked the wooden accents such as the desk. These also gave the room a warm touch.
In the bathroom everything was provided for a perfect stay. We had a bath and shower. New towels were provided every day. There were also beauty products such as shower gel, shampoo and body lotion from Nuxe, which is one of my favorite brands. And not unimportant (for me ), there was a blowdryer available.
As icing on the cake we could admire the vibrant city from our typical Parisian balcony with a view over the well-known, bustling boulevard Faubourg de Saint-Honoré. When we closed the windows, peace returned and we could relax in the cozy bed.
After a tea in bed that Jan prepared for me with the kettle in the room, we decided to unpack everything and put it in the wardrobe. Although the room was a bit more compact, there was still enough closet space to store our luggage.
Afterwards we were so tired that we were considering room service. This was possible through a partner of the hotel, Restoln. You only had to ask the reception by phone to arrange this. In the end we decided to go out to dinner afterall.
The staff was available 24 hours a day, both by telephone and at the lobby. We found the staff at the reception and in the breakfast room always very friendly and helpful.
Free Wi-Fi is provided throughout the whole hotel. If you would like to have wifi while exploring Paris, you can order pocket wifi at the lobby. With this handy device you always have internet connection wherever and whenever you want.
Every morning we could enjoy a delicious breakfast buffet in the breakfast room on the ground floor. Every time it was a pleasure to go downstairs with the elevator while smelling freshly baked croissants. At the buffet there was something for everyone.
Jan enjoyed the savory flavors and opted for an English breakfast with everything in it. I immersed myself in the sweet flavors of croissants, chocolate rolls and of course the delicious mini pancakes. I did regret it a bit afterwards when I put my feet on the scale.
Of course there are many other services available at the Champs-Elysees Friedland hotel, such as an airport shuttle, laundry service, etc. And you can always rely on the staff if you need something extra such as ironing equipment, a charger, extra towels, etc.
Hotel Champs-Elysees Friedland is located in the heart of the eighth arrondissement on the famous Faubourg Saint Honoré boulevard, with the most luxurious shops. It is also situated a stone’s throw from the equally famous Champs-Elysées with the Arc de Triomphe as a crown jewel. It’s therefore the perfect base for a weekend of shopping.
But also with multiple metro stations, such as George V, nearby you can reach to the most important attractions in Paris in a few minutes.
Where to wine and dine in the neighbourhood?
On the way from the Champs-Elysées to Hotel Champs-Elysées Friedland we discovered a cozy bar/ restaurant where you can enjoy a snack or drink in a beautiful retro and semi-industrial interior. When it’s warm enough, the front windows of the restaurant are opened so that you get the feeling that you are dining outside. A super cozy atmosphere.
Experience the belle époque on a completely different level and have lunch in the le lobby, a restaurant that is part of the Peninsula hotel. Taste international dishes at a culinary level and let yourself immerse in luxury. Le lobby is known for its impressive high tea time, but the lunch menu is definitely worth it. Reserve a spot in time.
The Bouillon Chartier restaurant is a legend in Paris. The authentic restaurant in Montmartre is over more than 100 years old and originated from a simple concept, namely a good meal at a democratic price with excellent customer service. Recently the Chartier opened a new restaurant in Montparnasse and we decided to have dinner there. Besides a delicious meal at a very reasonable price, it was especially the beautiful interior completely in Art Nouveau style that left a big impression on us.
Spring in Paris means time for terraces. Strolling through the most pleasant area of Paris in the evening, namely Saint Germain, is really a highlight. You will witness crowded, lively terraces on every corner of the street. The atmosphere is cozy and magical. Make sure to stop for a drink at chez George in Rue des Canettes. You certainly won’t regret it.
How to discover Paris in a unique way?
Spring is the perfect season to discover Paris from a different perspective. Instead of walking inside and outside metro stations, you can also rent a bicycle or Vespa. The perfect spot to do this is with freescoot. Here you can rent nice, trendy city bikes, but also beautiful red vespas at reasonable prices. Freescoot is located in the heart of Paris alongside the Seine within walking distance of Nortre Dame. The perfect place to start your tour through Paris. The manager is happy to help you on your way with creating the perfect route and off you go.
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