24 Hours in Paris
Each hotel we recommend includes breakfast because we believe that there is no better way to start the day. So, indulge in complimentary breakfast at the elegantly designed Maison Souquet boutique hotel. After breakfast walk to the Sacré-Cœur via Rue Lepic. Located at the summit of the hill of Montmartre, to reach the Basilica you can either climb the 270 steps or take the funicular. From the top, you will be rewarded with magnificent panoramic views of Paris.
From the Sacre-Coeur walk to Barbès-Rochechouart station and take the underground to Saint-Michel-Notre-Dame. Once at the Notre-Dame, don’t be overwhelmed by the size of the queue to enter the cathedral as it moves quite quickly. After a quick tour inside, cross the street to the Shakespeare & Company bookstore. The original bookstore was opened in 1919 by Sylvia Beach. During the 1920s, Beach’s shop attracted the then-aspiring writers Ernest Hemingway and James Joyce. Today Shakespeare & Company houses aspiring writers in return for their services in the bookshop, truly embodying the bookstore’s motto of “Be Not Inhospitable to Strangers Lest They Be Angels in Disguise”.
After a successful morning exploring some of Paris’s most beloved attractions, take stock whilst indulging in authentic French cuisine. Minutes away from the Louvre, we recommend Louise for a late lunch.
Return to the Maison Souquet and request the key from the front desk for a relaxing swim in the private pool. Freshen up in your elegantly appointed room.
Take a short taxi ride to the Eiffel Tower. Located fifteen minutes away from the hotel, if you purchased your ticket in advance you will be in the perfect spot to watch the Eiffel Tower sparkle on the hour for a mesmerising light show. Head to the top floor where you will find a small exhibition that recreates the office of Gustave Eiffel who designed and oversaw construction of the Tower, complete with waxwork figures. For a truly romantic experience, indulge in a glass of G.H. Mumm rosé champagne from the Bar à Champagne. Whilst the highest floor makes you feel like you are on top of the world, for the best views of Paris we recommend visiting the second floor which allows you to identify more of the landmarks. It is also perfect for those who would rather not be 297 metres in the air!
Cross the Seine for a sumptuous dinner at Le Cinq. Boasting beautiful views of the Four Season’s courtyard, this Three-Michelin-star restaurant is set in a remarkable dining room dressed in grey and gold. The menus elevate the freshest regional ingredients with a mélange of classic French culinary techniques and innovative, new cooking styles. Perfect for special occasions.