By Norah Bradford
Though Paris is home to many fabulous hotels, Hotel de Vendome’s charming and convenient location make it a standout choice for visitors to the City of Lights. This exclusive boutique hotel perfectly embodies the notion of Parisian chic. Located in the heart of Paris’s most fashionable district at 1 Place Vendome, this elegant five-star luxury hotel features attentive service, fine cuisine, and a discreet atmosphere around the corner from the Ritz Hotel, which will open in 2014.
Hotel de Vendome has a rich and fascinating history. In 1723, the private mansion that houses the hotel today was built as a private residence for the Vendome Family. It is from this residence that Place Vendome derives its name. The building that houses Hotel de Vendome then became the Texan embassy from 1842 through 1907, a period during which France was the only nation that recognized Texas as an independent country. In 1907, the property was converted into a hotel. Place Vendome is situated at the start of the Rue de la Paix.
The Hotel de Vendome is notable for its luxury and beauty. It features twenty-nine lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites. Ten suites and nineteen guest rooms comprise the accommodations at the hotel. Each of the suites and rooms is uniquely decorated with antique furniture, beautiful woods, and the finest French-crafted upholstery. Each bathroom showcases rare and beautiful marble. The hotel’s revolving door entryway leads guests into an elegant reception area that feels cozy and intimate, yet luxurious and highly professional.
Hotel de Vendome is extremely convenient to Paris’s most celebrated attractions. Just steps away from the hotel’s doors are the Tuileries gardens, Musee de Louvre, National Opera, and the fashionable Rue Saint-Honore. The Rue Saint-Honore is home to the city’s premier designer retail locations. The Place Vendome boasts some of the world’s finest jewelers, and the Opera Garnier and Jeu de Paume Gallery are both located very close to the hotel.
The dining options available to Hotel de Vendome guests are exceptional. Inside the hotel is the exquisite One Place Vendome Restaurant, which features a seasonally-focused menu by Chef Josselin Marie, and also the One Place Vendome Bar, a perfect place to unwind at the end of a busy day packed with sightseeing, shopping, and exploring. Both the restaurant’s and bar’s interiors were designed by the acclaimed Italian interior designer Michele Bonan. Michele chose a couture-style theme for the spaces, and the result is pure elegance. Silver-studded black and white hound’s tooth patterned chairs, inviting silk velvet sofas, silver silk satin curtains, and pink satin cushions decorated with black and white ribbed motifs adorn the area.
All in all, there is no more magical place to stay while in Paris than Hotel de Vendome. This charming boutique hotel is the perfect choice for visitors the City of Lights who seek a distinctive, chic, timeless yet modern experience. Sure to surprise and delight, Hotel de Vendome is a gem.
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