“Paris is always a good idea” – Actress and icon Audrey Hepburn in the 1954 film Sabrina.
As spontaneous breaks go, it’s hard to beat jumping on the Eurostar and finding yourself in Paris in just over two hours. Maybe you want to whisk a loved-one away for a weekend break, impress a first date with the ultimate romantic day trip, or maybe you just fancy escaping England for the weekend with a group of mates, for a glamorous and glittering getaway. Whatever your reason, and lets face it, it isn’t that hard to find one; the French capital is hard to top. Le chic, le quick, as they say (or don’t, my French GSCE was a long time ago).
Spontaneity however usually goes hand-in-hand with a deliberate avoidance of planning, so if you want to getaway; but don’t want to trawl through guidebooks and websites to find that perfect Paris hotel, we have put together our pick of the bunch around the vibrant and iconic Champs Elysées to ensure you are at the heart of the four-star action. Bonnes vacances!
“We’ll always have Paris.” – Humphrey Bogart’s Rick to Ingrid Bergman’s Ilsa – the star-crossed lovers of the cinema classic Casablanca
Love is in the air:
California Champs Elysées: When it comes to a romantic break, the perfect Paris panorama is sure to melt even the hardest of hearts. And it doesn’t matter if you are making a last minute booking as each of the rooms and suites offer a different view of the French capital. This luxury, four-star hotel boasts a fine collections of paintings and art objects, to satisfy your immediate cultural needs, and its classic and refined decor will certainly give you points in the style stakes.
Champs Elysées Mac Mahon: After the Eiffel Tower, the Arc de Triomphe is probably the most recognisable of the numerous Paris landmarks. This fabulous four-star is nestled at the foot of this iconic building. It was completely refurbished as a concept hotel in 2011, so chances are your date won’t have already been there (always good to avoid any awkward moments), and has extravagantly reproduced the mythical and romantic Paris of the 19th century.
Champs Elysées Friedland: If it is elegance you are after, then this 4* hotel, only 500m from the famous boulevard, is a safe romantic bet. You can even get a deal which sees you get a free glass of champagne among other goodies, which is sure to start the date in fizzling and fine style.
Garden Elysees: While the Champs Elysee is bold and brash, just off the bustling boulevard this charming four-star hotel is a veritable haven of peace. With a tree-shaded courtyard, open fire places, top class service and mood lighting, you might not even want to head out into the bright lights.
Just Parisian pals
Rochester Champs Elysées: If you and your friends are looking to take a cheeky break away from the norm, than this four-star hotel is ideal as a base to hit all the best bars and clubs in the area. Combining charm and tradition, with that all important luxury, whether it is a boys break or taking time out with your girlfriends, this is the vibrant place to be.
Waldorf Arc de Triomphe and Spa: If you are looking for a sanctuary away from the hurly burly of the Champs Elysees, or looking to rejuvenate after a sampling the evening delights of Paris, this four star hotel boasts the best in beauty and body treatments. Renew and recharge by day, hit the hot-spots after dark.