As far as famous world shopping streets go I’m ticking quite a few of them off the list. I used to study on Chapel Street, in Prahran (Australia) and have since visited 5th Avenue in New York, and worked on The Magnificent Mile in Chicago. Now we can add le Champs d’Elysee to the list as our fantastic hotel is just around the corner.
Tucked way on Rue De Berri is the Hotel California, the lavish little four star hotel that we’ll be calling home for the next few nights. Rooms are individually designed, mine features a mashing of modern and classic French style. Bright coloured bed spread with matching curtains and wall paper featuring etchings of classical French scenes. The inner history geek and designer in me loves it. There’s a TV if you’ve somehow managed to get bored with the city, a nice sized writing desk with plug in internet, closet with plenty of room to hang clothes plus a safe and if you’re lucky you may even be able to squeeze onto the hotels wifi, for free.
The bathroom features a heated towel rack, grey tiled walls and shiny silver fixtures; including an additional one you don’t particularly find in many Australian bathroom. There are also aloe vera bathing products, which will come in handy as today I appear to have been burnt by the Parisian sun. Another story.
The hotel features a large, eclectic, collection of art on all the floors, which can be viewed either by climbing the stairs or riding the small glass elevator up to each level. Breakfast is served in the restaurant on the lobby level until 10:30am, and features a buffet of French treats. Tick off baguettes and croissants from the list, plus some fromage as well.
The Hotel California is located within close walking distance of many major attractions, shopping labels and metro stations, while being far enough off the Champs D’Elysees to be very peaceful.
And I’m about to find out how comfortable the bed is after an incredibly long day.