Monday, 27 March 2017
Although it occupies an 100-year old building overlooking one of Paris' historic cemeteries, the Terrass Hotel Montmartre is bang up to date inside. It has a cool and contemporary interior in which splashes of red and funky furniture are interspersed with restrained and tasteful decor. The hotel boasts studio lamps, director’s chairs, wooden floors, tiling of the Paris Metro and bathroom light bulbs modelled on the lamps in artists’ “loges”. Besides its location in buzzy Montmartre, the hotel's main draw card is distant views of the Eiffel Tower both from the premium rooms and the seventh floor rooftop terrace and bar. To make the most of this vista, the "studios d'artiste Eiffel" have large glass windows both in the bedroom and the en-suite bathroom, which is equipped with a luxurious roll-top bath and high-end toiletries. The Terrass Hotel Montmartre also offers fast free WiFi, safes, a gym, a spa, a library and games room, as well as Nespresso coffee machines in the premium rooms. All in all, this establishment is a memorable place from which to survey Paris. 8/10
Sunday, 26 March 2017
Reputed to be the oldest planned square in Paris, Place de Vosges was laid out in the early seventeenth century and provides much-needed open green space in the medieval Marais district of the city. Originally built by Henry IV, the square is still lined with extraordinarily harmonious and handsome buildings. Victor Hugo lived at number 6 while he wrote Les Miserables, but the aristocracy largely abandoned the square in the nineteenth century as the Marais moved downmarket. Today, Place de Vosges is at the heart of one of the most trendy and enthralling parts of Paris.