Arriving by taxi in cloudy Madeleine, I had never seen an area of Paris so central yet so quaint. The streets, although busy, were not packed with tourists and were lined with elegant boutiques, cafés and apartments. I entered, what looking like a modern interior design store, but was in fact The Hotel Chavanel. I knew that this was going to be a perfect Parisian stay.
The Low Down
The Chavanel is all about the details. Inspired by contemporary art and Parisian design, the hotel is charming in every way. All the décor, from carpets to bedding to wallpaper, has been tastefully selected, and although modern it still has elements of classic French style.
Madeleine is now one of my favourite Parisian neighbourhoods. Within walking distance to the Champs Elysees, major shopping hubs and Montmartre. I was in fact, disappointed I had never been in this area on my other trips, as it was perfect for absolutely everything! The Neo-classical streets and the grand L’église de la Madeleine Church are fitting to the area and make it very unique within Paris.
Checking into my beautiful city-view room, welcomed by my all-time-favourite, Laduree macarons and champagne (how did they know!) I could not contain myself from snapping away photos in the hotels lobby. The cool and eclectic collection of knickknacks and furnishings are so perfect, you are drawn to the space.
Heading out on the streets, no map needed, I walked until I found myself a cute little café by the Rue Tronchet and admired the people. This area is famous for it’s style, with major designers crossing the globe for inspiration. Sophie Hallette lace, most famously used by Chanel and Dior, is located close by and the Chavanel uses unique pieces throughout the rooms and hotel as a tribute to the area couture was born. It is details like this that make hotel stays so unique- the personality and the imagination of the owners who want to share this with you, is unforgettable.
Breakfast, located in the underground cellar, is all organic, another great little feature of this boutique hotel. Unfortunately, there was very little left when I arrived at 10am for my breakfast, so I cannot say what was available, but there was a few light gluten free options and fresh juices I could enjoy so get in early!
My Deluxe Room, one of only 27, was located on the 5th floor, with pretty street views and an open, airy design. The lace detail, although predominant, was far from ‘girly’ and worked with the bold textures and modern light-up bed head.
The bathroom was modern and clean. Exactly what you expect from such interior perfectionists. A separate toilet was also a great asset and made the room feel much bigger as well as the bathroom more accessible.
The sitting area, complete with television and writing desk complete the room and was ideal for those, like me, who like to spread out and unpack.
The rooms are incredibly comfortable, with air conditioning and crisp linen, I had one of the best sleeps I have ever had.
Stay here if:
You love fashion, interior design or modern art.
The Chavanel is a great little hideaway in central Paris with everything you could need for a Parisian stay, plus the attention and care you expect from a 27-room luxury hotel.
Deluxe Rooms start at 300 Euro per night (off-peak) and are ideal for couples, honeymooners and fashionistas!
Global Roaming was a guest at the Chavanel, however all images and opinions are my own.