Hotels, are places of infinite possibilities. I am always curious to see how they are done up, and sometimes a little disappointed, at all the missed opportunities.
New Hotel Roblin, was recently refurbished and decorated by Flamant – one of my favourite interior shops in St Germain, Flamant though Belgian in origins, manages to embody the epitome of classic/contemprary French interiors. All grace & elegance, in various shades of grey linen and chic furniture. How could we resist staying in a hotel they did up!
Rooms: We normally opt for a basic bedroom, Paris is an expensive place, and I am usually very happy with a petit mignon. Our luggage is minimal, and though we don’t need a lot of space, we like a well considered room. In this case upgrading to a luxury class is worth it as the basic rooms are very basic. The ‘lux’ rooms have plenty of natural light, high ceilings, a fire place and well padded armchairs in their own little sitting area. (there are some suites with separate living room which cost more, but we find that quite superfluous, our London flat is practically the size of a hotel suite, for heavens sake)
Service: was exceptional, friendly and attentive staff to make everyone feel welcome. There was a basic turn down service though sadly, no petit fours were left on our white fluffy pillows…in my book that’s a minus.
Room service: Another perfect experience for a light supper. Lovely soup, good bread & wine.
The bar& lounge: We tested the hotel bar, as any honest British person would, – excellent cocktails. My main complaint would be the public areas, though attractive to look at were not as comfortable as they should have been…which makes choosing a good bedroom all the more important.
Hotel lounge has some quirky details, but the lighting was all wrong. One could sit by the lit fire and enjoy those drinks, but I think will order room service and enjoy them In private.
The breakfast room: at hotel Roblin, this was just a dingy corridor. A bit of an afterthought and as much as I like hotel breakfasts. Laduree with all its delights is literally, just Across the road. So, our petit dejeuner is there. We did not regret it, despite its fame laduree does not rest on its glories, it still offers delicious things to eat in laduree glamorous settings.
Hotel Roblin is attractive, comfortable and very well positioned, but it would not be my first choice for Paris. Most of the time when visiting we stay in this hotel – Instead, well woth checking it out. There are a few posts about it, and More posts on Paris delights
If you have any favourite Paris hotels (or any favourite hotels for that matter) would love to know.