A Magical Place Where Dreams Come True -Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Paris.
Updated: Feb 5, 2019
I remember the day my best friend bought me a key chain which featured a photo of a vintage looking blonde, styled with Grace Kelly hair. Her expression is open mouthed and looks shocked. A solitary speech bubble says "...I am not staying here if it doesn't have a spa or a mini-bar".
Jemma, my best friend, had captured a very truthful observation of my, luxurious, hotel tastes and I haven't changed some fifteen years later.
On a college trip to Paris, to visit Premiere Vision, I made my first fatal error in Paris. I stepped inside the Hôtel Plaza Athénée and took afternoon tea in the 'La Galerie' in the lobby.
During the initial step inside I immediately recognized the hotel. For all 'Sex and the City' fans, like me, you will remember that Hôtel Plaza Athénée was the backdrop for Carrie Bradshaw’s Paris adventures for ‘An American Girl in Paris’, the last two episodes of Sex and the City.
As I left the hotel I vowed that one day I would return as a hotel guest. This happy day came a few years later when I returned to Paris on a press trip with 'Princesse tam tam'.
If you cannot fall in love with this hotel based on aesthetics alone, then you need a serious talking to!! Hôtel Plaza Athénée is located on Avenue Montaigne, right next door to Dior!
On occasion luxury hotels have a feeling of making people feel uneasy, I refuse to stay anywhere where I feel uncomfortable and I promise this hotel is certainly one of the friendliest. The friendly and attentive staff addressed me as ‘Madame Owen’ during my stay. "I'm in Paris and this time I am staying" I thought to myself.
My Deluxe Room was on the sixth floor and overlooked the leafy, tree-lined, Avenue Montaigne. The Parisian room is enchanting and fit for a Princess. It's impossible to feel anything other than relaxed within these sumptuous surroundings.
"Experience your own Carrie Bradshaw moment in Paris."
I savored every moment, my hands sweeping across the curves of the stunning Louis XVI-style chairs, the beautiful bed and silk drapes which puddled at the floor. I even had a writing desk!
My stay was immediately after the hotel was refurbished to add new rooms and suites.