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A unique experience of Parisian Luxury: One night at La Trémoille
June 17th, 2009
"What joy to be in the heart of the Golden Triangle"...
La Trémoille is one of these addresses you wish to keep secret. I came here for the first time a few years ago and and I have memories of an intimate, exclusive and cosmopolitan hotel where the fashion, luxury and business merge together. Today, everyone is still talking about the hotel and I couldn't resist returning.
Upon arrival, a smile welcomes me while getting out of my car. My luggage is picked up and swiftly taken to the hotel lobby, where I admire the beautiful Haussmannian façade with its mouldings and wrought-iron balconies.
As I enter the building, I recognise the beautiful Art Déco stairs and once again, I am charmed by the cosy atmosphere so characteristic of the Parisian luxury style. I am surprise when I meet the concierges who remember that I had already stayed at the hotel. Welcomed as a regular guest, I instantly feel at home.
Celebrities from all over the world have been coming to this property since the 30s and certainly had the same feeling.
Looking around I begin to notice the hotel's new lay-outs: a larger lobby, extended by a library in the newly renovated Louis² restaurant bar and lounge. Louis² is very busy at this time of the afternoon where guests who have just finished their day cross those who have just started it.
Olivier Lordonnois, the Hotel General Manager, oversees the running of La Tremoille taking care of his guests so that they feel comfortable, providing them with all their needs. Hailing from Paris, Olivier is the best person to help you discover the city and he will tell you where the best places to visit are, so you can discover Paris like a local.
I spend a few minutes getting changed before joining a friend at the bar. I take in all the details of this renovated contemporary space - the warm Macassar wood furnishings, graphic designs on a deep carpet, the contemporary armchairs and the silky glints of the materials used, whilst sipping my 'Louis²' cocktail and listening to the jazz melodies of the live piano.
The Louis² restaurant has also been entirely refurbished. Voluminous cubic lamps and extraordinary chain mail curtains reflecting the hotel's heritage give a structure to the place and provide a stunning Art Deco atmosphere. The chef's menu satisfies the appetites of even the most discerning guests.
At last, I am glad to reach my room. There are 93 of them at the hotel, including 5 suites all of which are individually decorated with a fusion of traditional and contemporary styles. Refined silk materials in colour tones of browns, greys and off white are used to give a sensation of comfort, intimacy and well being.
The hotel was originally created in the mid 1920's when the popular international art deco design movement was born. This inspired the layout and the decoration of the bathrooms which use elegant combinations of grey and black marble, wooden mirrors and retro fittings. Molton Brown amenities are provided for all guests.
Nothing is lacking at the hotel in terms of technology. Each room is equipped with a flat screen television, DVD, CD player, i-Pod connection and Internet access. Curled up on a velvet armchair, I enjoy the delicious complimentary Ladurée macaroons whilst admiring the ceiling's marble mouldings and chimney. What a peaceful moment!
The morning after, as my bath runs, I order room service and receive a generous continental breakfast brought by a maid a few minutes later. I could have used the hatch, an ingenuous system exclusive to La Trémoille, where laundry or room service can be left without disturbing the guest.
It is a delight to be able to spoil myself, but not forgetting
my good habits, I decide to pay a visit to the hotel's Fitness
Centre, which can be directly accessed by the lift. I watch the
news on the flat-screen televisions while exercising on the cardio
machines before deciding to go and explore the city.
One of the concierges suggests organising a boat tour on the Seine or a picnic by the riverside next to the most beautiful avenue of the world. A couple of hours later, I am cutting across the Paris streets in a convertible 2CV, driven by an inexhaustible guide. La Trémoille does have a lot of unexpected resources...