la-villa-haussmann-review-paris-honeymoon-5Deciding where we wanted to honeymoon took quite some time. With a September wedding, we had three realistic choices – Hawaii, Europe and St. Lucia (more risky – thankful we didn’t go that route). Due to the risk and limited activities, we nixed St. Lucia quickly which left us with Hawaii and Europe. Hawaii flights were way too expensive, so that left us with my top pick – Europe! The next adventure in planning was landing on exactly here in Europe.

So S took the lead and brought me five locations that were adventurous, had lots of culture to dive into and were within budget in Europe. He listed off Barcelona, Paris .. and I was immediately sold on the city of love! I’ll never know what the other three were I guess!

After we booked our flights, we researched the different districts in Paris to better understand where we wanted to stay. We knew we’d be planning out the trip and making day adventures out of many districts, but for lodging we landed on the 8th district because it was near a lot of attractions like theย Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees. It’s funny because we spent the least amount of time at those two attractions since they were very touristy and we preferred the more quiet, authentic, quaint areas of Paris, but I’d stay in the 8th again because the boutique hotel we stayed at was AMAZING.

Our honeymoon was so amazing and a large part of the reason is due to the gorgeous, immaculate boutique hotel – La Villa Haussmann. I’ve had so many girls say they are headed to Paris for their honeymoon or upcoming girls trips, so I wanted to do a hotel review for you!

1. LOCATION
Like I mentioned before, this boutique hotel is located in the 8th district, but not in the heart of the touristy area which we really enjoyed. Theย busy Arc de Triomphe and Champs-Elysees attractions were very close, but the actual hotel was in a quiet, relaxing area. We were told that this portion of the 8th district was more of a ‘working’ area so in the morning there was the hustle and bustle of people getting to work, but on the weekend it was very quiet.

Another awesome perk of this location is that the subway station was only a three minute walk away. When S and I travel, we nix the taxi/Uber expense and learn the subway or walk. We conquered the Boston T in college which is typically much more complex (and crappy) compared to other subways. Also – walking from one district to another is a wonderful option because you find shops, restaurants and views that you wouldn’t have stumbled upon with an Uber! Paris is so gorgeous, so walking was our main travel of choice ๐Ÿ™‚

2.ROOM
Simply stunning. This boutique hotel has only 38 rooms and we booked one of the five ‘classic’ rooms. The first impression of the hotel and our room was that it’s very chic, posh and glam. In S’ words- right up my alley HAHA. Whoever designed this really paid attention to the little details. The blue accents were to gorgeous, the entire bathroom was a beautiful white marble, the shower was huge, bed comfortable and the balcony was an awesome surprise.

We really wanted a balcony on our room, but couldn’t justify the “superior” room price just for that. Well guess what? Our room had a gorgeous balcony and it was one of our favorite parts! We had no idea and I feel like they should advertise this feature better online since it’s very appealing. Opening up the door to stand outside and take in the view during the day and evening was our favorite. We’d crack it while we took an afternoon power nap and both the breeze and city sounds were so refreshing refreshing.

PS – sorry for the messy bed picture. We have a tradition where right when we get to a hotel we jump on the bed. Probably frowned upon, but I’m a five year old so that’s fine.

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3.VIEW
From our balcony, we overlooked the city street and a cute bakery across the way. I took a lot of videos on the balcony, but apparently lacked in grabbing photos!

4. AMMENITIES
Oh man – such a treat! On the bottom floor there is a heated pool, gym and sauna. We looked forward to our nightly swim and steam room session all through the day. Most nights we were the only one down there! I had never been in a steam room and this experienced made me want one for my house.. if that’s even a thing. I slept so great at night and woke up refreshed. The area was also very clean and organized. My only improvement would be to leave it open a bit longer. The room closed at 10PM, but we always found ourselves rushing to get down there after dinner to enjoy at least an hour. I’m sure they close it for a reason, but we really wish it was open later.

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The hotel also has a newly added restaurant downstairs. To celebrate our honeymoon, they gifted us two glasses of complimentary champagne. We also shared a chocolate mousse dessert that was impeccable!

We had such an amazing honeymoon and we’re already on heading back to this hotel and the city of love for our five year anniversary! Hehe. I will have a honeymoon recap up soon to share what we explored while in Paris! Until then, here is a post covering 10 things you absolutely must do when in the city of love.

We’re traveling a lot of new places this year, so I cannot wait to bring you more hotel reviews and travel themed posts! Xo Mindy


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  1. Jenni says:

    We went last May for the first time and stayed in La Marais district. I am having massive wanderlust looking at your photos – I want to go back so badly!

  2. Prerana says:

    Gorgeous hotel! I love boutique hotels more than the chains… way more personality

    Prerana | Broadcloth – Fashion for the Working Woman.

  3. Ciera Chang says:

    This hotel looks incredible! I love Paris and want to go back someday, would love to visit here ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Nicole says:

    Wow what an awesome find! I’ve never been to Paris before but I’m bookmarking this for a future trip ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Annaliese says:

    Mindy your hotel looks so ideal!! ๐Ÿ™‚ I loved following along your honeymoon on IG last fall so I’m super excited to see more. I studied abroad in France in high school but never made it to Paris minus a layover in the airport!!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

  6. ahhh it looks SO beautiful!! the jacuzzi looks SO inviting! I want to hop right in!

  7. the sophia diaries says:

    omg you’re right this tooootally looks like a dream!! i love that it’s such a small cozy hotel with 38 rooms!

  8. Ashley says:

    I’m headed to Paris with my husband for our honeymoon soon, and we’re staying in the 8th too! So happy to hear you loved it!

  9. Jenny says:

    Your hotel room was so cute! I am dying to go to Europe and hoping to make that a reality soon.

  10. Rosalie says:

    Oh this hotel looks so dreamy! It’s nice to hear that your Paris honeymoon is great. I would love to head here one day.

    Rosalie | http://www.theglossy.co

  11. Jiawun says:

    Oh wow, this hotel is absolutely gorgeous! I’ve never been to Paris but when I go, this is definitely where I want to stay. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Wow this hotel just looks gorgeous! Makes me want to stay there sometime!

  13. Oooh this hotel looks so chic! I want to go to Paris now. <3

  14. Deborah says:

    A Parisian honeymoon sounds so romantic! Glad to see you guys had a great time!

  15. Ashley says:

    What a gorgeous hotel, so incredible! If you do ever have a chance to make it to St. Lucia, definitely go – it’s so beautiful and it’s kind of like Hawaii in the sense that you get the beach and mountain views, but without the uber expensive plane ticket ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. Alix Maza says:

    OMG this looks incredible! I want to go to Paris like NOW haha.

  17. Emily says:

    Wow, this looks so lovely! I’ve never been to Paris but I’d love to stay in a hotel like this one!
    -Emily
    https://norepeatsorhesitations.com/2018/02/21/a-3-day-itinerary-for-washington-dc/

  18. that swim + steam room looks so perfect! Looks like you had an amazing trip

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