Deciding 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 the 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!
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. The 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 🙂
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.
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!
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.
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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