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Exiting the Eurostar at Gare du Nord (a great way to get from London's St Pancras International to the French Capital in just two hours and 23 minutes), I was excited to be back in one of my favourite cities. After a short journey in a chauffeur-driven Mercedes, I arrived at the five-star L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, part of The Gate Collection consisting of four luxury and lifestyle hotels. Just a short walk to the famous Arc De Triomphe and the Avenue des Champs-Élysées, this charming hotel is perfectly situated for honeymooners visiting this passionate city. The golden revolving doors welcomed me in to the stylish lobby where Art Deco-inspired interiors and glittering chandeliers relive the elegance of the 1930s.The hotel boasts 487 rooms and suites, making it the largest independent hotel in France.The spacious Executive Eiffel View room on the seventh floor was my home for the night and, as I opened the doors to my balcony (complete with a table and chairs for two), an uninterrupted view of the iconic Eiffel Tower greeted me.
Wining and dining
unch or dinner in Le Collectionneur is a must-have while staying at the hotel. Breakfast is enjoyed in this charming, spacious area, which is the newly reopened and redesigned restaurant in the hotel following a year and a half of renovations. Marble tables and velvet seats hold a capacity of 240 guests indoors and up to 150 diners outdoors across the three terraces: The Patio (featuring a vegetation wall), La Terrasse and Le Jardin. Gold, silver and bronze tableware decorate each place setting in keeping with the Art Deco theme and there's a focus on fresh products served with the menu updated each season. Highlights include crispy king prawns with homemade teriyaki sauce to start and free range chicken breast in a homemade green curry with green asparagus, candied turnip and shiitake as a main dish. The sleek bar with its Ruinart champagne display serves alcoholic and non-alcoholic cocktails, and also offers an extensive champagne and wine list.
Whilst staying at L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, spa lovers should head to The Mosaic Spa, a relaxing retreat offering an extensive treatment menu using Decléor and Carita products. Highlights include the Body Polish and the Thai Massage, and there's also treatments especially tailored for men. The spa is equipped with 10 treatment cabins, an oriental hammam, a Jacuzzi, a sauna, plus a fitness room where couples can hire a personal trainer.
Out and about
The concierge team at the hotel can arrange a private boat trip with the company Yachts de Paris take a leisurely trip down the River Seine taking in the many sights including Cathédrale Notre-Dame De Paris.(HES in pink) Shoppers will love the prestigious boutiques lining the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and, of course, no trip to Paris would be complete without the Insta-worthy snap captured outside Ladurée on this famous street. There's also Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré for its selection of designer stores.
Prices start from 300 euros per room per night, L'Hôtel du Collectionneur, 51-57 Rue de Courcelles, 75008, Paris, France. Tel: +33 1 58 36 67 00, www.hotelducollectionneur.com, www.facebook.com/HotelDuCollectionneur, Twitter: @Hcollectionneur, Instagram: hotelducollectionneur