Maybe it’s the in depth checklist of rom-coms which have been set within the metropolis of affection, or the scenes painted by the early Twentieth-century artists who handled the French capital’s streets as their studio, however there’s one thing about Paris that conjures up a way of playfulness.  

And for individuals who lean in the direction of the extra theatrical facet of life, Meliá Assortment’s Lodge Villa Marquis presents an acceptable backdrop for a city-break spectacle. Having reopened final June after an in depth refurbishment, the lodge has taken by itself new character – one wearing luxurious velvets, with elegant rose gold elaborations. 

Why keep right here? 

The placement of Lodge Villa Marquis is actually enviable, with its prime place on the sting of the town’s Golden Triangle between avenue Montaigne, avenue George V and avenue des Champs-Elysées. Given this, it’s no shock that its interiors are designed with class and class in thoughts, with wealthy color selections and supplies used to decorate the newly-redesigned house. 

Architects and designers Álvaro Sans and daughter Adriana clearly embraced the French capital’s inventive facet when renovating the lodge. The intimate reception space is considerably beguiling, giving little trace as to the scale of the institution. With a complete of 63 rooms, that is no small operation, however the smartly-conceived design provides a way of conventional, cosy Parisian areas combined with a contemporary, ethereal modernity.  

With the raise sometimes Parisian – in that it errs on the claustrophobic facet of small – some company could select to take the plush staircase to their chambers. The climb is well worth the effort, and so they’ll be rewarded with a sizeable room by which to recline and watch the world go by through floor-to-ceiling home windows.  

Consolation is a press release function throughout Meliá Assortment’s portfolio, and Lodge Villa Marquis is not any exception. From the beds to the mushy furnishings, robes and considerate design particulars, every room invitations company to make themselves at house and make the most of a quiet house to calm down within the continuous metropolis. The bogs are an actual deal with, with enormous baths and waterfall showers – the proper treatment after an extended day strolling across the capital’s streets. 

The theatrical undertones of the rooms are offset by technical diagrams and engineering drawings that pay homage to the commercial spirit of Paris and its monumental landmarks. Some company want solely to poke their head out of the window to marvel at maybe probably the most well-known… 

Photo shows a view of the Eiffel Tower from a bathroom in Hotel Villa Marquis

Consuming and ingesting

Dos Almas is a brand new addition to the lodge – and a welcome one at that. For guests who’re uninterested in overpriced moules frites and steak tartare, this restaurant’s menu presents refreshingly genuine Spanish fare, together with tapas sharing plates, meaty mains and the highly-recommended home sangria.

In collaboration with skilled dancer Ruben Molina, diners are handled to an unique flamenco efficiency as soon as a month. It was my first time seeing the standard dance within the flesh and although I used to be initially somewhat sceptical, being some miles from the Spanish border, it was a delight to expertise the dance and converse with Molina about how he has labored to deliver the artwork kind to Paris.

Two photos: the left shows the tables dressed for dinner at Dos Almas restaurant, and another shows a plate of food

An intensive breakfast buffet can be served within the restaurant, and is certain to set company up for a day for exploration and exertion.  

In the event you’re going all out, the close by three-Michelin-starred Epicure will ship a “culinary expertise to recollect” – though “the 400-euro price ticket per head will appear frankly absurd” if you’re simply dropping in for a fast meal, stated The Telegraph. Le 39v presents a “refined however relaxed” various on avenue George V.

What to do

In the event you spot the sign up reception directing you to the underground fitness center, you’ll be rewarded with a small however well-equipped and stylishly designed exercise spot. But when train services aren’t fairly your concept of a enjoyable time, then company can play dress-up within the Golden Triangle’s unrivalled outlets, providing what is unquestionably among the many world’s greatest high fashion. 

A shot of the reception at Hotel Villa Marquis, completed with rose gold design details and red velvet furnishings

And if the Eiffel Tower, Arc de Triomphe or Sacre Coeur aren’t fairly offering you with the view you’re after, there’s just one factor for it: take to the sky. For an actual journey, Lodge Villa Marquis’s crew are solely too comfortable to rearrange helicopter rides for company, providing the distinctive alternative to expertise Paris from an aerial perspective.

Company can be greeted with champagne and have the possibility to talk with their pilot earlier than strapping in and getting on their manner. With a spread of locations obtainable, there’s certainly no metropolis break exercise that could possibly be extra memorable, nor hit all the best sorts of rom-com drama notes.

As soon as again on agency floor, be sure you enterprise out within the night and see the Eiffel Tower mild up on the hour. On condition that it’s mere moments from the lodge’s entrance door, it’d be impolite to not.

Rooms begin from £260 per (B&B foundation); melia.com