Paris is always a good idea. It’s a saying that comes across in my mind several times a year, until I actually book my yearly trip. When the opportunity arose, I jumped at the chance to see Paris in the warmth, since I have visited in Autumn/Winter for the many of the previous occasions. Not only that, I had the chance to take my partner in crime, Binny with me too.
Starting our day early we were eager to get on the Eurostar to Paris and start our relaxed foodie journey around Paris and explore what the Westin Paris had to offer. I always find the Eurostar just zooms past, especially as Binny and I had a lot to catch up on. Before we knew it, we had arrived. Paris greeted us with a lovely blue sky and a weekend full of sun – perfect.
We hopped into an Uber from Gare Du Nord and jetted off to The Westin. On arrival, the staff at the check-in desk told us our room wasn’t ready yet, but will be in 20 minutes. Considering it was around 10am, I think that was completely understandable. So we popped into their bar, Tuileries Bar for a coffee.
Once we reached our room, we realised we had been upgraded to a Junior Suite, which was a great. The room was extremely spacious and had a very large ‘living’ area, including a walk in closet. The room was set up as a king bed and normally stays that way, but on special request they had made it into two twin beds.
My favourite feature of the room at the Westin Paris was the view from the terrace. Not only was it the perfect place to eat breakfast, but it had the most magical sight of the Eiffel Tower.
We even managed to see it glitter at night, which I had seen before on previous trips but Binny hadn’t. All from the comfort of our lovely bedroom – what a treat! Also, a huge thank you to Guest Services at the Westin Paris for providing us with so many colourful balloons for our shoot, so accommodating for our very random request.
The bathroom was fairly modern but it could do with some updating, especially for a well known Parisian hotel. The amenities were nice sizes but not particularly luxurious. Luckily, I did bring my L’Occitane shower kit with me.
We went down to explore more of the hotel to find they had a gorgeous outdoor Veuve Clicquot summer terrace. It was filled with blooming, bright coloured flowers and plants that brought the terrace to life. The white dressed tables added an elegant touch too.
It is the perfect place to have a mid-afternoon glass of champagne, an early morning breakfast in the fresh Parisian air or a lovely late night dinner amongst the lights and shining stars. Paris is a truly romantic city and the hotels sure do help make that the case too.
The hotel is perfectly located near the Musée du Louvre, Jardin des Tuileries, a short walk from the Eiffel Tower and round the corner from Le Meurice and Angelina. Of course we took advantage of the location and visited everything, including breakfast at Angelina and dinner at Le Meurice. I’ll share more about that in a later blog post.
During our stay at the Westin Paris, we also experience their amazing brunch offering at their resident restaurant, Le First. It reminded me of the brunch I had at Four Seasons in Lisbon – which was just as extensive.
The decor had a mysterious dark purple theme to it, that added a touch of elegance to the restaurant.
The commenced our brunch the way we planned to go on, with a glass of champagne. It was ice-cold which was just perfect, as it was so hot outside, with the sun shining onto our table too.
We had someone personally escort us around to tell us what each dish was and pointed out any dishes we couldn’t have based on allergies or food dislikes. It is always lovely to have personalised service in a hotel.
My favourite part was the fresh juice section. There was a selection of fruits and vegetables to choose from including pear, pineapple, apple, cucumber, carrot, tomato and the option to add ginger to your juice too. I had a mix of pineapple, carrot and ginger – which made for a divine healthy juice. Just what I needed after a weekend of indulgence.
The fresh fruits on offer too were fantastic. The basket of berries were plump and ripe, that could be mixed with breakfast offerings like granola.
The salads and starers were extensive. From celeriac and crab meat salads to foie gras coated balls. There was also a dedicated seafood counter with langoustines, prawns, oysters, smoked salmon and sea bass, mussels and various other seafood salads.
There was even a chef station where fresh beef and shallot mash was served, along with some gorgeous fresh quiches.
The dessert section was just as impressive. Complete with macarons, fresh fruit salads, many different flans, cakes and madeleines too.
The whole brunch experience was just fantastic. So much choice and a great way to spend a few hours with friends over a good catch up. There were many Parisians who took advantage of the brunch and brought their families along to enjoy too.
Overall, we had a wonderful stay The Westin Paris. From the wonderful services in the restaurant and bars, the accommodating guest services and reception team to the ideal location for a quick weekend break.
Until next time…
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