This Paris trip seems like a lifetime ago by now, but I wanted to share what we did on our last day of the trip. Sarah and I had originally planned to return to Avignon for 24 hours to go to a massive brocante/flea market (you can read about my past visits here), but we stayed at the materials market later than expected which made the trip to Avignon a little tight before our flight the following day. We called an audible while standing in Gare de Lyon and booked into a beautiful boutique hotel that Sarah used to stay at with her grandma as a child instead. An extra 24 hours in Paris is never a bad thing!
Hôtel Duc de Saint-Simon is a small 34 room treasure tucked into a side street in Saint Germain des Près and filled with old-world charm. Opulent wallpapers by Pierre Frey and freshly pressed bed linens embroidered with the hotel’s logo grace every room. Since our booking was so last minute the concierge graciously showed us several of the available suites upon arrival so we could pick our favorite. We changed and set out to wander the streets around our hotel, looking for a cozy restaurant for dinner, walking almost 2 miles taking in the evening light before ending up at L’Affable a chic bistro – right next to our hotel.
What I love most about Hotel Duc de Saint Simon is their downstairs breakfast room that feels like Moroccan-riad-meets-wine-cellar. Nestled amongst piles of pink pillows and tables laden with tea sets and silver it’s such a vibrant yet serene place to start the day. (The service is discreet and exceptional too.) The hotel is a stones throw from wonderful antique shops, booksellers and cafes in the sixth, so Sarah and I spent the morning wandering through countless shops and bakeries before heading to the airport to make our afternoon flight. Here’s hoping we’ll be able to return again soon.