As most of you know, I was in Paris over the holidays for seven days and if you follow me on Instagram you have already seen a few photos from my trip. My husband and I did so much on this trip that my recap is going to have to span over multiple posts as I don’t want to create one big marathon post. So today we are going to look at where we stayed and what we ate!
Where We Stayed
While in Paris we stayed at the Le Royal Hotel. It was located in the city centre in the Montparnasse section of Paris. We were about ten blocks away from the Eiffel Tower and within a short walking distance of two metro stations. We took the metro pretty much everywhere so it was really handy to be near them both as it made it very easy to get around.
I forgot to take photos of the hotel but their website has quite a few to take a look at. When we arrived our room wasn’t ready (though we arrived much earlier than check-in) but they were able to have it ready in 45 minutes which was great! They offered us some suggestions for lunch near the hotel and by the time we were done our room was ready.
The hotel staff was very friendly and always ready to assist with recommendations for meals, places to see, things to do and able to assist with making dinner reservations for us. The room was very clean and comfortable to stay in. We weren’t really a big fan of the shower but… are any hotel showers ever as good as your one at home?
The hotel also did offer breakfast and while it was not complimentary, the time we saved the days that we ate there rather than going to find breakfast elsewhere was invaluable. They offered a selection of deli meat, pastries, scrambled eggs, cereal, fruit and yogurt.
All in all, I would highly recommend staying at the Le Royal Hotel in Paris! We were able to get it for a reasonable price and the location was perfect!
What We Ate
For my husband and I, good food is always an important part of travelling. The thing with Paris is that there is an overwhelming amount of selection! Here are some of the meal highlights!
Our first meal in Paris was a recommendation from the concierge at the hotel when we mentioned we were eager for some crepes. Ty Billig did not disappoint at all. I had the Fouesnantaise crepe which consisted of ham, cheese and creamy mushrooms. It was so delicious!
Trying to figure out where to eat on New Years Eve was a challenge because we kind of left it to the last minute and again, the options are just so overwhelming. We were able to find a set menu at La Forge, a nearby restaurant that looked both delicious and intriguing and were able to get an early reservation. It was definitely a pricy meal but so worth it! Our last meal of 2017 was definitely one to remember!
Another restaurant near our hotel and one that we went to on a whim on New Year’s Day. Quite a few places were closed for the holiday and a quick glance at the menu had us intrigued. It ended up being another pricy dinner but it was a surprise-hit! I finally tried escargot which were quite tasty!
Il Forno Di Napoli
My husband and I both love Italian food so we were pretty drawn to Italian restaurants when we were in Paris. We figured we are so close to Italy that it’s got to be the real deal, and it was! We actually loved this place so much that we went twice! The first night we shared bruschetta and each had a pasta and the second night we each had a pizza! The staff here was fantastic and they gave us some complimentary limoncello the second night as they recognized us from our first time there.
Tavola di Gio
Another Italian restaurant that we tried was conveniently right beside our hotel. This is where we had our last meal in Paris and it was definitely delicious! It was a fantastic last meal in Paris, their fresh pasta was amazing! Pictured is both my meal and my husband’s. The Tagliatelle dello chef which was fresh pasta with a creamy black truffle sauce on it with mushrooms was to die for!
No trip to Paris is complete without buying crepes off of the stands that you will find on the street. This is what we usually had for lunch as it was inexpensive and filled us up. We usually had ham and cheese (more lunch-y) but pictured is a Nutella and banana crepe that I had by the Arc de Triomphe.
Well that was where we stayed and the highlights of what we ate in Paris! Next up will be what we did while in Paris!