Maybe it’s the in depth record of rom-coms which were 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 many who lean in the direction of the extra theatrical facet of life, Meliá Assortment’s Resort Villa Marquis affords an appropriate 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 gildings. 

Why keep right here? 

The situation of Resort 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 magnificence and class in thoughts, with wealthy color selections and supplies used to decorate the newly-redesigned area. 

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 dimensions of the institution. With a complete of 63 rooms, that is no small operation, however the smartly-conceived design offers a way of conventional, cosy Parisian areas blended with a recent, ethereal modernity.  

With the carry usually Parisian – in that it errs on the claustrophobic facet of small – some visitors could select to take the plush staircase to their chambers. The climb is well worth the effort, they usually’ll be rewarded with a sizeable room through 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 Resort Villa Marquis is not any exception. From the beds to the mushy furnishings, robes and considerate design particulars, every room invitations visitors to make themselves at house and make the most of a quiet area to loosen up within the continuous metropolis. The loos are an actual deal with, with big baths and waterfall showers – the proper treatment after a protracted 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 economic spirit of Paris and its monumental landmarks. Some visitors 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 consuming

Dos Almas is a brand new addition to the lodge – and a welcome one at that. For guests who’re bored with overpriced moules frites and steak tartare, this restaurant’s menu affords 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 normal dance within the flesh and although I used to be initially slightly sceptical, being some miles from the Spanish border, it was a delight to expertise the dance and communicate with Molina about how he has labored to convey 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 in depth breakfast buffet can also be served within the restaurant, and is bound to set visitors up for a day for exploration and exertion.  

Should 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” in case you are simply dropping in for a fast meal, stated The Telegraph. Le 39v affords a “refined however relaxed” various on avenue George V.

What to do

Should you spot the check in 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 amenities aren’t fairly your thought of a enjoyable time, then visitors can play dress-up within the Golden Triangle’s unrivalled outlets, providing what is definitely among the many world’s finest 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, Resort Villa Marquis’s group are solely too completely happy to rearrange helicopter rides for visitors, providing the distinctive alternative to expertise Paris from an aerial perspective.

Visitors can be greeted with champagne and have the prospect to speak with their pilot earlier than strapping in and getting on their means. With a spread of locations accessible, there’s certainly no metropolis break exercise that could possibly be extra memorable, nor hit all the correct sorts of rom-com drama notes.

As soon as again on agency floor, you’ll want to enterprise out within the night and see the Eiffel Tower mild up on the hour. Provided 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