InterContinental Paris - Avenue Marceau
If it is a first stay in Paris, you have to see the major attractions: Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, Champs Elysees Avenue and Arch of Triumph, Concorde square, Notre Dame Cathedral, Orsay Museum. Do not miss the Palais Garnier (Opera House): if it always a pleasure to go and see a performance, I like to visit it without the crowd and try to discover its mysteries (well known in Gaston Leroux’s famous novel, the Phantom of the Opera!). Montmartre offers both clear view over the roofs and typically pre-war ambiance with its painters/drawers/cartoonists, street singers and pavements, still really appreciated by tourists. All these places can be easily reached with the hop on hop off bus, leaving from the Champs Elysees (5 minutes by foot). Tickets are available at the concierge desk.
But a full discovery of Paris can not be complete without a strong food experience: Lunch on rue saint Dominique (Chez Constant, les Cocottes, l’Ami Jean (40-50 euros)…) or any bistro run by Chef Alain Ducasse (Aux Lyonnais, Allard or Rech (70/80 euros) is a perfect choice. Afternoon/Tea time You definitely have to visit the Louvre. You will not be able to see all the collections in one time (it is actually the largest museum in the world!) but short roots can be organised with a private guide or with the interactive audio guides available at the entrance. Fast pass tickets are available at the concierge desk. On your way back to the hotel, why not have a break in Ladurée, located on the Champs Elysees avenue, for a tea time? Their pastries are gorgeous and worldwide famous: especially their macaroons!
In the evening, you should have dinner in le Train Bleu or l’Atelier de Joel Robuchon Etoile. The first place is one of the most amazing brasserie in Paris with a typical French service (around 80 euros per person) and the second is a perfect way to discover gourmet flavours in a casual ambiance (around 120 euros/person). To end your busy day, why not reserve in a popular Cabaret like the Lido (with their brand new show “Paris Merveilles” every night at 9pm or 11pm, from 115 euros/person) or the Crazy Horse (every night at 8.15pm or 10.45pm, from 150 euros/person)? They are both close from the hotel, within a short walking distance.
In 1879, The Comte de Breteuil ordered this beautiful hotel with a Haussmann-styled façade. The oldest building around the court was used as the count’s stable, for his 6 horses. The countess of Breteuil settle in the hotel. In 1846, Charlotte Fould (1826-1917) married Alexander Charles Joseph de Breteuil (1819-1906), son of Charles de Breteuil, Count of Breteuil (1781-1864). Charlotte Fould was the daughter of Achille Fould, Napoléon 3rd’s minister of finance. King Louis-Philippe signed their wedding contact, and the entire aristocracy attended the wedding.