On Sunday morning, we woke up to the most beautiful room service spread. My favourite pastries on beautiful silver trays and delicious smelling sausages that wafted into the bedroom as Ben opened the door.
I have to admit that I ate all the pastries in that little wicker basket. Ben and I lounged on the sofa with our dressing gowns wrapped around us and slurped on our cups of tea and orange juice. I’ve never had breakfast as room service before, so it was a real luxury treat. The spread was incredible and we felt like absolute royalty.
I’m one of these annoying people that always feel as though I’m a bit of a burden in hotels. I’ll always tidy up before I leave and make sure I make the bed, so ordering room service always feels like I’m creating work for someone else and I always feel guilty. But then again maybe that’s the point, it’s supposed to be a treat and definitely felt like one at Hotel Westminster.
We spent the morning rushing around Paris making the most of the beautiful Parisian architecture shooting some outfits and exploring the beauty, before nipping back to the hotel for a quick change.
We left once more and made our way to the Peninsula Hotel. A few weeks before, we had afternoon tea at the Peninsula in Hong Kong, so we were really looking forward to seeing how one of the newer hotels in the chain would compare.
With Christmas in the air, the entire Hotel was transformed into the most beautiful festive wonderland. Beauty-wise, The Peninsula Paris was winning over The Peninsula Hong Kong. The trees are the kind that you dream of having space for in your home one day, decorated with classic colours to really emphasise the stunning hotel decor. I know now, without doubt that Paris does Christmas more beautifully than anywhere I have ever travelled.
We were seated in the restaurant, champagne poured, and feeling incredibly relaxed.
After walking around in the freezing cold all day, we welcomed the steaming china cups of tea as our fingers started to thaw out.
A delicious glass of their pink bubbles for me and a sharper glass of Brut for The Gentleman, before the main event arrived.
Delicate sandwiches – Foie Gras on toasted foccacia bread, an homage to the croc monsieur – two slices of granary bread filled with egg mayonnaise and topped with more, a cheese and apple savoury side and finally an inside out cucumber sandwich. Cucumber in the middle and philly on the top. Each little morsel beautiful and done with such intricacy to create the most delicate mouthful.
Scones were skipped in the afternoon tea, in favour of some creamy cakes and bites. Usually I savour the scones as a great middle ground breaking up the savoury sandwiches and the sweet cakes, so the cream cakes were quite a lot to eat on top of everything else – and I have a particularly sweet tooth.
Regardless, the cakes were delicious – the meringue pieces were especially spectacular. I’ve never had such a little meringue that managed to be the perfect balance of crisp on the outside and gooey on the inside.
I usually have to stay away from the creamier cakes as my stomach doesn’t really agree with them, so I let The Gentleman be just that and have the middle tier plate of cakes.
Moving onto the top tier, two stolen-like cakes. Fruit and heavy sponge cake dusted with icing sugar. A rice crispy cake topped with sweets, a puff pastry base and caramel chocolate top covered in nuts and sugared fruit. Finally, the showstopper; a giant Ferrero Rocher Bauble on a base of red velvet sponge. Absolutely incredible.
During our afternoon tea, a local (all female) school choir glided into the Lobby and started signing the most beautiful Christmas Carols. All the usual songs, but in French. They reminded me of the all girls school from Harry Potter with all their grace and their beautiful hats, capes and gloves.
I still would have preferred the scones to the cream cakes, but it was a delicious afternoon tea. We were both obscenely full, but there was no time for rest as the hotel had organised a tour for us to see the rest of the building.
The Paris Peninsula is a brand new hotel in a 19th Century shell. A stunning cream building with slate roofing looking over the Arc de Triomphe and the Tour Eiffel. At night, sitting in the roof top restaurant, the view is one of the most romantic in the whole of the city. With prices that are entirely more affordable than most good restaurants, you’ll have to book well in advance to secure a spot at L’Oiseau Blanc.
Our guide proudly showed us the Grand Premier Suite; the most beautiful room I’ve ever seen complete with living room, walk in wardrobe, beautiful marble bathroom and huge bed. If you could imagine the perfect Monochrome Parisian apartment, this would be it.
I did enquire – but at 3,500 euros per night, for now at least, it’s a little out of our price range.
Still, there are plenty more restaurants and bars in the hotel as well as more reasons to visit. You could just sit in the huge atrium for an afternoon, people watching and listening to the beautiful pianist, while the light starts to fade.
Of course, if you’d rather feel more at home, the gentleman could always retire to the smoking room, while the ladies to the wine room.
If you’d like to arrange a special occasion, well, there’s even a room for that too!
Before our afternoon tea, we had seen some beautiful horses standing outside the hotel, attached to a carriage. We made an inquiry and were told that the horses and carriage were for use of the hotel guests. Unfortunately, we were ten minutes too late, otherwise they would have made an exception for us to have a night time ride. Instead, we made sure we took some snaps with the huge Christmas tree, before being swallowed into the night time.
For those of you here for the fashion, you may have spotted my gorgeous red crochet dress. The Exquisite Lace Dress* is by Kaleidoscope, a relatively new brand to me, but one I’m very glad I discovered.
Kaleidoscope thought I might like the dress as well as some of their shape wear*. Both pieces came in perfectly for our afternoon tea, keeping everything neatly aligned as every single cake was devoured with not even a teeny bump as evidence. You can shop the entire Kaleidoscope Occasion Dress collection here – let me know what you think! It was my first time ever wearing shape wear and after initially panicking that I was going to get my waist stuck in a hole only just big enough for my ankle, I settled into the ‘Bridget Jones knickers’ and actually ended up really loving them!
I would highly recommend them for occasions where you’d love that extra little help, but don’t have time to lose a few pounds. I’ll definitely be wearing them again soon!
Just passers by in the beautiful city.