Paris is always a good idea

Hotel Westminster, Paris

Leaving the beautiful Philippines wasn’t so hard, knowing that we had a few more adventures planned for when we arrived back. The Gentleman had booked us a surprise trip (although he’s not terribly good at keeping secrets, so I knew weeks before we went). The next weekend, we zoomed off on the Eurostar for a little weekend break in Paris. 

The gorgeous Hotel Westminster put us up in a room fit for a prince and princess. The Saint-Honore-Suite‘s double doors open into the quaintest little sitting room. On the table, waiting for us was a chilled bottle of champagne and two glasses, along with a note for us welcoming us to the hotel. Through the door, a beautiful bedroom leading into a walk in wardrobe on one side and a white marble bathroom on the other. 

The rooms were painted in a stunning duck egg blue with gold details and typical French furniture. Ornate marble fireplaces in each room drew them together and gave the hotel room a really homely feel. Both Ben and I could have moved in in a heartbeat, given the chance. 

Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

Champagne in a hotel room, paris

Clock in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

Champagne in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

Bookcase in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

welcome message in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

champagne being poured in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

bookcase in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

The beautiful room and sitting room both had little Juliet Balconies overlooking a pretty courtyard. Slightly too chilly to enjoy with the below freezing temperatures, we imagined how it could look in the summer. Tea in the courtyard on a beautiful day in the sunshine. 

bedroom in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

courtyard in Hotel Westminster, Paris

bedroom in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

marble bathroom through the mirror Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

dressing gown hanging on the back of the door, Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

Bvlgari toiletries in the bathroom of Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

white marble bathroom in Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

toiletries in white marble bathroom of Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

courtyard of Hotel Westminster, Paris

walk in wardrobe at Saint-Honore-Suite, Hotel Westminster, Paris

After exploring our room, we decided to brave the cold and head out in search of the most famous structure the City has to offer. We walked out of the hotel and directly onto Rue de la Paix, home to all the jewellery designers you can think of and the most beautiful Christmas street I’ve ever seen.

blonde girl standing outside doors of Hotel Westminster, Paris

Mini driving down rue de la Paix, paris

car sign outside Hotel Westminster, Paris

bus driving down rue de la paid, paris

Man in fur trimmed coat standing next to line of christmas trees, paris

Louis Vuitton sign in Paris

gold lamp on side of building, paris

Christmas trees in Place Vendome, Paris

Blonde girl standing between christmas trees in Place de Vendome, Paris

Lamp in Place de vendome, Paris

Man in fur trimmed coat standing next to line of christmas trees, paris

Place de Vendome, Paris

Blonde girl standing between christmas trees in Place de Vendome, Paris

 It was colder than we anticipated, so we didn’t actually get that far before we needed something warm in our tummies. With this as our view, we munched on spaghetti Bolognaise and warm sandwiches washed down with tea and coffee for extra comfort. 

street in Paris

Frothy Cappuccino in mug

Plate of Spaghetti Bolognaise

Man drinking Cappuccino

Plate of Club Sandwich and chips

Blonde girl drinking mug of tea wearing fur stole

Eventually, we did make it to the Eiffel Tower and managed to find pretty much the best spot for some obligatory tourist snaps. Not before walking through the lovely Tuileries Garden though, to watch the old men driving their mini yachts across the fountains with their grandsons.

Man standing between two lines of trees, Paris

Paris buildings

Tuileries Garden, Paris

Mopeds, Paris

Walking hand in hand, we stood under the great iron structure as it’s light grew brighter in the encroaching darkness.

Man, Ben Heath, Twenty First Century Gent standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Couple standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

I wear – Sunglasses – Choies | Jacket – H&M (similar) | Fur Trim Cardigan – George at Asda* | Roll Neck – Matalan | Jeans – George at Asda* | Boots – H&M | Gold Bag – Charles Clinkard

He wears – Jacket – Reiss (similar) | Roll Neck – NEXT | Jeans – Zara | Leather Gloves – River Island | Chealsea Boots – Clarks

Because we were only in Paris for the weekend, we didn’t pack much. I’m so pleased I brought these jeans from George at Asda with me. Usually I wouldn’t consider ripped jeans for such a stylish and sophisticated city, but adding this gorgeous fur trimmed cardigan (also from George at Asda) helps the outfit look more classy than brassy. 

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Reflection of Eiffel Tower in Blonde girl's sunglasses, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Blonde Girl, Katie Matthews, KALANCHOE, standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Couple standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Couple standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Couple standing outside the Eiffel Tower, Paris

Our walk took us right under the Eiffel Tower as it turned gold from the twinkling lights encasing it. The freezing cold kept us walking arm in arm and lead us towards the warmth of the beautiful Christmas market along the Champs-Elysees.

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

Eiffel Tower, Paris

We chose a Santa’s Grotto style hut to stop at, of course we couldn’t not have crepes in Paris. We chose the only pancake fillings worth eating when you get the chance – Nutella and Banana wrapped in the delicious batter. We’d barely said ‘Merci’ before they were both demolished and our tummies warm once more. 

Paris lights at night

Girl standing on golden bridge at night, Paris

Eiffel tower at night, Paris

French flag at night time

Paris Christmas Market at Night

Paris Christmas Market at Night

Paris Christmas Market at Night

Paris Christmas Market at Night

Place Vendome at Christmas time, Paris

Place Vendome at Christmas time, Paris

Place Vendome at Christmas time, Paris

Paris is without doubt the best City to visit during the festive period. The entire place is transformed under glowing gold strings of fairy lights and hundreds of fir trees wrapped in, yet more, twinkling lights. 

Walking back through the square, we were both exhausted. As soon as we returned to the room, I ran a deep bubble bath and climbed into it until I felt like the warmth had finally returned to the centre of my bones. 

Ben and I decided to stay in the hotel and make full use of the facilities, rather than head out into the cold to find somewhere to eat. Changing back into my George ripped jeans, I paired them with a fur stole and a George sequin top for a bit of extra night time glam. 

Girl standing in the lobby of The Hotel Westminster, Paris, Christmas time

Fur stole – Miss Selfridge | Sequin top – George at Asda* | Jeans – George at Asda* | Heels – Boohoo*

It ended up being the perfect decision as we were more exhausted than we thought we were, and the bar seats were incredibly comfortable to collapse into. 

We both started with a Kir Royale in Le Duke’s Bar and some nibbles before ordering our mains. Much like The Bar back in the Hong Kong Peninsula, this bar was also green, lots of leather and rich colours with a fully stocked bar reminded me again of a gentleman’s smoking room. 

Pink champagne, christmas

water glasses on striped table cloth

fully stocked gentleman's bar

nibbles for drinks in a bar

fully stocked gentleman's bar

laid table, hotel westminster, paris

We ordered to share, as always, a Kobi Beef Burger and a delicious rabbit dish.

Man sitting in hotel westminster bar reading menu, paris

The Dukes Bar, Hotel Westminster, Paris

Blonde girl sipping champagne in The Dukes Bar, Hotel Westminster, Paris

menu, the dukes bar, hotel westminster, paris

glass of whiskey, the dukes bar, hotel westminster, paris

Each dish was presented beautifully and tasted absolutely exquisite. Although we were sitting in the bar, Le Celedon (the main restaurant) has been awarded a michelin star every year for more than 20 years. Chef Christophe Moisand does an impeccable job of delivering delicious dishes. 

The rabbit with mushrooms, jus and parsnip mash was illegally good, but incredibly rich. The burger with chips (and an extra secret napkin parcel full of chips – see if you can spot it) was the perfect balance to cleanse the palette. I couldn’t have eaten the whole portion of rabbit – it’s ridiculous how much flavour was packed into such a tiny meal! 

plate of rabbit, hotel westminster, paris

flatlay of food hotel westminster, paris

burger and chips hotel westminster, paris

We had one more drink at the bar, as different musicians each took their turn to serenade us with their incredible talent, before sneaking off to our beautiful room and palatial bed. Waving good night to the  white tree on our way up.

christmas tree in lobby of hotel westminster, paris

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