By Cacinda Maloney
Sometimes I think about what it would be like if I were a Queen, and not just any old Queen, but the Queen of France! How everything I could ever want would be at my beckoned call. How if I said it, it would just happen. Now fast forward to 2014, when I am selecting a hotel for my upcoming trip to Paris. I want a hotel that is centrally located, near the Champs-Elysees and within easy walking distance to major sites. Check. I want a hotel that is luxurious, yet has value components. Check. I want a hotel that has free wi-fi. Check. I want a hotel that has breakfast included. Check. I want a hotel that has an amazing suite. Check. I want a hotel that has great lighting and a desk to get some work done. Check. I want a hotel that has great amenities. Check.
I arrived all grunge and incognito after an overnight from Phoenix to Paris. The thing about these flights, is that they arrive so darn early the next day that the only thing I want to do is get into my hotel room, take a quick nap or shower or both and figure out what my body gauge is telling me I need to do next. Upon my arrival, my suite was not quite ready (OK, so I am NOT a QUEEN, but it was 8 am!), however shortly within a few hours, they were able to let me into my suite and I could not have been happier. In the meantime, as they knew I was waiting in their newly renovated lobby of their recently awarded 5-star hotel, they offered me sparkling water and a croissant.
Once making my way up the lift, and finding my room number, I swung open the door to a spectacular suite! I was in Queen Heaven! I had arrived and found my luxurious suite.
In fact, this hotel has 51 rooms and 51 suites, so if it is a suite you want, there is no shortage of suites at this hotel. As you can see from the photos, the room was made up in Queen style interior design and I immediately began to feel at home. Once settled in, I checked out the internet services and thank God they worked perfectly. Then I took a gander at the amenity products and the desk for my workstation. I don’t know about you, but I work when I am on a trip! Life of a travel writer requires it. With the wifi, the signal was good and constant the whole time I was there.
Now, let’s talk about location. I have heard the business term LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION for years. In fact, in my family we used to have it as a running joke when my oldest son was 3 or 4, he didn’t quite have a vocabulary, but he could say that and get a laugh every time if we asked him about business, he would say “location, location, location”!
The hotel is literally located ½ block from the Arc de Triomphe, which signals the end or the beginning (depending on how you see it) of the Champs Elysees, so this is a perfect spot to land when wanting to explore Paris. This saves on cab fares when getting around, since it is so close to things you will want to see while in Paris.
I did want to mention as well that they have an amazing café, which was bustling around noon time with local business men, called the Bivouac Cafe. I had the grilled fish and it was delicious and served beautifully.
They served a mean breakfast as well, with everything from the traditional bacon and eggs to croissants, French crepes, fruits, as well as local cheeses and cold cuts, yogurt and cereal. You name, they had it. So don’t overlook the fact that breakfast is included in the rate, which adds value to the overall experience, as well as the wifi.
Oh, and what is Paris without a love story? The hotel was a wedding present from a rich Russian businessman to a young French lady he had fallen in love with while in Paris! Over the years, well known personalities like Ernest Hemingway, Salvador Dali, and others have discovered the suites of the Hotel Napoleon.
The Hotel: Hotel Napoleon
Location: 40 Avenue de Friedland, 75008 Paris, France
Rooms: 51 rooms and 51 suites.
Trip Advisor Rating: #243 out of #1793
Rates: 235 Euros and up
Disclosure: I was the guest of Hotel Napoleon, however, all opinions expressed here are entirely my own and based on my personal experience.