The Le General Hotel is located just off the main intersection of Republique, which is perfect for London travelers heading over to Paris for the weekend as it is two stops away from Gare du Nord. We have previously stayed in this area before, and it has to be my fave part of Paris as it is a great neighbourhood. Close enough to the centre of action in the Marais, but not touristy, so you feel like a real Parisian. Well apart from the not being able to speak French thing. Minor detail.
The weekend was to celebrate our first wedding anniversary, and thanks to the lovely staff (and the low season), we were able to get a Suite i.e. a room not the size of a shoebox. In fact, it had a SITTING ROOM. The rooms were stylishly furnished with dark wood furniture and pink accents, monochrome framed photos on the wall (which would be cheesy in any other city than Paris, but because it is Paris I love it). A great selection of fashion mags in the sitting room, made for great pre-outing reading and daydreaming.
The bedroom was huge, and the king size bed and ten pillows easily enveloped us after a long day walking the streets of Paris. The bathroom faces the bedroom which I love, but I understand this might be a dealbreaker for some. At least the toilet is separate, and located at the front door for your discretion.
Things I love about Le General Hotel
– Great staff – the hotel manager booked us a table at a nearby restaurant on a cold and rainy evening where our afternoon nap seemed to drag on a little (I blame those cloud like beds) and we awoke only to realise we hadn’t made dinner arrangements. Not only did he suggest somewhere, but he got out the menu and then booked us a table. Brilliant.
– The rubber Ducky in the bathtub. Too cute.
– Apples on the pillows – a healthier alternative to chocolate.
– A healthy supply of L’occitane products in the bathroom, now featuring in my travel bag.
Things I didn’t love about Le General Hotel
– nothing. Our stay was perfect.
Le General Hotel
5/7 Rue Rampon, Paris
A favourite of uber chic French fashion photographer/writer, this is a great start to the morning in Paris if you want something a little healthier than croissants. I am pretty sure I pushed breakfast into brunch by getting a giant slab of pumpkin quiche and seasonal salad, and it took all my strength not to order something sweet on my way out. Feeling a little out of the loop, I knew about the Rose Bakery in Paris, but didn’t know there was also an outpost in the too-good-to-be-true designer mecca that is Dover st Market. I loved the cookbook, and will definitely be picking up a copy on my next visit to Paris, which is just around the corner (thank you Eurostar for your £69 pounds return fares).
30 Rue Debelleyme, Paris
Closest metro: Files du Calvaire
Fave new restaurant – Le Chemise
We stumbled across this little restaurant after our very kind hotel manager suggested it to us one cold and rainy evening in Paris – i.e. we didn’t want to stray too far from our hotel. It was literally across the road, so that was the first thing that was perfect. The decor was warm and enticing, and then the owner not only took special time to seat us, but came over and explained the WHOLE menu to us…in English. We usually spend most of the time in Paris embarrassed we can’t speak a word of French, so it was so lovely for him to be so kind to us. Of course, it worked out well for him too, as his descriptions made everything sound so fabulous we ordered a two course meal and a bottle of wine (and yet it was still half the price of our expensive fancy meal out the next night….which was not as nice!)
42 Rue de Malte, 75011 Paris
Great bookshop in the hood