Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris

 THIS WEEK’S DREAM DESTINATION AND WHAT TO PACK

Hotel Providence Paris | Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris | Travelshopa

It’s no question that the most romantic cities in the world is brimming with a plethora of hotels – but which one to pick? We sieve through the thousands and bring you three luxurious boutique hotels in Paris to suit every visitor – plus key pieces to pack.

From contemporary to eccentric, artsy to modern mid-century, these design-heavy boutique hotels are perfect for the ultimate Parisian getaway. So, which of these options will you pick for your next trip?

 


 

Le Pigalle Paris

9 Rue Frochot, Paris 75009

Occupying a spot in a dreamy neoclassical building, Le Pigalle is a new addition to the frisky neighbourhood of the Pigalle district. The interior of this neighbourhood hotel is deeply inspired by the area’s risqué vibes, musical scene, and hip nightlife.

All 42 sunlit and homey rooms encompass a modern mid-century vibe. White walls are lined with artwork of local artists and photographers, iPads and turntables featuring a rare collection of vinyl are available for groovy nights as well as vintage furniture, a collection of books and magazines, and subtle marble touches can be found in the room.

The hilly Montmartre and infamous Moulin Rouge, are just steps away from this modern eclectic ensemble. Families with young tots should be cautious as the area draws a different crowd towards dusk being so close to the red-light district.

 Perfect for:

An adventurous Parisian stay

Noteworthy Spot:

The ground floor

Worth getting out for:

The hopeless romantic Montmartre

Le Pigalle | Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris | Travelshopa

WHAT TO PACK

 


 

Hotel Providence Paris

90 Rue René Boulanger, Paris 75010

Amidst Paris’s coolest neighbourhoods and just a stones throw away from the Porte Saint-Martin sits Hotel Providence Paris, a lavish boutique hotel fit for the bon vivant. In this 19th century Haussmannian building resides 18 rooms and three suites. Decked in a heavy dose of maximalist allure – think printed velvet fabrics, House of Hackney wallpaper adorn with exotic foliage, rich, decadent walls, vintage furnishing in dark hues and unique objets d’art.

The highlight of this hotel lies in the attention to detail. Indulge in pre-dinner drinks with a fully stocked cocktail bar and a visual bartending guide. You’ll also find scented candles, French country flea market finds, a clawfoot bathtub and lampshades that match the room’s wallpaper.

Perfect for:

A romantic urban getaway

Noteworthy Spot:

Free standing bathtub in the penthouse suite

Worth Getting out for:

Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin

Providence Hotel | Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris | Travelshopa

Providence Hotel | Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris | Travelshopa


 

Hotel Panache

1, Rue Geoffroy-Marie, Paris 75009

Located in the heart of the happening 9th district of Paris, the Hotel Panache is a league of its own. The hotel evokes a cool vibe with a touch of quirky Parisian soul – thanks for its peculiar structure.

The rooms adopt a sophisticated soft contemporary theme – complete with clean lines, soft pastel tones with a mix of subtle textures and surprising slivers of gold accents. All rooms also come with different wallpapers behind the bed that balances the sleek and clean lines of the furnishings.

The cosy rooms are embellished with other prominent details like knotted wrought iron headboards, vintage phones, pendant lamps, marble side tables and a great selection of books. Adorable teepees for kids are also made available upon request.

Perfect for:

A fun family vacay

Noteworthy Spot:

French breakfast on the terrace balcony

Worth Getting Out For:

Notable restaurants like Racines, Bouillon Chartier & A la mère de Famille

Hotel Panache | Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris | Travelshopa


Luxurious Boutique Hotels in Paris

My Summer Style

What's the summer style of those who live in perennial summer? Some of Singapore's local luminaries share their tips for their forthcoming summer vacations.

Nicole Wong Summer Style

Leila Rossi

Interior Designer

Summer is all about relaxing, recharging, a great burst of energy encouraging positive thinking, well-being and joie de vivre.

The French Riviera is my inspiration for both the interiors I create and my own personal style. White and blues in different shades and texture help to create a casual chic style, perfect for the beach, summer parties, or entertaining. I always introduce a touch of gold to add glamour and create a more sophisticated look.”

@leilarossiinteriordesign

 

Anita Kapoor | My Summer Style | Travelshopa

Nina Beale

Homewares Retailer, Bungalow 55

Every year our family heads to Mykonos, Greece for our summer break. The simplicity of the blue and white colour scheme, mixed with pink Bouganvilea always makes me the happiest and most relaxed. It is understated, cool and timeless. As a result I tend to mix this in to my entertaining scheme over the summer holidays. Mix prints, patterns and blooms.

@bungalow55

Lyn Rosmarin Summer Style

Kaitie Manani

Fashion Designer, vamastyle

I’m a summer girl through and through. I love to wear as much colour and print as I can on the beach and by the bar. I’m obsessed with the current global artisan trend; my tassel slides and textured heels from Brazil, Pom Pom straw bags from Bali and colourful earrings from Mexico add that ‘I’m a citizen of the world’ vibe. My motto for accessories is ‘never enough’; pack as much as you can. Because playful hoops and statement necklaces can be worn with anything (even your one piece) and they make any simple out fit POP. My favourite scent to pack on holiday (and wear when I’m not so I pretend I am on holiday) is Cocobello by James Heeley. Everyone always comments when I wear it. It’s a heady mix of gardenia, dark rum and ylang ylang.

@kaitiemanani

Nicole Wong

Fashion Writer

“Being base in Singapore, we are bless in a sense to have summer all year round. It is always easy to get dress during overseas trips when its cold as it is something that we lack and we embrace the colder weather. That being said, with 365 days of summer, we have become the master of summer dressing. This year, I am gearing towards more skirts thats are structured which could be dolled up with a crop top and a statement necklace. Pleats are also my new love, with it giving a great flow in the wind and an interesting texture to the overall outfit.”

@ncwong

Leila Rossi Summer Style

Anita Kapoor

TV Host

“Bare legs, solid nude polish, pretty toes, wedges, little dresses, Quay sunnies, white, high waisted shorts, shoulders, skin, and insouciance. Living in the tropics means my Summer game is honed 24/7, 365..”

@anitakapoor

Nina Beale Summer Style

Lyn Rosmarin

Fashion Designer, K.BLU Swim

I personally like to wear long maxi dresses and rompers, especially when I want to feel that I am all about sun, salt and play. Maxi dresses make me feel comfortable yet elegant whilst playsuits tend to make me feel chic and sexy. This summer, I have created a collection using heather fabric with a stylish slubbed deep-denim effect, on some new resort styles like body con dress and playsuit. Playsuits in general are really fun to wear and easy to dress it up with a jacket when I need to look chic. I can also match it with bangles, dangling earrings, espadrilles wedged sandals or nice heels to suit the different occasions. Voila! Beach to bar too.

@kbluswim

Kaitie Manani Summer Style
Nicole Wong Summer Style

Nicole Wong

Fashion Writer

“Being base in Singapore, we are bless in a sense to have summer all year round. It is always easy to get dress during overseas trips when its cold as it is something that we lack and we embrace the colder weather. That being said, with 365 days of summer, we have become the master of summer dressing. This year, I am gearing towards more skirts thats are structured which could be dolled up with a crop top and a statement necklace. Pleats are also my new love, with it giving a great flow in the wind and an interesting texture to the overall outfit.”

@ncwong

Leila Rossi Summer Style

Leila Rossi

Interior Designer

Summer is all about relaxing, recharging, a great burst of energy encouraging positive thinking, well-being and joie de vivre.

The French Riviera is my inspiration for both the interiors I create and my own personal style. White and blues in different shades and texture help to create a casual chic style, perfect for the beach, summer parties, or entertaining. I always introduce a touch of gold to add glamour and create a more sophisticated look.”

@leilarossiinteriordesign

 

Anita Kapoor Summer Style

Anita Kapoor

TV Host

“Bare legs, solid nude polish, pretty toes, wedges, little dresses, Quay sunnies, white, high waisted shorts, shoulders, skin, and insouciance. Living in the tropics means my Summer game is honed 24/7, 365..”

@anitakapoor

Nina Beale Summer Style

Nina Beale

Homewares Retailer

Every year our family heads to Mykonos, Greece for our summer break. The simplicity of the blue and white colour scheme, mixed with pink Bouganvilea always makes me the happiest and most relaxed. It is understated, cool and timeless. As a result I tend to mix this in to my entertaining scheme over the summer holidays. Mix prints, patterns and blooms.

@bungalow55

Lyn Rosmarin Summer Style

Lyn Rosmarin

Fashion Designer

I personally like to wear long maxi dresses and rompers, especially when I want to feel that I am all about sun, salt and play. Maxi dresses make me feel comfortable yet elegant whilst playsuits tend to make me feel chic and sexy. This summer, I have created a collection using heather fabric with a stylish slubbed deep-denim effect, on some new resort styles like body con dress and playsuit. Playsuits in general are really fun to wear and easy to dress it up with a jacket when I need to look chic. I can also match it with bangles, dangling earrings, espadrilles wedged sandals or nice heels to suit the different occasions. Voila! Beach to bar too.

@kbluswim

Kaitie Manani Summer Style

Kaitie Manani

Fashion Designer

I’m a summer girl through and through. I love to wear as much colour and print as I can on the beach and by the bar. I’m obsessed with the current global artisan trend; my tassel slides and textured heels from Brazil, Pom Pom straw bags from Bali and colourful earrings from Mexico add that ‘I’m a citizen of the world’ vibe. My motto for accessories is ‘never enough’; pack as much as you can. Because playful hoops and statement necklaces can be worn with anything (even your one piece) and they make any simple out fit POP. My favourite scent to pack on holiday (and wear when I’m not so I pretend I am on holiday) is Cocobello by James Heeley. Everyone always comments when I wear it. It’s a heady mix of gardenia, dark rum and ylang ylang.

@kaitiemanani

Postcards From: Sausalito, San Francisco

Sausalito, San Francisco | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Just across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco, the neat little coastal town of Sausalito provides a rare pocket of laidback Mediterranean charm. Viewed from a distance, Sausalito presents a neat tumble of houses with the bay at its feet — a sight that bears closest resemblance to Italy’s famous Amalfi Coast. A succession of marinas and boatyards stretches across much of the waterfront, a tranquil mooring ground for the town’s well-loved and oft-visited houseboats. Richardson Bay’s calm waters also call for an afternoon of leisure, whether it’s paddling on kayaks or strolling comfortably across the boardwalk. All signs of life point to Sausalito’s past as a bustling maritime port.

Back in the 1800s, Sausalito’s calm inlet was the gateway linking the thriving Northern California Redwood industry to the rest of the country by rail and sea. Today the famous waterfront — known as Bridgeway — is visited mostly by boatloads of tourists from across the water.

 

Sausalito, San Francisco | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Sausalito, San Francisco | Postcards From | Travelshopa
Sausalito, San Francisco | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Sausalito, San Francisco | Postcards From | Travelshopa

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California Dreaming

California Dreaming | I am a Travelshopa | Travelshopa

 

If you follow me on Instagram, you will know that I have just returned from an epic loop of the Pacific – Singapore, Hong Kong (leg stretch), San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles, Sydney, Melbourne (leg stretch), Singapore – in 10 days. Typically, I am not a very regular ‘grammer, but I do tend to get a little Insta-happy while on the road – which is a lot at the moment. Let’s face it, it’s nice to share your favourite moments like hanging out with Olympic rowers on a fresh Saturday morning (yes a little off topic, but certainly a once in a life time opportunity) and the rarity of west coast sunsets.

What a fabulous trip it was; I met some really talented people, discovered many fabulous shops and got to know each city that little bit more. My travelling equals more destinations on Travelshopa. Going off this last trip, 2016 is going to be one mega year for travel + shopping. Have you started looking for flights yet?

One of my favourite things when travelling is talking to people. It’s how I uncover many city secrets, and walking helps me add in the details like the little details on the side of a street, the smells and general sounds of a city. San Francisco is especially pretty and always reminds me of my hometown Sydney; the harbour, shopping and food are all world class.

One fond memory was when a chatty cabby with all time “let’s get away from this traffic” skills was taking me from point A to point B. While climbing the steepest of streets and dodging trams, we were solving the problems of the world revisiting the modern history of his homeland, Singapore. Suddenly, I discovered on Google Maps (aka modern day backseat driving) that we were totally off track and at a crossing unlike any other. My costly detour turned out to be a cultural exploration of the rainbow flag ordained neighbourhood, The Castro. The Sydney girl in me felt instantly at home and reminiscing Oxford Street during Sydney Mardi Gras.

No destination was what I call a virgin visit so there was a strict agenda. Officially adding California (ok… and Australia) to Travelshopa has been a vivid dream for a while, and it’s exciting to know that our coverage of these destinations is going to be available for all to enjoy very soon. For now I am delighted you can explore California off the beaten trackNapa Valley, San Diego and Palm Springs, until we are ready to take on the big smoke.

FUR BY Adrienne Landau

Postcards From: Changdeokgung, Seoul

 

Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

For all of Seoul’s modern trappings, it is also a place steeped in tradition and history. The five grand palaces, fanning out from the heart of the city are standing testaments to Seoul’s regal past. While all five palaces enjoy status as cultural treasures of Korea, Changdeokgung was especially popular with the royals for its lush landscape of gardens, ponds, and pavilions.

Originally built in 1405 as a secondary palace, the complex served as the seat of government at intervals throughout the Joseon dynasty (1392-1910). The most well-preserved of the five remaining Joseon palaces, Changdeokgung was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997 for its exceptional architecture and the way it was built in harmony with the surrounding landscape. Seated at the foot of Ungbong Peak of Mount Baegaksan, Changdeokgung is a prime example of pungsu-jiri, a Korean form of geomancy that closely resembles fengshui. The palace’s official and residential structures, and its famous rear garden ‘huwon’ were designed to embrace the uneven contours of the land, thus distinguishing it from conventional palace architecture.

The compound is laid out in a traditional fashion, with three gates and three courts, with the residential area built to the rear of the administrative section. Bold, upswept roofs give the building its character, drawing nature and its beauty within. The overhanging eaves are decked in ornamental carvings and adorned with japsang — animal-shaped roof tiles and figurines. Silhouetted against the white winter sky, Changdeokgung’s dignified and elegant form is made all the more apparent.

Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa
 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa
 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa
 Changdeokgung, Seoul | Postcards From | Travelshopa

 

Changdeokgung

99, Yulgok-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul

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Shopping Resolutions

Black Candle | Shopping Resolutions | Travelshopa

 

It seems I have given myself the dream job title – Chief Travelshopa – and my days revolve around travelling and shopping. Well ain’t that far from the truth… But let’s not let the truth get in the way of my fairytale.

While I have said before “When I am out and about, I am either shopping or working. Never both.”, I confess the truth is I ‘go shopping’ more than the average. And I have made more than my fair share of mistakes when ‘on the job’.  These may have felt like fatal errors at the time – my bank manager keeps reminding me – they have been important lessons and this year I am committed to sticking to these shopping resolutions.

shopping-resolutions_0004_Get Out of your Comfort Zone

Shop at local designers and retailers in your hometown (and beyond) to create your personal style. I promise you will stand out from the crowd, and everyone will be asking where you got this and that. And how? My secret is write a shopping bucket list, subscribe to travel/airline websites and book flights as the deals are released throughout the year. Oh… and use your points.

shopping-resolutions_0003_Don't fall for Destination Trends

How many times have I returned with a suitcase full of designs perfect for… not my daily way of life?!! Grrr. White platform stilettos that scream hello Mykonos 1994!!! And umteen pairs of jeans with patchwork, leather strips, and tassels from the very (not so) chic French Riviera in 2002. So… while you are working through your bucket list, repeat after me: Thou shall not buy another outfit that could second as a Halloween costume. When in doubt… buy a candle. Candles make great souvenirs.

shopping-resolutions_0002_Get to Know your Style

You may think local brands may not offer the basics; but quite the contrary. Build on your essentials with eclectic pieces that you will want to keep forever, and your best friend will want to borrow (and maybe never return). Seriously… don’t fall for trends that sit outside your own style. Period. You will only look back and say… yep… that’s (not) me in the leather studded jacket with shoulder pads.

shopping-resolutions_0001_Buy Quality Over Quantity

I truly believe sometimes it is better to buy 1/3 of the clothes (or home decor pieces) for three times the price. Each time I buy an investment piece (that’s not on trend) I cherish it. It goes everywhere with me. And I get attached to it. You will love and look after quality pieces, and inadvertently you will make more conscious purchases.

shopping-resolutions_0000_Shop More Ethically

Last year we talked a lot about conscious shopping (rather than conscious uncoupling). There are so many brands and events supporting some worthy causes. I mean how ethical can a $2 school uniform be?!!! Shopping with ethics makes shopping that much more fulfilling. It’s simple.

 

Black candle by Maisonne.

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