Like a King | Bradford Elysées Paris

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Everyone’s always asking me for a Paris hotel recommendation, so I thought I’d share with you a great boutique hotel I recently found, the Hotel Bradford Elysées.  While you might think that I would prefer to stay in a loud, crazy, rock star-type hotel when I travel, I don’t.  I’ve spent too many sleepless nights in rooms where the music from the club downstairs seems piped through the walls.  Too many sleepless nights in “convenient locations” where the cars and people on the streets downstairs come right through the windows.  Too many sleepless nights in hotels known to be “the place to be”, which turn out to be the place to be if you want drunken people screaming and turning the hallway into a bowling alley at 3am.  I actually value my sleep, especially after an overseas flight, so my A#1 priority is peace and quiet.

Located in the residential part of the 8th arrondissement in Paris, close to the Champs Elysées and the luxury shopping street Faubourg St-Honoré, Hotel Bradford Elysées is a 4-star hotel with traditional Haussmann architecture, 24/7 reception with English-speaking staff, free wifi, and a free open bar with snacks and drinks downstairs open all day and night.  The hotel is part of the respected Astotel chain, known for its award-winning boutique hotels which consistently garner excellent reviews from travelers.  The room I was given was the Privilege Double, featuring a king-sized bed, a traditional marble fireplace like my old apartment, silk drapery, and a terrace overlooking the quiet streets of the 8th and the tip of the Eiffel Tower.  There was enough room for a separate sitting area for when my friends came over, and the treacle was large enough for the group of us to gather to watch the sunset and plan out our night.  While I love getting up in the morning and heading out to a boulangerie to buy croissants and tartes for breakfast, there are times when I just don’t feel like getting dressed up to be seen on the streets (and if you don’t dress well to go to the boulangeries in Paris, please do not expect anyone to be nice to you).  Being able to go downstairs, load up some plates with traditional petit déjeuner items and enjoy breakfast alone on the terrace was my favorite part of staying at the Hotel Bradford Elysées.  Another major benefit of staying at an Astotel property is that you can enjoy the free open bar not only at the hotel you’re booked into but at ALL the other 3 star and 4 star properties they own!  Just ask for the AstoTour guide at the front desk, which shows the locations of the other 14 hotels on the Right Bank to which you have access for free snacks and drinks.

As you can see from the photos above, I really made myself at home at the Hotel Bradford Elysées and lived like a king for a few days.  Check it out the next time you’re in Paris if you’re looking for an experience closer to living in a Parisian apartment than staying at a hotel.  Learn more about Astotel and its other Right Bank properties here.

This post was created in partnership with the Hotel Bradford Elysées and Astotel.  

Spiked shoes by J75 by JUMP  /  Small gemstone rings by 203 Jewelry  /  Photography by Jonathan Jones

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