Having decided at the last minute to spend the weekend in Paris, we travelled by coach rather than train from Brussels and discovered L’Adresse, a 4-star boutique hotel not from the coach station, next to the Palais des Congrès in the 17ème arrondissement. I hadn’t spent a lot of time in this part of Paris before, but it turned out to be a handy location, just a few minutes’ walk to the Arc de Triomphe and the Champs Elysées. Having our base here also meant that we were able to explore one of the ritzier and less touristy quartiers of Paris, with its high-end-store-lined avenues and Haussmanian buildings.
L’Adresse is a small design hotel offering 23 rooms including some with terraces and Eiffel Tower views. We booked a Deluxe Room for the night, and were impressed by the contemporary black and grey styling which was accentuated by a numer of surprising design features such as a shimmering silver upholstery on the dressing chairs and patterened decals in the lift. To top it off, the bed was extremely comfortable and well made up – I love the hotel feeling of being wrapped in a tightly pulled bed cover, a technique I can never seem to replicate at home.
As with many Paris hotel rooms, our room at L’Adresse was quite small but still comfortable for two, and the bathroom was huge. The square rainfall showerhead was amazing – my showers at L’Adresse were the best I’ve had in a while! A nice added touch was having a fluffy warm towel to dry myself with afterwards, thanks to the heated towel rack which came as an unexpected surprise.
The 24-hour reception desk was manned by friendly and helpful staff, and the lobby was well decked-out with comfy armchairs, low-hanging lights and a flat screen television, which came in handy for kiling some time at the end of our stay when we passed by the hotel to pick up our bags on the way to the bus station. It struck me as a little odd when the receptionist opened the toliet door to fetch our things. It turned out that the luggage store was located through a door at the other end of the bathroom. I paid the restroom a visit before we left – it was a peculiar end to an otherwise enjoyable stay.
22 Rue du Débarcadère, 75017 Paris