It was an appropriate transition. After completing a luxury barge cruise on the Burgundy Canal, I was in Paris with my significant other for one night before shipping off to the south of France, where I would board Oceania Cruises‘ new Riviera.
We wanted to stay in a nice hotel in a good location. A travel agent friend of mine had recommended the InterContinental Paris Le Grand. I’m glad he did.
The hotel was situated in a perfect Paris location: close to shopping and theaters and near to such famously French attractions as the Opéra Garnier, Place Vendôme and the Louvre Museum — all within walking distance from the hotel. Our room would feature a view of the Eiffel Tower from the balcony.
Built in the style of a Napoleonic palace, InterContinental Paris Le Grand wasn’t showing her 150 years on the day that we arrived (she resides in a building constructed in 1862). She was as exquisitely grand as her name implies.
After a friendly receptionist checked us in, we headed up to our room. The hotel features 470 rooms and suites. Ours was a Standard Room. It did not include access to the Club InterContinental VIP lounge, but the room was spacious and richly decorated, featuring a huge flat-panel television at one end and a balcony overlooking the streets of Paris as well as a distant view of the Eiffel Tower at the other end.
There were two bathrooms — or rather two half-baths, one with toilet and sink; the other with a shower and sink. Along with the featured L’Occitane bath amenities were Frette fine linen bathrobes and slippers.
We enjoyed the view of the Eiffel Tower from our balcony, even on the rainy day, but it the location of the hotel and the easy access to some of the best attractions in Paris appealed to us even more than the view. Out the front door, and Paris was literally at our doorstep.
The next morning, we sat in an elegant dining room for the included breakfast at the hotel restaurant Le Café de la Paix before heading our separate ways, Monica back to Sweden and me on to my next assignment.
InterContinental Paris Le Grande had served as the perfect pit stop for our short stay in Paris. We’ll be back one day for a longer stay with the Grand Old Dame of Paris.