Chic Paris on an Artful Budget

When we visited Paris in December of 2007, the Euro was at an all-time high and the dollar was, well, sluggish. I know that now things have changed (and thankfully the $ is on the rise), but that still doesn’t mean Paris is cheap. Yikes.

In 2007, we were fortunate enough to stay at the Hotel Des Academies et Des Arts (yeah, that’s a mouthful!). This well-designed Parisian boutique hotel offers comfortable and well-outfitted rooms in a great location on the Left Bank – walking distance to the Metro, the museums, and all the best Paris has to offer — including Le Sensing Restaurant (see my post on this gastronomical delight). Art is the focus here, as in much of the City of Light, and the hotel is situated directly across the street from the famous Académie de la Grande Chaumière, an art school where the likes of Gauguin and Giocometti got their start. Likewise, the hotel is artfully decorated by painter Jérôme Mesnager and sculptor Sophie de Watrigant, both of whom leave their personal touches in the uniquely designed rooms.

The Hotel des Academies et Des Arts is also offering some great deals these days – including a free night’s stay when you book three nights (from now until August 29). Time to pack the bags for Paris…


About Kaitlin Solimine

Kaitlin Solimine was raised in New Hampshire but has considered China a second home for the past two decades. She is the author of the award-winning forthcoming novel Empire of Glass and co-founder of Hippo Reads, a media start-up connecting academic insights with real world issues. She lives in Singapore.
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