A link to the elegance of the past – our 2012 choice and review for one of the best boutique hotels in Paris – the Renaissance Vendome Hotel.

Video of Paris – during the 1920s.

One can never capture the feeling of cruising the past in most hotels today.  That chic traveling public is gone.  Clients arriving from a trans-Atlantic crossing on the France or United States are history.  No one travels with maids and trunks today.  One barely hopes your baggage (and the plane) makes it to your destination – except of course when flying in your own jet.

So in all great cities the experienced traveler is always looking for that special small hotel.

The Renaissance Paris Vendome combines many of those values – with a very up to date modern atmosphere.

It is one of the top small hotels in Paris and beautifully run by Marriott’s Renaissance Group.  What I like about Marriott is that they are one of the best hotel chains operating.  They don’t forget details no matter where you are visiting – and their benefits club is operating at the highest level.

Considering my experience of seven recent stays in Paris, Renaissance Paris Vendome is one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in, particularly for a large city. It is extremely quiet and has a restrained and luxurious quality about it, which I found refreshing after a number of recent stays in other boutique hotels. The bathroom has a full shower.

Within steps away from the world’s most famous museum, the Louvre, and nearby attractions such as the Musee D’Orsa, Champs Elysees and Opera Garnier.

Luxury accommodations at the Vendome come with marble bathrooms, designer toiletries, terrycloth towels, American style stall showers, towel warmers, iPod players, DVD players and large widescreen TV’s seen easily from the bed.

Rooms face street or beautiful courtyeards. Many of the great fashion houses – Chanel, etc. – are seen across from the back (very large) rooms.

The hotel’s on-side fitness center includes steam room, free weights, exercise maschines and a aspen-wood sauna for the total relaxation after a training unit.  There is also a swimming pool.

The bar is very intimate and beautifully run.  The hotel also has newspapers available every morning and has dozens of copies.  For tourists or business people demanding the best – the Vendome is first rate.

The Vendome’s restaurant is Pinxo.  This is the brasserie that’s associated with megachef Alain Dutournier’s terribly stylish, and much more expensive, Carré des Feuillants, which is on a nearby street. Within Pinxo, a good-looking waitstaff encourages clients to share their starters and platters with their tablemates.

This becomes relatively easy because anytime something appears on a plate, it’s replicated, sometimes with variations, three times.

The setting manages to elevate kitchen drudgery to a high, and high-tech, art form. Expect a wooden floor, white walls, and views that extend directly into an all-black open kitchen-cum-theater.

Most foods here are grilled or at least prepared with heart-healthy cooking oils. Examples include a mixture of Aquitaine beef on the same plate as a steak, a tartare, and a blood sausage, all of them accompanied by a slice of foie gras. Other dishes to sample include rare sesame-glazed tuna and sautéed squid with garlic chips.

Trip Advisor lists the Renaissance Paris Vendome in the top 75 hotels out of 2012 listings for Paris. Reviews are tops. Click here to visit site.

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* 4, Rue du Mont Thabor
* Paris, 75001 France
* Phone: 33 1 4020 2000
* Fax: 33 1 4020 2001
* Sales: 33 1 4020 2005
* Sales fax: 33 1 4020 7219


About Michael L. Grace

MICHAEL L. GRACE is part of the award winning team that created the internationally performed award winning musical SNOOPY, based on PEANUTS by Charles M. Schultz. SNOOPY continues to be one of the most produced shows (amateur & stock) in America/Worldwide and has had long running productions in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco and in London's West End. There are over 100 individual productions every year. He has written movies for TV, including the award-winning thriller LADY KILLER, various pilots and developed screenplays for Kevin Costner and John Travolta. Besides co-writing and co-producing SNOOPY, he wrote and produced the one-man play KENNEDY. He produced P.S. YOUR CAT IS DEAD by pulitzer prize winning author James Kirkwood. He wrote the stage thriller FINAL CUT which had productions in the UK, South Africa and Australia. His one-man play, KENNEDY - THE MAN BEHIND THE MYTH, was developed for HBO and has starred Andrew Stevens, Gregory Harrison and Joseph Bottoms. He has recently been involved in European productions with CLT-UFA, Europe's leading commercial television and radio broadcaster. He wrote MOWs THE DOLL COLLECTION, THE BOTTOM LINE and LAST WITNESS for German television. While in college and graduate school he worked as a foreign correspondent for COMBAT, the famous leftwing Paris daily, and as a travel writer. He visited more than 50 countries. He struggled as an actor, then joined the enemy and entered the training program at William Morris. He became a publicist and worked for Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis Presley's manager, at Paramount and MGM. He followed with a brief stint as a story executive, working in the frantic horror genre period of the early 80s and wrote THE UNSEEN. He went onto write for episodic television and develop series pilots. He was a continuing writer on such series such as LOVE BOAT, PAPER DOLLS, and KNOTS LANDING. He developed screenplays for such major award winning directors as Nicolas Meyers, Tony Richardson and J. Lee Thompson. He has written for all the major networks and studios. He has been hired numerous times as a script doctor, doing many uncredited rewrites on TV movies and features. He is currently writing A PERSON OF INTEREST, a thriller novel, and, IT'S THE LOVE BOAT... AND HOW IT CHANGED CRUISING BY SHIP a non-fiction book dealing with how the hit TV series as a major cultural phenomenon and altered the style of cruising by ship. He was raised in Los Angeles. He attended St. Paul's, USC and the Pasadena Playhouse. He received a B.A from San Francisco State University where he majored in theatre arts and minored in creative writing. He is listed as a SFSU leading alumni. He also apprenticed at ACT - The American Conservatory Theatre. For a brief period he had intentions of becoming an Episcopal(Anglican) priest and attended seminary at Kelham Theological College in the UK. When "the calling" wasn't there, he left seminary and did graduate work at the American University of Beirut. He has guest lectured at USC, UC San Diego, McGill, Univ. of London and the Univ. of Texas on the business aspects of making a living and surviving as a writer, focusing on development hell, in the Hollywood entertainment industry. Grace is a lifetime member of the Writers Guild of America, the Dramatist Guild and former regional chairman of the Steamship Historical Society of America. He resides in Palm Springs.

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