Accommodations: Hotel Powers, Paris - une femme d'un certain âge

Accommodations: Hotel Powers, Paris

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Each time we stay in Paris, I think we can’t possibly surpass the prior accommodations, yet each time we do. The Hotel Powers in the 8eme was one of the top recommendations from the travel agent we worked with, and even though I’d been thinking about staying someplace in St. Germain, this hotel seemed to have that blend of smallish size, charm and conveniences we were looking for.

When we checked in, the desk clerk said, “oh, you have the best room in the hotel,” and turns out he wasn’t kidding.

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Not only was the room itself absolutely stunning, but there was a terrace with a view…

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I didn’t get a good picture of the bathroom, but it was also roomy and well-appointed.

Breakfast each morning was served in this lovely room…

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and was splendid. One of my favorite things about breakfasts in France is the wonderful fresh yogurt.

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The basket of fresh pastries was pretty impressive too. We’d already enjoyed a couple of selections before this picture was taken. It’s a good thing we did a lot of walking!

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Did I mention the hotel is right above La Maison du Chocolat? This lovely box of chocolates was waiting for us upon arrival.

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We never tire of seeing “La Tour” lit up at night.

Hotel Powers is conveniently located near Metro stops for the 1 and 9 lines, and is walking distance to most of central Paris, if you’d rather stroll and enjoy the scenery. The cafe you see across the street in the top picture is actually quite good, and one of our favorites for traditional bistro fare, Chez André is just a couple of blocks away. The concierge was very helpful with dinner reservations and directions.

We would definitely stay here again!

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15 Comments

  1. June 5, 2014 / 4:05 am

    Thank you for that information Susan. The use by date on the yoghurt is my birthday: it must be a sign that I’m meant to go there. 🙂

  2. June 5, 2014 / 5:03 am

    Every time you write about Paris my desire increases to go! This hotel looks just about perfect. Maybe someday…sigh!

  3. June 5, 2014 / 5:28 am

    What a lovely room! Everything in Paris is perfect!

  4. June 5, 2014 / 6:47 am

    As someone who has never been to France, I have been really enjoying your trip, and appreciate you sharing it in small bites! Sue.

  5. Maggie
    June 5, 2014 / 7:08 am

    We just returned to the UK from a fabulous week in Paris. Whilst hotels are great, we wanted a more ‘local’ experience and used a company called Onefinestay ( onefinestay.com ). They have wonderful, characterful homes that you can stay in while the owner is out of town. Many of the homes are owned by artists/musicians etc and are quite spectacular. Ours was an apartment owned by a photographer from NYC and was really special, located in an up and coming area near the Bastille. By coincidence, David Lebovitz mentions the nearby market in his latest food blog, Marché d’Aligre is fantastic as is the area around for wonderful food shops and cafes.
    We spent a beautiful, sunny, Sunday afternoon strolling around Le Marais and thanks to you, I dragged my husband into Metal Pointus and bought the same bracelet as yours, only in silver. Also, the local Monoprix has some gorgeous 100% silk, navy blue, polka dot scarves for about 15 euros, very chic, very French right now.

  6. June 5, 2014 / 7:14 am

    Your hotel looks wonderful. I am hoping to go to see the Christmas Markets in November. I hadn’t thought of the 8th. I just completed The Paris Architect where the 8th figures prominently.

  7. Duchesse
    June 5, 2014 / 8:20 am

    Pure dreamy romance! (Like Maggie we have always rented an apt. but there is a magical ambiance about charming hotels.)

  8. Marguerite
    June 5, 2014 / 8:26 am

    Your dream come true! How lovely, Femme. You must have a good travel agent. Have you started planning your next visit?

  9. Christine G
    June 5, 2014 / 6:57 pm

    Please let me know what room number you were in. We stayed at Hotel Powers the week after you! But we were definitely not in the best room. For all who consider this hotel, be aware that the sixth floor is a garret floor compared to the rest of the hotel. The main elevator doesn’t even go to the sixth floor! If you go up the staircase, you have to transfer to a different stairwell on fifth floor, and hold onto a rickety handrail. All this for hundreds of dollars per night. Arghhhh…

    Phew, now that I have that out of my system, I can heartily agree that the breakfast room is awesome, the staff is quite helpful, and you can’t beat seeing the Eiffel Tower out of your window. Twinkly lights, on the hour, beginning at 9:00PM. Loved it!

    Chez Andre was so fun, as though we were in our own version of the film “Amelie”.

    • une femme
      June 5, 2014 / 8:13 pm

      Hi Christine, we were in room 58, so the floor below you, I guess.

      • Christine G
        June 6, 2014 / 7:19 am

        Exactly below us: we were in room 68.

        FYI, for the first part of our European trip we stayed at Hotel Luxembourg Parc. That is a place you might consider on your next trip, though their breakfast room doesn’t come close to Hotel Powers.

        PS: inspired by you, I did our two week trip to Paris, Amsterdam and London with carryon only. Thank you for the inspiration.

        • une femme
          June 6, 2014 / 9:01 am

          Christine, we stayed at Luxembourg Parc a few years ago and loved it! Another fabulous location.

          • Christine G
            June 6, 2014 / 10:33 am

            Apologies for being a pest, but do you have other suggestions for Left Bank hotels? We were so thrilled with this, our second visit to Paris, that we already are planning to go back next year.

  10. Chris L
    June 6, 2014 / 10:02 am

    Although the rooms are small compared to the one you feature in this post, we stayed at Hotel de L’Abbaye in St. Germain & loved it. It’s very charming & incredibly quiet (we live in the very quiet country at home so that’s a big plus in the city). Our (very tall) window overlooked a lovely little courtyard with a patio on which to sit & have an aperitif & birdsong would awaken us in the morning. Even the sleek (although small) marble bathroom (with great tub) had a window. The staff was delightful & the chic yet ‘country inn’ ambience was calming at the end of our busy days in Paris. Breakfast in the dining room overlooking the courtyard was excellent as well. Would definitely stay there again.

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