Awakened by the shrill sounds of the alarm, I desperately try to remember if I'm snuggled under the faux fur bed cover in the Crystal Queen boudoir or if I'll open my eyes and see the claw foot tub seductively placed in the corner of the Enchanted Forest room. As I fumble for my phone to switch off the noise, the events of the previous evening come flooding back into my mind...
Once upon a time in a magical city filled with light, Sylvia (aka Finding Noon) asked if I wanted to join her on a voyage to discover a newly transformed, three-star hotel that she had been asked to review for the Girls' Guide to Paris. Never one to shy away from adventure, I hopped on my sturdy steed and journeyed to the recently re-named Hotel Original in the über-trendy 11th arrondissement. Walking through the front door, Sylvia and I were immediately transported to an enchanted land, where jellyfish lights dangled from the ceilings and fashionably dressed French bloggers sipped flutes of champagne and savored tasty tidbits.
After checking our names off the list and offering us a drink, the hostess suggested that Sylvia and I visit the public spaces while waiting for our guided tour of the hotel. Marveling at the fairytale like atmosphere, we admired the unique interior created by designer Stella Cadente and tried to stay out of the way of the other bloggers, who were busy snapping photos and expressing their delight at the harmonious use of such bold colors.
As we made our way to the first floor of the Hotel Original, the manager revealed that woman prefer the Crystal Queen boudoir, while men prefer the Enchanted Forest rooms. Judging by the reactions of the female bloggers, I would say that he understands his clientele because just as we were about to leave, one of the women couldn't resist the urge to run her hands over the luxuriant white bed cover and sink her fingernails into the faux fur. If she hadn't been surrounded by a group of people with cameras around their necks, I'm fairly sure that she would have flung her body on the bed to get the full effect.
On our way to the next room, I reminded myself not to be distracted by superficial pleasures and to look at the room through the eyes of a discerning guest. Amenities include air conditioning, flat screen televisions, hair dryer and makeup mirror, bathrobes, toiletries, and most importantly for bloggers, free wifi. Additionally, blackout curtains keep out the morning light and double paned windows ensure that there is minimal noise from the busy Boulevard Beaumarchais.
While I could easily imagine spending a romantic night, or two or three..., in one of the double rooms with Stéphane, I would have been thrilled by the quadruple room, reminiscent of Alice in Wonderland, back in the days when we used to travel with our two children. Not only would the vibrant colors have lifted our spirits after a long day visiting the sights of Paris but there would have been some negotiating over who would sleep on the bed next to the Cheshire cat and who would be by the rabbit light.
Would I stay at the Hotel Original while visiting Paris? Most definitely. That's why I was so disappointed to find myself in my own bed when I woke up this morning. In the hopes that I would be one of the four lucky bloggers to win a free night at the hotel, I even took my toothbrush and told Stéphane to be on stand-by!
8 Boulevard Beaumarchais
75011 Paris (minutes away from Place de la Bastille and the Marais)
Please click here to read the reviews of Hotel Original on Trip Advisor.