Edinburgh, Scotland, United Kingdom
May 29, 2007
As this was a birthday treat for the Blonde, a laissez faire attitude to booking the hotel was not an option. I erred on the side of caution and plumped for a personal recommendation; good friends of ours (the sort with impeccable taste – old friends of the Blonde as you might expect) spoke very highly of the Hotel Langlois and, while it cost a little more than seemingly comparable places, there is a time and a place for 'making do' and taking a chance - and celebratory weekends are not it.Situated within a minute or two of the Place de la Trinité (Trinité Métro), the Langlois is housed in one of those elegant 19th century terraces that line many of Baron Haussmann’s boulevards. The location is great; it falls in the 9th arrondissement with the shops and restaurants of the grand Opéra district a few minutes walk south and the bohemian eclecticism of Montmartre 20 minutes (and several steep flights of stairs) to the north.The hotel is spread over six floors with the ground floor given over to a guest lounge/breakfast room and the lobby. At our friend’s suggestion (more of an order really), we had requested room 62; one of two rooms on the street side of the top floor. After a reassuringly smooth and friendly check-in in we squeezed into the tiny grilled elevator that was squeezed into the stairwell and made the shaky ascent - and when I say ‘tiny’ I mean it would be best to only share with those you know, or want to know, intimately.Having stayed in Parisian hotels before I was not expecting the amount of space that greeted us when we opened the room door. A wide double bed, tiled fireplace and imposing walnut wardrobes gave it an air of tired grandeur. There was room left over for a TV, small bistro table and chairs in the window, and an armchair. In contrast the bathroom was petite but perfectly adequate with a powerful shower over the bath. Clean, spacious, and comfortable; all my fears were allayed. The Blonde had a smile on her face and that was before we discovered a major perk of being up on the top floor.We had a view, and not just of the elegant apartments opposite or a fire escape, a proper view. Looking left down the rue Saint-Lazare we could see the striking bell tower of Trinité while, shining brightly straight ahead of us, was the magnificent Sacre Coeur in its imposing position on the butte of Montmartre. I spent many a happy moment hanging out of the window, just gazing. It’s that kind of view.Suffice it to say we were very comfortable in the Langlois and would heartily recommend it for location, space and comfort. Having taken against hotel breakfasts some time back, I can’t comment on their provision but there are plenty of places nearby that are much cheaper.
From journal Killing Time 'Til the Next Escargot - Paris Our Way