Our Honeymoon: AccommodationsPosted: December 19, 2014
A big part of our honeymoon, and the planning phases before our trip, were the hotel choices. James and I take our time to choose hotels not just for their comfort and cleanliness, but also for their overall aesthetics. We enjoy the dedication placed into making guests feel at ease while they are away from home, while providing an elevated visual atmosphere. As we toured northern France we stayed at several different hotels, many of which are part of the prestigious Châteaux & Hôtels Collection. Here are some of our favorites.
We spent our first night in Paris at Hôtel Napoléon, just a stone’s throw away from the Arc de Triomphe de l’Étoile. The hotel was given as wedding gift by a Russian entrepreneur to his Parisian bride, and it was the perfect place for the first night of our honeymoon. We had a wonderful view of the rooftops of the Avenue des Champs-Élysées from the top floor. After a long day of walking around Paris, we came back to a bottle of Napoléon brand Champagne courtesy of the hotel waiting for us as a honeymoon surprise.
Hôtel Restaurant La Musardière
Giverny was probably the most calm and peaceful place that we visited, and our hotel there was no exception. Hôtel Restaurant La Musardière dates back to a time when Monet lived in Giverny. There is a restaurant with outdoor seating right at the front of the hotel where you can dine while enjoying the pastoral views.
Hôtel de Bellefontaine
Just outside of the center of Bayeux lies Château Hôtel de Bellefontaine. After driving through the gates, we came upon the 18th century château surrounded by gardens and a pond filled with black swans. While sitting in the gardens, we could just barely make out the top of the cathedral on the horizon.
Auberge Le Mouton Blanc
We spent a night at Le Mont Saint-Michel at the foot of the abbey in the Auberge Le Mouton Blanc. Like the rest of the historic site, our 14th century hotel felt like something straight out of a fairy tale. From our second story room, we could open the latticed casement windows to peer down upon the crowds walking the narrow streets.
Château Hôtel Du Colombier
Our hotel in Saint-Malo, Château Hôtel Du Colombier, felt very similar to Château Hôtel de Bellefontaine in Bayeux. This particular château was built by a ship’s manager of the East India Company. We walked around the grounds and found a chapel, as well as some goats in a pen around the property.
Our accommodations added a whole other level of romance to our fairy tale honeymoon. From the most lavish to the quietest, we found relief in calling these hotels our temporary homes, if only for small glimpses of time for each.